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October 2018

  • Travel via Railroad

    train, explore, railroad, canada If you look back in time, the railroad was once the main source of transportation, but time has brought much change.  Replaced with planes, cars, and buses, the railroad has since become more associated with moving freight than people. Most may be unaware though, but traveling by railroad is still a great mode of transportation, and actually, it is one of the best ways to see the country.

    There are many railroads that are specifically designed for explorers to experience scenery that is otherwise inaccessible. Traveling by train allows a totally new perspective, providing views that those who choose cars, buses, or planes will never get to experience. Keep your options of travel open, and consider taking your next adventure by train.

    Fall is here, and what better way could there be to take in all the foliage. Any time of the year though, the railroad offers once in a lifetime experiences.  From sea to shining sea, coast to coast, the options are many. Spectacular views will take your breath away whether in West Virginia, the Smoky Mountains, the Rocky Mountains, Banff, America’s Heartland, the Colorado River Valley, the Grand Canyon, Mt. Rushmore or Niagara Falls.  There is even a Polar Express in Ontario.

    Contact your adventure agent to help narrow down and personalize your railroad experience. Book early for the best dates. You will be able to experience pristine forests, untamed rivers, and snow-capped mountains. Having so many route options, it sure makes it a hard choice, but the railroad is considered to be one of the best ways to soak it all in. Make sure you get the chance to do so.


  • Outdoor Market at the USNWC

    This weekend the USNWC kicks off its Outdoor Market! With so much to do at this great facility, it can be overwhelming to choose where to start. When the USNWC puts on an event, you can be ready sure there will be tons of activities for you to join. Luckily for you, they have everything scheduled so you can participate in a bit of everything! If you like adventure, this is the place for you. You’ve gotta come hang out with us and check out all the festivities!

    Friday October 19:  2:30 PM – 8:30 PM

    Saturday October 20:  8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

    Sunday October 21:  9:30 AM – 5:00 PM

    Outdoor Market offers a unique setting for guests to get hands-on experience with gear from top brands in the outdoor industry. Over three days, this festival offers guests the opportunity to demo bikes, trail running shoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, climbing gear and more throughout the 1,300 acre facility at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. During the festival, guests can also participate in group rides, runs, and paddles, as well as yoga practices and educational, participatory, and tech clinics. Opportunities to unwind from the festival’s active nature include live music, craft beer, food, and outdoor films.

    As with all USNWC Festivals, Outdoor Market is open to the public and does not require tickets. Majority of the clinics and workshops are free to participate in, however, a select few have spatial limitations or registration requirements. See each activity for specific details.


    Outdoor Market provides you with a unique opportunity to demo the latest and greatest outdoor gear.  Exhibitors will be set up throughout the facility ready for you to give a good taste of their newest products on the market. Whether you want to try out a new mountain bike, pair of climbing shoes, trail runners, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard… it can all be done at the Outdoor Market.  These opportunities are available to entry level enthusiasts and experts alike. Exhibitors include industry leaders such as SpecializedNinerBlack DiamondLiquidlogicSalomonInov-8StriderHala GearLa Sportiva, and more.

    – U.S. National White Water Center

  • Why use a travel agent?

    Press 1, now press 2, 3, 4… now remain on hold. No one likes to wait on hold, especially when you are already stressed trying to set up your vacation and researching for what feels like forever. There has been much debate lately about whether or not to use a travel agent. With the internet and all the available Apps, do you really need a travel agent? Here are some reasons why all travelers should consider one.

    Customer Service:

    When you work with an agent, you are working with a real person, NOT a robot. Travel agents specialize in travel, so they know the best locations, guides, resorts, and they have the connections to arrange it with ease.  They are here for you when you need them.

    They are able to find the best deals and customize your vacation around you. When you book a trip with a travel agent, most of the time you also get added benefits such as spa credit, car rental discounts, upgraded rooms, and more. Believe it or not, travel agents often come back at a better rate than the public, and they find the best deal without the hassle of dealing with it yourself.

    Travel agents choose to help people with their travel because they love it! When you work with an agent, they are with you every step of the way, before, during and after your trip. They want to make sure you and your crew are building memories that will last a lifetime. The goal of an agent is to make your trip with them the best you’ve ever had.

    Are travel agents for everyone?

    If you are going for a weekend getaway to the beach, sure, google the best hotel/motel at the beach, and it’s a done deal. But if you are going for a 12 day vacation in South Africa and want to go on a safari, hike to the Lone Creek Falls, and also go mountain biking, you’re going to want to call a travel expert.

    When planning a trip like this, it is simply not worth your time or risk of booking something you thought was what you wanted. The best part of this is that you don’t have to do anything other than to say what you want to do and where you want to go, and the travel agent will handle the rest, and more than likely, at a more affordable rate than you will find online. 

    Isn’t it expensive to use a travel agent?

    Actually, on the contrary, more times than not, travel agents will save you money and deliver more value. Travel advisors have connections and suppliers all over the world. This means that they get some of the best rates available which are not available to the public. Most of the time booking with a travel agent is actually more affordable than it would be to do it yourself.

    Forget the stress and save time.

    Obviously, these travel agents do this for a living. They know who to call, who to book with, where the best deals are, and the most suitable destination for your dream vacation. You hear about it all the time! Vacationers will spend hours and hours researching before they even begin the booking process, but then they wait on hold, only to realize that they want a different destination. At that point they start the process all over again. Once you’re paid and booked, cross your fingers because there’s no turning back.  Changing a booked itinerary can be very difficult online.

    If you choose a travel agent to book your trip, all you would have to do is contact your agent, tell him what you want, and he or she will handle it from there — at no extra fee. They are invested in the satisfaction, happiness, and overall success of your trip. You will be treated as a friend, not just a number. You get to talk with a person, not a search engine or an anonymous voice. When you work with a travel agent, you are also building a relationship of trust that should last a lifetime for many more vacations to come. 

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