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What day is it? Ah yes, Wednesday

Booker Gliding - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 20:36
So much flying! We had a fantastic lot of weather today, a nice westerly with no bumpy bits, lift all down the Dee Valley to Braemar and beyond. Here's the tally:

Luke (319) - second solo at Aboyne, 14,000ft
Max (318) - second solo at Aboyne, 10,000ft
David (314) - first solo at Aboyne, 10,000ft, could have gone higher but forgot to turn the oxygen on!
Bob (V66) - 11,000ft
Barry (LTY) - 7,500ft
Bob (T4) - 16,000ft, and he went to Feshie South, he didn't get his 50k because he failed on the 1% rule by a significant margin
Jane (118) - Glenshee car park, Linn of Dee, 11,000ft

And in the two seaters:
Simon in 315 with Dave went to Spittal of Glenshee, climbed to 12,000ft
Phil in 316 took Richard to Spittal of Glenshee - very bold in a K21!
John and Nick in KSM were having a very nice time up the Dee Valley when the local constabulary called at the club to ask who was 'circling over Balmoral'. What they were doing was making use of a wave bar at around 8,000ft but a new lot of royal protection officers had got a bit jumpy - must have very good binoculars! The local police were very apologetic at having been instructed to come and make enquiries.

Photo gallery from the day:
Beinn a'Buird - no, we don't know where it is either
Dubh Loch and Loch Muick
Over Glenshee - in a K21
Somewhere

Somewhere else
Gastronomy notes - apparently they are eating well at Birkellun. Here in Wisdomhowe we are taking a different approach.






Destination South East Asia: Discovering Hidden Gems

Super Yachts Charters - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 17:30
Destination South East Asia: Discovering Hidden Gems Today we spent dreaming of warm hues blended with pastel blues, endless soft white sand and the sound of pure peacefulness. Alternatively, you could experience this first hand on your extraordinary charter across South East Asia, the ultimate winter retreat.

The Beauty of Burma
The main cruising area, the Mergui Archipelago, is located in far southern Myanmar (Burma), where 800 deserted islands lie in the heart of the sailing area. You can enjoy endless azure waters afar; dive from your yacht and swim amongst the colourful reef fish.

Whilst you’re submerged in warm crystal-clear waters and soaking up the sun which shines in Mergui all year round, cocktails are being made to order, fusing the tropics surrounding you. The weather alone makes Mergui an alternative getaway in the winter months for charterers eager to explore somewhere a little different; there are perfect weather conditions between December and February, with warm weather and steady winds of 20 knots across calm seas.

Discover the archipelago paradise where the sight of a human footprint is rare and majestic animals including gibbons, pythons, civet cats, huge monitor lizards and the rabbit-sized mouse deer roam. Look up, and you will find white-bellied sea eagles circling the islands.

Whilst the sunny weather plays a vital role in catching that golden glow, the surrounding islands are nothing short of supreme nature. Not only is there an extensive list of activities to enjoy such as swimming, fishing, snorkelling, kayaking and scuba diving, but visitors to this paradise can indulge in fresh, locally sourced food. A broad range of fresh fish can be sourced directly from the sea whilst sailing or when sitting close to the shore.

Last minute business meeting? Book the meeting room at one of Myanmar’s yacht club and resort, Ngwe Saung, take a dip in the swimming pool or dance the night away at Skipper’s nightclub. More facilities include a spa, gym and ballroom. The activity centre at Ngwe Saung yacht club and resort offers a variety of activities such as fishing, water sports, snorkelling, excursion boat tours, SUP, banana boats and diving.

The Flavour of Phucket
Following your stop off in Myanmar you could sail further south and feel the warm tropical weather of Phuket; the charter destination gem of Thailand. There is no doubt the Thai culture, cuisine and landscape have enticed charter goers developing Phuket into a world-class cruising destination. You will find several marinas on the Phuket Island; exploring a myriad of outstanding charter possibilities around the Andaman Sea

Award-winning marina, Royal Phuket Marina, is situated on the east coast of Phuket and the Aquaminium condominium features the world’s first penthouse with its own on-water private yacht garage. Within the marina, you will find prestigious properties, the Royal Villas, with their own direct-access private yacht berth. The leisure and lifestyle hub offers a serene setting for guests to enjoy exclusive residences, fine dining, boutique shopping as well as a health club and spa.

If you want to sail across silky waters onboard a larger yacht, why not visit Phuket Yacht Haven on the northeast coast of Asia’s premier island retreat. The marina has deep-water access with 6-metre draft capacity and allows the marina to berth yachts of 100 metres. Why not take a plunge in the pool, located at the condo or let off some steam in the newly equipped gym of 120 sqm and yoga room. Relax in one of the marina’s residential units which are comprised of seven apartments and studios ready to rent.

