It's a worrying time right now, but we all need to dream...Our favourite local travel consultant reassures us for future travel.
It’s really tough in the travel industry right now – not only are travel experts trying to predict what will happen next but they’re also having to cancel trips that they’ve put their heart into creating for people. Indeed, every trip that gets cancelled means that that they don’t get paid, so it’s hitting them financially too. We wanted to give our favourite personal travel consultant, Pewsey-based Sarah Watts, the floor to reassure us for future travel. Over to you Sarah…
At this worrying time, we are trying to just reassure people about the current situation, be the voice of reason and the travel professional. We are also supporting and advising our customers, as well as those that either chose not to book with us or just didn’t, to help everyone though this time.
But, things will get better, the virus will diminish (hopefully as quickly as it arrived) and when it does we can all look forward to travelling again, making memories and cherishing precious times with our loved ones.
Use this time to dust off your bucket lists, we’re going to focus on the positives and to inspire us to replace the coronavirus with the travel bug once more.
‘You dream it, they will book it.’
Top 20 in 2020
From sipping Malbecs in Mendoza to soaking up the culture in beguiling Buenos Aires – a trip to the country that is synonymous with tantalising tango, steak and the wind-swept wilderness of Patagonia, is full of rich flavour.
Don’t miss: a trip to the dramatic Iguazu Falls will take your breath away.
Chock-full of the most incredible wildlife, much of Borneo remains unspoilt and is a haven for adventure and nature lovers. With binoculars at the ready, take a boat cruise through the jungle, or trek up mighty Mount Kinabalu.
Don’t miss: Sepilok Sanctuary Rehabilitation Centre, where orphaned and rescued orangutans are cared for and reintroduced back into the wild.
A delectable fusion of old and new, this popular city break offers a wide array or art galleries and museums ranging from the Boston Tea Party Museum to the museum of Fine Arts.
Don’t miss: the Freedom trail that snakes through the city, with 17 stops along the way relaying its rich history.
If you love a city break, take your pick from cities such as Vancouver , Toronto or Montreal. Or why not head into the wilderness of Manitoba for a polar-bear safari? Don’t miss out on Banff National Park in the heart of the majestic rocky mountains where you’ll see some of the country’s most breathtaking scenery, including Lake Louise.
Don’t miss: the Iconic Niagara Falls of course!
Tropical beaches, dense, lush rainforests, simmering volcanoes and plunging waterfalls, Costa Rica is a natures paradise. With half a million species thriving here, this country that bridges north and south America, is one of the most bio-diverse places in the world.
Don’t miss: the opportunity to fly through the rainforest on a zip-wire within the canopy surrounding the Arenal Volcano.
Synonymous with high-octane racing action and partying, this is one of Floridas star beach resorts. Having sampled its specialty seafood dishes, you might want to try some of the local craft brew too Don’t miss: the Daytona Turkey Run, the largest combined classic car show and swap meet in the United States! A must for petrol heads.
A city of superlatives, where the worlds tallest tower sits beside the worlds biggest shopping mall. Its luxurious hotels, mouth-watering restaurants and divine spas bring the VIP out in every visitor. Where else can you spend the morning playing on the beach, the afternoon whizzing down the ski slopes and the evening witnessing the sunset over an ocean of golden, rolling desert dunes.
Don’t miss: the adrenaline-fuelled theme parks and wild waterparks.
From the iconic blue roofs of Santorini to the glamorous kid on the block, Mykonos, it’s impossible to pick which one of the Greek islands is our favourite. Thats why we suggest you embark on a spot of island hopping.
Don’t miss: Corfu and Paxos or Rhodes with Karpathos – two great combinations.
Whether is the awe-inspiring peaks of Mount Fuji or the traditional teahouses and sublime gardens of Kyoto, you’ll easily savour a slice of Eastern promise in the land of the rising sun.
Don’t miss: the bustling city of Tokyo, from its colourful ancient temples to the iconic Tokyo Skytree.
While the Taj Mahal is the country’s jewel in its crown, the pink city of Jaipur, the lake palace of Udaipur and blue city of Jodpur are its surrounding gems. Head south and you’ll discover the spectacular beaches of Goa and the peaceful backwaters of Kerala.
Don’t miss: the Golden Triangle tour, taking in the worlds iconic monument to love, the Taj Mahal, the pink city of Jaipur and the metropolis that is Delhi.
