Modern Education Experts Profess Value Of Silence – Why Librarians Ignore

My unpleasant experiences in today’s libraries (both academic and public) have led me to seek out the source of what I perceive as a serious problem in modern education. The problem is noise, specifically the noise of human vocal interactions in places once revered as sanctuaries of silence.

It might come as a surprise to some people that modern librarians no longer guarantee generally quiet atmospheres for introspective learning. Even more surprising is the fact that these librarians shun silence, while they actively endorse what they consider livelier, more engaging learning environments.

From the perspective of an adult who understands learning as a deeply personal affair, this relaxed attitude towards noise in libraries is disabling. The reality of excessive noise in once-quiet spaces, thus, raises the question, “What has gone wrong in the minds of educators who now lead the charge in a battle against traditional quiet?”

My Answer

Just as classical values in the visual arts fell out of favor under the forces of popular, naïve revolts against perceived authority, so have classical values in education fallen out of favor under forces of similar naïve revolts. The process seems to have taken a little longer in education, but the end result is the same-a vacuous, relativist philosophy whose proponents denounce all authority by using authoritative arguments against the concept of authority itself.

A number of visual artists now realize that this outdated, cyclical contradiction has gotten civilization nowhere, except lost and longing for meaning.

As both an artist and a dedicated library user, I see daily evidence of this civilization lost to itself. I see people desperately lost in their own noises, sadly ignorant of their inner selves, and disturbingly inconsiderate of other people around them. I, therefore, suggest with confidence that the ideal of relaxed noise standards in modern libraries is not standing up well in practice.

While some education experts argue convincingly in favor of noise in the learning process, other experts (with a far greater grasp of intellectual processes) argue in favor of quiet.

An Underlying Flaw

In the following paragraphs, I list five peer-reviewed, scholarly papers written by contemporary education experts whose educational values pose a challenge to the values guiding today’s librarians. Beneath each paper’s citation, I list my interpretations of the authors’ main points.

Angelo Caranfa (2004). Silence As The Foundation Of Learning. EDUCATIONAL THEORY 54 (2):211-230.

The many arguments in educational literature are flawed, because they exclude silence from the studies of teaching on which they are based.
Both self-knowledge and discourse originate in silence.

A world of wonder, contemplation, and listening is revealed through a “language without words.”

We are at risk of becoming mere appendages of noises that our machines make, as well as mere appendages of our own verbal noises that we grow to depend on superficially, no longer defining ourselves through our decisions, our actions, and our judgments.

Defined by our noises, we become incapable of listening and incapable of speaking with any depth.

True learning does not take place when it is connected primarily with noise, profit, and utility.

Education based on silence teaches students to think logically, critically, and with sensitivity for the whole of things.

Angelo Caranfa (2006). Voices Of Silence In Pedagogy: Art, Writing And Self-Encounter. JOURNAL OF PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION 40 (1):85-103.

The failure of liberal arts education is in its exclusion of feelings and in its exclusion of silence from the processes of reflection and thinking.

Teaching is as much about listening as it is about speaking.

Silence encloses all things, including spoken language.

Feeling, intuition, imagination, and contemplative silence are necessities in learning or in knowing.

Continental philosopher, Maurice Merlot-Ponty argued that language does not give true, genuine knowledge of the visible world, but rather robs the world of its invisible essence. Consequently, any knowledge or language that ignores or de-emphasizes silence is inadequate.

When the flatness of mechanistic thought is allowed to rule, we cannot experience the depth of unfathomable existence.

An “aesthetic of silence” teaches us to listen in ways that integrate the intellectual, moral, and spiritual dimensions of our lives. The greatest shortcoming of educators is their failure to teach that there is more to knowledge than what we can tell.

An “aesthetic of silence” teaches us to tune into others.

Prioritizing the spoken word suppresses the transformative, creative power of personal knowledge gained in contemplative silence.

Ros Ollin (2008). Silent Pedagogy And Rethinking Classroom Practice: Structuring Teaching Through Silence Rather Than Talk. CAMBRIDGE JOURNAL OF EDUCATION 38 (2):265-280.

A negative perception of silence causes a cultural bias favoring talk, which establishes underlying preconceptions about what constitutes participation and interaction.

Formal learning in Western civilizations emphasize the value of talk, and this value remains relatively unchallenged.

Creative, productive interactions can occur where there is no talking.

