September 2016 Newsletter

A fall view of Seal Island Bridge, Victoria Country, Nova Scotia, in all its autumn glory. Photo by Ken Heaton.

A fall view of Seal Island Bridge, Victoria Country, Nova Scotia, in all its autumn glory. Photo by Ken Heaton.

As a new season rolls in, so does a bunch of beautiful new clothing. Come by the store before your fall and winter trips to load up on all your travel necessities. Additionally, our first Packing Light Clinic of the season is here! Tomorrow (September 7th), it will be hosted at the store at 7pm. It is a fun way to get tips and information on how to pack your suitcase in a light and organized fashion. We can teach you about packable fabrics, various packing techniques, and handy accessories to help keep unnecessary stress from being a part of your trip.

Upcoming Travel Shows

Please NOTE:  Beginning this fall, travel shows will now be hosted on WEDNESDAY evenings! 

September 7th –   Packing light Clinic

Do you have a fun trip coming up? Have you never quite tackled the task of effective packing? Join us in this fun and informational clinic on how to consolidate your trip essentials. Learning how to pack light helps to reduce unnecessary stress and really can make your trip more enjoyable! We’ll teach you about packable fabrics, different packing methods, and travel accessories that make all the difference. Whether you’ll be traveling for a week or several months, you can learn how to pack everything you need in one convenient and organized suitcase.

 September 14th – Western Greenland

Polar regions captivate with their dramatic scenery, raw nature and soul-stirring emptiness – and in some places, glimpses of the culture of native peoples who have developed skills for living in such challenging places. Greenland, the largest island on the planet, has a population of just 56,000, most of whom live in fjords along the west coast – and 14,000 of the are in Nuuk, the tiny capital. Traveling by sea is the only practical way for most visitors to see even a small portion of Greenland. Claire Walter and Ral Sandberg did just that in early spring 2016, traveling from Iceland on the ‘Sea Spirit,” a small expedition ship. It crossed the Denmark Strait and sailed around the southern tip of Greenland and then up the west coast.

 September 21st – Italian Fall Festivals

How often have you visited an area to discover that you have just missed a delicious food festival or a fascinating celebration of folklore? Lisa is an Italophile, festivallover, and traveladdict. She is here to tell us about the many festivals of Italy, where in each region there is a festival during most months throughout the year and sometimes several during the summer. Author of "Food and Folklore: A Year of Italian festivals" and Colorado resident Lisa visits us in store to share insights, tips, and photos on how to help you “get more local” through unique food and cultural experiences.

 September 28th – Pilgrim Spokes

Neil Hanson’s presentation will include images from his trek across the country, as well as insight into bicycle touring in general and ultralight touring specifically. He will make several articles on bicycle touring available for free to participants in the presentations. Neil’s newest book is Pilgrim Spokes, which tells the story of the eastern half of the trans-American bicycle trek he took, continuing the saga begun in Neil’s award-winning previous book—Pilgrim Wheels—which reconnoiters the western half of the journey.

The cross-country bicycle adventure is the canvas for his tales of discovery along the winding backroads of America’s heartland.

October 5th – Tropical Birding: Central Mexico & Panama

This presenter traveled to two tropical destinations for birding; Mismaloya Mexico and Central Panama.  Both locations have abundant bird life and varied terrain.  The Mismaloya area south of Puerto Vallarta features a beautiful bay that has been the set for two movies, a modern resort and a great variety of tropical birds.  The Panama canal zone and Valle de Anton areas of Panama provide incredible bird habitats ranging from hot and humid jungles to the cooler high country.  Of special note is that Panama has more bird species within its small area than all of North America!  Join us for images and stories of tropical birding in both of these great locations!

 October 12th – The Shikoku Pilgrimage: 750 miles around Japan

Author of Fighting Monks and Burning Mountains: Misadventures on a Buddhist Pilgrimage, Paul Barach, tells us the true story of a 750 mile hike around Japan, an unprepared office worker, and everything that went wrong along the way. He will be here to show us beautiful photos from his trip, recount his own stories, and fill us in on the fascinating history and culture of Japan.

