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Old 06-15-10, 09:29 AM   #1
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Who wants to Mountain Bike on the Silk Road with an Adventure Travel Writer?

A 19-day mountain bike journey through Kyrgyzstan with Adventure Travel Writer, Kirsten Koza!

Quite possibly an eye-opening eye-ball eating adventure too. Apparently if a nomad family invites you into their yurt for dinner, it is an honour to be offered the boiled sheep eyes, and a huge insult to reject them!

Kirsten wants some travel partners to share this incredible experience with her.

Check out the full itinerary over at Globetrooper.com here: Mountain Bike Kyrgyzstan with Kirsten
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Old 06-15-10, 11:40 AM   #2
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I'd say it would be a lot cheaper to go on your own and to make it your own adventure.
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Old 06-15-10, 01:12 PM   #3
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It is kind of hard to believe that she is a professional writer considering the quantity of editing, grammar, and spelling mistakes.
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I'd say it would be a lot cheaper to go on your own and to make it your own adventure.
No kidding.
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During or after their civil unrest....AKA war!!
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No kidding.
got it in one ricohman
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No thanks,sounds like a forced march to me.
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From the website: "Refusing hospitality is often becomes annoying. In order to avoid misunderstandings, read some guidebooks and other nooks about Kyrgyzstan before you get prepared to your visit"

Awkward writing aside, this website seems to be an interesting concept. It looks to me like people think up adventures, come up with a budget, and then recruit people to join the trip and share the costs.

The site is a little confusing, though -- I can't figure out if it's a business and someone is earning a commission/markup on the costs, or whether it's a volunteer collective and the cost is just splitting expenses.

Maybe the person who started this thread can shed some light on how all this works.
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Hi BengeBoy,

Hopefully I can answer your queries about the website. I am one of two co-founders of Globetrooper. Currently we have funded the entire thing and have not made a single dollar from it. We're trying to build a community of like-minded travellers who want to meet others to travel with. So basically, if you've always wanted to mountain bike in the Trois Vall´┐Żes in France but all your friends think you're crazy, then you should be able to meet someone, somewhere in the world, who also has that same aspiration, and then you can make it happen.

The trips and trip details are all user-created. So the cost of each trip is an estimate from the creator of that trip, not Globetrooper.

Later down the track (6-12 months) we'll be implementing a business model, but this will be quite distinct from what the site is today - we're thinking something to do with local guides and a booking system for them.

Here's a link to our press release at launch if you're interested in knowing more: http://www.travpr.com/pr-1401-travel...-discover.html
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Thanks for explaining -- it looks like a very interesting model to me. I hope it goes well for you.
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