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Bucket List Item # 9 – Lose the “Baby Weight” (Giveaways Included)

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Sea Kayak up close and personal with Killer Whales – Adventure giveaway!

How would you like to join Terry & Nancy Prichard on one of their award winning tours in Johnstone Strait? You can! In cooperation with Sea Kayak Adventures we are offering one FREE space to a lucky winner to join them this summer.

You would need to fly or drive to Vancouver Island and the hotel recommended to stay at the Haida Way in Port McNeill. The airport you’d fly into is in Port Hardy.

Johnstone Strait is home of the world’s only orca preserve.

You will be required to have a passport for entry to Canada. Also, you will want to arrive a day before you leave on your kayaking excursion. On your return to Port McNeill you are encouraged to stay a few days after for a little rest and to visit the sites around the Port McNeill area.

From Sea Kayak Adventures, Inc.:

FAMILY QUICK GETAWAYS TO WATERS OF THE WORLD’S ONLY ORCA PRESERVE
Northern Vancouver Island, BC Canada


Why this trip:
First and only orca preserve in the world; best single time and place in the world to paddle with salmon-eating orcas; sheltered waters and quick tour perfect for novice paddlers; orcas guaranteed in August – or you get a free orca watching day cruise!

TELEGRAPH COVE, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA — Sea Kayak Adventures, Inc. invites outdoor-minded folks (novices welcome!) to join its four-day guided paddling trips July and August 2012 through the wilds of British Columbia’s Johnstone Strait off northern Vancouver Island, camping at an exclusive basecamp at THE heart of orca territory. The company is now rounding its offerings to novice kayakers by adding this new “Orca Quick Adventure” four-day tour to its repertoire of six-day kayak tours in the area. This narrow sheltered orca freeway is world renowned for its summer congregations of hundreds of “killer whales” following the salmon runs funneled from the sea into this specific area. In fact, Canada is the first and only country in the world to establish and maintain an orca preserve there. The Michael Biggs Robson Bight Orca Preserve is set aside specifically for this unique species called “northern resident orcas”.

Participants will paddle two-person sea kayaks through the glacier-carved waterways between Vancouver Island and the rugged mountains of mainland British Columbia. Along the way, they’ll get close to wild orcas, as the strait is a traditional gathering place for these whales. Guides scan the calm waters for spouts and point out whale behavior. Bald eagles dot the towering trees along the shore, feasting as do the orcas on the prolific salmon runs here.

The group will also explore the area’s rainforest on foot, visit the ancient First Nations sites, visit orca researchers and hopefully glimpse a black bear from their kayaks. Each night, they’ll camp on secluded island beaches where they can watch orcas from their tents.

We truly enjoyed this trip and consider it possibly the best vacation we have ever had. Your attention to detail, care of your equipment and planning is evident in the success of your trips. We are so glad you made our first kayaking adventure a pleasant, memorable one. Keep up the good work.” ~Bob and Elizabeth Mills (Kayak with Orcas in Johnstone Strait – Vancouver Island)

Giveaway

One (1) FREE Space with Sea Kayak Adventures on a 4-day orca Kayak trip in Johnstone Strait BC CanadaJuly 15-18 (arrive to Port McNeill afternoon of July 14), Aug 19-22 (be there Aug 18) and Aug 27-30 (arrive to Port McNeill afternoon of Aug 26) – it will be for one of the above three trips, but will be worked out with Sea Kayak Adventures providing space availabilities.

If you have traveled with us in the past email me at anje @ allabout-travel.com or leave me a comment below letting me know, this will get you 5 entries. Confirmed via our client database.

You (anyone, regardless if you have traveled with us) can enter until May 23rd, 2012. Thank you and good luck!

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To plan your trip today:

All About Travel
6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
info [at] allabout-travel.com
405.384.3880

About All About Travel

Opened in 1978, All About Travel is located in the Oklahoma City area.  We are a family owned and operated company that has strived to provide our clients with the highest quality of service for more than 30 years.  Our agents can arrange all your travel needs from the individual hotel and/or car reservation to an around the world cruise.  Nothing is out of reach.

We can help plan your honeymoon, your destination wedding or the much needed getaway for two.  Don’t forget about your business, we can handle all the travel needs for your company as well.  Anything from an airline flight and hotel for a meeting or all the planning needed for your next company-wide seminar.  We can arrange hotel space for all attendees and meeting rooms for all purposes.

Our agents travel to many destinations on FAM trips (Familiarization trips) these trips are designed by tour operators and cruise lines to make certain that travel agents are up-to-date on popular destinations and cruise ships.

So the next time you need to, or better yet, want to travel…Let us help, it’s what we do.

Sea Kayak Adventures with Killer Whales

Terry & Nancy Prichard, owners and operators of Sea Kayak Adventures, Inc. have been leading quality tours since 1993.

