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Say aloha to great rates when you stay at select hotels in Kona and Lihue. WestJet Takes You to Hawaii

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Say aloha to great rates when you stay at select hotels in Kona and Lihue.

As you land in Kona, you’ll see endless fields of black lava rock, providing an unusually beautiful welcome mat. Large areas of the coast and interior are covered in thick green vegetation. The black-sand beaches are calm and comfortable, and the ocean is a sparkling blue. Travellers looking for traditional island fun are well taken care of here. But if you’re the kind of person who wants a little dash of adventure alongside luxury, the Big Island is also the perfect spot for you.

Kauai tugs at the adventurer within. It inspires you to get out and explore its incredible hiking trails and to test its waters with a surfboard, boogie board or stand-up paddleboard. Or perhaps even travel across the water on an outrigger canoe to experience the way the ancient Polynesians travelled, guided by the stars and an intimate knowledge of the sea.

Kauai

Kauai, the lushest island and nicknamed The Garden Island is laid back and a playground for adventure. Picture Jurassic Park (without the dinosaurs), rain forests, emerald valleys, waterfalls and blue sparkling water.  There is a good range of condo accommodation in the resort areas of Poipu (South Shore) and The Royal Coconut Coast (East Side). Poipu is the sunniest part of the island and together with its perfect beaches, small towns, resorts and golf, this area can be as chill or as fun as you would like. Up on the Royal Coconut Coast north of Lihue, golden beaches are scattered along the coast and attractions including Fern Grotto, the Wailua River and Kapaa Town are close by.

Hawaii

On the Island of Hawaii (aka The Big Island), the Kohala Coast on the northwest side of the island is home to world-class accommodation and great condo choices, many set on the fairways of one of its two golf courses. The Waikoloa Resort area has beaches, resorts, shopping and great dining combined with historic sites including petroglyph preserves, sacred fishponds and centuries-old lava fields. On the southwest side of the island is Kailua-Kona, a quaint seaside town surrounded by a few big box stores, so you are never far away from a shopping fix or a Costco run.

Contact your travel Advisor for all of the select Kona and Lihue, Hawaii hotels to save on your vacation!

Film & TV in Britain Explore the UK with Visit Britain

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Film & TV in Britain

You may not realize it, but loads of your favourite films and TV shows were filmed in the UK, and you can see them in the flesh! Embark on a magical journey down Diagon Alley (from Harry Potter), roam the endless plains of King Arthur’s mighty kingdom, or enjoy a simple tea and scones in Paddington’s London – live out your big-screen dreams in our entertainment hotspots. Whether it’s magic, detective mystery or adventure, you’ll find the iconic film and TV locations scattered all over the UK, waiting for your adventure.

Recent popular films and TV series include:

Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey’s heady mix of the aristocracy, expert tailoring and historical accuracy have made it one of the most highly rated British period dramas in history. Start at Highclere Castle, where Downton Abbey itself was incarnated and explore the curious stories of the actual residences of the castle – the Carnarvon family. Soak in the air of British royalty found at Lincoln castle masquerading in the series as the York Prison and don’t forget to stop by West Wittering beach for some sea, sun, and sand – a great finish to your Downtown Abbey inspired tour!

Game of Thrones

Visit the home of Game of Thrones, the TV series that has been one of the biggest ever exports of British television. Get started in Belfast, which is used as a regular filming location and is a gateway to both city life and rural tranquillity. Get your own fantasy on the road and venture to the Seven Kingdoms!

Outlander

Time travel alongside the epic TV drama which sees the married WWII nurse Claire Randall transported back to 18th-century Scotland. Start where the film did; at the city of Inverness. Boasting greenery, the gorgeous Falkland Palace and Garden, you can immerse yourself into nature’s finest. The Blackness castle was used as the setting of Black Jack’s Fort William headquarters and makes for a stunning view overlooking the Firth of Forth. Get your history dose right here and explore the ancient castle once used as a garrison fortress and state prison. Come and travel through time for an outlandish experience!

Check out visitbritain.com to find the filming locations of your all-time favourite films and TV shows and for inspiration for your next trip to the UK!

