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Hi Robert, If you do a google search of kattumaram, you'll get a load of hits of these boat in use for fishing today from the west coast [kerala region] all the way around into the Bay of Benghal up to Sri Lanka. some examples: http://www.katamkera-voyages.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Catamaran-891x668.jpg Tamil Nadu area: http://i1.trekearth.com/photos/66967/07032501.jpg Jaffna region: http://amazinglanka.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/DSCF8343-1024x518.jpg Sri Lanka region: http://images.deccanchronicle.com/dc-Cover-42n4n1fs9f6hon1n7cjc1q2lj6-20161014080633.Medi.jpeg I couldn't find a web photo, but there are some amazing photo of kattumarams outfitted with longtail engines surfing along and around the coastal waves. One of the interesting related boats is the Wooden Teppa [sometimes teppan] that is an only slightly more refined kattumaram with 2 small added washstrakes. It would be interesting to know what and where and why the change or improvement. photo http://www.uwa-pro.de/projekte/bilder/14-s.jpg linesplans: http://www.uwa-pro.de/projekte/bilder/20-s.jpg ** as I have mentioned before, I believe all the indigenous wooden craft in India are threatened because of high wood prices, loss of artisans, and possibly some job migration. One can see this in that even the lowly kattumaram is being replaced by GRP versions: https://i.ytimg.com/vi/TDEGMd_8aTs/maxresdefault.jpg However, these GRP boats are slightly provocative as they are quite stable, could be reinvented as multichamber inflatables and possibly distributed here as quick and easy and safe and cheap sit-on-tops. regards mick allen

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Mick, Many thanks for this. The Teppa/teppan is most interesting. As the elevation drawing shows, this is a pretty sophisticated hull: from the plan view, you wouldn't know it was a raft. It's also fascinating that a raft-style boat would be reproduced in GRP. The design must fulfill its users' needs so well, and/or there is a strong cultural attachment to the design independent of its practicality. I would expect that most boatmen would prefer not to be wet and would more readily adopt a traditional displacement hull, if given the chance, but that's obviously not the case here.

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"Starting an insurance company from scratch is a tall order - whether it is high upfront capital requirements or understanding the regulatory complexities. From day 1, Acko needed investors with a very very strong belief and high credibility to be able to set-up an insurance business. In Catamaran we found friends and mentors, not just investors. People who believed in the ambitious goals, that there existed a better way to build insurance and had the patience to appreciate the complexities of building a regulated business in India. At Acko we are glad to have them as our earliest backers - helping us focus on the fundamentals and giving us the confidence to stay the course."

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Aon India Insurance Brokers Pvt. Ltd (formerly known as Anviti Insurance Brokers Pvt Ltd) is an insurance and reinsurance insurance broker founded by Catamaran in 2016. In a short span of time, Anviti became one of the leading insurance brokers in India, serving 1,800+ clients and placing premiums of more than ₹3,500 Cr. Catamaran played an active role in the growth of Anviti including the recruitment of leadership professionals. The Catamaran team has enabled Anviti to rapidly scale to 300+ employees with offices at eight  locations. The company was acquired by Aon in 2021.

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Prione was a strategic partnership between Catamaran and Amazon which equipped SMEs with training and tools to sell online. Prione assisted them in their e-commerce journey from photographing products and creating online catalogues, to managing digital sales and accounts. Cloudtail, a 100% subsidiary of Prione, was a leading online retailer that connected SMEs to customers seeking easy access to a wide variety of brands. Cloudtail employed 500+ people and sold over 1 million products across 25+ diverse categories working with 5,000+ brands


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"Continuous support and guidance from Catamaran has been invaluable in the scale-up journey of Cloudtail. In my interactions, I always find Catamaran solution-oriented and collaborative. They hold us to very high governance standards and that helps us keep our organization fully protected. Catamaran has a strong network of their invested companies and other partners. They have facilitated connections in this network that has led to some good partnerships and lots of learning. Catamaran has played a strong role to support and scale Cloudtail, enabling thousands of SMEs in India. And of course, to top it all, we get access to learn from the direct guidance of a luminary like Mr. Narayana Murthy!" ᐧ

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"They say it takes a village to raise a child. Paper Boat was molded early on by Catamaran's guidance almost as much as it was by its co-founders. Catamaran has been to Paper Boat what the North Star is to those who sail—a guiding light that has helped us realize our core values and is always there through the ups and downs to keep us on course. On a personal note, my bond with Catamaran is most special, as NRN is the only reason I took to entrepreneurship in the first place."

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The founder's passion for teaching, depth of pedagogy and holistic approach to education is valuable

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"It was not until Catamaran came along that Ace Creative Learning Pvt Ltd began its corporate avatar. Their investment and guidance have been instrumental in transforming a ₹6 Cr company into a ₹100 Cr diverse organisation. Today, if Ace has evolved into a professionally-managed company, we owe a lot to the representatives of Catamaran who, along with the rest of the investors, have always been a dependable sounding board to guide us to do the right thing at the time in the right manner."

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Priority Vendor's approach to solve bill discounting was unique, technology-led and scalable

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Threadsol's software solutions reduces fabric wastage and boosts profit of its clients in a large global addressable market

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"Catamaran played a role in kneading and building Threadsol and helped scale the business to 13 countries. The founder friendly team of Catamaran was virtually an extension of the founding team and the empathy, help and support received from them was the catalyst in final acquisition by Coats".

Catamaran Boats: Types, Uses & Activities

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Let’s look at some of the types of catamarans and their best uses.

Sailing Catamarans

Sailing catamarans have made great strides over the past several decades. Small daysailing cats are popular because they provide a safe and simple learning platform and you’ll find fleets of them in resorts where they’re used by people with very little sailing experience. These types of small cats are usually made of roto-molded plastic or fiberglass and they typically don’t have auxiliary engines so their sole source of propulsion is sails.

