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Through travel we can create a Better World!

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Meet the Better World Tours team

We are a female-owned and family-operated travel company based in Santa Barbara, California.

We plan inspiring and creative travel experiences for people who share our outlook on the world: that it’s beautiful, worth sharing and preserving, and that travel makes us a stronger worldwide community of people.

Because what are we if not a community of people, sharing our world and our cultures with one another?

Alycea Ench, Founder

Better World Tours was started by Alycea Ench, your passionate travel expert and ideal tour planner.

I have over eight years experience organizing, budgeting, and coordinating educational travel to virtually all corners of the globe. I’ve personally traveled to many of the countries and cities I share with my clients, and this firsthand knowledge helps me create unique, fulfilling group and educational experiences that my clients rave about.

I started seeing the world through many cultures from the time I was 6 months old, when I spent the summer in the shadow of Denali soaking up Alaska's midnight sun.

My family believed strongly in travel and I went on journeys that expanded my horizons and my understanding of different cultures in all kinds of ways, from overnight journeys on the Mexican railway to participating in a coming-of-age Sunrise Ceremony on the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation in Arizona.

I started Better World Tours so I could design unique travel experiences for people who share my passion for travel, protecting and sharing local cultures, nature, and wildlife.

What’s been my best travel experience so far?

I spent three months in India for an unbelievable honeymoon with my husband. My favorite moment was when my husband and I planned an impromptu charity concert for the families of Leh India who were affected by the Ladakh Floods, only two days after the flood. Whenever I travel I try to create a better world, and I love sharing that experience with others!

What’s still on my bucket list?

I want to spend a week exploring Petra, Jordan, for the intriguing history and gorgeous neon-pink sunrises!

Lila Ench, Social Media Director

I believe travel is an imperative part of understanding the universal value of compassion. In this way, bridges can be built to unite rather than separate people from each other. Some of my most memorable experiences have been while traveling; there is nothing like going on a journey and knowing it may change your way of seeing the world. I believe that travel expands the confines of the mind and can lead us on the path of becoming the greatest version of ourselves. As the social media coordinator for BWT - in addition to highlighting amazing locations, I look to shine a light on people who are impacting their communities in a positive way. I want to inspire others to believe in themselves & know the power of their voice no matter where they are in the world! 

 

What’s been my best travel experience so far?

I had the pleasure of living on the Big Island of Hawai’i in 2014 for six months. It was a true honor to experience the culture and learn about the history of the islands.

 

What’s still on my bucket list?

I’ve always wanted to spend time in the Maldives Islands after I found out about the bioluminescent plankton that cause the ocean to glow at night! 

Lila Ench, Social Media Director

I believe travel is an imperative part of understanding the universal value of compassion. In this way, bridges can be built to unite rather than separate people from each other. Some of my most memorable experiences have been while traveling; there is nothing like going on a journey and knowing it may change your way of seeing the world. I believe that travel expands the confines of the mind and can lead us on the path of becoming the greatest version of ourselves. As the social media coordinator for BWT - in addition to highlighting amazing locations, I look to shine a light on people who are impacting their communities in a positive way. I want to inspire others to believe in themselves & know the power of their voice no matter where they are in the world! 

 

What’s been my best travel experience so far?

I had the pleasure of living on the Big Island of Hawai’i in 2014 for six months. It was a true honor to experience the culture and learn about the history of the islands.

 

What’s still on my bucket list?

I’ve always wanted to spend time in the Maldives Islands after I found out about the bioluminescent plankton that cause the ocean to glow at night! 

Kathryn Strobel, Travel Specialist 

I have gained a variety of planning and travel experience - from educational tours, to corporate travel, to planning events in higher education.

 

Travel has always been instilled in my soul. My first experience out of the country was a study abroad tour in London and Dublin, which initiated my insatiable desire to explore the world.

 

Since then, I have visited over 15 countries and engaged in service projects in Trinidad and Tobago, Belize, and El Salvador. I believe that travel enhances our education and teaches us more than we could ever learn in the classroom alone. The more we learn about the world around us, the better we understand what is within us. 

 

What’s been my best travel experience so far?

During a tour through Europe, we made a quick stop in Innsbruck, Austria; a tiny town tucked away in a mountainous wonder, filled with friendly locals, and lined with cobblestone streets.

When we arrived it was raining and the town was covered with a hazy fog. As the day progressed, the sun shined stronger. As I was walking over a small bridge, a large rainbow spread across the sky, causing me to stop in my tracks and absorb the moment. It was one of those beautiful moments that illuminate the magic of travel.

 

What’s still on my bucket list?

I’d like to go out west to discover some of America’s natural gems, then up to Vancouver, Canada.

Kathryn Strobel, Travel Specialist 

I have gained a variety of planning and travel experience - from educational tours, to corporate travel, to planning events in higher education.

 

Travel has always been instilled in my soul. My first experience out of the country was a study abroad tour in London and Dublin, which initiated my insatiable desire to explore the world.

 

Since then, I have visited over 15 countries and engaged in service projects in Trinidad and Tobago, Belize, and El Salvador. I believe that travel enhances our education and teaches us more than we could ever learn in the classroom alone. The more we learn about the world around us, the better we understand what is within us. 

 

What’s been my best travel experience so far?

During a tour through Europe, we made a quick stop in Innsbruck, Austria; a tiny town tucked away in a mountainous wonder, filled with friendly locals, and lined with cobblestone streets.

When we arrived it was raining and the town was covered with a hazy fog. As the day progressed, the sun shined stronger. As I was walking over a small bridge, a large rainbow spread across the sky, causing me to stop in my tracks and absorb the moment. It was one of those beautiful moments that illuminate the magic of travel.

 

What’s still on my bucket list?

I’d like to go out west to discover some of America’s natural gems, then up to Vancouver, Canada.

Rick Ench, Business Manager

My background includes project admininstration services for multi million dollar community development and improvement projects for Native American Tribes in the US; I am also the writer of "North American Indian Music" an educational book on Native American Music published by Scholastic; the director of the documentary film, "One Thousand Years of Song, "Part One - The Apache". Prior to working with indigenous American Tribes I have worked worked on the commercial side of film and video. I have traveled extensively thorugh all 6 populated continents and lived in the British Isles.