For any traveler interested in backcountry camping, wilderness exploration or any other type of outdoor adventure, REI now offers a wilderness safety training course to the general public. The programming is in partnership with the National Outdoor Leadership School, takes place on weekends and is “ideal for all outdoor enthusiasts.”
“NOLS believes anyone can be a leader. The Wilderness Safety Training courses we’re offering with REI teach planning and decision-making skills that complement first aid and technical skills in a way that all experience levels will benefit,” said Katie Baum Mettenbrink, risk services manager, NOLS. “When you start a trip with a plan and can identify potential hazards, you’re able to focus on having fun instead of managing unexpected problems and injuries. And if something goes wrong despite all your preparation, having a plan sets you up for an effective response.”
Wilderness safety training courses are held at REI stores in 14 U.S. cities this fall, with more courses coming in 2020. Courses take place over two days. Participants learn trip-planning principles, how to identify life-threatening wildness hazards, outdoor leadership and decision-making strategies and emergency planning. Participants learn through both presentations and hands-on practice scenarios.
The course is $245 for REI members and $275 for non-members.
Looking for a truly unique travel experience and considering a new vehicle? The Volvo Overseas Delivery Program is the perfect solution to create your own adventure of a lifetime. Volvo allows you to custom order your new automobile tailored to fit your needs and desires. They will fly you to Sweden to pick up your Volvo so you can drive and explore Scandinavia and Europe on your terms for up to two weeks.
The Bushcamp Company is continuing extensive renovations on four of its eight wilderness properties within South Luangwa National Park in Zambia, including a complete rebuild of one. The refurbishments will be ready for the late 2020/2021 safari season.
Seoul and its 10 million residents entered the Distancing in Everyday Life phase of COVID-19 countermeasures. Residents will follow personal hygiene guidelines, including washing hands, wearing masks and maintaining a one-meter distance. Drive-through and walk-through screening centers are available.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, small businesses create two-thirds of net new jobs and account for nearly 48 percent of the U.S. private sector workforce. And small- and medium-sized businesses outpace all other sectors as one of the fastest-growing in the United States. InterContinental® Hotels Group (IHG) goes above and beyond to create opportunities for this segment with its IHG® Business Edge program, voted Best Small- to Mid-Sized Business Program in Global Traveler’s 2019 GT Tested Reader Survey awards.
To guarantee the safe reopening of all activities in Spain, with restrictions on the arrival of foreign visitors lifting July 1, the Secretary of State for Tourism and the Ministry of Health prepared guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the tourism sector, including service, cleaning/disinfection, maintenance and risk management.
LATAM Airlines Group S.A. and its affiliates in Chile, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and the United States initiated a reorganization and restricting of debt under Chapter 11 protection in the United States, in light of the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The reorganization provides LATAM the ability to reduce debt, access new sources of financing and continue operations.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
Parma, Italy, was set to take center stage in 2020 as the Italian Capital of Culture, but COVID-19 interrupted those plans. Last week, the Italian government announced that, as a result of the global pandemic, Parma’s designation will continue through 2021.