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Peggy Goldman
Peggy Goldman is a specialty tour operator and travel expert, who owns and operates Friendly Planet Travel, a leading online travel company specializing in exceptional tour deals to exotic destinations at affordable prices. Goldman has spent her life traveling around the country and the world, and more than 30 of those years have been dedicated to arranging high-quality, affordable vacation packages. An industry expert who originally founded her business in 1981, Goldman feels strongly about supporting projects throughout Friendly Planet’s destinations abroad, and she is an active lender, together with a dedicated Friendly Planet team of 245 members, in KIVA, the international micro-lending organization. In addition to offering expert, high value-for-money travel arrangements for groups and individuals, Friendly Planet is among a select group of tour operators who have been granted a People to People license for Cuba. The company is IATAN and ARC accredited. Goldman is also a member of the American Society of Travel Agents, International Airlines Agent Network, International Air Travel Association, and Cruise Lines International Association.

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Entries by Peggy Goldman

Top 15 International Destinations for 2015

(11) Comments | Posted December 31, 2014 | 3:27 PM

Every New Year's resolution involves three key ingredients -- the commitment to better one's self, the passion to try something new, and the inevitable promise to venture beyond one's comfort zone -- and no one act accomplishes those goals more than international travel.

With 2015 on the horizon, it's...

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My Stance on Travel in the Time of Ebola? I'm Taking a Flight This Week

(1) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 10:30 AM

The real terror behind the Ebola scare has nothing to do with the virus, and everything to do with the risk that unchecked hysteria poses to the vitality of the travel industry, not only in our global economy, but also in the American psyche.

I have worked in the...

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Why Brazilians Want More From the World Cup

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 1:45 PM

Brazil is not ready for the World Cup, and after a $3.5 billion investment in stadiums and infrastructure, no one is more distraught than its own people. I recently returned from an eight-day trip to the South American country, where in the absence of sunshine, I basked in...

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Greek Revival: The Return of Tourism to Greece

(1) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 6:52 PM

It's hard to describe the heartache I felt a scant four years ago when visiting Athens' Plaka, the charming, ancient neighborhood that abuts the Parthenon and Acropolis. The cobble-stoned district, known for its lively street life, stood almost desolate compared to better times. Gone were all but a few of...

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Survey of Americans Shows How Travel Can Transform Worldviews for the Better

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 6:00 PM

A survey of 423 Americans who have traveled to Cuba as part of U.S.-licensed cultural exchange programs (known as people-to-people programs) shows that visiting the island nation dramatically transforms their opinions about Cuba, its people and U.S. policy toward that country. The survey was conducted by my company,...

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The Top 7 International Destinations You Need to Visit in 2014

(6) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 11:38 AM

Many travelers are taking a look at their 2014 calendars to determine what new places they want to visit in the coming year. Travelers today want to do, see, and interact more than ever before as international travel continues to grow, and we're looking to the future to...

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The Top Holiday Gift of 2013? You Might Be Surprised -- It's Water.

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 2:25 PM

Think about how many times you've used clean water today. Did you wake up and take a sip of water from the glass on your bedside table? Did you take a shower, brush your teeth, use the bathroom and wash your hands? Did you make a cup of coffee, rinse...

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2013: The Year of the Fearless International Traveler

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 5:13 PM

2013 was quite a year for growth in international travel. For instance, Americans explored Cuba in record numbers and interest in active and volunteer tourism has reached new heights, further indicating that many people are very excited to explore our fascinating world in traditional as well...

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Five Noteworthy Travel Trends of 2013

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 8:42 AM

2013 has been a great year for international travel, despite all the challenges around the world that might have caused travelers to stash away their passports and stick to familiar, home turf. While many people are choosing traditional vacations, more and more travelers are taking advantage of new ways to...

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10 Adventures You Can Only Experience in South Africa

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 11:40 AM

All of us who love to travel and believe in bucket lists probably have listed South Africa among the most desired of all destinations. In survey after survey, people who love exploring the world mention South Africa as a must-see place.

There are literally hundreds of unique and exciting things...

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The Faces of Cuba You Have to See

(2) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 8:11 AM

Among the greatest joys of visiting a new place is the opportunity to get to know the locals. And after 30-plus years of traveling the world, one constant that I've found everywhere is that despite how different we look, live, work and play, people are essentially the same everywhere.

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Traveling Amid Turbulent Times: 5 Important Tips to Help You Stay Safe

(2) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 1:03 AM

Most travelers arrange their trip months in advance, especially when the destination is exotic and far away. You do everything to arrange the trip -- getting visas, immunizations, travel-appropriate clothes, insurance, and whatever it takes to get ready for your long-anticipated journey. Naturally, you pay close attention to...

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What to know before you go to Cuba

(36) Comments | Posted May 2, 2013 | 6:00 AM

It wasn't until very recently that American travelers were allowed to visit Cuba legally. But since The U.S. Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) lifted some of the travel restrictions and granted People-to-People licenses to select tour operators in 2011, Americans have been traveling the short distance...

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Dispelling Four Misconceptions About Travel to Cuba

(6) Comments | Posted April 13, 2013 | 2:09 PM

You've probably heard the chatter that music superstars Beyoncé and Jay-Z recently celebrated their five-year wedding anniversary in Cuba. Their trip reignited questions about whether Americans can travel to Cuba legally. From what I've seen in the media, there are still many misconceptions about Americans traveling to Cuba....

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Exploring the True Value of a Souvenir

(4) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 4:30 PM

A few weeks ago, I got a call from one of our passengers. She had just returned from Turkey, where she purchased a carpet that she was in love with, but which cost her a pretty penny. She claimed that the carpet was gorgeous -- just what she had been...

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13 Travel Resolutions For 2013

(3) Comments | Posted December 27, 2012 | 6:00 AM

With more than 31 years of experience trekking around the globe, I consider myself an experienced traveler, but even veteran travelers fall prey to travel missteps abroad. This year, I resolve to be a better-rounded traveler and soak up every minute of time I spend in each new destination.


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The Big Upsell: How 'Deals' Trick Travelers Into Over-Paying

(1) Comments | Posted December 14, 2012 | 6:00 AM

After 30 plus years in the travel business, I'm still surprised each time I see an advertisement for a trip to an exotic destination at an impossible, dirt-cheap price point. Online marketing hyperbole aside, these ads tout "air-inclusive vacations" at Amtrak ticket prices for inclusive tours to amazing destinations.


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Visiting Every Country On Earth -- In Less Than 2 Hours (VIDEO)

(1) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 6:00 AM

I've dedicated the past 31 years of my life to creating travel programs that give people a taste of the beautiful diversity and magic that is found when we venture into the world. But nothing I've accomplished in my career matches the project of two ambitious and creative young men...

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Air Travel Then Vs. Air Travel Now

(28) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 6:00 AM

More than 84 million Americans are expected to travel over the holidays this year, and 42 percent plan to fly to their destination. As this is the busiest travel time of the year, I started thinking about how travel, particularly air travel, has drastically changed over the last several decades....

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Nuanced Diplomacy: One Result Of People-To-People Travel To Cuba

(9) Comments | Posted October 23, 2012 | 7:00 AM

Ever since Ellen Creager of the Detroit Free Press published her article last August asking whether legal travel to Cuba was in danger of ending, I've had many calls from journalists asking about my thoughts on the subject. Friendly Planet Travel, which I started more than 30 years...

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