“We wanted to let you know we returned home from our adventure, and all we can say is thanks! Everything that was set up by you and your team went flawlessly. From rooms, to shuttles, to flights, everything went perfect.” ~ Rob & Michele
By Riley Bunch – featured in Syracuse Women’s Magazine December issue
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Many years ago, a life coach told me I had a Renaissance soul, so I decided to take my Renaissance soul to create Via Mondo Travel & Wellness. Via Mondo combines my wish to live a balanced, healthy life while feeding my adventurous spirit to explore the world. Via Mondo was previously known as Via Mondo Lifestyle Tours, which offered soft adventure tours to Italy and now Via Mondo is a full travel agency able to accommodate all your travel needs. I cater to a variety of guests. I work with corporations, wedding parties and couples, multi-generational families, weekend retreaters and those looking to travel solo. My specialty is tailor-designed packages to Italy and Australia, but I continue to offer guided tours to La Bella Italia. As a certified wellness specialist and yoga instructor, I broadened my reach to destination spas and luxury brands, which include destinations to the Americas, Europe and the Caribbean. Via Mondo is a boutique agency in the Syracuse area under Travel Leaders, a consortium with supplier and vendor connections from around the world. With 20 years of industry skills and know-how, two higher-educational degrees in International Studies and Italian Studies, then add in one of the largest and oldest consortium in the industry, it turns this boutique, local agency into a travel power house. This local Syracuse company has international reaches spanning continents. I am able to offer guests quality as well as memorable experiences. Call me today to discuss your next adventure.
INXS Mediate inspirational video. Here is my travel version to communicate who I am and what I’m all about. Play video!
Wander. Peruse. Return.
Via Mondo Travel & Wellness Vacations are designed to magnify a travelers’ experience. Over the years, I have sailed on cruise ships, taken bus tours, active adventure outings, volunteer trips and solo vacations. While every one of them were unique and different, I was looking for a deeper experience. Via Mondo sets out to deepen these experiences on each trip or custom vacation. I discovered through research, studies and my own travels, that vacationers were looking for personal, hands on experience, flexibility, and guidance like myself. The words, “wander, peruse, return” are the essence of these packages. Via Mondo would like guests to have the chance to wander an area on their own, peruse sites and material with scheduled visits and activities, and return with fond memories and cherished friendships.
While thinking about the concept, I wanted to create a name to have a significant meaning, which encompasses the entire idea of world travel. It so happens that Mondo means ‘world’ and ‘via’ means path or avenue in Italian. With these two words together, the name was perfect. Via Mondo takes you around the world along the path of discovery.
On our escorted trips, we use vans to transport you from city to city or town to town. When possible, we’ll arrange public transportation with the group to keep our carbon footprint to a minimum. A group of 13 guests is ideal and a perfect number to mingle and work with. We believe seven passenger vans give added comfort that outweighs their cost. There are no buses with us, unless we are taking public transportation.
To bring all these options to you on one escorted trip, we created these semi custom trips to make your vacation unforgettable. We’ve organized forms and details to get to know you and your interests. With our global connections, we can create a unique package to suit your travel needs.
We stay away from easy and popular venues; instead, we take you to places unknown, which require more planning. Easy to get to areas and popular venues are left up to you in your free time, although we’ll be happy to arrange the excursions for you. These escorted trips put you in the driver seat.
There is nothing in the travel industry that puts all these opportunities together. Via Mondo trips are not active adventure tours, bus tours, culinary tours, women only tours, singles tours, or any other type of tour familiar to travelers. They are all this and more. These trips enhance your connection with the place you visit. There is no other word to describe such a unique and personalized trip other than “Lifestyle.” We are focused on and dedicated to providing you with a unique experience. Traveling has never been this awesome. We plan to change your perception of escorted trips and help you come to love it, the Via Mondo way.
The Via Mondo Turtle
The turtle symbolizes longevity, prosperity and good fortune. The turtle churns up words like sure and steady, wisdom, guide, mentor, persistence and the continuation of life. As the saying goes, slow & steady wins the race one of Aesop’s moral fables, “The Tortoise and the Hare.”
The design of the turtle was a discussion I had over the phone with my brother, who had sketched the concept a few years back. I wanted to tie in the meaning of mondo with the meaning of turtle.