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Cheap adventure holidays: 28 tips for budget adventures

Windsurfing - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 15:46

In my experience, there are two types of adventurers. Those with enough money to pay for exactly what they want, and those on a budget who book cheap adventure holidays to get the most bang for their buck. With the second group in mind here are 28 tips for budget adventures. What counts as adventurous is...

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What day is it? Ah yes, Wednesday

Booker Gliding - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 20:36
So much flying! We had a fantastic lot of weather today, a nice westerly with no bumpy bits, lift all down the Dee Valley to Braemar and beyond. Here's the tally:

Luke (319) - second solo at Aboyne, 14,000ft
Max (318) - second solo at Aboyne, 10,000ft
David (314) - first solo at Aboyne, 10,000ft, could have gone higher but forgot to turn the oxygen on!
Bob (V66) - 11,000ft
Barry (LTY) - 7,500ft
Bob (T4) - 16,000ft, and he went to Feshie South, he didn't get his 50k because he failed on the 1% rule by a significant margin
Jane (118) - Glenshee car park, Linn of Dee, 11,000ft

And in the two seaters:
Simon in 315 with Dave went to Spittal of Glenshee, climbed to 12,000ft
Phil in 316 took Richard to Spittal of Glenshee - very bold in a K21!
John and Nick in KSM were having a very nice time up the Dee Valley when the local constabulary called at the club to ask who was 'circling over Balmoral'. What they were doing was making use of a wave bar at around 8,000ft but a new lot of royal protection officers had got a bit jumpy - must have very good binoculars! The local police were very apologetic at having been instructed to come and make enquiries.

Photo gallery from the day:
Beinn a'Buird - no, we don't know where it is either
Dubh Loch and Loch Muick
Over Glenshee - in a K21
Somewhere

Somewhere else
Gastronomy notes - apparently they are eating well at Birkellun. Here in Wisdomhowe we are taking a different approach.






Destination South East Asia: Discovering Hidden Gems

Super Yachts Charters - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 17:30
Destination South East Asia: Discovering Hidden Gems Today we spent dreaming of warm hues blended with pastel blues, endless soft white sand and the sound of pure peacefulness. Alternatively, you could experience this first hand on your extraordinary charter across South East Asia, the ultimate winter retreat.

The Beauty of Burma
The main cruising area, the Mergui Archipelago, is located in far southern Myanmar (Burma), where 800 deserted islands lie in the heart of the sailing area. You can enjoy endless azure waters afar; dive from your yacht and swim amongst the colourful reef fish.

Whilst you’re submerged in warm crystal-clear waters and soaking up the sun which shines in Mergui all year round, cocktails are being made to order, fusing the tropics surrounding you. The weather alone makes Mergui an alternative getaway in the winter months for charterers eager to explore somewhere a little different; there are perfect weather conditions between December and February, with warm weather and steady winds of 20 knots across calm seas.

Discover the archipelago paradise where the sight of a human footprint is rare and majestic animals including gibbons, pythons, civet cats, huge monitor lizards and the rabbit-sized mouse deer roam. Look up, and you will find white-bellied sea eagles circling the islands.

Whilst the sunny weather plays a vital role in catching that golden glow, the surrounding islands are nothing short of supreme nature. Not only is there an extensive list of activities to enjoy such as swimming, fishing, snorkelling, kayaking and scuba diving, but visitors to this paradise can indulge in fresh, locally sourced food. A broad range of fresh fish can be sourced directly from the sea whilst sailing or when sitting close to the shore.

Last minute business meeting? Book the meeting room at one of Myanmar’s yacht club and resort, Ngwe Saung, take a dip in the swimming pool or dance the night away at Skipper’s nightclub. More facilities include a spa, gym and ballroom. The activity centre at Ngwe Saung yacht club and resort offers a variety of activities such as fishing, water sports, snorkelling, excursion boat tours, SUP, banana boats and diving.

