Agents need to be ready to deal with all kinds of questions. Connor McGovern offers the answers to some tricky travel quandaries
I want to get more out of my vacation than just R&R, but I’m not the type of person to go diving with sharks or throw myself out of planes. Are there other ways of feeling a sense of adventure?
Adventure vacations are usually associated with skydiving and bungee jumping, but delving into a country’s culture can be just as exciting, particularly when the culture is markedly different from your own. Morocco is an ideal destination for this kind of vacation, from Marrakech with its bustling souks and indulgent hammams, through the Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs and into the great sand seas of the Sahara, discovering secluded villages, vast dunes and camel rides along the way. All in all, it offers the perfect balance of adventure and culture, and provides an invigorating alternative to sharks. Winter is a good time to go to beat the crowds of tourists, with pleasant daytime temperatures of around 55F — though nights can often get extremely cold in the mountains and desert.
Morocco Immersion offers a seven-day tour of the historical and cultural highlights of Morocco on the Old Salt Caravan Trail, offering a side of the country most visitors never see. Includes English-speaking guides, entrance fees, private SUV transportation, camel trekking and accommodation in Berber tents. From $1,249 per person based on two sharing, flights not included. moroccoimmersion.com
I love adventure, but it’s difficult to find something that suits the whole family.
The island has been shaped by thousands of years of volcanic, glacial and tectonic activity, making its dramatic landscape its biggest draw. Activities range from picnicking in a mountainside meadow and discovering thundering waterfalls to whale-watching at dusk and admiring the awe-inspiring Northern Lights. Although it can be chilly all year round, summer is the best time of year to go, for long days of sunshine and temperatures of around 56F.
Essence of Iceland offers a 10-day summer trip including birdwatching in Stykkishólmur, hiking up Glymur waterfall, exploring Fjallabak nature reserve, admiring the view over the Lakagígar craters, sailing between icebergs in Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and hiking on the majestic Svínafellsjökull glacier. From $5,490 per person, full board, flights not included. essenceoficeland.is
Having skied, surfed and hiked all over the world, I’m now looking for a different kind of adventure, where I can feel like a true explorer. What’s left out there?
There are still plenty places where travelers can feel like they’re discovering a forgotten part of the world, and Americans don’t even need to traverse the globe in order to do so. The Northwest Passage across the Arctic offers would-be explorers the perfect chance to discover one of the planet’s wildest and most spectacular landscapes. Enormous formations of ice float through these freezing waters, which over time have frayed Canada’s and Greenland’s coastline with dramatic fjords and glaciers. Despite the inhospitable conditions, humans have managed to survive here for centuries. The tour below takes in Aujuittuq (Grise Fjord), the northernmost community in Canada, where locals endure 104 consecutive days of darkness every winter. The area is also home to rare and beautiful wildlife species, including polar bear, caribou, walrus and kittiwake.
Adventure Canada offers a 17-day tour of the Northwest Passage aboard the Ocean Endeavour. Includes pre-departure materials, special access permits and fees, guided activities, workshops, evening entertainment, community visits, and all shipboard meals. From $8,995 per person, flights not included. adventurecanada.com