Friendly Planet was just featured in “Asylum’s Picks for Spring Break 2010” on AOL. Our eight-day, $1,199 Exotic Ecuador tour won the distinction of Best Long International Trip. I want to say THANK YOU to the editors for recognizing our tour. And while you’re at Asylum’s site, see who else made the cut.
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I know I’ve done my job when I hear from customers who want to return for another tour. Or when travelers keep coming back to experience a new exotic destination. These next two testimonials are from opposite sides of the globe. They loved every part of their trip, and I hope they’ll become Friendly Planet Travel frequent flyers.
You know by now how much I love reading these. So don’t hesitate to let me know how your exotic tour went!
This was our second tour with Friendly Planet the first being India 3 years ago. We just got back from China and wanted to tell you how amazing the trip was and what a great time we had. Our guide David was fantastic and all the accomodations were perfect. We are so glad that we went and we will do more tours with Friendly Planet in the future.
-O.R. Nasseri, San Diego, Calif.
I just returned and wanted to let you know that this trip was absolutely wonderful. It was very well put together; had a great itinerary, involved no surprises; and was a great value. The hotels were outstanding and I truly enjoyed the variety of activities expecially in the Amazon Region. Based upon this great experience I will definately consider Friendly Planet again.
-Theodore Lattanzio, New York, N.Y.
Hearing what a wonderful job our tour guides do always makes me proud. I love getting feedback about our trips, and I recently received some rave reviews about our Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands tour.
I wanted to share one with you from a couple who found their tour guide to be above and beyond their expectations.
"In writing our evaluation, we did not have enough room to tell you about our guide, Patricio. He was, without a doubt, the most friendly, patient, and knowledgeable guide we have had out of many tours we have taken. We hope that you will pass this information on to the Friendly Planet office in Ecuador, as we feel that he should be given special recognition for the superb representation of your company. We had two medical emergencies with travelers in our group. He was able to get doctors for them and arrange for one of them to join our trip the next day.(The other man refused treatment, as this wasw an on-going medical problem, and was fine the next morning.) Another time, while telling us of the exportation from Ecuador of roses, he asked our driver, Jose, to stop for a moment. He came back a few minutes later with roses for all of the women on the bus! These were just two of the many kindnesses he extended to our group. He really understands the meaning of "guest service" and is to be commended for the way he conducts a tour. We came away feeling like honorary Ecuadorians!"
— Cathy and Rich Sholtanis, Tamworth, NH
Here at Friendly Planet Travel, our employees dont just make it possible for other people to see the world, but they get out there and do it themselves. In fact, we encourage the members of our Friendly Planet Travel family to take advantage of the amazing deals we offer our customers every day.
Thats why its not unusual to have a Friendly Planet Travel employee sitting across from you as you eat lunch on the Yangtze Cruise in China, or riding along beside you on the bus from Quito to Octavalo in Ecuador.
On Monday, Zach, one of our Friendly Planet Travel employees, will be boarding a plane for our Amazing Peru tour. You can follow along with Zach on all of his Peruvian adventures (or, at least the adventures where he has Internet access) by keeping your eyes on @Zach_FPTravel on Twitter. Isnt technology amazing?
Bon voyage, Zach! Happy Tweeting!
Happy Tax Day, everyone. Chances are, youre feeling pretty relieved today. Tax season is officially over, and — if youre lucky — youve got a few extra dollars in your bank account right now.
To celebrate, the National Geographic Traveler put together a number of suggestions for spending your extra dough in some extra cool places. In the piece, they highlighted our Exotic Ecuador tour for only $1,259.
Eight days in Ecuador for only $1,259? Thats something we hope catches every world travelers eye, with or without an extra nudge from Uncle Sam.
International travel site Kathika put out a Twitter poll last week that asked “How is the economy affecting your vacation plans this year?”
You can see the results for yourself. What was most interesting to me was that the biggest slice of the pie (35 percent) was made up of people who are not canceling trips, but are looking for great deals. That’s good news for us because “great deals” is our middle name.
I just wrote about two of our sweetest deals, eight days in Ecuador for $1,259 and eight days in India for $999. So take a look!