The Flavour of Phucket
Following your stop off in Myanmar you could sail further south and feel the warm tropical weather of Phuket; the charter destination gem of Thailand. There is no doubt the Thai culture, cuisine and landscape have enticed charter goers developing Phuket into a world-class cruising destination. You will find several marinas on the Phuket Island; exploring a myriad of outstanding charter possibilities around the Andaman Sea

Award-winning marina, Royal Phuket Marina, is situated on the east coast of Phuket and the Aquaminium condominium features the world’s first penthouse with its own on-water private yacht garage. Within the marina, you will find prestigious properties, the Royal Villas, with their own direct-access private yacht berth. The leisure and lifestyle hub offers a serene setting for guests to enjoy exclusive residences, fine dining, boutique shopping as well as a health club and spa.

If you want to sail across silky waters onboard a larger yacht, why not visit Phuket Yacht Haven on the northeast coast of Asia’s premier island retreat. The marina has deep-water access with 6-metre draft capacity and allows the marina to berth yachts of 100 metres. Why not take a plunge in the pool, located at the condo or let off some steam in the newly equipped gym of 120 sqm and yoga room. Relax in one of the marina’s residential units which are comprised of seven apartments and studios ready to rent.

This is just a taste of the rich and awe-inspiring nature of South East Asia. A drop in the ocean, the region offers an alternative retreat during winter months and countless charter opportunities for friends and family to explore the many islands waiting to be discovered. Visit our South East Asia Destination Guide to find out more...

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A southerly breeze.....

Booker Gliding - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 21:08
Another murky start with a very damp airmass so although there was wave there wasn't room for more than a couple of gliders in the gaps between the clouds. Richard and Maddi in the K21 made it to 15,000ft, they had with them our friend Glyn, for his last ever wave flight. After they landed, we all went to the river bank where Roy scattered Glyn's ashes at a place he loved.

After lunch the air dried out and pretty much everyone launched. Ace of the base was Chris in 318 who got to 18,000ft, but the other gliders posted respectable height gains, as well as trips up the valley to Balmoral and Crathie church. Here are some of the views we saw:


Richard and Maddi taking Glyn for his final wave flight


118 from 315
Interesting mushroom over Aboyne
Scotland somewhereClouds
More cloudsNick and John with KSM
The sun set in the East today - either that or Aberdeen is on fire


The early bird catches the wave

Booker Gliding - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 21:42
The sun shone early this morning and there was enthusiasm for flying. Luke struck lucky flying with Richard in the K21, they launched early and managed to get into the wave and climb up to FL100 - Luke's first experience of wave flying. Max also flew in wave for the first time, in the Pegasus - he didn't climb but had a nice sightseeing flight over Morven. Dave and Jan in the Duo also contacted some weak wave.

Luke and Richard heading for 10,000ft
Later in the day the thermals got going and a Bob (V66) and Jane (118) had a very nice time going round in circles for a while.

Meanwhile, Jan, Maddie and Luke went off to explore local beauty spot Burn O'Vat....and there was quite a lot of fettling getting done in the trailer park. We are ready for tomorrow!


Maddie out on a limb

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PARTNERS WITH WATTPAD FOR PLANET OR PLASTIC? INITIATIVE

National Geographic News Feed - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 15:08

National Geographic Joins Wattpad to Raise Awareness of the Global Plastic Crisis, Inspire Wattpad Users to Preserve the Planet

TORONTO (October 15, 2018)–National Geographic and Wattpad, the global multiplatform entertainment company for original stories, today announced that they are joining forces to raise awareness of the global plastic crisis through a creative storytelling challenge.

As the amount of plastic in the world’s oceans continues to grow, National Geographic has announced a global commitment to help tackle this pressing problem, launching a multiyear “Planet or Plastic?” initiative aimed at raising awareness about the global plastic crisis and reducing the amount of plastic that reaches the world’s oceans.

Today, as an extension of its Planet or Plastic? initiative, National Geographic (@NationalGeographic) joined Wattpad to launch a global story contest, asking writers to explore the alarming impact of plastic on the environment, with the aim of inspiring the next generation to do their part to protect the environment through creative storytelling and artistic activism.

By sharing stories with the hashtag #PlanetOrPlastic, Wattpad users will be able to inspire others to take the pledge to reduce the amount of single-use plastic in their lives. Participants in the contest will also get the chance to have their stories featured on NationalGeographic.com.

