• Dates
    2018: Aug 24 - Aug 30 (or Sep 2)
  • Price
    $1,999 USD
    +$799 USD (Denali add-on)
  • Accommodations
    3+ star Hotels or Apartments
  • Included
    ✓ Welcome Dinner
    ✓ Conservation Wildlife Park Visit
    ✓ Woodworking Workshop
    ✓ Leather Crafting Workshop
    ✓ Transportation Between Cities
  • Not Included
    × Flights
    × Food & Alcohol (except as noted)
  • Payment Schedule
    ✓ $299 due now to confirm spot
    ✓ Balance due 45 days before trip
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your host

Chris Gardner

Chris Gardner is the founder and editor of ManMadeDIY, a creative lifestyle site for men (and women!) who like to make stuff. ManMade seeks to cover the independent craft movement from a masculine point of view, as well as add a DIY spin to the usual men's lifestyle topics. He lives and makes messes in Portland, OR.

itinerary

Experience the best of Alaska's unique landscape from a get-your-hands-dirty point of view. You'll build, hike, and eat & drink your way through Anchorage, Seward, and Denali while completing DIY projects along the way with your host, Chris Gardner of ManMadeDIY.com

Anchorage: In Anchorage, you'll get the perfect marriage of wildlife, the outdoors and city luxuries (great craft beer too)! Join us while we put our hands to work building and taking breaks to visit local breweries, i.e. Midnight Sun Brewing.

Seward: Surrounded by mountains on one side and touching Resurrection Bay on the other, Seward is a destination like no other. You can hike, climb, kayak, fish, whale-watch and even get into some glaciers if you’re feeling adventurous. Enjoy the incredible sea life and all that Seward has to offer during your stay.

Denali: You can’t travel this far without visiting Denali. If you’re lucky, you might even spot the “big five” - grizzly bears, wolves, moose, caribou, and Dall sheep. Are you a climber? Visit the continent’s highest peak at Mount McKinley.

You made it! Our trip starts in Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage. We’ll kick off the evening with a welcome happy hour. Don’t stay up too late (or do...) because we’ll be leaving bright and early for Seward to get our nature fix.

Arrival: Festivities start in Anchorage at 6pm. Fly into Anchorage International Airport (ANC).

Included: Welcome dinner with the squad!

Rise and shine! We’re off to Seward with a pit stop at the Conservation Wildlife Park to get our fair share of lynx, bison, elk, deer, owls, moose, foxes, wolves, bears… you get the picture.

Included: Conservation Wildlife Park Visit

Included: Transportation to Seward

It’s nature time! From glaciers to kayaks to fishing, the options are endless. We’ll curate a list of activities for you to choose from, and if it tickles your fancy to just kick back and relax, we’re good with that too. It’s your vacation and your choice!

Seward sits on the Kenai Peninsula surrounded by peaks and glaciers. This habitat is abundant with whales, seals, puffins and fish. We can arrange a boat tour if you're feeling the ocean-life or if you’d prefer dry land, there are plenty of hikes to do.

Feeling antsy? Like you need to put your hands to work? We’ve got you covered. A bus we’ll pick us up in the morning to bring the crew back to Anchorage where Chris will be leading a much anticipated woodworking workshop.

Woodworking Workshop with Chris (included): The list of useful implements that can be crafted from wood is infinite and amazing. But so is the the amount of information and people telling you all the tools you need to buy to start making wood projects. We'll take inspiration from the unique geography and landscape of Alaska to explore what it takes to craft items from wood without a huge investment in oversized power tools or hours spent learning to hand cut joinery.

By now you’ve probably mastered wood and should be feeling ready for a new challenge. You’re in luck. Chris will be teaching a leather workshop, which we’ll conveniently celebrate with a toast to our final night in Alaska.

Leather Workshop with Chris (included): DIY leather projects tend to go one of two directions: the well-built and long-lasting items that require a steep learning curve and hard to work materials; or cheap, chemical-laden "soft crafts" of the kind you can find at the craft store. We'll take a look at how to get the most out of leather as a practical material, without needing to learn hand stitching or complex construction methods. After exploring how it works, we'll create two simple, classic leather products you can use every day.

Sadly our trip ends here… unless you join us in Denali. Say ‘no' to going back to work, and say ‘yes' to a 3-night add-on for more wilderness, memories, and vacation-time. Why woodn’t you?

Included: Transportation to Anchorage

Did you know that Denali is the tallest land-base mountain on Earth? Learn more about Denali with us as we scamper into the national park for a day of adventure and discovery.

