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Ireland & Scotland 2017

Join us: 13-Day Celtic Highlights

Join this once-in-a-lifetime group tour as we adventure around Ireland, Scotland & England with Globus, the leader in luxury escorted travel.

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    • VIP Access – skip the lines at must-see attractions!
    • Perfect Hotels – the right hotels in just the right locations.
    • Tour Directors – expert guides make destinations fascinating.
    • Local Favorites – behind-the-scenes unique experiences.
    • Transportation – sit back and enjoy the ride in comfort.
    • … and ME! – your travel agent will be traveling with you!

Departure August 27, 2017. Concludes September 9th.
Base tour rate $3,149.00 per person, a $242 per day average.
Early Birds! Book by November 29th & save 10% per person.
Bonus! Receive $150 pp air credit if booked by October 25, 2016.
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Call Cassie at 330-790-1230 to join the group and reserve your space or click here to request more information!

13-day Celtic Adventure Highlights:

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Can’t go August 27th? Different dates are available upon request.
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Tour Details

 
Welcome to your 13-day Celtic Adventure with Globus

Please Note: Information has been shared directly from the Globus itinerary, and may not include the most up-to-date information or details.

Click on your day-by-day itinerary to see how you’ll experience each destination! Included activities are listed in CAPITAL LETTERS, and don’t miss Globus’ signature icon icon-local-favorite-Globus that denotes a Local Favorite, a unique experience that takes you behind-the-scenes.

 Day 1: Arrive in Glasgow, Scotland

Welcome to Glasgow! Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax in Scotland’s largest city. At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel.
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 Day 2: Glasgow-Fort William-Inverness

Your Celtic adventure starts in earnest with a city drive, taking in the fine 12th-century cathedral, imposing university buildings, and elegant Georgian squares. On the way this morning: the “Bonnie Banks” of Loch Lomond, wild Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe, lovely Loch Linnhe, and Fort William beneath Ben Nevis. In the afternoon, look out for signs of the mysterious Loch Ness monster. Spend the night in Inverness, the Highland capital.
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 Day 3: Culloden-Braemar-Edinburgh

At CULLODEN VISITOR CENTRE, hear the story of the crushing Hanoverian victory over Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Scottish clans. Drive through the Grampian Mountains to visit BALMORAL CASTLE (except when the Royal Family is in residence), then through Braemar, home of the Royal Highland Games for over 900 years, and in the afternoon, via Perth to Edinburgh. Tonight, don’t miss our optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis.
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 Day 4: Edinburgh

Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200-year-old “New Town” and famous scientists, inventors, and novelists who lived there. In the “Old Town,” drive up the narrow Royal Mile to EDINBURGH CASTLE to admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels, then explore HOLYROOD PALACE (when available). Later, a unique optional excursion: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia once the perfect royal residence for glittering state visits and family holidays. Dinner rounds off this evening. For departures August 8, August 15, and August 22, tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO.
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 Day 5: Gretna Green–Grasmere–Liverpool

On the way through the history-steeped Lowland Hills, stop at Gretna Green. Then, leave the land of the Scots and journey into England through the tranquil Lake District to Grasmere, home of poet William Wordsworth, to try original icon-local-favorite-Globus GRASMERE GINGERBREAD. In Liverpool, visit the award-winning BEATLES STORY, an atmospheric journey into the life, times, culture, and music of the “Fab Four.”
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 Day 6: Liverpool–North Wales–Dublin

Travel to lovely Betws-y-Coed, then through the incomparable landscapes of Snowdonia National Park and over breathtaking Llanberis Pass. After a stop at Caernarvon, cross Britannia Bridge to the Isle of Anglesey for a photo stop at tongue-twisting Llanfair…. At Holyhead, board your FERRY and cross the Irish Sea to Dublin. For a first taste of Ireland, why not join an optional Irish cabaret evening including dinner, dance, song, and laughter?
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 Day 7: Dublin