“Eight million tons of plastic flow into the ocean every year, impacting marine life and doing irreparable damage to our world,” said Jill Cress, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at National Geographic Partners. “Storytelling is among the most impactful forms of advocating for positive change, and by partnering with Wattpad we will engage a passionate, global community of readers and writers to help inspire the next generation of stewards for our planet.”

“At Wattpad, we understand the power of storytelling to raise awareness for social causes,” said Chris Stefanyk, Head of Brand Partnerships at Wattpad. “Every day we see millions of writers use their creative voices to take a stand for social issues. We are honored to welcome National Geographic to our platform and use storytelling to further educate our community on ways to preserve the planet.”

You can find the new National Geographic profile at www.wattpad.com/user/NationalGeographic. You can join National Geographic’s efforts by pledging your commitment to reduce their use of single-use plastic at natgeo.com/plasticpledge.

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About Wattpad

Wattpad’s vision is to entertain and connect the world through stories. The global multiplatform entertainment company uses the power of community and technology to enable the creation and distribution of content across a variety of formats. Its flagship app, Wattpad, is home to a community of more than 65 million people who spend over 22 billion minutes a month engaged in original stories. Tap by Wattpad, the company’s second storytelling product, offers short, chat-based stories in over a dozen languages. Wattpad Studios co-produces stories for film, television, digital and print, together with industry partners. Wattpad Brand Solutions offers a full suite of advertising products to help brands build deep engagement with Millennial and Gen Z consumers. The company is proudly based in Toronto, Canada. Learn more at: company.wattpad.com

 

About National Geographic

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

National Geographic Announces Initiative to Donate 1,000 Underwater Drones to Explore the Ocean

National Geographic News Feed - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 15:08

The S.E.E. Initiative launches on Open Explorer, National Geographic’s digital platform created for the science, conservation and exploration community

National Geographic and OpenROV are joining forces to foster ocean exploration and empower communities with new tools and resources to further their work

Washington, D.C. (October 15, 2018) – National Geographic has partnered with OpenROV to launch the Science Exploration Education (S.E.E.) Initiative, a pioneering effort to explore the ocean. In 2019, the S.E.E. Initiative will donate 1,000 underwater drones to explore, monitor and protect marine environments, thanks to funding from a coalition of supporters, including the Avatar Alliance Foundation, Rolex, the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation, OceanX and a number of private philanthropists.

“We need more people exploring the ocean,” says James Cameron, National Geographic Explorer-at-Large. “We need them to feel the sense of curiosity and wonder that drives all science and exploration. Putting these tools in the hands of scientists, students and educators through the partnership between National Geographic and OpenROV is exciting.”

The recipients of OpenROV’s Trident drones will document their fieldwork and research on Open Explorer, National Geographic’s community platform for explorers and scientists. Open Explorer is an online community and digital field journal created to provide explorers and scientists a place to document, share and collaborate on expeditions in real-time, directly from the field. Created and structured by the Avatar Alliance Foundation, the S.E.E. Initiative builds on the momentum of the Open Explorer community, and engages audiences around the world in solving the local and global conservation challenges facing us today.

“One of the limiting factors for understanding the ocean is the risks, costs, and accessibility issues of experiencing these underwater ecosystems,” says David Lang, National Geographic Explorer and co-founder of OpenROV. “Many researchers, citizen scientists and underfunded conservation efforts don’t have the resources to monitor, study and explore. And we need that data to make informed conservation and policy decisions. The S.E.E. Initiative is an effort to empower people of all backgrounds to help tell these ocean stories in a more meaningful way.”

Researchers, citizen scientists, educators, nonprofits, and students can apply for sponsor-funded Trident ROVs through Open Explorer. Qualifying and interested groups and individuals are encouraged to apply for a robot for any marine project, and to follow the work of others through Open Explorer, which will be hosting the countless stories and projects that demonstrate the impact these drones are making in the name of science, conservation, and exploration.

