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Smarter Travel: 

November, 2016:

Smarter Travel’s Caroline Morse recently traveled with Access Trips to Cuba and has done a wonderful job of putting all the essentials into her series of articles. “Everything I’d Read About Cuba Was a Lie,” “What You Should Know Before You Travel to Cuba from the U.S.” and “People-to-People Cuba Tours,” offer future guests a practical look into the current status of travel to Cuba. Our pioneering culinary tour is an excellent way to legally visit Cuba while also tasting the culture through its cuisine.

 

National Geographic Traveler: 15 Food Tours Worth the Travel

June, 2016:

What an honor to once again be a featured trip in National Geographic Traveler. In the Taste of Summer issue, National Geographic’s 15 Food Tours Worth Traveling For features Access Trips’ Cuba Culinary Tour. We’ve pioneered culinary travel to Cuba and are thrilled to share this wonderful trip with guests from across the country.

 

Beads & Basil: Cuba

June, 2016:

Blogger Shannon Smith of Beads & Basil gives readers an in depth view of her culinary tour of Cuba with Access Trips. Read her post for a fond account of her recent tour. “The highlight of our dining was in the home of Pototo who works for Access Trips. He treated us to a meal prepared by his wife of creamy lobster pasta salad, grilled beef ribs, chicken croquettes and corn fritters. As a special treat, we met Roly, bartender at the famous La Floridita Hotel in Havana.”

 

National Geographic: How Tourism Will Change Cuba

April, 2016:

This is a fresh and honest outlook on Cuba in the wake of American travelers. CEO of Access Trips Tamar Lowell talks restaurants in Cuba for this National Geographic piece. Paladares, in particular, are in hot demand and this has opened the doors for lots of variation in food choices in Cuba

 

Dreaming in Cuba: Cuba Culinary Travel

April, 2016:

Journalist Betty Teller has created a series of posts from her recent culinary tour of Cuba. In part one she shares a recipes for “Moors and Christians” and encourages her readers to open their eyes to Cuba as it begins to transform. In part two, Teller describes her encounter with the classic Cuban car. In part three Teller further explores her adventure, including her adjustment to slightly less than perfect facilities.

 

Washington Life Magazine: Cuba

April, 2016:

Follow journalist John Arundel on his recent tour of Cuba. Arundel interviews Access Trips CEO Tamar Lowell as he seeks to define what Cuba is for travelers today.

 

The Huffington Post: Travel to Cuba

March, 2016:

What do the latest changes in Cuba mean for you?  Access Trips CEO Tamar Lowell educates readers on what the ever evolving world of travel to Cuba means for visitors. Newly opening doors for American tourists have brought the masses, but not without some hang-ups along the way.

 

The Toronto Star: Kasbah Omar 

March, 2016:

Kasbah Omar is the ultimate food and cultural destination in Morocco. Access Trips experience an intimate stay here while touring this beautiful country.  In addition, this NPR story  from 2012 highlights some of the sensual culinary delights found at Kasbah Omar and the ancient cooking practices that all hungry travelers should discover for themselves.

 

The Chicago Tribune: Cuba

February 29, 2016:

Getting an Early Taste of Authentic Food and Drink in Cuba is the headline for this Chicago Tribune feature of Access Trips’ signature culinary tour of Cuba. This not-to-miss article gives readers a sultry taste of havana and beyond.

 

The Chicago Tribune: Peru Culinary

February, 2016:

Access Trips is featured in this Chicago Tribune travel round-up for our Peru culinary tour.  This will be a top tour in 2016, so make sure to read up on all the exciting culinary possibilities.

 

Fodors: Cuba 2016

December, 2015:

We’re honored that Fodors has named Access Trips one of the top Cuba tour operators in its 2016 Cuba Travel Guide.

 

SF Weekly: Bucket List Gift Idea – Cuba

December, 2015:

SF Weekly writer Brad Japhe highlighted Access Trips on their Christmas bucket list 2015.

 

360 West: Cuba On The Cusp

November, 2015:

360 West tours Cuba with Access Trips and digs deep into the the changes in store the island nation in its feature article, Cuba on the Cusp.

 

Huffington Post: The Cuban Food Revolution

June 18, 2015:

Access Trips CEO Tamar Lowell discusses the exciting changes happening in Cuba in her Huffington Post column. People insist that now is the time to go to Cuba ‘before it changes.’ I disagree. Now is the time to go to Cuba because change is exciting.”

