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Active Travel Adventures

100 EpisodesProduced by Kit ParksWebsite

Active Travel Adventures curates multi-day world wide adventure travel for reasonably fit folks who love to hike, bike, paddle or otherwise stay active for a more immersive experience when they vacation and explore our planet and its people. ATA's mission is to inspire and empower you to lead a big… read more

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Ecuador Volcano and Amazon Jungle Adventures

October 21st, 2021


Discover why Ecuador is considered the adventure capital of South America!

Hike under waterfalls, bike down one of the world's highest active …

Galapagos Hiking and Snorkeling Adventures

October 7th, 2021


Today we'll explore a land-based Galapagos adventure - away from the busy ship-based tours!  You'll visit several Galapagos islands and learn about the incredible animals, landscape and the history.  

We will hike the …

Isle Royale National Park

September 16th, 2021


On today's podcast, we learn all about Isle Royale National Park and why it's the most REVISITED US NATIONAL PARK in the Lower 48, even though it's the least visited park! 

Join Kit as she backpacks this rugged island …

BIG news in the Adventure Travel World Plus Travel Today

September 9th, 2021


In this special bonus episode, Kit interviews Wendy van Lieshout, CEO of Active Adventures, about the merger with Austin Adventures.  Plus, we discuss travel today in the post vaccine world of covid. 

In addition to the …

Raft the Colorado River thru Canyonlands National Park

September 2nd, 2021


Paddle the Colorado River for six days through Canyonlands National Park's famous Cataract Canyon.  

On this relaxing vacation, you can paddle or …

North and South Dakota, Apostle Islands , Lake Superior and more

August 19th, 2021


Sophie Diaries:  Camper Van Road Trip through the Dakotas to Lake Superior

Kit continues her adventures in “Sophie”, her converted Mercedes Sprinter camper van.

On today’s show, we visit the Black Hills of South Dakota, …

Hike Japan's North Island of Hokkaido

August 5th, 2021


Hike the rugged North Island of Japan, Hoikkado and avoid the crowds of more touristy parts of Japan.

Kit interviews Rick and Susan about their …

Training for Adventure Travel

July 29th, 2021


Listen in as Kit chats with online personal trainer Becki Rupp of Trailblazer Wellness about how to plan and tweak your adventure travel training program when life gets in the way.

You want to make sure you enjoy your …

Hiking Colorado - The Sophie Diaries

July 15th, 2021


Hike and explore springtime in Colorado as Kit and 'Sophie', her converted Sprinter cargo van, visit Dolores, Cortez, Durango, Salida, Colorado …

Hike the West Highland Way of Scotland

July 1st, 2021


Learn about Scotland's most popular 96 mile long distance trail in today's interview with Phil who, with his wife, walked this beautiful trail.

We …

Hike and Bike Southern Utah

June 17th, 2021


Kit heads to magical southern Utah to explore not just its fantastic National Parks, but also some lesser known areas, as she continues her USA …

Hike Utah's 'Mighty 5' National Parks

June 3rd, 2021


Discover the extraordinary landscape of Utah's "Mighty 5" National Parks!

We visit Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon and Zion National …

Hiking the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff and Northern Arizona

May 20th, 2021


The Sophie Diaries : May 2021

Join Kit as she explores the incredible landscapes of Northern Arizona!  We hike and/or bike the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff and Sedona.  We boondock in the Cococino and Prescott National …

Hike the Red Rock Canyons of Sedona

May 6th, 2021


Hike the red rock canyons of mystical Sedona on today’s show.  Learn what you need to know about exploring this stunning landscape. 

Join Kit as she hikes these magical canyons with ATA affiliate Wildland Trekking on …

USA Camper Van Road Trip - Appalachian Mountain Towns

April 15th, 2021


Sophie Diaries:  USA Camper Van Road Trip NC>VA

Kit heads out on the road again in "Sophie", her 2011 converted Sprinter van.

