Poll Finds Top Travel Dream is an Around-The-World Trip

Airtreks.com and around- the-world travel are featured in this month’s 20th anniversary issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine, “The New Grand Tour: A Travel Adventure for the 21st Century.”

According to the lead story in the magazine’s special issue, “A global circumnavigation remains the world’s greatest journey. For two out of every three people, this is the “ultimate travel experience,” according to an exclusive National Geographic traveler/Yahoo! Travel poll.”

National Geographic Traveler identifies Airtreks.com as “ticket masters”, saying that, “An agent specializing in RTW [around-the- world tickets can save you money — and a potential headache… Edward Hasbrouck, author of “The Practical Nomad” and an agent for Airtreks.com, says he has sold around-the-world tickets for as little as $1,500.”

Hasbrouck — the staff Travel Guru and consumer advisor at Airtreks.com — also joined National Geographic Traveler editor-in-chief Keith Bellows for a panel presentation on how to plan a trip around the world as part of the National Geographic Society’s prestigious travel lecture series at NGS headquarters in Washington, DC, on September 22nd.

Introducing the special issue, Bellows says that, “Most people feel that this experience is unattainable — too expensive, too time-consuming and just too decadent overall. But such a trip is actually within reach — and it’s not nearly as expensive as one might think. National Geographic Traveler has dedicated its entire October issue to a trip around the world… From buying the right round-the-world ticket, to expert tips and useful Web sites.

Bellows says he and the magazine identify this type of travel as a growing trend: “Around-the-world tourism has been with us for a long time…. But we think around-the- worlding will soon become more commonplace as people decide to take off longer chunks of time, as college grads delay their entry into the workforce, as retiring boomers embark on trips they once only talked about. True, most of us still dismiss the thought of such an adventure.

We say we don’t have the time. We say we don’t have the money. But such a trip is actually within reach of most readers. And it’s not nearly as expensive as you might think….We hope our 20th birthday special convinces you that seeing more of the world need not be a dream. You can make it happen.”

“Airtreks.com has been providing travellers and travel agents with tickets around the world, and for other multi- stop international trips, for more than decade,” says Hasbrouck, whose acclaimed guidebook for around the world travel planning, “The Practical Nomad: How to Travel Around the World”, is now in its third edition. “So it’s no surprise to us that this is waht travellers really want to do. But it’s great to see more people learning how easy and affordable it can be to fulfill their top travel fantasy.”

About Airtreks
Airtreks, Inc., is the worldwide leader in providing customized, efficient, and affordable air tickets and technology for complex international trips.

TripPlanner, the flagship application on the Airtreks.com Web site, enables travelers and retail travel agents to create customized itineraries — with an unlimited number of destinations — and receive instant retail or wholesale price estimates. Airtreks’ unique global sourcing strategy and proprietary technology make it possible for Airtreks to offer complex international air tickets at substantially discounts from the published fares offered by airlines, typical travel agencies, or other airfare Web sites. And Airtreks’ staff of travel consultants, including leading experts on international travel, works with each client to optimize their choices of airlines, routes, and fares.
Airtreks provides complex international air tickets to travelers starting their journeys from anywhere in the world, through Airtreks.com and partner Web sites and through travel agencies participating in Airtreks’ travel agent net fare program

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