Make Long-haul Travel Your New Year's Resolution
New Year’s resolutions. Many of us make them, but they can often be a little uninspiring. A healthier diet, an exercise regime, a new hobby to take up or language to learn. They’re all worthy resolutions, of course, but they don’t quite elicit the excitement of, say, planning an epic adventure.
So, why not make it your New Year’s resolution to plan an amazing long-haul holiday? Perhaps you’ve been dreaming of a certain country for years, or you’re longing to revisit a destination you fell in love with on a previous holiday. Or maybe it’s an experience rather than a particular place – an incredible wildlife encounter, a voyage on a heritage railway, a chance to immerse yourself in a completely different culture.
While travel is very much up in the air at the moment (figuratively speaking), our long-haul holidays are already on sale for dates in 2022, so you can plan ahead and give yourself plenty of time to get excited about your trip.
Our Protection Promise gives you peace of mind about any changes that may need to happen due to government guidelines, and our safeguarding scheme means that your money will be 100% safe in a Trust account. Finally, you can expect the excellent levels of customer service that we’ve always offered, with a friendly, helpful voice at the end of the phone if you need assistance before, during or after your trip, and a Titan tour manager with you throughout your holiday.
Where to go? Here are a few ideas to spark your long-haul wanderlust…
For awesome scenery, there’s nowhere quite like Canada. The soaring peaks, velvet-green forests and glittering lakes of the Canadian Rockies are every bit as beautiful in real life as they are in photos (better, in fact!). We’ve curated a fantastic selection of Canada tours, ranging from ideal introductions to cross-country adventures, so if Canada’s for you, there’s bound to be an itinerary that takes your fancy.
For a really special experience, you might like to choose one of our Canada tours that include a journey on the famous Rocky Mountaineer train. You’ll glide through the Rockies and west to Vancouver in luxury, with panoramic views of your surroundings, delicious Canadian cuisine, and (of course) a glass or two of superb British Columbia wine.
We named our tour of Cuba ‘Cuban Discovery’ – and it really is. Over 12 days you’ll discover the heart and soul of this beautiful island, from its intoxicating capital city (brimming with cocktail bars, colonial charm and a big dose of 1950s nostalgia) to its verdant valleys.
What’s more, our Cuba tours all depart in spring and autumn, so you can swap drizzly days and chilly nights at home for sunshine, salsa and sandy beaches.
There’s just something about India. Perhaps it’s the colours – the vibrant hues of saris and textiles, the ochre shades of the Rajasthani desert, the caramel colour of a steaming hot cup of chai, the orange flash of a Bengal tiger in the wild. Or the sounds – tuk-tuks and motorbikes, the clickety-clack of hill trains, the rustle of palm fronds in the wind. Then there are the sights – the Taj Mahal, the Palace of Winds, Khimsar Fort. Whatever it is, it’s kept the country high on our ‘most booked’ list for the past few years.
If you’re itching to explore, we’ve got plenty of India tours to choose from. Some of our itineraries include a Golden Triangle tour (Delhi, Agra and Jaipur) plus a few extras (Ranthambore National Park, or Udaipur and the Great Thar Desert). Others focus further south, taking you to unspoilt wildlife reserves and quiet tea plantations. Many of our travel advisors have visited India, so why not ask them for a recommendation?
A destination needs to be pretty special to warrant flying halfway around the world. Luckily, New Zealand more than delivers. Epic mountain ranges, art deco architecture, spectacular fiords, fascinating Maori heritage – it’s all waiting to be discovered.
Our New Zealand tours are a minimum of three weeks long, giving you the chance to really explore this spectacular country. On ‘The Best of New Zealand’, travel around North and South Island, from the Bay of Islands right down to Fiordland National Park. ‘Great New Zealand Discovery’ is even more comprehensive, with more time on the wild west coast of South Island and an unforgettable overnight fiord cruise. Then there’s ‘Grand Antipodean Odyssey’, a 26-day tour taking in both Australia and New Zealand. We don’t like to play favourites with our holidays, but it really is an incredible adventure.
For a classic African safari, there’s Kenya – one of the best places in the world for game viewing. If you’re interested in a safari but don’t want it to be the sole focus of your trip, take a look at our South Africa holidays, where you can combine wildlife watching with a trip along the beautiful Garden Route and time in cosmopolitan Cape Town. Special occasion? How about a 17-day adventure through South Africa, Botswana and Zambia, where you’ll travel aboard a restored vintage train, marvel at Victoria Falls and look for wildlife on a sunset cruise along the Chobe River?
For more inspiration, take a look at our latest Worldwide brochure or have a chat with our travel advisors.
Article published on: 14th January, 2021
Although she loves a lie-in at home, Laura is often up and about before dawn on holiday. She’s watched the sun rise over the Grand Canyon, Uluru and Angkor Wat, but her favourite was seeing the first light of the New Year sweeping across the yacht-dotted waters of Sydney Harbour.