Audley Travel is an award-winning travel operator with 18 years of experience crafting tailor-made journeys in more than 80 countries while Smithsonian Journeys is the Smithsonian Institution’s travel program with 45 years of experience providing authentic, escorted travel to more than 150 destinations world-wide.
This opportunity to travel independently will appeal to anyone who wants to explore a new corner of the world at their own pace, or who is seeking a personalized trip of a lifetime inspired by a milestone such as a special birthday, anniversary, retirement, honeymoon or family reunion.
Travelers booking a Smithsonian Tailor-Made Journey by Audley Travel will work with a certified Country Specialist who will design a completely custom trip tailored to their individual interests and pace. The Country Specialist’s in-depth knowledge serves to open eyes and doors to travel opportunities typically experienced only by locals or repeat visitors. Each Country Specialist has spent a significant amount of time traveling and gaining first-hand knowledge of the best routes, guides, food, lodging, and local secrets in one specific corner of the world.
This news comes at an exciting time as Audley recently launched the tailor-made travel concept to the U.S. including an American website and is now fully operational from their first U.S. office in Boston. Smithsonian Journeys is celebrating its 45 years of offering small-group, escorted tours to travelers whose participation benefits the work of the Smithsonian’s nineteen museums, national zoo, and nine research centers.
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Carrie Coolidge is a Pursuitist contributor based in Manhattan. From 2009 to 2011, Carrie served as Co-Editor of Luxist, the luxury lifestyle website at AOL where she ran the Luxist Awards, a program that honored the very best in fine living. From 1996 to 2009, Carrie was a Staff Writer at Forbes magazine, where she covered real estate, personal finance and the insurance industry, among other areas. Carrie is also the author of six books, including "The Business of America is Business". Follow her on Twitter: @carriecoolidge