How to Tell if an Adventure Company is Safe Abroad

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I was recently interviewed by NBC’s Today Show to comment on a zipline accident in Mexico that left a California man tragically in a coma. The show asked me how travelers can tell if an adventure company outside the United States is safe, and to comment on the importance of travel insurance. Below is the […]

15 Highlights in Costa Rica, a Naturalist’s Delight

Río Celeste (Credit: Melissa Curtin)

Pura Vida! That’s the phrase you’ll hear most often in Costa Rica. It means “pure life” or “plenty of life.” It’s a greeting and a response to a greeting, but it also reflects the essence with which the Costa Ricans lead their life. Costa Rica was like an adventurous dream, a dream of the unexpected […]

Smugglers’ Notch: Vermont’s high-octane, family-friendly activity campus

Smugglers' Notch, high-octane and family-friendly Vermont escape

Smugglers’ Notch (Smuggs) is a legendary ski resort in Northern Vermont. This self-contained walkable mountain village is continuously rated one of the top ski areas in the US—and when you consider that it’s famously kid-friendly, you have a winning combo. Children have room to roam the slopes, numerous activity areas from an indoor playground to ice […]

Adventures in Puerto Rico

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You don’t have to go to Patagonia, or some other far away land to experience some of the most exciting adventure activities in the world. They abound in Puerto Rico and it’s a direct flight from many U.S. cities including New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago, Boston and others.I flew Jet Blue from Fort Lauderdale for […]

Ziplining in Mexico, a Mazatlan Memory

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After a 45 minute drive from Mazatlan we arrived in a humid desert-like area filled with agave plants. Six other guys and I were strapped in our gear and safety helmets. I was delighted and scared at the same time. This was my first time ziplining and I was slightly suspicious of how safe this […]

Costa Rica Eco-Lounge: A Haven For Nature Enthusiasts

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By: Dave Zuchowski “I don’t own Selva Verde. Selva Verde owns me.” – Giovanna Holbrook, founder of Selva Verde Eco-Lodge As my plane made its initial descent a hundred or so miles from Costa Rica’s San Jose International Airport, I looked out the window at my first glimpse of this ecology-minded Central American nation. I was […]