Educators should make a distinction between activities that genuinely promote learning and activities (used unquestioningly) that promote other agendas.

“Social” learning theory has been confused with “sociable” learning theory.

Michael W. Shelton and Karen Shelton (1992). Silence Please: Silence As A Component Of Interpersonal Communication. Conference paper presented at the Joint Meeting of the Southern States Communication Association and the Central States Communication Association, Lexington Kentucky, April 14-18, 1993.

Silence itself is a form of interpersonal communication where we say something by saying nothing. Two-way conversation, in fact, requires it.

Many original Americans (i.e., most American Indian tribes) honored quiet and discouraged profuse or promiscuous use of words. For these original Americans, the space between words was the realm where people develop character, self-control, courage, patience, and dignity.

Americans who later came to dominate the culture dispensed with the reverence for quiet, placing great emphasis on verbal communication, and often treating silent members of a group as the least influential members.

Michalinos Zembylas & Pavlos Michaelides (2004). The Sound Of Silence In Pedagogy. EDUCATIONAL THEORY 54 (2):193-210.

Ignoring the value of silence in education comes at a cost, to the individual and to society.

Respect for silence in education encourages humility, a sense of wonder, respect for the self, and respect for others.

“The current educational system in the West is rooted in ‘fear of silence,’ which is one reason the understanding of silence in negative terms prevails.” (p. 208)

CONCLUSION

These five papers document the fact that a mature outlook towards the value of silence in speech exists. The existence of such a mature outlook, however, in the face of its ignorance by modern librarians, suggests that an immature value system is shaping modern libraries. This popular, immature outlook, furthermore, is gaining great support from leaders who place more value on sustainable business than on true education. Under the influences of this immature outlook, people in charge of operating modern libraries measure success according to a lowest-common-denominator satisfaction scale, where profitable operation strategies sacrifice excellent education standards.

21 Benefits of Blogging and 22 Blogging Tips

Combine “web” with “log” and you get “blog.” It’s a funny word, but serious business.

This post is about blogging for business – with a purpose. We have a lot to cover, so we’ll knock it out as efficiently as possible with a series of lists.

We’ll get right to it.

Who should read this post?

Non – blogger – You’ve never had a blog and you need to fix that now.
Unfulfilled blogger – You blogged for a bit. Magic never struck.
Beginning blogger – You blog, but don’t really know what you’re doing.
Regular blogger – You’ll pick up tips from a fellow blogger.
Expert blogger – You could steal the good stuff for your blog.
None of the above – You have nothing better to do, but to read about blogging.

21 benefits of blogging with purpose.

Connect with customers – A blog is a practical and powerful way to share useful, relevant information with customers.
Connect with partners – Blogging allows you to connect and team up with influencers and leaders who can be instrumental in building your business.
Generate traffic – A strategically planned blog, with carefully chosen keywords in play, will show up in search and drive traffic to your landing pages.
Establish authority – Your business blog is the hub of your content marketing efforts where you share your expertise.
Win business – 60% of businesses who blog acquire more customers, says HubSpot.
Inspire your social media – If you’re using social media effectively, you’re sharing your blog posts regularly and taking advantage of the magical amplification of social networks.
Increase reach – Your blog will be shared and find new eyeballs daily.
Grow your email database – Your blog should inspire people to opt into your email newsletter list. Also, your email feeds traffic to your blog.
Give your company a voice – A blog is your pulpit, your publication, your journal – the place where you talk about whatever you choose, however you choose.
Humanize your company – That voice needs personality. Great bloggers are genuine. Your personality comes into play, that is, if you aim to make real connections.
Exchange ideas – Blogs obliterate the wall that once stood between a company and its customers. You encourage interaction, comments and feedback. You create a conversation.
Get (and stay) customer focused – By blogging, you’ll learn how to speak in your customers’ terms, perpetually improve this vital skill and grow more in touch with your audience’s wants and needs.
Inspires content and productivity – Blogging is hard work. You need processes. Commitment. Consistency. You’ll need to step up – and you’ll be rewarded for doing so.
Increase focus – A subtle addendum to the point above, blogging consistently forces you to define who you are trying to reach and why.
Generate publicity – As I mentioned, business bloggers establish authority. Stick with it and demonstrate you know your niche and you’ll get asked for interviews frequently.
Invite outsiders in – While business blogger should refrain from being relentlessly promotional, the blog is an appropriate forum for delivering insight into your company, its values, and people.
Get strategic – You’ll get in the habit of closely examining the site’s analytics and gather all kinds of insights about what does and doesn’t appeal to your audience. Your marketing will get more strategic by day.
Learn – We’ll get a bit warm and fuzzy now, but there’s no denying you are going to learn a lot about yourself and the world around you. It comes with being a writer.
Get inspired – The research, the conversation, the experience… it’s inspiring. Trust me on this: a switch gets turned on and it’s impossible to turn off.
Have fun – Perhaps not everyone will agree blogging is fun, but I believe every great blogger gets into it and enjoys the ride.
Make millions – Maybe, maybe not. However, business blogging with purpose works. Every post is a long – term asset. Learn how to blog and you’ll lower your marketing costs and increase sales.