Larger sailing cats have taken over the world of distance cruising and bareboat chartering . Nearly all tropically-based bareboat charter companies offer more sailing catamarans today than monohulls and those numbers are also growing in destinations such as the Mediterranean. Typically, charter cats have two engines, one in each hull, to maneuver as well as a mast that supports a mainsail and at least one headsail.

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Power Catamarans

Power catamarans, often referred to as "multi-hull powerboats" or "power cats," have larger engines than their sailing cousins and no masts or sails. Their bigger motors give them higher top speeds but these cats also need reinforced hulls to handle the weight and power of these engines. Other than pontoon boats (which arguably are also power cats), motorized cats are the fastest growing segment of the boating market.

Power cats come in various shapes and sizes. Numerous smaller power cat brands are marketed for fishing while larger ones are popping up in bareboat charter and as cruising platforms. Many commercial passenger ferries have also turned to the catamaran design for their spaciousness and speed.

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Advantages of Catamaran Boats

There are some inherent advantages of boats with multiple hulls, which include:

  • More deck and interior space per foot than monohulls. A catamaran has about 1.2 times the space of a monohull. In other words, a 40-foot cat should have the deck and interior space of a 50-foot monohull. Cats also have more interior space with up to four cabins even in a vessel under 40 feet in length. These large cabins usually provide easier berth access and they have hull windows with opening ports for better ventilation and light even in the staterooms, which are usually more separated for privacy.
  • Due to their design with two hulls set wide apart, cats enjoy greater stability under way and at rest in rolly anchorages . Unlike a monohull that can heel under sail or roll when powered, cats stay level, which makes them safer and easier for people and pets to maneuver on the flat deck. Some say cats have an easier motion than monohulls and tend to induce less seasickness.
  • With twin engines, cats’ propellers are set wide apart so these boats have excellent maneuverability. Cats can venture into shallower waters too – especially sailing cats that don’t have deep keels. Because cats don’t drag a massive keel through the water, they’re also on average 20-30 percent more fuel-efficient even with two engines.
  • Larger, more sophisticated power and sailing catamarans have a natural redundancy built into their equipment inventory, which translates to comfort and safety. For example, if a fresh water pump fails in one hull, there’s usually another to provide water for washing up. If one engine fails or one propeller spins off, there’s another to get the vessel to homeport safely. There’s also more room for the installation of additional systems like generators, watermakers, battery banks, and more.

Drawbacks of Catamaran Boats

Like any boat type, there are a few small drawbacks when it comes to catamarans:

  • Catamarans take up more space so it’s often difficult and expensive to find dock space.
  • Due to their design, both power and sailing cats can also slam the bridge deck into oncoming waves when going to weather.
  • Additionally, sailing cats don’t necessarily sail as well upwind as monohulls because with two hulls, they simply can’t point as high into the wind.
  • Finally, it may be tempting to load up a catamaran due to the space it offers but a sure way to damage a power or sailing cat’s performance is to overload them or have uneven weight distribution—something, which is less of a problem on their monohull counterparts.

Catamaran Boats FAQs

Whether used for daysailing, world cruising, chartering or fishing, boats with two hulls are growing in acceptance and appeal. The basic design may be hundreds of years old but today’s updated designs make catamarans a viable option for any boater.

Are catamarans more expensive than monohulls?

Purchasing or chartering a catamaran is usually more expensive than a monohull since there are more accessories and even more fiberglass construction to pay for. Over time, cost of ownership can be higher too since there are two hulls to polish and wax and more equipment to service or replace. It’s also more expensive to haul out a catamaran for bottom work.

What is the typical draft of a catamaran?

Draft (depth below waterline) depends on the size and type of cat. Small daysailing cats can draw mere inches but with a large cruising cat, it may be 3-4 feet. Some cats have dagger boards that are used to improve upwind performance. With the boards down, a cat can draw 10 feet or more but these boards may be lifted to allow access to shallow water.

Can catamarans be raced?

Catamarans make fine racers as has been proven by the America’s Cup contenders. There are also one-design classes in the smaller, open designs.

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Where Did Catamaran Originate? (A Look Into Its History)

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Catamarans have been around for centuries, but where did they come from? For those who are curious about the history and origins of catamarans, this article will explore the history of catamaran, from its beginnings to its current uses.

From the meaning of the word “catamaran” to its use in racing and cruising, this article will look into the history of catamarans and how it has shaped the sport today.

We will also look at how catamarans have been used for fishing, and how they are still used for this purpose today.

Finally, we will explore the ways in which catamarans are used for racing and cruising, and the ways in which they have become popular vessels for these activities.

Join us as we explore the fascinating history of catamarans!

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Short Answer

Catamarans are thought to have originated in the South Pacific region, likely in the islands of Polynesia.

The earliest catamarans are believed to have been constructed by the Austronesians around 1500 to 1000 BC.

These vessels were then spread to other cultures by trading and other means of communication.

Today, catamarans are used in various ways around the world, including for commercial and recreational purposes.

The Origins of Catamaran

Catamarans have a long and rich history that dates back to the Indian subcontinent.

The word catamaran is derived from the Tamil language of South India and literally means tied wood, referring to how two logs were tied together to form the original catamaran design.

This sturdy craft was originally used for transportation and fishing, but it eventually made its way to the West in the late 18th century as a recreational sailing vessel.

Today, catamarans are used for a variety of purposes, ranging from racing and cruising to fishing.

They are renowned for their stability, maneuverability, and speed, and they are popular with both recreational and professional sailors alike.

Catamarans are especially adept at handling choppy waters, as their design allows them to handle waves better than most other vessels.

This makes them an ideal choice for sailing in rough or windy conditions.

Catamarans are also praised for their spacious layout, with their two hulls providing more room than other types of vessels.

This makes them ideal for larger groups, as they can comfortably accommodate more people than a traditional sailboat.

Additionally, catamarans are renowned for their efficiency, as their design allows them to move through the water faster and more efficiently than other boats.

