November 2013 Rambler Newsletter

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In This Issue…

Welcome to the 2014 Cycling Season

Rocco Baccini

At ExperiencePlus! a “year” runs from November to October so while staff in the US is celebrating the start of the 2014 cycling season our staff and tour leaders in Europe are gathering in Barcelona to celebrate the end of their year – we hope the city is ready for them.

Monica and Maria Elena celebrated the conclusion of the 2013 season in Namibia at the 10th Annual Adventure Travel World Summit, an annual meeting that brings together over 650 active and adventure travel operators, other industry partners, media and various incendiary and adventurous characters.  We return to the office inspired, motivated and excited to be part of a growing industry that is truly trying to change the way people experience travel.

Speaking of exciting happenings – another member of the ExperiencePlus! family was born on September 17th. We are very happy to welcome Rocco Baccini to our cycling world! Many of you know his mom, Sara Verlicchi who has led tours with ExperiencePlus! since 2004, and his dad Igor who is our Bike Fleet Manager and occasionally sneaks out of the “bicycle barn” to lead tours.

Until next month, enjoy – we hope you can join us to celebrate the “new year” and are offering you the opportunity to save $200, per person, when you book your 2014 cycling trip before November 15th!

Enjoy the Ride,
Maria Elena and Monica

7 Things We Are Excited About In November

Bicycle Friendly Business from the league of American Cyclists

Number 1: There is one more week (ends November 15) to take advantage of our $200, per person, Early Booking Discount on a 2014 bicycling tour in Europe.

Number 2: ExperiencePlus! is honored to be recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a bicycle friendly business.

Check out the rest of our list here.

Meet Your Tour Leaders: Silvija Vukusic

Silvija interpreting at a stone carving school in Croatia. Photo ExperiencePlus! traveler Guy Cunningham

Silvija Vukusic is a force of nature as anyone who has traveled with her in her home country of Croatia, or Germany and Spain knows. Her enthusiasm and sense of humor are infectious – it’s simply impossible to have a blah day when she’s around.

Read more about Silvija here.

Snapshots From Tour Leaders

An example of fine "chalk work".

Looking for inspiration as you contemplate your bicycling options for 2014 tours? Check out this mash-up of photographs tour leaders sent from the road in 2013.

Movie Reviews: Haute Cuisine

Haute Cuisine

Haute Cuisine transports you into the kitchen of François Mitterand’s personal chef. Check out what ExperiencePlus! staffer Jo Baldwin thought of the film here.

Recipe: Empanadas


These gourmet hot pockets may bring back memories of Chilean pastries eaten on tour, or convince you that you must try them for yourself while pedaling with us from Argentina to Chile in Patagonia’s Lakes District.

Your path to eating pleasure begins here.

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