When wind is your prime prerequisite during travel, booking a trip to an unbeaten path is a risky gamble. But when the tourism board for a country that isn’t known for kiteboarding sends out an invite to a beautiful place where the breeze is completely untested, it would be a foolish proposition to turn down. This is precisely what happened this spring when the Bermuda Tourism Authority contacted me about organizing a women’s kiteboarding trip to promote kiting on this tiny island floating in the Atlantic.

I’d never heard of kiteboarding on Bermuda, a 21-mile long archipelago that sits all by itself 650 miles off the eastern seaboard of the United States. And while exploratory travel can make for the best of trips, the chance of getting skunked on a comped photoshoot while the tourism board is watching over your shoulder is anything but ideal.