“There’s never been a better time to be a curious person. New tools and technologies, like the Trident, are making science and exploration accessible,” Lang says “We’re helping people experience their world in a new and profound way. It’s not virtual reality. It’s not augmented reality. It’s just reality — the beauty, wonder and mystery of the unexplored world below the surface.”

For more information about Open Explorer and the S.E.E. Initiative, see the website here. Read more about this journey and the researchers and explorers behind it here.

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

About OpenROV

OpenROV designs and manufacturers professional exploration tools. The Trident Underwater Drone allows users to pilot the underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) down to depths of 100m and streams live video back to their smartphone or tablet. Learn more at OpenROV.com.

 

Press Contact:

Kelsey Taylor, kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com, 202-912-6776

National Geographic Launches 2018 Photo Contest

National Geographic News Feed - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 12:00

Entries accepted until November 15 at 12 p.m. EST

WASHINGTON (Oct. 15, 2018) – National Geographic invites photographers from around the world to enter the 2018 National Geographic Photo Contest. The grand-prize winner will receive $5,000 (USD) and a feature on National Geographic’s Instagram account, @natgeo.

Eligible contestants can visit natgeo.com/photocontest to submit photographs in any or all of three categories: Wildlife, People and Places. Once submitted, contest entries will join Your Shot, National Geographic’s online photo community, where members can comment on photos and share their favorites. The entry fees begin at $10 (USD) per entry for Week 1 and increase weekly as follows: $15 for Week 2, $20 for Week 3 and $25 for Week 4. There is no limit to the number of submissions per entrant. Entries must be in digital format and submitted electronically. The contest ends Thursday, Nov. 15, at 12 p.m. EST.

“The photo contest is an exciting opportunity for photographers from all corners of the globe to show us their unique perspectives on the people, places and wildlife they encounter in their own lives, said Jennifer Samuel, a National Geographic photo editor and judge for this year’s contest. “I hope we receive a broad range of diverse and innovative entries this year and encourage people to apply.”

One first-place winner will be chosen from each of the three categories, and the winning photographs will be published on the @natgeo Instagram feed. The first-place winner will receive $2,500, second place will receive $1,500 and third place will receive $750. The overall grand-prize winner will be chosen from the three category winners and will be announced in December 2018.

For details and official contest rules, please visit natgeo.com/photocontest.

 

PRESS CONTACT:

Kelsey Taylor

kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com

(202) 912 6776

 

About National Geographic
National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

 

 

 

Booker goes to Scotland

Booker Gliding - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 21:17
It's the start of Booker's annual expedition to Aboyne - home of Deeside Gliding Club - with the aim of experiencing the best that wave flying can offer. Most people drove up yesterday, in the most appalling weather. The locals accused us of bringing the rain with us, but it only really started lashing down when we crossed the border so.....

Today the strong winds had died down to nothing, and although the day started grey it slowly brightened from the west into a gloriously sunny afternoon. The day was devoted to check flights, with Dave B in the K21 and Richard in the Duo working hard to introduce newcomers to the local area and circuit planning at a site which is quite different from Booker. Three people did a first Aboyne solo in the Pegasus - Maddie, Max and Luke - well done to them.


Dave strappiing in, helped by Phil, with Maddie showing her appreciation
The lochs looking a bit murky before the sun came out
Tomorrow there is a bit of wind forecast so we will be up early to take advantage.

Gastronomic notes: The Birkellun residents have hit the jackpot, as Hakan's partner Fiona has said she will cook for them all week. Tonight the menu was apparently roast pork. Watch this space!


11 best UK family adventures: British activity holidays with kids

Windsurfing - Thu, 10/11/2018 - 15:05

If you’re looking for the best UK family adventures, then you can find them in every corner of the country. From British activity holidays with kids in Scotland to exhilarating family fun in southern Cornwall. There are countless opportunities across the UK to spend some exciting and quality time together....

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National Geographic Pairs Contemporary Photography with Historic Collection in “THEN AND NOW” Flash Print Sale

National Geographic News Feed - Fri, 10/05/2018 - 16:20

Signed or Officially Stamped 8×10 Prints for $100. Nine Days Only.

