Are you seeking a unique and inspiring travel experience? Travel Enriched is an independent provider of small group tours to Spain, Portugal and Latin America.
Come with us on an unforgettable journey that:
In Spain join us along roads less travelled to explore how the rich tapestry of present day life has been influenced by former civilisations over 3,000 years.
In Portugal & Spain walk with us along 1,000 year old, pilgrim pathways via villages where time has stood still, and by vehicle to more distant places of interest.
In South America immerse yourself in an authentic journey that provides a window into ancient civilisations and contemporary life in Peru and Bolivia and Argentina.
TRAVEL ENRICHED Tour Leaders 2013 & 2014
Diane McDonald (Director) has worked for over 30 yearsin experiential and cross-cultural adult education, community development and social science research. She has travelled extensively in Europe, Asia, the Pacific Islands and South America. In 2012, Diane designed and led the inaugural three week ‘Camino with a Difference’ tour. This followed the Camino Portugues and the Camino del Norte, with side trips to Finisterre and the Picos de Europa.
Heather Wearne is an experienced Teacher of Creative Writing. She has taught both Writing and Literature at Australian Universities for more than 20 years and is a former Head of Writing at Southern Cross University in NSW. Heather has a PhD in Writing and has published work in Australia and internationally. She has also provided Life-Writing and Journal Writing courses at Community Centres in Victoria and Queensland.
Christne Gawne is a Creative Artist with a solid background in Art history. She has worked for over 30 years as a Teacher of Art and Design in Victorian secondary schools. Christine and her husband own a “renovators' delight" in the South of France. She has travelled extensively throughout Europe and in the past three years has led small group tours in France, Spain and Italy. Her strengths in tour facilitaton and warm personality are highly regarded by travel companions.
Come with us on this unforgettable journey!
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A CAMINO WITH A DIFFERENCE!
Today, more and more people are becoming aware of the time-honoured walking trails to Santiago de Compostela, situated in north-west Spain. Santiago is an ancient pilgrimage site - the final resting place of the relics of St James the Apostle. The vast majority of those who follow this route (which is commonly called ‘The Way’) travel up to 800kms along the Camino Frances, which commences in St Jean de Port in the Pyrenees mountains . However, for more than ten centuries countless thousands of people have walked to Santiago via many different pilgrim routes.
Our upcoming tours will again follow some of these earliest and less travelled pathways: the Camino Mozarabe, in the southern Spanish province of Andalusia; the Camino Portugues in the north west; and the Camino Finisterre along the Atlantic coast of Spain. Each tour (of between 10-14 days) combines both walking and traveling by vehicle to nearby places of interest. A central feature of some of our tours is the opportunity to participate in journal writing workshops facilitated by an Australian professional in this field. Individual mentoring in creative writing is also provided.
In each of our tours, daily options are provided to allow participants to walk short or longer distances in response to individual needs and personal goals. Accommodation is in comfortable 2-3 star hotels and some days are reserved for side trips, with little walking at all. Luggage is transported between hotels, enabling participants to enjoy the day’s walk carrying only a small back pack containing the essentials such as a water bottle and light lunch, a camera and sun-cream. The high level of satisfaction of previous tour members has reinforced the value of this approach. After all, our tours are both a journey and a well-deserved vacation!
ALL TRAVEL ENRICHED TOURS INCLUDE:
Selected Travel Enriched tours offer you an opportunity to create a written expression of your Camino experience. Long after the journey is over, your Journal will keep the experience alive. You will return to it often because it will contain more than a simple record events or a summary of how you spent your days as you moved across a landscape. Your Journal will be a place in which you make sense of what you have encountered along ‘The Way’: the people, places and emotions, the past and the present. Participants will be provided with preparatory writing activities prior to the commencement of the tour. Where feasible this will be in the form of an introductory Journal Writing Workshop. Those who are not able to attend this session will have access to relevant resource materials. During the tour three further Workshops will be conducted. Following the completion of the tour, additional support will be provided to help you to finalise your manuscript. The basic framework for this Journal Writing component includes four elements:
In 2012 Travel Enriched conducted a highly successful tour along two of these lesser known pilgrim pathways: the Camino Portugues, commencing in northern Portugal and the Camino del Norte along the northern coast of Spain. This also included a side trip along the rugged Atlantic coast following the Camino Finisterre. To find out more about what happened on this journey have a look at our BLOG dmtravelenriched.
This inaugural tour was designed to cater for participants who wanted an authentic cultural experience along ‘The Way’ and were attracted to the idea of being within the company of a small group. Being independent minded travellers they wanted some flexibility in terms of the distance walked each day and preferred a reasonable level of comfort. Most did not see themselves as intrepid walkers and were keen to visit historic and scenic places of interest along the route.
See what group members have said about this tour in the testimonial section below.
IN THE WORDS OF PREVIOUS TOUR PARTICIPANTS
“Walking sections of the Camino Portuguese and the Camino del Norte in Spain with Travel Enriched in 2012 was an amazing adventure! I came back to Australia four weeks later not only having been immersed in beautiful and diverse landscapes, but also with a great sense of personal achievement!” CB, Western District, Victoria
“Before starting on the ‘Camino with a Difference’, despite a few months of training, I was a bit worried about my ability to keep up the pace and walk as far as the plans suggested we could, and about how the group members would get on together. More importantly I was interested to find out whether the long walk would “clear my head” and give me a few insights on my life so far and my future.
In retrospect, there was nothing at all to worry about. After walking nearly 200km over 3 weeks, I felt I could have walked twice as much, and am certainly very keen to walk again, whenever I can. Over 3 weeks, we shared laughs, stories and insights and managed successfully with our different predilections. And while I didn’t have any dramatic insights about “my life”, I did end the trip feeling much fitter and with a lighter and clearer head. I experienced a sense of personal achievement that felt very different from professional achievements and a sense of calmness from having had the chance to put elements of my life in perspective – appreciating the extraordinary opportunity to experience the wonders of other cultures and to understand the world’s history a little better”. DR, Gisborne, Victoria, Australia
“This trip didn’t turn out as I had imagined due to a foot injury (tripping on an uneven footpath in Oporto before we even started the Camino) which left me unable to walk much at all – on this WALKING holiday! Despite this, Diane made sure I still had lots to enjoy: the range of country we traveled through, the towns we stayed in and the times we shared over meals. While the others walked the Camino, I had a safe place to spend a few hours. The well-chosen hotels and houses were comfortable and often situated with interesting places within my short shuffling/walking range. Traveling with a small group (on this occasion, all women) was one of the attractions for me and the trip allowed for enjoyable time together as well as opportunities for individuals to pursue their own interests.” RS, Eltham, Victoria
More photos from the "Camino with a Difference" tour can be found in the Gallery above.
Sample photos from previous tours in Andalusia are below.
“In my view it is great for people who enjoy travelling in other countries but not necessarily on their own, and who enjoy the pure pleasure of walking, with:
Inclusion of other experiences such as a daytrip to Guimares and the nearby Citiana de Briteros archeological site, wandering around village markets, visiting the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and extended time in Oporto and San Sebastian.
- 2012 Participant