Overall, catamarans have come a long way from their humble origins in the Indian subcontinent.

Today, they are a versatile and popular choice for sailing enthusiasts of all levels, and their history is a testament to their durability and longevity.

The Meaning of the Word Catamaran

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The word catamaran is derived from the Tamil language of South India, where it literally means “tied wood”.

This refers to the traditional design of catamarans, which typically consists of two logs or planks of wood tied together with rope.

The original catamarans were used for transportation and fishing, and their widespread use in the Indian subcontinent has been documented since at least the 3rd century BCE.

Today, the term catamaran is often used to describe a wide range of multi-hulled vessels, from recreational sailing vessels to racing boats and even commercial vessels.

While all of these vessels share the same basic design, the modern catamaran has evolved over the centuries and now includes variations such as trimarans, trimarans, and even pontoon boats.

The development of the modern catamaran began in the late 18th century, when the first catamarans appeared in the West.

These vessels were developed for recreational sailing, and over time they have become increasingly popular for use in racing, cruising, and fishing.

Catamarans are well known for their stability and speed, and they are now used in a variety of applications, from leisure sailing to commercial shipping.

Ultimately, the word catamaran is derived from the Tamil language and it literally means “tied wood”.

Over the centuries, the catamaran has evolved and today it is used for everything from racing to cruising to fishing, and is renowned for its stability and speed.

Catamarans in the West

The first recorded appearance of catamarans in the Western world dates back to the late 18th century.

At the time, the vessels were brought to the Caribbean from the Indian subcontinent by traders and explorers.

They were quickly adopted by sailors for their speed and stability, as well as their ability to navigate shallow waters.

Catamarans were also popular among fishermen, as they could carry more cargo and could easily navigate shallow waters.

The vessels quickly spread across the globe, with catamarans becoming a popular recreational sailing vessel in the 19th century.

The vessels were a common sight in the Caribbean, and they eventually spread to other parts of the world, including the United States and Europe.

By the mid-20th century, catamarans had become a popular recreational sailing vessel, with many people using them for racing, cruising, and fishing.

Today, catamarans are used for a wide variety of activities, from recreational sailing to fishing and racing.

They are renowned for their stability and speed, and they are still popular among recreational sailors of all skill levels.

Catamarans continue to be used for transportation and fishing in the Indian subcontinent, where they originated, and they are still a popular sight in many parts of the world.

Uses of Catamarans

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Catamarans have long been used for transportation and fishing in the Indian subcontinent, where the word “catamaran” originates from the Tamil language, meaning “tied wood.” This origin refers to the traditional design of tying two logs together to form the original catamaran.

Today, catamarans are used for a variety of purposes, from recreational sailing to racing, cruising, and fishing.

Catamarans are renowned for their stability and speed, making them ideal for traversing large bodies of water quickly.

They provide a stable platform for activities, such as fishing and diving, and offer increased living space when compared to conventional sailboats.

The increased stability of a catamaran also makes them ideal for use in areas with high winds and choppy waters, as they can handle the conditions better than traditional sailboats.

In addition to transportation and fishing, catamarans are also used for a variety of recreational activities.

They are popular among sailors due to their speed and maneuverability, and can be used for racing, cruising, and day-sailing.

Catamarans are also popular among families and large groups, as they provide ample space for socializing and relaxing.

Catamarans have come a long way since their humble beginnings in the Indian subcontinent, and are now an integral part of the sailing world.

With their stability, speed, and ample living space, catamarans are a great choice for both recreational and commercial use.

Racing with Catamarans

Catamarans have become a popular choice for racing enthusiasts all over the world.

This is due to their remarkable stability and speed, which make them ideal for competitive sailing.

Catamarans are able to cut through the water more efficiently than traditional sailing vessels, and their light weight makes them easier to maneuver.

In addition, their dual-hulls provide more surface area, allowing them to catch more wind and push through the water faster.

This makes them perfect for racing, as they can easily navigate tight turns and sail upwind faster than any other type of boat.

Catamarans are also well-suited for long-distance sailing, as they typically have more space than traditional vessels.

This extra space allows for more storage and greater comfort, making it easier for a crew to stay out on the water for longer periods of time.

Catamarans also have a relatively flat bottom, which reduces drag and helps make them faster than traditional boats.

Today, catamarans are used in a variety of sailing competitions, including the Americas Cup and the Volvo Ocean Race.

These races typically involve multiple catamarans, making them exciting spectacles to watch.

Catamarans have also become popular in recreational sailing, and many people use them for pleasure cruises and fishing trips.

No matter how it’s used, the catamaran has become an icon in the sailing world.

Its unique advantages have made it a favorite of both racers and recreational sailors alike, and its history makes it an interesting topic to explore.

Cruising with Catamarans

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Catamarans are well-known for their stability and speed, making them a popular choice for recreational sailing.

Whether youre looking for a day of leisurely sailing or a thrilling race, catamarans offer an enjoyable experience that can be tailored to your individual needs.

Catamarans are especially suited to cruising, as they offer plenty of space for passengers and cargo, and their hulls dont require much maintenance.

Catamarans have a unique design that allows them to cruise efficiently and smoothly.

Their two hulls make them more stable than other boats, and their flat decks provide plenty of room for passengers to move around.

The spacious cabins provide plenty of space for sleeping, dining, and relaxing, and the cockpit is designed to make sailing easy and enjoyable.

Catamarans are also known for their speed and agility.

Their hulls are designed to cut through the water with minimal resistance, allowing them to reach speeds of up to 20 knots.

Their shallow draft also makes them ideal for shallow waters, allowing you to explore more areas than with a traditional monohull boat.

In addition to their speed and stability, catamarans are also known for their safety.

Their wide beam makes them less likely to capsize, and their two hulls help to spread the load, making them less susceptible to sinking than other vessels.

Catamarans also have a lower center of gravity, making them less likely to tip over in rough seas.

Whether youre looking for a leisurely day of sailing or a thrilling race, catamarans are an excellent choice for cruising.

