Jan 01

Walking & Cycling Tours in Italy

Walking tours are a great way to help you keep that New Years resolution of staying fit this year. And when you combine the walking with the beautiful scenery of Italy, keeping fit for the new year will be a snap.

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That’s why today’s focus active travel tour company is Icnos. Icnos tours offering both walking and cycling tours of Italy. But their tours are more than just walking or biking around the countryside. Their tours have fun themes like wine, food and culture; and their destinations are the itineraries of dreams. Cinque Terra, the Amalfi Coast, Rome, Venice, Florence, and Capri tantalize active travelers with classical Italian scenery, history, and cuisine.

Another positive feature of the Icnos tours is the option for guided or self-guided tours. Self-guided tours (Explore the “What are hosted tours?” section of the pull-down menu.)  are often less expensive and usually a bit more flexible than guided tours, whereas guided tours offer a slightly higher level of comfort and relaxation by allowing a trained guide to lead the way. In the end, it’s nice to have the choice so you can make an informed decision based upon your travel budget and level of comfort.

If you’re interested in a healthy, environmentally sound, and gorgeous active travel tour, you’d be smart to check out Icnos walking & cycling tours in Italy. If you’ve ever traveled with Icnos or any other active tour company in Italy, we’d love your feedback. Please leave a comment.

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Dec 23

Active Travel is the New Travel Trend

Finding this year’s hot travel trend is easy. Just look in a travel magazine.No, don’t look at the articles. Those just tell you what one specific writer or editor happens to like.

dad & daughter rest near waterfall after bike ride

Active travel is perfect for kids of all ages.

To really find out what is trending in the travel industry, look at the advertisements. Those things cost a lot of money and aren’t taken lightly. They are heavily researched, vetted, and test-marketed. If you see trends in travel magazine ads, those trends are likely the popular travel fads.

For example, take a look at a recent issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine. If you are a travel aficionado, the articles are interesting, the pictures are fascinating, and you will probably get a couple good vacation ideas. But to find out what is really the current travel trend, start from the beginning and look at the advertisements. You’ll see locals surfing in Peru, a silhouette of a hiker in Belize, canoeists on a lake in Quebec… A few pages later, you’ll see another shot of Quebec, but this time it’s bikers that are featured prominently on the page.

And so it goes through the pages. Here a hiker, there a biker, everywhere active travelers. So is it becoming clear what the informed travelers are doing this year? They’re seeing the world in a much healthier, friendlier, greener way. They are getting their travel, exercise, scenery, socialization, and environmental stewardship all in one package.

Active travel seems to be sweeping the globe, literally. Often times, the same people who tend to enjoy travel, also have a tendency toward fitness, healthy lifestyles, and ecological awareness. In addition, more and more resources are available for active travelers including websites such as ActiveTravelTours and OnTheMoveTours. And a new genre of books such as Running the World and Cycling France have emerged on the scene.

Travelers are no longer content to leave the driving to someone else. In fact, many of them prefer to steer clear of driving entirely and spend more time trekking, riding, paddling, & pedaling. In fact, not only is the active travel fad catching on, it seems to be expanding at an exponential rate. It seems that once people discover that they can control their own travel destiny, they can’t get enough of it. They are beginning to realize that active travel is less expensive, more fun, healthier, and more empowering than the old “hop on a bus w/ fifty other people” routine. And they’re coming home and telling their friends who try it and tell their friends and…

Pretty soon, active travel may be more than just a hot trend. It may be the new norm in the travel industry.

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Dec 22

Christmas Gifts for Adventure Travelers & Active Travelers

couple backpacking in the mountains

adventure travel can be challenging

A recent Smithsonian blog post featured a list of gifts for adventure travelers. The list included:

  • Bear Spray
  • Seawater desalinator
  • Wild Edibles Foraging Guide
  • Emergency Rations
  • Weather-proof Fire-starter
This was just another article that drove home the difference between active travel and adventure travel.
None of those items would be on my list of holiday gifts for the avid active traveler. The active travel gift list would include:
So did you notice the big difference between adventure travel gear and active travel gear? Okay, you may have noticed a few differences, but one of the big ones: Most of the items on the active travel list could be used on a regular basis in your everyday life. At least, if you’re a fairly active person, you will often have the need of a smart phone, bike accessories, outdoor clothing, & emergency lighting. However, I don’t personally have a daily need for emergency fire-starters or edibles foraging guides.
I know there are a lot of folks who see active travel & adventure travel as being synonymous, but I don’t see it that way, and this blog-post points to some of the differences.
Of course, I’m always willing to listen to opposing view points, so feel free to leave a comment if you disagree, agree, or would like to make further points.

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Dec 04

South Dakota’s Mickelson Trail Trek Tour for 2012

Enjoy an epic bicycle tour in the shadow of Mount Rushmore as you journey through tunnels and over bridges situated along the historic Mickelson Trail in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

straight stretch on South Dakota's Mickelson Trail in the Black Hills

The Mickelson Trail in the Black Hills of South Dakota (photo courtesy of Heather Haupt Enos)

View South Dakota’s Black Hills from a completely new perspective as you enjoy this three day bike tour along the 109 mile Mickelson Bike Trail. We will ride the trail in three different segments with a shuttle provided so you will only be riding each trail segment one-way.  This is by far our smallest group tour with only five participants.

