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Kathy Dragon | Traveler

Kathy Dragon, Founder and Owner of The Dragon’s Path
has over 20 years experience in adventure and educational travel in
every aspect of the market including guide, general manager, owner and
consultant. She brings a unique perspective to the past and future of
active travel. Kathy has grown her organization to offer a handful of
more physically challenging and culturally enriching “Women’s Only”
departures including The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu combined with an
organic retreat center, a women’s hike in the Julian Alps of Slovenia,
and women’s cultural walking programs in Nepal, Bhutan and India. As a
passionate entrepreneur, Kathy has been instrumental in the development
of both large adventure travel companies as well as an E-Commerce
company. She has been a frequent speaker at Marketing to Women, Boomer Market Summit, and The Adventure Travel World Summit and Good and Green Marketing Summit as well consulted for a number of companies on how to reach and market to boomers from her home in Boulder, Colorado.

As Visionary of ActiveWomen.com
Kathy strives to connect women with her extensive network of friends,
guides, tour operators, boutique properties, outdoor retailers and
travelers around the world. She hopes to assist other small active
travel businesses in marketing themselves as well as understanding the
importance of women as decision makers in travel.

Kathy’s newest venture is TravelDragon,
a resource of 1000’s of experiential tours offered by the top tour
providers in the world. You’ll find a community of like minded
travelers and the ability to research, compare, share and review trips
and providers. When not traveling or in front of her MacBook, you’ll
find Kathy on the trail, any trail (running, biking, hiking, skiing)
with her energetic dog Mila from her home in Boulder CO.

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Featured Tour Operator: Myths and Mountains

India Social Development

READ: Rural Education and Development Launched in 1991 in a remote Himalayan village by Dr. Antonia Neubauer,
founder of Myths and Mountains adventure travel company. Headquartered in Incline Village, Nevada on the North Shore of Lake

Toni, traveler, humanitarian, and teacher, is the guiding spirit behind
Myths and Mountains, and founder of READ Global, a nonprofit global
organization dedicated to empowering communities by increasing literacy
and access to education through the creation, advancement and
leveraging of a replicable library-based model for sustainable economic
development. This year, READ Nepal was selected as recipient of the
2006 Access to Learning Award from the Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation. Toni received the Walk the Talk Global Citizen Award.

For more than 20 years, Toni has traveled within Asia and
Southeast Asia, getting to know the people and their way of life. These
intimate experiences are the heart and soul of every Myths and
Mountains trip, and this is what makes each journey so unique. Toni
speaks five languages, holds a Doctorate in Educational Administration
as well as a Masters in French Literature, and has visited 57 countries
around the world.

READ partners with rural villagers to build self-supporting library community centers

that become the nexus of regional activity and development.

More about READ Social Development Project in India…


Caste, unemployment, poverty, lack of access to technology, poor
schools and under motivated teachers are factors hampering rural
development in India. Villages need to be viable places to live to stem
the out migration to the cities.

Library community centers with technological capacity and Internet
capabilities will link rural areas to the outside world. Community
based organizations, connecting villagers to groups providing training
in various skills, and promoting education for women and girls are keys
to rural development and empowerment.

Utilizing a library community center as the catalyst for
involving communities in problem-solving and decision-making, helping
them to take control of their own destiny, and providing access to
communication and technology that link them to other parts of India and
the world is at the heart of the READ mode

Stay tuned for more mindful travel updates!
Kathy Dragon

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