Learn about the woman-founded Cherish Tours, which plans purpose-driven trips for women.

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It was International Women’s Day in March of 2021, amidst a worldwide pandemic that caused border shutdowns and brought travel almost to a complete halt. Megan Grant was unsure of what the future of travel would look like but she knew she wanted to lay the groundwork for a travel company that would make a positive impact on the tourism industry.

It was during one of the most tumultuous times for travel that her company, Cherish Tours, was born.

Tourism is one of the largest industries in the world today and affects many economies worldwide. Cherish’s hosted tours are planned with the belief that, through travel, people can make a direct positive impact on the world.

Where Cherish Tours Began

Meet Megan Grant, Founder and Chief Memory cCeator of Cherish Tours. Photo courtesy of Megan Grant.
Megan Grant of Cherish Tours. Photo courtesy of Megan Grant.

Long before Megan became the Founder of Cherish Tours, she already had a passion for world travel. In fact, you could say that her love of travel was genetic. Her parents took her on her first airplane when she was only 6 months old, and ever since she has been hooked on exploring our world.

Growing up society taught her that there was a specific path to follow in life, and being successful did not include traveling the world endlessly. The path looked more similar to what most young women in America’s suburbs learn: get good grades, get into college, graduate from high school, graduate from college, get a stable career, get married, and have kids. 

But this path never seemed to fit for Megan. She tried to subscribe to this path by landing a stereotypical successful corporate job after attending university. At only 23 years old she was incredibly accomplished in her career in conference planning having been promoted to event manager of 15 city-wide conferences.

Discovering Life Purpose

While this looked good on paper, the inner turmoil crept up to the surface and she experienced physical burnout. Without having her next career lined up she quit attempting to learn more about what her purpose was. After dabbling in several other hospitality roles and ending back up in conference planning, she decided it would be a good time to pursue working with a business coach to help figure out how to align her career with her purpose and passions.

This personal work forced her to dig deeper and turn inward to find her calling. Through this work, she discovered that as a visionary thinker with practical logistics and project management skills, the best path for her was to become an entrepreneur to create the positive impact she wanted to see in the world.

Out of this discovery the travel experience company, Cherish Tours was born.

Creating Impact with Cherish Tours

Chocolate-making on a Cherish Tours trip.
Chocolate-making on a Cherish trip. Photo courtesy of Megan Grant.

Megan discovered that her purpose in life is to create impact while supporting women in adding joyous experiences to their lives. She believes that if women focus on what truly brings them joy there will be a ripple effect of compassion, intention, and understanding that will make a direct impact in our world.

“Finding my purpose took a lot of interpersonal work and having the willingness to take a hard look at the life I was living versus the life I dreamed of creating for myself,” Megan explained. “I am deeply convinced that travel has the power to be transformational, especially for women striving to create a difference in the world through making meaningful and mindful choices.”

Megan’s background in hospitality, event and conference planning combined with being a world traveler allows her to create memories for each of Cherish’s travelers to grow their interpersonal relationships with themselves, fellow women travelers, and the world around them.

I am deeply convinced that travel has the power to be transformational, especially for women striving to create a difference in the world through making meaningful and mindful choices.

Megan Grant, Founder and Chief Memory Creator of Cherish Tours

“The journey doesn’t stop with me—it extends to the incredible women who choose to embark on these memorable experiences with us,” Megan said. “Together, we’re rewriting the narrative of what travel can look like for women by regaining economic power in making intentional decisions to support women in business around the world.”

Together, we’re rewriting the narrative of what travel can look like for women by regaining economic power in making intentional decisions to support women in business around the world.

Megan Grant, Founder and Chief Memory Creator of Cherish Tours

How Cherish Tours is Different

Cherish curates and fully plans memorable travel experiences that travelers can feel proud of taking. In a world where only $5 of every $100 USD spent abroad during travel stays within the local economy, Megan is proud to share that, at Cherish, over 75% of the money spent on travel stays in the pockets of locally owned, women owned, and women in business.

Megan believes that travel not only creates beautiful lasting memories but is a journey where travel becomes a catalyst for change, fosters connections, and leaves a lasting legacy of support for women travelers and women in business. 


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What’s Next for Cherish?

As Megan looks ahead, through Cherish she sees a global community of conscious travelers, united by a shared commitment to making a meaningful difference. She envisions Cherish as a driving force in this movement, inspiring their own travelers and others to travel with intention, leave a positive footprint, and contribute to the well-being of the world through intentional travel.

Cherish started as a tour company offering only small group tours for women travelers, but continues to expand the ways that they can support travelers with booking intentional travel experiences.

How You Can Travel With Cherish

Cherish offers three different ways that you can book travel that supports women in business.

  1. Small Group Tours – The offering that Cherish launched their company with is still available for solo women travelers of all ages. Join Cherish in Costa Rica, Panama, Glamping in Utah, Turkey, Iceland, and more on one of the fully planned small group trips. Small group trips are for women who would like to join a group of other like-minded travelers to explore these destinations as a group and meet new friends through the experience.
  2. Private Group Tours – This is an option for already established groups of people who would like to travel together to one of Cherish’s destinations. Private Tours are offered for 6 or more guests who are traveling together. It is a great option for retreats, company incentive trips, membership clubs, family reunions, etc.
  3. Self-Guided Tours – Book one of Cherish’s tours to experience on your own. This option is great for those who don’t have a big group to travel with or prefer not to join a group for our prearranged Small Group Tours. Cherish can help create a curated itinerary for any of their destinations for your own personal travel experience. Every detail is still booked for you, all you have to do is show up in the destination and enjoy!

Want to learn more about traveling with Cherish? Contact their team anytime on their website or by emailing info@gocherishtours.com.

You can also follow Cherish’s journey on Instagram @gocherishtours