Alan started guiding tours when he was a senior in high school. Since that time, he has traveled with hundreds of groups all over the world, including tours to England, Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Peru, Guatemala, Mexico, China, and Thailand. His degree in history from Utah State University adds richness to the tours that he leads. He and his wife, Ida Mae, live in Ogden, Utah and are the proud parents of four sons. Alan’s love in life is to see the world with incredible people and to share his knowledge of travel with all of his groups. Come and become one of his “travel groupies” today.
Tours: January South Africa - February Israel & Egypt - March Peru – April China - April Civil War - May Europe Cruise - July Salt Lake to New York Church History – July New York to Salt Lake Church History - August South Africa - September Best of Asia – October Costa Rica & Panama - November Australia, New Zealand & Fiji
Richard Paul Evans
Richard Paul Evans is the #1 bestselling author of The Christmas Box. Each of his eighteen novels has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list; there are more than 14 million copies of his books in print worldwide. His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages, and several have been international bestsellers.
Evans has won the American Mothers book award, two first place Storytelling World awards, The Romantic Times Best Women’s Novel of the Year Award, the German Leserpreis Gold Award for Romance, and the Religion Communicator’s Council’s Wilbur Award.
Four of Evans’s books have been produced as television movies.
Evans received the Washington Times Humanitarian of the Century Award and the Volunteers of America National Empathy Award for his work helping abused children.
Evans lives in Salt Lake City with his wife, Keri, and their five children.
Tours: June 2014: The Walk Cruise
Keri DiSera Evans (wife of national bestselling author Richard Paul Evans) began her love affair with Italy more than a decade ago when her father took her back to the old country to find their ancestral home. Shortly after her return Keri talked her husband, Richard, into moving to Italy with their 5 children where her passion for Italia inspired another of Richard’s bestselling novels, an Italian love story called The Last Promise. Since that time, Keri has traveled nearly every corner of Italy and considers herself “a displaced Italian”. She studies the language, culture and cooking and continues to help her friends find the best sites, shopping and food in the country. Keri’s dream is to help others discover the beauty of the Italy, whether it’s in the Chianti wine country, floating the canals of Venice or walking in reverent awe beneath Michelangelo’s masterpiece of the Sistine Chapel. From small hill towns to the bustling streets of Rome, you’ll have an experience you’ll never forget. With Buon Viaggio Italy, you’ll experience the culture not just as a tourist, but as a part of a remarkable culture of the one country everyone must see at least once in their lifetime.
With 30-plus years of travel and media experience, nationally renowned New York Times best-selling author, TV personality, and professional speaker Dian Thomas has now escorts tours to many international destinations. Her love for people and the excitement and enthusiasm she brings to the travel experience are a perfect fit, helping you enjoy the world in a fun-loving way. As a successful entrepreneur and author of 18 books, Dian knows firsthand how to entertain groups, create memorable moments, and help you gain the most from every excursion. For eight years she was a regular on NBC’s Today show, followed by six years on ABC’s Home Show . She was the subject of over 5,000 media interviews, including the Tonight show with Johnny Carson and ABC’s Good Morning America. Come have the time of your life and let Dian help you discover the lands and seas you have only dreamed about.
Award winning pianist, lecturer, and author Paul Cardall has entertained sold out audiences and inspired people worldwide with Billboard charting albums and various published writings, including his recently released book and memoir, Before My Heart Stops, published by Shadow Mountain. In addition, to the book, his latest studio album titled “New Life” debuted #1 on Billboard Magazine’s top 10 new age chart.
Paul Cardall has a unique perspective on life. His optimistic message combined with powerful instrumental music inspires people and gives them courage, strength, hope, and faith in understanding how to live a more fulfilling and peaceful life.
Christopher Balmer – Owner of Perfect Light Camera & Supply, Photographer, Instructor and Member of Professional Photographers of America
Christopher is a nationally known Northwest wildlife and nature photographer. He has also become a very well respected photography instructor throughout the country. He has extended knowledge and expertise in Wildlife, Landscape, Portraiture, Commercial, Product, Flash and Macro photography. His technical knowledge of all cameras and camera equipment is unsurpassed. He has taught over four thousand students over the last four years. Students travel to his courses from all over the country and even a few from overseas. His passion and excitement for photography is very contagious and he has always had the goal to teach people how to take the picture right in the first place and to not rely on Photoshop and other editing programs to “fix” the photo. Come and see why so many people have sought out his expertise and photography educational courses.
