Our Story

Friendly Planet Travel We're a nationwide, wholesale tour operator and travel company offering high quality, full-service international travel arrangements to exotic destinations at affordable prices. In business since 1981, we specialize in upscale small group tours and independent packages, as well as custom tour packages for groups large and small.

We offer international travel opportunities to Asia, Africa, Central America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, the Mediterranean, and Cuba. As the destinations we offer have increased over the years, so has the number of travelers taking advantage of our impressive array of well-priced trips. We're proud that most of our travelers happily refer friends and family members, and the steady growth of our business has come primarily from referrals. In fact, many of our first clients are still with us today!

Our travel deals have been covered in the New York Times, ABC News, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, National Geographic Traveler, Frommers.com, Budget Travel, TravelZoo and more.

Originally founded in 1981 under the name of Great Touring Adventures Inc. with a staff of three, Friendly Planet has grown into a leading Internet travel company with a staff of dozens of dedicated travel professionals. We're based in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia, but our customers come from all over the U.S., Canada, and beyond.

Our company is owned and managed by Peggy Goldman and her husband, Ilan Fink. With decades of experience in the travel industry, Peggy and Ilan are able to provide their clientele with a very high degree of expertise and personal service.

We're proud of our talented and professional staff, with well over a century of combined experience in the travel industry. The experience and commitment that this group of people exhibits daily enables us to sell our product with confidence and provide you with the personal service you have come to expect from us.

We are members of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) and International Airlines Travel Agent Network (IATAN). We are bonded, licensed and carry all the appropriate insurance necessary to protect both our clients and ourselves, and we are proud of our excellent Dunn & Bradstreet and Better Business Bureau ratings.

Friendly Planet Travel Staff