Meet Christine Boecker:
Originally from South Africa, my passion for travel and exploring have been my constant and lifelong companions. Earliest memories are of our parents loading all four children into the old station-wagon, along with a great clatter of pots and pans, provisions and a heavy old canvas tent, and heading for ‘the bush’. My parents shared a deep love for nature, and I soon followed in their footsteps.
Whether it be exploring the hot and dry Kalahari Desert in a safari vehicle, or the cold and windy Arctic on a Russian Icebreaker – and many memorable places in between – I’m always thrilled to share my insider knowledge and tales of my many adventures around the world, allowing you to return from your journey with a far greater understanding of the places you’ve visited. About my travels >>
I’ve had the privilege of living and working in Africa and Europe before settling in Vancouver, British Columbia and establishing TRΛVELBOECKER ΛDVENTURES in 1996. Today my tourism career spans five continents and more than four decades.
With roots on three continents, I have a solid understanding of international travellers’ preferences. Backed by extensive first-hand travel experience and a strong commitment to conservation, our global partners are hand-picked in keeping with our ethos of sustainability, ensuring a high level of service and efficiency that is on a par with our own – allowing you to focus on the experience, not the logistics.
Why see the world with TRΛVELBOECKER ΛDVENTURES?
Been there, done that – and loved it! With 40+ years’ experience in designing trips all around the world, Christine has explored over 50 countries on 5 continents as travel professional, traveller and parent. By sharing the knowledge and stories gathered during her own extensive travels, you too can experience the world way beyond the beaten track when you book with TRΛVELBOECKER ΛDVENTURES.
Un-googlable! No matter how much you search, there are some experiences you simply can’t find online. Designing unique journeys for discerning travellers is Christine’s forté. No challenge is to large, whether your interest lies in art, history, wildlife, birding, photography… Christine has even secured Wimbledon Tennis Finals tickets just a few rows behind the Royal Box!
Above and beyond! Christine’s local insight, creativity and attention to detail takes the guess-work out of planning your next adventure with TRΛVELBOECKER ΛDVENTURES, matching both your budget and your bucket list. Christine will guide you to the untouched places on earth, allowing you to focus on the experience, not the logistics. The result is … well, check out these Testimonials >>
Responsible! Responsible and sustainable ecological tourism is a major pillar in our company’s philosophy. It is truly our mission to support the preservation of the environment and its inhabitants for generations to come. Through TRΛVELBOECKER ΛDVENTURES’ strong commitment to sustainability and conservation, global suppliers are vetted and evaluated according to guidelines set out by the Responsible Travel & Tourism Form. See more >>
Giving back! Our own SPREAD THE SMILE project supports an African social enterprise that creates jobs for disabled adults who manufacture leather balls for children to play with, and promote health education through sport.
By matching your donations, TRΛVELBOECKER ΛDVENTURES and our clients have distributed more than 65 soccer balls to some of the poorest areas in Africa, often substituting a ‘ball’ made up of a bunch of plastic bags wrapped in string. We’ve helped provide sports-based health education for young African people and delivered a ‘sound ball’ to a group of visually impaired children.
Every donation makes a huge impact. Spreading the Smile by giving every child in Africa a ball to play is our goal. Get onboard >>
Owner operated! State-of-the-art technology allows Christine to consult with you, be it an office visit or via long-distance communications. The travel agency fund that TRΛVELBOECKER ΛDVENTURES pays into, by being a professional and licensed travel consultant, ensures that your holiday dollars are protected. See accreditations >>
Mostly though, Christine is passionate about helping adventurous travellers plan and enjoy the greatest journeys of their life, journeys that take you on a voyage of discovery filled with excitement, and guaranteed to leave you breathless.
“We knew we wanted to go to Africa and see everything, but weren’t quite sure how to accomplish that. Enter Christine and her superb knowledge and expert advice….”
“It was the first trip we have taken that had no serious stress. Christine put together the perfect trip for us.“
“Christine took care of every detail … our experience with TravelBoecker Adventures went without a hitch.”
TRΛVELBOECKER ΛDVENTURES is a full service travel agency and operates as a division of Personal Travel Management Ltd (PTM), a British Columbia registered, licensed and bonded travel agency that keeps your travel dollars safe and insured, in case of an unforeseen closure of airlines or tour operators. The name TRAVELBOECKER is derived from the profession and last name of the owner. It is pronounced Travelbooker, which is effectively what we are and what we do best!
PTM also belongs to several industry associations, such as the Association of Canadian Travel Agents (ACTA), the Business Practices & Consumer Protection Authority (BPCPA), the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Ensemble Group (a network of 2,000 independent travel agencies), which gives us the buying power, networking ability and other advantages of the larger chains, while retaining the personal contact and hands-on approach of a small company. Privacy Promise >>
Definitely Botswana – for the variety of eco-systems, plethora of wildlife and birds, easy access and short distances between intimate camps and sustainable tourism practices.
Definitely the Canadian Arctic – for the grandeur of mountains, steep cliffs, ice fields and glaciers providing habitat for a great variety of wildlife.
And… my latest happy place is Aswan in Egypt. My Egyptian Adventure >>
What is your most memorable travel experience?
A hyena skulking through our campsite – not 20 paces away from where we were having dinner under a canvas canopy.
We froze, then relaxed when our guide calmly picked up his weapon – a flashlight!! – and the hyena disappeared into the darkness of the night.
Top travel tip?
Enjoy the journey – even if it differs from what’s written on your itinerary.
What’s your go-to activity to pass time at the airport?
Shopping, people watching, eating local foods.
If you could pack your bag tomorrow and go anywhere, where would it be?
The pyramids of Sudan, the African bush, Patagonia’s dramatic landscapes, an Ayurvedic retreat in India… there are just so many great places!
Best way to recover from jet-lag?
Sleep… on the flights, in airports, anywhere but at your destination!
Three must have items you pack in your suitcase when you hit the road?
Camera, laptop and comfortable walking shoes.
What is the first thing you do when you arrive in a new city/destination?
Explore, and scout out the new neighbourhood.
Top tips for occupying your time on those long haul flights?
Catch up on movies or reading, and create a video with my new photos.
Christine Boecker enjoys getting involved in the community and sponsors Make-a-Wish, Richmond Ringette, COPS for Cancer, SOS Children’s Village, Hoops for Hope and the Canadian Network for International Surgery, as well as community events such as the annual Steveston Salmon Festival. She volunteered on the organizing committee of the Steveston Farmers & Artisan Market, chaired the South African Business Network Group, was membership director for the German Canadian Business Association and member of the Vancouver Board of Trade.
Christine was a founding member and director of marketing for German Kids Richmond, a language school dedicated to keeping the German language and culture alive in our children.
Feeding her passion for children, Christine is a qualified Parent Consultant, Speaker and Course Facilitator for the Neufeld Institute, offering parents a new, yet intuitive way to make sense of their children.
TRΛVELBOECKER ΛDVENTURES is also a proud founder of Spread the Smile – our own project putting smiles on the faces of underprivileged children in Africa by matching our clients’ donations.
Ask travel expert Christine Boecker to plan your next trip
and turn it into an unforgettable memory!
Let us pause for the taking of inventory,
To measure the debt we owe the tree.
For the searching root that knits the soil,
The cooling shade for those who toil,
The air we breathe, nature’s greatest gift,
And the leaf that heralds each season’s shift.
Forget not the fruit that feeds man and beast,
The branch that burns to prepare the feast.
That sturdy frame that builds the home,
And the paper on which you read this poem.
The tree gives all and asks no prize,
Even making the axe that ends its life.