Saratoga Two friends named Mary shared a love of travel and education, so in 1999, they created Edventures, a travel company in Saratoga Springs.
“It’s really very special. Every tour is different. No tour is ever the same,” said Mary Rachun, founder.
Rachun refers to Edventures as a “boutique tour company” for the destinations it travels to and the overall experience it strives for.
“It’s very unique travel, often with a certain topic or affinity people are interested in and we work with experts in those fields,” said Rachun. “We look for interesting destinations a little off the radar, a little different, where people won’t just go by themselves.”
The tour groups are also significantly smaller than what other tour companies provide, usually around a dozen. Rachun said the smaller atmosphere makes for a more intimate and enriching travel experience.
“I think the quality of the experience suffers so we specialize in small group travel,” she said.
Edventures also gives back to the community with each trip. Since its inception, the company has worked with Saratoga Arts to promote the trips and, in turn, contributes back. After the donation from the Scotland trip Rachun was leaving for on Tuesday, Sept. 27, Edventures’ contribution to the arts organization was getting close to $65,000.
“It’s really helped them. We do all the work except they help us by promoting the trips to the members,” said Rachun. “I think that’s what distinguishes our company from the big players in the industry.”
Joel Reed, executive director of Saratoga Arts, said Edventures’ contributions have allowed the organization to extend its outreach, membership base and programs.
“We’re fortunate and grateful to be able to work with them,” said Reed.
The next Edventures trip is a quick overnight run to Philadelphia, a tradition, in March.
“We usually fill the bus,” said Rachun.