With their stability, speed, and safety, they offer an enjoyable and accessible way to explore the open waters.

Fishing with Catamarans

The use of catamarans for fishing is nothing new, with the vessels first being used for the purpose in the Indian subcontinent thousands of years ago.

In the Tamil language of South India, the word catamaran comes from two words that literally mean tied wood, referring to how two logs were tied together to form the original catamaran design.

It was these vessels that were used for fishing, with two logs forming the base for the frame and a platform built on top for the fishermen to stand on.

These catamarans were incredibly versatile vessels, allowing fishermen to access shallow waters and maneuver quickly and easily to chase schools of fish.

They were also incredibly stable, and could carry a large amount of equipment and supplies, which made them ideal for long-distance fishing trips.

Today, modern catamarans are still used for fishing, with the vessels’ stable and maneuverable design still providing an ideal platform for fishermen.

Modern catamarans are made from a variety of materials, including fiberglass and aluminum, and are available in a range of sizes to suit different needs.

Catamarans are also popular for recreational fishing, with the vessels providing a great platform for anglers to enjoy their sport.

The popularity of catamarans for fishing is a testament to the versatility and effectiveness of these vessels.

With their stable and maneuverable design, their ability to access shallow waters, and their capacity to carry a large amount of equipment and supplies, they remain a popular choice for those looking to take to the water in pursuit of their catch.

Final Thoughts

Catamarans have come a long way since their humble beginnings in the Indian subcontinent.

From their simple design of two logs tied together, to today’s modern catamarans used for racing, cruising, and fishing, it’s amazing to think about all the ways these vessels have evolved.

Now that you know the history behind the word catamaran, why not take a sail and experience the thrill of these incredible vessels for yourself?

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After my brother tragically died, I knew I wanted to pursue adventure. Now my family and I live on a catamaran.

  • Rob Hamill's brother was killed by the Khmer Rouge when his boat drifted into Cambodian waters.
  • Hamill now lives on a catamaran with his wife and sons and honors his brother's legacy.
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This as-told-to essay is based on a conversation with Rob Hamill , a 60-year-old former rowing Olympian from New Zealand, about how the murder of his brother by the Khmer Rouge inspired his family's decision to live at sea.

The Khmer Rouge was a Communist political regime ruled by dictator Pol Pot in Cambodia between 1975 and 1979. They were responsible for the deaths of nearly 2 million people .

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I grew up in a local small town with a population of 15,000 in a beachside community in New Zealand on the east coast of the North Island called Whakatane.

It was a pretty normal Kiwi upbringing.

I was the last of five children. I was closest to my sister, who was four years older than me. My eldest brother, Kerry, was 12 years older than me. He was probably the one I knew the least. But we were very close, especially as I grew older.

My father loved sailing. He was in the merchant Navy during World War II. He had a real love of the sea.

That heavily influenced Kerry. He ended up going to Australia in his early 20s, looking for sailing opportunities. He went up to Darwin and bought a boat called Foxy Lady.

Kerry wrote really lovely letters. You became part of his story as he told it to us, and we lived vicariously through his adventures.

I was 14 in August 1978 when the letters stopped.

My brother was killed by the Khmer Rouge

The last letter he sent us was from Malaysia's east coast. He and his crew got blown off into Cambodian waters and took shelter on King Island, about 50 kilometers offshore.

Around August 20, his boat was attacked by a gunboat. Kerry was captured by the Khmer Rouge.

Kerry and his friend Stuart Glass, a Canadian, were on deck at the time of the attack. Stuart was shot. They both went overboard, and Stuart died in Kerry's arms. He buried him at sea.

Kerry and John Dewhirst, another survivor on the boat, were taken hostage. A few days later, they were taken to Phnom Penh to the Tuol Sleng prison and tortured for months. We're pretty sure Kerry was executed there exactly two months later, in October 1978.

It was 16 months between his last letter and hearing what happened.

My parents were beside themselves. They wrote letters to different ports all over Asia, trying to find the news.

I heard the news around January 1980. Timelines are vague, but I vividly remember that a neighbor rang us one day saying, "You need to get the paper."

My second-eldest brother John and I drove down to the local shop. There was this pile of papers with the headline: Hamill captured by the Khmer Rouge.

Hearing about my brother's demise — reading about it in the paper — was a real shock. That was the first time I grieved.

John took Kerry's death very hard. They were about a year apart. They did everything together as kids. He came home, and there was considerable unrest as we all struggled.

He messed with some drugs along the way that had an effect on him. He got very depressed. So we had a memorial for Kerry, and then a few months later, John took his life.

I feel almost certainly that if Kerry were here, John would be here today as well.

Two funerals in quick succession shaped our family

I became a bit of a loose cannon, a reasonably big drinker during my school years.

But sport was my savior.

After leaving school, I did this electrical apprenticeship but had no passion for electricity. I was so unhappy, so I took up rugby. Every Kiwi bloke has a go at rugby at some point in their lives.

I did that for a couple of years, and then when I was 19, one of my mates said, "I'm going to try out this rowing thing tomorrow morning at the local club. We're going to just have a go. Do you want to come down?"

I remember going to the first race we had. We won by the thinnest of margins. I was absolutely euphoric.

With racing, you can just hammer yourself so hard, push yourself to the near feeling of death, and then the next minute, you're OK.

I trained harder again, and pretty soon, I was going, "Well, I want to go to the top of this thing."

I rowed in the World Championships for many years, and then the Olympics in 1996. In 1997, I won the first Atlantic rowing race.

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It was a huge adventure, a big leap into the unknown. There had been several people who'd attempted to row oceans prior to this, but more people had walked Everest than rowed an ocean at that point.

We started in Tenerife, and six weeks later — 41 days later — Phil and I rowed into Barbados and won the race.

I discovered I wasn't at peace with the deaths in my family when I did the Atlantic race. When I was at sea, I grieved.

