Hello everyone!

Welcome to our first Travel News of 2020! We love receiving your feedback on our newsletters and were impressed by all the lovely comments about Teddy - my standard poodle, now a 40 lb puppy. As we mentioned, Teddy works tirelessly as office greeter and also as our stress relief 'faux therapy' dog.

As it's the start of a new year, we thought it a good time to pass along a couple of trends we're noticing in the travel world.
Though we're seeing there is still is a need for relaxation, our clients are also looking for experiential qualities in their vacations. They want to learn, to see something they’ve only read about, or better yet to discover something they didn’t know existed. They want their travel experience to be sustainable. By this we mean to sustain the areas and communities visited. The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) believes that this trend will continue for at least the next decade.

At the 2019 Annual Congress, the WTTC predicted the volume of worldwide air travellers will grow from the current 4.2 billion annually to 8.2 billion by 2037. This is why we are seeing a plethora of mega ships carrying between 3000 to 6000 passengers – to support current cruise traveller numbers !

This is a tough reality check for anyone whose definition of experiential quality means getting up close and personal with the people, towns, regions, wildlife, ecology of the destination they want to visit, see and learn about on their well-earned vacation.

At Today's Woman Traveller and The Travel Broker, experiential quality is our specialty. As a small company, we can work wonders to create that up close and personal experience and in a sustainable way. Here are examples of what I mean:
  • We participate in a small group cooking class in the kitchen of an Inn in the Orcia Valley of Tuscany. This inn's history goes back to the time of pilgrims on their trek from Paris to Rome in the middle ages.
  • We stay 3 nights in one of the 5 villages of the Cinque Terre in Italy. 
  • We keep our groups small (maximum 12 participants) so we can book out most of a family run hotel right on the rim of Santorini again for a 3 night stay that creates sustainability for the community we visit. 
  • On our East Africa Safari, we consistently hire local drivers so that the money paid stays in their community and doesn’t go to an international conglomerate that's not even based in Kenya or Tanzania. 
  • Also in East Africa, we regularly visit and support The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Their pioneering Orphans Project is considered a global force for wildlife conservation.

These are just a few unique and sustainable aspects of our perennial favourites. As well as these favourites, keep watching this newsletter, our website and Social Media pages for some exciting new tours with unique sustainable ideas coming up in 2020 and 2021.

Until next time, happy travels
Debbie and Team

Our featured tour this month is our Classic East Africa Safari.

When I think of a classic African ‘Safari’ it is Kenya and Tanzania that still get me excited to go back. From the lush slopes of Mt. Kenya, that Great Rift Valley, the wonderful Masai Mara plain, endless Serengeti, and the fascinating ecosystem at the bottom of an ancient Ngorongoro volcano floor, it can’t be beat. The culture and the people of both countries have affected me greatly with their pride, tenacity and generosity that weaves beautifully into their environment.

This, one of our favourite tours, has been so popular that this year we're offering it twice:

If you have questions, don't hesitate to contact us at info@thetravelbroker.ca.
New Tours!
Springtime in Paris, Northern France and Belgium. Women's tour departing June 1

Egypt: Land of Legend and Mystery Women's tour departing Mar 2021. This is a good time to visit as The Grand Egyptian Museum is opening next year. It's garnering rave reviews.
Limited Time Discounts
Girls to Greece . Women's tour departing Sept 2020 - Early booking discount ends Feb 28.

Exploring Ecuador . Women's tour departing Oct 2020 - Early booking discount ends Mar 30.

Trans-Siberian Railway Journey + Optional St. Petersburg Extension Women's tour departing May, 2021. Early booking discount ends Mar 31, 2020  
Vienna and Budapest: Two Fabulous European Capitals + Optional Ljubljana Extension. Women's tour departing Sept 2020 - Early booking discount ends Mar 31.

Guaranteed Departure
We are pleased to announce our guaranteed departure for our Discover Turkey tour on April 8, 2020. Join us as we discover Turkey, the continent-straddling country that the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans have called home.

2020 Photo Contest!
It's something new for us!

We're hosting a photo contest for all participants who travel on our 2020 small group escorted tours. We will be giving away a $500 travel voucher that can be redeemed on any 2021 small group escorted tour offered by Today's Woman Traveller or The Travel Broker.

The contest is open to all of our 2020 small group tour participants. After your tour is complete, your tour leader will send you an email reminding you to submit your best photo from your tour.

I n December, we'll review each entr y and choose the best photo . Good luck, everyone!
Industry Travel Updates
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