speaking, those who love boutique travel are seeking to escape the crowds, identical
hotel rooms and nose-to-tail tourist attractions. They are looking for low key
this describes you, you are a traveler, not a tourist. Get yourself off the
tourism rollercoaster and experience a world of adventure, sights, and events
on the slow road.
Off the Beaten Path
is one of the busiest tourist destinations in the world. If visiting Rome,
Florence, Venice or Milan, opt to stay at hidden 4-star gems, villas or private
can be less expensive and far more personable. Once your attraction checklist
is complete, hit the road to explore the rest of this spectacular country.
The North Parts of Italy
In Northern Italy,
the Province of Trentino is an art lover’s dream come true and a playground of bygone
nobles with its gorgeous lakes and spas.
world class skiing or hiking in the magnificent Dolomites, part of the Alps. While
in Piedmont, also known as the Tuscany of the North, discover the capital city Turin’s
coffee culture in the historic cafes.
The Southern Provinces
heading to Southern
Italy, here’s an idea! Why not rent a yacht
in Naples, sail down the magnificent Amalfi Coast, and spend the night in
Maratea before setting sail for spectacular Sicily!
turn your yacht toward the quaint island nation of Malta. It consists of three tiny
islands with the majority of the population speaking English.
Wellness or Active and Adventure
be told, many of us lead sedentary lifestyles, either sitting on the couch or
in front of our computer screens (guilty!).
you hear the term “wellness travel” your mind may automatically turn to expensive
spas, yoga, and exclusive clinics. But if that’s not your speed (or budget),
how about just being active?
your cardio on in Portugal! Each year, AmaWaterways and Backroads
partner to create relaxing river cruises down Portugal’s Douro River combined
with biking on first-rate bikes and motor-assisted bikes to help you up those
of a round trip to Alaska via cruise ship, book one-way on the smallest cruise
ships in North America, courtesy of Uncruise,
and stay awhile in one of Alaska’s many luxury lodges for a week full of spectacular
adventure: bear viewing, northern lights or calving glaciers.
travelers question why anyone would stay at an all-inclusive resort when there
is so much more just beyond the gates: experience of local cuisine, culture,
landscapes, and interacting with the residents.
experiences await those that explore. The Caribbean island of Anguilla
prides itself on offering no all-inclusives so visitors will support local
fjords and mountains with small ship Hurtigruten
in Norway. Witness the Midnight Sun and the Northern Lights, dock in small
ports along the way to drop off local travelers, supplies, and mail. What a
spectacular and authentic way to experience the coastline of Norway!
families being pulled in so many different directions, bonding has risen to an
important position in our lives. Journeys such as safaris, customized family-oriented
touring, small ship or land adventures in the Galapagos, and South Pacific cruising
are just the ticket.
Gauguin’s Moana Explorer Program, in
partnership with the South Pacific marine education and conservation
foundation, offers an exciting new program for children and teens, ages 7–15,
to discover the value of the natural wonders of this breathtaking part of the
world through hands-on, interactive learning.
The Hoedspruit Endangered
Species Centre in South Africa is a unique
wildlife facility focusing on conservation and the sustainability of rare and
threatened species. The Centre features a variety of projects and programmes geared
towards families, teens, and children.
Lady will be celebrating its inaugural
season commencing 2020. This mega-yacht is designed exclusively for adults. If
you like ultra-luxury with high energy, coupled with relaxation and rejuvenation,
this is for you!
Azamara Club Cruises
is known to get into small ports and stick around. Each year, Azamara partners
with PerryGolf in putting together some amazing packages. They started out in the
British Isles but were so successful, the program is now offered worldwide.
Australia’s best kept secrets. Head to Western Australia and cruise with Silversea Cruises
& Kent into the magnificent Kimberleys
and witness the stunning King George Falls. From there, sail to Darwin or continue
your journey onto Singapore! Wow!
cruising is all the rage. I would highly recommend Quark Expeditions
to plan your holiday. Specializing in the Polar Regions only, they have ships
and journeys designed for experiential travelers.
is nothing on earth as relaxing as train travel, especially Journeys
of Tranquility and Romance. Things to consider:
Do you have your own bathroom? Does your converted sleep compartment travel
through the night or pull off to side tracks, or are you transferred to luxury hotels?
can try these trains:
- Mexico’s Copper Canyon train
(rustic and adventurous)
- Western Canada’s Rocky
- The Ghan and Indian Pacific,
- Andrean Explorer and the
- Ireland’s Grand Hibernian
- South Africa’s ultra-luxury
Rovos Rail and Blue Train
- British Pullman
- Royal Scotsman
- Orient Express (bring your tux)
travel has never been more popular – especially for women who are no longer
afraid to leave their significant other behind.
3- to 5-star, roommate matching, and single occupancy rooms, you meet and make lifelong
friends from all over the world! Traveling to destinations that may intimidate
you is a snap with professional planning and knowledgeable hosts.
one of my personal favourites – Canada’s Pacific Northwest. A mere 30 minute’s
flight from the vibrant City of Vancouver, you will find yourself in nature at
its most spectacular.
Island is the home of the magnificent garden and yachting City of Victoria,
championship golf courses, world class salmon fishing, abundant wildlife, and
no better place on earth for storm and whale watching. Lots of quaint
properties in all price ranges.
have merely scratched the surface. It would be easier for me to list all the global
destinations you shouldn’t travel to than the innumerable places you should!
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