Every day, at some point, I wept like a baby — when I was on the oars, but usually in the cabin where you could take shelter.

It made me realize my grieving process was very stunted, and I knew there was something I was going to have to do about it.

In 2009, I got the opportunity to testify against Comrade Duch , a representative of the Khmer Rouge and Pol Pot, the first person to be brought to any sort of justice for the loss of millions of lives.

This guy was arrested and revealed to be the commandant at the prison where my brother was incarcerated. He ruled with a very heavy hand in a very brutal and clinical way.

My mom had died earlier, and my dad had dementia, so I told the story from my perspective, where I saw the trauma and how it affected each of them.

I did the best I could for the memory of my brother, my parents, and the people of Cambodia.

I just hope I left a little legacy there for them.

When I started my own family, I decided to prioritize experiences together

I met my wife Rachel in 1991. During that time, Rachel and her sister competed as triathletes for Ireland.

We knew each other for about 10 years before we got together. We became friends over time, and then it happened when we were both single and she was visiting New Zealand.

She came out to help her sister, who had had twins. She ended up spending three or four months and went home, engaged to me. We got married about six months later, in 2001.

The boys came along very quickly after that. Finn in 2002, Declan in 2004, and Ivan in 2007.

My parents sent Kerry and John off to boarding school when they were 15 and 16.

My memories of Kerry and John would have been much stronger if we had time to grow up together as a close-knit family.

Rachel and I wanted to be with our kids, have experiences, and grow together. So then the question became, "How do we do that?"

Travel is a great way to do that. After the Atlantic race, I had a bit of a career in speaking. Through that, I managed to raise enough money to buy our boat, the Javelot, in 2014.

The following year, we did a seven-month South Pacific tour and took the boys out of school. In 2018, we went full-time.

The homeschooling pretty quickly took a bit of a backseat. Ivan, our youngest, now 16, has never been to school. The other two did do schooling until we started going away for longer periods of time.

We do learning by doing. We talk a lot about world politics, we talk about local community politics. We go offshore and try to interact with the locals as much as possible.

In 2022, we spent two or three months in Darwin, where Kerry had lived for quite some time.

Through his letters, we knew where he had been, generally speaking, and we followed his path. It was amazing.

We went to Cambodia for Christmas 2022. It was emotional and fantastic, especially for the kids who had listened to this whole story told through their father, mother, uncles, and aunts.

We chose a life of adventure

If you're going to do adventurous things, things are going to happen.

( Editor's Note: In September 2023, Hamill's son Finn experienced a deep water blackout while freediving near the family's catamaran in Thailand. He survived.)

Finn didn't have a clue what happened. He thought he had made it to the surface, and we were going, "No, mate, you were out. You were gone."

About half an hour later, the secondary drowning started kicking in with his breathing.

We called for help, and it took about three or four hours for the boat to come out from the mainland to take him in. He didn't need any intervention at the end other than a saline drip.

It was exceedingly scary. But in the moment, there was almost a serenity about it. Watching how the boys handled it and the way everyone did their job, I could not have hoped for a better response, that show of character under pressure.

What Rachel and I are doing is very much an experiment. We've got no Ph.D to say, "Oh yes, this is the way to raise children." It's real gut instinct stuff — but I believe it's working.

We've got kids who are worldly, beautiful, humble, thoughtful, kind, funny, and adventurous.

I feel privileged and lucky to have this life with Rachel and the boys.

I sometimes dwell on what might have been — that my parents, Kerry, and John could have been sharing this with us. I know they would have absolutely loved it.

All you can do is live the life they might have otherwise had. A life of adventure.

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Imagine a day jet skiing between islands accompanied by a pod of dolphins, then getting in a round of golf before your stress-relieving Ayurvedic massage, heading back to your overwater villa to enjoy sunset cocktails then ending the evening with a gourmet meal overlooking the Indian Ocean. All right — they can’t always guarantee the dolphins. But the rest is a sure thing at your stay at Velaa Private Island resort in the Maldives.

After landing in the capital of Malé, Velaa guests are shown to a private airport lounge before taking a 45-minute seaplane ride to the island. On your flight you realize what makes the Maldives so special — perfect waters, beautiful small islands — before spotting a signature white tower on Velaa, which houses one of the resort’s restaurants and vertical wine cellar.

A villa on Velaa Private Island

Learning your way around the island and everything it has to offer is a breeze — everything is connected to one circular main road that is easily walkable or navigated by the bicycle provided to every guest. Velaa means ‘turtle’ in the local Dhivehi language and Czech architect Petr Kolář designed the overwater villas and jetties on the island to resemble the body of the turtle when seen from above.

Deciding where you’ll stay on the island is the only tough decision you’ll have to make for this vacation. With 47 villas and residences provide a myriad of choices with no wrong answers. There are the overwater villas the region is known for — choose your preference for the sunrise or sunset side — and if you’ve never experienced one before this might be the way to go. But the Deluxe Beach Pool Villas should not be overlooked either. Your private backyard is surrounded by tall hedges with an infinity pool and section of the beach. From there you go through a small opening onto the full beach and can be in the ocean in under a minute.

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For larger family groups there are four private residences, with their own kitchens, gyms and spa treatment rooms. But for ultimate seclusion — especially for newlyweds or couples who don’t plan on leaving the room very often — there is the Romantic Pool Residence that sits over the water away from the shoreline and is accessible only by boat. With its own pool, jacuzzi and sundeck you won’t need to head back to the island that often.

The majority of your dining during your stay takes place at the beachfront Athiri Restaurant which serves a wide range of International dishes — authentically cooked by chefs from 14 countries. You can choose places to sit here with the sand still in your toes or dipped in a channel of water that runs across different sections. The Avi Pool Bar and Lounge is connected and offers a great place for sunset or after dinner cocktails. The Cru Champagne Bar is also available for pre or post-dinner bubbles.

