Presenting: Chris Ronneseth – Adventure Travel Expert!
Adventure Travel Expert – I lately had an opportunity to talk with Chris Ronneseth of Trek Holidays (see interview sneak peek) who provided me a good introduction of journey travel, an area of travel I definitely want to discover quicker than later on …
Tell us exactly how you entered into the experience travel business.
I matured around travel. My papa, Allan Ronneseth founded the company in 1972 and also with an interest to see the world in a different way than the standard, we had the chance to take a trip to countries that were taken into consideration unique during that time as well as to some extent still are today. Venturing out on my own traveling while participating in College I became a growing number of passionate concerning the world beyond North America. With a degree in marketing, I ventured off first to New York as well as later to Toronto working in sales and also advertising and marketing for innovation firms during the technology boom. Having actually discovered the skill of sales in a sector beyond traveling but backed with a training rooted in journey traveling, I made the progression to directing sales in Eastern Canada for the household company where I now supply support to our network of travel agents across Eastern Canada along with compiling our month-to-month e-newsletter on experience traveling fads.
What countries have you taken a trip to?
- Africa: Namibia, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Egypt, Morocco
- Europe: UK, Greenland, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria
- Asia: Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Hong Kong
- South Pacific: Australia, Chef Islands, Tonga, Fiji
- Americas: Canadian High Arctic, U.S.A, Mexico, Jamaica, Cayman Islands,
- Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia
Please show us your top some travel memories of perpetuities.
- Peru -The last descent into Machu Picchu on the famous Inca Route from the Sun Entrance after seeing sunrise over the site, being the initial to go into the site at daybreak and also sensing of peace, harmony as well as solid magic in the air.
- Vietnam – Travelling the countryside of Vietnam by motorbike and also stumbling upon a hidden as well as seldom saw Buddhist Abbey leading to a three-hour check out with a young Buddhist monk knowing as well as understanding each other’s ways.
- Namibia – Skydiving at sunset at Swakopmund on the coast where the Atlantic Sea satisfies the blood-red sand dunes for as for the eye can see. Among one of the most serene moments of my life.
- What is adventure traveling and also exactly how has it evolved over the last couple of decades?
Adventure travel made use of to imply high journey when the firm was founded in the seventies, it was time when the ‘hippie-trail’ was hot and buses used to travel across Asia from London to Kathmandu with schedules that were mainly developeded along the way. Today it is about the small group encounter and also about experiencing a destination rather than just seeing it. It is about engagement and also understanding of cultures, record and custom-mades and also having the ability to take that encounter away as enrichment to your day-to-day live.
That takes place your adventure traveling excursions as well as why? What is the age, sex, nationality and also earnings level of the people that go on your excursions?
Journey travel is largely about the interest to do it. For this reason it crosses boundaries old, gender and also earnings since the usual objective of the vacationers is the experience regardless of their life in your home. Nevertheless the biggest market for us and one of the most important growth group is the baby-boomers that have actually experienced the typical coastline trip numerous times over and currently have the moment and also disposable earnings to take a trip to even more unique destinations. Citizenship is normally composed of mostly English-speaking countries with the make-up in order of numbers being Brits, Australians, Canadians, New Zealanders, Americans, some mainland Europe, some Latin American nations and also the weird Eastern vacationer.
We provide more than 120 nations around the world generally practically anywhere. Nonetheless countries presently regarded to be hazardous for traveling (eg. Iraq, Afghanistan) are not consisted of but we expect they will remain in the years ahead as the situation supports.
What kind of lodging is provided?
We offer normally speaking anything from 2 star budget plan holiday accommodation to 6 star lodge experiences in Africa and every little thing between. However what is common to all places we stay is that they must be tidy, comfy, centrally-located and also crucial have personality that is reflective of the destination.
Exactly how do these excursions benefit single travellers? Do you offer a travel-mate matching company? Just what takes place if I like solitary holiday accommodation?
Our excursions are created with single travellers in mind. As a matter of fact 0% of all our tourists stopped by themselves. We match homeowner up of the same gender and also like age to share as well as avoid billing them a supplement. If clients prefer their very own room, we can do this on approximately 60% of the excursions, generally the more upmarket ones, however at a rate that is fair and budget friendly.
Just what concerning dishes?
Relying on the journey we generally consist of morning meals and also some suppers however nearly never ever lunch as many individuals like to be out at noontime making their very own discoveries. Nevertheless when trekking or in the countryside or where options do not exist we will certainly always consist of dishes.
What are the one-of-a-kind advantages of experience tours as compared to other types of traveling?
A sense of success, top quality of experience, traveling with a little group of simply ten homeowner usually, typically better worth than equivalent bus tours, friendship with individuals that have an interest for this sort of travel.
What type of tasks are offered in your trips?
Taking in the sights is a major part of every tour yet past that we wish to consist of as numerous social encounters as possible such as homestays with neighborhood family members, village sees, etc. We likewise have many optional tasks available such rafting, cruising, jeep safaris, day trips, etc.
Exists such a thing as journey excursions for households?
We now have excursions built especially for family members to travel with various other families where youngsters are age six and also up. There is a huge market of ‘late-starter’ family members that never ever had kids till in their 30s. A lot of these individuals took a trip with us in their 20s or backpacked separately as well as now wish to consider that encounter to their children. They are not curious about presenting them to the ‘coca-cola’ society pervasive in today’s culture. These have actually been consulted with excellent success.
Please share with us useful advice for someone that’s never attempted experience traveling.
Security is a state of mind. Most people that choose not to take a trip to exotic locations do so as a result of a concern for their security while in the location. If you observe the recommendations of your excursion leader and be practical almost any kind of destination on the planet could provide a secure, safe and secure and remarkable encounter. Where we have had issues with safety and security it has actually often been a negligence for common sense and guidance. Don’t be afraid of experiencing other cultures, you will certainly usually discover that your curiosity will be the very best overview though it all and that exact same interest will certainly be reciprocated by the homeowner we fulfill along the road. It is about finding out as well as understanding other people as long as they should recognize us. It really does reduce the world. Our 2nd most significant issue would be dehydration, when taking a trip to hot, dry nations or where activity is entailed such as trekking ensure you drink great deals of water!
Just how much time do you travel on your own nowadays?
Typically 5 or 6 weeks a year. It is crucial to my sales understanding as well as experience and I owe it to my clients to be the professional in exactly what we do! All of our employees are provided wonderful travel opportunities which goes straight to our business adage: Professional advice from those who have actually existed!
Where are you going next?
I prepare this year on accompanying a trip back to Egypt in April, to South Africa in May to experience a few of our brand-new buildings we work with as well as to ideally take a side trip to Mozambique. Later in the year I intend making my method to Turkey and also the Patagonian outdoors In Chile & Argentina.
Thanks, Chris, for all your details, as well as enjoy on your trips!