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Jan Wheatley

Jan was born in Logan, Utah, and grew up in Newport Beach (Orange County), California, where he studied political science and design. His travel career began in 1977, escorting groups for the National Retired Teachers Association of America.

Jan's career advanced as he became associated with People to People leading political delegations around the world. Expanding his travel options in 1982, Jan moved and opened up a clothing design studio in Bali, Indonesia. Working with Travcoa has been the highlight of his travel career very much enjoying his several repeat clients and the many new interesting personalities he has a chance to assist and travel with on every journey.

His enthusiasm for travel is contagious, spending over half his life tour directing and sharing the world with avid travelers. Jan is currently living on the beautiful island of Kauai, Hawaii and exotic Thailand, "the land of smiles," on the Gulf of Siam. In his free time he enjoys his exotic garden and traveling to new parts of the world as well as his favorite destinations with his family and friends.

In his own words…

"Travel is my passion, as many of you know, after 40 years I’ve filled more than 28 passports and traipsed to over 160 countries across the globe. My Chinese visa was one of the first issued to tourists back in 1977, I was in Libya when the war broke out to end the Gaddafi regime and returned safely home from Kiev in 1986 during the Chernobyl disaster. I am proud to have many wonderful friends all of the world including primitive tribes men in Papua New Guinea, the Massai Mara, Serengeti in Africa and the Omo Valley in Ethiopia. But after all I’ve seen and all the places I’ve visited, I have found a home-away-from home in beautiful exotic Thailand.

"Asia, Africa and the Middle East are amongst my favorite destinations, however I still jump at the opportunity to travel almost anywhere. I have been truly blessed with the unique, and wonderful opportunity of making friends world wide and sharing the most exciting and remote destinations on earth with Travcoa clients. The single most rewarding aspect of being a Travel Director is knowing that you have helped people realize their lifetime travel dreams, and that you have played a major role in their adventure.

"Thank you my traveling friends for adding so much to my life, as the year go by I often glance back on my career with delightful pleasure and rewarding satisfaction, thanking my good luck for such amazing opportunities that have filled my life!  I look forward to seeing you on an exciting TRAVCOA journey in the very near future."

Scheduled Departures

Papua New Guinea

Resplendent Russia

Intriguing Indochina (13-Day)

Intriguing Indochina (20-Day)

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