We understand that many statistics show that around 80% of all United States citizens do not have a passport. We’re not here to say whether that is bad or good. We’ll leave that to someone else. And it currently takes about 3 weeks to process a passport application (a good thing to know if you’re planning to take advantage of the dollar’s exchange rate compared to last year). That still leaves many Americans that want to take a vacation this year with the awesome possibilities of seeing more of the United States.

Of course, we’d like to see many folks without passports see the great outdoors in our National Parks. We asked many times to help create a special vacation for families and friends that want to experience more that our country has to offer. And many of our clients live in areas that are different in topography, history and climate than the most popular National Parks such as Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Glacier National Park or Olympic National Park.

And you can still get some international flavor at our favorite vacation spots! Since these destinations are known internationally, you can rub elbows with many tourists from overseas. And luckily, many will speak English so that you can share your experiences during a ranger talk or just talking with your neighbors in the campgrounds. Last time I was in Yellowstone, one of our camping neighbors was from Vancouver. They had camped all over in their RV and it was great to listen to their experiences.

So, if you don’t have a passport and are considering a trip to the western USA (including New Mexico!), we say ‘why not?’. (FYI, we do our best to pass on any great deals that we can find for you!)