The golf course at Velaa Private Island

For more specialized dining there is the overwater Aragu Signature Restaurant led by Chef Gaushan De Silva, featuring European dishes with Asian touches. And to round out your dining experiences there is Tavaru — at the top floor of the white tower that is the tallest structure on the island — which serves Teppanyaki grill cuisine. Inside the building is the wine cellar featuring over 1,000 labels. Your sommelier will lead tasting here as well as procure your bottle from a small open elevator that circles around the walls while heading up and down.

There are two tracks for wellbeing on the island. The overwater Velaa Spa offers a wide range of western and Asian-style massages as well as facial, body and beauty treatments. For serious pampering there are multi-day programs for relaxation, rejuvenation and detoxing, which provide a series of different treatments over three or five days. Snow is one of the last things you’d expect to find in the area, but the spa has the only snow room in the Maldives along with a sauna and steam room — all facing the open water — to compliment any session.

Aragu Restaurant

The second track is Velaa’s Eveylaa Wellbeing Village where you can experience everything from a not-to-be-missed Ayurvedic massage to a full Ayurvedic body evaluation from a medical professional to set goals for your health that will last long after your visit. The center includes its own restaurant Faiy that features healthy and delicious dishes as well as yoga, pilates and meditation classes.

Jet skiing in the open waters of Indian Ocean between islands in the Maldives is a thrill — especially if you come across a dolphin pod that wants to join in for the ride. Other hi-tech water activities on the island include flyboarding, hoverboarding, e-foils and a jetovator and flyrider to zoom up into the air. For those who want to do without motors, there are also catamarans, windsurfing, pedal boats and kayaks available.

Overwater villas at Velaa Private Island

Velaa also has its share of underwater adventures. The island offers both diving and snorkeling — with lessons available for all levels from kids to more experienced divers including PADI certification. There is abundant coral — Velaa runs the largest coral restoration program in the Maldives — and reefs to explore as well as turtles and manta rays. A nighttime florescent snorkeling trip is also available.

And just when you think they couldn’t pack anything else onto one small island, Velaa features a nine-hole golf course and academy designed by two-time Masters winner José María Olazábal. Tennis, squash, climbing wall, volleyball and gym are also available — and you’ll also be burning calories with your bicycle rides around the island. And while Velaa offers so much to do — it’s also the perfect island to leave time not to do anything at all except relax and enjoy the beach and swim in the ocean. There’s a reason you’ve always heard the Maldives is a dream vacation — and Velaa has all the reasons why.

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Blue Ocean Adventure Tours

Kekaha, Hawaii

Blue Ocean Adventure Tours show off the spectacular scenery of Kauai’s Na Pali Coast with tours that include catamaran and Zodiac experiences. Guests can gaze in awe at 3,500-foot sea cliffs, visit the Hawaiian fishing village of Nualolo Kai, and spot Hawaiian green sea turtles while snorkeling.

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Cape Water Tours and Taxi

Lewes, Delaware

For those wishing to immerse themselves in the idyllic beauty of the Delaware coast, Cape Water Tours and Taxi offers a wide array of top-tier excursions. Seal spotting, dolphin watching, and sunset cruising are all available for booking, while those hoping for a more intimate journey can plan a private charter that fits up to 100 passengers.

Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari

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Dana Point, California

Blue whales, orcas, and great white sharks are just a few of the creatures that might make an appearance during a cruise with Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari. A local favorite due to their highly educated staff and strong commitment to sustainability, the company provides a truly unforgettable viewing experience for guests, thanks to their state-of-the-art underwater viewing pods.

Chicago's First Lady Cruises

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Chicago's First Lady Cruises

Chicago, Illinois

The Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady is led by highly trained docents. On this 90-minute cruise, you'll hear highlights of the city's history, including stories about the visionaries who shaped Chicago's skyline. Options include both daytime tours and evening cocktail cruises.

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Gateway Clipper

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh is home to a particularly high concentration of local water features, and for those hoping to get up-close and personal with each one, a Three Rivers Sightseeing Tour and Cruise is the perfect excursion. Taking place on the storied Gateway Clipper, this voyage offers stunning skyline views alongside fascinating Pennsylvania history all throughout the journey.

Holo Holo Charters

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Holo Holo Charters

Eleele, Hawaii

With Holo Holo Charters, visitors to Kauai can sail to the forbidden island of Niihau or cruise along the spectacular Na Pali Coast to see its waterfalls, lush valleys, and hidden sea caves from a new perspective.

Honest Eco Tours

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Honest Eco Tours

Key West, Florida

Established in 2014, Honest Eco Tours is perfect for discovering the fascinating flora and fauna that call the Florida Keys home. Dolphin sightings abound during the company's curated snorkeling tours, while the summertime Sunset Sail & Reef Snorkel offers a particularly stunning perspective on the surrounding region.

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Kenai Fjords Tours

Seward, Alaska

Operating out of the scenic city of Seward, Kenai Fjords Tours offer a can't-miss experience that highlights the pristine natural beauty of southern Alaska. While snowcapped mountains and verdant forests will both make an appearance during a national park tour, the excursion also doubles as a safari, with humpback whales, brown bears, and bald eagles all calling the surrounding region home.

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Little Toot Dolphin Adventure

Clearwater, Florida

Officially founded in 1998, Little Toot Dolphin Adventure shines a spotlight on some of Clearwater's most beloved marine mammals. Daylight and sunset tours are both available for guests to book, with each option offering plenty of wake for the dolphins to play in alongside a cash bar with beer, wine, and soft drinks for passengers.

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London Bridge Jet Boat Tours

Laughlin, Nevada

Nevada may be dominated by desert, but that doesn't mean its devoid of top-tier water recreation as well, with London Bridge Jet Boat Tours serving as a prime example. During a cruise, guests will straddle the Nevada-Arizona border along the Colorado River, with gorgeous views of London Bridge included on the trip.

