ADVENTURE

Adventure Trips To Combat Stress And Burnout

Recal Mindful Adventure Travel is not your typical adventure travel company. In a world where mountain biking, rafting, and rock climbing are paramount, Recal offers memorable trips primarily aimed at those suffering from burnout. Consider their Quiet Park Series, held in locations like Olympic National Park, or their Dark Sky Series trips in Anza-Borrego Desert in California. These trips are about nature immersion and guided mindfulness practice combined with hiking, backpacking or canoeing. I met founder Anthony Lorubbio at the Adventure Travel World Summit in Lugano, Switzerland and asked him a few questions about Recal.

Everett Potter: You’re deeply vested in the mindful travel movement. Tell us how Recal started and why you needed to develop it.

Anthony Lorubbio: Recal began as a way to ‘recalibrate’ when the grind of modern life becomes overwhelming, and that’s the origin of the name Recal. Which, honestly, was more of a personal need than anything else. In late 2020, I worked extremely long hours with a busy, disconnected lifestyle in New York City until I couldn’t quite handle it any longer. So I went on a trip that combined three things I thought could be a recipe for a personal “recalibration”: nature, mindfulness, and adventure.

And to this day, that’s exactly what we do in travel — adventurous, retreat-style trips out in nature with a guide and coach-led mindfulness practices like breathwork, meditation, and journaling.

EP: Living in one of the noisiest places on the planet, I’m very interested in your Quiet Park trip series. How did they begin?

AL: As we were building out where to go for our mindful adventure trips, we wanted to go to places with

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VACATION

Using Big Data To Help Plan Your Next Vacation

What if you could plan your next trip to a busy destination using Google Street View, heat maps of Airbnb, and user reviews, to avoid crowds and be a more responsible and sustainable traveler? You can do that, but Edmund Morris, founder, and CEO of Equator Analytics, can do it better, faster, and with insights that leave the rest of us playing catch up.

I experienced that when I heard him speak at the Adventure Travel World Summit in Lugano a couple of weeks ago.

Equator Analytics is a tech startup that uses big data to help destinations, hotels, and tour operators make travel and tourism sustainable.

“We take as much data as we can, give it to the destination, and hope that they inform their visitors of the best time to visit this place or announce that this museum is very busy at this period,” Morris says. “This is real-time information, and in an ideal world, I would love destinations to look closely at this data.”

I caught up with Morris after the speech because I wanted to learn more about his work with destinations worldwide and places that are confronting various problems, especially those caused by over-tourism.

On the surface, his methodology is quite simple. Morris does his research by analyzing publicly available data ranging from closely tallying user reviews on Airbnb to using Google Street View and heat maps, websites and apps that show where people congregate, whether at a museum, a tourist attraction or a transportation hub. Morris studies and interprets that data. He then extrapolates a story and a

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