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Where to look

by , SmarterTravel Staff
Editor's Note: This story was originally published on August 14, 2006. To see the most recent SmarterTravel articles on related topics, please click on any of the following links: adventure travel, Josh Roberts, vacation package.

Where to look

My favorite adventure travel tool is Adventure Center's "Trip Finder" application. Adventure Center is the U.S. sales representative for 10 of the biggest British and Australian outfitters, including Explore—a company with which I recently traveled on an Icelandic volcano trek. "We provide U.S.-based travelers with a one-stop source for a huge range of affordable small-group adventure travel experiences," says Adventure Center's president, Trevor Saxty. Adventure Center's "Trip Finder" tool allows users to search its entire database of about 2,000 trips using various filtering criteria, including destination, price, and dates.

Most of the companies I've mentioned here also send weekly or monthly email newsletters with their current deals, both last-minute and otherwise. If you're more than a casual adventure travel browser, it makes sense to identify the companies you like best and then subscribe to their deal newsletters. Some of my favorite newsletters are those from Adventure Center, ExpeditionTrips, G.A.P Adventures, GORP Travel, iExplore, Intrepid Travel, Mountain Travel Sobek, Responsible Travel, and Sherpa Expeditions.

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