An orientation drive in the Irish capital includes statue-lined O’Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Oscar Wilde’s Trinity College. Afternoon at leisure. Tonight, you might want to take in an optional dinner outing to the Guinness Storehouse.
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 Day 8: Kildare-Cashel-Blarney-Killarney

Horse-racing country this morning. Drive across the Curragh to visit the IRISH NATIONAL STUD at Kildare, whose thoroughbreds command respect on the racecourses of the world. After your guided tour, enjoy icon-local-favorite-Globus TEA and SCONES at the Japanese Gardens Restaurant. On the way to Killarney, stop at the Rock of Cashel, where St. Patrick preached, and in Blarney, renowned for its magical Kissing Stone.
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 Day 9: Ring of Kerry-Adare-Limerick

Follow the road known as the RING OF KERRY for a spectacular 100-mile panoramic drive around the island’s southwestern tip. Have your camera ready for sparkling seascapes, brightly colored farmhouses, subtropical vegetation, and the breathtaking panorama of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View. In the afternoon, travel via quaint Adare to Limerick. A suggestion for a very special night out: an optional medieval banquet at Bunratty Castle.
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 Day 10: Cliffs of Moher-Galway-Knock-Sligo

Motor to the spectacular CLIFFS OF MOHER, rising 668 feet above the Atlantic. Via the limestone plateau of The Burren, reach Galway, a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan center with colorful shops and a busy café and bar culture. Visit Knock, a village that attracts pilgrims from all over the world, then spend the night in Sligo.
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 Day 11: Derry-Giant's Causeway-Belfast

First highlight today is Derry, situated on the banks of the Foyle River, and a icon-local-favorite-Globus WALK on the old city walls in the company of a Local Guide. After lunch, take your photographs of Dunluce Castle, then visit awe-inspiring GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, composed of thousands of strangely symmetrical basalt columns jutting out to sea. Stay in Belfast tonight, Northern Ireland’s seat of government.
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 Day 12: Belfast-Glasgow, Scotland

On this morning’s “Living History” tour in the company of a Local Guide, learn more about this fascinating city where the Titanic was built. Board your FERRY for the crossing of the North Channel to Cairnryan on the west coast of Scotland. Back in Glasgow, celebrate the success of your journey with a farewell dinner with wine at your hotel.
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 Day 13: Glasgow

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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Never been on a tour? Here’s a sneak peak! You’ll love the Local Favorites!
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Quick Glance at Vacation Highlights

Glasgow – Welcome dinner; orientation drive; farewell dinner
Culloden Moor – Visit the battle site’s visitor center
Balmoral – Visit the castle (when open)
Edinburgh – Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle & Holyrood Palace
Grasmere – Visit Wordsworth’s village, icon-local-favorite-Globus try original Grasmere gingerbread
Liverpool – Visit the Beatles Story
Caernarvon – Admire the impressive castle
Holyhead-Dublin – Cross the Irish Sea by ferry
Dublin – Orientation drive
Kildare – Guided tour of the National Stud, enjoy icon-local-favorite-Globus tea and scones at the Japanese Gardens Restaurant
Rock of Cashel – Take photographs of this famous landmark
Killarney – Visit the popular resort town
Ring of Kerry – Scenic peninsula drive
Adare – Admire the thatched cottages
Cliffs of Moher – Savor the spectacular views
Galway – Orientation
Knock – Visit the religious site
Derryicon-local-favorite-Globus Guided walking tour on the city walls
County Antrim – Take pictures of Dunluce Castle, visit Giant’s Causeway
Belfast – Guided “Living History” tour
Belfast-Cairnryan – Cross the North Channel by ferry

Welcome to your 13-day Celtic Adventure with Globus

Please Note: Information has been shared directly from the Globus itinerary, and may not include the most up-to-date information or details.