To view the complete details of the Mickelson Trail Trek Tour, visit this OnTheMoveTours page.

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Dec 01

Bike & Barge Tours

2012 Travel Season

Tis the season for me to start going through my inventory of active travel brochures & catalogues to start planning my… 2013 travel season. I know that seems a long way off for some of you, but I’ve almost filled my 2012 travel itinerary. I have room for one or maybe two more tours on my schedule. As I’ve mentioned earlier, I’m focusing on U.S. active travel tours for 2012. I’m pretty heavily weighted to western & midwestern tours so far, so I’d like to add an eastern and/or possibly southern bike tour or inline skating adventure to the agenda. Currently I’ve got tours planned for Utah (Skki Inn in January), Colorado (Train to Trails in May), Missouri (Katy Trail in June or August), and South Dakota (Mickelson Trail Odyssey in September). It’s looking like a Washington D.C. trail sampler could also take place in June or August, but we’re still working out the details on that.

rollerblading family

The family that skates together...

 

European Bike Tours in 2013

As I mentioned above, I’ve been drooling over some tour offerings in my stack of tour company catalogues and have some great ideas on the table for 2013. One of the tour companies that is looking very attractive is hfholidays with their bike and barge tours throughout Europe. For those of you who aren’t familiar with bike and barge vacations, it’s basically like having your hotel follow you around on your bicycle tour. The attractive part about the hfholiday tours is their offering of trail-related bike tours. In case you haven’t already grown sick of me reiterating, I much prefer trail bike tours to road bike tours. I think they are safer, more relaxing, and conducive to a greater demographic of active travelers. Trail tours, whether for biking vacations, inline skating tours, or winter sport travels, are much more attractive to families, retirees, and a wide range of active travelers. They are often a little less rigorous, much safer, more historic, and a great deal less stressful.

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Nov 22

Active Travel Article on Examiner.com

girls on snowshoe trail

Snowshoe trails are fun for Girl Scouts or anyone who loves the winter outdoors.

In my never-ending quest to provide travelers with information about active travel tours, I have recently published an article about adventure travel and active travel on Examiner.com.

Have a look at it and let me know what you think. I’ve already gotten lots of great feedback on my personal Facebook page. The next article I publish about active travel I will feature on the ActiveTravel Facebook page.

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Nov 05

Active Travel Companies

Active vacations are all the rage… and for good reason. They are healthy, inexpensive, environmentally friendly and lots of fun.

But I’ve got good news and bad news about active tour companies: The good news is that there are numerous wonderful active travel websites, active travel agencies and active travel guides out there.

The bad news about active travel tour companies: There are numerous wonderful active travel websites, active travel agencies…

In fact there are so many companies that it can become dizzying trying to figure out which ones to use. To get a wide selection of options

female bike riders looking at map

ActiveTravelTours is your trail map to adventurous journeys.

with many adventure tour guides, you can visit a website that consolidates numerous different companies and allows you to pick and choose your active vacation by feature, cost, activity, and location. An example of an active travel holiday provider  is the one found on this website under the “Find Tours” tab.

Another way to find active travel tours is to utilize your search engine to find active travel websites by specific attributes such as bike tours usa or bike tours europe. This will provide you with listings for tour companies that offer bicycle tours such as OnTheMoveTours.com.

Continue checking back with ActiveTravelTours.com for  information about travel and leisure tour companies and weekly activity travel news. If you would like to share information about active travel sites, please leave details in the comment section below.

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Oct 28

active traveling guidelines

As you begin searching for active vacations, you’ll start to see some common phrases such as best bike tours, cheap vacations, and travel deals.

happy hiking family

active travel doesn't have to be difficult

And many tour companies deliver on their adventure travel promises… but some don’t.

If you take a moment to ask yourself, “How did they come up with that phrase,” you will probably be able to determine if they are telling the true travel story. Remember the old saying, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t.”

So, if a tour company promises you that they have the best bike tours, find out what makes their active holiday better than anyone elses. What may be the best cycling tour to one person may not suit another.

And is it really a travel bargain? Any tour company that promises deluxe accommodations with 24 hour guided tours at a low price, should raise some red flags. The terms “luxury tours” and “cheap holidays” do not usually fit together. It is very possible to have excellent tours at a reasonable price, but excellent and luxury are not the same thing.

If you are looking for affordable active tours, you may want to look for self-guided tours or hosted tours rather than guided tours. Often the self-guided and hosted tours offer two attractive options: low priced tours and flexible travel packages.

Continue visiting ActiveTravelTours for more information about active tours and adventure vacations. We’ll give you the advice you need to find the best bike tour companies, canoe outfitters, inline skate travel agency, or snowshoe adventure trip.

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