This is just a taste of the rich and awe-inspiring nature of South East Asia. A drop in the ocean, the region offers an alternative retreat during winter months and countless charter opportunities for friends and family to explore the many islands waiting to be discovered. Visit our South East Asia Destination Guide to find out more...

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A southerly breeze.....

Booker Gliding - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 21:08
Another murky start with a very damp airmass so although there was wave there wasn't room for more than a couple of gliders in the gaps between the clouds. Richard and Maddi in the K21 made it to 15,000ft, they had with them our friend Glyn, for his last ever wave flight. After they landed, we all went to the river bank where Roy scattered Glyn's ashes at a place he loved.

After lunch the air dried out and pretty much everyone launched. Ace of the base was Chris in 318 who got to 18,000ft, but the other gliders posted respectable height gains, as well as trips up the valley to Balmoral and Crathie church. Here are some of the views we saw:


Richard and Maddi taking Glyn for his final wave flight


118 from 315
Interesting mushroom over Aboyne
Scotland somewhereClouds
More cloudsNick and John with KSM
The sun set in the East today - either that or Aberdeen is on fire


The early bird catches the wave

Booker Gliding - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 21:42
The sun shone early this morning and there was enthusiasm for flying. Luke struck lucky flying with Richard in the K21, they launched early and managed to get into the wave and climb up to FL100 - Luke's first experience of wave flying. Max also flew in wave for the first time, in the Pegasus - he didn't climb but had a nice sightseeing flight over Morven. Dave and Jan in the Duo also contacted some weak wave.

Luke and Richard heading for 10,000ft
Later in the day the thermals got going and a Bob (V66) and Jane (118) had a very nice time going round in circles for a while.

Meanwhile, Jan, Maddie and Luke went off to explore local beauty spot Burn O'Vat....and there was quite a lot of fettling getting done in the trailer park. We are ready for tomorrow!


Maddie out on a limb

Booker goes to Scotland

Booker Gliding - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 21:17
It's the start of Booker's annual expedition to Aboyne - home of Deeside Gliding Club - with the aim of experiencing the best that wave flying can offer. Most people drove up yesterday, in the most appalling weather. The locals accused us of bringing the rain with us, but it only really started lashing down when we crossed the border so.....

Today the strong winds had died down to nothing, and although the day started grey it slowly brightened from the west into a gloriously sunny afternoon. The day was devoted to check flights, with Dave B in the K21 and Richard in the Duo working hard to introduce newcomers to the local area and circuit planning at a site which is quite different from Booker. Three people did a first Aboyne solo in the Pegasus - Maddie, Max and Luke - well done to them.


Dave strappiing in, helped by Phil, with Maddie showing her appreciation
The lochs looking a bit murky before the sun came out
Tomorrow there is a bit of wind forecast so we will be up early to take advantage.

Gastronomic notes: The Birkellun residents have hit the jackpot, as Hakan's partner Fiona has said she will cook for them all week. Tonight the menu was apparently roast pork. Watch this space!


11 best UK family adventures: British activity holidays with kids

Windsurfing - Thu, 10/11/2018 - 15:05

If you’re looking for the best UK family adventures, then you can find them in every corner of the country. From British activity holidays with kids in Scotland to exhilarating family fun in southern Cornwall. There are countless opportunities across the UK to spend some exciting and quality time together....

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National Geographic Pairs Contemporary Photography with Historic Collection in “THEN AND NOW” Flash Print Sale

National Geographic News Feed - Fri, 10/05/2018 - 16:20

Signed or Officially Stamped 8×10 Prints for $100. Nine Days Only.

 

WASHINGTON (October 5, 2018)—A dedication to visual storytelling has been at the core of National Geographic for over a century, and to celebrate this legacy, National Geographic Image Collection has launched a flash sale of prints, FROM THE ARCHIVES: THEN AND NOW. The flash sale will feature 20 contemporary and historic works from National Geographic’s historic vault of images. Prints will be available to buy as signed or stamped 8” x 10” unframed prints, priced at $100 (USD) each at NatGeoPrintSale.com.

Each archival work is thematically paired with a contemporary take on the same subject by some of the most renowned National Geographic photographers and artists. From modern day Tokyo to small town living, to endangered animals and big game hunters, these works highlight artistic connections between the living masters of photography and the groundbreaking artists of National Geographic’s past. Contemporary photographers taking part in the sale include Joel Sartore, David Guttenfelder, Jodi Cobb and Jimmy Chin.