From their breathtaking scenery to their vibrant cities and small towns, this fascinating tour delivers the best of Scotland, England’s Lake District, North Wales, and the Emerald Isle. You’ll start and end in Glasgow and overnight also in Inverness and Edinburgh in Scotland; Liverpool, England; Dublin, Killarney, Limerick, and Sligo in Ireland; and Belfast, Northern Ireland. Throughout the tour, you’ll learn about the history and cultures as you visit some of the areas’ must-see attractions. For example, you’ll enjoy a “Living History” tour in Belfast accompanied by a Local Guide who will give you a glimpse into life in the city and its history like only a local can.

You’ll also experience stunning scenery on this Britain and Ireland tour. Keep your eyes out for the Loch Ness monster in Scotland’s beautiful Highlands. Travel through the incomparable landscapes of Snowdonia National Park in Wales, with picturesque villages, mountains, and lakes. Follow Ireland’s Ring of Kerry, a 100-mile panoramic drive with sparkling seascapes, brightly colored farmhouses, and the breathtaking panorama of the Lakes of Killarney. Visit the spectacular 668-feet Cliffs of Moher and awe-inspiring Giant’s Causeway, composed of thousands of basalt columns formed millions of years ago.

But that’s not all…Globus has also included out-of-the-ordinary experiences just for you. For example, you’ll visit the Irish National Stud in Kildare, where you’ll enjoy tea and scones at its Japanese Gardens Restaurant. You’ll also taste the famous gingerbread crafted in Grasmere in England’s Lake District. Or how about a walk with a Local Guide on the old city walls in Derry, Northern Ireland?

Bustling cities, smaller towns, scenic castles (Caernarvon, Edinburgh, and Balmoral Castles), breathtaking landscapes, tasty treats, and so much more are offered on this incredible Britain and Ireland tour.

Optional Excursions for your 13-day Celtic Adventure with Globus

Please Note: Information has been shared directly from the Globus itinerary, and may not include the most up-to-date information or details.

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it’s a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; to get an estimated price, use a currency converter for exchange rate information (pricing may vary at the time of booking).

Once you have booked your vacation, Globus provides the ability to pre-purchase excursions, register for your vacations and provide emergency contact information online.

