Paths we’ve travelled

With the turning of another new year, the Auld Lang Syne asks us,

“Should old acquaintances be forgotten?”  

With the passing of time and the predictions of what the future may bring, we all tend to reflect on past memories and long-standing friendships as foundations for how we define ourselves and the paths we’ve travelled.  We look to our family, friends and peers to grasp a measure of who we are and how to preceed.

Academic Travel Abroad has been very fortunate to have had developed such a solid path since beginning in 1950 and understands the value of building further on the future of strong relationships within the staff and among it’s valued partners.  We now operate tours for many industry leaders in the world of educational travel such as; National Geographic, the Smithsonian, the American Museum of Natural History, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Brookings Institute, Yale and so many more and can’t help feel a certain level of privilege in this.

2009 is a new year and we look forward to working with our partners and sharing in all of our travelers unique experiences abroad.  With a strong focus on our three primary goals of providing unique destinations, luxury travel accommodations and most importantly – quality service – we look forward to the new year and what lasting memories it will bring to all of our travelers.

Even in an unpredictable economy, we are still seeing that people understand travel opportunities as real investments in their personal “stock” and are still choosing to commit to discovering new places and unique destinations across the globe.  

One of our recent travelers mentioned that the added benefit of having a “tour expert” on the trip was something they truly underestimated and concluded that the added insights rendered tangible value that they would not have experienced by touring on their own.  Another traveler recently mentioned that they not only met new people on one of our tours, but made life long friends with people that shared a mutual passion and expressed that this also would have been difficult to find on their own.

So venture into this new year with solid foundations of past memories, but seek to create new ones while traveling to hidden corners of the world and developing new life-long friendships.

Best wishes, and safe travels in the New Year!

Academic Travel Abroad

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A New Partnership for Academic Travel Abroad

Here is some exciting news from ATA from a recent press release :

Media Inquiries: Ellen Evaristo, AMNH Department of Communications October 2008, 212-769-5973;


The American Museum of Natural History has announced a new partnership between AMNH Expeditions—enabling Museum travelers to embark on their own explorations of the world in the company of educators and curators for more than 50 years—and Academic Travel Abroad, Inc. (ATA), a travel company based in Washington, DC, that has a long history of serving the country’s elite non-profit organizations, museums, and universities.

Starting in January 2009, the Museum will partner with ATA to operate AMNH Expeditions. The Museum will focus on developing innovative educational programs featuring itineraries that highlight the research of AMNH scientists around the world. ATA will be responsible for the day-to-day interaction with AMNH Expeditions passengers and tour operators and will oversee marketing and tour operations. “I’m delighted that we will be working with a company of ATA’s caliber,” said Arti V. Finn, AMNH Senior Director of Business Development. “This partnership allows the Museum to focus on unique, high-quality educational experiences.”

The American Museum of Natural History, a world leader in scientific exploration, established AMNH Expeditions, the first museum educational travel program in the country, in 1953. For more than 50 years, AMNH Expeditions has presented educational travel programs that reflect past and current areas of interest and exploration by the Museum and enable travelers to embark on their own explorations of the world in the company of scientists, curators, and educators. Participation helps to support the Museum’s mission to discover, interpret, and disseminate—through scientific research and education—knowledge about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe.

Academic Travel Abroad, Inc. creates and operates exciting travel programs of the highest quality and value for sophisticated, curious travelers. In business for more than 50 years, ATA took Americans back to Europe to experience its rebuilding after the Second World War. This “Marshall Plan in Action” launched pioneering programs throughout Europe from Norway to Portugal. In 1956, ATA opened the doors to cultural travel in the former USSR, and in China in 1979. Now for more than a half century, ATA has continued to offer innovative travel programs around the world.

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