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By Margaret Loftus
October 2004

For that special trip – whether it’s soaking up the sun in the Seychelles or crossing the Gobi Desert on horseback – you’ll need more than your standard, surf-the-Internet sort of planning. This is a good time to call in an expert, someone who has traveled extensively in a region, nurtured local connections, and whose affinity for the place is infections.  The best ones plan a trip with you in mind, not themselves, and hold customer service above all….

Using these criteria, Traveler scoured the industry for top-on-the-line agents and tour operators.  We vetted candidates with industry insiders, sent them questionnaires, and conducted interviews to find the most knowledgeable regional experts, experts travelers can confidently rely on…


Todd Smith-AdventureSmith Explorations, Tahoe City, CA

Founder Smith led kayak tours in Alaska for seven years.  He likes to send his clients cruising the coasts on a small ship or paddling between backcountry lodges.