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My wife and I have recently returned from travelling which incorporated in late April the Beijing to Lhasa journey organised by World expeditions.
For the Beijing to Xian sector we were guided by Qui Ming who we called Milly.
I would like to record what a pleasure it was to have Milly as our guide.
We have travelled extensively in the past and had many guides. Milly stands out as the one we will remember for the exceptional way she looked after our group.
Milly's knowledge, and her ability to explain things, could not have been better. In fact she had so much she could tell us that there was never a moment when she wasn't being asked a question.
She chose where we dined, and ordered for us, after ascertaining what people liked or disliked and we were never disappointed. The restaurants were usually local, not tourist only places, and we appreciated that.
When we had time to ourselves she enquired if there were things we specially wanted to do and made sure we knew how to get there and back and what to expect. On one occasion when all in the group wanted to visit a Houtong she arranged it and came with us in what should have been her time away from us.
We were a group ranging in age from about 40 to 70. She appreciated that, at times, some were getting physically tired and she would vary what we doing to accommodate that.
Above all I will remember with pleasure her sense of humour, her always cheerful demeanour and the extra things she did for us beyond what is not normally expected.
Milly is an exceptional guide and I would recommend her to anyone going to China.
Responsible Travel Endorsements
Over 40 years in adventure travel we have been fortunate to work with a number of like-minded organisations that share our passion for sustainable travel. Here's what a few of these reputable global leaders have to say about us.
"Right from the early days World Expeditions has been a strong supporter of The Fred Hollows Foundation. World Expedition’s staff and clients have shown real enthusiasm and a willingness to help us achieve our vision of a world where no one is needlessly blind and a land where Indigenous people share the same health outcomes as all Australians" says Gabi Hollows
The Himalayan Trust
"2003 was a tremendously exciting year for me with the 50-year anniversary of my 1953 summit of Mount Everest with Tenzing Norgay. The 29th May heralded celebrations all over the world, including the banquet tent at Thyangboche where 150 enlivened World Expeditions trekkers gathered for one of Nepal’s largest mountain dinner parties. The event helped to raise a substantial donation for the Himalayan Trust – funds that are so vital in continuing the work that the trust invests in schools and medical facilities for the Sherpa people of the Everest region. I am so grateful to World Expeditions and its participants, for the continued efforts, contributions and support of the Trust over the years"
Sir Edmund Hillary
“World Expeditions commitment to responsible trekking practices, their leader training and enviable track record as a founding member of the IPPG are among the reasons why it is the Australian Himalayan Foundation's preferred partner for operating its support treks in the Himalaya.”
“The Himalayan Trust UK is proud to be associated with World Expeditions and gratefully benefits from their support and fund raising efforts, which continue to put something back into the needy communities visited. Thanks for all your support and long may in continue" says Tony Astill
International Porter Protection Group (IPPG)
"IPPG would like to congratulate World Expeditions on its ongoing support and efforts to make the conditions of their porters safer and easier. Your initiative in flying large quantities of clothing to Nepal for the porter clothing banks of Lukla and Kathmandu and sponsoring fund raising talks is greatly appreciated. By providing tents, cooked food and warm drinks in addition to full outdoor clothing and boots when porters are above the tree line. World Expeditions has significantly raised the standard on porter care by large companies and is setting important industry standards. Keep up the good work" says Prakash Adhikari
WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) Australia
"World Expeditions were the winners of the "Environmental Achievement Award 2001" for their outstanding publication of 'The Responsible Travel Guidebook', highlighting ways to minimise the impact of your travel, and encouraging every participant to only take photos' and leave only Footprints. WWF decided to be involved in the award to encourage tourism strategies and practices that have a positive effect on the environment. This award to World Expeditions not only acknowledges and rewards progress towards better environmental management, but also identifies the practices that can be promoted and adopted by others, internationally as well as in Australia. Congratulations World Expeditions for helping us to make and sustain a better environment for all of us to enjoy!"
