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Gay Travel at Zoom Vacations is better than ever, with exciting trips to Argentina, Peru, Rio, South Africa, Costa Rica, and more in the months ahead! Or, if you are planning a vacation for a special event, such as a 40th birthday or anniversary, contact Zoom Vacations today, and we will work with you to create a celebration you will never forget! Zoom Vacations offers customized group and individual packages to gay and lesbian travelers, and their families and friends, to safe, interesting and "hot" destinations around the world that offer a great value for the money. We research every aspect of our vacation packages to insure that every hotel, meal, excursion, and tour provided is not only the best value, but gay friendly as well.
Zoom has formed special relationships with overseas partners who appreciate and understand the needs of our travelers. The following is a list of the specific services we offer: ORGANIZED GROUP TRAVEL Zoom Vacations offers regularly scheduled, customized group departures to many destinations around the globe. Most group departures have a dedicated Zoom Concierge to see to the needs of all travelers, and are customized with the Zoom Traveler(TM) in mind. INDEPENDENT TRAVEL Travelers who do not wish to travel as part of a group may choose from an existing Zoom Vacation in which the travel dates are flexible, such as Zoom Thailand, Zoom Costa Rica, Zoom Peru, Zoom South Africa, and Zoom Brazil which offer daily departures. CUSTOMIZED INDEPENDENT TRAVEL Zoom will organize value-engineered packages specially catered to your needs, for as many people as indicated. We will work with your budget and requests to provide the best vacation possible. Packages may be land-only or air-inclusive, depending on your needs. INCENTIVE AND AFFINITY GROUP TRAVEL Has it recently fallen on your shoulders to plan a travel outing for your business or association? No worries; Zoom Vacations is here to help. Zoom will organize a value-engineered package.
Co-Founder and Chief Travel Officer. Joel graduated from law school in Chicago and practiced law for over 10 years before starting Zoom Vacations®. He has been passionate about travel since he was a small boy and remembers going to New York City with his mother when he was eight years old, watching his native Puerto Rico shrink in the distance. Since then, Joel's travel log includes adventure trekking to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, and exotic trips to the ancient temples of Angkor Wat, Egypt, Guatemala, Mexico, and Tunisia. Joel appreciates the education he receives while traveling, as well as the opportunity to visit and experience the things he enjoys in his every day life back in the States: authentic Thai food, orchids growing naturally in the jungle, French vineyards, or historic castles and architectural masterpieces. He is also somewhat of an airline and flight guru and spends almost as much time in the air as he does on ground, scouting the best destinations and venues for gay travelers.
Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer. Bryan has been a high school English teacher, personal trainer, model, freelance writer, and a hotel marketing and events sales manager. He grew up in the Willamette Valley in Oregon, known today as Oregon's premier wine country, and his childhood was filled with outdoor adventures. His roots in the outdoors, coupled with his inquisitive teacher's mind and his appreciation for health and fitness (as well as for fabulous hotels and resorts) have led him to adventures in every continent but Antarctica. He has toured the ancient catacombs of Rome, swam with horses where Australia's rainforest meets the reef, haggled with Hong Kong merchants, danced the Samba in Brazil, and has even studied ecology and group dynamics in a Scottish commune. In addition to his duties at Zoom Vacations®, Bryan also served on the Board of the Directors of the IGLTA (International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association) for four years, and as Board Chair for two. He was one of nine travel experts featured on the Travel Chanel's hit show, "Vacation Challenge" and was the South America Gay Travel Expert for four episodes on Logo’s Gay Travel show, Bump. In addition, Bryan has hosted gay travel shorts for Comcast, and he is the gay travel expert for several gay online and print publications.
Travel Coordinator. Born and raised in France, Marie-Noelle has had the opportunity to travel to all points of the world, and she speaks fluent English, French, and Spanish. While most of her travel has been to Western Europe, Scandinavia, Central America and Australia figure amongst her favorite destinations. Zoom Vacations travelers tend to see Marie-Noelle as part confidant, part mother hen, because her kind, loving spirit simply draws people to her. Marie-Noelle employs her conscientious caretaker skills to look after her fellow Team Zoom members and Zoom Travelers, alike. She is simply irreplaceable.
In addition, Zoom Vacations employs the best destination guides as well as Zoom Concierges and support staff to keep things running smoothly and to ensure the highest level of customer service and overall Zoom experience.