In today's episode, we explore the Appalachian mountain areas of NC, VA and TN.

Learn what …

Hiking the Grand Canyon

April 1st, 2021


Grand Canyon Show Notes

Kits interviews Mary, a 70 year old woman who has hiked the Grand Canyon down and back 142 times - most recently last …

2022 Travel with Me PLUS USA Camper Van Travel Now

March 18th, 2021


There are two segments in today’s show.  First we talk about traveling together to Central and South America in 2022, and then we discuss US Camper Van travel in “Sophie”, my 2011 Sprinter Conversion.  We head to …

Hike the Camino de Costa Rica Part II

March 4th, 2021


Hike the Camino de Costa Rica!

Part II:  The Logistics

Costa Rica has a new long distance trail that runs from the Caribbean (Atlantic) to the Pacific Ocean.  This 16 day,  280 km/175 mi trail takes you through five …

Hike the Costa Rica Coast to Coast Camino

February 18th, 2021


Hike the Camino de Costa Rica!

Costa Rica has a new long distance trail that runs from the Caribbean (Atlantic) to the Pacific Ocean.  This 16 day,  280 km/175 mi trail takes you through five ecosystems and more than a …

Gorilla Trekking Uganda

February 4th, 2021


Kit interviews Wendy Lee from the popular travel blog Empty Nesters Hit The Road about her experience trekking Uganda seeking mountain gorillas, …

Best Travel Podcasts for 2021

January 28th, 2021


Third annual list of the 25 Best Travel Podcasts to listen to in the coming year.

Host Kit Parks showcases the best in travel podcasts.  Learn travel tips, destination and adventure ideas, travel hacks and industry …

Everything You Need to Walk (or Bike!) the El Camino de Santiago

January 7th, 2021


Kit interviews Umberto di Venosa, founder of Follow the Camino, a tour company focused entirely on assisting 'pilgrims' plan and execute their Camino …

Hike Big Bend and Carlsbad Cavern National Parks

December 24th, 2020


Kit brings back Arlis (Baja episode) to tell us about her hiking adventure to Big Bend AND Carlsbad Cavern National Parks.

We'll learn what to see …

Trek Nepal's Annapurna Circuit

December 10th, 2020


Kit interviews Tracy Pawelski, author of One Woman's Camino and her recently released One Woman in the Himalayas, about her Annapurna Circuit trek in Nepal.

Not everything went as planned.  We discuss her trials and …

African Hiking and Safari Adventures

November 26th, 2020


Explore three amazing African countries by foot and safari jeep on today's episode.

In addition to a typical jeep safari, we hike and track game with an expert guide in Botswana, and also paddle the delta in a …

Hike and Kayak Iceland Adventure

November 12th, 2020


076 Hike and Kayak Iceland!

Kit interviews Brad about his amazing Iceland adventure where he hiked the rugged landscape to see waterfalls and cave dwellings, he glacier hiked in crampons, and kayaked among icebergs in …

Summer 2020 Camper Van Road Trip Concludes Part III

October 29th, 2020


Today we conclude the "Sophie Diaries" about what it was like to take a six week road trip during the pandemic this summer.

Kit makes it out west, hikes and bikes historic trails like the Natchez Trace, the Trail of …

Camper Van US Road Trip 2020 Part II

October 15th, 2020


Kit continues her multi-state camper van road trip during the pandemic.  Learn what it's like to travel now, what she's learned and some cool places …

Camper Van US Road Trip 2020

October 1st, 2020


What’s it like to go on a road trip during the pandemic?  In today’s show, Kit and her camper van ‘Sophie’ take to the road to find out.  You’ll learn what went right and wrong on her trip, and lessons learned.  You’ll …

The 'Summer of Kit' continues

September 3rd, 2020


The 'Summer of Kit' road trip in 'Sophie', Kit's new-to-her converted Sprinter camper van concludes, but she forgot about lack of internet access to produce new episodes while she traveled.  Today we discuss the new …

Travel in a Different World

July 16th, 2020


Is Contact Tracing the way to open up travel again?