This July they will be kayaking with a group in the Johnstone Strait. Johnstone Strait is known for the number of orcas (killer whales) that return to the area to feed on the salmon. So your adventure would guarantee seeing orcas. This is a nice reassurance. Last summer I was in Nova Scotia and paid for a whale watching tour and not one whale spotted. We did get to take pictures of many birds that trailed our boat for the food the tour conductor was feeding to them.

Limited space is available on the upcoming tour to Johnstone Strait to sea kayak with the whales. Make your arrangements now.

Awards and Achievements of Sea Kayak Adventures:
2009 Recipient of National Geographic Adventure Magazine’s “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”
2009 National Geographic Traveler Magazine’s “50 Best Trips of a Lifetime”
2010 National Geographic Travel.com “Best Deals for Adventurous Travelers”
2011 National Geographic Traveler Magazine’s “Best Whale Watching Locations”

Plan Your Trip Today:

All About Travel
6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
info [at] allabout-travel.com
405.384.3880

Travel Tidbits – Secret islands of the Caribbean

Secret garden of Beijing’s Forbidden City revealed
When the last emperor of China fled Beijing’s Forbidden City in 1924, the doors closed on one of its greatest treasures: the Qianlong Garden… CNN

Prague Museum Night Archive
Prague Museum Night at the National Museum.

Prague’s Museums, Open at Night and Free
These days, few things in life are free, making Prague’s annual Museum Night a rare and alluring treat… New York Times

 

 

 

At the Moon Hotel in Singapore's Little India section, the outdoor area of the Suite Room.

Singapore Moon Hotel
A modern boutique hotel in one of Singapore’s most colorful, historic neighborhoods… New York Times

 

 

 

 

 

Courtesy Thinkstock
San Andrés is situated 480 miles northwest of mainland Colombia.

Secret islands of the Caribbean
Region holds wealth of treasures – if you know where to look … MSN.com

 

 

 

 

 

Spend 127 hours exploring Moab, Utah
This tiny southeastern Utah town touts itself as the place “where adventure begins”… USA Today

 

 

 

Explore Temple Bar during the day, before the drunken tourists in green face paint arrive.

What NOT to do in Dublin
Eva Sandoval lays out the city’s most avoidable attractions…and what you should do instead… CNN

 

 

 
To plan your trip today:

All About Travel
6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
info [at] allabout-travel.com
405.384.3880

About All About Travel

Opened in 1978, All About Travel is located in the Oklahoma City area.  We are a family owned and operated company that has strived to provide our clients with the highest quality of service for more than 30 years.  Our agents can arrange all your travel needs from the individual hotel and/or car reservation to an around the world cruise.  Nothing is out of reach.

We can help plan your honeymoon, your destination wedding or the much needed getaway for two.  Don’t forget about your business, we can handle all the travel needs for your company as well.  Anything from an airline flight and hotel for a meeting or all the planning needed for your next company-wide seminar.  We can arrange hotel space for all attendees and meeting rooms for all purposes.

Our agents travel to many destinations on FAM trips (Familiarization trips) these trips are designed by tour operators and cruise lines to make certain that travel agents are up-to-date on popular destinations and cruise ships.

So the next time you need to, or better yet, want to travel…Let us help, it’s what we do.

 

Get Unplugged in Costa Rica!

Make Your Dreams a Reality – Bucket List Publications Online Magazine

Read more about Lesley Carter here:

Making all her dreams come true, yours too with extreme adventure and travel

Meet Tonje Helene Blomseth: A Girl Who’s Ready to Conquer the World!

Bucket List Publications Made A Heli Skiing Dream Come True

Making all her dreams come true, yours too with extreme adventure and travel

Traveling and extreme adventure have been Lesley Carter’s life. Her love of exploring new cultures and countries becomes evident when you hear all of her experiences. She has been an adventure seeker from a very young age. Body-boarding in the ocean is something she started while in elementary school.

 

When recalling her first extreme adventure, Carter shares,“My first extreme adventure weekend was only about 7 years ago. I went to Interlaken, Switzerland for a weekend of sky-diving in the Swiss Alps, white-water rafting in Class 5 rapids, and bungee jumping over a lake” as she recalls, “It was the most liberating and exhilarating thrill and I’ve been “flying” through adventures since.”

 

 

Although her family does travel, extreme sports and adventure are
something she acquired on her own. Her husband, Darren, is an adventure junkie like her so together they are “able to experience all that life has to offer.”

When Lesley and Darren met, adventure and traveling wasn’t a major part of Darren’s life; however, it was something he always desired. Since they met (only two years ago), they’ve been sky-diving, white-water rafting, paragliding, bungee jumping, sky-jumping, helicopter touring/piloting, rock climbing, swimming with beluga whales, surfing and sailing.

In fact, on their wedding day in Jamaica, after the ceremony, they went rock-climbing and did a trapeze act in their full wedding attire. “We made the whole trip about fun and adventure. We wanted our wedding to reflect our personal lifestyle.”

