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what omicron means for international travel

what omicron means for international travel

Global financial markets went through a downward frenzy on Friday following the revelation that the Omicron variant has been identified in many countries.  The panic extended to international travel as dozens of countries banned nationals from Southern Africa to try...

fifteen travel questions in the wake of covid-19

fifteen travel questions in the wake of covid-19

(UPDATE October 15, 2021:  Today the United States government announced that November 8 will be the date that all vaccinated travelers will be allowed to return to the U.S. regardless of country of origin. This means that after more than 500 days, travelers from the...

is delta variant a game changer for travel?

is delta variant a game changer for travel?

In recent months, the World Health Organization has been using the Greek alphabet to denote potentially significant mutations of the original coronavirus strain.  If you remember your high school math, the Greek letter Delta (Δ) means “change”, and all eyes are now...

the decline of checklist tourism

the decline of checklist tourism

During the surreal lost summer of 2020, in the heart of COVID-19, I would frequently ask friends what they would do differently after the pandemic. The most typical response went something like this: “I sincerely miss seeing people smile. I want to take more time to...

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from those who know us best…

trust

“In my nearly two decades working with Rick and his colleagues, (he) became my most trusted adviser in terms of international travel. Simply put, Rick is in a category of his own.”

Bertrand Guillotin

Temple University (formerly Duke University)

knowledge

“We relied heavily on Rick’s strong destination knowledge, attentiveness to our needs and his top notch crisis management skills. He helped us identify and plan for contingencies we had not thought of, providing us with peace of mind.”

Kristen Hammar

Yale University

attention to detail

“Rick planned trips for my two teenagers to Israel and West Bank/Palestine including homestays with local families. My son’s trip ran smoothly due to Rick’s expertise and dedication. Unfortunately my daughter’s trip was cancelled due to COVID-19. Rick did an amazing job explaining contingency plans (and) worked on our behalf to secure 100% refund for all trip costs.”

Leanne Drennan

Hands of Peace community member

experience

“Whenever Laura is involved in a program, I know that the planning will go smoothly. Even if we run into unforeseen circumstances while traveling, Laura always knows about it and communicates options to safely resolve the issues. Laura’s years of experience, organizational skills, and ability to connect with her clients is a tremendous asset to anyone planning once in a lifetime trips.”

Thomas Ward

The University of Texas at Austin

your travel experts and risk managers

rick rosenfeld

Rick has more than 20 years of experience planning gentle adventures and cultural immersions for discerning travelers, always with an eye toward health and safety. He works with talented partners in more than 100 countries around the world. Rick plans your journeys as artfully as his own personal vacations, and lives vicariously through each client’s customized adventures.

laura bunch

Laura began planning international trips for universities in 2005 and has always had a knack for finding the perfect cultural events and adventures to supplement their academic programs. Because of her strong work ethic and attention to detail, Laura has built long-term friendships with many of her clients and looks forward to working with you on your ideal escape.

alexandra edwards

Alex has been passionate about travelling since working for a travel agency in her native Brazil in 2004. She took her passion to a whole new level when she began planning international experiences for U.S. university students from 2012 to 2019. Alex works tirelessly to ensure her clients have memorable experiences every time they travel and will go above and beyond in helping you craft your next once-in-a-lifetime adventure abroad.