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1 to 1 Travel Experiences-25 Years of Specialty Travel

by George Duffy, Owner, Medicine Hat, Alberta

Travel is Personal
Do you travel to connect? Or to disconnect? Depends, doesn't it?
Maybe you're stretching a little out of your comfort zone like this woman in the video below who ventured to the Galapagos Islands and fulfilled a life long dream.

Beyond The Beach?
Today I hear from a lot of people who'd like to reach beyond their all-inclusive vacation packages and make more contact with people who live in the destinations they visit. They want to be more active and interactive.
Like seeing how the local people actually live and work or maybe taking a walk in a rainforest to experience exotic wildlife. Or take a walking tour with guide, or rent a bike with a group. Or find out how they actually make those incredible panuchos you keep eating.
Deep Dive
Some people may skip the beach altogether and go even deeper with full length tours: food, culture, wildlife, active (cycling, hiking, walking, diving) and more.
(Photo below is me in the last stages of making real Mayan hot cocoa in Ek Balam, Yucatan). Read more.

making cocoa in the tradtional Mayan way.

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Are you an experienced traveller and really don't think you'd 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 videos 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.

1 to 1 Travel Experiences:  Customised, Self Guided or Privately Guided
While I sell packaged vacations and group tours, I've arranged many independent self guided and privately guided tours (families, workshops, birding, photography, wildlife, music, educational, culture, history, food, agritours, active) and custom vacations.
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 more
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 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.

Planning Your Own Trip - Why A Second Opinion Never Hurts

Planning a trip is almost as much fun as the actual travel. The anticipation, the discovery and the experience. It's all wrapped up together. Travel is not a commodity, it's an experience.
But travel is also business and organisation and budgets and details. Things to go right and things that go south. For this, it's always good to have someone on your team who you can call. It's why we travel professionals are still in business after all the years of the internet. Here's snapshot of what I do.

The devil is in the details. Is it better to take the train from Rome to Naples, catch a bus to visit the ruins of Herculaneum, and retrace steps back to Rome, or hire a guide and car, or take an organized group day tour? Maybe it's better to stay the night and come back. Or continue? It really depends on many factors.

Flight routes and times, airport transfers, trains, car rentals, hotels, ferries, buses. These form the chain of events that typically govern a trip from start to finish. It can be quite a few moving parts and quite challenging when you're operating in a foreign language.

Here are the things that you need to consider as you hand over your credit card number online or cash to a local company or vendor.
Is the service a good price? How is their after sales service? What is the procedure if there's a problem? Do they have good hiring and training practises? Are they ethical employers and do they have good environmental practises? Are people of all genders, races, ethnic backgrounds, and ages treated with the same (hopefully high) standards?

If you travel enough, you will be scammed. It could be a simple shoe shiner extortion scam in Mexico City. It could be far worse.
Are you safe with the the operator? Is your money safe?  What kind of equipment do they use? Is their equipment adequately maintained? Do they operate with all the locally required permits and licenses? Do they carry any kind of liability insurance? Do they have emergency plans and employees that are trained to deal with them?
Best Value:
Add a higher level of financial certainty to your trip and get the best value. I will give you a transparent, complete, comparative view of the options, without having to commit any money until it looks good to go to the next stage.
If you are at the early stages of travel planning, reach out. If you've done a lot of research already, a second opinion never hurts and costs you nothing up front.

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George Duffy

Medicine Hat, Alberta

Contact Number:
Toll Free 1 888 543 6450

Alternate Number:
778 383 6369


About George:

Our boutique 1 to 1 Travel Service combined with 25 years of experience is now powered by Flight Centre, Canada's most successful travel company.

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  • phone Toll Free 1 888 543 6450
  • Alternate Number: 778 383 6369
  • email george.duffy@fcitravel.ca
  • web flightcentreindependent.ca/GeorgeDuffy
  • address Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada