Global Family Travels New Brochure, celebrate Chinese New Year & Family Travel to Turkey. 

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Welcome to Global Family Travels  2014 Winter newsletter and thank you for joining our mailing list and being part of our community!  
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Global Family Travels 2014-2015 Brochure is here!

With the start of New Year, it’s time to start planning that dream vacation for your family.   Global Family Travels offers 11 amazing adventures where you can Learn, Serve and Immerse in other cultures with your family.  Our tours offer you the opportunity to experience the joys and fulfillment of meeting new people and discovering new cultures while strengthening your own family bonds and values together.
Download a brochure now, or request one to be mailed to you.   We hope you will choose to expand your family circle by joining us on one of our life-changing tours! 

Happy Year of the Horse!

January 31 marks the start of the Chinese Lunar New Year, also called Chinese Spring Festival. With more than 4,000 years of history, it is the most important festival for Chinese people. Originating during the Shang Dynasty (about 17th - 11th century BC), Spring Festival, which celebrates family reunion, is full of rich and colorful activities, and hopes with the advent of spring and flowers blossoming.  According to the Chinese zodiac, this is the year of the Horse, one of the Chinese people’s favorite animals and closely linked to their lives because of its earlier use in transportation throughout history.  The horse is a symbol of travel, and a sign of speedy success.
We at Global Family Travels feel a great connection with this years’  zodiac sign of the horse symbolizing travel. We continue to embrace and share our mission of bringing people together through travel and by offering life-changing cultural experiences that strengthen family values and bonds.  As we get ready to celebrate the Lunar New Year, we are excited to share our two 2014 tours to China with you. Please click on the links below to learn more about them:
China: Learn, Serve, Immerse
Discover China - A Photo Tour

On February 1, you and your family can join in the Chinese New Year festivities in the Seattle International District. 
Global Family Travels is excited to offer two family tours to Turkey in 2014: Exploring Turkey’s Roots – From Early History to Organic Farming, and Discover Turkey By Land or By Sea. We have always felt that Turkey is a safe and wonderful place for family travel and our guest author Susan Moe shares her family experience in this amazing country.

Our Family Trip to Turkey

By Guest author & Globetrotter, Susan Moe
My husband and I had traveled to Istanbul while on a backpacking trip early in our marriage. We fell in love with the people, the city, the culture, the vibe, and of course, the delectable food!! We had the opportunity to return a decade or so later back in 2009, but this time with three small children in tow. People told us we were crazy. It was too dangerous they warned. We were undeterred.

While the city had changed dramatically in terms of improved infrastructure, shopping, and other modern conveniences, it goes without saying that the breathtaking historical and cultural attractions remained the same. Walking through the Aya Sophia and Blue Mosque is mind blowing; eating kebabs in the ancient bazaar is priceless, as is negotiating with the shop keepers for something to bring home.

However, the spirit of the city and its lovely inhabitants are what make this such an incredible family friendly destination. Everywhere we went, we were warmly welcomed, greeted with sincere smiles, and shown genuine generosity.  At the fish market, for example, each of the kids was handed a small sea horse to take home. Clearly, we were tourists and not going to be buying any fish to cook in our hotel room, so there was no ulterior motive on behalf of the giver.

One of our favorite memories was a spontaneous visit to a packed barber shop on a Friday night (my youngest son loves to get his hair cut).  We couldn't communicate with the people working there, but by gesturing, understood we were welcomed. Each of the children was given the same time and attention as the adult patrons. They received shampoos, long head and shoulder massages, and a detailed haircut that still ranks as one of their best! Not only that, but one of the workers, on his own initiative, walked across the street and bought a fruit slushie for each of the kids!

We’d love to go back and explore more of this country that holds such a special place in our hearts!

To read more about the Moe’s family travels, visit their family blog here. 
   About Global Family Travels

Global Family Travels' mission is to "Learn, Serve and Immerse," using travel as a means to build cultural bridges and to foster global citizens. In partnership with community-based tour operators and local non-profit organizations, Global Family Travels creates and offers service learning tours for families which include a unique mix of cultural and educational activities, homestays and participation in local service projects aimed at improving the lives of people in the communities we visit.


Visit us at these Upcoming Events:

February 1 : Eastside Camp Fair, 10 am - 2 pm
February 4: Information Session for Mystical Mamas Spiritual Tour to India , 12 - 1:30 PST webinar and in person (RSVP to

March 1: Seattle Camp Fair, 10 am - 2 pm
March 2: China Tours Information Night:, 3 to 4:30 pm at the Language Link office, 1507 Queen Anne Ave., N, Seattle (RSVP to
March 6: "Educate a Child, Watch them Soar" Kiran Anjali Project Annual Fundraiser Luncheon
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