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Great Freedom Adventures Travel Blog
9 Nov

Five Things to Look for When Choosing a Bike Tour Operator and Adventure Travel Company

  Don’t settle for second-best on your active travel vacation – you deserve the adventure of a lifetime! Here are some traits to look for when deciding whom to entrust with your big trip: In-Depth Knowledge Of the Region Choose a tour operator that has a thorough knowledge of the region you’ll be visiting. Ask for details about local attractions, restaurants, and terrain. The best companies will know the tour destinations inside and out. If they are helpful and informative with these details before the trip, the guides are likely to be a...

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18 Sep

Meet Great Freedom Adventures Tour Leader Lydia

The Tour Leaders at Great Freedom Adventures are an impressively talented lot. We’d like to share a bit about them and thought we’d start with our newest leader - Lydia Glenn. It’s been GFA’s good fortune that Lydia came on board in 2017 because she brings a wide range of knowledge, a passion for all things outdoors and an excitement for sharing these things with guests. Lydia graduated at the top of her class at Boston University with a degree in Marine Science. She is fluent in English and German and...

block island
24 Aug

Vacation, It’s All You Ever Needed

If you are reading this, you probably need a vacation. If you don’t believe me, please complete the brief survey below: Are your days so mired in routine that you can’t differentiate yesterday from last Thursday? Does it seem like your morning alarm always rings way too soon? Do you feel constantly anxious, exhausted and / or overwhelmed but don’t have the time to rest? Do you feel like you don’t have the time to accomplish the important things in life? Was your last vacation consisting of two consecutive days...

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3 Aug

Enchanting Block Island: Life Lists, Rookeries and Fiddler Crabs

Thirteen miles from mainland Rhode Island sits a gem of an island - Block Island. An hour’s pleasant ferry ride will easily transport you and your bicycle there, but for native wildlife, those 13 miles make a big difference. Nearly half of the island is permanently conserved, providing habitat for many plants and animals that disappeared from the rest of southern New England decades ago. With 25 miles of walking trails, 17 miles of beaches and plentiful cycling routes, there is ample opportunity to discover the island treasures. Block Island is home...

15 Jul

An Idyllic Massachusetts Island through an Ecologist’s Eyes

Most of us who live anchored to a continent can easily list off a few perks to island life: plentiful white-sand beaches, unobstructed ocean vistas, dramatic sunrises, and freedom from urban noise and air pollution. If you’ve spent some time on coastal islands or peninsulas you may also remember to mention that the climate is milder, offering a pleasant respite in summer from the scorching heat of mainland towns and cities. On the Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard, average highs in the summer months of July and August hover around...

30 May

On Becoming a Road Warrior

A Good Warrior Lovingly Tends to Their Steed Your bike has faced a long period of neglect in the basement this winter, and if you’re like me, you’ve probably shamefully used your fair-weather pleasure machine as an impromptu drying rack. After removing the moldering socks you thought you lost, it’s tempting to ignore the possibility that your bike may need some mechanical attention before hitting the roads. If you want to be a road warrior in 2017, it starts with a spa treatment for your noble steed. It’s best to give your bike...

charity ride in vt
24 May

The Ride of a Lifetime; Riding For a Lifeline

Your blissful slumber is shattered by your 6:30 alarm, blaring Sheryl Crow’s “All I want to do”. That seemed like a good idea on Friday, when all you wanted to do was have some fun, but now that it’s Monday morning, all you want to do is eviscerate the electronic guts of your phone and drift back into the warm sublime. But it’s Monday, and your idling consciousness is starting to pick up the pieces of where you left off yesterday, while hastily sweeping away every morsel of your subconscious fantasies....

23 Apr

Vermont: The Cyclist’s Paradise

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The half-eaten pint of Ben in Jerry’s in the freezer is the only connection many people may have to Vermont. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you have my permission to raid your neighbor’s freezer (say it’s for education purposes). Although Vermont is somewhat of a runt compared to the rest of its forty-nine siblings, it’s assets are disproportionally large. Vermont has been in the news a bit more due thanks to Bernie Sanders, but this strong, little state has always possessed a rebellious, unconventional flavor. And it’s this flavor that...

23 Feb

How to Become a Diehard Cyclist

Upgrade from your mother’s (or grandmother’s) bike that was likely manufactured from a recycled WWII airplane You know exactly what I am talking about. The bike probably lived in the barn for several decades before you rescued it, it may have three speeds (but probably has one), the thing weighs as much as a Harley, and you only enjoy the ride when you go downhill…and when you get off. Purchase a helmet that doesn’t look like a bowling ball cut in half Do yourself a favor by ditching that helmet that you dug...

2 Feb

A Week of Travel is Worth a Year in the Office.

Life is too short not to travel. As trite as this phrase may be, it is so honestly, terribly, regrettably true. As a twenty-something year old male myself, I don’t quite have the years under my belt to personally verify this adage, but speaking to anyone older than I about the passage of time, the song remains the same: I can remember when I was your age…my goodness, where has the time gone?...

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