5 Essentials Items to Pack for Your Next Cruise

We know how much packing can be a pain and not the most fun part of prepping for vacation. You look forward to this exciting trip that you have spent countless hours planning, only to have to spend even more hours preparing the family to pack up everything and anything you all might need. Well, we want to help in any way we can, so we have gathered our top 5 essential items to pack for your next big cruise vacation and make life a little easier.

  1. Wrinkle Releaser
    Who would have thought that stuffing all those clothes into your luggage would make them wrinkle… Don’t worry about the struggle of now ironing, pull out your clothing wrinkle spray and see those crinkles and wrinkles disappear. Give you packed up clothes a new life with this miracle spray; trust us, you will be using this on the regular even when you get home.

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  2. Reusable Water Bottle
    I am sure you are aware of the significant issue our oceans and planet are facing with plastic in our waters; this is why we believe this item one of the essential to pack no matter what vacation you are going on.
    Bonus Tip: Norwegian Cruise Line recently announced that it is eliminating single-use plastic bottles on board their vessels. Instead, you will find plant-based carton containers across its fleet.Portable Charger Anker PowerCore 20100mAh - Ultra High Capacity Power Bank with 4.8A Output and PowerIQ Technology, External Battery Pack for iPhone, iPad & Samsung Galaxy & More (Black)
  3. Portable Battery Charger
    While vacationing on a cruise ship, you will quickly come to realize the ship itself is a destination and much bigger than you expect, add on the endless shore excursions, and you will be sure to see your phone’s battery life hitting an all-time low. That is why we always suggest throwing in a portable charger for those long days by the pool or exploring a new port. The last thing you want is to hear that “beep beep” and be scrambling for an outlet.
    Bonus Tip! Always pack a Universal Travel Adapter just in case.
  4. Waterproof Pouch Phone Dry Bag
    This phone case will be a lifesaver! For both protection from water, sand and anything else you can think of that could possibly ruin your trip from a broken phone. This phone case is quick and simple insurance to keep your precious memories safe, while also capturing some amazing images in beautiful destinations!
  5. Cruise Line Mobile App
    Now, you won’t have to actually pack this essential item, as you will only have to download it to your mobile device, but it is definitely worth adding to the list. Cruise lines have created innovative brand apps to help their guest enjoy smooth sailing, from booking your shore excursions from the click of a button to confirming onboard activity agendas.

3 NCL Alaska Cruises to Consider for 2020 & 2021 Norwegian Cruise Line

3 Alaska Cruises to Consider for 2020 with Norwegian

Journey to Alaska to experience the wonder and awe of being up close with some of the most impressive glaciers in North America. Explore the natural wonder of the rainforest. Look out for the many varieties of Alaskan wildlife, including wolves, harbour seals, humpback whales, and more.

Set out on an unforgettable adventure to some of the most rugged beauty in the world. Norwegian Cruise Line offers a variety of enriching Alaska cruise options for 2020 and 2021. Here are some of the best Alaskan cruises to book right now.

1. 7-Day Alaska Cruise from Seattle

This seven-day Alaskan cruise sets sail from Seattle on one of the newest ships in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet — Norwegian Joy, which started sailing to Alaska in 2019. Enjoy spacious and well-appointed accommodations. Norwegian Joy features brand new Concierge staterooms that feature some of the most luxurious touches on any of Norwegian Cruise Line’s ships. Among the included amenities are private dining, concierge services, and priority embarkation throughout the duration of your cruise.

While aboard Norwegian Joy, check out the virtual world of the Galaxy Pavilion, where you can immerse yourself in interactive video walls and thrilling simulator rides. The Galaxy Pavilion is perfect for everyone in the family. Other highlights of the Norwegian Joy include a quarter-mile oceanfront promenade, the most thrilling racecourse at sea, and awe-inspiring acrobatics.

After spending a whole day discovering everything that the Norwegian Joy has to offer, you’ll arrive at Ketchikan, Alaska. This town is the gateway to the Misty Fjords National Monument, which offers postcard views of cascading waterfalls, icy blue lakes, and snow-capped mountain peaks. These dramatic sights can only be reached via boat or plane, which is why you’ll want to take the Misty Fjords & Wilderness Explorer tour.

