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.

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Our CEO's Favorite Destination Transformations

by Kristen Gilbert

November 01, 2018

2 minute read

Our CEO, Dan Sullivan, Jr., has seen it all over the years as he's travelled the globe in search of interesting travel destinations and perfect experiences for our guests. During his time on the road (and in the air, and on railways), he's had the privilege of witnessing countries transform from relatively unknown or unhospitable destinations to the most sought after spots on the globe. Here are a few of his favourite transformations.

What countries have changed the most over the years?

One of the first destinations that comes to mind is Croatia. When I first went there it was still Yugoslavia. The people there spoke 6 or 7 different languages and it was comprised of many different countries. Today, it's one of the world's most beautiful destinations. It's been touched very little by war, it has great seaside resorts, there are incredible mountains, pristine lakes, plenty of history to dive into, and a fascinating culture. It's also a very affordable place to explore. I would encourage anyone to consider Croatia.

For years you couldn't visit China, but now you can and you should. Since China has started opening itself up and emerging as a global leader, it has evolved into a much more popular destination to visit. I've found that the people are always very friendly and they eagerly embrace travellers. Its rich history is still so present, but you can really see a transformation within the country that speaks to its forward-facing evolution.

Northern Ireland is another destination where I've witnessed a major shift - though mostly in accessibility for travellers. Most travellers wouldn't have visited the country due to the tension between the North and South, but now as they come together, Northern Ireland is a place that beckons to travellers and invites the kind of exploration that the South part of the Emerald Isle has enjoyed all along. Northern Ireland is one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland and travellers are really embracing it. From Giant's Causeway to the Ring of Kerry, every region of Ireland has something fascinating and wonderful to offer and as you go from area to area, you can really see the melding of a culture and variety of landscapes.

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