Peggy Goldman is a travel expert, specialty tour operator, and co-owner of Friendly Planet Travel, located in Jenkintown, Pa. Goldman has spent most of her life traveling around the world. Thirty of those years have been dedicated to arranging Friendly Planet's travel deals. Originally founded in 1981 under the name of Great Touring Adventures Inc., Friendly Planet is a leading full-service company that specializes in upscale tour deals to exotic destinations at affordable rates. When packaging tours, Goldman considers every detail of travel, from hotel selection right down to planning events and attractions travelers don't want to miss. She also tries to always include opportunities for travelers to give back to people in need in the countries they visit through various initiatives, such as funding the digging of wells for rural families without clean water in Cambodia, and sponsoring a KIVA micro-lending team for Friendly Planet travelers and friends.
Friendly Planet offers international travel opportunities to Asia, Africa, Central America, South America, Europe, Middle East, the Mediterranean, South Pacific, as well as a growing list of cruises in South America, the Mediterranean and other regions. As the destinations have increased over the years, so has the number of travelers taking advantage of Friendly Planet's impressive array of well-priced trips. Goldman is particularly proud of the fact that the growth of Friendly Planet has come primarily from referrals. Those who travel on Friendly Planet tours typically refer friends and family members, who become new travelers, indicating exceptionally high travel satisfaction with the company.
Friendly Planet's travel deals have been covered in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, National Geographic Traveler, Frommers.com, Budget Travel and more. Goldman has been featured in various news outlets such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, SmartMoney, Los Angeles Times, and more.
In addition to packaging group tours to exotic destinations, Goldman authors Friendly Planet's blog. On it, she provides readers with the latest travel news, trends, advice, and Friendly Planet tour reviews. Goldman also produces podcasts with travel bloggers, product reviews, and much more.
Goldman is IATAN and ARC accredited, and is also a member of the American Society of Travel Agents, International Airlines Agent Network, International Air Travel Association, and Cruise Lines International Association. She resides in Elkins Park, Pa. with her husband and business partner, Ilan Fink. Friendly Planet Travel can be found online at www.FriendlyPlanet.com, and its blog is located at blog.FriendlyPlanet.com.