Sri Lanka Tour, Solar Tour, Polynesian Cruise, and Other Adventures Abroad

The magazine's adventures abroad in 1981 included trips to Sri Lanka, Polynesia, and Nepal.

| May/June 1981

If you have a yen to break away from your routine and do something exciting and educational, MOTHER EARTH NEWS' "tours that teach" can provide just the opportunity you're looking for. When we decide, you see, on an expedition's destination and theme, certain very strict criteria are always kept in mind.

For example, the theme of the trip must be within the magazine's spheres of interest, and the journey must be one that our well-informed and independent readers couldn't duplicate easily on their own. Then too, by focusing each trip on a specific topic, we strive to attract like-minded people, folks who'll return home enriched by new knowledge and adventures and with friendships that will last long after the tour has ended. Finally, we hope each of our adventures abroad will enable our staff to share—with readers who were not able to participate—some of the experiences and the practical information gained en route.

Sri Lanka Tour

MOTHER EARTH NEWS' next excursion (which we will cosponsor with the environmental tour group, Journeys) will run from July 4 to 24, 1981 and take us to the Sanctuaries of Sri Lanka. This large, Indian Ocean island (formerly known as Ceylon) is always warm and breezy, bordered by palm-lined beaches, and endowed with an abundance of precious stones, wildlife, and exotic flora. Nearly 25 centuries after Buddhism was introduced here, its doctrine of peace and tolerance is still preserved in its purest form. That fact is reflected in the island's calm and serene countryside, and in its gentle people and their enticingly simple lifestyles.

Our travelers will explore Sri Lanka's unusual national parks, archaeological sites, and other diverse natural areas. We'll have a chance to learn about local cultures and traditions through firsthand experience, and—since the group will include a maximum of 15 members—we'll be able to obtain access to places not available to folks traveling with conventional larger tours.

Also, since the trip is conducted in cooperation with the Sri Lanka Nature and Wildlife Protection Society, part of your fee will be earmarked to help support the society's ecological projects, including its sea turtle hatcheries (which we'll visit). You'll also have opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, nature observation, photography, visiting many Hindu and Buddhist religious sites, guided and independent hiking, and mingling with local people.

We believe that our package is about the most comprehensive, personal, and adventurous group trip to Sri Lanka available, and it's the only tour that provides direct support to environmental conservation on this delightful "isle of smiles." To sign up, just send your full payment ($2,470, which includes round trip airfare from New York, land costs, accommodations, and most meals) by June 1.

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