Explore the pros and cons of contact tracing and exposure notification, and how it may help us travel again in a Covid world.

Today’s Bonus Episode brings Mary …

Green Shoots: Industry Panel Travel Update

July 9th, 2020


Roundup Interview with Adventure Travel Industry Leaders

Bonus Episode #6

In March 2020 at the beginning of the lockdown, Kit interviewed three industry leaders to find out what was happening on the ground, how they …

Morocco Adventures

May 14th, 2020


072 Adventures in Morocco : Marrakesh, Chefchaouen, the Sahara & Atlas Mountains and more!

Our visit to Morocco today focuses on the exotic …

The West Highland Way of Scotland

April 30th, 2020


The best way to see Scotland’s bucolic countryside is on foot! 

Savor Scotland’s most popular long distance trail, the West Highland Way!  This 96 …

Jordan Adventures in Petra and Wadi Rum

April 16th, 2020


The best way to see the highlights of Jordan is on foot! 

Hike Petra and Wadi Rum in Jordan, camp Bedouin-style in the desert away from the tourists and under a canopy of stars, ride a camel through the desert, visit …

Coping, Silver Linings plus an Action Plan

April 9th, 2020


Kit Parks interviews three top adventure travel tour industry leaders about how they are coping with the coronavirus pandemic and its effect on the travel industry, how they are handling upcoming and future travel …

Banff National Park Canada Adventures

April 2nd, 2020


Have an amazing vacation in Banff Canada!  Hike, bike, and paddle in one of Canada’s most scenic destinations.  Soak in a hot tub while you watch the incredible night sky! 

Learn tips from a local on this podcast …

Raft the Middle Fork of the Salmon River

March 5th, 2020


The Middle Fork of the Salmon River in central Idaho is one of the earliest designated Wild and Scenic Rivers in the US and is considered the crown jewel of the system.

The Salmon River flows through the Frank …

Hike the Dolomites

February 20th, 2020


Hike the Dolomites

Today we head to northeastern Italy to the magical Dolomites for an adventure that our world adventure traveler, Annie calls the …

Adventures In Flagstaff Arizona

February 6th, 2020


Jenny , an Active Travel Adventures listener lives in Flagstaff and shares her love of her beautiful adventure paradise on today's show – in fact …

How to Choose a Tour Company

January 13th, 2020


Learn how to choose the best travel tour company for your next vacation by using my 12 point system to evaluate tour companies and their tours. Don't …

Going To The Ends Of The Earth: Antarctic Expedition And More

January 9th, 2020


One of the great bucket list items many of us have is going to the ends of the Earth. You’re in luck in this episode because host, Kit Parks, takes …

Top 25 Travel Podcasts of 2020

December 26th, 2019


Show Notes Top 25 Travel Podcasts of 2020 Episode 062 of the Active Travel Adventures podcast In this episode, you learn the best travel podcasts for: * Destinations *Travel tips *Travel hacks *Travel stories *Budget …

El Camino de Santiago

December 17th, 2019


Kit interviews Janet Hanpeter from Planet Janet Travels about her experience walking the El Camino from France.  She loved it so much that she returned to do the section she hadn’t done.  You can learn about that here

Crossing The Peruvian Border Into Bolivia: Hike, Bike, And Paddle Through History

November 28th, 2019


In Part II of Adventure Travel in Bolivia and Peru, we now cross the Peruvian border into Bolivia. Kit Parks continues her conversation with Susan …

Peru And Bolivia Adventure: Hike, Bike & Paddle

November 14th, 2019


Peru and Bolivia are captivating countries famous for its natural wonders and cultural heritage. People never miss visiting the famous Machu Picchu. …

