A Catalog of Exotic Lands - April 2018 - 3
OH, THE PLACES YOU'LL GO
Where to go next based on 2018's top travel motivations.
Not sure which destination - or even which continent - to commit to for your
next vacation? We've chosen five destinations inspired by this year's most
popular reasons to travel according to the Virtuoso 2018 Luxe Report, an annual
survey showcasing our advisors' forecasts of what will be trending this year in
travel. Here are our picks.
1. Exploring new destinations: RWANDA
Rwanda languished in the shadow of its 1994 genocide for more than a decade,
but a stable government and a 30 percent increase in tourism in the past two
years have put the small Central African nation on travelers' lists. Explore
Rwanda with Abercrombie & Kent on tours that include overnights in Volcanoes
National Park and gorilla trekking.
2. Crossing off bucket-list items: CHINA
From Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City in Beijing to the Great Wall
of China, this country is chock-full of sights to add to your travel checklist.
WildChina creates custom tours that reach throughout the country (and
beyond), while emphasizing authenticity and the country's culture through
connections with its people.
A Wilderness Safaris trip
to Botswana's Abu Camp.
Three steps to a better world.
3. Seeking authentic experiences: NEW ZEALAND
A nature lover's paradise, New Zealand is the perfect place to get back to basics.
Your travel advisor can work with Auckland-based Seasonz Travel to plan a
custom itinerary. Discover the nation's many activities and lodges that safeguard
New Zealand's cultural and natural heritage and benefit local people.
4. Rest and relaxation: FRENCH POLYNESIA
Enjoy harmonizing massages and steam bath rituals at The Brando's Varua Te
Ora Polynesian Spa. The resort was the first in the world to be granted LEED
Platinum certification, the highest level of recognition by the U.S. Green
5. Personal enrichment: ECUADOR
ME to WE, a social enterprise turned tour company, designs nine-day servicebased vacations for ages 8 to 80 in Ecuador, Kenya, and India, as well as four-day
pre- or post-trip extensions in partnership with other tour companies. Volunteer
activities can range from helping to build a school or a health center to digging
wells, plowing fields, and planting crops.
Nature vacations save
endangered species and
fragile habitats. Airlines have
stepped up their eco-initiatives,
but you can make an impact
before boarding: Purchase
carbon offsets from a reputable
organization such as MyClimate.
The cost to offset a first-class
for example, is $184.
TRAVEL WITH A WINNER
Each year the Virtuoso Sustainable
Tourism Leadership Awards
recognize the world's top socially
and environmentally responsible
hotels and tour operators. The
2017 winners: Cavallo Point - The
Lodge at Golden Gate, a former
U.S. military base that overlooks
San Francisco Bay, and Wilderness
Safaris, a Cape Town-based
ecotourism tour operator.
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MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Natural wonder in Ecuador
and (left) a gorilla in Rwanda's
Volcanoes National Park.
Avoid voluntourism holidays
focused on orphanages and
young children: A growing
number of studies show that
repeated emotional attachments
and abandonments from waves
of well-meaning volunteers take
a psychological toll on children.
The best way to make a positive
impact is environmentally, through
organizations such as the Sierra
Club or Tourism Cares.
- Costas Christ, Virtuoso global
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