Sandy Colony – A Woman Without Borders

I am a traveler.  I have been all my life.  At age 12 I wrote in my diary that I wanted to travel, marry a rich man and live a fairy-tale existence. The latter two didn’t work out so well.  But, somehow, despite all of life’s vicissitudes, I have managed to travel extensively.

Admittedly, I started early.  I toured Europe with my parents at age 13 and by 19 was going solo.  With every trip my passion to visit more remote locations increased and then about 15 years ago I had an epiphany.  My sister – a Buddhist – was living high in the Himalayas and I was trekking up to see her home.  Despite having joined a gym in preparation for the journey, as we climbed above 12 thousand feet I found myself struggling to put one foot in front of the other.  I questioned why I was doing this – that is until we reached the small monastery where she lived.  That night – on top of the world – listening to the monks chant and watching stars explode so close you felt the need to duck, I not only realized I was having an other-worldly experience,  I understood that it was life-changing.  I knew I had to go to less traveled parts of the world before my physical self simply refused to meet the challenges such travel often imposes.

For over 25 years I interspersed my travel with working in the cable industry managing corporate communications.  Work obligations sometimes made it difficult to take off for two or more consecutive weeks, but it helped to have understanding bosses. I made some lifelong friends during this time, many of whom expressed an interest in travel. Thus, my career as a travel advisor was launched as I used my personal travel expertise to plan trips for them. When my most recent job ended with the sale of the company, I decided it was time to follow my passion and make travel planning my full-time vocation.

Without question there are real-life obstacles to remote travel.  But some of the issues that hold us back are perceived challenges, and can be readily dealt with.  It’s been my experience that “women of a certain age” (aka Baby Boomers), won’t consider some destinations because they are intimidated.  I had similar feelings when I started.  Now 90 countries later, trepidation has evolved into excitement.  And that can be true for you.

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If you have postponed the thrill of seeing animal life in Africa or experiencing the wonder of soaking up an unfamiliar vibrant culture because you just weren’t sure how to go about it  – I would love to make it happen for you.  In addition to being a traveler, my life in the corporate world trained me to be a meticulous planner.  I have established relationships with expert and trustworthy local guides – a key factor for a successful trip. And, as I am not a fan of large group travel – to my way of thinking any number over 10 becomes a crowd especially when visiting small local tribal communities – my trips are limited to a small number.

Most of my trips are designed for a small number of women who, for whatever reason – husband doesn’t want to travel, or friends have different interests –  want to travel to remote destinations and prefer not to go it alone.  A few are open to couples and single individuals.

So, if you are intrigued with the thought of visiting destinations such as Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Zimbabwe, Namibia. Easter Island or Turkey – get in touch.  Let’s talk.  If my trips aren’t right for you, I can help you find a tour operator who will meet your needs.

Feel free to browse the site to review upcoming trips and contact me for more details.

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