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Major Marine Tours

The spectacular natural beauty of Alaska is on full display with Major Marine Tours, a cruise company that operates out of the scenic city of Seward. The organization offers multiple excursions that highlight the splendor of the Kenai Fjords, while wildlife lovers can spring for an Orca Quest Cruise in hopes of spotting some of the world's most marvelous cetaceans in the flesh.

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Marine Discovery Center

New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Over 4,000 different plant and animal species call the Indian River Lagoon home, and New Smyrna Beach's Marine Discovery Center offers a wealth of excursions designed to highlight this rich biodiversity. Two-hour dolphin tours are offered on a daily basis during both daylight hours and sunset, while specialty birding excursions take place throughout the winter as well.

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Utah's outdoor adventure scene takes on an aquatic edge with Moab Jett, a tour company that showcases the beauty of the Colorado River. Equipped with a fleet of three 10-passenger boats, guests can embark on a thrilling adventure tour that combines natural beauty with top speeds, while the scenic tour is perfect for a relaxing getaway along the water.

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OC Bay Hopper

Ocean City, Maryland

For any Ocean City visitors hoping to spend a day on the water, the OC Bay Hopper has a wide variety of marine excursions all available for booking. While the Assateague Island Boat Tour is particularly popular for nature lovers, other options offer ghost stories, ice cream, and even the opportunity to barhop at some of the city's most popular pubs.

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Rudee Tours

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Just beyond the Virginia Beach Boardwalk, the city's sparkling shores are teeming with native dolphins — and Rudee Tours has perfected the art of finding these majestic creatures in their natural habitat. Spanning roughly 90 minutes, each excursion offers guaranteed dolphin sightings paired with added fun facts about the biology and behavior of these fascinating marine mammals.

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Sail Wild Hearts

Orange Beach, Alabama

Equipped with a spectacular 53-foot sailing catamaran, Sail Wild Hearts provides Alabama visitors with the perfect opportunity to immerse themselves in the beauty of the Gulf Coast. Wildlife lovers can spring for a daytime dolphin adventure or sunset cruise, while those hoping for a particularly memorable excursion should time their visit with July 4th for the annual Fireworks Sail.

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Salt Marsh Safari on The Skimmer

Cape May, New Jersey

New Jersey's Cape May is renowned for its spectacular bird-watching opportunities, and Salt Marsh Safari has mastered the art of showcasing its native species. While guests can spot a wealth of local birds during a classic Salt Marsh Safari tour, aquatic animal aficionados can join in on a Marine Life Safari for a deep dive on the Garden State's crabs, fish, and bivalves.

Showboat Branson Belle

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Showboat Branson Belle

Branson, Missouri

While downtown Branson is home to its fair share of attractions, visitors can embark on a truly memorable evening excursion just west of the city on the Showboat Branson Belle. Sailing along Table Rock Lake, this charming vessel is best known for its scenic dinner cruises, with live entertainment and a three-course meal included in each ticket.

Tall Ship Windy

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Tall Ship Windy

The Chicago skyline is particularly marvelous when viewed from Lake Michigan, and the city's Tall Ship Windy is perfectly equipped to showcase its splendor. While classic skyline sails are available during both sunset and daylight hours, the ship also offers dedicated happy hour cruises for those wishing to pair their journey with a perfectly crafted cocktail.

Waco Tours River Cruise

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Waco Tours River Cruise

Waco, Texas

Cruise along the serene Brazos River in the heart of Texas for two hours and 15 minutes with Waco Tours. Learn about the history and people of Waco as you see the city from the water and spot local wildlife on the riverbanks.

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Chelle Koster Walton

Chelle Koster Walton — the Local Expert for...   Read More

Chelle Koster Walton — the Local Expert for Naples, Florida and the Caribbean — has been covering the destination for 30 years. Her top-selling  Sarasota, Sanibel Island, and Naples  guidebook (Countryman Press) is in its sixth edition. She was contributing editor for  Caribbean Travel & Life  for 12 years and has written guidebooks on the Bahamas. A veteran travel writer, Chelle has published thousands of articles for  Miami Herald, USA TODAY, Latitudes;  has written/contributed to a dozen guidebooks, and produces travel shows for the local PBS station.

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Chez Chesak

‘Chez’ Chesak is Executive Director of the Outdoor...   Read More

‘Chez’ Chesak is Executive Director of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, an adventure travel writer, board member of the Society of American Travel Writers and 22-year veteran of the outdoor and travel industries. While he’s lived all over the U.S. and traveled to more than 30 countries, he has the most fun when he’s exploring with his wife Sally and two daughters. An avid outdoors person, he’s happiest on a trail, on skis, or nestled into a sleeping bag. Learn more about him and his work at www.chezconnects.com .  

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Jacky Runice

Born in Bucktown when bulletproof was a home...   Read More

Born in Bucktown when bulletproof was a home safety choice and not a coffee order, Jacky Runice has been knocking around Chicago as a professional print, online and broadcast journalist and editor specializing in separating the riff from the raff in culture, entertainment, food, travel and pure unadulterated fun. Jacky is a member of the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA). In her best Chicagoese, Jacky asks, "Who has the time or money to blow on hotels, attractions, restaurants, exhibits and activities that blow?"

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Jamie Davis Smith

Jamie Davis Smith

Jamie is an attorney, writer and photographer. She...   Read More

Jamie is an attorney, writer and photographer. She was born with deeply ingrained wanderlust and has visited 45 countries and counting. She often brings her children along for the adventure and is passing her love of travel on to the next generation. Jamie has written for   Insider,   Fodor's Travel ,   Yahoo ,  the Huffington Post , the  Washington Post,   Viator  and  Reviewed  among many other publications. Jamie is from Philadelphia and now lives in Washington, DC, where she takes advantage of everything the region has to offer.    Jamie can be reached at  [email protected]  and can be found on  Twitter ,  Instagram  and  TikTok .

