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Entries filed under 'guides'

    My First Time as a Group Traveler: One Skeptic's Story

    fileGroup travel. For a lifelong independent traveler and skeptic like me, these mere words have always conjured up fears of large crowds, restricted itineraries and a possible bombastic companion or two. I've always avoided such trips. So when I recently gave in and took an organized group bicycle trip to eastern Europe, it was with a fair of amount of trepidation. Could I adjust to the group mentality? Or would my worst fears be realized? My chosen trip was the REI Adventures' Prague to Budapest ...

    Posted by Steve T on July 13, 2012 4:57 PM & Tagged Cycling, REI Adventures, Travel, group travel and guides | permalink | Comments

    Meet a Travel Guide Who Loves the "Soul Massages of Nature"

    As a traveler, one of the things I always look forward to most are the amazing people I meet whenever I venture abroad. It's usually just a happy coincidence, but recently, I went on one of REI's adventure travel trips to Costa Rica. Here, I met Marco or, as his friends call him, "Tex". Full disclosure: I work in the Adventures department at REI, so I knew we would have Tex as our guide for this trip—it was no coincidence. But, I had no idea how meeting him would take our adventure to whole new ...

    Posted by Liz Bee on September 9, 2011 11:33 AM & Tagged Costa Rica, REI Adventures, Travel and guides | permalink | Comments

    How Does One Guide Our Top Guides?

    fileTalk about pressure. Every year, REI Adventures honors its Top Guides (the top 7 out of more than 200 guides) with a trip to Seattle, and I was designated as their tour guide. Me?!? How can my guiding skills possibly measure up to the glowing five-star reviews these amazing folks routinely receive? We started the week off with a little introduction to Seattle and then spent time at REI’s headquarters in Kent. Though not a native of Seattle, I’ve lived here for 15 years now and I feel rather ...

    Posted by Belinda G on March 21, 2011 7:56 PM & Tagged Australia, Cycling, Czech Republic, Europe, Greece, Hiking, Mont Blanc, REI Adventures, Southwest, Travel, africa, guides and top guides | permalink | Comments

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