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Go on an International Trip and See the World with TFAS


Two people sit inside a rickshaw smiling for the camera.
Fred and Barbara Barnes ride inside a rickshaw in China during their TFAS trip in 2015.

For the past 15 years, TFAS leadership, supporters and friends have set out on voyages to explore different parts of the world from the Czech Republic to Greece to Chile and France. Traveling with TFAS means luxury accommodations, a built-in community of travelers with similar interests and unique experiences that make for a once-in-a-lifetime trip.

In 2019, TFAS will take a group of supporters and friends to explore England and Morocco and learn about war leader and peacetime politician Sir Winston Churchill.

Read below to learn what sets TFAS trips apart and view our trips timeline. Then, reserve your spot today to walk in the footsteps of Churchill during our 2019 trip this September.

Take an International Trip in Style

See the sites, taste the local cuisine and stay in quality accommodations all with TFAS friends! Past TFAS travelers have walked the Great Wall and traveled on a cruise ship around the Baltic Sea.

TFAS Director of Special Events Jane Mack said every detail of planning a trip hosted by TFAS is important, even down to the daily meals.

People gather around a table to eat during an international trip.
Mary Kay and Roger Ream, Maryann Mihalopoulos, Janet McClain, Giovanna Cugnasca, Julieta and Steve Slattery eat lunch at a Chilean restaurant during their 2018 trip.

“When planning for these trips, special detail is placed on accommodations and dining. We want our friends and supporters to not only learn more about the region they’re traveling to, but to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience they can remember for years to come,” Mack said. “We want TFAS travelers to experience the best these regions have to offer, while also being fully immersed in the culture of the area.”

Five-star, deluxe accommodations and most meals are planned in the inclusive travel package, so there isn’t a need to stress over the small details before your trip, Mack said. This year, travelers to England and Morocco are staying in the famous Royal Horseguards Hotel in London, England, and the luxurious Sofitel Tour Blanche Hotel in Casablanca, Morocco.

Bond with the TFAS Community

Traveling is always better with a friend, and TFAS trips are filled with participants who are interested in similar topics and values.

Giovanna Cugnasca, Kathleen and Frank Lauinger enjoy local entertainment during a private lunch with a Chilean chef.

Giovanna Cugnasca, a participant of last year’s trip to South America, said TFAS trip are all about exploring and learning about a different culture with like-minded individuals, while “clearing your mind and filling your heart.”

Cugnasca said connecting with fellow TFAS supporters was a highlight of her trip.

“Normally, I don’t travel with groups, but when TFAS announced a trip itinerary filled with amazing places and accommodations I couldn’t resist,” Cugnasca said. “Chile was a memorable experience with a great group of travelers, who I shared so many laughs and good times with. Traveling alone with mostly couples I felt welcome from the first moment. You can count me in for the next trip. I don’t want to miss it.”

Have One-of-a-Kind Experiences

Staff and leadership work hard to make sure TFAS international trips are unique and filled with opportunities to learn more about whatever region they are in.

From meetings with political leaders and prominent business owners in the countries visited, Mack said she works to make sure that travelers are connected with TFAS supporters, alumni and friends throughout their journey.

TFAS Trustee Derek McClain, who has traveled with TFAS on several international trips, said he and his wife enjoyed the interactions with TFAS alumni especially.

Traveling on TFAS-sponsored trips combine a carefully-selected itinerary with unique opportunities to visit with young adults in many of the places we visit. One gets exposure to the glitz and glamour of the tourists’ side as well as the thoughtful and realistic observations of the local residents. That is a great combination and a rare achievement.”

– Derek McClain, TFAS Trustee

Trip participants and TFAS students wave to the camera for a group photo during a lunch reception for TFAS’s Chile Program.

In every TFAS trip, travelers have the opportunity to meet and talk to TFAS alumni living in the country they are visiting. TFAS Trustee Frank Lauinger said the TFAS events and alumni meetings made for memorable moments during his trip to China.

“Having traveled with TFAS before, we found our days filled with a very interesting mix of events led by the tour company as well as special, very personal events led by the TFAS staff on board,” Lauinger said. “With a number of graduates of the TFAS Hong Kong program sprinkled throughout Asia, we got an extraordinary exposure to local impressions and information.”

Journey to England and Morocco with TFAS

Interested in the traveling with TFAS this year? In 2019, TFAS is headed to England and Morocco. Travelers will explore the history of Churchill’s service to freedom in the United Kingdom and abroad, and then journey to Morocco to see the country that stole Churchill’s heart.

Participants can expect to tour Churchill’s Cabinet War Room, his country house in Chartwell and the school he went to as a child. Then, travel to Morocco and experience the sights, sounds and tastes that inspired his artistic side in his later years.

Travelers will meet TFAS alumni in London, England, and renowned Churchill expert Dr. James Muller will be accompanying travelers on their journey through Churchill’s life. Muller will provide insight into the places and experiences that shaped Churchill into one of the world’s most influential leaders.

A By-Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge, Muller is editor of “Churchill as Peacemaker,” “Churchill’s ‘Iron Curtain’ Speech Fifty Years Later” and the current editions of two interwar books of essays by Churchill – “Thoughts and Adventures” and “Great Contemporaries.”

To learn more about traveling to England and Morocco with TFAS and save your spot, visit TFAS.org/Churchill. For any other questions, please reach out to TFAS Special Events Director Jane Mack at 202-986-0384 or jmack@TFAS.org.



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