Tours with Christian Itineraries.
When Burdell was born, his family was very poor and there was “no crib for a bed” so he was wrapped up and laid in a suitcase. He says he was born to travel because of his first crib and the “monument” built on his birth site – a Casey’s store. After retiring from teaching, coaching and being an athletic director, he fell into his dream job in 2000 as a Regional Director of MidWestOne’s Connection Clubs’ travel programs.
His job was so much fun that Charlotte, a former home economics and art teacher B.K. (before kids) and now church secretary, couldn’t keep from adding her two cents and the bank hired her part-time as the Activity Director for the bank trips.
As time passed, they became more and more aware of so many places and events that would be of interest to the Christian community and Blessed Byways Christian Tours was founded in 2004. After many blessed years of Christian tours, Blessed Byways Christian Tours has now decided to expand and will offer a variety of faith-based AND secular tours with one-day or multi-day itineraries for interested travelers, banks, churches and civic groups. They are now registered as Blessed Byways Tours.
Each year they attend the national Select Travel and Going on Faith conferences where they meet with dozens and dozens of suppliers and network with other travel escorts. These conferences are held all over the country. In addition, if at all possible, Burdell goes and scouts out trips. During these trips, many unique attractions and delightful folks are found making it possible for their travelers to enjoy attractions and meet wonderful people that not all others have the privilege of doing.