 

WASHINGTON (October 5, 2018)—A dedication to visual storytelling has been at the core of National Geographic for over a century, and to celebrate this legacy, National Geographic Image Collection has launched a flash sale of prints, FROM THE ARCHIVES: THEN AND NOW. The flash sale will feature 20 contemporary and historic works from National Geographic’s historic vault of images. Prints will be available to buy as signed or stamped 8” x 10” unframed prints, priced at $100 (USD) each at NatGeoPrintSale.com.

Each archival work is thematically paired with a contemporary take on the same subject by some of the most renowned National Geographic photographers and artists. From modern day Tokyo to small town living, to endangered animals and big game hunters, these works highlight artistic connections between the living masters of photography and the groundbreaking artists of National Geographic’s past. Contemporary photographers taking part in the sale include Joel Sartore, David Guttenfelder, Jodi Cobb and Jimmy Chin.

The sale, presented by National Geographic Image Collection (formerly Nat Geo Creative), is a tribute to National Geographic’s legacy of capturing the world’s most iconic and inspiring imagery. National Geographic is overseeing the production of the premium, unframed prints, which will be made on acid-free archival paper and signed by the respective photographer or, for historic prints, stamped with the National Geographic seal.

“For the latest flash sale, FROM THE ARCHIVES: THEN AND NOW, our editors have created pairs of images that reflect the heart of the National Geographic Image Collection,” said Alice Keating, SVP of Photography Business Strategy at National Geographic Partners. “Some are historic firsts in photography, milestones that changed the artform forever; others are photographs charged to inspire conservation and some are light-hearted looks at everyday life. With this flash sale, everyone has the opportunity to own visual treasures from one of the world’s most significant photographic collections.”

The FROM THE ARCHIVES: THEN AND NOW Flash Sale is live online from October 5, 9 a.m. EDT through October 13, 11:59 p.m. EDT.

About National Geographic
National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

 

PRESS CONTACT:

Kelsey Taylor

kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com

(202) 912 6776

 

Best Cape Verde windsurf spots

Windsurfing - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 15:40

The Cape Verde Islands are a collection of relaxed, tropical islands in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of north-western Africa. With a mix of Portuguese and African culture, warm weather, white sandy beaches and plenty of wind the Cape Verde Islands are a windsurfing haven. But what are the best Cape Verde...

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Wardrobes

Booker Gliding - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 15:36
The Wardrobes were a bit low key after the wet weather postponement from last weekend, but there was fun to be had flying these beautiful machines. Here is a selection of pics:


Cadet MkIII
Hutter and half its 9.4m wingspan
Hutter instruments - it has all you need!
Nick buckling up in the T21
T21 with Pawnee
Meanwhile, up on the roof of the hangar, Mike Sinclair was risking life and limb removing entire ecosystems from the gutter - trees, grass, leaves. There's still plenty that needs removing if anyone else has a head for heights.



An Alternative Winter Adventure Onboard Titania

Super Yachts Charters - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 11:00
An Alternative Winter Adventure Onboard Titania There is a certain appeal to spending an afternoon languishing in the sun or immersing yourself in balmy waters during December. Though the Caribbean may be the go-to destination for winter rays, this season is the perfect time to consider a charter in some of the most sumptuously sun-baked spots elsewhere in the world.

Available for charter with Burgess, charter-magnet Titania is heading to the cruising area of Southeast Asia very soon for an alternative adventure. During the coming winter season, she will visit Thailand via Abu Dhabi and the Maldives, but will also be available in Myanmar and the Andaman Islands. An untouched charter paradise, Southeast Asia promises tropical beaches, jungle-clad islands, and astoundingly clear waters containing a rainbow myriad of biodiversity. Best seen by superyacht, Titania is the perfect platform to enjoy.

The 73m Lurssen is one of the most successful charters on the market for a reason - her services are incredibly comprehensive. The highly experienced crew know the region like the back of their hand and will guide you through incredible ‘off the beaten track’ docking and diving spots. Titania further offers an onboard masseuse, fitness instructor, beautician and two head chefs who are masters of exquisite Asian cuisine for the ultimate immersive experience.

