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January 1, 2014

NAT GEO: 2013 TOUR OF A LIFETIME


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."


October 24, 2012

TRAVEL + LEISURE: BIKING IN NEPAL


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."

Read more about our Himalayan Mountain Biking trip here.


August 14, 2012

OUTSIDE MAGAZINE: SURFING IN MOROCCO


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 here, and get your copy of Outside Magazine on newstands today, because this article is print only.


July 9, 2012

LA TIMES: MOROCCO SURF & CULTURE


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.



April 22, 2012

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC: TOP 50 TOURS


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."


April 22, 2012

SF CHRONICLE: NZ SKI & SNOW


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


March 31, 2012

EPICURIOUS: MOROCCO CULINARY TOUR


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


February 2, 2012

THE DAILY: MEXICO CULINARY RETREAT


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."


January 15, 2012

AMERICAN WAY


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.


January 12, 2012

THE GUARDIAN: COOKING IN MOROCCO


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.


July 2, 2011

KGO RADIO INTERVIEW ON MOROCCO


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).


April 14, 2011

NEW YORK TIMES: SURFING IN EL SALVADOR


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. Read all about our El Salvador Surf trip right here.


March 22, 2011

THE INDEPENDENT: SURFING IN BRAZIL


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, learn more about our trip right here.


March 28, 2010

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ADVENTURE MAGAZINE: BEST NEW TRIP OF 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! Read all about our 10-day Sri Lanka multisport trip right here .


March 23, 2008

OUTSIDE MAGAZINE: TRIP OF THE YEAR


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. Read all about our 7-day El Salvador multisport trip right here.


January 20, 2008

MEXICO SURF TRIP IN NEW YORK TIMES


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, and then read all the trip details here. This article was reprinted in the International Herald Tribune on January 21, and the Seattle Times on March 23.


November 1, 2007

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC AWARD


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, and then check out our trip right here.





November 12, 2006

FEATURE IN STANFORD BUSINESS MAG


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.


November 8, 2006

BBC PARTNERS WITH ACCESS TRIPS


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.


October 1, 2006

CAREER BOOK FEATURES ACCESS TRIPS


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.


September 20, 2006

ACCESS TRIPS ON TRENDWATCHING.COM


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.


September 19, 2006

ACCESS FEATURED ON TRAVEL BLOG


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.


August 25, 2006

FROMMER'S RECOMMENDS ACCESS TRIPS


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.


July 30, 2006

THE PROVINCE FEATURES ACCESS TRIPS


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.


July 12, 2006

DESIGN BOOK FEATURES ACCESS TRIPS


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.


May 1, 2006

NY TIMES FEATURES ACCESS TRIPS


Access Trips has been featured in the May 1, 2006 Edition of The New York Times. The article on page 4 of the Small Business section 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.


April 5, 2006

ACCESS TRIPS ON WORLD TALK RADIO


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


April 1, 2006

OUTSIDE MAG PROFILES NZ TRIP


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


February 10, 2006

CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS ACCESS TRIPS


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/.


January 10, 2006

2006 WEBSITE LAUNCHED


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.


January 5, 2006

INSTRUCTIONAL TRIPS AMONG HOT TRENDS


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`.


January 1, 2006

NOMINATED FOR BRAND NEW AWARDS


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.


November 1, 2005

HER SPORTS MAG FEATURES ACCESS TRIPS


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


October 1, 2005

MEN`S JOURNAL FEATURES ACCESS TRIPS


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.