Included: Transportation to Denali

It’s your last full day, so do as you please. We'll make choosing easier with a curated list of activities such as hiking, flying, zip-lining, etc. Luckily, Alaska experiences some of the longest daylight hours in the world during the summer, so you won’t be penalized for sleeping in.

Wah, wahh, wahhh. It is officially the last day of the trip, and we’re sincerely sad to see you go. We’ll ensure you get back to Anchorage early enough to catch an afternoon flight home. Until next time, my friends.

Included: Transportation to Anchorage

Departure: We'll drop you off in Anchorage by 2pm. Fly out of Anchorage International Airport (ANC).

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All of our trips include accommodations, transportation between cities and a number of activities relevant to the theme of the trip you're joining us on! Most of our hotels also include breakfast, but that varies by destination. We'll also bring a trip Ambassador to guide you through your experience as well as include all kinds of recommendations for every leg of your trip. Welcome to a better way to see the world while learning new skills!
Flights are not included. Need airline assistance? Email us at hi@trovatrip.com and we’ll help get you what you need.
Excursions and tours vary trip to trip. Refer to the trip itinerary to see which activities are included. We’ll send recommendations for optional experiences leading up to the trip as well. Prices vary depending on what you get into, but typically range from $50-$150!
Typically breakfast is included, but it varies trip to trip. You can ask your ambassador for tips on where to eat cheap if you’re on a budget!
TrovaPass is a subscription where you earn credits on a monthly basis that can be applied towards trips. It is not currently available to new subscribers.
A non-refundable deposit of $299 is due when your trip is confirmed. The remainder will be charged 45 days prior to the trip departure. If you book within 45 days from departure, the full amount will be due when trip is confirmed.
Because of the high-demand for some of our trips, you may be required to first request a spot on the trip. Requesting a spot costs nothing, but is essentially a commitment to join the trip when your spot is confirmed. When confirmed, you’ll receive an email from hi@trovatrip.com notifying you that the trip is on and your deposit for $299 will be charged in 24 hours. Should you choose to forgo the experience of a lifetime, you may cancel your spot within the 24-hour window, and you won't be charged.
We cater to young professionals past the stage of roughing it - that means no hostels and no hotels below 3 stars. We strive to create an experience that’s not only authentic, but also easily accessible and comfortable. All hotel locations are conveniently located near the heart of each major destination, so you can live like a local. Less time in transit means more time doing; save the commute for back home.
No more than 20 travelers on each trip. In order to create a personalized experience, we feel it is important to keep group sizes smaller. Sometimes, less is more!
We try to start and end all trips in a major city with an international airport for your convenience. It’s up to you whether or not you want to continue your adventure after the trip end!
We will send a detailed itinerary with everything you need to know at least 7 days prior to your trip start date including hotel information and where to meet up. You can expect each trip to kick off with a Happy Hour for you to meet everyone after settling into your room. Cheers!
You’ll sleep in twin, double or triple shared accommodations with private bathrooms. Traveling with a friend? Just plug in their name while booking under "Roommate Request" or shoot us an email at hi@trovatrip.com and we’ll ensure you’re roomed together. Uncomfortable with sharing a room? Let us know and we'll give you a quote for a single-occupancy bedroom.
Excellent question! We’ll provide a full itinerary including hotel and transportation details at least 7 days prior to your vacation including all necessary travel information. Accommodations often change depending on the group size, so we like to get the exact itinerary out to you when finalized to avoid confusion.
If you’re leaving the country, you’ll need a valid passport that doesn't expire for at least 6 months from the date you depart on your trip. You may also need a Visa. Unfortunately, we cannot provide Visas or guidance on Visas, so please check with your local consulate. You'll probably also want some spending cash (and card), clothes, a bathing suit, toiletries, and anything else you want to show off on vacay! We'll also send you a packing list leading up to your trip.
Each trip is assigned an Ambassador who will lead your group through the full itinerary. You’ll be introduced to your Ambassador prior to your trip. Feel free to reach out with any questions regarding your upcoming trip or link up on social media!
YES! Don’t feel pressured to find someone to join you on a trip. Part of the Trova experience is traveling with complete strangers so you can meet new and wonderful people from around the world. We purposefully match you with like-minded travelers to make the experience easy.
We purposefully keep schedules light so you don’t feel overwhelmed and have time to explore or relax on your own.
Leading up to your trip, we’ll provide recommendations for optional activities you can partake in. Email us at hi@trovatrip.com if you have activity ideas or recommendations.
Have a love for all things travel? We’re always looking for people who love travel as much as we do. Apply here if you’re interested in leading trips as an Ambassador!
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