Myths and Mountains founder and president Toni Neubauer has once again been named Condé Nast Traveler’s Top Travel Specialist for Nepal – an honor that recognizes Neubauer as not only the premiere travel specialist for the country of Nepal, but as one of the top travel professionals in the world.
“When you love a country and work hard to share this love with travelers to Nepal and the local people in the country, recognition by an organization as important as Condé Nast is extraordinarily meaningful,” Neubauer says.
Neubauer has spent much of the last 27 years traveling all over Nepal, speaks the language, and has handled everything from documentaries to weddings. Her experiences inspired her to found Rural Education and Development, or READ Global, in Nepal in 1991 as the nonprofit arm of Myths and Mountains. Now an independent 501c3 organization based in San Francisco, READ builds Community Library Resource Centers, seeds local businesses to fully sustain and support the centers, and links them with organizations providing literacy, health/HIV, microcredit, women’s empowerment, and other needed services in rural communities across Nepal, Bhutan, and India. The organization has built approximately 50 centers in Nepal, serving more than a million people.
Condé Nast Traveler’s annual Top Travel Specialists Collection recognizes the 133 most prolific travel specialists and booking agents in the business today, as judged by the editors of Condé Nast Traveler magazine. The 133 travel specialists are each recognized for their field of specialization, whether it be wine tours in France, cultural tours in Nepal, or rafting trips on the great rivers of the world. The feature can be found online cntravel and in the December 2011 print edition of the magazine. The Top Travel Specialists Collection is spearheaded by Condé Nast Traveler’s Director of Consumer News and Digital Community, Wendy Perrin.