Why You Should Choose a Travel
A typical group of
Travel Insiders; in this case, some of the people who
traveled on our 2007 Black Sea Discovery Expedition from
Budapest to Istanbul, in the lobby of the
about to enjoy a private cocktail party reception.
One of the best
features of our tours are the other people you'll be
If you're a reader of our
free weekly Travel Insider newsletter, then you've been enjoying our
industry commentary, our acid sense of what is right, proper and
fair, and our 'call it like it is' reviews of travel and technology items.
But did you know that
Travel Insider David
Rowell also has over twenty years of travel and tour planning
Now, you can get the benefit
not only of David's opinions but also of his experience planning
David's Travel Experience
Like many of you, David
started off his travel experiences as a too-frequent business
traveler. After moving from New Zealand to the United
States in 1985, he was regularly flying more than 100,000 miles
a year around the US and internationally.
And when he wasn't traveling
as part of his job, much of the time he was traveling for
pleasure. When you live in tiny New Zealand, you don't
have many opportunities to travel anywhere far from home, and
the rest of the world is a very long way. So upon arriving
in the vast US, and with Europe (relatively) close, travel was
as much a pleasure as a burden.
Providing Travel Services for
David decided, in 1989, to
apply his growing personal experience and love of travel to
practical purposes, and formed his own travel company.
Initially it offered retail travel services to people wishing to
travel to Britain, and then it widened to become a full service
travel agency, offering all types of travel, for all travelers,
The agency experience
revealed there was a marketplace opportunity to specialize in
travel to the South Pacific, and soon David's agency - Anzac
Travel Inc - was selling New Zealand and Australia travel to
individuals and groups, both within the Seattle area and
elsewhere in the United States.
Increasingly, travel agents
from other agencies would call and ask if David and his team
could arrange travel for their clients, too, and so the agency
added a wholesale division, named Abel Tasman Tours. This
division specialized in providing travel services for travel
agencies to resell to their clients, everywhere in the US.
Further growth saw
extensions into selling travel to Britain and Russia, with staff
employed in both countries.
Still further growth saw the
addition of a new company in Sydney Australia to source travel
products directly from Australian and New Zealand suppliers, and
then the addition of a customer service office in Auckland, New
Zealand so that when clients called the Abel Tasman phone
number, they'd often end up talking directly with a person in
New Zealand. This was one of the very first call centers
Abel Tasman Tours grew to
become one of the very largest US suppliers of individual and
group travel to the South Pacific, in large part due to David's
innovative development of new types of travel packages,
including 'land cruises' and super value one week inclusive
packages for only $1 over the price of the lowest airfare.
David sold the Anzac Travel
Inc group of companies in 2000. They continue to prosper.
He started The Travel Insider in 2001.
What Other People Say
Here is what travel writer and
past tour member Joe Brancatelli
said about us in USA Today :
My wife and I spent a week kicking around Scotland last month and every experience — skillfully arranged by Scotland fan David Rowell, The Travel Insider—was nearly perfect.
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Groupless Tour philosophy
Travel Insider Touring - Making
the World More Approachable
We've taken groups of people
to many different destinations since our first tour to Scotland
in 2003. Yes, we've been back to Scotland twice
more - and not just to the standard tourist circuit, but to
rarely visited islands off the coast, even to the Outer
We've been to eastern
European countries that were formerly Soviet bloc states.
We've been to inland China, back-country Russia, hill-country
Sri Lanka, and even to North Korea.
But this is not 'adventure
tourism' for the hardy soul who likes roughing it and risking
it. With us, we make your travel experiences comfortable
and convenient, accessible and easy.
New Touring Concepts for a New
David believes - and Travel
Insider reader surveys confirm - that these days, people seek a
new type of travel experience.
Using his expertise and
experience, gained during the course of helping many thousands
of people with their travels over more than a decade, and
building tour itineraries and concepts that are closely tested
with his Travel Insider readers, he is now offering this new
type of tour experience, combining freedom and flexibility with
overarching structure and service.
Read more about our 'groupless
tour' philosophy here.
Try a Travel Insider Tour.
You'll be delighted.