 

TRAVEL PULSE: MOROCCO IS COOKING!

April 17, 2015

From Travel Pulse: “Morocco has turned in a 19 percent growth rate over the last four years in spite of being an African country during a time when Africa was taking a beating in the international media. The reason could have something to do with the growth of popularity of culinary tourism. At least one tour operator has good reason to think so.”

 

Huffington Post: 5 Ways Culinary Tours Add Flavor to a Destination

February 25, 2015:

Access Trips CEO Tamar Lowell discusses the company’s philosophy on culinary tours in her Huffington Post column. Cuba has rapidly opened its doors to American visitors in 2015

 

Boston Herald: Explore the Flavors of Vietnam

February 19, 2015:

The Boston Herald features our new Vietnam Culinary Tour in their article, “Explore the Flavors of Vietnam.”

 

Travel Age West: Escorted Tours

February, 2015:

TravelAge West featured Access Trips as one of their five recommended guided tours worldwide. Our Peru tour is a foodie’s delight that guides visitors from Lima to the highlands, tasting all that Peru has to offer.

 

LA Times: Vietnam Culinary Tour

January 5, 2015:

The LA Times covers our brand new culinary tour to Vietnam in their article, “Vietnam: Culinary tour links travelers with food, culture.”

 

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NAT GEO: 2014 TOUR OF A LIFETIME

April 17, 2014

Our 5th National Geographic award! Our Mexico Bike & Surf Adventure was selected by National Geographic Traveler as one of their 50 Tours of a Lifetime.

“This dual adventure takes you biking up and down historic trails in the Sierra Madre and to surf lessons in the fishing village of Sayulita, home to breaks for the novice, pros, and everyone in between.”

 

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USA TODAY: Adventure travel 2013

July 31, 2013

Acess Trips’ surf trip to Nicaragua is featured among top tours to adventurous destinations in this USA Today round-up of Top New trips to Emerging Places.

 

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NAT GEO: Food Fridays – Morocco

January 4, 2013

Blogger Lisa T.E. Sonne shares her thoughts on our Moroccan culinary tour, including our charming guide Yosef. Join her as she explores the tasty delights of Morocco.

 

NAT GEO: 2013 TOUR OF A LIFETIME

April 17, 2013

Our 4th National Geographic award! Our Morocco Desert Surf Safari was selected by National Geographic Traveler as one of their 50 Tours of a Lifetime.

“Few know that Morocco is home to some of the world’s sweetest and most reliable surf breaks. This trip is part surf camp, part cultural odyssey. Spend three days riding waves at a locals-mostly beach near Agadir—beginners welcome—then trek through Berber villages in the High Atlas Mountains and wander the souks and ruins of Marrakech.”

 

TRAVEL + LEISURE: BIKING IN NEPAL

October 24, 2012

Travel + Leisure features our new Nepal Himalayan Mountain Biking trip in a round-up of Extraordinary Bike Trips.

“Access Trips (accesstrips.com; 11 nights from $2,790) is offering a mountain-biking adventure through Nepal in May 2013. Amid 20,000-foot-high peaks, you’ll explore unspoiled villages, terraced farms, and Buddhist temples.”

 

OUTSIDE MAGAZINE: SURFING IN MOROCCO

August 14, 2012

Our surfing in Morocco trip is on fire and we’re excited that the media have recognized how special and unique it is. Check out the trip and get your copy of Outside Magazine on newsstands today, because this article is print only.

 

LA TIMES: MOROCCO SURF & CULTURE

July 9, 2012

Journey from Marrakech to the Atlantic and the High Atlas mountains as you surf, hike and explore the best of Morocco. Read all about our Morocco Surf & Culture tour in the LA Times.

 

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC: TOP 50 TOURS

Apri 22, 2012

We’re thrilled that our New Zealand: Multisport Adventure Tour was selected by National Geographic Traveler as one of their 50 Tours of a Lifetime.

“With a niche in ‘exotic learning adventures,’ the outfitter’s typical trips help travelers develop a single skill—from ethnic cooking to surfing—in a foreign locale. But the wonderland that is New Zealand holds too much potential to focus on just one activity, so this dynamic tour lets participants develop mountain-biking, glacier-hiking, white-water-rafting, sea-kayaking, and even wine-tasting chops—all while traversing the country’s South Island.”

