Past Trips

Reviews

LG
Trips with Jodie are always an adventure! And India for Holi was no exception. Jodie finds wonderful places to stay and unique things to do on her small group trips. And although the cities on this trip were much bigger, more hectic, and crowded than I had expected, we had enough restful time to balance it all out. There's nothing like seeing/visiting one of the seven wonders of the world (Taj Mahal) in person, visiting an ancient mosque, temple, or fort, or experiencing one of the most famous celebrations in the world (Holi) with locals as well as our own little group. And since our group had had enough forts on our tour, we were flexible and Jodie found us an extra day/night "glamping" in the desert--simply unforgettable and one of my highlights! Our accommodations were wonderful and the Indian food so good!! And even though we were finishing up our trip as the Coronavirus pandemic was taking hold, Jodie was a calm presence but also pragmatic--we all got out of the country unscathed! I will travel with Globe Drifters again!
By Linda Gaudin for India for Holi 2020! on 26 Mar, 20
I was a little nervous when I looked into the Thailand 2019 trip – Globe Drifters is a smaller company, and I couldn’t find much information about them. It took a small leap of faith, but I am so happy that I went on this tour. I found that that company responded to my inquiries pretty quickly, so don’t be shy with questions. Everything begins and ends with Jodie, the founder of the company, and our guide for Thailand 2019. I really like that she keeps the tour group small as it was easier to form bonds within the group. It became obvious Jodie knew the country very well, and our group greatly appreciated the work she put in to make the tour go as smoothly as it did. The locations alternated between dense, highly trafficked areas (Bangkok, Chang Mai) and less busy areas (Krabi, Khao Sok National Forest). I especially appreciated the amount of flexibility that was planned into the itinerary, so I could break off and participate in independent activities when I wanted. I don’t really have “highlights” as I found the trip to be enjoyable from beginning to end. I would absolutely book a tour with Globe Drifters again.
Thank you to Globedrifter for organizing such an amazing trip. There were so many wonderful highlights and experiences along this tour. I would highly recommend it.
This is my 2nd trip with Globe Drifters, and I had a great time with them. The Vietnam portion was great; our tour guide Joy was organized, thorough, and very sweet. I loved our time in Vietnam! Cambodia was lovely but a harder place to travel just given the level of poverty and underdevelopment. The people were gracious and kind. The temples were breathtaking. This portion of the trip was a little less organized due to some last minute changes, but it did not take away from my enjoyment of the trip in general. Before booking, take note that this is a tour that is well suited towards more active, adventurous travelers. It’s almost a backpackers type of trip (with nicer accommodations though). SE Asia is not for the novice traveler so be prepared to be sweaty, uncomfortable, and tired. But it’s all very much worth it and you will gain so much perspective about two very resilient countries and people.
an amazing adventure that gave me a better understanding of an Islamic culture. the diversity of villages, terrain and sites was wonderful. overall, a good group of people except for a few outliers.
I found the trip largely enjoyable. One suggestion I would make is that the tour guide use the microphone on the van when talking about what we are seeing, doing, etc. Those of us who were forced to sit in the rear could hear about one half what he was saying, making the trip a lot less meaningful.
Trip was way beyond my expectations. Incredible tour guide(s), went to non-traditional, non-touristy places in addition to covering all the basics. Lantern Festival was so well organized...we had great seats, and it truly was a once in a lifetime experience. Great group of other guests as well. Would add another star to review if I could
This was an amazing trip of a country that has an interesting history and diversity of cultures and landscapes. Our tour guides were excellent and knowledgable about each area we visited. The trip offered a variety of experiences from Myanmar’s most famous tourist areas to those in remote areas recently opened up to tourists.
A pretty deep dive into several diverse locales in western Cuba, travelling in a small group on a good 24 passenger Chinese built mini bus with a fabulous, knowledgeable, intelligent English speaking young guide named Mickel. Staying at B&B's, or Casas Particulares as they are known in Cuba, was OK if you're not expecting a Hilton Motel. Each one had good clean bedding, strong, but oddly inflexible A/C system, a room safe, and was situated in a good location. Plumbing was usually good but water pressure could pose a problem occasionally. , Water is a common problem in the 'worker's paradise' where everyone is equal, as in equally poor. The Cuban Convertible Peso, pegged to the USD rules; the regular peso of the people is dying a slow death. Rather than recommend this trip, I say that it should be MANDATORY for any American who has an unearned gov't entitlement, especially college grads who have Federally insured loans. I have neither but I still am digesting the experience two weeks later. Cuba is at a crossroads; it can stay the course and wind up like Venezuela, or veer toward private ownership, and prosper like China has done. I blew a kiss to the air when I landed home in FLL. Great trip, but I would like to understand why such an inexpensive location (casas were $20-$65 per night) was over $2500. That was the sole reason I gave it only four stars out of five. Terry G.
BP
While I would travel with Globe Drifters again and do recommend them, it was Mikel, our Cuba tour guide who really made this trip a cultural experience. It is extremely obvious that he has developed relationships with people in order to enhance travelers experience. And, I lost my passport and Mikel went out of his way to attempt to track it down at the airport where I believed it was lost. He did not have to do that and when he couldn’t find it, he stayed with me the entire 3 hours it took to get a new one. In that process, he remained calm and deciphered how to best get me a new passport. If you go to Cuba with an interest in learning about the country, you will have a great time. If you are interested in bringing items to share with people I’d recommend, bars of soap, toilet paper, tampons, baby wipes, and sunscreen.