Off the Beaten Path
Fall 2009

TRAVEL SPOTLIGHT

A Trip Like This Does Not Come Around Often!



The travelers who went on the Giving Circle trip this last August are still abuzz with thoughts of the incredible experience they had in Zambia and South Africa. Even though we think all of our trips are special, something magical came together during this trip where the travelers were granted rare insight into the lives of incredible locals making a difference in their communities mixed with a great safari opportunity.

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From meeting micro-loan recipients to relaxing on the deck of the Ichobezi Houseboat, check out the summary and slide-show of all the varied experiences. Check out the Blog for the travelers' personal perspectives and experiences.

While we mostly focus on customized itineraries, we also offer group trips in response to interest from our clients (and because they are so much fun!). Right now we are mapping out potential trips and would like to gauge your opinion. If you're interested in joining in on a Global Sojourns' group trip, please take one minute and answer our poll about where you would like to travel. Thanks!

SOJOURNERS' TRAVEL EXPERIENCE

A Group of Friends Take on a Kenyan Adventure


Friends Eugenie, Shruti, Shawna and Lauren enjoyed a Kenyan diversion after a medical mission in Uganda this past August.



Click to read about their favorite moments of the trip, including encounters with elephants, lions, cheetahs, their lodges and the landscape that provided inspiration for over 2,000 photos.

"Thank you Priscilla for making our safari adventure a dream come true! We look forward to booking with you next year!"
NEWS

Each year, tour operators, suppliers and media come together from around the world to attend the Adventure Travel Trade Association World Summit.

After atten
ding the summit in Quebec City this past October, Priscilla lets us in on what people are talking about within the industry:
  • Destruction of the environment, especially of the oceans continues at an alarming rate. Because travel is the largest industry in the world, traveling responsibly is key and there is a definite push from within the industry to use its power to do good and not contribute to the growing problem.
  • The single most important thing travelers can do is listen. Global Sojourns has always believed this is essential in learning about and experiencing the world outside your neighborhood.
  • The newest hotspot to visit in the world is Kurdistan...anyone interested?

SPECIAL PLACES

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Located in the Tsehlanyane National Park in the mountainous, landlocked country of Lesotho (entirely surrounded by South Africa), you'll find Maliba Mountain Lodge. This luxury lodge overlooks a pristine sub-alpine wilderness valley, deep in the heart of Lesotho's impressive mountains.

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  • You're no where near any tourist trodden path
  • Views, views, views!
  • Ahhh... the luxury and privacy: 6 large comfy chalets each with a fireplace, sunken bath with mountain views, heated floors, bed blankets with unbelievably soft linen and private porches
  • Great hiking and horseback riding, right outside your chalet door
  • Just one hour from a ski resort!

PRODUCTS WE LOVE

Having a trusty pair of Teva shoes and a rolling carry-on recently helped Priscilla successfully sprint to catch a connecting flight and spend the night in her own bed instead of the hassle of checking into a hotel.

Make sure you catch your connecting flights with a pair of comfortable shoes... Good thing Teva is offering clients of Global Sojourns 15% off any online shoe purchase. Go to Teva.com and enter the coupon code: GlobalSojourns to receive the discount through 12/31/2010.
TRIPS IN THE WORKS


After scanning the globe, Priscilla has chosen to hike, horseback ride and kickback in the unspoilt scenic beauty of South Africa's Wild Coast and the spectacular scenery of the majestic Drakensberg Mountains for her birthday. She invites you to join in as we explore waterfalls, rural life, open stretches of coastline, forested terrain, basalt peaks and wildlife with a group of fun, like-minded adventurers. Set for January 31st, 2010. Extensions to safari camps and Cape Town. View the the basic itinerary or itinerary with safari extension. Limited space so let us know soon if you're interested in joining us!


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Listen Up Ladies!
Grab your gal pals for the ultimate all women's safari adventure. Take in the variety of game viewing and accommodations this customized itinerary has to offer-- from exploring the Okavango Delta in mokoros, going on night drives in 4x4s to kicking back on the deck of an all-inclusive houseboat. Date set for May 9th-21st, 2010. View itinerary.


This will be our third Giving Circle trip to southern Africa to visit the projects we support and get an insider's look into daily life and the locals who make these organizations special. We will also mix in some adventures in the African bush with safaris by land and boat.

Date is set for May 2010. Check out the 2009 itinerary. Details for the 2010 trip will be available soon.

Act early to join in on this rare opportunity!
JUST FOR FUN

Did you Know...

Two vacations a year can cut a person's risk of heart attack by 50%.

Yet despite the clear benefits of getting away, Americans take less time off than citizens of any other country in the industrialized world. About 1/3 of Americans don't use all of the days that they are allotted.
(From Conde Nast Traveler- Sept. 09)

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Priscilla Macy
Global Sojourns


Global Sojourns customizes itineraries for individuals and small groups to Africa and around the globe. Through a commitment to responsible tourism and relationships with local experts, we provide you with trips that balance outdoor adventures with cultural insights and authentic interactions with local people. We are passionate about our work and providing you with fun, meaningful and memorable travel experiences.