Let’s look at how to do it.

22 tips for blogging with purpose.

I have to give a shout out here to my man, mentor, friend, Marcus Sheridan, a.k.a. The Sales Lion. No one understands and teaches the practice of blogging quite like Marcus. I won’t be replicating his great post, “50 Qualities of the Best Business Blogs in the World” here, but I did draw these ideas from it (and encourage you to check it out).

Answer questions – Listen closely to questions prospects and customers ask and answer every one of them in your posts.
Teach, don’t preach – Avoid making your blog a heavy handed attempt to advertise your products. Adopt an educator’s mentality and you’ll win your reader’s trust.
Converse – Ask questions of your readers, encourage feedback, counterpoints and criticism. Respond to comments as promptly as possible in an effort to exchange ideas.
Create a blogging culture – Invite everyone in your company and its constituents to contribute ideas and participate in the blog.
Use images – Take advantage of the appeal of photos, illustrations, charts and infographics to increase your stopping power and make the posts more attractive.
Make it easy on the eyes – Use short paragraphs, line breaks, white space, subheads and lists to make your posts look inviting.
Be transparent – Write with uncompromising integrity and don’t be afraid to address real issues, problems, challenges, and yes, prices. Don’t avoid the tough questions. Tackle them.
Remove internal barriers – There’s no place in blogging for corporate red tape. Get permission in advance to write openly and honestly.
Don’t back down – Some readers (or co – workers) don’t love what you have to say? Say it anyway. It’s not a popularity contest.
Be consistent – The number one reasons blogs fail is they are neglected. Set a schedule and stick to it. Make the time to post often. No excuses.
Nix the fluff – Your posts can be short or long. Just don’t babble your way through them. Serve meat and go easy on the gravy.
Recognize others – Congratulate, write about and recognize customers, employees, partners, industry influencers and even competitors. Being generous will only help. You’ll enjoy reciprocity.
Optimize – Research and use the keyword phrases that will increase your search engine rankings. Install plugins to assist you with SEO.
Write passionately – Make your passion pulse through your prose. Tap into your reader’s emotions.
Tell stories – Learn how to become a master storyteller. Observe how the best bloggers unravel plots and develop characters.
Include customers – Drop the secrecy and anonymity. Cite real customers, real challenges and real solutions.
Invest seriously – Blogging only burns time and money when it’s a low priority. Invest in the tools you need and put the best writers and designers on your blog.
Market and sell – Don’t write ads and press releases disguised as blog posts, but do include a call to action and guide your readers along the path to discovering your solutions.
Stay tuned – Follow your industry daily and stay on top of what your peers are saying.
Encourage sharing – Don’t forget to offer social media buttons to make it easy for readers to share and email your content.
Promote your blog – Promoting a post can (and probably should) take more time than writing it. Write teasers for your content and promote it across social networks and all potential touch points.
Have fun – Never be stiff, formal, or jam useless jargon into your posts. You have the stage. Relax. Be entertaining. Allow yourself to have fun with the writing

Business blogs are a major challenge.

Blogs are the hardest channel for business to keep updated – and to really nail.

Passle, makers of a blogging shortcut service of sorts, recently studied 525 businesses and reviewed their performance across blogs, company news pages, Twitter and Facebook. Their study, “The State of Business Blogging 2013,” reported:

75% of companies don’t update their websites in any way.
Only 20% have a blog and over one – third of them are inactive.
1 in 8 companies have an active blog.

Ouch. Please understand…

Business blogs should/can/will grow your business.

