Crooked Trails - Top Stories

What Travel Can Do for Your Kids and You

By Crooked Trails Co-founder Christine Mackay I lead a crazy life. I know it, and I drag my kid along with me. She is 9 years old and has been to Peru 4 times, New Zealand, Mexico, and Hawaii at least 6 times. She has visited the home of her…

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A Personal Invitation to Join CT’s Tammy Leland in Cameroon

Dear Friends, Since meeting my husband, Paco, in 2008 and visiting to his amazing home country of Cameroon, Africa, I have always wanted to make the journey back to work with his family on a project that would give back to his whole community.  It has been almost 6 years…

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KathmanDO: Have Faith in the Nepalese Police

By Diane Vinh, Crooked Trails participant One of the things that amazed me most about Nepal was how helpful and obliging the Nepalese people were.  This proved to be true on my last day in Kathmandu. After 8 days of village stays, school visits, and a look into the incredible…

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"My experience traveling with Crooked Trails affected me deeply and continues to be present with me in my daily life."

- Jane P.

Crooked Trails - Sustainable Travel Tips

An Update on the TAP Campaign

By Chris Mackay Our Travelers Against Plastic campaign (TAP) had a great jump in support when I presented the campaign against plastic water bottles at The International Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference in Kenya in September. I was overwhelmed by the positive response which, summed up in a nutshell was,…

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TAP: Travelers Against Plastic Launches on World Water Day Friday, March 22nd

JOIN THE CAMPAIGN AND HELP US CHANGE THE WAY PEOPLE TRAVEL! No traveler wants to leave a trail of plastic water bottles behind them, but many don’t know how to avoid it. Crooked Trails is proud to spearhead the TAP Campaign to spread awareness about the impacts of disposable plastic…

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Top Sustainable Travel Destinations for 2013

Each year, we see different countries capture the collective attention of the travel community as they plan their next adventures. Here’s three of the top destinations that we expect to send a lot of travelers packing to in the coming year. PERU A perennial favorite, we expect to continue to…

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"I chose Crooked Trails because they are committed to culturally and environmentally sensitive travel."

- Loralee

Crooked Trails - Gear Reviews

Gear Review: Free Country Women’s Shale Softshell Jacket

STYLE THAT GOES A LONG WAY! by Tammy Leland I have been an outdoor enthusiast my whole life.  It all began in the early 70′s hiking and skiing with Dad in the Rocky Mountains. With a family of 6, we had no special gear for the outdoors. It was wool…

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Gear Review: The Hoo-rag

by Angela Dollar A little while back the folks at Hoo-rag asked us if we’d like to test-drive their product. What is a Hoo-rag? you may be asking. If you’ve ever watched the show Survivor, and have seen the color-coded “buffs” each player wears, it’s essentially the same thing. It’s…

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Gear Review: Chaco Sandals

By Angela Dollar Back in the 1900′s (okay, the 1990′s to be a bit more specific) it was all about the Tevas. If you are of a certain age, you’ll remember when Tevas first hit the market and people went nutso for these, the Grandaddy of All Sports Sandals. Never…

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"I appreciated all the information and checklists that Crooked Trails provided to prepare me very well for this trip."

- Monica B.

Crooked Trails - Travel News

Tapping our Ecotourism Ties in Kenya

By Crooked Trails Co-founder Chris Mackay Crooked Trails will attend The International Ecotourism Society’s (TIES) conference on sustainable tourism to talk about the Travelers Against Plastic campaign (TAP). Wow, that was a mouthful eh? So, what is it? TIES is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting ecotourism. Founded in 1990,…

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Discover the Joys of Community-based Travel

          Want to really connect with the heart and soul of a place? At Crooked Trails, we believe community-based travel is the key. It allows you to get to know real people by living, working and playing alongside them, and experiencing new places through the eyes…

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How to Use Crowdfunding to Raise Funds for Your Volunteer Trip

By Billy Beltz, Co-Founder & CMO – Volunteer Forever As you may have already discovered, participating in a quality volunteer abroad project is not cheap. Aside from the general program fee that a volunteer placement organization may charge, there can be other costs including travel to and from your chosen…

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"We had opportunities to meet people and see things that no other traveling group would ever have had the chance to do."

- Lindsay