In fact, there are some big trends for 2018 that travelers and destinations around the world are bracing for.
The Multi-Generational Vacation
The Wellness Vacation
Leaving Your Comfort Zone
The Extended Vacation
Watching the Kids
Here are 10 exciting destinations – put them at the top of your wish list and discover something new.
Why Go: Botswana holds a special place in the hearts of newly-engaged Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, as the place they fell in love. In fact, Prince Harry calls it his “second home” and actively works to support rhino conservation.
How to Go: The Okavango Delta offers some of the most exciting game viewing in Africa, including a growing rhino population with support from Philanthropy. Search these rhino on Botswana Safari in Style or follow in the footsteps of the royal couple and sleep under the stars at Sanctuary Baines Camp on a customized trip; Botswana Life in the Delta.
Travel Tip: “Prince Harry took his first safari to Botswana when he was 13, and it is rewarding to see how important it’s become to him. I can think of no better destination to share with someone, you want to spend the rest of your life.”
Why Go? Colombia’s diversity runs from tropical grasslands to mountain peaks, from coffee plantations to spectacular museums, from ancient history to natural wonders.
How to Go: Delve into Colombian culture, exploring local art, cuisine and customs with insider access to museums, private coffee tastings and a behind-the-scenes tour of a family flower plantation on Colonial Charm in Columbia or depart when you choose and we can customize an itinerary just for you and explore with your private car and guides.
Travel Tip: “Enjoying the local culture and history is always big in my book. Delve into Colombian culture, exploring local art, cuisine and customs with insider access to museums, private coffee tastings and a behind-the-scenes tour of a family flower plantation.”
Why Go: For almost 300 years, Cordoba was one of the most important cities in Europe and the Islamic world. Visit the 10th century Mezquita, a cathedral and former great mosque with a breathtaking Moorish-influenced interior unlike anything else in Spain.
How to Go: Discover this city from a local perspective when traveling with a Tour Director and local guides on Spain Seven Cities or for a more in-depth understanding of Moorish culture, Wings Over Spain & Morocco.
Travel Tip: “One of Spain’s oldest cities, Cordoba is best experienced on foot. Wander its narrow, flower-lined streets, then step inside the Mezquita to gape at the colorful arches and intricate details found inside.”
Why Go: There are few places on earth where you can have such close-up experiences with wildlife, including the mating dances of blue-footed boobies and the displays of magnificent frigate birds. Each island has its own distinctive character and your naturalist guide will point out how plants and animals adapt to the unique conditions.
How to Go: Your Galapagos Wildlife Adventure or make it a family celebration on Family Galapagos Trip.
Travel Tip: “I like to be active when I’m on vacation and enjoy any chance to snorkel with sea lions and turtles. You also have the rare opportunity to see marine iguanas feeding underwater.”
Why Go: Perhaps the most visited tropical destination in the world and for good reason. Sandy beaches, palm trees, volcanoes, scuba diving, luxury resorts and villas.
How to Go: Visit two islands to fully experience the variety and diversity.
Travel Tip: Try “poke” which is marinated tuna served raw, often with seaweed. This local treat is served almost everywhere.
Why Go: As the birthplace of three of the world’s greatest religions – Judaism, Islam and Christianity – Israel has been a pilgrimage site for millennia. Israel is a destination for the ages, and when you visit it with us, you discover it in-depth and in unqualified comfort.
How to Go: Enjoy a small group journey on select dates; with History Crossroads offering Biblical and historic sites in Bethlehem, Nazareth and Jerusalem; explore Masada and Yad Vashem; privately cruise the Sea of Galilee; and visit the site of the Sermon on the Mount.
Travel Tip: “With a local guide to explain the significance of the different historic sights; you learn and retain so much of the rich history. The food and local culture is amazing to partake in. Breeze through customs and immigration with our VIP service, which greets you upon arrival and whisks you past long lines at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport.”
Why Go: Learn the ways of the samurai warrior in Tokyo, a traditional ryokan experience in Hakone and Japanese culture in Kyoto
How to Go: Explore with a local expert who shares insights in the history and culture of Japan. Visit the beautiful resort town of Hakone, known for its hot springs (onsens) and mountainous scenery. Explore Lake Ashi on a scenic boat cruise and Hakone Komagatake Ropeway for a spectacular view of the Mount Fuji. Ride like a local on the bullet train to Osaka and walk thru the gardens of the Osaka Castle.
Travel Tip: “No trip to Japan would be complete without a day excursion to the lush and tranquil Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, and explore the magical Golden Pavilion.”
Why Go: Interest in Russia has exploded this year with the decline in the value of the Ruble. It has piqued the interest of American travelers intent on discovering for themselves what it has to offer.
How to Go: New for 2018, we have introduced a luxury exploration of St. Petersburg & Moscow, featuring Four Seasons hotels, insight from local guides and insider access throughout on Imperial Russia.
Travel Tip: “Visiting St. Petersburg was a highlight for many guests on a recent Private Jet journey, especially private access to the Hermitage and Fabergé museums, so a new luxury journey has been built around these experiences.”
Why Go: New Zealand is blessed with perhaps the world’s largest concentration of stunning natural wonders, offering a pristine environment for outdoor enthusiasts.
How to Go: Choose your own adventure, from exploring picturesque Milford Sound by helicopter and landing on the ice floes of Isobel Glacier, to a river safari or a hike along one of New Zealand’s Great Walks, on Around the World’s; An Inspiring Expedition by Private Jet or combine it with Australia on Australia & New Zealand The Lands Down Under.
Travel Tip: “I always consider the South Island the jewel of New Zealand. It’s difficult to overstate its beauty – and how much it has to offer — from world-class wineries and indigenous art, to an abundance of thrilling adventures.”
Why Go: in 2018, Switzerland will celebrate 170 years since its confederation. Known for its turquoise waters and towering mountains, it has a storied history (as well as world-class chocolate).
How to Go: Combine the beautiful Swiss Alps with the glories of the Italian Lake District on Switzerland and the Italian Lakes or plan an adventure for the entire family on Family Switzerland, featuring James Bond Mountain, chocolate tastings, and jaw-dropping nature on hikes and raft trips.
Travel Tip: “Breathtaking views are everywhere you look, but one of the most spectacular experiences is on the way to Zermatt. Dine on the famous Glacier Express as you traverse the majestic scenery.”