57% of companies with a blog have acquired a customer from their blog.
61% of U.S. online consumers have made a purchase based on recommendations from a blog.
Blogs attract repeat visitors who continue to come back to the website for fresh content.
­Blogging allows you to team up with people who already have an audience, which is an instantaneous way to attract readers.

Top 12 Blogs For Travel Bloggers

This is a list of creative travel blogs that I read and follow. They are written by independent travel writers, the list include those that I consider as heavy-weights in travel blogging. These bloggers are associated with large travel sites/blogs but their focus is on living a unique life (getting to see the world around them) and be an insightful writers. All of them are fun and inspirational to read.

Blog: Everything-Everywhere

Writer: Gary Arndt

Gary has been on the road since 2007 as a professional traveller. On the blog you’ll find interviews with leading figures in the industry like Laura Bly from BlyOnTheFly.com. The posts are factual yet personal as they include Gary’s insights and reasons for visiting each of the destinations. Everything-Everywhere is the top travel blogger on Twitter according to its Klout score.

Most recent post: This Week In Travel – Episode 152

Blog: Nomadic Matt

Writer: Matt Kepness

Matt offers practical and tactical advice about how to travel better, cheaper and longer. The blog gives down-to-earth details about the best ways to explore the world. The blog is more of a collection of useful tips rather than a chronicle of Matt’s adventures although there is a travel guide section with info gathered from Matt’s travels since 2004. The site includes videos and a list of resources.

Most recent post: How To Travel Anywhere For Free

Blog: Go-See-Write

Writer: Michael Hodson

Travelling since 2008 he circumvented the globe without getting on a plane. The blog includes Michael’s adventures and experiences as he goes through each of the travel destinations. Dubai travel is included in the long list of destinations you can read about and there is a section of travel destination tips. The blog is a personal journey of a solo adventurer exploring the world.

Most recent post: Visiting One of the World’s Highest Lakes

Blog: Fox Nomad

Writer: Anil Polat

Chosen by the Huffington Post as one of the top travel writers to watch Anil is a full time traveller but a gadget geek as well, so the focus of the blog is often on the technical aspect of travel. He often visits countries which are off-the-beaten-track and gives practical advice about how to cope in places like Yemen and Iraq. On the blog you’ll find destination tips, tech posts, resources and insights into green travel and culture.

Most recent post: The Landmarks To Look Out For When Flying Into Istanbul

Blog: Legal Nomads

Writer: Jodi – A former Lawyer from Montreal

She has been travelling and eating her way around the world since 2008 and the blog focuses on food, culture and her adventures. One of the plus points about this travel writer’s blog is that it is ad-free (except for Amazon links) which makes it a very clean-cut blog to look at. This is a good blog to watch if you’re into food related travel, the blog is on the MSN list of top travel blogs.

Most recent post: Thrillable Hours: Doug Barber, Co-Founder of Minaa

Blog: Almost Fearless

Writer: Christine Gilbert

One of the top ranking travel & leisure blogs written by a mother traveling with her family since 2008, this blog has beautiful photography and the blend of family, self and travel. The family travel focus can be seen by the blog sections – life, kitchen, photos and kids. You’ll find some useful destination tips but more general life insights.

Most recent post: How I Spent 10 Years To Get Where I Started

Blog: Camels and Chocolates

Writer: Kristin Luna

One of the top travel writer blogs according to Elliott.org and other “top” lists due to the well written text. The writer is a professional journalist, has interviewed the stars and in addition is a travel addict. She covers a long list of travel destinations recording her adventures with the occasional travel destination tip thrown in. The blog boasts many photos of the travel writer in the various travel destinations.

Most recent post: Photo Friday: Columbus, Ohio

Blog: Johnny Vagabond

Writer: Wes

Another of the Huffington Post picks for best travel writer blogs, the charm of this blog is in the well written descriptions of the writer’s adventures. Wes is traveling around the world on a tight budget and taking brilliant pictures as he goes. The writing is engaging, intelligent and entertaining as well as giving you plenty of info about the travel destinations.

Most recent post: A Love Letter from the Philippines

Blog: 48 Hour Adventure

Writer: Justin Morris

A very useful and highly practical blog where each post is dedicated to a 48 hour plan of what to see and do in various travel destinations. What makes this travel & leisure blog standout is its no-nonsense usable quality. You’ll find a “48 hours in Dubai” post if you’re interested in Dubai travel, listing sites, how to get around, orientation and plenty of large photos.

