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The travel agent will arrange trips for some very special travelers in the coming months
Before Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, there was his friend and former classmate, Bill Clinton. From the White House, the former president took his Harvard Law School classmate on a brand-new type of vacation: The vacation that’s done the furthest away from any home.
According to William Dennis, his travel agent, this is what excites Clinton the most. “I think people know that he could go to Cancun and see the hammocks from where he’s sleeping, they know he could go to Cuba, they know he could go to South America but he didn’t want to go to South America,” Dennis explains. “[It’s] more about a vacation that’s about knowing people and serving people. So when he goes on vacation, it’s about helping other people,” he adds.
So why are these high-profile friends so picky about where they go on vacation?
The answer lies in some of the more adventurous adventures and trips they’ve taken together — and the secrets that come along with it.
For instance, to escape the influence of the White House, Clinton, who inherited the mantle of “chief diplomat” of the Democratic Party, was up to his ears in various ventures around the world.
Take the trip to the White House’s South Lawn that Clinton took with Dennis nearly 10 years ago, for example.
The pair plan plans for a vacation with “passengers that would go to the White House on our electric golf cart with lasers and drones on it. It has already transformed the grounds into a small village.”
Likewise, they book travel for former President Obama, who has “become more involved in conservation and the arts.”
“The first trip he took [with Dennis] was to Kamchatka, Russia and he went there to climb the highest mountains in Russia,” Dennis says. “The reason is he wanted to go to that place and experience it for himself, he was a volunteer with the Institute for the Theory of Evolution and he wanted to go and learn more about the planet and the climate change.”
But not everyone knows about these adventures, especially if the vacation is abroad. And unfortunately, that means the rest of us get left out.
To remedy this, the duo decided to release their second travel program — called Travel Memory Unit: A 13-Week Endeavor — aimed at education.
In addition to the online video series, they’ll have 10 travel experts will be posted every Monday to the Travel Memory Unit YouTube channel. In these videos, these travel professionals will lead travelers on 13 weeks of daily traveling lessons, guided by real travelers.
The trip plans start later this year and will kick off at airports in major cities around the globe. Over the next five months, travelers will be educated about, prepared for and enjoy the great diversity of some of the world’s biggest destinations.
“It all starts in Istanbul, Turkey, where we have three experts that will guide travelers about what to expect in the city, what to do there, what we call, ‘beautiful in Istanbul,'” says Dennis. “Then travelers will experience a full itinerary to Croatia and Montenegro. Then they will walk around Ljubljana, Slovenia, take some sightseeing and some city bus tours to St. Petersburg and take some mini tours throughout.”
And the best part? These are vacation packages that would set you back less than $1,000 a person.
“If [the travelers] were to book by themselves they’re probably spending $7,000 to $8,000. Or, they would do it in a group of five,” Dennis explains. “So the one-on-one nature of the trip is very hard, so the package is exactly what they should spend more of their money on.”
And other unique travel destinations around the world await throughout the fall and winter as well.
Thanks to Travel Memory Unit, anyone interested in seeing what this type of trip can truly entail can get started planning their trip in the coming months.
Check out the Travel Memory Unit YouTube channel for a sneak peek.