After leaving Ketchikan, you’ll visit Juneau, one of the most famous towns in Alaska and the most scenic state capital in the United States. Next, you’ll cruise overnight through Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier, followed by a day at Icy Strait Point. This is a truly special place, as this region has more wildlife than people.

Cruise to Hubbard Glacier, Alaska with Norwegian

2. 7-Day Alaska Cruise with Inside Passage from Seward

This Alaska cruise on Norwegian Jewel takes you through the Inside Passage of Alaska. You’ll discover some of the most scenic destinations in North America along the way. You’ll embark the ship in Seward, Alaska, which is home to a variety of sea mammals and marine life. Seward offers plenty of chances to enjoy fun outdoor activities, from sea kayaking to dog-sledding.

The next sight to see on this itinerary is Hubbard Glacier, a giant tidewater glacier that is more than 6 miles wide where it meets the ocean. This glacier is the longest tidewater glacier in the world.

After viewing the beauty and wonder of Hubbard Glacier, you’ll visit Icy Strait Point, Alaska. Icy Strait Point offers a true Alaskan experience for anyone who wants it, including wildlife encounters. Take a small ship cruise to Point Adolphus, which is one of Alaska’s best destinations for viewing humpback whales. You’ll also want to keep your eyes open for bald eagles, seals, and sea lions.

As you sail into Juneau, you’ll be surrounded by beautiful mountains and glaciers galore, including the Mendenhall glacier, which is 12 miles outside of town. Book a glacier trek, dog sled, or even a helicopter tour to experience this glacial gem. Next, you will sail through the 31-mile Endicott Arm fjord and Dawes Glacier, one of Alaska’s most majestic fjords with abundant waterfalls, towering granite walls, and beautiful hemlock and spruce trees. Once you reach Dawes Glacier, get your camera ready as this active glacier is often “calving,” so you’ll have the chance to photograph some impressive icebergs.

As you sail into Juneau, you’ll be surrounded by beautiful mountains and glaciers galore, including the Mendenhall glacier, which is 12 miles outside of town. Book a glacier trek, dog sled, or even a helicopter tour to experience this glacial gem. Next, you will sail through the 31-mile Endicott Arm fjord and Dawes Glacier, one of Alaska’s most majestic fjords with abundant waterfalls, towering granite walls, and beautiful hemlock and spruce trees. Once you reach Dawes Glacier, get your camera ready as this active glacier is often “calving,” so you’ll have the chance to photograph some impressive icebergs.

Witness Wildlife Up Close in Alaska with Norwegian

3. 15-Day Alaska Cruise from Vancouver

This 15-day Alaska cruise starts in Vancouver, British Columbia offers the most authentic experience of Alaska. All Norwegian Cruisetours are completely escorted by experienced local Alaskan guides. This cruise features a visit with an Iditarod Sled Dog Musher and guaranteed animal sightings. It also features travel on an authentic Alaskan railroad, as well as a riverboat cruise and tour of Fairbanks.

After a day at sea, the first of your five Alaskan ports is Juneau. Kayak one of the state’s many protected waterways, cruise along Tracy Arm Fjord, trek Mendenhall Glacier, and more. Next, spend a day sailing through Glacier Bay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some of Alaska’s most beautiful scenery can be found here. You’ll be surrounded by magnificent snow-capped mountains, mesmerizing glaciers, and plenty of wildlife.

After departing Glacier Bay, you will head to Icy Strait Point, one of the most pristine places left on earth. The last two Alaska ports on this itinerary are Sitka and Ketchikan. Sitka is a charming town with no shortage of historical sites and countless wildlife sighting opportunities. Be sure to visit the Raptor Centre, where you can see various birds of prey, including bald eagles.

After departing Glacier Bay, you will head to Icy Strait Point, one of the most pristine places left on earth. The last two Alaska ports on this itinerary are Sitka and Ketchikan. Sitka is a charming town with no shortage of historical sites and countless wildlife sighting opportunities. Be sure to visit the Raptor Centre, where you can see various birds of prey, including bald eagles.

Ketchikan is known for its lush wilderness, tasty salmon, and rich culture, giving you plenty of options for excursions. Aside from noted attractions like Misty Fjords, you can visit an oyster farm, learn about totem culture, fish for salmon or halibut, depending on the time of year, or attend a lumberjack show.

