Elgin, Illinois — An Illinois-based travel agency, The Adept Traveler, Inc., has recently earned high acclaim, having been awarded the illustrious 2022 Magellan Award by Northstar Travel Media and Travel Weekly Magazine. This recognition places The Adept Traveler alongside the leading lights of the global travel industry, with a particular nod to its outstanding contributions to Accessible Travel.
The Adept Traveler, Inc., a locally owned small business, stands out in the crowded market by catering to the often overlooked or misunderstood needs of disabled travelers. The company’s ethos is centered around making travel more accessible, enjoyable, and stress-free for everyone, regardless of their physical abilities or travel experience.
Receiving the Magellan Award, an honor coveted by top travel organizations worldwide, is not just recognition but also a testament to The Adept Traveler's dedication to innovation and excellence in the travel industry. The award reflects the company’s unwavering commitment to redefining Accessible Travel and the strides they have taken to make a significant difference in this area.
The Adept Traveler, Inc.'s Owner and President, Brandon J. Yaniz, expressed his joy at the company's achievement, "This is truly an amazing accomplishment for our relatively new company. To be honored alongside established industry giants by a notable 'who's who' of the travel industry is a great honor and testament to our commitment to providing Accessible Travel experiences for all."
The Magellan Awards are known for their rigorous selection process. Entries are evaluated by an esteemed panel of travel industry experts, comprised of the industry's most accomplished leaders. Each entry is judged on its individual merit, based on the extensive experience and standards set by Travel Weekly. Unlike many awards, the Magellan Awards do not pit entries against each other. Instead, each entry stands alone, measured against a standard of excellence. This approach can result in multiple winners in a category, or potentially none at all.
Founded in 2021, The Adept Traveler, Inc. is a travel agency that specializes in Accessible Travel. Their mission is to assist all travelers, from novices to experts, able-bodied and disabled individuals alike, in having seamless and enjoyable travel experiences.
In his statement, Yaniz, who himself is disabled, expressed the motivation behind his venture: "As a disabled person myself, I have experienced firsthand how minor issues can escalate into major disasters for disabled travelers. While I created The Adept Traveler to address the unique challenges faced by People with Disabilities, I quickly realized that our approach can also enhance travel experiences for able-bodied individuals. Travel should be enjoyable and stress-free, and our goal is to ensure that everyone has the experience they desire and deserve when they embark on their journeys."
His firsthand experience with travel challenges faced by disabled individuals combined with his determination to make a difference have shaped the philosophy of The Adept Traveler, Inc. With an unrelenting focus on inclusivity, the company goes the extra mile to cater to the unique needs of every traveler, ensuring they have the best experience possible.
This recent accolade is a testament to The Adept Traveler’s commitment to accessibility in travel, proving that with innovation, empathy, and a customer-focused approach, it is possible to revolutionize an industry and make a tangible difference in people’s lives.