As the senior director of strategy and impact for the Adventure Travel Trade Association, Christina Beckmann was well aware of the growing demand for ever-deeper travel experiences - what some in the industry call transformational or transformative travel.
After all, she had experienced it herself - not once, but twice.
"I had my first transformation on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon," Beckmann said. "I quit my job, and here I am today."
Her second occurred this spring, when Beckmann, who lives in San Francisco, joined an Antarctic expedition for industry leaders."I've been talking about climate for a while, but after being in Antarctica,...