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Aloha and Happy Fall!
Mahalo for your patience and overwhelming responses. I am so blessed and at the same time feel the pressure to maintain the trust you have in me. My main goal is to carry on our Family's Tradition of Value, Service, and Making Travel Dreams Come True. It may sound like a cliche, but it comes from my heart because you (our Travel Ohana) mean the world to me.
My father taught me to design sightseeing journeys packed with value so clients can fully experience a country. Guests on our itineraries absorb these countries’ cultures, learn about their people, and stand in awe of their amazing wonders. We include fantastic guides (many hand picked and/or specially assigned), travel to unique destinations, and always maintain a very comfortable level of quality. These are the features I bring to each journey.
FYI, Currently on Our 2018 Dream List:
- The Second half of America's Heartland
- South America with Machu Picchu
- Mekong River Cruise (Vietnam & Cambodia)
* Stay tuned for more to come. May even put it to a vote again.
Mahalo and God Bless,
2017 Program – Second Edition
A byproduct of the 2016 vote is our 2017 program slate. All of next year's journeys either took second place or first place but I could not fit it in seasonally. As you know, I only travel when it is the best time (based on weather, events, US dollar strength, etc.).
Booking, Enhancement and Finalization
Three 2017 programs (Costa Rica & Nicaragua / America's Heartland / Best of Scandinavia) are finalized and are Travel Dream Makers. Just three more to go.
Finalizing itineraries is truly a creation process. I really do go back and forth with my vendors. Often wondering if they are still my friends, but they respond and provide me with what I need to make a program a Dream Journey. To get it right, this process takes time. Mahalo again for your patience.
There are hiccups only the way, like with our Tohoku with Sado Island itinerary. A few of the hotels were not confirmed before my mentor and operator, Bobby Chinen took his group to Australia & New Zealand at the end of September. That finalization will be done by the end of November.
Since Tohoku was put on hold, I focused on the Best of Scandinavia. I love how the building process sparks amazing discovery. As I was finalizing this itinerary the most vivid memories came to life for me, more than any other program I have ever repeated.
Simplistic Beauty and Charm are the words that best describe the wonderful experience my daughter, Dominique, and I shared on our 2008 trip. This memory was the motivating factor in my modification of Globus' journey. Best of all with all of my additions, my best friend at Globus, Bridget Wambsganss made it possible keep it under $6,000. Not an easy task with the airfare being over $2,100.
Finalized and Discount Deadlines (God Willing)
NEW- No more discount deadlines. With your overwhelming response most of our programs are over 30 Ohana members way before the deadline - MAHALO
Tohoku with Sado Island, Central Europe and Australia & New Zealand - (Finals by the end of November)
Exploring the world is my dream for you, and I want to make it as simple as possible. To encourage you to join one of our journeys we will continue to offer sign-up discounts as follows:
- The first 15 to register receive $100 off International / $75 off USA & Canada journeys
- The next 15 (or 16 - 30) to register receive $75 off on International / $50 off USA & Canada journeys
There is always hope after 30 people have signed up. Since the discount is not transferable member past 30 often receive a discount when someone before them has a change of plan and leaves the journey.
The Globus Journeys Club, Keiki, and triple room discount apply.
Registering for a 2017 program
If you are serious (only final price or dates are holding you back) about a journey it is a good idea to Register for it. Please send in your completed and signed reservation form by e-mail or USPS mail (enclosed is a copy). A deposit is NOT required to hold your space until we have finalized the itinerary for your journey.
On The Road Again
Praise God, in less than 2 days, 25 of our Travel Ohana will be exploring the unique Irrawaddy River in style. I will be out of town from October 17 to November 4. My International phone number is 707-732-9430 (it is a free call if you have domestic long distance - cell phones or oceanic). You can call or text this number.
Please feel free to e-mail me and I will do my best to get back to you within 48 hours. Unfortunately, I will not be able to take phone calls or retrieve phone message. You could also text me at 258-2686 (please include a name).