Most recent post: 48 Hours in Reykjavik

Blog: Global Grasshopper

Writer: A team of travel writers Gary and Becky

Unlike many of the blogs on this list it is not a chronicle of any one person’s travels but rather a collection of inspirational travel stories and travel destination tips written by travel writers. For example you’ll find “top 10” lists, cool hotels and beautiful places as well as the section for travel snobs!

Most recent post: 10 of the Best Travel Destinations

Blog: Travel Business Success

Writer: Tourism Tim Warren

Since 1994 Tourism Tim Warren works to inspire, guide & connect tourism pros’ to realize their dreams. From Michigan to Mongolia, Baja to Bolivia, “Tourism Tim” Warren has helped 1000’s of small start-up tour operators to international business development agencies increase sales, arrivals and profits via his book, online courses and webinars. An entrepreneur at heart, he enjoys helping current & future travel entrepreneurs succeed financially following their passion of a profession in tourism.

6 Methods On How To Make Money Blogging

How To Make Money Blogging

Today, blogging has become the preferred option for establishing your presence on the web. Blogs provide an insight into the lives of so many people. However, did you know you can also make good money from blogging? Many people now earn part-time and some even full-time salaries by blogging for money. Here are tips on how you can monetize your blog and earn some good money.

Starting a Blog For Money

1. Log on the blogging platforms and register yourself. You will get all the necessary instructions. You can also create a blog on your website using top-level domain name. This is a great plan if you plan to transform the blog into an internet business totally.

2. After creating the blog, it’s time to start working. Here, you need to put your best food forward if you really want to make money. Your posts should make your blog distinct and easily identifiable. If you want to promote a business, add relevant, interesting and fresh posts.

Every day, more and more people are creating blogs, but only a small percentage manage to make money. If you want to earn money through blogging, then you need to stand out and work extra hard. The content should be catchy and the layout has to be extremely good. The layout, themes and templates must be excellent.

Money Blogging: How To Make Money Blogging

1. Contextual ads

Sign up for advertising sites like Chitika, Google AdSense and Kontera to add advertising links to your blog. Every time a reader clicks on the link, view ads or buy something from a sponsor, Google will give a percentage of that revenue. You need to apply to Google AdSense and then wait for acceptance. You will then have to work with your own blog to embed the code so the ads are well displayed. This should not be difficult. You also need to follow Google’s terms of serve in order to maintain good standing. Never click on your own links.

2. Sell advertising space

Sell advertising spots of your blog to companies. Once you have steady traffic and growing popularity, approach different companies. Offer them advertising space on your blog for specific monthly price. This type of advertising differs from programs like Google Adsence, since Google only pays when someone clicks. Selling ad spots guarantees monthly income.

You can also join paid blog networks and make money by writing for fellow bloggers or promoting their products on your blog. There are many blog sites that will pay a flat fee for writing specific advertisement and link into your blog. If your post is accepted, you’re subsequently paid. Sites like Blogtive, Payperpost or Blogvertise offer these services once your blog has been indexed in search engines.

3. Affiliate marketing

You can earn good money with Affiliate Marketing. Affiliate marketing is a type of performance-based marketing in which a business rewards affiliates for each customer brought through the affiliate’s own marketing efforts. You, the Affiliate, must find a high quality product, apply with the product creator for a link through which you will promote his product. Every time someone buys the product through your affiliate link, you get an agreed upon percentage as a commission.

Join affiliate programs like Chikita Mini Malls and Amazon that offer the ability to advertise on your blog.

Also to build a customer or prospect list. This will provide an avenue to keep in touch so you may offer additional products and services. A good method of creating this list is to have customers sign on to a newsletter or free offering attractive enough to encourage them to give you their email address.

4. CPA offers

Cost Per Action (CPA) is similar to affiliate marketing models. However, you get paid for completing a task for companies and advertisers. The tasks may include having users provide their contact information to receive any future offers or downloading a program to their computers. Just like other promotional methods, all you need to do is select the offer you want to advertise on your blog through hyperlinks or banner ads as provided by the advertiser.

5. Sell your own products and services

If your bog is able to get a steady amount of traffic, you can always sell your own products and services to your loyal visitors. Just create a trusted relationship with your visitors and then offer them your services such as writing, web design or even photo editing. Impress your potential customers by showing example of your work. Try other tactics such as one-time free services to the new visitors.