Trying to decide which Alaska cruise is right for you? Be sure to visit Norwegian’s Cruise Deals and sign up to get the latest specials and deals delivered right to your inbox.

 

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Visit Britain – Local Flavours in Britain I Travel For... Local Flavours in Britain

 

I Travel For… Local Flavour in Britain

Relax on the coastline of Cornwall and sink your teeth into a rich Cornish pasty or visit the home of cream tea, Devon, for some scones and clotted cream. Head up north to Scotland to embark on the infamous Malt Whiskey Trail and for any cheese lovers out there a trip to Cheshire is in order for an evening of cheese and wine tasting.

You do not need to venture far within Britain to savour both traditional and international cuisine. You will find regional specialties and a range of gastropubs to Michelin-Star restaurants wherever you go. With the addition of 28 new British restaurants added to the 2020 Michelin Star awards’ list, there is no shortage of great tastes. Experience local flavours with food tours that allow you to bring the taste of Britain home. If you are keen to sample the best of Britain’s alcohol, there is an abundance of incredible festivals for beer, wine and spirits to enjoy throughout 2020.

Regional Specialities

Take a look at our interactive map of regional and national specialties to plan your food adventure in Britain! Just a sample of the regional delicacies mentioned on our map includes Scotland’s national dish of Haggis and a Welsh vegetarian dish called Glamorgan sausage.

Food tours and experiences

For a true taste of Wales, discover the capital city and try its culinary delights as part of a tour from Loving Welsh Food. You can sample traditional and modern Welsh dishes in locations across Cardiff as part of a food tour while meeting local suppliers and discovering more about Welsh culture.

Discover the beauty of England’s National Parks while learning new skills through foraging and wild cooking experiences, like discovering edible treats in Northumberland National Park.

The Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh is a great introduction to Scotland’s national drink and provides an excellent insight into the process of whisky making.

Afternoon Tea experience, B Bakery, London, England.

New British additions to 2020 Michelin Star Awards’ list

London saw numerous new establishments awarded their first Michelin accolade, namely Nuno Mendes’s Mãos in Shoreditch, Dysart Petersham in Richmond, Endo at The Rotunda in Shepherd’s Bush, and Da Terra in Bethnal Green, with the city showing once more why it’s one of the world’s hottest destinations for foodies.

Top UK festivals for beer, wine and spirits

Having cemented its place as a leading whisky festival, the London Whisky and Spirits Weekender has added an array of other spirits to the mix for 2020.

When? 15-17 May

The acclaimed Sussex Gin Fest returns to Borde Hill Garden in July, a celebration of Sussex, British and global gin distillers set in more than 200 acres of stunning parkland.

When? 11 July

Shake off the winter blues with Sunwing tips Posted by Sunwing

The third Monday of January, otherwise known as Blue Monday, is often considered to be one of the gloomiest days of the year. From frigid temperatures and a lack of sunlight to failing New Year’s resolutions, many Canadians begin to experience a serious case of the winter blues at this time.

The good news is that shaking off the winter blues might be easier than you think. According to a survey recently conducted by Sunwing, 95% of Canadians agree that vacations have a positive impact on their wellbeing. We compiled some of our top tips to help you get out of the blues and into the sun this winter. From boosting your mood by booking early to spending some much-needed time in the sun, read on for their top advice on shaking off the winter blues.

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Book Early and Get Excited

There are plenty of clear advantages to booking your vacation early – you’re more likely to get your preferred departure date and resort and you can score a better deal – but did you know that booking early can also boost your mood? While you’ll definitely feel an upswing in your mood when you step off the plane in paradise and smell that fresh island breeze, over 75% of Canadians say that they get excited about their upcoming vacation the moment they book and the week before they depart – proving that the ‘holiday halo effect’ starts long before you depart and can continue even after you’ve returned home. Booking early will extend the holiday happiness bubble, giving you something exciting to look forward to and making those chilly winter commutes much more bearable.

You’ll have a lot to look forward to when you plan your getaway to Grand Memories Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. This popular resort includes access to one of the largest resort water parks in the Caribbean with a wave pool, seven “monster” slides and two mini slides for kids. Remember to book early to start counting down to paradise and to secure your preferred suite – there are even options that sleep families of five or more.

