E² = MC
Expectations Exceeded = Memories Created
And I hope the great man will forgive me.
Holiday anticipation, and holiday memories, last much longer than the actual holiday, so a good tour operator strikes the balance between igniting the anticipation and delivering the goods, to create the memory.
The key to success is twofold: to know your subject inside out and to trust your overseas partner. The www promises all sorts of things, but nothing can replace the mano-y-mano, face-to-face experience of working together.
A mother of two, who spent Christmas in Patagonia wrote this last week:
“ .. . I can’t put in words how grateful we are for the timing, the guides, the spectacular sites that we would never have seen if it weren’t for you and your experience. Thank you for basically making one of my dreams come true. So thanks. Let me know when you’re next in London …”
An Africa old hand wrote this:
“… I’m forever in your debt for getting this so right!”
… after visiting a small, intimate beach lodge in the Indian Ocean, following a gorilla safari in Uganda. Despite his vast experience of safaris in Africa he hadn’t heard of a tiny, “no stars” private lodge on an island south of Zanzibar, but was brave enough to try it. And loved it!
What is “Travelling Responsibly”?
We go to great lengths to ensure that as much revenue as possible reaches the in-country hotel or guest house; as much as possible reaches the man with the car, or the mule or the whitewater raft. The line of communication runs directly from VentureCo to the man on the spot who provides theservice for you: straight talking. We call it travelling with respect.
VentureCo obtains excellent trade rates which means we can give you excellent value for money.
VentureCo is founded upon a wealth of experience: the two directors (who still work at VentureCo) met in 1984 while working as guides. We have all spent many years travelling in a variety of styles and have developed firm friendships with in-country suppliers. Come and see us in our Devon office where we can give you the calibre of advice that used to be available only in London agencies. We have explored the world and have the ability to add value to your trip by revealing the hidden gems as well as the iconic landmarks.
No trip is “standard” and everything we do is 100% tailor-made.
Family expeditions and adventures require more accurate planning than the average military campaign. But if the detail is right, everyone has a tremendous time. Many of our in-country contacts have families of their own, so it’s straightforward (relatively!) to ensure that the equipment you need is provided at the right time, in the correct sizes. We can do things like sand-boards for dune-surfing in Namibia or the Atacama, Peru; mountain bikes in the Andes; kayaks on the Zambezi; snorkelling equipment on numerous coral islands; the list is long and the range of destinations for family adventures is broad: chartering a truck in Botswana’s Okavango Delta is epic; a mule-supported family ascent of Toubkal is a blast; Christmas in Patagonia or a private progression around the tiger parks and Taj of India. There’s no such thing as a standard family trip.
Travelling in Africa is so fantastic that it may become addictive! There is something about the wide horizons, the clarity of the air and the pristine wilderness that draws you back. One of VentureCo’s directors worked in Africa for many years and knows the destination well, particularly the Game Parks. Let us interpret the seasons, the migration patterns and the subtle interplay between environment and residents.
Mark Davison, VentureCo