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When Betty Jo Currie entered the travel business 20 years ago, her desire was to identify the most exotic locales in the world - and then help people reach them. Since then the founder of Currie & Co. Travels Unlimited, often mentioned as the "place to go" for luxury and exotic travel, has won a coveted spot on Travel & Leisure's A-list of travel consultants every year since the list's inception in 2002. Betty Jo and her husband Andy have roamed the world, from Mali to Machu Picchu, Marrakech to Lhasa, Inle Lake to Big Sur, in search of unique, breathtaking destinations. A Kenyan safari in 1995 reminded her of "home", and she determined to make "luxury, adventure, exotic travel" her tag line and the root of her business. Africa was her first experience observing the transformation that occurs when curious, often sophisticated travelers meet often simple people in far away destinations – the common interests, the shared needs (to protect family, to grow in knowledge), the potential for change (for both traveler and local). Her 20 plus journeys to all corners of Africa, as well as repeated travel to India, Chile, Argentina, and Bhutan led her to the conviction that globally we are far more alike than different. She has lately fallen in love with Asia, from Mongolia to Myanmar, and has developed relationships with on-sites who allow travelers to visit deeply and leave their dollars in the hands of locals. Betty Jo arranges similar travel for her friends and clients, working primarily with ground operators (the above mentioned on-sites) and focusing on fair pricing, emerging properties and places, and last minute information. Betty Jo's personal mission is to encourage and support destinations and companies which offer life changing experiences and long term models for education and employment. Her work ranges from family travel, to large safaris under canvas, to small women's groups, with an eye toward the outcome for all those involved, from the tips for staff to the large philanthropic gifts that can result when clients are extraordinarily moved by the places they've gone and the people they've seen.
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