GoldenPagodaHere’s the trip we’ve all been waiting for: Discover the wonders of Japan on a 12-day journey with Don George (Sept 23–Oct 4, 2015). Don George, editor and writerDon is an editor-at-large and columnist for National Geographic Traveler magazine, as well as host of the National Geographic Live series of conversations with notable authors. Don has edited eight literary travel anthologies, including Better Than Fiction, The Kindness of Strangers, and Travelers’ Tales: Japan, and received dozens of writing awards, including the Pacific Asia Travel Association’s Gold Award for Best Travel Article and the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year Award. Don lived and taught in Japan for two years, and his recent National Geographic Traveler article “Japan’s Past Perfect” inspired this expedition.

From Jeff Greenwald, Executive Director of Ethical Traveler:

Friends and fellow travelers! As you may already know, the non-profit I co-created in 2003 — Ethical Traveler — has been offering some great trips to Cuba. This year, we’re expanding to include fascinating, enlightening journeys to Costa Rica and Panama as well. Cuba will be in the Spring of 2015, and I’ll send a longer message about that one later in the year (but it’s not too early to sign up!). I’ll be leading the Panama trip, too. So climb on board! Our trips are small, inexpensive, eye-opening and really, really

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I just discovered MeaningfulTrip.com, a provider of responsible adventure travel. Check out their trips and travel blog.

“Meaningful travel is experiential, socially-responsible travel allowing travelers to make a difference and give back. Tours address and lend financial support to global development issues (women’s empowerment, youth, education, health, poverty-alleviation and social justice) in the countries we operate. Sometimes meaningful travel may include volunteer travel; however, the majority of times it does not.

“Meaningful travel also provides the best in sights, activities, food, comfort, safety and more for your well-deserved vacation. Meaningful travelers… just like you… care deeply, practice kindness, crave connection, and live (and travel) purposefully.”

Travel & Leisure recently released its 2009 “World’s Best” issue, which highlights the best of everything travel related. In it, Austin-Lehman Adventures was named “The World’s Best Tour Operator” beating out thousands of operators around the globe!

And Trusted Adventures, of which Austin-Lehman is a founding member, just launched their new website. “As you visit the new site you will explore new ways to find your next adventure with: geographic map searches, activity category searches and audience targeting searches.”

logoccjCross-Culture Journeys is dedicated to offering travelers the best in cultural travel at a tremendous value. Our goal is to ensure excellent quality travel programs that are unique, in-depth, comprehensive and enlightening. We provide expert Tour Guides who are meticulously hand picked according to their experience as leaders and knowledge in their field. They not only take care of all the logistics that most people do not want to worry about, they also share their knowledge and insider tips with you. Because people have different needs when traveling, we offer a variety of travel styles to accommodate a wide range of clients including Cultural Tours and Journeys, Family Tours and Journeys, Small Ship River Cruises and Tours, Small Ship Ocean Cruises and Tours, Small Ship Adventure Cruises and Tours, Alumni and Non-Profit Travel and Private Journeys and Tours.”

From a press release: National Geographic Adventure magazine has named Boundless Journeys one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” in their most recent issue (February, 2009). A panel of editors, travel writers, and experts judged 248 travel companies, and Boundless Journeys ranked in the top 30 worldwide and top 10 for “Hiking & Trekking” companies. Even more importantly, and something we are very proud of, we received the second highest score given (98.33 out of 100) for client satisfaction. Our loyal following of Boundless Journeys guests is a true testament to the care we take in providing that our journeys exceed expectations each and every time.

“Outstanding Company: The spirit of relationship building is at the core of Club travel. Our travelers tell us the opportunity to meet and build friendships with other members from the Bay Area is the highlight of their journey.