The hedonistic resort of Magaluf on the southwest coast of this Balearic island may be a well-known paradise for partygoers, but the picturesque mountain villages of Soller, Deia and Valldamosa are so unspoilt you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time.
Don’t miss: the islands sophisticated capital, Palma, with its strikingly beautiful cathedral – a sheer architectural joy to behold.
Teaming tropical beaches and ancient Mayan ruins, holiday makers flock to Mexico. For its buzzing beach resorts, lush rainforests and array of wildlife. Mariachi bands, tortillas and tacos, whale watching, parakeets, elegant boulevards of Merida and a history that oozes colonial Spanish charm – Mexico offers a heady mix of modern ad ancient cultures.
Don’t miss: Chichen Itza, on Mexicos Yucatan Peninsula – the outstanding archaeological site of ancient Maya temples and enormous pyramids.
With picturesque bays, historic villages and UNESCO walled cities, this Balkan beauty is small but mighty. Adventure seekers will enjoy no end of options for hiking, mountain biking and condoning. Don’t miss a trip to the UNESCO coastal town of Kotor where a maze of alleys and plazas entangle overlooking the majestic bay of Boka.
Don’t miss: although only 300km from tip to toe, Montenegro’s coastline is among the most spectacular in Europe, so make sure you look back on it from the deck of a boat.
Colourful, cultural and charming, with its fusion of Arabic and European culture, this north African hotspot stirs up the senses. Take in the breathtaking scenery of the Atlas Mountains and the pretty coastal city of Essaouira, which continues to charm visitors with its blue and white Medina.
Don’t miss: Haggling for hand-crafted souvenirs in Marrakesh’s. Labyrinth-like, colourful souk.
Divers and snorkellers will be delighted to hear that Egypt’s Red Sea resort is back in business. Below the surface of its glistening waters lie colourful corals and reefs bursting with life.
Don’t miss: a dessert safari across the rolling snd dunes to discover bizarre rock formations and mountains – the most famous being Mt Sinai itself.
Joanna Lumley recently documented her travels along the Silk Road on ITV, and this had added to the interest in what is one of the worlds most historically important trade routes connecting China to the Mediterranean. Traversing some 7,500 miles, retrace the steps of nomadic tribes across vast plains and desserts on escorted tours.
Don’t miss: the section through China taking in the formidable Terracotta Warriors in Xian, the Tibetan monastery in Xiahe, the desert oasis of Turpan and iconic Great Wall.
From Cape Town’s landmark Table Mountain and Port Elizabeth’s high-octane surfing to spotting the Big Five in Kruger National Park or touring the country rich vineyards, a trip to South Africa is rich in culture, nature and adventure.
Don’t miss: a tour along the acclaimed Garden Route – it’s one of the worlds most scenic drives.
Whether its the lively nightlife of Playa de las Americas or the sophistication of Puerto Colon, the beautiful beaches and all-year-round sunshine keep this Canary Island a perennial best seller. It’s a favourite with the Brits – particularly families – and a good reason.
Don’t miss: the landscape of craters, volcanoes and rivers of petrified lava within the Teide National Park.
The Deep South
Visit America’s cultural hub of Atlanta, cruise along Mississippi River and soak in the soul of New Orleans. A hike up the smoky mountains, a bet at the Kentucky Derby or a visit to fun-filled Dollywood are just for starters in Americas Deep South. This lively region is synonymous with both food and music with the latter being a hot bed of iconic musical heritage that is sure to put a spring in your step.
Don’t miss: a visit to Graceland – the ultimate pilgrimage to the King of Rock ’n Roll in Memphis.
From the honey-coloured Georgian architecture of Bath and cobblestone streets of Edinburgh to the majesty of Cardiff castle and the sweeping beaches and dramatic cliffs of the Jurassic Coast, you don’t have to travel too far to enjoy the splendour of Great Britain. Soak up its culture and history and drink in its stunning picture postcards scenery.
Don’t miss: like it or not, London still dominates when it comes to the most visited tourist attractions in the UK. The capitals Tate Modern tops the charts.
Not Just Travel – Sarah Watts, 7c High Street, Pewsey SN9 5AF, Tel: 07824 884585, sarahwatts.notjusttravel.com