Safari and Living's People section
Bev Tucker of acclaimed South African publication Safari and Living talks with Shila Desai who started her specialist tour company by accident. It grew into a second act that renewed her sense of purpose. Since 2011, her company has taken clients on the most fascinating life experiences. The company’s specialist guides have contact lists that give them access to remarkable places and insights. They can call on a generational artisan in a Moroccan medina, or a zoologist saving endangered species in Madagascar. They’ll navigate the silk route of nomadic Kyrgyzstan traders, find archeologists to explain the history of Gujarat’s ancient underground stepwells or a translator for a textile workshop in Bhutan. Read more here.
A life "second act" resulted in E.Y.H.O. Tours
Shila Desai’s life has an intriguing and international timeline. She is of Indian descent from Gujarat province. But she was born in Kenya and grew up there. She got her professional degree in the U.K.. At age 24, Shila relocated to Canada where she spent most of her adult life.
On the outside it looked like a wonderful life. But Shila struggled with depression and thirsted for something that she could call her own.
At the request of her writer’s group, she put together a tour that brought nineteen of her friends to India. The experience was such a success she turned it into a travel company called Eat Your Heart Out Tours (or E.Y.H.O. Tours for short). Listen to Shila's story on Andy Levine's Second Act Stories (20 min)
Travel for social, culturally-curious older adults
Shila Desai of E.Y.H.O. Tours on Margaret Manning's Sixty and Me. Many older adults love the idea of joining a tour group instead of traveling alone. But this raises an important question - where can we find the best group travel deals?
Exploring embroidery frontiers while traveling
Jen Funk Webber of The Funk Files gets Shila Desai's views on where embroidery's function ends and art takes over, from Shila's experience in leading India textile tours