Backpack the Mummy Range in the Colorado Rockies

October 31st, 2019


Experience remote ruggedness, Alpine Lakes, and impressive forests in this seldom visited range in Rocky Mountain National Park, the Mummy Range. Get away from the crowds and experience pristine wilderness where you …

Baja Mexico and the Day of the Dead Celebration

October 3rd, 2019


In today's show, we head to the Baja California Peninsula in Mexico via Cabos San Lucas. We explore the cool town of Todos Santos and glamp on the …

Hike Wind River Range Wyoming

September 19th, 2019


The Wind River Range in the Rocky Mountains of Wyoming, is the mountain range that inspired Yvon Chouinard (founder of Patagonia clothing) to spend his life climbing mountains. Breathtaking in beauty, this remote and …

Kumano Kodo Trail In Japan

September 5th, 2019


The Kumano Kodo pilgrimage network of trails in Japan traces its roots back 1000 years to when emperors and samurai would trek these forested rural …

Cycle Tour Northern Thailand from Bangkok to Chiang Rai

August 22nd, 2019


Thailand has always been a go-to travel destination, and tourists are drawn to its capital, Bangkok. Instead of going that route, Emily Sedgwick and her husband chose to explore the rural parts of Northern Thailand …

Teton National Park Adventures

August 8th, 2019


The majestic Teton mountain range offers adventures galore: hike, bike, paddle and horseback ride as you explore one of the US most famous national parks. Lorna Miller, an adventure enthusiast, shares why she loves …

Exploring Acadia National Park

July 25th, 2019


Acadia National Park is one of USA's most famous national parks and the only one in New England. Over 3.5 million people visit Acadia National Park each year, and Kita Roberts of Pass the Sushi and Girl Carnivore shares …

50th Anniversary Celebration

July 11th, 2019


Most Popular : USA Lake Jocassee at Devil's Fork State Park, SC Join my 93 year old Mom and I as we explore Mom and my late father's favorite …

New Zealand North Island Part III

June 25th, 2019


Part III - New Zealand Adventure Series : The North Island

The last two podcasts focused on the South Island, including Milford Sound, Mt …

New Zealand Part II South Island Adventure

June 12th, 2019

New Zealand Adventures

As we continue our exploration of the South Island of New Zealand, we bike to the popular adventure town of Wanaka, indulge in …

St Olav Ways of Norway

February 19th, 2019


EP040 : Show Notes St. Olav’s Way with Sherry Ott of Ottsworld


St. Olaf’s Way is a series of seven long distance pilgrimage paths through rustic Norway, away from the crowds.  Just 1000 people complete the paths each …

Hike Italy : The Italian Lakes District

January 23rd, 2019


Episode 039 Hike Italy : The Italian Lakes District


Hike and Kayak the most beautiful lakes in the world*


Located in the Italian alps, the …

SW Portugal's Rota Vincentina

January 20th, 2019

Rota Vincentina Walking Holiday on Portugal's SW Coast

The group that manages the magnificent trails along the stunningly beautiful SW Portuguese …

NC Crystal Coast Adventures

January 7th, 2019


The Crystal Coast of NC has it all: perfect beaches, loads of history and charming fishing villages with lots of fun active things to do. Here's the scoop.

Solo Adventure Travel Tips and Advice

December 16th, 2018

Seven Reasons to Solo Travel

There are lots of reasons you might travel solo:

  1. Maybe youcan't find anyone to travel where you want to go, when you …

Hike Mont Blanc

December 3rd, 2018


Classic Bucket List trek of the Tour du Mont Blanc through three countries:  Italy, France and Switzerland.  

The Mont Blanc Trek is considered one …

Quebec Multi-Sport Adventure Travel

November 4th, 2018


Many people visit Quebec City for its 400 year old architecture and historical charm, but did you know it is an amazing outdoor adventure travel …

England's Cotswold Way Walking Path : Part Two

October 29th, 2018


The Cotswold Way footpath is an enchanting walking holiday through England’s bucolic countryside filled with stone cottages, thatched roofs, medieval …

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