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Time for a Sabbatical

Deanna Keahey  ·  Jul 8, 2010  ·  10 Comments

It's been 7 years now of running Adventurous Wench tours, and what a time it's been!  During those years, we've been honored to take hundreds and hundreds of women on tours to cool places.  I've made friends from all over, and shared wonderful experiences...

A facebook  friend just reminded me of her birthday in the Greek Islands, when the waiter at this little restaurant ran home to get her some cake from his house.  And who could forget Margarita calling the quetzals in Costa Rica, or our opera-singer driver Massimo in Italy, or getting filmed for HBO in Times Square?  And of course, so many more... so many fun times, with so many wonderful women!

But anyone who grew up in an academic family like I did, knows that 7 years is time for a sabbatical.  It's time to get away from the normal, and do something different to renew and rejuvenate.

For me, that means it's time to shake things up!  I've had a long list of projects I want to pursue, and there's simply been no time to do them.  So it's time for a sabbatical.
We won't be running any group tours during 2011.


We may not always like it, but we need change


arrowAre you closing the company?
No way!  In fact, I'm using this time to grow the company in new ways.  The mission of Adventurous Wench has always been about "inspiring and facilitating adventurous travel experiences". There's a lot more that falls into that category besides running tours.  And you don't think I'd give up all those fun times with new friends in cool places, do you?  smiley

arrowWhy are you stopping the tours?
We're taking a sabbatical from tours during 2011 in order to make some big changes.  This means pursuing new business opportunities, as well as shaking things up with our trip line-up before we bring it back.  If I could do it all at the same time, I would, but based on the past few years, I know that's not working - trip operations take so much time and attention, that other projects get left behind.

arrowBut I was hoping to go on the _____ trip next year!
I'm sorry!  I know we have people who want to take trips with us in 2011, and that made this decision even more difficult. But I'm afraid we won't be running any trips at all during 2011.

arrowWhen will you be doing trips again?
After we finish our remaining 2010 trips, I expect the next trips we do will be sometime in 2012.

arrowWill you be doing the ____ trip again in 2012 then?
One of the things I want to do is make some significant changes to our trip offerings.  When we resume running trips, I want those tours to be better than ever, with exciting new additions. While we'll still occasionally run a couple of our current favorites, the majority of our line-up will be new and different choices.

arrowSo will you ever run the _______ trip again?
If it's one of our most popular trips, there's a chance we'll do it again at some point.  However, the repeats of trips we've been doing the past few years will be dropping significantly. This means some may happen every few years, others won't be repeated at all.
Note: San Juan Islands, Santa Fe, Napa Valley, and Sedona are still available for 2010. After that I can't say for sure if or when they'll be back.  If you want information on any of these, click here...

arrowWhat about my discount certificate?
Repeat travelers may have earned a certificate for a discount on a future trip.  Wait - don't toss this in the shredder just yet!  You may find a future trip you can still use it on.  Due to the sabbatical break, we will waive any expiration date on certificates issued so far, so you can still use it for years to come.

arrowWhat are the new trips you're planning?
Part of what I'll be doing on sabbatical is research on this, seeking out more of the coolest destinations and activities.  We'll also be surveying all of you via our facebook page, and getting ideas and feedback from the Adventurous Wench Inner Circle folks, too.

arrowWhat's going to happen to your website, newsletter, blog, facebook page?
We'll still be active on all of these, and encourage you to keep your subscription.  These will be key ways we communicate with you, both to get feedback on new concepts we're developing, and to notify you of new products when available. And of course, there's always something useful, something funny, and something good in every newsletter!

arrowWhy is the _______ trip still on your website?
This change in direction means there's a lot of work to do on the website as a result. It's just going to take some time to wade through all the necessary changes.

arrowDo you want to sell your website?
Definitely not! I've gotten a flurry of requests for this recently, and it's not for sale.

arrowIs this all because of the recession?
Not entirely, though it is a factor.  If business was still booming like a few years ago, then perhaps we'd be in a position to expand staff, so that we had the resources to continue existing operations and expand in new directions at the same time. That's really not a great approach at the moment, given the uncertain state of the economy.

Do you have other questions we haven't covered here? If so, just e-mail me ( and I'll let you know. I'll also update this post with any common questions to share those answers with everyone.

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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Kim // Jul 8, 2010 at 11:07 am

    I can't wait to see what comes next for you! I am excited to see the new trips and join you for some exciting adventures!!

  • 2 Haydee Lind // Jul 9, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Keep up posted I'm happy for you and excited for all of us 'your readers' I will be looking forwards to new adventures you'll be planning for 2012
    Thank you!

  • 3 Dee // Jul 9, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    I knew I shouldn't have procrastinated on the Costa Rica trip! I hope it's one you'll continue. I DO intend to go there eventually!

  • 4 Deanna Keahey // Jul 10, 2010 at 12:24 am

    Kim and Haydee - Thanks for the good words! I will definitely keep you posted on new things coming... (-:

    Dee - I have a feeling we'll be back in Costa Rica sometime, since it's such a popular trip. Everybody always loves that one, and I bet you will, too!

  • 5 Mary Beth // Jul 12, 2010 at 8:24 am

    Deanna...Good for you! I'm happy for you that you will get some time to take a breath and start planning new, exciting trips - I know you love that! Glad you will stay in touch - ENJOY, and I'll look forward to seeing the results of your sabbatical!

  • 6 Deanna Keahey // Jul 16, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Mary Beth - Thanks! I'll certainly keep you posted. And you're right - I do love planning new adventures. :-)

  • 7 Travelling // Aug 14, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    WOW, it is a great disapointment for me to learn that no tours furing 2011.I was planning on booking for one of your destinations, since it looks that I will be able to save the money and go for it next year!I understand that you will stst again 2012...did you allready choose the destinations ?

  • 8 Deanna Keahey // Aug 24, 2010 at 12:20 am

    Travelling - Sorry to disappoint you! We'll be deciding and announcing our 2012 trips during 2011. If you're on our newsletter list, you'll be one of the first to know!

  • 9 Pamela Oram // Sep 14, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Deanna. I am very fortunate to have taken three of your trips and am still in touch with some of the AW’s I traveled with. Thank you.

    I know whatever you decide to do next for your AW’s it will be interesting, in good taste and will provide the opportunity for us to relax and be mentally and physically stretched. I am so pleased that I met you, enjoy your well deserved time off and I look forward to receiving the 2012 menu of travel adventures.

  • 10 Deanna Keahey // Sep 17, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Pamela - I enjoyed traveling with you on our trips, too!

    Thanks so much for all the good words. It really means a lot! (-:

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