The sale, presented by National Geographic Image Collection (formerly Nat Geo Creative), is a tribute to National Geographic’s legacy of capturing the world’s most iconic and inspiring imagery. National Geographic is overseeing the production of the premium, unframed prints, which will be made on acid-free archival paper and signed by the respective photographer or, for historic prints, stamped with the National Geographic seal.

“For the latest flash sale, FROM THE ARCHIVES: THEN AND NOW, our editors have created pairs of images that reflect the heart of the National Geographic Image Collection,” said Alice Keating, SVP of Photography Business Strategy at National Geographic Partners. “Some are historic firsts in photography, milestones that changed the artform forever; others are photographs charged to inspire conservation and some are light-hearted looks at everyday life. With this flash sale, everyone has the opportunity to own visual treasures from one of the world’s most significant photographic collections.”

The FROM THE ARCHIVES: THEN AND NOW Flash Sale is live online from October 5, 9 a.m. EDT through October 13, 11:59 p.m. EDT.

About National Geographic
National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

 

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Best Cape Verde windsurf spots

Windsurfing - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 15:40

The Cape Verde Islands are a collection of relaxed, tropical islands in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of north-western Africa. With a mix of Portuguese and African culture, warm weather, white sandy beaches and plenty of wind the Cape Verde Islands are a windsurfing haven. But what are the best Cape Verde...

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Wardrobes

Booker Gliding - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 15:36
The Wardrobes were a bit low key after the wet weather postponement from last weekend, but there was fun to be had flying these beautiful machines. Here is a selection of pics:


Cadet MkIII
Hutter and half its 9.4m wingspan
Hutter instruments - it has all you need!
Nick buckling up in the T21
T21 with Pawnee
Meanwhile, up on the roof of the hangar, Mike Sinclair was risking life and limb removing entire ecosystems from the gutter - trees, grass, leaves. There's still plenty that needs removing if anyone else has a head for heights.



An Alternative Winter Adventure Onboard Titania

Super Yachts Charters - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 11:00
An Alternative Winter Adventure Onboard Titania There is a certain appeal to spending an afternoon languishing in the sun or immersing yourself in balmy waters during December. Though the Caribbean may be the go-to destination for winter rays, this season is the perfect time to consider a charter in some of the most sumptuously sun-baked spots elsewhere in the world.

Available for charter with Burgess, charter-magnet Titania is heading to the cruising area of Southeast Asia very soon for an alternative adventure. During the coming winter season, she will visit Thailand via Abu Dhabi and the Maldives, but will also be available in Myanmar and the Andaman Islands. An untouched charter paradise, Southeast Asia promises tropical beaches, jungle-clad islands, and astoundingly clear waters containing a rainbow myriad of biodiversity. Best seen by superyacht, Titania is the perfect platform to enjoy.

The 73m Lurssen is one of the most successful charters on the market for a reason - her services are incredibly comprehensive. The highly experienced crew know the region like the back of their hand and will guide you through incredible ‘off the beaten track’ docking and diving spots. Titania further offers an onboard masseuse, fitness instructor, beautician and two head chefs who are masters of exquisite Asian cuisine for the ultimate immersive experience.

Externally, Titania is a sight to behold. Her gleaming exterior offers smooth lines and a streamlined shape, emanating a tasteful timelessness that is replicated inside. Interiors have the feel of hailing from a more elegant, sophisticated and opulent era; the living room exudues glamour and glitz yet still offers a modern and bright appeal. 

The theme is fully taken up in the bedrooms, which boast polished wood patterns piped in gold for that all important splash of class to ensure guests are in luxury at sea. Carpets, sofas and bedding are cast in rich cream and punctuated with royal red, with recessed lighting providing a contemporary Art-Deco edge. The plush comfort of Titania’s interior is continued in grand bathrooms with trimmings such as a rounded bath and golden taps.

A stunning deck offers mattress-like recliners for slow days spent under the Southeast Asian sun, as well as a vast dining table for breezy lunches or candlelit dinners. The soothing wooden deck spaces have persistent threads of blue and gold to honour the style of her nautical surroundings. Finally, a show-stopping outdoor underlit pool area is encircled in marble, which by evening takes on a charming rose-gold hue.

Titania also comes complete with a state-of-the-art gym, a range of exciting water toys for running ship to idyllic shore, and inflatables including a huge 13m slide plunging from the sun deck into the sea, making Titania fun for all the family. Cruising undiscovered territories this season, contact Burgess to experience all this and more.

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MYS 2018: Antigua on the Superyacht Scene

Super Yachts Charters - Sat, 09/29/2018 - 16:00
MYS 2018: Antigua on the Superyacht Scene As MYS draws to a close, we are joined in the Breaking News Centre by Paul Deeth, Chairman of the Antigua Charter Show, and Eloise Green, Anchor Concierge and Superyacht Services, to tell us a little about the beautiful island of Antigua.

