My #TTCTop10

My #TTCTop10

One of the most exciting and enriching things in life is travel. Looking at pictures, reading articles, talking to people gushing about their experiences – the good, the bad, the ugly – I can’t get enough! Oh, the places I want to go! The list is never-ending, always changing and that’s what makes it so fun. My #TTCTop10 is constantly evolving as more fantastic destinations and experiences are added by the brilliant product teams. With my passport at the ready, here are my top 10 picks for 2019:

Tented Safari in Style 

african safari
Experience an unforgettable safari vacation in South Africa. 

Everything about this trip excites me! Staying in a luxury tent in the African bush, open-vehicle and walking game drives in the Shamwari Game Reserve, visiting Table Mountain, Stellenbosch and exploring the Victoria and Albert Waterfront.

Wildwest, Cowboys & Buffalos

covered wagon train and children
Saddle up for a Wild West family adventure.

This Trafalgar family vacation sounds so much fun – my kids can’t wait to go. From exploring iconic National Parks to meeting Stephen Yellowhawk and leaning the history of his tribe through song and dance this trip bring history alive in an unforgettable way.

Scenic Iceland & the Northern Lights

A world of natural phenomena;  seek out the dancing lights that fill cloudless skies.

I’ve always wanted to visit Iceland’s Blue Lagoon ever since I read about it as a kid in the Sunday Times travel section. Throw in the aurora borealis and I can knock two natural wonders off in one trip! Brilliant!

Classic Japan

mount fuji and pagoda temple
Journey through Japan, with soul-stirring visits to ancient centers and modern cities

Japan is a wonderful mix of ancient history and high-tech modern and I’m fascinated by it. Steeped in history and tradition this trip is an epic journey by bullet train to three of Japan’s most iconic cities, Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hiroshima.

Rhine Holiday Markets

Holiday market window with decorations
Explore some of Europe’s most charming towns on a luxury, all-inclusive Rhine River cruise.

Many years ago, I visited Rudesheim during the holidays with my parents. I can remember market stalls laden with fun crafts and sweets, the hustle and bustle of the shoppers. Fast-forward to today, I want to go back and share the enchantment with my family. Of course, taking in the Christmas markets is only half the fun when you take a Uniworld river cruise. The boat itself is decked out for the Holidays guarantees the whole experience nothing short of magical.

Great Iberian Cities

Enjoy the tastes of sangria in sun-dappled courtyards and Gaudí’s fantasy world.

This perfectly paced trip includes Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, and Lisbon – four fantastic European cities that I’ve yet to visit. With plenty of free time, the itinerary also includes a unique Be My Guest dining experience at an Andalusian horse ranch, entrance to the Prado Museum and stops at La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and the Monument to the Discoveries in Lisbon.

India’s Golden Triangle with Varanasi & Nepal

Explore beautiful India and ancient Nepal on this incredible trip

My cousin just returned from an epic trip to India and she has me sold! Trafalgar’sIndia’s Golden Triangle with Varanasi & Nepal checks all my boxes – Delhi, Varanasi, Agra (did I mention visiting the Taj Mahal at sunrise?) and Jaipur. Adding Nepal to the itinerary means a visit to Katmandu, which happens to be an incredible city full of traditional pagoda-style architecture and golden roofs! Plus, guests are invited to Make their Travel Matter with a visit to the Tibetan Refugee Camp which features a handicraft center and provides shelter to the families of Tibetan refugees who fled the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1959. Among these were gifted Tibetan carpet weavers whose talents remain on display today at the Jawalakhel Handicraft Centre, along with traditional Tibetan handicrafts.

Discover Australia & New Zealand

Uluru rock
Meander past ancient totems, modern icons, and breathtaking natural wonders

Over 15 fantastic days this trip splits its focus equally between Australia and New Zealand. In Cairns, a visit to the Great Barrier Reef is the showstopper with the chance to snorkel and explore. Sunrise and sunset at Uluru are breathtakingly moving before the last leg of the Australia leg of the journey ends in Sydney with a visit to the Opera House and cruise around the harbor. Dive into Maori culture in Rotourua and enjoy a Hangi feast with the Tamali family before spending 3 exciting nights in Queenstown.

Ultimate Ireland

Ashford Castle with Bagpiper
A trip rich in history, fascinating local insights, and fantastic characters.

This Luxury Gold vacation delivers Ireland in style, staying at some of Ireland’s finest hotels including the award-winning Ashford Castle, set in a spectacular 350-acre estate. With VIP experiences including an after-hours tour of the Little Museum of Dublin with esteemed author Trevor White, a simple Irish dance class followed by the best seats in the house for a performance from Gaelic Routes and a private tour of Giants Causeway with a local wildlife ranger, this trip is nothing short of exceptional.

In the Footsteps of the Incas

three Peruvian women with llama
From the clouds of the Andes to the birthplace of the sun, trace the ancient past of the Incas.

There is something mind-boggling about Machu Picchu – the Lost City in the Clouds – that I think can only be truly understood by visiting and seeing it in person with my own eyes. The mystique and intrigue of the ancient Inca empire are fascinating. A country full of color, Peru draws me in. This trip includes the outdoor Pisac market, Ollantaytambo, the Uros Islands, and the iconic Vistadome train, as well as many chances to mingle with the locals and absorb their fascinating culture.

Jo Basley

Jo is the President of GET and shares her passion for travel with her team and our guests. London born, she loves exploring unknown places and immersing herself in new cultures. Jo's kids and husband travel with her as much as possible and she enjoys discovering new corners of the world with them.

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