VAST Globetrotting – Virtuoso Active & Specialty Travel

Being here in Vegas, and visiting 44 VAST (Virtuoso Active & Speciality Travel) partners at yesterday’s Globetrotting day got me thinking about bucket list, nay, LIVING list trips. So, I’m highlighting VAST partners .

Iceland Land and Sea 
5 Days – July 2016 (date tbd)   

Want to visit the land of the midnight sun?

My friends at Lindblad Expeditions have announced that they are going to do “part deux” of the Iceland Land and Sea (formerly called Hangout) that they put together at the last minute last month. The interest is so great, they’re going back to do a 5-day combo of expedition cruise and land tour of Iceland. Lindblad still has their circumnavigation cruise around Iceland, but this “land and sea” trip will be a little more focused to see the best of everything Iceland has to offer. And, Vision and I are setting up a group on the 5 day “land and sea” next year.

Details will follow, but, Lesa Bain, my national VP of sales at Lindblad, just returned from the July trip. Here’s a letter Lesa wrote giving a passionate review of her experiences. iceland

And here was the announcement for last month’s trip click here

Stay tuned for more details for 2016- or – let me know if you’re interested in being on the contact list. This group trip will sell quickly.


 Northern Lights in Aurora Pod 

 7 Days – February 20, 2016  (other dates available)

My partners at Natural Habitat have a photography tour that is to die for! (Or should I say to live for!) And during a full moon in February 2016 to boot. (Photo from
Just look at this magnificent trip to see the Northern Lights.
And read what Natural Habitat is doing with their new Aurora Pod.
It’s just debuted, but the Auroroa Pod is already winning awards
Contact me if you’d like more information on this trip.

 Discover The Brando, Tahiti

5 nights – from now til Mar.31,2016  

My partners at Tahiti Legends have a wonderful offer to visit The Brando – the ecolodge that Marlon Brando had dreamed up.
Experience the ultimate in sustainable luxury on Marlon Brando’s private island. The Brando Resort is one of the finest eco-friendly resorts in the world. You will enjoy 5 nights at this exclusive island oasis.
Contact me for more details.


VAST adventures (Virtuoso Active & Specialty Travel) are unique holidays. VAST partners offer trips that are – well, just different! They are more experiential. More active. More about sustainable travel. More about giving you a different kind of experience that you just can’t google to find.
You can check out the 2015 Vast Collection Catalog by clicking on the photo on the right.
I love all of my Virtuoso network, but my VAST partners hold a special place in my heart. And being here at VAST globetrotting just underscores how special all these fantastic partners are.
They offer some really specialized active adventures and extraordinary experiences.

Here is a sampling of some VAST trips.  (And join us on twitter each Friday for a #VastChat travel talk at 11 am est.)
1. Triple Creek Ranch Skijoring at Montana Dude Ranch  
2. Butterfield & Robinson Danube Biking (stay tuned – B&R has also just announced a partnership with Uniworld River Cruises for biking river cruise trips starting next year)

4. The Blue Train Pretoria to Cape Town
5. Inkaterra Machu Picchu
6. Arctic Kingdom Arctic Spring Snowmobiling
7. Big Five Tours Zambia & Zimbabwe

 Contact me for more details.

Sheila Gallant-Halloran