of making travel dreams come true Seattle, WA - May, 2007 - In 1987, Adventure Associates of Washington created its mission: to create travel opportunities that promote an ethic of care, and nurture a sense of global relationship. After twenty years of travel in this mode, our mission has not
"Our first trip was to Africa. That was before you could fly directly into Kilimanjaro airport," says owner Sandra Braun, celebrating her tenth year of running the business independently. "To this day, my biggest joy is hearing from a traveler who has just returned from Africa. They'll admit their purpose in traveling was to see the wildlife, but they return with an overwhelming compassion for the people, the traditional village life, and the perspectives they've gained in having interacted so genuinely with the Maasai, the Hadzabe or the Tatog."
"I can't begin to describe the feeling of freedom this trip to has come to represent to me. I have felt a desire, since entering my fifties, to take a trip with a group of women; to finally act upon that desire is both satisfying and empowering. I'm hopeful it is the first in many trips of its kind," remarks Ruth H. upon registering for her first all women trip. Women's travel has always been a staple of Adventure Associates programming. In the earliest stages, Empowerment Weekends led to Women-Only Travel Adventures in the US and abroad. The leadership and confidence-building retreats enabled women to see the great benefits of being in the field together - interacting in a safe and fun environment - and they encouraged an acceptance of women travelers worldwide. This acceptance has opened doorways for independent and groups of women travelers around the world.
Another integral part of the Adventure Associates mission, which we attempt to realize on every trip, is Giving Back to the communities we visit. Over the past 4 years, we have helped to build showers and bathroom facilities at a remote camp on the shores of Lake Eyasi, Tanzania. In over twenty years of visiting the remote areas of the Sierra del Madre of Mexico, we have brought food goods to indigenous families living in the hills. Our trip participants also contribute in their own ways: by raising money for Tsunami relief efforts, or giving gifts through the Heifer Project or SEVA. Read more about how Adventure Associates has been Giving Back for twenty years at: www.AdventureAssociates.net.
While we continue to provide high quality and unique programs, the true spirit of our trips is generated by our guests. One example comes from the East African coast: Betty Bess is a trip participant who joined 15 trips with Adventure Associates in just
In this celebratory year, we also pay tribute to our trip participants who are inspired by the landscapes in which they play and people with whom they interact. Throughout the years, we have been gifted with photographs, paintings, postcards, poetry and other words of appreciation. Our travellers who embrace their hobbies and passions are open to new experiences; they return with changed perspectives and wonderful artwork. Pat Shuman is one traveller and artist who has always been inspired by her experiences and cultural interactions, as can be seen in her paintings.
What is in store for returning and future Adventure Associates' "Real Travellers"? Sandra Braun replies, "As always, you can expect specially-designed, well thought out trips all around the globe. By focusuing on small group tours that tend to enrich the travel experience, we can build in components of cultural immersion, active recreation, great cuisine, market shopping, wildlife experiences, travel for women only, and Giving Back...all of which give the traveller - the Adventure Associates "Real Traveller" - a full cross-cultural experience."
So when you are ready to step outside of your world, from one known, well worn trail to a fresh cut path through new terrain, give Adventure Associates a call. We've been making travel dreams come true for 20 years...the next adventure step is yours!
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