We are actively monitoring the discussions in Congress over federal funding, and the potential impact on our tours visiting Federal Sites & National Parks across the United States.

Without an agreement between the House, Senate and White House, the government will shut down on Saturday September 30, 2023 at midnight. The impact to our Tours will be limited to those visiting some Federal Sites & National Parks across the country. Some states including Utah, Arizona and Colorado have indicated that they will provide the necessary funding to keep the National Parks operating. Other states are considering similar measures.

If we are unable to operate or your tour is altered due to the government shutdown, we will contact you directly prior to departure.

Travel to Vevey

New Travel Trends for 2019

by Kristen Gilbert

November 08, 2018

3 minute read

With the beginning of every new year comes a fresh crop of top travel destinations and ways to explore that are suddenly sizzling hot. We know it can be overwhelming, so to help you narrow down those lengthy "must-see and must-do" lists of yours, we've put together a few of our favourite top travel trends for 2019. What's on your horizon? Check it out, friends!

The places you'll go…


Travel to Switzerland

Switzerland is one of Europe's most heralded destinations and it's easy to understand why. From the mountains to the chocolate to the best-you've-ever-had wine, Switzerland and those who call it home draw visitors from far and wide to revel in its many delights.


Chefchaouen Morocco

Spices, colours, culture, history. Morocco certainly has it all in spades. Visitors head to this destination to capture a little of the local flavour and maybe a bit of romance too (think Casablanca), but what they don't expect is how much of this fascinating country becomes a part of their fabric long after they've returned home.


Helsinki winter

Let that crisp Nordic air fill your lungs whilst you dash through the snow exploring pristine landscapes like the Laplands. Take in the vibrant culture in Helsinki, the glittering city on the Baltic Sea. No matter where you go in Finland, you'll find a new and unexpected adventure around every corner. PS: Don't forget to partake in a wood-fired sauna! Your body will thank you.


Panama butterflies

Located at the crossroads of the Americas, Panama is a place to revel in biodiversity. It's a tropical wonderland with white sand beaches, rainforests, indigenous culture and highlands shrouded in mist. Oh, and there's that little canal thing you might want to explore too.

The things you'll do…

Smaller group travel

Guided Travel Etiquette

Smaller groups can do big things. Many travellers today are gravitating towards embarking on a smaller group adventure. Having fewer guests makes more intimate and immersive adventures possible, which leads to my next travel trend for 2019…

More immersive experiences

New Orleans School of Cooking

Once travellers have enjoyed a comprehensive tour that explores all the must-sees of a destination, they're frequently ready to return for a closer look with more culturally immersive experiences. Expect more hands-on cooking demonstrations, getting around the way the locals do, and staying in boutique accommodation that are frequently an experience in and of themselves.

Giving back to the local community


 Everyone is interested in being a good global citizen these days, so there's a big upswing in opportunities to give back whilst out visiting destinations around the globe. Your next tour might involve visiting local school children to help them with an educational craft or tending a vegetable garden that feeds an entire community.

Taking the path less-traveled

local foods market

If smaller groups, more immersive experiences and giving back to the local community are hot travel trends for 2019, it stands to reason that taking the path less travelled is also something travellers are going to be looking at in the coming year. Top destinations full of must-see highlights are fantastic, but going off the beaten path will be more in demand than ever.

2019 is shaping up to be a terrific year for travellers with plenty of incredible destinations emerging and exciting new ways to take it all in.

Share this post with your friends!

Amazon Engagement