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Our Story

With over 50 years of travel experience combined, Jeff Pychel and Hanya Vujcuf offer women the choices

to make their travel dreams a reality.

Jeff Pychel

President and Founder

Jeff PychelMy affection for travel began early during a rail journey across Canada at age 12.

Being from Niagara Falls played a major part in my love for travel, as did working at local attractions as a teenager. Meeting and interacting with visitors from around the world certainly made me dream about traveling to faraway places one day. After high-school, I continued to work in hospitality, holding various positions in the hotel, restaurant and cruise industries.

It wasn't until May 2008 that I decided to pursue a career in travel and obtained my TICO (The Travel Industry Council of Ontario) certification and began to work as a travel consultant and tour coordinator. I focused mainly on women's travel, developing and leading small group programs to Asia, Europe and Africa for a small tour company called Canadian Woman Traveller.

A childhood dream of traveling to the Arctic would became a reality in 2010, while working with Cruise North Expeditions. That summer I traveled extensively throughout the Canadian Arctic and Greenland, with a major highlight being the historic voyage through the fabled "Northwest Passage".  That was followed up with my first African safari tour to Tanzania in February 2013 and a polar expedition to Antarctica in March 2015. Both experiences would forever change my life and path in travel.

In January 2016 a new chapter began when I introduced Woman's Odyssey, my concept for women's tours and travel to Hanya Vujcuf, owner and founder of Design Travel Ltd.

Hanya Vujcuf

VP and Managing Director

Hanya VujcufMy love for travel started in 1958 during a family vacation to Australia. Who would have thought that 59 years later I would be getting ready to celebrate 40 years in the travel business?

After attending travel school in the late 70’s, my first job was organizing tailor-made travel arrangements for corporate executives to the Middle East and Europe. During this time I also arranged group ski packages for adults and students to Canada and the USA.

In 1978 my lifelong love affair of everything Latin began while selling packages to Cuba. Two years later in 1980, I decided to invest and partner in a Travel Agency / Wholesale company that specialized in Latin America and started to market and promote tailor-made specialty Latino packages to travel agencies and agents throughout Canada and the USA. We introduced tours including diving to the Galapagos Islands and sold Machu Picchu packages at a time when there were only 9 rooms available to book in one of todays most popular and sought after destinations.

I decided to go it alone in 1983, when I opened my own travel agency, which I named “Design Travel”. I continued offering packages to Latin America and began specializing in diving packages and corporate travel. During this time I was also arranging worldwide conferences and incentives for my corporate clients. Years later I would expand my business and open up agencies in both Panama and Cuba that specialized in tailor-made biking, diving, fishing and kayaking packages. Over the years I have been recognized and referred to as the “Latino Specialist” and “International Dive Expert” as well as the “Cuba Queen”.

In December 2015 when contemplating retirement, travel consultant and tour coordinator Jeff Pychel approached me with his concept for women's travel called “ Woman’s Odyssey”. His idea of offering small group tours and tailor-made travel exclusively for women intrigued me enough to halt my retirement plans and continue on in the industry that I loved so much. I am extremely excited of what is ahead.