Tours: Coming soon!
Dick has been in the travel industry for over 25 years. He started a travel agency as a college student with some friends, and it has grown from there. Dick has been to more countries than states and is an expert in international travel. He loves setting up his own tour packages in countries around the globe so that he can offer the most affordable and exciting packages to travelers. Dick and his wife Greer have 3 children and are residents of Kaysville, Utah.
Tours: Coming Soon!
With more than 40 years in the travel industry, Ted has directed groups in more than 60 countries worldwide. A geographer at heart, his favorite saying is by the Prophet Mohammed – “Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me where you have traveled.” He is a Certified Travel Counselor and Life Member of the Travel Institute in Wellesley, Massachusetts. He currently serves as a member of the board for the Utah Tour Guide Association and is one of its founding members. Ted’s friendliness, attention to detail and years of travel experience have made him a favorite among travelers. He and his wife JaNae now make their home in beautiful Torrey, Utah.
Alf Gunn took Portuguese into a 30-year career in law enforcement and today utilizes Portuguese and Spanish in providing travel security presentations in retirement. Alf enjoys maintaining email newsletter correspondence with over 2,000 former people who have lived in Brazil and is now a veteran of five specialty tours to Brazil. Alf is an expert on travel to Brazil with incredible first hand knowledge of the customs, culture, and Brazilian lifestyle. Alf loves to meet people, and work and life have taken him to 95 cities at last count. He and Marcia call the Pacific Northwest their home, where most of their 10 grandkids live and where he bicycles and sea kayaks year-round.
Tours: April Brazil
Ellen has lived in Davis County, Utah all of her life except for the four years she attended college at Southern Utah University in Cedar City. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and then promptly went to work at building and raising her family of four daughters. She has since added three sons-in- law and five grandchildren.
Ellen has been employed for 15 years at a religious institution. She began traveling at a young age when her parents would put her on the train every summer to visit her grandmother in California. She has since traveled all over the world and has hosted four trips to Israel and the Mediterranean for Dick Jensen & Alan McKay Tours. She loves travelling looks forward to sharing that experience with others.
Bill and Diana McGuire
Bill graduated from Brigham Young University in Political Science and then went on to graduate with the second graduating class of the J. Reuben Clark Law School. He was employed with the Davis County Attorney’s Office for 34 years where he worked as a prosecutor for 30 years and ended his career in the Civil Division of the office. Bill is an avid sports enthusiast whose main passion is golf. Diana is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics and a Master’s Degree in Nutritional Science. She spent almost 30 years teaching in the Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science Department at BYU, as both a Professor and the Director of the Dietetic Internship Program. Having recently retired, she now spends time on her other passions: piano, violin (just recently!), and being Nana. Bill and Diana have enjoyed traveling to various parts of the world and deem their five children and fifteen grandchildren to be their greatest accomplishments.
Larry and Cheryl Stamps
Larry and Cheryl traveled to Brazil on their own in 2003 and then went on two group tours with Dick in 2005 and 2007. Since then they have hosted a number of trips for Dick Jensen & Alan McKay, including 3 transatlantic cruises. Larry lived in Brazil for two years from 1966-1968. With a love of Brazil, Larry has worked to keep his Portuguese active. After returning from Brazil, Larry married and served as a linguist in the Air Force for four years. He then received a Bachelor’s degree in Tourism and Travel Management, worked as a travel agent and in 2010 completed a 30 year career with Amtrak. Larry helped develop a visitor program and tours for the small, historic, central California town of “Hanford”. Cheryl worked in elementary education and raised their children. Larry and Cheryl recently moved across country from WV near DC back west to establish a nest in Reno, NV closer to their 3 children and 8 and counting grandchildren. But, loving to travel, they have been gone from their nests more than at home since retirement.
Tours: Coming Soon!