Antigua is hugely popular destination, and it is easy to see why. An idyllic Caribbean paradise, the island is set apart in its retention of a quiet, authentic charm. "People come here for the sun, sea and sand," says Eloise, "But also because Anigua is one of the islands that has been able to maintain its charm. It has not overdeveloped itself."

Antigua has been a magnet for the superyacht community for years. The island boasts 365 beaches (one for every day of the year); a volume and diversity that is incredibly suited to the superyacht lifestyle. "Sometimes you go to the beach and you have it all to yourself," Eloise tells us.

Keen to showcase the island's charter appeal, Peter tells us how to make the most of the Anitguan coast with the perfect route: "The best place to start is Nelson's Dockyard for the whole historical aspect, then you go to the Caribbean side, and there are plenty of places to stop there. Then you go to Barbuda, where there is 11 miles of beach with nobody on them. Then you go around the east side to Green Island and back to English Harbour." 

As Chairman of the Antigua Charter Show, this is Peter's area of expertise. Founded 57 years ago and having grown to become the largest charter show in the world, this industry event is a broker staple. "We are kind of a melting pot where brokers come from America and Europe to meet each other," Peter tells us.

Having broken into the industry around 15 years ago, Antigua is well equipped to facilitate superyacht owners. "Antigua has grown to facilitate the boats with bigger marinas," says Peter, "The boats have got bigger, there are more people, but otherwise it hasn't changed that much." Antigua's lifestyle industry and luxury sector is also suited to yachting, boasting some very high end resorts and the restaurants to go with them.

Once the base of Admiral Nelson, Antigua's maritime history lives on in the form of nautical tourism, and becoming part of it is a highly alluring concept.

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Whispering Wardrobes - finally......

Booker Gliding - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 09:39
After a wet weather postponement, the Wardrobes will be Whispering this weekend. The long awaited Vintage Glider Club meeting will take place on Saturday and Sunday, with some colouful gliders on display and flying. All welcome, come along and join in.





Parks Project Collaborates with National Geographic on Apparel and Accessories Collection Launching October 9

National Geographic News Feed - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 20:12

Parks Project has joined forces with the iconic adventure and exploration brand to commemorate America’s National Parks

Los Angeles (September 25, 2018) – On October 9, 2018, Parks Project will release a capsule collection inspired by America’s National Parks, designed in collaboration with National Geographic. The collection features stunning National Geographic photos from its storied archives, displaying some of the country’s most beloved parklands — parks that are also in vital need of protection and conservation.

The 12-piece collection includes three vintage-style t-shirts, a durable 100% micro-polyester oversized bandana, a mid-weight canvas travel pouch and three posters, all showcasing National Geographic’s spectacular landscape photography of America’s National Parks. The collaboration also features a modern stone-colored nylon windbreaker emblazoned with the iconic National Geographic yellow border enlarged on the back, explorer hat, top-grain leather field pocket notebook and stainless-steel brushed matte finish carabiner mug, field-tested and perfect for camping. Retail prices range from $14 to $80, and all purchases will support the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education.

“At Parks Project we live by the mantra ‘leave it better than you found it,’” said Parks Project Co-Founder Keith Eshelman. “It is incredibly important to us that in all of our collaborations we partner with organizations that not only respect this mission, but share these similar values. National Geographic is the most ideal partner in both of these senses. We’re looking forward to not only growing our Parks Project reach within the National Geographic conservation community, but also to helping introduce the spectacular offerings of the National Geographic brand to a fresh generation of park enthusiasts.”

In addition to rare and special collaborations like this one, modern lifestyle brand Parks Project designs classic apparel for men, women and children, along with outdoor accessories and home goods. Proceeds from these purchases contribute to 30 U.S. National Parks, funding numerous projects such as habitat restoration, animal conservation, educational initiatives and enhanced visitor services. To date, Parks Project has contributed more than $250,000 to park conservancies and logged more than 1,000 volunteer hours in parks.

“Over one hundred years ago, National Geographic was instrumental in helping persuade the government to create the National Park Service,” said Brendan Ripp, EVP, Corporate Partnerships, National Geographic Partners. “Since then, our commitment to raising the public’s awareness of the importance and beauty of American’s National Parks has been unwavering. We have leveraged the power of our storytelling platforms to bring attention to these irreplaceable places through ongoing, dedicated parks content across our print, digital, broadcast and social channels. Partnering with Parks Project on this collection is a natural extension of these efforts and will help fund the nonprofit National Geographic Society’s work it has been doing in support of our National Parks around science, exploration, conservation and education.”