World Expeditions Group and Climate Friendly help travellers around the world reducing their environmental footprint.
“World Expeditions encourages responsible travel through offsetting the emissions from air travel. Carbon offset projects reduce global carbon dioxide emissions and help local communities at the travel destinations. In Cambodia, World Expeditions support a project that provides more efficient cookstoves to families in rural areas. In addition to the environmental benefits, these cookstoves reduce indoor air pollution from cooking over an open fire and less firewood is needed. This gives families more time to generate income and children can attends school more regularly” says Freddy Sharpe, CEO
International Institute of Peace through Tourism (IIPT)
"World Expeditions has been a role model and have set new benchmarks in responsible and sustainable tourism. They have shown great leadership in their operations and implementation of their products and services and have demonstrated that the aims and objectives of IIPT can be achieved through practical application. They have worked tirelessly to have community involvement and partnered with local and indigenous groups to help showcase the culture, heritage and environment to the discerning and responsible traveller. These joint initiatives provide an opportunity for communities to have independence and self-determination and also helps protect and sustain the environment for all. We wish and support World Expedition on their continued involvement and commitment to sustainable and responsible tourism and to lead the industry in world’s best practice." says Gail Parsonage, President IIPT Australia
"10 Pieces is proud to have World Expeditions as its Founding Partner due to their ongoing commitment to minimise their environmental impact and their complete dedication to responsible and sustainable travel. Believing in the collective power of individuals and the potential of a grassroots organisation, Donna Lawrence, Responsible Travel Manager at World Expeditions, was the driving force behind integrating 10 Pieces into their trips and providing continuous program improvements. 10 Pieces would like to thank World Expeditions for providing us with strong local and international support so together we can create a cleaner world" says Lisa Vitaris, Founder and Director
Our Planet Travel
“Our Planet Travel applauds World Expeditions dedication to protecting our environment through promoting responsible travel. As a world leader in responsible travel, World Expeditions are an inspiration. Our Planet Travel is proud to be a media partner and supporter of the company’s Community Project Travel projects, and the initiatives of the World Expeditions Foundation – an excellent role model for all businesses in the tourism industry. Working together with World Expeditions to promote responsible and sustainable travel gives us great pleasure. Well done guys, and keep up the great work. We love working with you!” says Melanie Grevis-James
World Vision Australia
"As an international development agency working within communities around the globe serving the most vulnerable, it is incredibly inspiring to align with an organisation like World Expeditions who has a strong commitment to responsible travel and child safe tourism. With a high ethical footprint and a genuine desire to encourage their customers to be mindful of the impact they can have while travelling, their dedication is testament to their organisational philosophy" says Shona Langridge, Corporate Partnership Manager
"Paddy Pallin has worked closely with World Expeditions for many years. One reason that we have partnered with this business is the consistently high ethics and respect that WE have always paid to the environment and people of every country that they operate in. World Expeditions, also works to improve the knowledge and understanding of all the clients that travel with them. Many trips can include an element of giving back to the country that you are visiting, in my case a day spent fixing and painting a school house in Nepal. This was a small effort on our part, however greatly appreciated and a great way of stepping beyond just being a tourist, into becoming friends with the people and being a part of the community" says Tim Pallin.
Variety - The Children’s Charity NZ
"Variety - The Children's Charity has partnered with World Expeditions since 2011. The partnership has resulted in three adventure trips to Vietnam and China engaging more than 45 travellers with a charitable spirit. A fourth trip to Cambodia will take place in July 2015. As a direct result of these trips more than $50,000 has been raised to help disadvantaged Kiwi kids. World Expeditions is passionate about the cause and committed to ensuring the adventure charity trips are a success. Their team are always very responsive and work closely with Variety to ensure all opportunities are leveraged. They are professional, great to work with and are a highly valued partner for Variety – The Children’s Charity" says Lorraine Taylor, CEO