Who is G Adventures? An AMAZING tour company, is who! At the time we took our trip, I was 33 and had been to 20 countries. I was diagnosed with celiac in 2011 and we managed to do Ireland shortly after my diagnosis - granted - being in an English speaking country with an awareness of celiac disease made that much easier. But I like a challenge. So, I figured, if I could do gluten free in a country whose language I don't speak, and that has a vastly different culture and food, I could do anything!
We were introduced to G Adventures through a travel agent, Joe Feathers with Joe's Magical Moments Vacations (a gluten free travel agent got us in touch with him. Although he specializes in Disney trips - his help made planning this trip so much better)! Quick shout-out to Joe - I get pretty ansy and kind of expect a lot out of people professionally. I have worked with travel agents in the past, and Joe was hands-down the best at his job that I have experienced. He was super timely, on track with everything, and there for us with any questions. Thanks Joe!
So after explaining to him what we were looking for, he thought we might be interested in G Adventures.
G Adventures' Model: Responsible Travel
The above is clipped from their website. We were inspired. We want to experience and learn about a culture and help support the people living there. In every city we were connected with local non-profits, we stayed in locally owned hotels and ate at locally owned restaurants. We were guided by a Tour leader (Todd Sinclair was the BEST!), but tours at sites were given by locals connected to the history - like a tour of the Củ Chi Tunnels in Vietnam by a Vietnamese veteran who fought with the Americans as a translator, or a tour of the Killing Fields in Phnom Penh, Cambodia by a survivor of the genocide.
G Adventures' Non-Profit Partner: Planeterra
"Established in 2003, Planeterra is our non-profit partner dedicated to ensuring communities touched by tourism benefit from the opportunities it provides. Planeterra helps empower local people to develop their communities, conserve their cultures, and create humane and supportive systems for their endeavours. Planeterra manages over 50 social enterprises on all seven continents, that benefit women, at-risk youth, and rural and indigenous communities."
What did we get to experience on our tour? Some pretty amazing non-profits that your G Adventure tour helps fund!
Oodles of Noodles: Hoi An, Vietnam
New Hope: Siem Reap, Cambodia
What tour did we pick?
Cambodia and Vietnam On A Shoestring (it had a different name when we booked, but I think this is basically the same one). It was really fast-paced with early mornings and late nights - we saw a lot in 20 days (actually, we added a few days on both ends as well). But if you want to see it all, this is the type of trip to do. They have lots of options for slower paced trips that upgrade transportation style and hotels. We wanted to see as much as we could on as much as a budget as you can on a tour. This was the trip for us!
Every experience was more than we had hoped for. Check out more for each country and city by going to "The Blog" above!
Check out the G Adventures website for more information on their tours and their unique approach!