Contiki Holidays is the legendary worldwide leader in holidays for 18 – 35 year olds. For over 52 years, we have been taking like-minded travelers around the world offering unforgettable experiences and memories in over 46 countries across five continents. The holidays’ duration range from quick breaks as short as three days to epic journeys as long as six weeks. We are committed to delivering outstanding value through our mix of original sightseeing, culture, adventure
and fun with our diverse range of unique itineraries!
From special accommodations (like our very own 16th century French Château), to amazing food, exclusive Backstage Pass access and the local know-how of our passionate team to take care of all the details, our travelers can get on with making every moment count. Inspiring change As a continuation of the Earth Month initiatives from last year in the Galapagos Islands, Contiki Holidays invited Mikael Daez, his videographer and brother Nicky Daez, and a selection of 11 other inspiring storytellers from around the world to travel to Costa Rica for our newest Contiki Cares partnership with The Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC).
From 29 March – 07 April 2014, an influential group of bloggers, filmmakers, photographers and social media experts—known as Storytellers (contiki.com/storytellers)— joined the Contiki’s sustainability partner Céline Cousteau on a VIP conservation trip, based on the brand’s own Costa Rica Unplugged itinerary.
The group teamed up on a VIP conservation trip, based on Contiki’s 12-day Costa Rica Unplugged itinerary, with Contiki’s sustainability partner Céline Cousteau – a documentary filmmaker, environmental activist and granddaughter of Jacques Cousteau. The Storytellers took to Torteuguero Beach for two nights to track leatherback turtles, protect their nests from poachers in the area and were lucky enough to witness the incredible nesting process of two leather back turtles.
The mission of this trip is to further sea turtle conservation efforts in Costa Rica while simultaneously making young people worldwide aware of the impact their own efforts can have on the preservation of a species. Your readers can follow the Storyteller’s adventures on Instagram and Twitter using the #contikistorytellers hashtag and can even win their own chance to go to Costa Rica at contiki.com/storytellers.
Some of the Storytellers included:
- Ben Brown https://twitter.com/MrBenBrown Vlogger. Photographer. Kayak World Champion. London, UK.
- Elise Swopes – https://twitter.com/Swopes Graphic Designer. Mobile Photographer. Chicago, USA.
- Jamie McDell – https://twitter.com/JamieMcDell Songwriter. Youtuber. Auckland, New Zealand.
- Mikael Daez – https://twitter.com/mikaeldaez Actor. Model. TV host. Manila, Philippines.
- Sarah Duff – https://twitter.com/sarahduff Photojournalist. Cape Town, South Africa.
- Seattle Dredge – https://twitter.com/SeattlesTravels Travel Blogger. Photographer. Toronto, Canada.
A continuation of the Earth Month initiatives from last year in the Galapagos Islands, Contiki Holidays has invited these 12 inspiring storytellers from around the world to travel to Costa Rica for their newest Contiki Cares partnership (www.contiki.com/contikicares) with The Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC). For two nights in Tortuguero, the storytellers will team up with Céline and the STC to track leatherback turtles and protect their nests from poachers in the area. When they’re not protecting the majestic endangered turtles, the storytellers will be experiencing all that bio-diverse Costa Rica has to offer in true Contiki fashion – ziplining through the rainforest, rafting through the rapids, taking a dip in the hot springs and touring the canals in hopes of spotting some of the beautiful wildlife native to the area.
At Contiki, They strongly believe that the world needs more storytellers to inspire and influence young travelers, and this Earth Month trip offers the perfect opportunity to do so,Through a combination of social reach and incredible talent – whether it be writing or photography or film – our group of young storytellers will be able to share their incredible conservation efforts in Costa Rica with their combined millions of followers.”
Also joining this diverse group of storytellers are the three winners from a recent contest hosted by Contiki and Matador Network – entrants were asked to submit a video, photo or written essay to describe where they felt closest to nature in hopes of winning a spot on this epic conservation adventure. The winners – who hailed from Canada, USA and the Netherlands – they had a Matador representative and photographer present to help them hone their skills as they document this life-changing experience working with Celine Cousteau and the STC.
Storytelling has the powerful ability to save the planet – follow our incredible conservation story on Instagram and Twitter using the#contikistorytellers hashtag or visit contiki.com/storytellers for the chance to win a trip to Costa Rica.
About Contiki Vacations
Contiki is the world leader in youth travel experiences, a brand that is all about discovery, epic moments and making every second count. Our journeys unlock the local way of life in each and every destination we visit, and with over 300 trips in more than 50 countries, we’re the experts in providing life-changing experiences for 18-35’s. Our brand mantra is #NOREGRETS – we treat every day as a new adventure, build friendships that last a lifetime and live every day like it’s our last, leaving absolutely nothing behind.
Contiki is a part of a joint initiative with The TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation established by The Travel Corporation to encourage sustainable tourism within our own family of brands and in the places we visit. To date, TreadRight has donated more than US$2 million to sustainable tourism projects around the world. To find out more about our work with TreadRight visit: www.treadright.org