WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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orphanage in Thailand to bringing books and soccer balls to a rural village school in Ecuador. "When you step out of your element, it can really stir your soul about the world and the people you meet," she explains. "It leaves you with such an amazing feeling inside to witness other cultures, learn about their lives, and be so warmly received." When she moved to Weston, Williams wanted to continue it all — the eye-opening travel, cultural exposure, and joy she felt in creating the trips. "Given our extensive family travel, I soon became a resource for travel advice helping friends with their own trips. Upon returning to the U.S., I continued to travel, including more safaris to Africa, and to help others," she explains. Williams started Africa Direct USA in spring 2014, customizing trips to Africa for different interests, styles, and budgets. Forgoing preset itineraries, she puts together special trips for everyone from families with young children to honeymooners, groups of couples to multi-generational families. Some trips have cultural exposure, while others are simply luxury tents in the bush that allow Mother Nature to do her thing. "I find a safari to be a very moving experience," she says. "There's something very pure about being in the bush. In contrast to this serenity, there's so much excitement when you watch animals in the wild. It's a rush to see a leopard walk by your jeep or to witness thousands of wildebeest cross the Mara River." Williams and her extended South African team arrange it all — internal flights, transfers, accommodations, special activities, private guides, and more. She'll even share her own stories. "I love to share our different family experiences and inspire more people to go there," she says. "It feels great when a client returns and says their trip changed the way they feel or has made them see things differently. It's incredibly satisfying and it's simply why I do it." "I really don't see this as a job at all," she continues. "It's simply a passion of mine." 146 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 5 business "incredibly satisfying"

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