Zodiac Cruising in Antarctica

Jan Wheatley

Travel Director

Jan Wheatley

Jan was born in Logan, Utah, and grew up in Newport Beach, California, where he studied political science and design. His travel career began in 1977, escorting groups for the National Retired Teachers Association of America. His career advanced as he became associated with People to People, leading political delegations around the world. Working with Travcoa and Zegrahm has been the highlight of his travel career, helping curious travelers discover such exotic locales as Papua New Guinea, Ethiopia, and China. His enthusiasm for travel is contagious, spending over half his life tour directing and in the process, visiting over 160 countries. Jan lives on the beautiful island of Kauai, Hawaii, as well as Thailand, "the land of smiles," on the Gulf of Siam. In his free time he enjoys his exotic garden and traveling to new parts of the world, as well as returning to favorite destinations with family and friends.

Jan's Upcoming Expeditions

  • Dunes

    Amazing Namibia by Private Plane

    September 22October 8, 2019

    Discover remarkable and diverse desert scenery, unique desert-adapted wildlife, and meet with the nomadic Himba people on this comprehensive tour. You'll revel in the scenic splendor of Namibia as you travel with ease aboard a small private plane and enjoy stays in some of the country's most luxurious camps and lodges. 

  • Timket

    Ethiopia with the Timket Festival

    January 12January 23, 2020

    Ethiopia is known for its legendary historical sites, including some of the earliest churches known to Christendom in Lalibela and the royal castles of Gondar. Participate in the Timket Festival and witness exuberant songs, spontaneous dances, and colorful processions. You'll also search for wildlife in Simien Mountains National Park, home to the engaging gelada baboons.