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WHO ARE THE MEN AND WOMEN BEHIND THE CURTAIN?

WHO IS PULLING THE STRINGS?

WHO ARE CREATING THESE MARVELLOUS VACATIONS?

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR LOOKING AFTER 30,000 TRAVELLERS THROUGHOUT EUROPE IN 2015?

HERE’S YOUR ANSWER –

…In the year 2007, Exploring Vacations founder, Robin Shortt was on a flight from Boston to Dublin, the dawn was breaking beautifully, its golden rays illuminating the slumbering cabin, and he noticed two ladies, in their late seventies, readying themselves for the day ahead. He was quite taken about how much effort they were going through, meticulously applying their make-up and doing their hair. When ready, they clasped hands, eagerly looking out the window, as soon as the first glimpses of Ireland appeared, they wept joyfully. Robin was curious, so when he met them later in the baggage hall, he got to chatting with them and they told them that it was their first time in Ireland, that their father had being born in Ireland in 1900, it had being their life time dream to travel to his homeland, and here they were 100 years after their father had left, back…wow…Robin created Exploring Vacations!
His dream? Simple. Make the best vacations possible.
Let me tell you, he succeeded but it was not simple! Here is a picture taken of himself and I, on the night he convinced me to give up my exciting life in Africa, to join him on his quest – take a look at the fine frocks of hair on the pair of us –

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The following photograph was taken at the opening of our UK offices last year. Not a lock of hair between us, the poor girl with us is our Head of Sales, Ciara, those fine locks are tenuous!

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We started from the ground up, we bought two VW Transporters and we drove our guests around Ireland and we learned what it was all about, what the visitor and the Irish mean to one another and we created a fantastic company with that in mind. It was tough, showing our guests a superb time during the day and then working into the small hours on sales, marketing, finance and administration – but so worth it, we were learning everything about the tourism industry and spending all day with our guests was the finest market research you could possibly get – what an education, it was a PhD. In the off season and when were not on the road, we worked from our parents garage.

In 2009, we opened our first office –

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Our staff numbers have grown…

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And grown…

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We now have forty staff across our offices in Ireland and the UK. We’ve made a lot of great friends and brought over 150,000 tourists into the Ireland, UK & Europe. It’s being a fabulous adventure, we look forward to seeing what the next 8 years and beyond are going to bring.
In 2014, Robin, was asked by Google to speak at the opening of their state of the art conference facility – The Foundry at their European HQ – about our story, this is him after losing at pool just before he goes on stage…

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Exploring Vacations from the genesis of a dawn epiphany aboard a transatlantic flight has become the market leading specialist in organizing unbeatable UK & Ireland vacations – And not all of us lost our hair, here is Gary, present day, our first employee!

 

GARY

We now operate across Ireland, UK, France and Italy –

We work hard…

OFFICE

Play hard…

RUGBY

Eat well…

BBQ

Yes, we have the odd falling out…

VERY HAIRY GARY

But we love one another really…

BLURRY RUSSELL AND LORRAINE

ADRIEN & OLIVIA

THE LADS

CLIFFS

BED

The Eye

cruise on Thames

RUSSELL

Indeed, some of us even fall in love…

LOVE

And we have loads of extracurricular activities, where we get to enjoy our product…

 

Yachting…

BOAT

Horse-riding…

HORSE

Eh, dancing, ahem…

DANCE

Fine dining…

DINING

Painting…

PAINTING

Conferencing…

CONFERENCE

Mentoring…

STATUE

Debating…

FIGHT

But always, always united…

UNITE

And always scaling new heights…

HEIGHT

Exploring Vacations

 

 

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