Externally, Titania is a sight to behold. Her gleaming exterior offers smooth lines and a streamlined shape, emanating a tasteful timelessness that is replicated inside. Interiors have the feel of hailing from a more elegant, sophisticated and opulent era; the living room exudues glamour and glitz yet still offers a modern and bright appeal. 

The theme is fully taken up in the bedrooms, which boast polished wood patterns piped in gold for that all important splash of class to ensure guests are in luxury at sea. Carpets, sofas and bedding are cast in rich cream and punctuated with royal red, with recessed lighting providing a contemporary Art-Deco edge. The plush comfort of Titania’s interior is continued in grand bathrooms with trimmings such as a rounded bath and golden taps.

A stunning deck offers mattress-like recliners for slow days spent under the Southeast Asian sun, as well as a vast dining table for breezy lunches or candlelit dinners. The soothing wooden deck spaces have persistent threads of blue and gold to honour the style of her nautical surroundings. Finally, a show-stopping outdoor underlit pool area is encircled in marble, which by evening takes on a charming rose-gold hue.

Titania also comes complete with a state-of-the-art gym, a range of exciting water toys for running ship to idyllic shore, and inflatables including a huge 13m slide plunging from the sun deck into the sea, making Titania fun for all the family. Cruising undiscovered territories this season, contact Burgess to experience all this and more.

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MYS 2018: Antigua on the Superyacht Scene

Super Yachts Charters - Sat, 09/29/2018 - 16:00
MYS 2018: Antigua on the Superyacht Scene As MYS draws to a close, we are joined in the Breaking News Centre by Paul Deeth, Chairman of the Antigua Charter Show, and Eloise Green, Anchor Concierge and Superyacht Services, to tell us a little about the beautiful island of Antigua.

Antigua is hugely popular destination, and it is easy to see why. An idyllic Caribbean paradise, the island is set apart in its retention of a quiet, authentic charm. "People come here for the sun, sea and sand," says Eloise, "But also because Anigua is one of the islands that has been able to maintain its charm. It has not overdeveloped itself."

Antigua has been a magnet for the superyacht community for years. The island boasts 365 beaches (one for every day of the year); a volume and diversity that is incredibly suited to the superyacht lifestyle. "Sometimes you go to the beach and you have it all to yourself," Eloise tells us.

Keen to showcase the island's charter appeal, Peter tells us how to make the most of the Anitguan coast with the perfect route: "The best place to start is Nelson's Dockyard for the whole historical aspect, then you go to the Caribbean side, and there are plenty of places to stop there. Then you go to Barbuda, where there is 11 miles of beach with nobody on them. Then you go around the east side to Green Island and back to English Harbour." 

As Chairman of the Antigua Charter Show, this is Peter's area of expertise. Founded 57 years ago and having grown to become the largest charter show in the world, this industry event is a broker staple. "We are kind of a melting pot where brokers come from America and Europe to meet each other," Peter tells us.

Having broken into the industry around 15 years ago, Antigua is well equipped to facilitate superyacht owners. "Antigua has grown to facilitate the boats with bigger marinas," says Peter, "The boats have got bigger, there are more people, but otherwise it hasn't changed that much." Antigua's lifestyle industry and luxury sector is also suited to yachting, boasting some very high end resorts and the restaurants to go with them.

Once the base of Admiral Nelson, Antigua's maritime history lives on in the form of nautical tourism, and becoming part of it is a highly alluring concept.

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Whispering Wardrobes - finally......

Booker Gliding - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 09:39
After a wet weather postponement, the Wardrobes will be Whispering this weekend. The long awaited Vintage Glider Club meeting will take place on Saturday and Sunday, with some colouful gliders on display and flying. All welcome, come along and join in.





Parks Project Collaborates with National Geographic on Apparel and Accessories Collection Launching October 9

National Geographic News Feed - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 20:12

Parks Project has joined forces with the iconic adventure and exploration brand to commemorate America’s National Parks

Los Angeles (September 25, 2018) – On October 9, 2018, Parks Project will release a capsule collection inspired by America’s National Parks, designed in collaboration with National Geographic. The collection features stunning National Geographic photos from its storied archives, displaying some of the country’s most beloved parklands — parks that are also in vital need of protection and conservation.

