Articles tagged “adventure travel”

Interview: Richard Bangs on the Evolution of Exclusive Experiential Travel

Interview: Richard Bangs on the Evolution of Exclusive Experiential Travel

Laura Powell, Skift

The term "experiential travel" is so overused these days that it's almost become cliche. But 45 years ago, Richard Bangs did experiential travel before experiential travel was cool. When he inaugurated Sobek to specialize in worldwide adventure and cultural travel, the concept was pioneering.

2 weeks ago

What Travel to North Korea Says — And Doesn’t Say — About Adventure Travel

What Travel to North Korea Says — And Doesn’t Say — About Adventure Travel

Steven Schwankert, Skift

The death of a young American illustrates the continuing risk for niche operators committed to taking travelers to remote and risky parts of the world, including North Korea. They’re called risky for a reason.

1 month ago

Adventure Travel Firm Intrepid Group Says It’s Stronger After TUI Breakup

Adventure Travel Firm Intrepid Group Says It’s Stronger After TUI Breakup

Raini Hamdi, Skift

After kissing TUI goodbye, Intrepid Group has a new adventure -- to be a company with $1 billion in revenue. With experiential travel being the buzzword, and having incorporated lessons from TUI into the company, it may achieve the goal sooner than five years.

3 months ago

Lindblad Expeditions CEO Reflects on Travel Entrepreneurship

Lindblad Expeditions CEO Reflects on Travel Entrepreneurship

Chris Taylor, Reuters

We've grown accustomed to small group trips to exotic locales. But it took the entrepreneurial mind of Sven Lindblad to popularize the sector over three decades. Here, he shares his lessons learned.

4 months ago

Instead of Backpacking, Some Travelers Prefer Bikepacking

Instead of Backpacking, Some Travelers Prefer Bikepacking

John Marshall, Associated Press

Destinations looking to attract adventurous travelers may want to consider this growing (and seemingly physically challenging) trend.

5 months ago

Skift Podcast: When Everything Is An Adventure, What Happens to Adventure Travel?

Skift Podcast: When Everything Is An Adventure, What Happens to Adventure Travel?

Hannah Sampson, Skift

As more people look for authentic, meaningful, (and impressive-on-Facebook) experiences, the adventure travel segment stands to grow.

1 year ago

6 Charts Showing State of Food Tourism With Tour Operators

6 Charts Showing State of Food Tourism With Tour Operators

Dan Peltier, Skift

Food is now the leading hook in travel and many travelers the world over not only perceive food tourism as an adventure but are also calling for more adventure type tours to heavily incorporate food experiences among hiking or white water rafting expeditions.

2 years ago

Video: Rethinking the Business of Experiential Tours

Video: Rethinking the Business of Experiential Tours

Jason Clampet, Skift

All tours are not created equal, and Wade's approach actually tries to avoid sameness.

2 years ago

Lifestyle Adventure Resorts Target the Future Luxury Traveler

Lifestyle Adventure Resorts Target the Future Luxury Traveler

Greg Oates, Skift

The next generation of upscale soft adventure resorts are building out their experiential programming and content to offer more variety for a wider range of leisure and group clientele.

2 years ago

Tourist Bungee Jumping Provides Bright Spot in New Zealand’s Economy

Tourist Bungee Jumping Provides Bright Spot in New Zealand’s Economy

Tracy Withers and Matthew Brockett, Bloomberg

Tourists are more fickle then milk, so New Zealand needs to make sure its solutions are more diverse than tying a few extra bungee cords to bridges.

2 years ago

The Growing Chinese Adventure Travel Market Wants Experiences Beyond Tourist Traps

The Growing Chinese Adventure Travel Market Wants Experiences Beyond Tourist Traps

Dan Peltier, Skift

Young Chinese travelers increasingly want to connect with their adventurous sides as that market matures, but they're also bungee jumping, luging, and skiing to show-off cool photos on their social media profiles to prove they deserve attention and respect.

2 years ago

Demand for American Hiking Trail Spikes After ‘Wild’ Release

Demand for American Hiking Trail Spikes After ‘Wild’ Release

Beau Eastes, Associated Press

Films often have an outsized impact on demand for destinations that previously attracted little attention and few visitors.

2 years ago