Swim-up bar and pool overlooking the ocean surrounded by lush palm trees

Fly South to Make Winter Fly By

The dreary winter weather, gloomy skies and shorter days back home in Canada can negatively impact your wellbeing. Booking a vacation to a tropical destination can help make the winter season go by faster! Although all vacations have a positive effect on our wellbeing, over 80% of Canadians agree that where you choose to vacation makes a difference and believe that vacationing somewhere tropical can make the dreaded winter season fly by. When you choose a sunny and warm locale for your next vacation, you’ll get your much-needed dose of vitamin D and facing the rest of the cold weather will be a tropical breeze, with fond memories of your time away and the ‘holiday halo effect’ helping to keep you warm for months (or years!) to come.

After a stay at the top-rated family resort Riu Vallarta, you’ll be ready to take on whatever winter has in store. This newly-renovated property in Riviera Nayarit is nestled on the pristine shores of Playa de Flamingos where you can soak up some much-needed sunshine by the sprawling pool complex or try out a range of water sports by the beach.

Two people on dual ziplines flying high above the coast

Try Something New and Memorable

Sunwing’s survey found that if money was no object, most Canadians (especially millennials) would choose to splurge on experiences and making memories over anything else, including VIP upgrades or luxury items. Excursions are a great way to have a unique experience and make the most of your time away, with memories that will last a lifetime. Not only will you have a blast in the moment, but you’ll also have something positive to look back on over the cold winter months. Excursions are a great way to get outside of your comfort zone and try something new. Whether you want to spend the day on a private island, learn about your destination’s history and culture or race ATVs across the desert, Sunwing Experiences offers something for every traveller – making checking things off your bucket list easy.

Try out exciting new adventures when you stay at Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica, with the resort’s exclusively-curated PH Experiences. Zipline high above the treetops of Guanacaste on the Canopy Congo Trail, unwind in relaxing hot springs after a horseback ride on the Mega Combo Buena Vista adventure, explore nearby Nicaragua’s only active volcano on the Discover Nicaragua excursion and meet sloths and monkeys on the Adventure Pass tour.

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Sweeping wins for Travel Time – TPI at the Playa Awards

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Travel Professionals International’s (TPI), wins big at the 4th annual Spotlights Awards for Playa Hotels & Resorts. The Playa Spotlight Awards invites the best and top-producing agents in the industry. With over 120 Canadian agents attending the awards, TPI was proud to see their very own Lois Barbour walk away with three significant awards for her and her team. Playa Hotels and Resorts awarded Lois Barbour with Most Improved Agent in Canada, Top Seller for Jamaica in Canada and Top Seller for Jewel Resorts in Canada.

“I am honoured to be recognized with these prestigious awards by Playa Resorts. We strive to offer the best vacation options to our clients, so when the brands that provide our guests with the vacation memories of a lifetime then recognize us in this way, we say thank you!” said Lois Barbour, TPI Advisor.

TPI CEO Zeina Gedeon said, “Congratulations to Lois and all of her team at Travel Time – TPI! What an amazing accomplishment to bring home three Spotlight Awards and be recognized for their incredible dedication to their clients. We are honoured to have Travel Time – TPI as part of the TPI family and are always proud to share our Advisor’s achievements!”

Find more information about Lois Barbour and her team Travel Time – TPI at www.traveltimetpi.com

Published by Openjaw on January 14, 2020

Top 5 Unique Cruise Destinations in 2020

With so many options to choose from when looking into planning a cruise vacation, one can often get lost in the “go-to” destinations that every other traveller is going to. Cruise lines have stepped up their game for 2020, bringing us new experiences and new itineraries for all of the explorers out there. They are taking travellers to corners of the globe that are barely touch, we know, hard to believe! We have collected the top 5 cruise destinations that we are sure any traveller would enjoy!

1. Asia

Asia has been climbing on many top destinations lists, now more than ever, it is the perfect time to experience it from the comfort of your favourite cruise ship. Visit the ancient temples of Cambodia, the relaxed island life in Thailand or the bustling city of Hong Kong. If you feel like moving a little closer to the culture and traditions, a river cruise is the best option. The Mekong River runs through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam – a journey along this river will take you to some of the most majestic and unique corners in Asia! Unpack your bag once and check off multiple countries from your travel list, all while being fully emerged in ancient Asian culture.

