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Who is Peggy Goldman?

Before we jumped in too deeply here on the blog, I wanted to write a quick post to tell you a little about myself.
I’ve been working in the group tourism industry since I founded Friendly Planet Travel 30 years ago. As you’ve probably picked up from our Web site, or you already know if you’ve ever taken a vacation with us, Friendly Planet Travel is a full-service agency that specializes in exceptional tour deals to exotic destinations in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, South America, and the South Pacific. We also organize cruises in the Mediterranean and Far East.
I’ve spent my life traveling throughout the U.S. and around the world, and have picked up a few things along the way — such as how to plan high-quality, affordable vacation packages to some of the most phenomenal destinations in the world.
I’m a bona-fide travel industry expert (or so they tell me ;)), and I’m IATAN and ARC accredited. I’m also a member of the American Society of Travel Agents, International Airlines Agent Network, International Air Travel Association, and Cruise Lines International Association.

This is Friendly Planet Travel

Welcome to the Friendly Planet Travel blog!

You’re probably familiar with our Web site, and in the not too distant future, we’ll have a new design to share with you. It will have many new features for travelers, such as a powerful booking engine that will make it possible for you to custom configure every aspect of your journey.

Even in this economy, we’re investing in people, technology, and services that support and improve your experience. This includes working closely with our partners to keep our exotic travel more affordable than anywhere else, on or off the web.

This new blog is part of that effort. It’s a great way to stay in touch with you, and share our thoughts, travel advice, news about upcoming trips, money-saving tips, and more. I hope you’ll set a bookmark or subscribe via RSS, and participate in the give-and-take that is the hallmark of any blog.

I have a few topics topping my agenda. I’ll be kicking things off by answering some of the questions we hear most from travelers, such as:

* Why are your prices so low???
* What are some of your best deals?
* Can I talk to some of your customers?
* How did you get in to the group travel business?

We’re going to answer these questions and more. For example, I’ll share the philosophy that drives the process we use to create affordable exotic travel packages, without cutting corners or skimping on amenities.

I’ll also take you inside some upcoming Friendly Planet Travel tours to explore every delicious detail of our exotic experiences, which rival or exceed the most expensive tours offered elsewhere.

And if you’ve joined us on a Friendly Planet Travel tour, you’re invited to share your story with the world right here. There’s no better way to describe how an affordable Friendly Planet Travel tour is unlike any other, than to hear it from someone who has actually been there, done that!

I hope you’ll stay tuned and stay engaged with us here, because just like our tours, this new blog is going to be an adventure for us all.