Adventure Quickies: World’s Best Adventure Travel Companies and More

Since I’ve been on the road a lot recently it’s been awhile since I had the chance to write an “adventure quickies” post here at The Adventure Blog. This is my weekly round-up of news stories, travel bargains, gear announcements and other items that I didn’t have time or space to post elsewhere. As usual, there are always more things to cover than time allows, but I try to make up for it with his weekly rundown. Here’s what we have this week:

  • USA Today Names World’s Best Adventure Travel Companies: Wondering who to travel with on your next big adventure? USA Today is here to help. The newspaper held a vote amongst its readers to determine the most popular companies with the results being revealed earlier this week. The winners? Coming in at number one is G Adventures, followed by Intrepid Travel, and Austin Adventures. Click here to discover the rest of the top 10.
  • Nat Geo 2019 Travel Photography Contest Underway: Everyone knows that National Geographic has some of the most amazing photographs ever seen, but it turns out their readers do too. This is highlighted every year in the form of the Nat Geo Travel Photography Contest, which is already underway and has some stunning entries.
  • NW Alpine Guides Announce Mountaineering Course Dates: Want to sharpen your skills in the mountains prior to taking on a big expedition? The team at North West Alpine Guides can help. They’ve just announced some dates for upcoming Glacier Mountaineering and Expedition Training classes for the remainder of 2019 and into 2020.
  • Adventure Canada Gets Exclusive Access to Erebus Site: Speaking of adventure travel companies, Adventure Canada announced this week that it has gained exclusive access to the site where the HMS Erebus sunk in the Northwest Passage. The ship was part of the famous (infamous?) Franklin Expedition, which took place back in 1845. The ships that were part of the journey went missing for more than a century and a half, but now AC is organizing tours to the site, which remains difficult to reach due to its remote location and poor weather conditions.
  • Save 15% on New Trips from Mountain Travel Sobek: Continuing with the adventure travel news, Mountain Travel Sobek has launched a number of amazing new trips for 2020, all of which you can check out here. Best of all, they are currently priced at 15% off, making them more accessible than ever.
  • Registration is Now Open for Yamaha XTReme Terrain Challenge: If you prefer your adventures in the motorized, off-road category than you’ll want to check out Yamaha’s XTReme Terrain Challenge, an event aimed exclusively at Yamaha ATV owners. This year, the event takes place October 4-6 at the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Tennessee. Sign up now!
  • REI Expands eBike Selection and Supports Unified Regulation: eBikes continue to be one of the fastest growing segments of the cycling space across the globe, and to support that growth gear retailer REI has announced that it is more than doubling its ebike offerings in 2019. Furthermore, the company is getting behind several initiatives –– including the Big Jump Project and its e-bike regulations initiative –– which seek to define where electric bikes fit into the existing riding infrastructure.
  • The Outbound Collective Launches #EveryoneOutside Initiative: One of the biggest challenges facing the outdoor industry in recent years is out to not only motivate more people to get outside but also how to make that group more inclusive and diverse. To that end, The Outbound Collective had launched a new program called #EveryoneOutside that is specifically designed to create a more inclusive and empowered outdoor community. That’s a good goal that I think we can all get behind.

That’s all for now. More Adventure Quickies coming soon!

Kraig Becker