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Conscientious Traveler: Goway

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Welcome back to Conscientious Traveler—our monthly series in which we showcase one of our fantastic partners with projects that support the environment, wildlife and local communities. This month, we feature Goway

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Goway is one of our favorite trusted vendors specializing in fully customizable trips around the world. We have worked with them for years organizing trips for our clients to Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, Japan and more.

Goway has supported many foundations over the years, donating to causes that benefit local communities, cultures, wildlife and the environment. Here are just a handful:

tourismcareslogoTourism Cares. Goway participates in Tourism Cares initiatives that preserve and enrich the travel experience of travelers worldwide through giving back and volunteering.


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A nonprofit that helps Canadian children diagnosed with a life-threatening illness realize their favorite dreams. In 2015 & 2016, Goway received a Valued Partner Award for their efforts to support Children’s Wish, and last summer raised $10,000 for one child’s wish at their annual fundraiser.

canadianbloodservicesenglishlogofinalcolourrgbCanadian Blood Services. Goway had their first annual blood drive last month, during which staff donated blood to the clinic.

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Wildlands Conservation Trust. Goway has made two sizable donations to the Trust’s “Looking out for Rhino” campaign, supporting the latest tracking technology fitted for rhinos.

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So you can combine Travel with a Good Cause! Call your agent at Willamette Intl Travel and let us arrange a remarkable journey for you! Call 503-224-0180 or email info@wittravel.com.

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The Salt Flats of Bolivia

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In the remote southwest corner of Bolivia, lies a blinding white sea of pure salt. The ghostly landscape is dotted with erratic rock formations and islands of cacti. Here, the land is always thirsty.

The salt flats of Uyuni are the largest in the world. Stretching an impressive 4,500 square miles at an elevation of 12,000 feet, the desert landscape is nothing short of primeval. There’s little but white hexagons and pentagons, everywhere you look.

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Once part of a prehistoric salt lake, the flats have since dried up into a severe beauty. Memorable characteristics are deafening silence, seasonal cerulean puddles, and colored mineral lakes. Wildlife is rare here, but if you’re lucky you may glimpse a flock of pink flamingos or the odd herd of wild vicuñas.

Uyuni is a fantastic destination for travelers who love the outdoors, or who have seen Peru and Iguazu and are on the lookout for something a bit different. The salt flats and their eerie, otherworldly scenery also attract photographers of NatGeo caliber from all over the world.

Bolivia is one of the most remote countries in the Western hemisphere. Up until as recently as 2011, Uyuni Airport serviced mostly mining companies. Now they have daily flights from La Paz. Tourism is still a budding industry—so we encourage our clients to check out this beautiful destination before it gets too crowded!

Avanti Destinations offers an incredible 3-day package that includes all air/ground transportation, 2 region tours, 2 nights accommodation and all meals. Hop your 4×4 jeep with your expert guide out to see the miniature pyramids of salt, the train graveyard, or Colchani the village of salt.

Spend 2 nights at the Luna Salada Salt Hotel, a superior 3-star resort constructed from salt blocks, with exquisite views of the flats. Or take a deluxe trip in an airstream camper into the heart of this otherworldly landscape.

This is a perfect add-on to a greater trip to Peru or Bolivia or other neighboring country.

Trips depart March to November (during dry season). For full details, click hereOr read more about Avanti Destinations here.

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Photos from South Africa 2015 are up!

This past May, our agent Nancy was invited by Giltedge to a two-week educational trip to South Africa. With the help of expert guides and service, she explored winelands, toured exquisite hotels, and hopped out on a couple spectacular safari drives through the Leopard Hills Game Reserve.

Check out her photos from the trip, now up in our Gallery!

Willamette Intl Travel has been organizing trips and escorting clientele to Africa for decades. We highly recommend Giltedge Travel for their exceptional service and customizable tours through South Africa and beyond. Call us to learn more: 503-224-0180 or email info@wittravel.com.

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G Adventures in Antarctica

On the lookout for an adventure of a lifetime? Why not consider Antarctica?

Canadian-based G Adventures sails their winter boat for the traveler on the lookout for affordable and offbeat adventure. Experience the Earth in its extreme–remote landscapes, colossal glaciers, and icebergs with otherworldly hues of raven black, ghostly lavender, intense sapphire, and splendid white. Discover the rich wildlife of whales, penguins and seabirds that call this stark land home.

Onboard the G Expedition, you will not only witness incredible sights, but take part in conversations and lectures with experts who can offer invaluable insight to the Continent. The ship was renovated in 2009, offering spacious cabins with large common areas.

Sailings start at $4700 per person for 11 days from Ushuaia in November, December, and March. Package includes roundtrip transfers, zodiac excursions, all meals, waterproof boots and parka, and one expedition team member per 10 guests. Give your travel agent a call at 503-224-0180 and get ready to be stunned by a landscape like no other.

