For Immediate Release:
Wonder Walks (of Vermont, USA) is stepping out to the countryside with smaller, more dynamic group experiences this year. By reducing the size of its guided treks, and offering cozy lodging at a few distinctive places for several nights, it departs from the industry standard.
The common practice of sending packs of clients out to tromp the worn main paths from one hotel to the next can lead to a mediocre experience. "Vacationing hikers increasingly complain that the bigger tours are more like forced marches than holidays," says Bruce Acciavatti, owner of Wonder Walks. "Favorite pubs and picnic areas can get overwhelmed by these hordes."
Keeping the count down to 4 to 9 guests, instead of the usual dozen or more, often means more rewarding moments with local culture and exceptional places. Wonder Walks guide Brett Poirier agrees: "Small parties based in outstanding countryside or bucolic villages enjoy the bonus of being closest to the most memorable walks and special sights that discerning travelers appreciate. It's a win-win situation for trip participants."
Smaller groups also benefit from intimate peaceful lodgings and eateries that are off the beaten track. "It was like being on a custom trip with friends," says Martha Chitwood, a small group convert from Birmingham, Alabama. "Plus the guesthouse owners were the best I've met - very friendly, talkative, and informative. Much different from the typical contact one has with the generic reception at hotels."
Whether exploring the coastlines of Maine or Hawaii's Big Island, or the lush hillsides of Vermont or the Adirondack Mountains, Wonder Walks will be traveling with smaller group this year. These ramblers will stride out to the tune of a happier drummer.
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December 10, 2016
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