Sail 9 nights around South East Asia with Royal Caribbean onboard Quantum of the Seas, October 2020
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2. Galapagos

 

This untouched region of nature is crawling with unique animals and endless “awe” experiences for all ages. Make your way to one of the most unique areas of the world, filled with magical moments and wildlife that will blow you away. Celebrity Cruises recently introduced the evolutionary Celebrity Flora, this luxury mega yacht is based in the Galapagos and designed to immerse its guests in the destination. If you want something more intimate, there is a long list of smaller cruise lines that will help you get up close and personal with the Blue-Footed Boobies, ancient tortoises and playful sea lions.

Sail 11 nights in the Galapagos with Celebrity Cruises onboard the Flora, March 2020
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3. Iceland

If you want to dig deep and really feel connected to a destination, Iceland is the best pick! Although you might only be visiting the one country on this cruise itinerary, it will feel as though you are exploring a whole new world. Cruise lines will fill your excursion list with black sand beaches, natural hot springs, active volcanos, and captivating waterfalls. If visiting during the fall, you may be lucky enough to check off the Northern Lights from your bucket list or if passing by in the summer months, experience the perfect time for whale watching! *Fun fact: There are long, dark winters, and summers lit by the Midnight Sun.

Sail 14 nights around Iceland & Norway with Princess Cruises onboard the Grand Princess, June 2020
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4. Pacific Region

Islands, islands and more islands! We couldn’t just choose one beautiful Pacific island with crystal blue waters and the whitest sand you will have lay eyes on… so we decided on them all. Whether you want to explore some of the small pieces of an island paradise or make your way down under, cruising the south pacific is the best way to experience these breathtaking islands. With itineraries that will take you around the entire circumference of Australia or zig-zag your way through islands like Fiji or Bora Bora.

Sail 13 days from Australia to New Zealand with Holland America onboard the Noordam, February 2020
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5. Africa, Seychelles & Madagascar

Head off the beaten path and into the wild! As you make your way to unique islands like Madagascar and Seychelles. Spend some time exploring the untouched beaches before making your way inland on a memorable safari. An exotic and incredible Africa itinerary will take your breath away, not to mention the endless wildlife sightings!

Sail 20 nights around Exotic South Africa + Islands with NCL onboard the Spirit, March 2020
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Australia Bushfire Update – Support Australia through Travel Posted by Goway Travel - January, 2020

All across the world, people stand in solidarity with Australians in the midst of the heartbreaking bushfires that have spread across parts of the country. At Goway and TPI, we extend our deepest sympathies to the families and communities affected. We hope for an end to the fires and a speedy recovery for the impacted townships and natural landscapes. We also commend the fearless efforts of first responders who are combating the fires and working to restore their communities.

Some have voiced concern over whether Australia remains safe for travel at this time. To that end, we must stress that while the seriousness of the bushfires in Australia has not been overstated, many parts of the country of interest to international tourists are unaffected and remain open for travel.

To be specific, some key regional areas in New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia, including western Kangaroo Island, have been affected and are currently not recommended for travellers. However, many previously affected regions have since re-opened to tourism. For instance, touring of the Blue Mountains in New South Wales has resumed and Kangaroo Island is also still accepting visitors in the unaffected eastern towns of the island.

Please know that our primary concern is ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of our travellers, whether in Australia or elsewhere. We are constantly monitoring the bushfire situation in conjunction with our Sydney office and local partners and have been proactively contacting and successfully relocating all the travellers whose plans have been immediately impacted by these fires.

If you are booked to travel Downunder in the near future, reach out to your Travel Advisor to assist you by answering any of your questions and concerns or by making any necessary modifications to your clients’ vacation.

For up-to-date information on Australian weather and wildfires, check out the Australian Government’s Bureau of Meteorology, which provides weather updates for all parts of Australia, as well as the latest fire warnings.

TPI and Goway, value your safety above everything else. We also value supporting local communities in Australia in any way possible. We firmly believe that travel changes the world for the better. One major way to support Australia at this time is to travel to the country as planned and explore the many regions unaffected by the fires, where tourism is still open.

