The Courage of Sailors, the Growth of Empires

Historically speaking, the Iberian Peninsula has been the rudder to Europe’s leviathan. In fact, the tiny country of Portugal ruled the first global empire in history, with colonies stretching as far east as today’s China and as far west as Brazil. The Spanish Empire grew to gain an even broader reach—from today’s California in the west to Indonesia in the east—and has left a cultural and linguistic legacy unrivaled by any other country. How did these two nations expand their reach to the farthest reaches of the earth? One word: Spice.

The Serenity of Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, Switzerland

Chapel Bridge, or Kapellbrücke, is a famous landmark in the city of Lucerne located in central Switzerland. This wooden footbridge is the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe, dating back to the middle of the […]

The Perks of Work: Employee Travel Testimonial – 11 Day Kaleidoscope of Guatemala & Honduras

Guatemala & Honduras are two countries becoming hugely popular with tourists thanks to their beautiful culture and inspiring history. We caught up with Derick, an employee of Gate 1 Travel, who took the 11 Day […]

The Parthenon at Sunrise in Athens, Greece

Athens is a true hub of ancient civilization mixed with a modern, lively city.

The Many Beautiful Faces of France

It is little wonder that France is one of the world’s most visited countries. This beloved nation exudes endless romance, epic histories, and rich cultures that have endured centuries. No matter how many times we […]

Albania’s Legend of Skanderburg

In Albania, hearts swell with national pride at the mere mention of his name. Born George Castriot into a noble family, the man who would famously go down in history as Skanderbeg led an anti-Ottoman rebellion that planted the seeds of cultural identity for Albania and Macedonia.

Romania’s Remarkable Storybook Castle

In the 1870s, when King Carol I of Romania traveled outside Sinaia and saw the rolling and rugged hills of the magnificent Carpathian Mountains, he knew this was the place to build his castle. His Majesty certainly had a good eye for settings; his remarkable home is nestled quietly on a gentle slope, yet it also strikes a commanding pose, seeming to lord over the sweeping cradle in which it is swaddled.

Getting Back to Nature in Banff, Alberta

Banff, Alberta is located in Western Canada nestled among the Rocky Mountains and located about an hour and a half outside of Calgary.

This is Macedonia; Astounding Nature, Enriching Culture and Incredible History

With its secluded location north of Greece, east of Albania, and west of Bulgaria, Macedonia boasts a rich and enduring culture that has been shaped and, yes, sometimes tested, by its geography and its history.

The Historic Center of Toledo, Spain

Ancient Toledo, Spain is packed with history within its old city walls, Arab, Jewish and Christian monuments, and the former home of Mannerist painter El Greco.