In the Portland area this Fall drop by our office on Sept 9? Join staff from Willamette Intl Travel and G Adventures for an evening of adventure travel! We’ll highlight Galapagos and Antarctica as well as G Adv’s special Arctic Cruise. 

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Star Clippers — Kids Sail Free

Calling all families, all aboard with Star Clippers!

Contact Willamette Intl Travel about these fabulous family-friendly trips!

503-224-0180 or email info@wittravel.com

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Terms & Conditions. Kids Sail Free offer is available on select sailings only & prices listed include the $250 family flight credit reduction for category 6 cabin when a child is the 2nd person in the same cabin with an adult . The program applies for children between the ages of 2-17 at time of sailing. Two adults traveling with 1 child: Both adults pay the Family rate & the child goes free in one cabin. Two adults traveling with two children: Both adults pay the Family rate & both children go free in two cabins; booked as 1 adult and 1 child in each cabin. The promotion restricts the category booked to the same category or lower. A maximum of $500 applies on the Family Flight Credit. All rates are in US Dollar and valid only for US, Canada, and Latin American residents. Port charges are additional for adults and kids & range from $255pp -$385pp. Single occupancy is not applicable. Space is limited & capacity controlled; rates are subject to change and other restrictions may apply.

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Holiday Recipes from the Middle East: Mhalabia

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Happy Holidays from Caravan-Serai Tours and Willamette Intl Travel!

Each holiday season our friends over at Caravan-Serai offer an assortment of our favorite recipes from the Middle East, North Africa, and the Caucasus. Be sure to subscribe to our blog for updates!

Today’s recipe is a Syrian pudding recipe from Aleppo. It’s made with milk, rose water, crushed pistachios, some cardamom, corn starch as sugar. If you have traveled to Syria or Jordan you have probably tasted this light and exotic tasting pudding. Treat your family to it this holiday season!

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Flickr Creative Commons (c) Andrea Nguyen

3 cups milk

1 cup heavy whipping cream

3/4 cup sugar

1 tbs rose water

1 cup cold water

2 cardamom pods, crushed

6 tbs corn starch

Crushed pistachios

  • Mix milk and sugar together in a sauce pan, then heat to a boil – stirring frequently.
  • Whisk water and cornstarch together in a bowl until smooth; stir into boiling milk. Cook milk mixture over medium heat until thickened to the consistency of cake batter, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat and stir cream, rose water, and cardamom into milk mixture.
  • Divide into 6 serving dishes or keep in a bowl, what ever you prefer, and put into the refrigerator to cool – about 2-4 hours
  • Just before serving sprinkle crushed pistachios on top.

Caravan Serai is a Seattle-based company that specializes in small-group escorted tours to destinations in the Middle East and North Africa such as Jordan, Turkey and Morocco. Expert guides escort guests through fun-filled and tasty itineraries, valuing comfort and safety all the while trekking across ancient paths and historical ruins.

Call Willamette Intl Travel to Discuss More Options for Travel in the Middle East!

To read what a Sample 5-Day Tour through Jordan might look like, click here:

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Mountain Hiking Holidays on PBS – Tune in Dec 16!

Our friends Amy and John Osaki over at Mountain Hiking Holidays will be featured on television next week!

On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, at 9:00 PM, Oregon Public Broadcasting will be airing the second episode of the six-part PBS television series “Sacred Journeys.” This episode focuses on the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage and features, among others, the group from the Mountain Hiking Holidays Shikoku Temple Trek in April 2013.

PBS Sacred Journeys: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/sacredjourneys/

OPB program: http://www.opb.org/television/programs/sacred-journeys-with-bruce-feiler/episodes/102/

Call Willamette Intl Travel at 503-224-0180 to book any tour offered by the Osakis.

They arrange guided Mountain Hiking Holidays and Art Tours around the globe.

Mountain Hiking Holidays runs frequent trips to the mountains of Patagonia, the Dolomites, the Pyrenees, the Julian Alps, the volcanoes of Japan’s Hokkaido island—and many more destinations. Sleep comfortably in your private room with private bath, and carry only a day pack with your water and jacket on the trail. Their skilled international team holds certificates and licenses in mountain guiding, have received rigorous training, and take great pleasure in leading you on the trail.

If a walking tour into culture is your thing, take a look at Art Tours by Amy. They offer occasional tours that immerse you in local history, art and architecture. As an art historian and former museum professional, Amy Osaki leads the Art Tours through a variety of culturally rich destinations, including Boston, Paris, Japan, Russia, Italy and more. Her tours encourage you to explore art “in situ” for a deeper understanding of the local history.

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