From humble beginnings with big dreams, we now enter our 30th year. I marvel at our growth and am filled with gratitude for our tribe of 11,600 travel lovers. Born with wanderlust, as a little girl I collected globes to spin and dream. Later as a flight attendant for 14 years, those dreams became reality. I accumulated over 100 countries stamped in my many passports. My greatest reward now is sharing it all with others and seeing their transformations from the sheer joy of exploration. Together is best. With AFS we discover our world One Country at a Time.
The love of travel always proliferates itself. The more you see, the more you long to see. It’s the perception of wonder. Each new place is a spectacular learning experience. Travel flexes our curiosity, stretches our imagination and allows us to play. The world is your playground and you deserve a recess. With each departure comes the double delights of anticipation and then memories forever worthy of recollection.
I know you have high expectations for a thrilling vacation. You don’t need more vacation days. You need better ones! In designing trips over decades, I strive to give your life enhancing journeys to extraordinary places that people only dream about. We take you far away, not only for your bragging rights but to where the most profound moments are made. AFS travelers don’t want a typical tourist cookie-cutter tour. Our daily itineraries are unique and creative to enhance your experience.
I know you want unsurpassed value on your annual vacay investment. Your savings come from our ‘large group buying power’ with our preferred suppliers who provide you premium accommodations. Our goal is to give you quality 5-star trips at affordable 3-star prices. And you’ll save on Time. No planning or researching, just show up. Let us sweat the small stuff and orchestrate it all.
I know you want the peace of mind to trust that you’ll be in good hands abroad. We use the best local operators referred by Tourist Boards. Before each AFS Escape, you’ll get detailed Trip Tips to help you prepare and we’ll help with your air arrangements. Experienced and gracious trip leaders are vital. Our GTLs are outstanding and with you from departure to return. Our national guides are vetted and the most reputable in each city.
I know you want to be in good company as it’s not just where you go, but who you go with. 70% of each group are repeats. Check out our AFS Hall of Fame of those over 10+ trips. You couldn’t find more kind travel enthusiasts anywhere! The Zen of our groups is a spirit of community who share a common passion for cultural immersion, scenic nature, wildlife and a thirst for fun. You’ll feel comfortable “going it alone” and return home with a posse of new Forever Friends. The camaraderie is beyond worlds. I believe this is the ultimate success of the AFS story. Sometimes there’s romance. We’ve had 19 marriages so far from our trips. Click here to read how I met and married Terry on an African safari. We connect!
Please take time to read more to understand our vision for you: Why We’re Different, hundreds of Testimonials, Trip Blogs, GTL Bios and see our fabulous Photo Gallery. Then read the introduction on each trip to determine which one makes your heart leap. Call me if you need help choosing.
Got wanderlust? Come join our tribe. The world beckons and we are your passport to some awesome escapes. All I do is construct dreams. I remain dedicated to making yours come true!
Your Faithful Dream Weaver, Suzy
Hi, I’m Terry- your faithful D.E.E. (Director of Everything Else). Please see my GTL Bio here.
Hi, I’m Tricia - AFS’s TZM, (Technical Zen Manager). You can get to know me better by reading my bio here.