You can also turn your blog into an e-book. Companies like Apple, Amazon and Smashwords allow authors to self-publish their work on their electronic platforms. Assemble you blog content into an e-book and then advertise the e-book to your blog traffic and social media network to create sales.

6. Donations

If your readers find your information really valuable, then they might donate some money. Consider adding a way to receive donations from the visitors. Many bloggers have successfully practiced this method, since people generally appreciate valuable information you give to loyal readers free of charge. Some prominent ecommerce sites like Payza and Paypal offer customizable donation button you can place into your blog.

Taking Adventure Travel to New Heights!

It is said that it’s difficult to find anyone who is not interested in traveling! Many people also find great pleasure in “Adventure Travel.” Adventure travel is a trip that provides an unusual and exciting experience to the vacationer seeking that never to be forgotten vacation adventure. There are a great many kinds of experiences that fall under this category of travel and we have taken our role in the fascinating world of adventure travels very seriously.

A Little History on Adventure Travel Rentals. A Travel Aggregator is a company that makes a mission out of introducing the American vacationer to all this world has to offer for a fun-filled vacation of heart stopping adventure travel. By building a reputation on not only offering the traveler rentals like RV’s, Snowmobiles and Jet Skies, but showing the adventure traveler the many options on where to go and how to turn their adventure vacation into a memorable one. As a long-time adventure traveler, I once envisioned the opportunity to help people throughout the US plan and execute that vacation by matching up the adventure traveler with a person who has all of the adventure “toys” to complete the vacation. Thousands of people have vacation “toys” just sitting around their house, gathering dust but we have solved that problem by showing Americans how to rent out their idle toys from the comforts of their home and even more importantly making money on an adventure toy that would otherwise sit unused. A traveler planning a trip to Yosemite during the winter may look to rent a rustic mountain cabin as well as a snowmobile to explore the vast trails and natural scenery. We can facilitate this entire process.

It’s a wild wonderful world! Follow your heart and let the adventure begin. Repelling down the mountains of Arches National Park in Utah for some extreme camping, thrill seekers hiking the Bruce Trail in Bruce Peninsula National Park, or white water rafting in the Grand Canyon are all adventure vacations that are heart stopping yet they are also the type of vacations that make you feel young again! Because, after all, aren’t we all trying to stop the march of time? At least that’s what it feels like to be an adventure traveler, time has stood still while you gaze at and experience the very best America has to offer.

America’s 58 national parks are the jewels of the country. Escaping to a safe and peaceful wilderness setting has wide appeal for families seeking a stress-free vacation with a little or allot of adventure. Reserve a spot at one of the thousands of campgrounds in America, and you’ll not only have a memorable time sleeping under the stars but you may come back a few years younger.

Try going off the beaten path to see the untamed vistas of Mount Moran in Wyoming’s Grand Tetons, the fourth highest peak in the Tetons or the deep forests and majestic trees of the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in Michigan. Surely, a sight never-to-be-forgotten.

RV Travel is not what it used to be. In 2010, the RV turned 100 years old. Three prominent RV historians, renowned RV collector David Woodworth, RV/Motor Home Hall of Fame and Museum archivist Al Hesselbart, and Smithsonian Institution curator Roger White have cited 1910 as the start of the RV industry. Today some 82 million households now own RV’s according to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association. In 1936, Airstream came out with the Clipper, and America’s adoration of this particular RV brand took shape. In 1952, RV manufacturers started to realize the marketing benefits of a whole home on wheels. RVs and trailers started to get bigger, and bigger… and bigger. RV travel has become the way families come together in an economical and flexible way to see this beautiful country for their family vacations. Whether they travel in a small trailer RV or a luxury RV Motorhome there is no denying it’s one of the best ways to travel and see the countryside.

RV camping opportunities abound with more than 16,000 RV parks, campgrounds and resorts on America’s public and private lands. Some of the most beautiful places in North America can be reached by RV’s and the destinations are well worth the drive! How about, Mt. Desert Narrows Camping Resort, in Bar Harbor, Maine. This RV Camping Resort is known as the only national park in New England. The Leisure Resort on the San Marcos River in Texas offers full hook-up RV sites, a fenced pet park for Fido as well as pet-friendly trails, and a scenic riverfront. The Sunshine Key RV Resort and Marina is in Big Pine Key, Florida just some 38 miles from Key West. In the mood for a spa or golf vacation? Try The Great Outdoors RV Nature & Golf Resort Titusville, FL. This park is for the big guys, only 18′ ft and longer are allowed. No pop-ups or tents allowed! Sam’s Family Spa Hot Water Resort was built in 1971 on over 50 acres of selected desert property with underground hot mineral water springs. It is an RV park with all amenities to reserve in America.

