Thank you from David & Adrea Benkoff

Dear Karen,

We traveled to Australia anAdrea Benkoffd New Zealand for 3 ½ weeks on a spectacular tour tailored to our tastes. We hopscotched around Australia from Sydney to Cairns, Ayers Rock to Kangaroo Island. Every stop included personalized tours, wonderful people and terrific wildlife experiences. We even spent a day in Barossa wine country sampling from four wineries.

The scenery in New Zealand was picture postcard perfect. The expDavid Benkofferiences that Karen provided in Arthur’s Pass, Queenstown and Doubtful Sound highlighted the natural beauty and provided exciting activities such as a Jet Boat Ride, overnight cruise and sheep shearing. We toured with an Aboriginal and Maori guide and experienced their lifestyle first hand.

Whether we had a private tour or joined with others, all the selected tour guides were personable, knowledgeable, and genuinely enjoyable to spend time with.

Australia 2000 made this the adventure of a lifetime.

Thanks, Adrea and David Benkoff

Thank you from Hank & Leslie

AH BROOME!! It simply oozes with color...

Right at the Indian Ocean and at the gateway to Australia’s last frontier of pristine wilderness – The Kimberley. From its rough and tumble, romantic pearling history to the cosmopolitan character of Chinatown, to the turquoise waters, red sandstone cliffs and the endless expanse of white sand at Cable Beach…the colors and moods of Broome will capture your soul as they did mine. You’ll never want to leave.

Join our award winning specialist tour guide, Neville, for an experience you will never forget. To Neville, a local Aboriginal man who has lived in the Kimberley and has traditional ties through family connections throughout the region, Aboriginal culture and society are his life. He holds a wealth of knowledge of the region, including the history, topography, flora and fauna and first-hand knowledge of the rich and varied Indigenous cultures of the area. Neville’s passion for his culture, friendly disposition and considerate nature ensure a truly enjoyable Kimberley experience.

The climax of your tour will occur as the full moon rises in Broome its light reflects off exposed mudflats to create a gorgeous optical illusion known as Staircase to the Moon. This magical phenomenon occurs in Broome at full moon and can only be viewed between March and October when the conditions are just right.

This experience is truly as remarkable as it sounds. Thank you, Leslie & Hank Edelman, for sharing your tour highlights and photo with us.

Dear Karen,

We had a wonderful day with Neville our Aboriginal guide. Fascinating man and quite accomplished. Going to try to see the “Staircase” tonight. Last chance.

Neville spoke highly of you and said he did the day with us just for you.  Thought you would like the picture. Thanks for this unique experience.

Hank & Leslie Edelman with award winning Aboriginal tour guide Neville

Neville is a national treasure for Australia and for his people.

All the best,

Leslie and Hank

Australia’s Magical Staircase to the Moon

AH BROOME!! It simply oozes with color...

Right at the Indian Ocean and at the gateway to Australia’s last frontier of pristine wilderness – The Kimberley. From its rough and tumble, romantic pearling history to the cosmopolitan character of Chinatown, to the turquoise waters, red sandstone cliffs and the endless expanse of white sand at Cable Beach…the colors and moods of Broome will capture your soul as they did mine. You’ll never want to leave.

Join our award winning specialist tour guide, Neville, for an experience you will never forget. To Neville, a local Aboriginal man who has lived in the Kimberley and has traditional ties through family connections throughout the region, Aboriginal culture and society are his life. He holds a wealth of knowledge of the region, including the history, topography, flora and fauna and first-hand knowledge of the rich and varied Indigenous cultures of the area. Neville’s passion for his culture, friendly disposition and considerate nature ensure a truly enjoyable Kimberley experience.

The climax of your tour will occur as the full moon rises in Broome its light reflects off exposed mudflats to create a gorgeous optical illusion known as Staircase to the Moon. This magical phenomenon occurs in Broome at full moon and can only be viewed between March and October when the conditions are just right.

This experience is truly as remarkable as it sounds. Thank you, Leslie & Hank Edelman, for sharing your tour highlights and photo with us.

Dear Karen,

We had a wonderful day with Neville our Aboriginal guide. Fascinating man and quite accomplished. Going to try to see the “Staircase” tonight. Last chance.

Neville spoke highly of you and said he did the day with us just for you.  Thought you would like the picture. Thanks for this unique experience.

Hank & Leslie Edelman with award winning Aboriginal tour guide Neville

Neville is a national treasure for Australia and for his people.

All the best,

Leslie and Hank

A Magical Adventure to Australia’s Northern Territory

G’day Mates!

I’ve just returned from the most magical adventure to Australia’s Northern Territory where I took a wonderful three day private adventure through Kakadu National Park, Arnhemland and the Mary River Region with our hand selected specialist guide, Sab Lord. His passion, close relationships with the Aboriginal people and love of the incredible environment filled my heart. The additional pleasure of walking through the sacred sights of Arnhemland with an Aboriginal guide and learning the stories of the rock paintings created by his forefathers was a breathtaking experience.

During the tour, Sab Lord proved to be a knowledgeable and entertaining guide as well as wonderful chef catering for any dietary needs. Our final evening at luxurious Bamarru Plains and discovering the beauty of the Mary River wetlands brought the joy of the Top End to a wonderful reality.

As a travel designer who has hand crafted luxury itineraries for thousands of travelers I’d recommend a journey with Sab to people who wish to discover

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Until our next adventure…

Karen Hardy Hodgson

Baby Boomers Seek Unique Travel Experiences

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Photo credit Steve Evans

It’s finally here, the year that “baby boomers” begin to retire.  Baby boomers, defined as individuals born post World War II during the “baby boom” between the years 1946-1964, have begun to turn 65 this year and this article brings to light the many ways in which “boomers” are carefully considering their future.

“It’s no surprise that today’s boomers are planning to work longer than earlier generations of retirement age.  What’s interesting is that they’re not doing so just because they need the money. They also want to stay stimulated and engaged.”  read entire article

It’s been presumed that “boomers” grew up in an age of privilege, were the healthiest and wealthiest generation of their time and considered themselves “special” to the generations of those that had come before.  They grew up in a rising era of technology and medical accomplishments, have worked hard to provide for their families and vigilantly saved for the “retirement years”.

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Thank you from the Berminghams and Elders

Karen, Hillary, Shelly and Wendy,

Our Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania trip was spectacular. Everything was perfectly planned and we experienced a new adventure every day. We loved Sydney – the bridge climb, sailing the harbor and great shopping. A highlight has to be the Blue Mountains with such spectacular views, the opportunity to see kangaroos jumping about it the bush and lunch on the Wollondilly River.

We were very brave and drove on the opposite side of the road for our tour of Tasmania. We experienced Bruny Island with all the massive cliffs and just incredible views on our drive on the coast to Freycinet National Park. The Park has beautiful beaches with clear water and a nice secluded feel. It seemed there was one beautiful sight of beaches, waterfalls and rainforest after another as we drove to Launceston.

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