Exclusive Offer: Explore Antarctica with ETA

Vintage Antarctica Expedition December 1-12, 2019 It is apparent that Antarctica has great appeal to many of our members as a pristine natural environment they would like to see at least once and share with family and friends. Because of this and because this trip is “A Trip Of A Lifetime” and a perfect gift […]

Which Olympic Sports Were Not Invented in Norway?

Norway is a Winter Olympics superpower. With a population of only 5 million (roughly the same as Alabama) this tiny Scandinavian country has earned 329 medals (118 of them gold), considerably more than any other country. And, perhaps, it’s not surprising. In a nation with an ideal alpine training ground and a culture that prioritizes […]

A Special Departure to Lebanon: September 2018

Explore Lebanon w/ Kirby McDonald & Richard Bangs September 14-24, 2018 BOOKING DETAILS Contact Julie McCormack at: Julie@mtsobek.com for booking enquiries. ITINERARY Day 1 ~ Arrival in Beirut Upon arrival at airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Beirut. Welcome dinner in Beirut D: Hotel in Beirut Day 2 ~ Beirut After breakfast, spend […]

The 6 Most Romantic Places in Norway

With a galaxy of glaciers, raw and rugged coastlines, lush mountain slopes and winding, iconic fjords, Norway’s natural beauty captures hearts around the world. Here, romance is woven into the tapestry of the landscape—it is felt in the awe of the Northern Lights and the warmth of the Midnight Sun; it can be found in […]

Richard’s 10 Greatest Adventures for 2018

I’ve been reconnoitering the backs of beyond since the exordium of modern adventure travel, and have reported about quite a few. So, I combed through the dangerous catalogue and picked out what I think will be the best adventures for 2018 (and personally tested them all). 1) The Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu The […]

The Chaos and Richness of India: On Assignment with USAID

by Al Hirshen It is a testament to the unique visual and emotional richness of India that twenty-nine years after working there, everything is still vivid in my mind. The sheer number of people and the extreme poverty magnify each experience. Every type of person is found in India. They cover the full-color range from […]

Working in the Land of Brown and Dank: An American USAID Consultant in Ukraine

by Al Hirshen In December 1995, when the Dayton Accord ended the war in the former Yugoslavia (Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia), USAID was instructed by the Bush Administration to render aid to these new countries. In its usual infinite wisdom, Congress did not appropriate additional funds for the task. USAID had to cobble together the […]

Richard’s Picks: Best Hotels in the World, Fall 2017

Peer-to peer-hotel evaluations do a great service, but they also come up short in a number of ways. The first is that studies suggest most people who write reviews are venting, as the property and experience did not meet expectations set by the website or recommendations. Also, most reviewers don’t travel for a living, so […]

2018 Sobek Heritage Rafting Trips

Brief descriptions of the trips follow, in chronological order.  If you have questions or would like the detailed itineraries for any of these trips contact: John Yost at wantokwhitenile@gmail.com for more information. **’Tis the season, so I’m throwing in a bonus gift. If you sign up for one of these trips below, you’ll also receive a signed […]

Isn’t It Iranic?

The taproot of the tree of civilization, Iran. While the USA is an entity less than a quarter a millennium young, Iran’s recorded history bows back 5000 years. At its height, about 500 B.C., Persia controlled more than 2.9 million square miles of land spanning three continents, east into India, south to Egypt, westward to […]