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1 to 1 Travel Experiences by George Duffy

What makes a better vacation? First impressions are lasting impressions.
People tend to stick to what they've tried before. It's like going to out to a restaurant and having same things all the time. Why change? It works.
But what if your server told told you there was a new cook in the kitchen, from Italy no less. And they've just installed a new wood fire brick oven. They can now make all kinds of fire roasted pizzas, breads and rolls. They also have a new pasta machine and you can now have fresh made pasta instead of the dried packaged stuff. Would you like to try something new?
That's where we are today at Fight Centre. You can buy what's comfortable and pre-made or you can try something new, made to order, with fresh ingredients. (Want to meet the new cook?)
Excercising Your Choice
Do you love food and you are vegan? Maybe you have a new digital camera and love to take images? You want special moments for the family? Or to sink your body into the warm tropical water to snorkel with turtles and bright fish. (Photo from Arenas del Mar, Costa Rica)  We live in a world of choice.

Arenas del Mar Costa Rica
Beyond the Beach
Imagine waking up in your private cabin on a yacht anchored in a beautiful secluded bay in the remote Galapagos islands.  You look outside and immediately reach for your camera to snap an incredible close up shot of a blue-footed boobie perched on a rock. You then take a walk up to the dining room and are greeted by the aroma of fresh coffee and tropical fruits, and the friendly faces of the crew preparing your breakfast. What's on today? Snorkeling with sea turtles and exploring the enchanted island of Isabela.
You can have these kinds of experiences now, for less money than you might think.
Packages and cruises used to be big groups travelling together. Today there's more choice. Private designed vacations, small group cruises and tours let you experience different places, do different things. The things you want.
In the Galapagos, for example, we have small ship cruises with 8 cabins, 16 passengers. The largest have only 25 cabins. Or you can stay on the islands with a land based program and your own guide. Or self guided.

But the Galapagos Islands are just one destination. There are many more, just as awe inspiring. African safaris with 12 guests per group. European, Asian, Latin American cultural tours with 18 or less. Amazon river cruises and rainforest ecolodges. Birding and wildlife encounters in the Pantanal, Borneo, Australia, and polar trips. Small ship adventure cruises in the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, and the Adriatic with 25 cabins. River cruises and canal barge trips in France. Sipping smoky Scotch whiskey crafted by hand in the Isles of Scotland.

 The list is long.
Great Travel Experiences Are Made by People, Not Clicks
I hear from many people today who want to reach beyond the online vacation package and make more contact with people who live in the destinations they visit. They want to be more active and interactive.
They also want to try out different activities when they travel like learning to cook with a local, taking an art class, or maybe a walk in a national park to experience exotic wildlife, or visit real people doing things like making wine or growing the foods we eat.
Some people want more in-depth tours and we have themed tours: food, culture, wildlife, active (cycling, hiking, walking) and more. (Photo below is me in the last stages of making real Mayan hot cocoa in Ek Balam.)
making cocoa in the tradtional Mayan way.
Hand Made:  Customised, Self Guided or Privately Guided
Sometimes people have special interests or travel dates that that no pre-set group tour fits.
My special skill is in working with clients to provide more personalised experiences. While I sell packaged vacations like everyone else, I've arranged many independent self guided and privately guided tours and custom vacations (families, workshops, birding, photography, wildlife, music, educational, culture, history, food, agritours, active.)
You might be surprised to learn that these programs often cost less than set date group tours, depending on the trip and your interests. (Read full story here
Are you an experienced traveller and really don't think you'll ever like a group tour?
I hear this a lot from people who are used to doing all their own travel. Before you discard the idea of a set group tour, read more here or watch the video below.
Things have changed a lot since days of packing 50 people around  20 countries in 10 days. I work with a small set of tour companies that break that mold completely with small groups of an average size of 12 passengers.

Or something more cushy? See this video from our handpicked luxury tour company.

Solo Travel, Unspun
If you are single and don't have a partner ready to travel when you want to go, there are really good options now that remove single supplement costs. Read more about those here.
How to Use This Website

Look over my site for travel ideas, more videos and stories from places I've visited and beyond. You can also find my specials.

But there is much more that is not published here. Contact me as soon as you start planning to get the best value.

Next Steps

If you are at the early stages of travel planning, reach out  and I can help save you a lot of time, add a higher level of financial certainty to your trip and I will get you the best value. I can promise this because I will give you a transparent, comparative view of the options.
If you've done a lot of research already, a second opinion never hurts and I can offer up some competing proposals to give you some balance to your decision. I am an expert in sourcing good reliable services.
Who I am and How I Got To Where I Am

I was born to be traveller, but I didn't know it until my first trip to Mazatlan, Mexico. Want to read more about me? Continue reading.


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George Duffy

Medicine Hat, Alberta

Contact Number:
Toll Free 1 888 543 6450

Alternate Number:
778 383 6369


About George:

It's all about local when you travel. You want to see the local sites, taste local foods, get to know local people, try local activities. That's what I call 1 to 1 Travel Experiences.

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