CITY: Inverness
Clava Cairns & Pub Visit with Globus
Clava Cairns and Pub Visit A rare opportunity to view without restrictions 4,000 year old Neolithic burial chambers and standing stones, marveling at the accuracy of their placing and role in ancient life. Then, round the day off with a drink at a local pub.
Approximate value: £23 GBP per person
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CITY: Edinburgh
Royal Yacht Britannia Excursion & Dinner with Globus
Royal Yacht Britannia Excursion & Dinner Enjoy a visit to the former Royal Yacht Britannia, which was used on over 700 overseas visits and sailed over a million nautical miles. Having served royalty and prime ministers and hosted presidents, the last commissioned royal yacht offers a rare opportunity to explore areas not normally seen on a conventional visit to a royal residence; from the bridge through the private and state apartments, from the officer and crew quarters to the engine room. After the visit, dine at a fine local restaurant.
Approximate value: £59 GBP per person
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Scottish Evening with Bagpipers and the Ceremony of the Haggis with Globus
Scottish Evening with Bagpipers and the Ceremony of the Haggis No visit to Scotland’s capital city would be complete without joining a Scottish evening. A piper welcomes you in traditional Scottish style, then savor a delicious four-course banquet with wine and let your host lead you through an evening of music, song and dance culminating in the traditional Ceremony of the Haggis and the joint singing of ‘Auld Lang Syne’ written by Robert Burns.
Approximate value: £67 GBP per person
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CITY: Dublin
Guinness Storehouse Visit & Supper with Globus
Guinness Storehouse Visit & Supper Guinness is known the world over – located in the heart of the St James’s Gate Brewery, the Guinness Storehouse, a former fermentation plant, has been remodeled into the shape of a giant pint of Guinness. This visit will teach you everything about the world famous beer: from how Guinness is made, to the ancient craft of barrel making in the cooperage. The highlight is the 7th floor Gravity Bar, where you will sample a pint of “the black stuff” and enjoy the breathtaking views across Dublin City. Round the evening off with an excellent buffet dinner with wine. Approximate value: £55 GBP per person
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Traditional Irish Cabaret Evening with Globus
Traditional Irish Cabaret Evening The enchanting evening starts with a four-course dinner with wine and a traditional Irish coffee. Then enjoy an evening of quality entertainment, celebrating the best of everything Irish in comedy, music, song & dance from Ireland’s leading entertainers. Enjoy a lively blend of traditional Irish dance, ballads and tunes. The dancers thrill audiences as they twirl and tap with exuberance to the musical accompaniment of the accordion, uileann pipes, guitar and piano. A fun and unforgettable evening.
Approximate value: £64 GBP per person
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CITY: Limerick
Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet with Globus
Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet A memorable evening of entertainment at Bunratty Castle, once the home of the Earls of Thomond. Starting with a mead reception in the Great Hall you will then be led into the Main Guard for a four course meal with wine. The Ladies of the Castle, aided and abetted by the Earl’s Butler, will lead the wonderful entertainment which is provided by the renowned Bunratty Castle Entertainers and accompanied by harp and violin.
Approximate value: £60 GBP per person
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Jaunting Car Ride through the National Park with Globus
Jaunting Car Ride through the National Park When visiting Killarney, a jaunting car ride should not be missed! Your “jarvey” will pick you up at the hotel and take you along Killarney National Park, Deer Park and on to Ross Castle on the shores of Lough Lein. There is time to take photographs of the restored 15th century castle in picture perfect setting, before taking a different route back to your hotel. All along the way, the driver will regale you with stories, anecdotes and local gossip.
Approximate value: £10 GBP per person
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CITY: Sligo
Sligo Pub Excursion with Globus
Sligo Pub Excursion Take your pictures of the breathtaking County Sligo coast in the glorious north west and then enter a world which can only be found in Ireland: a country pub with a wonderful atmosphere. The resident musician is a virtuoso who provides an evening of pure entertainment with world famous charm and ‘craic’. Enjoy two drinks of your choice and listen to typical Irish songs on a very popular evening.
Approximate value: £26 GBP per person

Take a look at where you will be staying on your 13-day Celtic Adventure with Globus!

Please Note: Information has been shared directly from the Globus itinerary, and may not include the most up-to-date information or details.

