Hello, 2020! A decade of Explore Up Close, in review
As this year comes to a close, we're reflecting on our favorite memories from 2019 . . . and from the past decade. It's been a big year for our small family company, and we couldn't be more excited as we look ahead to 2020!
Here's 2019, by the numbers . . .
10 countries visited:
Austria, Canada, Chile, Denmark, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Portugal, Scotland, Spain
11 states explored:
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia
25 small group trips
183 curious travelers
Over the past decade . . .
In 2009, Explore Up Close was celebrating 5 years in business. Our small team was even smaller - founder Chumley Cope ran every aspect of the company - and led each and every trip - by himself! Over the past 10 years, we are proud to have grown to a team of three full-time employees. And, we've been very fortunate to work with a host of incredible guides and great minds along the way.
We've also widened our travel repertoire since 2009. Today, in addition to our small group tours, we proudly organize and guide trips for family and friend groups, churches, special interest groups, and more. For the friends who dream of hiking through the Scottish Borders, for a family's summer adventure to the Pacific Northwest, or for a church choir group discovering the Reformation and music history in Germany . . . organizing custom group travel has become one of our favorite ventures yet.
Most of all, we're grateful to have the opportunity to do what we love! To each person who has opened our emails, shared our name with a friend, or joined us for a small group adventure over these past 10 years: thank you for sharing this journey with us. Here's to the special places and stories waiting in 2020!
Posted on December 31st in Small Group Travel