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photo of Steve JermanokYou can reserve a flight on far too many travel sites, find out about hotels from Tripadvisor.com or Kayak.com, and even learn about well-known attractions at Frommers.com or LonelyPlanet.com. But what about leaving the crowds behind and creating your own special memories on vacation? Those sites offer the same old prepackaged tourism encounter with little or no spontaneity and even less interaction with the local culture.

One of the best ways to have an authentic travel opportunity is to slow down and appreciate the magnificent scenery and people found in its midst, be it on an elephant trek through the Hill Tribes of Thailand, a multi-day hike to Milford Sound in the South Island of New Zealand, sea kayaking around the forgotten beaches of Bahamas Out Islands, scuba diving with hammerhead sharks off Rangiroa, French Polynesia, finding a coveted surfing spot on a Fijian island, going for a day hike in the Austrian Alps, biking the lonely backcountry roads of Vermont, deep-sea fishing for marlin and tuna off the coast of Guatemala, or searching for an off-the-beaten track eco-resort in Kenya where you can appreciate the wildlife far away from the hordes at Masai Mara. Over the past 20 years, I've had the good fortune to do all of these endeavors as a travel writer and now I want to share my favorite outings with you.

For those of you with an insatiable curiosity who desperately want to get beyond the all-inclusive resorts and cruise ships, ActiveTravels.com's blog and forum will be your one-stop hub. The blog will feature great deals, noteworthy trips, useful routes, helpful gear, and fitness-related items that pertain to a healthy lifestyle. Most importantly, I get to delve into my cache of more than 1,000 travel articles and 11 books to highlight some of the best jaunts I've been fortunate enough to find. For the most part, they're not extreme adventures, but escapades any person can enjoy.

The forum, "go play!" is where you get to fill in the blanks. My geographical area of expertise is North America, Central America, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific. But let's be serious. No travel writer can possibly be an expert on biking, hiking, paddling, sea kayaking, sailing, surfing, fishing, and simply strolling on hidden beaches around the globe. I'm hoping that people will ask specific questions, like where to bike in Cork County, Ireland, fish for salmon in British Columbia, Canada, trek in Nepal, or go on a horseback riding safari in the Okavango Delta, and that you, the experts of your particular domain, can point that person in the right direction. I'll certainly help as much as possible, but I'll need your assistance.

For more than a decade, I've been toying with the idea of creating a website that offers outdoor lovers the opportunity to explore all the incredible options for vacations around the globe. The outdoors is my area of expertise. Over the past two decades, I've been a columnist at National Geographic Adventure, adventure travel expert at Budget Travel, travel editor of the annual travel issue at the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, and regular contributor on outdoor recreation for Outside, Men's Journal, Robb Report, Health, and many other publications. I've also authored or co-authored 11 books, including Outside Magazine's Adventure Guide to New England and Men's Journal's The Great Life.

Thanks for checking in. Now Go Play!

            Steve Jermanok
            Newton, Massachusetts, USA


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Longtime Boston Globe travel writer, Steve Jermanok, dishes out his favorite travel locales and provides topical travel information that comes across his desk.

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