 

Lesley Carter grew up in Nova Scotia until she was 24 years old. She then lived in Quebec, Manitoba and New Brunswick. Currently she is living in the U.S. with her husband. It would be their first time to live in the U.S. and after a lot of deliberation Lesley and her husband, Darren chose Southern California. They sold everything they owned, resigned from their positions, and moved across the Continent. Carter states, “Although we miss our family, it was a wonderful decision and we have no intentions of moving back.”

When asked how she keeps in shape for her extreme adventures, Carter says, I keep as active as I possibly can on a regular basis. I ran a marathon a couple of years ago and I exercise daily. After the baby is born, I’d like to start a SUP training program under Pau Hana Surf Supply, I’ll continue kayaking and surfing regularly as well. If you have a busy lifestyle, exercise comes naturally. I love being outdoors and having new experiences; it all relates.” 

Since moving to California a little over a year ago, Carter hasn’t been working. When Lesley and Darren moved to Southern California it was with the intent to start a family. She is due in less than two weeks. Prior to their move Lesley had been teaching at various levels for 8 years. She has an Advanced Bachelor of Arts degree in English and History, a Bachelor of Education degree in Secondary Education, and a Masters degree in Literacy.

With 33 countries under her belt, and 7 of those in the last year, she doesn’t have anything set in stone with the arrival of her daughter to visit any new countries. Lesley does want to keep her daughter as first priority and take things day to day. She does feel 100% certain that a few new countries will be visited within the next year, keeping the options open. Lesley states, Even with a child, we hope to continue our adventurous lifestyle, but maybe at a different level.”

 


Expecting in less than two weeks, Lesley is still very active in her travel and adventurous lifestyle. She has slowed down with caution for herself and her baby, she says, but that doesn’t mean that life or adventure has stopped.” While being pregnant she has piloted a helicopter and an airplane; visited Canada and Mexico; “and I’ve been to Vegas, the Grand Canyon, San Diego, San Francisco, LA, and Palm Springs.”  She’s also swam with beluga whales and “enjoyed two dolphin and whale safaris.”  Flying in a helicopter over LA and the Grand Canyon are added to the many things she has done all while being an expecting mother. Days ago at 38 weeks pregnant she even went Kayaking. She shares, “I’m about to embark on a paddle boarding journey with Pau Hana Surf Supply

 

Lesley currently has no plans on writing a book, she says,life has been a continued adventure and you never know what’s around the corner. Carter has published work in travelmag.com and traveldudes.org.


Currently, she publishes her own work and has started Bucket List Publications. Her interest is to start her own travel magazine. Since her baby girl is due pretty soon, she wants to be sure that daily posts remain on her blog. Therefore, she has created an opportunity where she will always have content to publish.

While Bucket List Publications is in full swing, she has given others the opportunity to share their “Bucket List” adventures. To date, she has given away a Skydiving Adventure Package, Free tickets to Sleeping Beauty in Irvine, CA as well as making dreams come true with a heli-skiing adventure package including 4 nights at Revelstoke Mountain Resort, ski lift tickets and equipment at the resort, and heli-skiing with Selkirk Tangiers. She’s also in the process of organizing a NASCAR racing experience and another skydiving adventure package.

 


In getting to know Lesley, I asked her if she had any inspiring words for someone wanting to experience any single extreme adventure she has experienced. Carter shares, The only thing that gets in the way of conquering an extreme adventure is yourself. Anyone can sky-dive or bungee jump! I try to focus less on the actual process of stepping off the bridge or out of the plane and more on the journey. If I thought too much about it, I would never be able to do it. Extreme sports are totally different experiences from extreme adventures.  They often require skill and physical endurance rather than solely mental courage. If you plan on participating in extreme sports, you need to be sure of your skill and abilities; it’s not something you just walk into.”

 

 

To plan your trip today:
All About Travel
6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
info [at] allabout-travel.com
415.384.3880

About

Opened in 1978, All About Travel is located in the Oklahoma City area.  We are a family owned and operated company that has strived to provide our clients with the highest quality of service for more than 30 years.  Our agents can arrange all your travel needs from the individual hotel and/or car reservation to an around the world cruise.  Nothing is out of reach.

We can help plan your honeymoon, your destination wedding or the much needed getaway for two.  Don’t forget about your business, we can handle all the travel needs for your company as well.  Anything from an airline flight and hotel for a meeting or all the planning needed for your next company-wide seminar.  We can arrange hotel space for all attendees and meeting rooms for all purposes.

Our agents travel to many destinations on FAM trips (Familiarization trips) these trips are designed by tour operators and cruise lines to make certain that travel agents are up-to-date on popular destinations and cruise ships.

So the next time you need to, or better yet, want to travel…Let us help, it’s what we do.