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TRAVEL SPOTLIGHT

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"In the Quito market we followed behind a premier chef as he introduced the best offerings of each vendor's stall. We continued on with the samplings in hand to a nearby verandah overlooking the city, taste testing and then sitting down for seven courses (or was it eight?) while learning about the local fare and sipping the perfectly paired wines . . ."

This was one of the highlights of a recent group trip to Ecuador, a country that we love as a travel destination because of the wide and unique variety of landscapes and experiences, the scenic beauty and the warm, friendly people. Other highlights included: swimming with sharks, sea lions and turtles in the Galapagos, the lush beauty of the Andes, excursions to the Amazon and the splendid hacienda accommodations.

Check out what some of the sojourners' had to say about their
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Interested? We're happy to put a similar experience together for you.
SOJOURNERS' TRAVEL EXPERIENCE


Continuing Series: AFRICA HAS THE MAGIC TOUCH WHEN IT COMES TO FAMILY TRAVEL
Captivated by the land, sky and living creatures- families are able to appreciate the amazing moments of an African sojourn together

co2offsetDecember 2008 the Eidam family embarked for Tanzania, their travels spanning five weeks and redefining family adventure. Ellie, the matriarch of this band of travelers recounts the experience:

My husband Don and I had been talking for years about dropping out with our family and going on an adventure. We have three children, Madie age 12, Luke age 10, and Josh age 7. We have always felt that our weeklong or 10 day vacations have been a really great bonding time for our family. With so many distractions for all of us at home, getting away has always been a chance for us to focus on each other.

We saw our opportunity to really get away, when Don celebrated his 20 year anniversary with his firm. He decided to give himself the gift of a mini-sabbatical. Once this was decided, the big question was "Where to go?"

co2offsetWe wanted this to be a big trip and Africa was the biggest adventure we could imagine. Of course the wildlife was a huge draw, but we really wanted to meet the people and learn about their lives and their culture. We wanted this to be a special, truly memorable trip and knew from talking with people who had been there that Africa had that kind of impact.

We chose Tanzania because we wanted to focus on one country and felt we could find everything we were hoping for there. The Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater, the Maasai, as well as beautiful beaches and sea life on Zanzibar and Chumbe Island. Click to continue reading....

"It was an amazing trip for all of us. Priscilla did a great job listening to our needs. It really showed throughout the trip. We really loved every minute of it. Unfortunately, it is so hard hard to put into words how much the experience meant to us. We can't thank her enough."

Trips like this one are what Global Sojourns specializes in. We have organized many successful family sojourns after getting to know the family and their travel goals-- helping create special memories for a lifetime. If you are thinking about family travel, contact us for more info.

Go for the Soccer . . . Stay for a Safari

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Tickets for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa have been on sale since February, grab yours soon and plan to make the trip even more incredible with a safari extension or perhaps a tour of the famed South African Garden Route.

Check out tips for buying World Cup tickets and contact Global Sojourns for great travel options in South Africa


RESPONSIBLE SOJOURNER

After the acclaim of Slumdog Millionaire, interest has been stirred in what is being called "slum tourism." Touring the poorest areas in cities throughout places like India, Africa and Mexico has raised questions concerning whether or not this kind of tourism is ethical and ways to transform it into a respectful, mutually beneficial and educational endeavor.

co2offsetFor Global Sojourns, we want clients to have a deeper experience with the places they visit and we are very sensitive as to how to responsibly accomplish this. We have recently partnered with Uthando in Cape Town, a non-profit that provides clients with a great overview of the political and social context of the townships and the community organizations within the townships working for change. Part of the tour cost is given back to these community organizations, and tours are run sparingly to avoid disruption.

Learn more about Uthando
Read more:Slumming It: Can Slum Tourism be Done Right?

TRAVEL INCENTIVES

The Kenya Tourist Board has announced that it will reduce the cost of Kenya visas for tourists by 50 percent beginning April 1, 2009, and continuing through all of 2010. Additionally, in recognition of the family travel segment, Kenya will waive visa fees completely for children under 16 years of age during this same time period.
TRIPS IN THE WORKS
Where in the World Would You Like to Go?

While our specialty is customizing itineraries for our clients, we do offer a few group trips each year because they are always so interesting and such great fun.


Giving Circle Trip to Southern Africa
August 13 - 27th 2009
(Option: August 13 - 23rd)

Experience in-depth the richness & magic of Africa on this unique trip, exploring the land, it's people and the issues facing them.

The GSGC is returning to this area to connect and gain insights from the people who benefit from and work for grass-roots organizations that we support in Cape Town and Livingstone. Witness micro-lending in action, spend time listening to the recipients' stories and understand their struggles and hopes for the future. Meet the children who we support with school supplies and join them on a special outing. In order to take in all the sights in this incredible region of the world, we will mix in an unforgettable safari experience.
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We may be a little biased but this really is an extraordinary price and itinerary; carefully put together to maximize time and opportunities. Join us on this very unique trip!


Check out globalsojourns.com for more info.

JUST FOR FUN

On the Telly:
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HBO is featuring a television series based on the novels The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. Entirely shot on location in Botswana, tune in for the beautiful scenery and fun story lines highlighting life in Botswana.

The series started back in March but check your TV listings for reruns on HBO.


Did You Know?

The African continent has surpassed North America in terms of mobile subscribers with the fastest growing mobile market in the world.




Source:African Business Magazine, March 2009
Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/whiteafrican/2735720397/
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Let us design your next adventure! Contact us at macy@globalsojourns.com or 703-528-2992. Check out our website at www.globalsojourns.com. Learn more about our GS Giving Circle.
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.