The 12-piece collection includes three vintage-style t-shirts, a durable 100% micro-polyester oversized bandana, a mid-weight canvas travel pouch and three posters, all showcasing National Geographic’s spectacular landscape photography of America’s National Parks. The collaboration also features a modern stone-colored nylon windbreaker emblazoned with the iconic National Geographic yellow border enlarged on the back, explorer hat, top-grain leather field pocket notebook and stainless-steel brushed matte finish carabiner mug, field-tested and perfect for camping. Retail prices range from $14 to $80, and all purchases will support the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education.

“At Parks Project we live by the mantra ‘leave it better than you found it,’” said Parks Project Co-Founder Keith Eshelman. “It is incredibly important to us that in all of our collaborations we partner with organizations that not only respect this mission, but share these similar values. National Geographic is the most ideal partner in both of these senses. We’re looking forward to not only growing our Parks Project reach within the National Geographic conservation community, but also to helping introduce the spectacular offerings of the National Geographic brand to a fresh generation of park enthusiasts.”

In addition to rare and special collaborations like this one, modern lifestyle brand Parks Project designs classic apparel for men, women and children, along with outdoor accessories and home goods. Proceeds from these purchases contribute to 30 U.S. National Parks, funding numerous projects such as habitat restoration, animal conservation, educational initiatives and enhanced visitor services. To date, Parks Project has contributed more than $250,000 to park conservancies and logged more than 1,000 volunteer hours in parks.

“Over one hundred years ago, National Geographic was instrumental in helping persuade the government to create the National Park Service,” said Brendan Ripp, EVP, Corporate Partnerships, National Geographic Partners. “Since then, our commitment to raising the public’s awareness of the importance and beauty of American’s National Parks has been unwavering. We have leveraged the power of our storytelling platforms to bring attention to these irreplaceable places through ongoing, dedicated parks content across our print, digital, broadcast and social channels. Partnering with Parks Project on this collection is a natural extension of these efforts and will help fund the nonprofit National Geographic Society’s work it has been doing in support of our National Parks around science, exploration, conservation and education.”

The National Geographic x Parks Project capsule collection will launch on October 9, 2018, and will be available through the 2018 holiday season on www.parksproject.us. It is also available via National Geographic’s exclusive presale going on now at shopng.com.

About Parks Project
Parks Project is an outdoor lifestyle brand that lives by the mantra, “leave it better than you found it.” Parks Project was born through a love of the outdoors and a vision to reinvigorate us all to care for and respect our U.S. National Parks. Through its collection of classic men’s, women’s, and children’s apparel, home goods, and outdoor accessories, Parks Project is able to support 30 U.S. National Parks, funding vital projects inside each, and organize consumer and employee volunteer days. Every Parks Project product not only tells a story about the park it supports, but contributes to habitat restoration, animal conservation, educational initiatives, and visitor services across America’s parks. Parks Project is an official partner of the U.S. National Parks, serves as a supporting business partner to the National Parks Foundation, and is carried in over 100 retailers around the country, as well as all REI stores in the U.S. Shop and learn more at www.parksproject.us, or find Parks Project on Instagram (@parksproject), Facebook and Twitter.

About National Geographic
National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

Press Contacts
Parks Project
Theresa Navarro
theresa@madesociety.co
805-990-9209

National Geographic
Meg Calnan
meg.calnan@natgeo.com
202-912-6703

Exclusive Resorts Forms Global Partnership with National Geographic Expeditions

National Geographic News Feed - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 14:30

National Geographic to offer iconic trips for Exclusive Resorts Members

 September 25, 2018 – Denver, CO: Exclusive Resorts, the world’s elite private vacation Club, and National Geographic today announced a global partnership—the first of its kind for both brands—whereby National Geographic will be the preferred provider of Exclusive Resorts’ Experience Collection. Centered around unique destinations and adventure tourism, the Collection includes handpicked experiences allowing travelers to expand their horizons in a meaningful way. The partnership is another way in which Exclusive Resorts ensures an unrivaled vacation tradition for its Members.

