INCLINE VILLAGE, Nevada – Myths and Mountains, a Nevada based tour operator specializing in authentic, cultural travel to South America and Asia, has been awarded Travel + Leisure’s Global Vision Award for “making a difference in the traveler’s world” with their literacy initiative READ Global.
Condé Nast Traveler’s Top Travel Specialist for Nepal and president of Myths and Mountains Dr. Antonia Neubauer had been leading tours in Nepal for 12 years when she realized these impoverished countries needed a sustainable way to build human capital and their local economy. READ builds libraries/community centers in rural communities, in tandem with local for-profit business ventures that sustain them. To date, nearly 50 libraries have been built in Nepal, Bhutan and India. They have had a 100% success rate for maintaining sustainable business.
Myths and Mountains gives travelers the unique opportunity to visit these Asian countries with Dr. Neubauer, learning about the process of building sustainability in remote communities. When adventurers travel with Neubauer, they get access to countries like no other visitor. Guests get to know the locals, partake in community festivals and learn the lay of the land on treks. This kind of cultural immersion is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Travelers can explore READ projects in Nepal on Myths and Mountain’s trip READ Nepal: Mountains, Monkeys and Books on Oct. 23 – Nov. 2, 2011 or can head to Bhutan for READ Bhutan: Mongar and Trashigang Tsechus on Nov. 4 – 15, 2011.
Myths and Mountains was chosen by Travel + Leisure’s esteemed panel of seven judges:
2010 Global Vision Awards Judges
Bonnie Burham, president of the World Monuments Fund
Liya Kebede, model, designer, goodwill ambassador for the World Health Organization, and founder of the Liya Kebede Foundation
Jake Kheel, environmental director for Grupo Puntacana and director of the Puntacana Ecological Foundation
Blake Mycoskie, founder of Toms Shoes and the company’s One for One movement
Louie Psihoyos, Oscar-winning documentarian (The Cove), photographer, and executive director of the Oceanic Preservation Society
Dr. Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize-winning economist and chair of Columbia University’s Committee on Global Thought
Tony Williams, senior vice president of resorts and projects at Emirates Hotels & Resorts
Readers can view a detailed report of the award on www.travelandleisure.com or pick up the November issue from newsstands on Oct. 22.