The National Geographic x Parks Project capsule collection will launch on October 9, 2018, and will be available through the 2018 holiday season on www.parksproject.us. It is also available via National Geographic’s exclusive presale going on now at shopng.com.

About Parks Project
Parks Project is an outdoor lifestyle brand that lives by the mantra, “leave it better than you found it.” Parks Project was born through a love of the outdoors and a vision to reinvigorate us all to care for and respect our U.S. National Parks. Through its collection of classic men’s, women’s, and children’s apparel, home goods, and outdoor accessories, Parks Project is able to support 30 U.S. National Parks, funding vital projects inside each, and organize consumer and employee volunteer days. Every Parks Project product not only tells a story about the park it supports, but contributes to habitat restoration, animal conservation, educational initiatives, and visitor services across America’s parks. Parks Project is an official partner of the U.S. National Parks, serves as a supporting business partner to the National Parks Foundation, and is carried in over 100 retailers around the country, as well as all REI stores in the U.S. Shop and learn more at www.parksproject.us, or find Parks Project on Instagram (@parksproject), Facebook and Twitter.

About National Geographic
National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

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Exclusive Resorts Forms Global Partnership with National Geographic Expeditions

National Geographic News Feed - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 14:30

National Geographic to offer iconic trips for Exclusive Resorts Members

 September 25, 2018 – Denver, CO: Exclusive Resorts, the world’s elite private vacation Club, and National Geographic today announced a global partnership—the first of its kind for both brands—whereby National Geographic will be the preferred provider of Exclusive Resorts’ Experience Collection. Centered around unique destinations and adventure tourism, the Collection includes handpicked experiences allowing travelers to expand their horizons in a meaningful way. The partnership is another way in which Exclusive Resorts ensures an unrivaled vacation tradition for its Members.

According to the CEO of Exclusive Resorts, Cathy Ross, National Geographic was the natural choice for their Members. “Our Members expect a high level of luxury and service when they travel with us, but they also wish to be challenged, to learn, and to grow. National Geographic has been synonymous with exploration since 1888, and are not only respected, but trusted.”

“Our passion is to deliver enriching and immersive travel experiences that bring National Geographic to life,” said Nancy Schumacher, Head of Travel and Tour Operations for National Geographic. “We are thrilled to now extend those experiences in a unique and curated way to Exclusive Resorts Members who, like our travelers, are curious and want to explore the world.”

Exclusive Resorts Members have access to The Club’s 380+ residences worldwide, where they enjoy customized, worry-free vacations in stunning locales. In 2015, The Club introduced its Experience Collection of custom itineraries ranging from three- to 14-day trips appealing to a wide variety of interests. Now, with National Geographic as a partner, Exclusive Resorts will firmly establish itself in the experiential travel market—and its Members will benefit from a rich new portfolio of National Geographic Expeditions providing them the opportunity to explore the world in a meaningful way.

Today, The Club introduced 20 National Geographic Expeditions to its Experience Collection, with more Expeditions being added in 2019. Itineraries include a private tour through Morocco, a photography experience in Bhutan, and a journey through the Canadian Rockies aboard the iconic Rocky Mountaineer railway. All Expeditions are led by knowledgeable local guides or National Geographic experts, including scientists, researchers, photographers, and explorers.

“In addition to these fascinating Expeditions, we’re thrilled to announce our first Members-only Once-in-a-Lifetime Journey for 2020, offered through National Geographic: Around the World by Private Jet,” said Ross. “This trip, created specifically for Club Members, will visit 11 countries and 12 UNESCO World Heritage sites in 24 days, including the Great Barrier Reef, Machu Picchu, and the Taj Mahal.”

Exclusive Resorts Members will also have access to National Geographic’s custom travel desk, whereby travel specialists are available to help Club Members plan curated vacations which fall outside The Club’s core Collection. In addition, National Geographic Student Expeditions will be offered to Members’ middle school and high school aged children beginning in the summer of 2019.

The partnership with National Geographic is just another way Exclusive Resorts continues to serve the needs of its Members. The Club also announced today the addition of 17 new luxury residences across six destinations—Kaua’i, HI; Kiawah Island, SC; Nantucket, MA; Nassau, Bahamas; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; and Nevis, West Indies—to its portfolio for travel starting in November of this year.

Note: The Once-in-a-Lifetime Journey, Around the World by Private Jet, will be operated by National Geographic Partners Chicago, the tour operations branch of National Geographic, on flights operated by Icelandair.

