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25 Years of Specialty Travel, A Discovery of People and Places

by George Duffy

What's Trending? People and Places
Today, more than ever I hear from a lot of people, older and younger,  who are reaching beyond their beach vacation packages. They want to make more contact with people who live in the destinations they visit. They want to be more active and interactive. They want to experience life and follow their passions be they food or photography, cycling or hiking, architecture or ancestry. The world is wide.
This is our specialty. We have over 25 years of making travel experiences personal. (Photo below is of me making hot cocoa from bean to cup at a real (not fake) Mayan village in Mexico.
making cocoa in the tradtional Mayan way.
There's no prescription, no limits. Maybe you're stretching a little out of the ordinary like this woman in the video below who ventured to the Galapagos Islands and fulfilled a life long dream. Keep reading on this website for great suggestions.

Maybe A Deeper Dive
Some people may want to skip the beach altogether and go even deeper with incredible full length tours: food, culture, wildlife, active (cycling, hiking, walking, diving) and more. We are the tour experts with the broadest selection of tour choices and our own style of independent travel - unbundled, but not unplanned.
1 to 1 Travel Experiences:  For Independent Explorers
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.
Unbundled travel can cost less than set date group tours, depending on the trip and your interests. Read more here
1 to 1 Travel Experiences: For Groups
Affinity groups and special interest groups are now often taking trips together. Alumni, chambers of commerce, natural history clubs, photography, business groups, agricultural tours, sustainable tourism, walking, hiking and cycling.

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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.
See this video from Blue Roads, one of the Flight Centre's family of businesses. If this type of truly civilized travel looks interesting to you, you will be really surprised by the prices. Call me for a brochure.

Or for something with a bit more activity and outdoor life.

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?  A Second Opinion Never Hurts

Travel is an experience, not a commodity.
Travel is also business and organisation and budgets and details. Things to go right and things that go south. Like the  unexpected outbreak of a new virus or a volcanic event that stops aircraft from landing.
Isn't it good to have a live person on your team who you can call or text, instead of trying to sort things with a booking engine?
It's why travel advisors and consultants are still in business after all the years of the internet. Here's some tips on what is involved in travel today.

Logistics and Procurement: Go With Your Gut or?
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's a lot of moving parts. 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.
I help by looking at the whole picture and develop a clear picture with you so you know what you are getting before you go.

The web makes it easy to transact money. maybe too easy. 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 at destination.
How reliable is their service? 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?
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?
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.
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.


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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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