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Doughty Chooses Adventure Over Safe Harbor

SALEM, Ohio — “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor.”

Brian Doughty, the founder of Trips, a tour company well known by bank clubs, alumni associations and traveling chamber groups nationwide, designed his company’s service on that famous Mark Twain statement. 

That is fortunate for the thousands of groups that have experienced life on a Trips excursion, as Brian and his wife, Camilla, founded Trips to help groups discover travel experiences that were not available through packaged travel.

“I don’t want your travelers to have a good time traveling with us,” Doughty said. “I want them to have a great time.”

How does a company keep that mission alive? By constantly designing tour programs that are one of a kind, like Hidden New York City, where Trips travelers experience one-off visits that bring the Big Apple to life.

Though Trips offers a wide variety of domestic and North American destinations, it is well known as the personalized group expert in Africa, personalized to the point that many bank clubs in America have developed a relationship with Batsi from Rwanda, who has held the hands of Trips travelers for years.

When it comes to new travel ideas in Africa, Trips has designed a new Kenya Under Canvas itinerary that offers an optional trek to see gorillas in Rwanda — and yes, travelers meet Basti.

“We want to provide groups an experience, not just a tour,” said Trips’ Mikki Gordon.

You can learn more about Trips by calling 888-55-TRIPS or online at