"I had never joined a group for travel, generally, I avoid group travel, but something about his flyer pulled me in to further inquiry. After connecting via email with Roger, and then engaging online video chatting, I made a decision within days that I would participate in his Bhutan trip. It ended up being one of the most enriching experiences-intellectually, culturally, socially, and interpersonally- of my adult life.
"One aspect I particularly enjoyed, was that the entire worldview behind the travel was to come to experience, learn, and more greatly appreciate the other as well as the self. With a most gracious and respectful tone, Roger and Nancy continuously strived to engage those we visited, people on the street, working in hotels, restaurants, wherever, in friendly dialogue. I have a shyness tendency. Roger is the perfect ambassador type, he seems to engage others with ease and then, gently brought me into the conversation, thus, enriching my experiences even more. It was always casual, comfortable, pleasurable. We had around 10 days in Bhutan, then 4 in India. When I left to return to the states, the sense of goodwill and good-feelings remained with me for several weeks. This was my first group experience and I have all the intentions of doing more, esp with Roger and Nancy...
"Another helpful element for me, I decided to go to Thailand early (approx 2 weeks early) to explore the area on my own...my first venture there. Roger assisted me in finding accommodation in Bangkok and also, in putting me in contact with a friend in northern Thailand. I ended up making a journey to Chaing Rai for about 5 days, and visiting the hill-tribe villages, some NGO's doing work in an area of interest (ending human trafficking) and touring to the borders of Burma. I would never ever have made such a venture without Roger's guidance and direct help in setting things up. It was one of those trips of a life-time.
"The kind of travel that we all did, in Bhutan and also India, to be transformative. And that is what I think many of us are seeking: quiet transformation like breathing in air. That is also what I see in the eyes of others I have met that have traveled with you and Nancy, I see it in their eyes. No one really speaks of it because it is so personally sacred, but it is there in the eyes for anyone who wants the signals. So yes, give my name to potential travelers…I would love to speak with them… and expect a bus load of takers!! K.H. Albuquerque (Bhutan & India, 2010)