 

About Exclusive Resorts:

Exclusive Resorts is the world’s elite private vacation Club, which established a legacy of travel in 2002 and has since upheld the importance of an authentic and superior Club Member experience. Only Club Members are privy to the extent and benefit of The Club’s Portfolio. They have elite access to distinctive travel opportunities, travel insights from fellow esteemed Club Members, and to hundreds of multi-million-dollar residences in coveted, worldwide destinations. In The Club’s nearly twenty years, they have made exceeding expectation a tradition. Club Members are treated like family to provide them the comfort of certainty to foster a tradition of travel which endures. To date, Exclusive Resorts has delivered more than 280,000 vacations for its 4,000+ Members. For more information, visit ExclusiveResorts.com, call 844.541.2714, or follow the Club on Facebook and Instagram.

About National Geographic Partners LLC:

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

Media Contact:

Sarah Bresler | Siren Communications

sarahbresler@gmail.com  | 416.356.6086

Best couples adventure holidays: Romantic activity breaks

Windsurfing - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 14:50

For some couples, lying on a beach-towel all week rubbing sun-cream into each other’s backs is not their idea of fun. If you prefer romantic activity breaks check out the best couples adventure holidays below. If you’re an active couple with a love for sports, don’t just book a beach holiday. It’s OK to go to...

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TO PREMIERE ASHEVILLE BY DESIGN, THE NEXT INSTALLMENT OF NETWORK’S WEEKLY TRAVEL BLOCK

National Geographic News Feed - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 14:30

Premiering Thursday, September 20 at 6:30/5:30c, Asheville By Design, Celebrates Asheville’s Unique Artistic City Culture 

(NEW YORK, NY – September 20, 2018) – – National Geographic announced today a new, 30-minute custom content special featuring the quirky and charismatic city of Asheville, North Carolina in partnership with Explore Asheville. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Asheville is a small city that’s big on its history of craft and creativity, cool mountain air, and breathtaking attractions. Premiering Thursday, September 20 at 6:30/5:30c on National Geographic, this one-hour travel special explores the magic of Asheville, showcasing the enchantment and relaxation travelers experience here is no accident, it’s ‘By Design.’

“This is just the kind of storytelling National Geographic loves to share with our viewers—a truly unique and authentic travel experience unlike any other city in the country,” said Kimberly Connaghan, VP global partnerships, National Geographic Partners. “We are proud to partner with Explore Asheville and shine a light on this artistic community where differences are encouraged and celebrated.”

Asheville is known for its stunning landscapes and its charming, friendly streets. But viewers will soon see this city that has far more to offer then meets the eye – its locals are talented artists, musicians, makers and farmers. They are all part of a city in motion with an intentional design that embraces the area’s cultural roots and prepared it for its incredible growth.  ‘By Design’ explores the treasures of this art-centric mountain town that has the country buzzing—a hip getaway destination that is synonymous with excellent food, friendly faces, and breweries for miles. Tune in to discover the beat that has Asheville dancing, and see for yourself why this funky, little town has become a cultural enclave for all things creative.

“National Geographic is a master at weaving together the stories that reflect the heart of the Asheville area,” said Explore Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau Deputy Director and VP of Marketing Marla Tambellini. “Their team shares our passion for the people, places and ingenuity that make Asheville so special.”

For upcoming travel programming, National Geographic will continue to partner with tourism organizations and travel industry insiders to produce a series of hour-long specials in addition to other travel shows that focus on remarkable destinations around the world. San Diego, California is the next destination to be featured in the new travel line-up. This cities series will continue to focus on what makes each featured city so unique, providing an inside look into the history, art, food, drinks, music and cultural experiences. Each program will inspire audiences to travel to a new destination or explore their own backyard.

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Heather Wyatt, National Geographic, Heather.Wyatt@natgeo.com, (917) 952-8679

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

Something Different in Scandinavia: A Unique Charter

Super Yachts Charters - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 15:00
Something Different in Scandinavia: A Unique Charter Scandinavia is a northern European region extending from above the Arctic circle to the Baltic Sea, making it the largest peninsula in Europe. Consisting of Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland, this is a charter destination representing something distinctly different.

Whether urban crawls or outdoor adventures are your thing, trendy Scandinavia has it all. Urban centres are vibrant and cosmopolitan with half-timbered buildings painted primary colours and impeccably dressed locals. Meanwhile, rural adventures offer dizzying mountains, jagged fjords and the enchanting Aurora Borealis. Couple this with enviable standards of living, and it comes as no surprise that the region’s nations are generally considered among the most livable, safest and happiest on earth.

The Scandinavian fjords and archipelagos are best explored on water, and a yacht charter is the most exclusive way to do this. The best time to charter Scandinavia is between April and August, however a heated boat and warm clothing can make for a stunning cruise in an icy wonderland.

