Traveling the World: Tours to Nepal, Japan, Scotland, and Australia

If traveling the world is what you yearn for, we've put together a few tours that will help you do it.

| January/February 1983

"... I became a new being, and the subject of my own admiration. I was a traveler. A word never had tasted so good in my mouth before." (Mark Twain)

Whether it be negotiating the rugged trails of the Himalayan foothills (and remember, the foothills at the "Top of the World" are higher than our Rocky Mountains!), becoming engrossed in the horticultural practices that produce Japan's exquisite gardens, flying "down under" to meet with alternative-energy experts from around the world, or getting in touch with one's own higher consciousness in Scotland's New Age communities, travel is quite simply among the best investments in time, energy, and money that a person can make.

To begin with, an excursion can lift one out of the rut of everyday living (and the chief difference between a rut and a grave is its depth). The opportunity to interact with other cultures also provides a useful measuring stick for judging one's own lifestyle and priorities. Additionally, when an adventure is shared, binding relationships are often formed. Then — once the trip is over — the resulting memories, friendships, and personal growth become lasting benefits.

These are only a few of the reasons why we feel traveling the world can provide a person with a good return on his or her money. Of course, the people involved are the most important aspect of any trip, so we'd like to take this opportunity to thank those who have made our past tours so memorable ... and to welcome folks who'd like to share the following destinations with us.

A Long Journey "Home"

Though Nepal is a distant and exotic land, visitors often comment that their lasting impressions of travel there include a strange and wonderful sense of "coming home." It's just easy to feel comfortable in Nepal, thanks in a very great part to its friendly and tolerant people.

For example, Ellen, a participant in last year's expedition, wrote: "One afternoon, I spent four hours in 'the maze', that mad jumble of streets in Kathmandu. There, literally hundreds of people were thrown together — in both work situations and social interactions — with barely enough room left for their shadows. Yet no harsh words or voices raised in anger could be heard under that late afternoon sun, and I was moved by the true civility with which these people all respected each other's right to be there."

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