Educational Vacations to Scandinavia, Sri Lanka, England, France, and the South Seas

In 1981 the magazine hosted educational vacations to Europe, the South Seas, and Sri Lanka.

| March/April 1981

Though 1981 has barely arrived, we're already deep into organizing MOTHER EARTH NEWS' 1982 tours. And you should be thinking ahead too, because now's the time to begin planning to join one of the following adventurous educational vacations: excursions that will visit some of the planet's most beautiful and exotic areas.

Scandinavian Crafts

If, for instance, you'd like to get acquainted with top craftspeople in Finland and Denmark ... experience life in the Danish isles ... stay in snug, country inns ... visit Hans Christian Andersen's birthplace and Hamlet's old homestead, Elsinore ... bicycle through storybook villages ... and find inspiration in craft galleries and museums, we can offer you all this (and more!) on MOTHER EARTH NEWS' Scandinavian Crafts Tour that'll run from May 5 to 22, 1981.

The trip — which has been over a year in the planning — is under the direction of Don Willcox, who's made Scandinavia his home for almost a decade and has written 14 books on that region's crafts. The tour will cost $1,850 (a $100 deposit will hold a place), and the fee includes round-trip airfare from New York, land costs, daily breakfasts, and some lunches and dinners.

The Sanctuaries of Sri Lanka

Down through the centuries, Sri Lanka (the words mean "resplendent land" in ancient Sanskrit) has been called many things. Ceylon is probably the most familiar, but one earlier name, "Serendip" — which provided the inspiration for the word "serendipity" — seems especially appropriate, because no matter what you expect from this large, friendly island off India's southern tip, you're sure to be delightfully surprised by totally unforeseen pleasures, too!

MOTHER EARTH NEWS' cosponsor for the tour will be Journeys, an organization which — through its Earth Preservation Fund — supports small-scale, community-based conservation projects in many parts of the world. This particular 21-day trip (from July 4 to 24, 1981) will emphasize cross-cultural contacts and visits to Sri Lanka's rural areas, where Buddhism flourishes in its purest form.

This is also where — in the third century B.C. — King Devanampiyatissa established the world's first wildlife reserve, a sanctuary which can still be visited and enjoyed today!

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