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

  • Timket

    Ethiopia with the Timket Festival

    January 11January 22, 2021

    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 FestivalĀ 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.

  • Mongolia

    Mongolia with the Naadam Festival

    July 1July 12, 2021

    Experience the annual Naadam Festival, held both in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar, and out in the countryside. Observe the traditional Mongolian sports of wrestling, horse racing, and archery and learn about daily life of nomadic herding families.