MSN: how they made us think about our model for a successful travel business

It's been an exciting week. Actually it's been exciting since the start of the new year when Adios Adventure Travel was featured in a couple of high-profile travel blogs. Several people contacted us to ask about employment. As guides. And a few asked about setting up trips. Even better! But that was nothing compared to what happened when money.msn.com…

Bolivia salt flats: new frontier for Adios Adventure Travel

To be honest, I had never heard of the Uyuni Salt Flats until I got an email asking if we organized trips there.  Vidal knew about it. He visited the area many years ago and knew about its treasures. Bolivia has treasures. The salt flats are 4000+ square miles of hard, crusty salt, from a prehistorical lake, located at an altitude of 12,500 ft in the…

Fitness & Travel: does Machu Picchu make my butt look big?

We can't guarantee that you will look your absolute best when you visit Machu Picchu. But odds are in your favor that the local conditions will improve your chances of getting in touch with your skinny, healthy self. Consider these factors: Did you know that by traveling to Peru, the first thing that happens is that your metabolism gets a kick? When…

Sacred Valley Project: priceless gifts you can afford

Winter holidays are credited with inspiring goodness and encouraging many people to think about others. Many of us strive to "dig deep" in search of the "perfect" gift for the special people in our lives. This year, we searched for gifts that offer multi-dimensional benefits. Benefits that extend to more than the recipient. When you purchase the gift,…

Free & inexpensive ways to promote small travel businesses

Let's say you have an incredible travel business. Your customers are thrilled with the value of their trips and the service they receive. Whether you're booking cruises to South America or land-based, guided trips to Galapagos Islands, Machu Picchu or Ireland doesn't matter. The quality of the travel experience you offer is what people seek. How can…

Fly Cheap: How your good credit can get you to South America

Sometime in 2010, my husband announced that we needed to find a ride to our local airport, so we could each rent a car for the weekend. What? Why? Apparently, if we paid the $30 rental fee, we would each get 10,000 frequent flier miles added to our Delta accounts. We were as proud as babies taking his/her first steps. That deal was nothing compared…

All-Inclusive Custom Tours & Packages to Machu Picchu

With the equivalent of the library of congress in almost every U.S. home with a computer, and a virtual circle of friends & family that includes millions, it's not surprising that people are overwhelmed with information. Do we have too many choices? How do you distill the vast quantity of information available (about anything!) down to a useful amount?…

It's August & time to book your holiday travel

The temperatures in the northern hemisphere are still hot enough to boil water on tinfoil and Labor Day celebrations are approaching. It must be time to plan that holiday trip. Airfares might be the best they're going to get this year and it's fun to look forward to an exciting break in the middle of winter. Ready to travel abroad? Celebrating the…

American students return from "Peru Backpack Project" empty-handed

American high school students traveling in Peru, learned a lesson not taught in any classroom.  How some children in the Andes Mountains may spend up to 2 hours each way getting to and from their local, rural schools.   In spite of the obstacles, rural children make sacrifices to get to their schools.  They carry their small things like pencils or bread…

4th Visit to Machu Picchu & each time feels like the first

It was my 4th visit to Machu Picchu. Someone asked me if I was getting tired of the the place. "No," was my reply. I feel like a virgin visitor every time. The ancient city of the Incas is so vast, that even after 4 visits, I still haven't seen everything. The weather is different each time. The time of day is different. My companions are different.…