According to the CEO of Exclusive Resorts, Cathy Ross, National Geographic was the natural choice for their Members. “Our Members expect a high level of luxury and service when they travel with us, but they also wish to be challenged, to learn, and to grow. National Geographic has been synonymous with exploration since 1888, and are not only respected, but trusted.”

“Our passion is to deliver enriching and immersive travel experiences that bring National Geographic to life,” said Nancy Schumacher, Head of Travel and Tour Operations for National Geographic. “We are thrilled to now extend those experiences in a unique and curated way to Exclusive Resorts Members who, like our travelers, are curious and want to explore the world.”

Exclusive Resorts Members have access to The Club’s 380+ residences worldwide, where they enjoy customized, worry-free vacations in stunning locales. In 2015, The Club introduced its Experience Collection of custom itineraries ranging from three- to 14-day trips appealing to a wide variety of interests. Now, with National Geographic as a partner, Exclusive Resorts will firmly establish itself in the experiential travel market—and its Members will benefit from a rich new portfolio of National Geographic Expeditions providing them the opportunity to explore the world in a meaningful way.

Today, The Club introduced 20 National Geographic Expeditions to its Experience Collection, with more Expeditions being added in 2019. Itineraries include a private tour through Morocco, a photography experience in Bhutan, and a journey through the Canadian Rockies aboard the iconic Rocky Mountaineer railway. All Expeditions are led by knowledgeable local guides or National Geographic experts, including scientists, researchers, photographers, and explorers.

“In addition to these fascinating Expeditions, we’re thrilled to announce our first Members-only Once-in-a-Lifetime Journey for 2020, offered through National Geographic: Around the World by Private Jet,” said Ross. “This trip, created specifically for Club Members, will visit 11 countries and 12 UNESCO World Heritage sites in 24 days, including the Great Barrier Reef, Machu Picchu, and the Taj Mahal.”

Exclusive Resorts Members will also have access to National Geographic’s custom travel desk, whereby travel specialists are available to help Club Members plan curated vacations which fall outside The Club’s core Collection. In addition, National Geographic Student Expeditions will be offered to Members’ middle school and high school aged children beginning in the summer of 2019.

The partnership with National Geographic is just another way Exclusive Resorts continues to serve the needs of its Members. The Club also announced today the addition of 17 new luxury residences across six destinations—Kaua’i, HI; Kiawah Island, SC; Nantucket, MA; Nassau, Bahamas; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; and Nevis, West Indies—to its portfolio for travel starting in November of this year.

Note: The Once-in-a-Lifetime Journey, Around the World by Private Jet, will be operated by National Geographic Partners Chicago, the tour operations branch of National Geographic, on flights operated by Icelandair.

 

About Exclusive Resorts:

Exclusive Resorts is the world’s elite private vacation Club, which established a legacy of travel in 2002 and has since upheld the importance of an authentic and superior Club Member experience. Only Club Members are privy to the extent and benefit of The Club’s Portfolio. They have elite access to distinctive travel opportunities, travel insights from fellow esteemed Club Members, and to hundreds of multi-million-dollar residences in coveted, worldwide destinations. In The Club’s nearly twenty years, they have made exceeding expectation a tradition. Club Members are treated like family to provide them the comfort of certainty to foster a tradition of travel which endures. To date, Exclusive Resorts has delivered more than 280,000 vacations for its 4,000+ Members. For more information, visit ExclusiveResorts.com, call 844.541.2714, or follow the Club on Facebook and Instagram.

About National Geographic Partners LLC:

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

Media Contact:

Sarah Bresler | Siren Communications

sarahbresler@gmail.com  | 416.356.6086

Best couples adventure holidays: Romantic activity breaks

Windsurfing - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 14:50

For some couples, lying on a beach-towel all week rubbing sun-cream into each other’s backs is not their idea of fun. If you prefer romantic activity breaks check out the best couples adventure holidays below. If you’re an active couple with a love for sports, don’t just book a beach holiday. It’s OK to go to...

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