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Marla Cimini

Marla is an award-winning writer with a passion...   Read More

Marla is an award-winning writer with a passion for travel, music, surfing and culinary adventures! An avid globetrotter and guidebook writer, she has covered topics such as the Hawaiian islands (including food trends and luxury beachfront resorts), as well as European getaways and global destinations. Her articles have appeared in many publications worldwide, including USA Today. Marla lives in New Jersey (Philadelphia area) and is a frequent visitor to Hawaii and Southern California, and often covers those destinations. Her travel website is:  www.marlacimini.com  

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Meg St-Esprit

Meg St-Esprit

Meg St-Esprit is a journalist based in Pittsburgh...   Read More

Meg St-Esprit is a journalist based in Pittsburgh who covers family travel, lifestyle, education, and parenting. With their four kids in tow, she and her husband love to travel anywhere and everywhere — but have a soft spot for camping and outdoor adventures. In fact, her kids are well on their way to achieving their goal of visiting all 124 state parks in Pennsylvania. Meg believes travel doesn’t need to be luxurious or costly to be valuable, and aims to share that with her audience. Meg’s work has appeared in publications such as  The New York Times, Thrillist, The Washington Post, Fodor’s, Yahoo, Good Housekeeping, Romper , and more. Follow Meg on Instagram and Twitter at @megstesprit or check out her work on  https://megstesprit.com/

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Melanie Reffes

Melanie Reffes

Melanie is an island girl at heart . Born in...   Read More

Melanie is an island girl at heart . Born in Manhattan, she now lives on the sunny island of Montreal and covers  the Caribbean for a variety of publications  including  USA TODAY 10Best, CaribbeanTravel.com and MarryCaribbean.com.  A journalist with a boatload of writer awards under her belt, Melanie's affection for the Caribbean started  young when her family vacationed in Puerto Rico.   An avid fan of spicy food,   Melanie enjoys the diversity of Montreal - especially during the warmer months -when she's not en route to the Caribbean. She  holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Toronto. 

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Molly O'Brien

Molly O'Brien

Molly O'Brien is a Los Angeles-based freelance...   Read More

Molly O'Brien is a Los Angeles-based freelance travel journalist, who writes and edits for a variety of international travel and lifestyle outlets including Fodor’s Travel, Travel + Leisure, and Business Insider among others. She's lived on both coasts from Massachusetts to California and has so far made Greater Boston, the San Francisco Bay Area, San Luis Obispo, Barcelona, and Los Angeles her home.  Molly earned her journalism degree at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on the Central Coast of California and since then has worked professionally in the fields of hospitality and travel PR and most recently, as a freelance travel writer and editor. Molly especially enjoys covering feature profiles about interesting people doing interesting things such as chocolate making, beekeeping, wing-walking, and interesting destinations like under-the-radar wine spots, the best brewery towns, and lesser-known ski destinations.  She also loves to write about a boutique hotel with a good story. When she's not writing, Molly enjoys spending time outdoors, exploring new coffee shops and breweries, and of course, traveling.  Her favorite city in the world (so far) is Barcelona, Spain, but she loves traveling anywhere that offers sunny weather and ample hiking opportunities. She loves spending time in the mountains, enjoys connecting with nature through camping and glamping adventures, and is always up for learning about the world through fun, immersive experiences (and then sharing those stories!).  You can connect with Molly here:  Instagram: @metropolitanmolly Twitter: @Molly_A_OBrien Facebook: @MetropolitanMolly LinkedIn: @mollyannobrien www.metropolitanmolly.com

Molly O'Brien

Nicky Omohundro

Nicky Omohundro

Nicky Omohundro is the founder and editor of Read More

Nicky Omohundro is the founder and editor of LittleFamilyAdventure.com , the popular family travel & lifestyle website that inspires families to leave no child left inside. Since 2013 LFA has been providing inspiration to get families outdoors, eat well, and travel everywhere from their own backyard to around the world. Always up for a family adventure, she has traveled to 37 states and 6 countries to zip-line through a Costa Rican rainforest, see Finland’s Northern Lights, and go camping throughout the US. Nicky is the co-founder of Tourism WorX a travel consultancy group. Connect with her Twitter  and Instagram .

Nicky Omohundro

Olivia Christine Perez

Olivia Christine Perez

Olivia Christine Perez is an outdoor + travel...   Read More

Olivia Christine Perez is an outdoor + travel wellness expert, author, and the creator of  O. Christine : a travel and wellness platform inspiring thousands of people to travel more and get outdoors for their wellness. Living with an autoimmune disease herself, Olivia helps people find wellness through the outdoors, self-care adventures, and mindful travel experiences. You can follow her work at  ochristine.com  and  instagram.com/ochristine.

Olivia Christine Perez

Rob Taylor is the author of  The Road Trip Survival...   Read More

Rob Taylor is the author of  The Road Trip Survival Guide  (being released May 25, 2021) and  the founder of 2TravelDads , the original LGBT Family Travel blog. Focusing on ecotourism and education, 2TravelDads inspires LGBT families (and traditional families also) to go beyond their usual getaways and use travel to learn about and be part of a bigger world. 2TravelDads blazes the way for other two-dad and two-mom families to travel to previously overlooked destinations or places we as gay people would normally avoid. We share the struggles we've faced and the surprising gems and welcomes we've had along the way. Traveling as a family is one thing, traveling as an LGBT family is completely something else.

Rob Taylor

Tamara Gane

Tamara Gane

Tamara Gane is an expert panel member for 10Best...   Read More

Tamara Gane is an expert panel member for 10Best Readers' Choice Awards. She's based in Reno/Lake Tahoe and in addition to USA Today 10Best, her work has been published in Travel & Leisure, Fodor's Travel, The Washington Post, SF Gate, Houston Chronicle, Lonely Planet, and more.

Tamara Gane

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10Best Editors

USA TODAY 10Best provides users with original,...   Read More

USA TODAY 10Best provides users with original, unbiased and experiential travel coverage of top attractions, things to see and do, and restaurants for top destinations in the U.S. and around the world.

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