During the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program, I was challenged to come up with unique travel programs for women. In checking the travel market, I found the tours catered to women included the usual sightseeing, standard meals, spas, shopping and wellness programs. I did not see much substance regarding women and their impact on society, today’s world and growth through changing times.
I felt there is need to design tours, by the women for the women, where we meet with women of visiting country, understand their journey through life, how they lost their identity and re-claimed it. What it means to be empowered and inspired by one another.
“What does it really mean to be a woman?” It is a question that has plagued me. As I began to design my special tours, I realized how resilient women are, our inner strength is amazing and our blind faith in knowing `it will all work out’ is phenomenal. Researching and developing the tours to Asia, Africa, South America changed me – made me stronger, respecting myself, realizing my inner strength and my soul growth has been amazing. I want to share my experiences growing up in India, going through the caste system, the untouchables, moving to America and owning operating a tour company. Growing up in a mixed family (my mother was Jewish married into a Hindu Brahman family), my world famous father and his achievements in swimming, winning the prestigious Bharat Ratna award (highest award given to a civilian by Indian government). I want to share my travel experiences and meetings with women, political leaders, teachers, spiritual leaders, housewives, social workers and even a vegetable seller. Women coming from various ethnic back grounds, social stigma, restrictions imposed by cultures, religions on them & more.
Come join me on this incredible travel experience for “women”, a journey of self discovery and empowerment meeting some of the most inspiring women of the world. Come take the challenge for a life changing experience!
Debika Sen (Ms.)
President, A Classic Tours Collection
More tours coming soon.