Hi from Rick: New Kids, Same Zest
|Two fledgling tour companies, 34 years apart. The hairstyles have changed, but not the zest for travel.|
My son and I crossed paths in Barcelona this week. As I spent time hanging out with Andy and one of his tour groups, I couldn't help but notice some similarities in our evolution as tour guides and tour operators.
Andy is finishing up his second year of offering three-day weekend tours to American college kids studying in Europe. This has been his best semester yet, with about 500 students taking his various "Weekend Student Adventures."
When I was in my mid-20s, I would typically share a mini-bus with eight girls. Thirty-four years later, Andy is enjoying a similar ratio (on this particular tour, he had 23 girls and two boys). His program attracts smart and fun kids, hungry for new experiences. I'm happy to say that my tour members — with a broader range, from smart teens to fun seniors — share the same enthusiasm for eye-opening discoveries.
When it comes to reveling in the differences and delights of another culture, many of my tour members today have one destination at the top of their list: France. In this month's Tour News we'll help stoke your travel dreams to Paris and beyond with a special slideshow, guide interviews, tour member raves, an array of back-to-back tour possibilities, and tastes of our five different France tour itineraries for 2012. You can also painlessly bone-up on Impressionism with my video on the Orsay Museum, and read about the happy "re-opening" of Vernazza and Monterosso in Italy's Cinque Terre.
Good travel is still all about new experiences — and fun, enthusiastic people to share them with. Hop aboard with us.