25 years! All because banking did not fuel my soul, and we had the youthful hubris to believe we could build a better mousetrap (or in our case, tour).
A quarter of a century later, we have accrued some of the most incredible friendships and memories imaginable.
We’ve covered which states are open (read here), and which U.S. destinations offer the experience most similar to a number of famed international locales (read how Alaska’s an awesome wildlife tracking alternative to South Africa and The San Juan Islands’ lavender will have you thinking you are in Provence, here).
But that’s all within the U.S. What if you cannot contemplate not using the passport once this year? A) you’re not alone and b) it’s actually possible. Our tour operations team is talking to local and federal governments and our local guides in every one of our regions weekly. And we’re seeing border updates and new destinations available every time we check.
Istanbul spoils your senses everywhere, but the real feast for your eyes lies in the old district of Balat. Sloping streets are lined with wooden houses (some two centuries old) painted deep blue like the Bosphorous, bright yellow like saffron sold on market stalls, and pistachio green like the baklava sweets sold around every corner.