About Us

Since 2006

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We have been arranging custom tours for faculty, staff and independent travelers since 2006. With an original focus on trips to the United Kingdom, MAVTravel has experience in arranging trips all over the world. Past itineraries have included destinations as wide-ranging as Switzerland, New Zealand, Peru, Uganda and Japan. Wherever you want to travel, we can make it happen and will provide you and your companions with an extraordinary journey.  

Please note: We are CCRA accredited and insured.

About our owner/operator

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Christen, our owner, grew up traveling back and forth to Germany to visit family with her mother, who was born and raised there. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, majoring in History and History of Culture. Upon completion of her studies at Wisconsin, she studied abroad in England at the Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, affiliated with Keble College, University of Oxford. A few years later she earned her M.S. Ed at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse in Student Development and Administration, eventually focusing her higher education career on alumni relations and development. In addition to fundraising for various academic departments, she also taught freshman seminars, assisted with academic advising and co-lead short-term study abroad tours with faculty. Now she is focused on providing faculty, students and independent travelers with well-organized and affordable experiences abroad.   

Experiences of a lifetime!

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MAVtravel tours may include:

  • Pre-departure services and support  
  • Accommodation in 3-4* hotels in excellent locations and settings, or high quality hostels when requested
  • Various cultural and social activities
  • Local community or student guides on some site visits  
  • Daily breakfast, plus various lunches and dinners as requested
  • Admission fees to all sites specified on the itinerary
  • Travel Insurance –  Group Policy (Includes accident, sickness and dental medical expense coverage, emergency evacuation and repatriation of remains, baggage loss and delay, plus trip delay, interruption and cancellation coverage)


The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page."

~ St. Augustine of Hippo