March 2013 Rambler Newsletter

by ExperiencePlus! - Thursday, March 7, 2013 ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours Rambler Newsletter

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Welcome to the March 2013 ExperiencePlus! Rambler


March often feels like an “in between” month.  I imagine it’s the time of year when one might gaze out over future months and start to think about what lies ahead. The holiday season bustle is long gone and spring starts to peak out from behind winter snowstorms.  In our office this means we are all planning summer travels so I couldn’t help but be curious if in general people spend more time browsing and thinking about future travel plans in March. To find some data to help me understand if this might be true, I analyzed the number of visits to our on-line Tour Finder, and it turns out my intuition wasn’t exactly correct.  Historically, March is in the top four, but is not the highest ranked. I also learned that the greatest majority of people (almost 60%) searching our Tour Finder this month favor tours that start in May, June, July and September.

If those are your preferred travel dates, the good news is that we still have trips with space available.  For those of you who plan further ahead and even into 2014 (!) we’ve just posted Chile and Argentina dates for late 2013 and early 2014. Early planners can start dreaming of beautiful lakes, Chilean wine or colorful canyons in Northwestern Argentina and take advantage of our $200, per person, Early Booking Discount.

Our newsletter this month features an article on resources that ExperiencePlus! provides to help you make the most of your vacation including complimentary travel agent services. Also look for more stories from our staff, including a recipe from Max in Italy, an article on anticipating a trip to Corsica by Joeann, a book review from Julie who is planning a month long trip along the Divide Trail, and an interview with Joan on why he’s so excited to have a new tour in Spain’s Catalonia’s Costa Brava –  his home region.

Also, a reminder that our Send A Teacher Traveling application deadline is March 30th.  If you know a public school teacher who deserves a free bike tour please send them to our website for more information.

We hope that if you are gazing over the rest of the year, that you are excited about what lies ahead. If not – give us a call, we can help!

Happy planning,
Maria Elena and Monica

Catalonia’s Costa Brava an Interview with ExperiencePlus! Tour Leader Joan Escosura

We interviewed our Spanish country coordinator and tour leader Joan Escosura about something very close to his heart – ExperiencePlus!’  new cycling trip along Catalonia’s Costa Brava which he helped design. Joan is very excited to introduce our riders to his home region and is also thrilled that we now have a 201 (201-301) rated trip in Spain.

Learn more about Joan and our Catalonia’s Costa Brava tour here.

If Wishes Were Horses By Joeann Gutowski


Cycling on the island of Corsica has been on my wish list for nearly a decade, so when I learned that I would be traveling there in September to join the ExperiencePlus! Cycling Corsica – the Island of Beauty trip I was truly excited.  More accurately, I was over-the-top.

Read more about why Joeann can’t wait to ride Corsica here.

Trip Planning Resources for You

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Expert travel agent, informative on-line Travel Planning Information, and friends at the other end of your phone call… check out our Traveler Services.

Read more about our Traveler Services here.

Ride the Tour Divide – Book Reviews (sort of) by Julie Horton

Eat, Sleep Ride by Paul Howard and Be Brave, Be Strong by Jill Homer

Staffer Julie Horton is preparing for a month long mountain biking journey along the Great Divide from Banff, Canada to Colorado and has enjoyed reading Paul Howard’s Eat, Sleep, Ride and Jill Homer’s Be Brave, Be Strong both of whom raced the route that continues all the way to the border of Mexico. Julie shares her thoughts about her own ride and those who have gone before her.

Read more about Ride the Tour Divide.

Recipe: Fisherman’s Risotto

Fisherman's Risotto. Photo by John Giebler

We have Massimo Malpezzi to thank for this month’s recipe. You may know Max from one of our tours – he’s lead them since the early ‘90’s – or maybe you’ve been lucky enough to dine at his seafood restaurant in Cesenatico, a short drive from our Italian base. This simple recipe is a favorite at his restaurant and we hope you’ll enjoy it.

Check out Max’s Fisherman’s Risotto recipe

Happy Cycling until next month!

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