An ideal Scandinavian yacht charter goes from east to west, beginning in Finland and ending in Norway; a route which yields protected sailing areas, uncrowded anchorages and remarkably temperate weather in the summer months. Turku, Finland, is a well established yachting base, and there are more than 6,500 Aland islands between the coast of Finland and Sweden (many of which are blissfully completely deserted). Sweden is home to three spellbinding archipelagos: Stockholm, St Anna’s and Grynt, whilst the Baltic Sea is the hub of the Scandinavian yachting scene. Norway’s coastline offers numerous jaw-dropping fjords to cruise, and during the summer months you can do so under the disconcerting midnight sun.

Whilst locals are descended from Vikings, a seafaring people who once ravaged Europe, modern-day Scandinavia is considered the pinnacle of a civilized society. This is in many ways a land of opposites, with stop-you-in-your-tracks natural grandeur and old-world Nordic charm existing alongside an unpretentious worldview.

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G Adventures and National Geographic Expeditions Add New ‘Journeys’ to South America and Europe for 2019

National Geographic News Feed - Tue, 09/18/2018 - 15:45

Small-group tours in Bolivia, Northern Peru, Portugal, Romania and Hungary are now on sale 

Boston, MA/Washington, D.C. (September 18, 2018) – Entering the fourth year of their successful partnership, National Geographic Expeditions and G Adventures announce new destinations and tours for 2019 that go on sale this week. With the additions, the National Geographic Journeys’ line of small-group tours further expands into South America and Europe and introduces a mix of hot spots and off-the-beaten-path adventures that are designed to challenge and enrich curious explorers while meeting a rising demand for the destinations.

Beginning in January, travelers will have the chance to take advantage of Bolivia’s recently-improved tourism infrastructure and experience its stunning landscapes, including the famous Uyuni Salt Flats, while learning about its rich cultural heritage and visiting one of the highest cities on Earth. Also new in South America for 2019, a tour of Peru’s archaeologically and ecologically-wondrous north will have travelers exploring cloud forests, hiking a huge waterfall and peering back into pre-Incan times. An additional combination tour of the northern Chachapoyas region, coupled with a visit to iconic Machu Picchu by train, offers a fantastic 16-day deep-dive into life in Peru.

In Europe, National Geographic Journeys builds on growing international interest in Portugal as a vacation destination with two new tours that are eight or 15 days in length. The first, focusing on Lisbon, Coimbra and Porto, celebrates the country’s rich food, wine and architectural marvels. The second combines one week in Portugal with another in Spain, adding the Moorish masterpiece of Alhambra with time for wandering through charming Seville. According to Portugal’s National Statistics Institute, the country welcomed a record 12.7 million international visitors in 2017, with a more than 30 percent increase in guests from the U.S. In Europe’s Eastern region, a new tour in Hungary and Romania has its launch point in Budapest before moving on to Transylvania, for a fascinating and slightly haunting dose of history, culture, myths and legends at Bran Castle.

Launched in late 2015 with a World Tourism Day celebration, National Geographic Journeys has grown from 70 tours in its initial year to 89 different tours in 55 countries today. Since last fall, a special focus on expanding Journeys tours further into Africa and Asia helped bring new travelers to Tanzania, Botswana, Mongolia and Indonesia.

The National Geographic Journeys line of trips offers hands-on exploration, with an emphasis on storytelling, local immersion and social good. Priced from $1,099 per person and from six to 30 days in length, the itineraries are designed for travelers who appreciate having free time and flexibility, but value the structure and security that come with group travel. Each trip is led by a knowledgeable, local guide called a Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and is filled with opportunities for making meaningful connections with other people. Whenever possible, travelers visit projects and community initiatives associated with National Geographic or G Adventures that help improve local livelihoods and protect natural or cultural heritage.

G Adventures reported that during the past year, the National Geographic Journeys trips have delivered the strongest growth of all its trip styles, with a 33 percent year-over-year increase among American travelers, and a 40 percent surge in booking sales vs. the year prior. Peru, South Africa, Australia and Morocco were the top four most popular destinations booked by Journeys travelers from the United States.

“The Journeys story is all about growth. Compared to even two years ago, bookings of these trips have soared more than 100 percent and we’re adding more product for these European and South American destinations to keep up with demand,” said Ben Perlo, North American Managing Director for G Adventures.

“We are thrilled with the strong growth of the Journeys line and are pleased to expand our offerings allowing consumers to experience different parts of the globe,” added Heather Heverling, Senior Vice President, National Geographic Expeditions. “It feels good to be able to offer people even more ways to connect with the inspiring community programs and fieldwork each of our organizations support.”