CITY: Glasgow
Radisson Blu Glasgow with Globus
Radisson Blu Glasgow Superior First-Class. Offering Free high-speed, wireless Internet access throughout, the hotel compromises 250 rooms with complimentary amenities like iPod docking stations, bathrobes and slippers. Collage Restaurant, two stylish bars, access to LA Fitness and a first floor dedicated solely to meetings and events round out the offerings. Glaswegian hospitality and Radisson Blu service standards blend to offer guests a memorable, upscale stay.
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CITY: Inverness
Mercure Inverness Hotel with Globus
Mercure Inverness Hotel First-Class. Enjoy warm Highland hospitality in Old Town Inverness at Mercure Inverness Hotel. Rebuilt on the site of the original Caledonian Hotel, the modern hotel is just 200 meters from Inverness train station and a caber toss from the city’s numerous pubs and restaurants.
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CITY: Edinburgh
The George Hotel with Globus
The George Hotel Superior First-Class. The George Hotel is the pinnacle of luxury hotels in Edinburgh and proud winner of the Best Hotel in Edinburgh at the Scottish Hotel Awards 2011.
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CITY: Liverpool
Novotel Liverpool with Globus
Novotel Liverpool First-Class. The stylish 4 star Novotel Liverpool is located in the city center. Book this Liverpool hotel for close proximity to the Liverpool Echo Arena, the Albert Dock and Liverpool One shopping center. Each of the 209 chic rooms has wireless internet and satellite TV.
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CITY: Dublin
The Gibson with Globus
The Gibson Superior First-Class. The Gibson does sleeping, meeting, dining, imbibing, gigging, touring, wedding and relaxing really really well. They mix all these things with a fresh, energetic, slightly off center approach and know it works. Hoover exhibitions, supporting local artists, prohibition events, urban weddings and the odd celebrity are elements of what makes them different to the normal Dublin Hotel. You will find the staff friendly, responsive and happy.
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CITY: Killarney
Riverside Hotel with Globus
Riverside Hotel First-Class. A modern contemporary interior with tasteful furnishings, giving a warm relaxed atmosphere; the perfect Business Retreat.
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CITY: Limerick
Clarion Limerick with Globus
Clarion Limerick Superior First-Class. Experience what Limerick has to offer first hand at The Clarion Hotel – the friendliness of the people, the vibrancy of the riverside City, the sporting passion, the history, the rural majesty of County Limerick and lots more.
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CITY: Sligo
Radisson Blu Sligo with Globus
Radisson Blu Sligo Superior First-Class. Surrounded by the wild and beautiful countryside of Rosses Point, the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Sligo offers a scenic Irish getaway. This Sligo hotel fuses rugged countryside settings and old-world charm with dynamic design to create the perfect country retreat. With state-of-the-art spa and leisure facilities, guests can unwind in a tranquil haven set against the stunning scenery that defines Northwest Ireland.
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CITY: Belfast
Stormont Hotel with Globus
Stormont Hotel Superior First-Class. The 4 star Stormont Hotel Belfast is located just minutes away from Belfast City Centre and overlooking the beautiful grounds of the Stormont Estate making it an ideal base for business or leisure. In addition to an excellent reputation for professionalism and exceptional hospitality, this luxurious Hotel boasts superb facilities to assure the ultimate in comfort and style and the friendly and professional staff will ensure you have everything you need and much more during your stay.
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CITY: Glasgow
Novotel Glasgow with Globus
Novotel Glasgow First-Class. The 4 star Novotel Glasgow Centre hotel, close to Sauchiehall Street. This Glasgow hotel is also within easy reach of the city’s nightlife, shopping and the SECC.
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Check out photos of the 13-day Celtic Adventure with Globus

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Glasgow,.Scotland……………………………Glasgow Cathedral in Scotland……………..Monument at Culloden Visitor Center
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City.view.of.Liverpool, England……………..Scenic view of Dublin, Ireland……………….Malahide Castle in Dublin, Ireland
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Ring.of.Kerry.in.Ireland……………………….Ireland’s Cliffs of Moher………………………Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
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Pricing details for your 13-day Celtic Adventure with Globus

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Please Note: This tour is estimated at $3,149 per person, but it subject to change. This includes the tour components only, and does not include flights to/from Glasgow. Promotional rates are offered for a limited time only. Call Oddball Escapes to discuss estimated rates, current promotions, and availability.
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Receive discounted rates! Because multiple families want to take this trip, Oddball has created a “group” so that you receive extra benefits. As the group grows, so may the benefits and/or discounts! Of course, the exact benefits will not be determined until we get closer to the date, as our group will continue to grow between now and summer of 2017.
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What does it mean to be a part of a group? So, you will not be required to “hang out” and become best buddies with others in the group! You take your vacation, and other families take their vacation. But, you WILL be traveling with others, so why not let Oddball coordinate your travel plans as part of a group so that you get MORE from your vacation?!
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Start planning now? Exact pricing may not yet be available, but we ARE talking with families now who are interested in this tour of Ireland and Scotland. Contact Cassie for more details regarding this tour.
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Secure your spot. A $250 per person deposit secures your spot on this tour. This deposit can be placed now.
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What about London? Yes, you can extend your vacation and visit London either before or after your tour. Cassie can help you customize your entire vacation experience so that you get the most out of your travels to the UK.
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Your Travel Agent goes with you! Cassie is super excited to be a part of this tour to Ireland & Scotland! She is always expanding her travels to learn about places she has yet to visit. As a previous tour guide, she is excited to discover Ireland and Scotland alongside you! And turn around and share it with other travelers for the next year.