“Unparalleled Access: The Club’s global network allows our travelers unique opportunities to meet high level people, from artisans and naturalists to academics and dignitaries. We have been able to offer our travelers:

  • A look at global warming with Tom Brokaw in the Russian Arctic
  • Dinner and conversation with some of the top journalists and politicians in China

“For more than thirty five years, National Trust Tours has been offering life enriching programs that explore the traditions and cultures of the world, placing a special emphasis on the roles of art and architecture.
Our travelers enjoy:

  • Eighty five distinct and diverse itineraries from which to choose.
  • Exclusive access to significant private homes, collections, castles and fascinating people
  • Expert study leaders, local guides and a professional staff
  • Superior lodging in luxurious surroundings.”

“Our Travel Program places participants in the context of specifically chosen natural environments. Teaching, understanding and conservation are our goals.

“For over 30 years Academy scientists have led tours for Academy members all over the world, from local areas such as the Pacific Northwest, Alaska and the Great Lakes to such far flung destinations as Papua New Guinea, Antarctica, Borneo, Burma, China, Tibet, Bhutan, Africa, and India.

“The average group size is around 18, including the Academy leader plus the tour operator representative and highly skilled local guides.”

“The goal of AMNH Expeditions is to present educational travel programs that reflect past and current areas of interest and exploration by the American Museum of Natural History. The tours provide a combination of study, adventure, and leisure activities.

“From the flaming cliffs of the Gobi Desert to the blue icescapes of Antarctica, AMNH Expeditions offers unique programs to extraordinary destinations, unparalleled access to world famous sites and people, and the exceptional educational content that is provided by an international network of scholars, world leaders, community members, friends and partner institutions.Your participation helps to support the Museum’s mission to discover, interpret, and disseminate—through scientific research and education—knowledge about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe.”

“For 35 years, Smithsonian has tapped its resources, developed unique travel itineraries, and assembled the experts for the sole purpose of providing exciting educational travel experiences. As the largest, most diverse museum-based educational travel program in the world, our commitment to excellence is unrivaled. Smithsonian Journeys is a product that exemplifies our dedication to discovery. We invite you to join the adventure.”

Academic Travel Abroad specializes in educational travel tours abroad.  Academic Travel Abroad appreciates that there is always more to learn while traveling, even in the most tried and true, popular educational travel destinations.  Aside from our explorations of lesser- known corners of the globe, we have honed the art of putting a new spin on familiar treasures. Explore the possibilities of educational travel and browse our tours to learn more, meet our valued partners and travel the world as no one else has.

High Country Passage (HCP) designs custom enrichment travel programs to destinations worldwide. HCP creates and leads tours for many leading academic, museum, and membership institutions. Our itineraries offer unique introductions to the world’s most fascinating places, and in-depth, expert-led study programs on topics such as natural history, archaeology, art, and anthropology. By focusing on educational travel for limited-size groups, and specializing in small ships and exclusive access to special events and people,

The Cultural Explorer: “Get to know a Zulu family, watch artists at work, donate to a country school project, listen to orphaned children talk about their lives, or shiver in your Land Rover at the sight of an elephant thundering towards you. Our unique trips introduce you to the real South Africa.

“For us, it is all about giving you an authentic, unforgettable travel experience. That means you don’t just pass through. You will meet the people from all walks of life, spend time in their homes, learn their cultures, witness the problems, and view their challenges and hopes

“On a Mountain Travel Sobek trip, you’ll discover a bounty of untold pleasures: the exhilaration of achievement as you stretch yourself and the boundaries of your horizons; the deep personal enrichment that comes from encountering the planet’s diverse people and wildlife; and the sheer fun that comes from being “out there.”

Boundless Journeys

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“If diversity of adventure is what you are seeking, Boundless Journeys has trips to satisfy your most imaginative spirit. Offering worldwide adventure tours, featuring experiences ranging from wilderness treks to cultural journeys, we always find the hidden gems of each destination. Small group or private itineraries, memorable accommodations, and expert local guides define the signature Boundless Journeys adventure travel experience.”

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