 October 19th – The Yukon and the Arctic

In September, 2015, Stan Havlick and his wife, Margaret, ventured into the heart of the Yukon of Northern Canada. This large and pristine territory of over 186,000 square miles has a population of only 37,000 people of which 27,000 live in Whitehorse, the capitol of the Yukon. Whitehorse is also named the Wilderness City and is the home of the 1,000 mile International Sled Dog Race. Photos and topics discussed will include the magnificent Tombstone Mountain Range, Dawson City with its rich and colorful gold mining history, the tragic “Lost Patrol” of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Vuntut Gwitchin Tribal Village of Old Crow, and the beauty of the Saint Elias Mountains and Kluane National Park. Last, but not least, you will enjoy viewing the wildlife of the Arctic, the semiannual migration of the 100,000 plus caribou, and the importance of the local hunt by the natives for their sustainability in this remote region of Northern Canada. We hope you are able to join us for this extraordinary evening. Stan, who has lived or traveled on all seven continents, will also devote a portion of his program to answering your questions about the wonderful world of travel.

 November 16th – Winter in Iceland

More details coming soon!

 November 23rd – No Show.  Happy Thanksgiving!

 November 30th – Indescribable Peru: Lima, the Amazon, and the Highlands

More details coming soon!

 December 7th – Hiking the Dolomites in Italy

Charming villages and farms, mountain huts (“refugi”) with breathtaking views, and beautiful old cities, all woven within a network of trails, await visitors to the spectacular Dolomites region of northern Italy. Join us as we describe our July 2016 travels in this geologically, linguistically, and culturally distinct area of the Italian Alps. We’ll talk about our hiking adventures, including leisurely rambles through flowery high alpine pastures, stopping for lunch at farms and refugi, as well as more challenging hiking along the first portion of the Alta Via I.  We’ll also tell you about our overnights at some refugi along with our visits to the fashionable resort town of Cortina d’Ampezzo, the lovely village of Mareson, and the bustling and beautiful city of Bolzano.

 December 14th – Customer Appreciation Day!

Join us for homemade cookies and hot apple cider. Thanks you for shopping locally and supporting a locally owned travel store.

 January 18th – Adventuring in the Antarctic and Nepal

Join Jeff at Changes in Latitude as he takes you on an adventure trip to Antarctica: the coldest, driest, windiest continent on earth.

 Learn about a journey to the frozen continent with North America’s brightest high school students - a trip that a favorite teen in your life can take someday. 

He will also speak about the Nepal “Gift of Sight” Project, a Humanitarian medical mission to a remote region of Nepal to provide quality eyecare to the people of this spectacular, although impoverished country. He will show a 9-minute documentary that you’ll never forget.

January 25th – The Northern Rockies: Exploring the Calgary and Banff region     

More details coming soon! 

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Product of the Month - Luggage Tags


A sturdy luggage tag can make all the difference in the world. A distinctive one helps you spot your bag (as well as discourage the less attentive traveler from grabbing your bag instead of their own!) and will last forever. Also, should you suffer the (unfortunately not uncommon) misfortune that is the airlines losing your bag, you'll feel better knowing all your information is with your belongings. We carry a lot of different styles and colors, so be sure to check them out next time you're in the store.

Travel Tip of the Month

How many times have you gone on a trip where you'd be experiencing the chills of colder weather as well as heat? At Changes in Latitude we're all about layers. By layering up as you reach the cooler legs of your trip, you can avoid bringing along some of those heavier coats, saving valuable luggage space. Of course, if you can't bear to leave that warm down jacket behind, we always have compression bags!

Where in the World

Can you guess this location? Email us your answer to for a chance to win a Changes in Latitude Gift Certificate!

Hint:  Built in the 18th century, this site is associated with major historical events in Europe.

Last Month’s Answer & Winner:  The August photo was of Easter Island, Chile. We had a lot of correct answers this month, so thanks to all who participated! The randomly selected winner this month is Anne K. Congratulations, Anne, for winning the Changes in Latitude Gift Certificate!

CIL Local "Faces around the World" Contest

A local Changes in Latitude fan, Jonathan, taking in the view at Raisin Lake, Yosemite.

A local Changes in Latitude fan, Jonathan, taking in the view at Raisin Lake, Yosemite.

Take a picture of yourself wearing a Changes in Latitude hat anywhere in the world and submit it to for a chance to win! Each month we will draw a winner from the monthly submissions and YOU can win a Changes in Latitude Packing Cube Set in any color combination you want! With your permission, we will add the picture and description to our new website under “CIL Faces Around the World.” Join in the fun!