There’s so much to see and do in Australia and now is the perfect time to support it. Click here for ways you can help.

Where To Go When: The Best Places To Go On Holiday Posted in Condé Nast Traveller by Laura Fowler

 

One person’s idea of the best holiday destinations in the world differs wildly from the next’s. It all depends, of course, on what you want from a holiday. Whether your idea of fun is taking off as many clothes as is humanly decent and lying down for two weeks, or standing ponderously before Giotto’s candlelit frescoes in Assisi, or hacking through rainforest to discover the indigenous tribe that has never clapped eyes on an outsider. Why every day thousands make the pilgrimage that is the three-hour queue at Madame Tussaud’s to see a bunch of famous dummies, and they can’t get enough of it.

Some places in the world, however, are so unequivocally brilliant, so indisputably incredible, that it would take extraordinary effort to not love them. Places that have everyone from belligerent old uncles to jaded been-there-done-it-alls about what a simply WONDERFUL holiday they had. So here is the ultimate holiday calendar to help you find out where to go when, top holiday destinations whether you want beaches or wilderness, safari or city breaksskiing or winter sun; whether you want to know where to go in October, or where to escape the crowds at Easter: the 10 best holiday destinations for every month of the year.

 

BEST HOLIDAY DESTINATIONS CALENDAR

Where to go on holiday in January
Kick-off the New Year somewhere amazing and uplifting – our top 10 holiday destinations for January are all epic and give a much-needed dose of winter sun to beat the post-holiday party blues.

 

Where to go on holiday in February
February is possibly the best month for winter sun in the tropics – the January crowds have departed, prices have dipped, the weather’s still hot and sunny – and it’s carnival time! These are our Top 10 destinations for holidays in February

 

Where to go on holiday in March
March is often a good time for cheap holidays – a shoulder-season month between the Christmas and Easter crowds when it’s heavenly in certain long-haul destinations and you can find early spring sun just four hours’ flight from the UK.

 

Where to go on holiday in April
Sure-fire-fantastic ideas for holidays in April, as spring warms up the Med and Europe’s greatest cities come out from hibernation – and a few far-flung under-the-radar destinations you might not have considered but will definitely love. Plus where to safari in April, and where to ski in April.

 

Where to go on holiday in May
May time, playtime: not one but two bank holidays for weekend breaks; where to find spring sun in Europe; why May is our favourite month in these North American destinations; plus the little-known islands with year-round sunshine just a four-hour flight away.

 

Where to go on holiday in June
Summer’s here – quick, take a summer holiday before the schools break up! Here’s where to find the best beach holidays in June, a few excellent city breaks, plus an epic trip of a lifetime.

 

Where to go on holiday in July
Holidays in July where you can beat the crowds, from Great British beach holidays to a few beach holiday destinations in Europe you might not have thought of – and some epic long-haul destinations at their absolute best in July.

 

Where to go on holiday in August
Where to go in August when the world and his wife are on holiday? These are our top 10 holiday destinations for August to escape the crowds, where you can still find a quiet beach and a table at the best restaurants in these good-time cities.

 

Where to go on holiday in September
Sunshine, lower prices, quieter beaches – why September is the best month to go to Santorini, IbizaSicily, and more of our favourite Mediterranean islands, top beach destinations, and some of the best cities in Europe

 

Where to go on holiday in October
Holidays in October are ideal for the last blast of sunshine in southern Europe where it’s still hot and sunny. It’s a top month for nature shows, too, from the fiery autumn displays to wildlife in a few of the world’s most extraordinary islands. Read our top 10 holiday destinations for October here.

 

Where to go on holiday in November
Time for a long-haul holiday, a burst of winter sun. You can still find warm weather in Europe, if you know where to look; while South America, the Caribbean and the Antipodes are perfect for beach holidays in November, with prices low before the Christmas rush. Read our top 10 holiday destinations for November here.

 

Where to go on holiday in December
Some of the world’s best winter-sun destinations are in their prime in December. So which is the best Caribbean island at Christmas? Where are the best places to spend New Year’s Eve? Plus the top holiday destinations for winter sun in December, and where to ski at Christmas.

 

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