RV’s have pumped in a new enthusiasm for this kind of camping. Luxury RV’s like the Bounder Diesel have it all: a spacious floor plan with triple slide-outs, an impressive galley, comfy furnishings, four beds, and lots of storage. Its finishing touches include detailed molding and contemporary light fixtures making the RV feel like a home. Or is “Green” Rving more your thing? Try the first eco-friendly RV, the Ever-Lite by EverGreen, built with all composite, wood-free outside wall construction and all the design characteristics of an eco-friendly home.

Today, people purchase or rent RVs with thoughts and dreams of going on adventures, exploring the country, and building lasting memories with family and friends. Camping in an RV at one of the many nation’s parks, forests and campgrounds is perfect for experiencing nature up close with all the conveniences of home.

Not sure everyone wants to go through the expense of buying an RV? Then why not rent one and find out what some 82 million households have already found out. RV Travel is Adventure Travel at its Finest!

Ronald Silbermann has a combined, extensive work experience in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa. He has made a mission out of introducing the American Adventure Traveler to all this country has to offer for a fun-filled vacation of heart-stopping adventure experiences. Rentzio is part of a vision to build a reputation on not only offering the traveler Recreational Vehicle rentals, but showing them the many options on where to go and how to turn their adventure vacation into a memorable one. Rentzio is the premier aggregator for rental agencies and individual owners to rent out RV’s, motorhomes, trailers, motorcycles, ATVs, bikes, watercraft and vacation homes. Rentzio accomplishes this by using the latest in social media and technology to amass the best offers for a fun-filled trip. The company strives to transform the way the industry does business by providing a one-stop-shop platform that brings together the vacationer, these agencies and individual owners. Helping travelers plan, that never-to-be-forgotten vacation is the company’s vision. Rentzio is also proud of its commitment to creating a sustainable environment to do business in and fostering the same behavior in customers and rental partners.

Adventure Travel From Grand Canyon Rafting to Base Jumping

Some people believe a break from work should involve more than just a holiday: it should be an adventure! Which is why adventure travel is becoming so popular. It doesn’t have to mean climbing Everest, attempting K2, or crossing a desert on the back of a camel: but it can, though it can just as easily mean a guided rafting trip in the Grand Canyon, seeing the desert from the basket of a balloon, a bungee jump like James Bond (off Switzerland’s Verzasca Dam) or a road trip somewhere literally *off the beaten track*.

Trekking in Nepal or paddling the Grand Canyon are the classic adventure travel options, and for most adventure travellers involve a bit of travel to get to, but there are travel adventure options in every country — you ‘d be surprised to see the list of where all the best paragliding destinations are, and paragliding definitely qualifies as adventure travel if it’s done right. Ice climbing, cave diving, shark diving, paddling between scenic islands, trekking overland, base jumping, or even heli-biking or heli-skiing can elevate your travels to adventure travels, and these kinds of adventure travel options can be found in some very unlikely destinations.

But the classic adventure options are still the best: New Zealand, for all the cycling and paddling options, as well as the extreme sports, is one of the best places for adventure travel, and Chile and Patagonia are popular for the same kinds of adventure travel attractions. Canada has the winter-y wilderness, and offers adventure travellers the chance to get back to nature and meet some exotic animals, while Borneo and the Galapagos, offer adventure travellers both untouched wilderness, unique animals and sunshine. Just in case you prefer your adventure travels without the adventurous weather.

Not all of us get the chance to have a real travel adventure. However, ‘adventure holidays’ are becoming ever more popular, and accessible, and not just among the young. As baby boomers mature they find they are fitter, and generally richer, than their parents were – so your 50s and 60s is a great time to take that travel adventure you never had time or money to do. Lots of adventure travel is within the realms of possibility for most people — you don’t have to be an elite athlete to cross the Sahara with a camel train, just relatively healthy and the owner of an adventurous spirit. Some adventure travel tour operators even run adventure tour options for younger explorers, and there are some gentle routes along even some of the most exciting of white water rivers, and child size mountains still worth conquering. And while once people thought of some adventure travel options as being the adventure of a life time, now a lifetime can have many travelling adventures.