 

SF CHRONICLE: NZ SKI & SNOW

Apri 22, 2012

The San Francisco Chronicle announces our New Zealand Southern Alps Ski & Snowboard Tour in the April 22 Travel section.

 

EPICURIOUS: MOROCCO CULINARY TOUR

March 31, 2012

Amy Sherman wrote about our Morocco Culinary Tour Morocco Culinary Tour in a serious of blog posts on Epicurious.com. ReadCooking on Vacation, Making Msemmen in Morocco, and Charmoula in Essaouira

 

THE DAILY: MEXICO CULINARY RETREAT

February 2, 2012

Bonnie Tsui reviews our Mexico Culinary Retreat in the iPad app The Daily’s column That’s the Ticket.

“Access Trips, which specializes in cool skills-based learning adventures around the world, has a brand new trip to taste the flavors of Mexico: a culinary retreat to cook and visit local markets with one of the top chefs in Mexico, Hugo Gutierrez, in an open-air kitchen overlooking the Pacific. Gutierrez, a recent inductee into the Academie Culinaire de France, will teach guests how to make shrimp pancakes with mole – a local favorite – and fresh salsas, shop weekly markets and embark on field trips to the local coffee roastery and ice cream factory.”

 

THE DAILY: MEXICO CULINARY RETREAT

February 2, 2012

Bonnie Tsui reviews our Mexico Culinary Retreat in the iPad app The Daily’s column That’s the Ticket.

“Access Trips, which specializes in cool skills-based learning adventures around the world, has a brand new trip to taste the flavors of Mexico: a culinary retreat to cook and visit local markets with one of the top chefs in Mexico, Hugo Gutierrez, in an open-air kitchen overlooking the Pacific. Gutierrez, a recent inductee into the Academie Culinaire de France, will teach guests how to make shrimp pancakes with mole – a local favorite – and fresh salsas, shop weekly markets and embark on field trips to the local coffee roastery and ice cream factory.”

 

AMERICAN WAY

January 15, 2012

Read about our Mexico Culinary Retreat and Costa Rica Biking and Surfing trips in American Way, the in-flight magazine of American Airlines.

“Looking to brush up on your culinary skills or learn a new sport on your next trip abroad? You’re in luck: Since 2001, Oakland, Calif.–based Access Trips has specialized in exotic learning vacations for skill and thrill seekers of all abilities. Along with already-popular guided tours like cooking in Thailand and snowboarding in Switzerland (they offer six activities in 16 countries), the adventure-travel company has recently launched a seven-day Mexican Culinary Retreat along the country’s west coast, in which participants try their hands at traditional dishes like shrimp pancakes and ceviche under the direction of one of the country’s top chefs, Hugo Gutierrez.” Read more.

 

THE GUARDIAN: COOKING IN MOROCCO

January 12, 2012

The Guardian recommends our Morocco Culinary & Cultural tour in it’s article Healthy Holidays: Courses to Help You Learn New Skills.

“Learn to cook the original fusion food – a blend of Arabic, Berber, French and Spanish cuisines – on a culinary tour round Morocco. You’ll visit Casablanca, Essaouira, Marrakech and a tiny village in the High Atlas mountains, bargaining for spices in the souks and then whipping up local dishes. By the end of the trip your dinner party repertoire will encompass fish tagine, Berber crepes, beef with prunes and almonds, and more. You’ll stay in stylish riads and have plenty of time for exploring and relaxing between cookery classes.” Read more.

 

KGO RADIO INTERVIEW ON MOROCCO

July 2, 2011

Check out CEO Tamar Lowell’s radio interview on KGO “On the Go with John Hamilton” and hear details of our Morocco Culinary & Cultural Tour (starts 35 minutes in).

 

NEW YORK TIMES: SURFING IN EL SALVADOR

April 14, 2011

Check out this article about surfing in El Salvador with our lead instructor, Roy Beers. Roy is an incredible ambassador for both Access Trips AND his home country, and an all around great guy.

 

THE INDEPENDENT: SURFING IN BRAZIL

March 22, 2011

Our Brazil Surf Camp was covered in this hilarious article in The Independent. If it makes your heart yearn for some surf and relaxation in Brazil.

