Preserving a Kingdom: Bhutan’s Enduring Culture

To enter Bhutan is to enter a world unto itself. Many have compared it to the elusive Shangri-La of fable, and the country safeguards its treasured traditional culture. With its doors closed to outsiders until […]

Raise a Glass to the Wines of France & Spain

“Wine cheers the sad, revives the old, inspires the young, makes weariness forget his toil, wrote Lord Byron, who was not only famed as a poet, but a traveler, carouser, and bon vivant. He came […]

Where the Heart Is: Gate 1 Launches 7 New U.S. Itineraries

Novelist George A. Moore once wrote, “A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.” That’s a sentiment many of our travelers share after they realize […]

Spain: Splendid Architecture, Sweeping History, Breathtaking Beauty

Spain long held a strategic role as a link between North Africa and Europe. For centuries, anyone who controlled the Iberian peninsula held great commercial and political power; variously throughout history, Moors, Arabs, Christians and […]

Ecuador! Where Natural, Culture, and the Future All Come Together

There is an Ecuadorian saying that translates to “Look for a good tree, and you’ll have good shade,”the point being that the best things in life don’t come to you-you must seek them out. Travelers […]

A Closer Look at Distant Empire: China Revealed

We hear about the enormity of China all the time, with its 3.7 million square miles, 1.3 billion people, and 56 ethnic groups speaking 292 dialects. China’s sweeping size and complexity can make it seem mysterious, even […]

Yellowstone Facts

Yellowstone National Park Did you know that Yellowstone National Park was established in 1872 as the first national park in the United States?  Here are some more amazing fun facts about this breathtaking natural wonderland. […]

India & Nepal Entry Requirements

International Entry & Visa Requirements for U.S. Passport Holders Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. INDIA – Visa required. Passengers who enter India only once may utilize India’s […]

Farm to Plate: A Bountiful Moroccan Cuisine

It is morning in Morocco. As the sun rises over the Sahara and bathes the country in brilliant desert light, food vendors prepare their shops for another busy day. In remote medieval villages, eggplant, chickpeas, […]

The Gate 1 Foundation

It has been just over a year since we launched the Gate 1 Foundation, our nonprofit organization committed to improving lives through travel, education and cultural exchange. Our mission is simple and basic: to provide […]