The new and updated tours for 2019 are:

  • Highlights of Bolivia (8 days, from USD $1,999.) – Explore the historic capital of Sucre and sky-high La Paz, then experience life at a traditional hacienda among the Jukil community before watching the sunset from atop Uyuni Salt Flats.
  • Peru & Bolivia: Machu Picchu to the Salt Flats (16 days, from USD $4,399.) – Learn about Peru’s former Inca capital of Cusco before an Amazon jungle immersion. HIke the Inca Trail, or catch the scenic train, then pass into Bolivia to explore soaring Andean peaks and the famed Uyunni Salt Flats.
  • Explore Northern Peru (9 days, from USD $2,499.) – Immerse yourself in the Chachapoyas culture and take a cable car ride up to Kuelup Fortress. Hike through the cloud forest to the Gocta waterfall, then explore tombs from pre-Inca Moche culture. Wander through the adobe brick city of Chan Chan.
  • Explore Northern Peru & Machu Picchu (16 days, from USD $4,299.) – Discover traces of pre-Inca cultures in lesser-visited northern Peru, including the mountaintop home of past “Cloud Warriors;” and the eroded adobe ruins of Chan Chan. Round out your exploration of Peru’s fascinating past with an early morning guided visit to magnificent Machu Picchu.
  • Discover Portugal (8 days, from USD $1,899.) – Visit the Sintra UNESCO World Heritage Site and sample Fado night with traditional Portuguese dinner and music in Alfama. Visit the University of Coimbra, wander through Diana’s Temple and end in Porto with a Douro Valley Cruise
  • Iconic Portugal & Spain (15 days, from USD $3,799.) – Follow the fortified wine shipping route in Porto, learn from a local historian’s tour of Toledo, stand in awe of the Moorish Alhambra and see the colorful streets of Seville in this blend of architecture, history and culture.
  • Hungary & Romania Highlights (8 days, from USD $1,999.) – Learn about Budapest’s historic highlights during a guided walk. Visit castles and fortified structures. Prepare a traditional meal with a local chef, and immerse yourself in the haunting past of Transylvania’s Bran Castle in this tour that focuses on history, culture, myth and legends.
  • Discover Central & Eastern Europe (16 days, from USD $4,099.) – On this journey through parts of Germany, Austria, Hungary and the Czech Republic, walk sections of the old Berlin Wall with a historian, visit Egerszalok’s salt springs and water terraces, and dip into thermal bath house waters in Budapest.

For details and a listing of new trips, contact your local travel agent, call 1-877-277-9851, or visit: www.gadventures.com/NGJ-2019  or www.nationalgeographicexpeditions/journeys.

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About National Geographic Partners LLC: National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

National Geographic releases rare joint interview with Bill & Melinda Gates on progress toward reducing global poverty ahead of United Nations General Assembly

National Geographic News Feed - Tue, 09/18/2018 - 14:33
Melinda Gates to take over National Geographic’s Instagram account on Wednesday, September 19   B-roll & visuals available   National Geographic has published a rare joint interview with Bill and Melinda Gates discussing the latest findings highlighted in their Goalkeepers report ahead of the U.N. General Assembly next week. Susan Goldberg, National Geographic’s Editor in Chief, conducted the interview.    In 2017, the Gates Foundation launched Goalkeepers, an initiative to spur action and track progress toward the United Nations Sustainable Development goals, which include ending poverty and hunger, improving literacy rates, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, sustainable cities, and more. The report released today provides an update on progress toward meeting the goals, emphasizing the potential greater investments in the development of children hold for society.   In the interview, the Gateses share which goals in the report they are most personally interested in meeting. For Melinda, it’s empowering women and girls and improving women’s access to contraceptives, notably, 200 million more women. For Bill, the development of children, through combatting malnutrition and disease, is top of mind.    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation worked with National Geographic to publish this interview today in conjunction with the Goalkeepers report. The interview demonstrates the shared commitment of both organizations in meeting worldwide development goals through relentless research and reporting on the status of these benchmarks around the world.    The Gateses are have long-championed the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted by world leaders at the United Nations. On Wednesday, September 19, Melinda Gates will be taking over @natgeo, National Geographic’s Instagram account, to highlight photos from National Geographic photographers whose work resonates with the global goals supported by Goalkeepers.   FOR MEDIA:   B-ROLL OF THE INTERVIEW, GRAPHICS HIGHLIGHTING REPORT STATS, & PHOTOS AVAILABLE    CONTACT LEAH JEREB at leah.jereb@natgeo.com or (202) 912 6716.

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