 

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ADVENTURE MAGAZINE: BEST NEW TRIP OF 2010

March 28, 2010

We are pleased to announce that our Sri Lanka Surfing and Mountainbiking Tour has been named the Best New Trip of 2010 by the National Geographic Adventure Magazine!.

 

OUTSIDE MAGAZINE: TRIP OF THE YEAR

March 23, 2008

Another award for our El Salvador: Surfing, Mountain Biking & Wakeboarding trip! This month Outside Magazine names this trip the “2008 Trip of the Year” for Central America, Mexico and Caribbean. The article isn’t online yet, but it is in the newsstand so go grab yourself a copy.

 

MEXICO SURF TRIP IN NEW YORK TIMES

January 20, 2008

Our Mexico Surf & Yoga trip is featured in the Sunday Travel section’s Adventure Guide to Mexico. Check it out online at the NY Times. This article was reprinted in the International Herald Tribune on January 21, and the Seattle Times on March 23.

 

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC AWARD

November 1, 2007

We’re thrilled to announce that our El Salvador: Surfing, Wakeboarding & Mountain Biking adventure has been named by National Geographic Adventure as one of the Best New Trips of 2008. Check out the feature online at National Geographic Adventure.

 

FEATURE IN STANFORD BUSINESS MAG

November 12, 2006

Access Trips’ co-founder, Alain Chuard, is featured in the New Ventures section of the Stanford Business Magazine. The feature provides an overview of Access Trips’ trip offerings. For more information please read the online feature.

 

BBC PARTNERS WITH ACCESS TRIPS

November 8, 2006

Access Trips is proud to announce their partnership with the BBC. The partnership gives BBC Club members the opportunity to experience Access Trips’ full range of instructional adventure vacations where they can learn new skills while exploring exciting and exotic destinations throughout the world. The BBC Club is an independent, not for profit members club exclusively for employees of the BBC and its partners. The Club is self funded and has an 84 year history of providing social and recreational facilities, discounts and benefits to their 14,000 members.

 

CAREER BOOK FEATURES ACCESS TRIPS

October 1, 2006

Your Career Is an Extreme Sport: Focus, Drive, Excel is a brand new book that shows how to apply the principles of extreme sports such as drive, stamina, flexibility, and guts-to achieve extreme career success. Filled with advice from careerists who have reached professional nirvana, this contrarian guide shows readers how to get beyond the ho-hum career comfort zone to reach their professional peak. Among the people featured in this book is Alain Chuard, Access Trips co-founder and director. The book writes about his snowboard career, his experience as Wall Street banker and his entrepreneurial venture of starting Access Trips. The book can be purchased on Amazon starting October 1, 2006.

 

ACCESS TRIPS ON TRENDWATCHING.COM

September 20, 2006

TrendWatching.com features Access Trips in their STATUS SKILLS Trend Briefing for September 2006. TrendWatching says that Access Trips’ instructional vacations are yet part of another potential shift in what constitutes status to millions of consumers around the world. TrendWatching.com is an independent and opinionated trend firm, scanning the globe for the most promising consumer trends, insights and related hands-on business ideas. For the latest and greatest, TrendWatching.com relies on their network of 8,000+ spotters in more than 70 countries worldwide.

 

ACCESS FEATURED ON TRAVEL BLOG

September 19, 2006

TravelPost.com, one of the most popular Adventure Travel Blogs, features Access Trips. The article features our Norway Hike & Ride Boat Cruise, one of our mountain bike, surfing and rock climbing trips. TravelPost.com is the premier source for unbiased hotel reviews and personal travel blogs. The site develops and markets online applications that collect and organize user-generated travel information in order to fundamentally improve the way people research and shop for travel.

 

FROMMER’S RECOMMENDS ACCESS TRIPS

August 25, 2006

We are please to announce that Frommer’s Guide Books recognized our Morocco Surf Trip as one of the best things to do in Morocco. You can read more about the article on the frommers website at http://www.frommers.com/articles/3841.html. Frommer’s is one of the largest travel guide book publisher. Since the 1957 publication of Arthur Frommer’s revolutionary guide book, the Frommer’s collection of travel products has expanded to include over 300 guidebooks, reaffirming Frommer’s as the most trusted name in travel today.

 

THE PROVINCE FEATURES ACCESS TRIPS

July 30, 2006

The Vancouver newspaper The Province features Access Trips in its Sunday travel section. The article focuses on instructional vacations and writes that educational vacations offer intriguing adventures.

 

DESIGN BOOK FEATURES ACCESS TRIPS

July 12, 2006

Access Trips is featured in a website design book. The book uses detailed screen images of numerous selected sites covering themes including lifestyle, food, travel, sports, art and music, offering the curious reader an entertaining overview of this fascinating and fast-paced medium. For anyone who enjoys surfing the Net or those looking for creative suggestions, this book is just the right thing! You can order this book online on the publisher’s website.

 

NY TIMES FEATURES ACCESS TRIPS

May 1, 2006

Access Trips has been featured in the May 1, 2006 Edition of The New York Times. The article on page 4 of the Small Businesssection talks about the rising trend of instructional adventure vacations and uses Access Trips as prime example.

For more information please visit the Small Business section of The New York Times.

 

ACCESS TRIPS ON WORLD TALK RADIO

April 5, 2006

Access Trips was featured in a 40-minute segment on Travel Hub Radio. The broadcast aired Thursday April 4, 2006. Access Trips CEO Victoria Ransom talked with host Jeff Rochelle about the exciting tours the Company offers. Hear the show at:http://www.worldtalkradio.com/archive.asp?aid=6548

 

OUTSIDE MAG PROFILES NZ TRIP

April 1, 2006

Access Trips was featured in the Summer Travel edition of Outside Magazine. An article on Southern Hemisphere skiing recommended Access’s New Zealand Freestyle Session ski camp. The summer travel magazine isn’t online yet, but check out the rest of Outside Magazine at http://www.outsidemag.com

 

CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS ACCESS TRIPS

February 10, 2006

Access Trips will be featured in John Ivanko’s “Enrichment Travel” workshop at the 2006 Wisconsin’s Governor’s Conference on Tourism. The conference will be hosted at the Ho-Chunk Casino, Hotel, & Convention Center in the Wisconsin Dells from Sunday, March 12 through Tuesday, March 14. For more information, please check out http://www.wigcot.org/.

 

2006 WEBSITE LAUNCHED

January 10, 2006

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our new Access Trips website. We took all the feedback we got from various people and translated it into this new site. Special credits go out to Remy Burger, Graem Lourens, Olivier Chuard and Stefan Sch?rmeli who did an amazing job at implementing the technical side of the website. We hope you like the new site! If you have any suggestions, please feel free to send your feedback to info@accesstrips.com.

 

INSTRUCTIONAL TRIPS AMONG HOT TRENDS

January 5, 2006

This month`s issue of Entrepreneur Magazine confirms what we at Access Trips have always known – the demand for instruction-based vacations is huge and growing! Among it`s list of `The Hottest Trends and Best Business Ideas for 2006`,Entrepreneur Magazine lists `travel with a purpose` and states that `adults who want to learn a new skill` provide one of the travel industry`s `sizzling markets`.

 

NOMINATED FOR BRAND NEW AWARDS

January 1, 2006

We are proud to announce that Access Trips has been nominated for the ISPO Brand New Awards at the International Trade Show for Sports Equipment and Fashion in Munich, Germany. The Brand New Awards recognize the best and most innovative young products and brands in the outdoor sports industry. We are thrilled to have been nominated.

 

HER SPORTS MAG FEATURES ACCESS TRIPS

November 1, 2005

Her Sports magazine features Access Trips in the November 2005 issue. Check out the article about Advenures in Learning in the Trip & Tips section on page 68 of the magazine. The article talks about how Victoria Ransom, Access Trips co-founder, started the Company. The article also talks about the Company`s instructional sports trips that are particularly tailored to women.

Her Sports is the magazine for strong, independent women who regard active sports as an important part of their life and self-image. For more information please have a look at the magazine`s website www.HerSports.com

 

MEN’S JOURNAL FEATURES ACCESS TRIPS

October 1, 2005

Access Trips has been featured in the October 2005 Issue of Men`s Journal. Men`s Journal selected Alain Chuard, co-founder of Access Trips, to feature in their lead article “The 50 Best Jobs”. The article features men who have made their passions into their careers. To see a photo and feature box about Alain please check out page 76 of the October Issue of Men`s Journal. Access Trips also features in a long paragraph on page 80. For more information please check out www.MensJournal.com.