North America Highlights & Tips

North America Tour Highlights

  • Get in an “empire state of mind” with the best views of New York atop the Empire State Building.
  • Get a breath of fresh air at the natural wonder of the Grand Canyon.
  • Roam the wilderness at Yellowstone National Park.
  • See the stars at Kennedy Space Center & Space Center Houston.
  • Witness The Rockies in Canada by rail.
  • Stroll through the Butchart Gardens.
  • Get your photo taken at Lake Louise, in Banff.

North America Vacation Tips

  • If this is your first time, no trip to North America is complete without a visit to New York City.
  • Nothing is as American as apple pie or a road trip. An escorted tour is perfect because you’ll have your own luxury motorcoach with a driver and a dedicated travel director leading the way.
  • Take a rail trip in Canada if possible. Few places are as beautiful as Lake Louise and Banff.
  • US dollars are different than Canadian dollars. Remember this if you’re visiting both countries.
  • The USA alone is huge. Don’t try to do too much as once as you’ll likely miss out on a lot of amazing things to do and see.
  • The service industry – restaurants, bars, porters, etc – runs on tipping. When appropriate, don’t forget to tip for good service.
  • Whether in Canada or the USA, visit a national park when possible.
  • Depending on your itinerary, you’ll want to pack layers since climates can change quickly from one place to another.

Eastern Europe Highlights & Tips

Eastern Europe Tour Highlights

  • Go island hopping (and swimming) in the Adriatic Sea in Croatia.
  • The castles… so many beautiful castles!
  • Explore the beautiful old town of Dubrovnik with its iconic orange tiled roofs.
  • Discover the two sides of Buda and Pest.
  • Hit the thermal baths in Budapest.
  • Take a photo of the world-famous Vienna Opera House.
  • Count all the waterfalls at Plitvice Lakes National park in Croatia.
  • Visit the beautiful town of Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic.

Eastern Europe Vacation Tips

  • Just because most Europeans speak English, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look up some basic native language phrases. The locals will appreciate your effort and you might even make a friend!
  • Don’t convert your currency at the airport. Wait until you get to your hotel or a local currency exchange place.
  • Make sure you carry some cash as not all places will take credit cards (especially the smaller businesses).
  • Support locals and shop at family businesses. You’ll be making a bigger difference for these families.
  • If your tour package does not include a specific attraction you want to visit, make sure you buy your tickets in advance.
  • Try to walk as much as you can to take in the area and destination.
  • If you’re planning to walk for most of your trip, make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing.
  • If you’re from the USA, you’re probably used to free water and bread in restaurants. European restaurants do not do this. You’ll pay for everything you ask for.

Asia Highlights & Tips

Asia Tours Highlights

  • Climb the Great Wall Of China.
  • Visit the impressive Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
  • Marvel at the Taj Mahal in India.
  • In Kyoto, Japan, climb and visit the orange Fushimi Inari Taisha.
  • Explore Gardens By The Bay in Singapore.
  • Sail through the beautiful Ha Long Bay in Vietnam.
  • Try your luck at the Japanese cherry blossoms during the spring.
  • Learn about Asian culture through food. Sample sushi, dim sum, pho, and bibimbap.
  • Spot Komodo Dragons in Indonesia.
  • Stay in a traditional luxury ryokan in Japan.

Asia Vacation Tips

  • Take advantage of local transportation for a more immersive experience. Ride a tuk-tuk in Thailand, rickshaw in India, or the bullet train in Japan.
  • Carry cash with you. US dollars or Euros are very helpful when country hopping. Change over any local currency before you leave a country.
  • Street food is a very common place to eat budget-friendly and delicious local foods. Foods that are cooked in front of you are your best bet.
  • Stick with bottled water when traveling through most countries in Asia. If you prefer a reusable bottle, bring water purification tablets.
  • Night markets are a great place to pick up souvenirs. Bartering is expecting in markets so don’t be afraid to ask politely for a lower price or deal.
  • Traffic can be chaotic. Don’t be afraid to use public transportation like busses, tuk-tuks, or rickshaws.
  • Pay attention to dress codes. In temples, you might be asked to cover your shoulders or take off your shoes. Both men and women should cover their shoulders and knees.
  • Check the weather before you travel. Parts of Asia can be humid and hot. Pack light clothing, sunscreen, hats, and insect repellent.
  • Hotels and bathrooms might be different than Western accommodations. Don’t be surprised if you only find squat toilets.

Europe Highlights & Tips

Europe Tour Highlights

  • Europe’s beautiful scenery is best enjoyed on a luxury motorcoach as you drive from one destination to another.
  • Go to the top of the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris.
  • Take a photo of the famous Duomo in Florence.
  • Walk around St. Peter’s Square, the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, and more in Rome.
  • Take a romantic gondola ride in Venice.
  • Marvel at a masterpiece in the Sistine Chapel at Vatican City.
  • Enjoy the breath-taking Swiss Alps during your tour.
  • Explore some of the most beautiful European vineyards.
  • Walk through the infamous Red Light District in Amsterdam.
  • Enjoy dinner and a show at the world-famous Moulin Rouge in France.

Europe Vacation Tips

  • Just because most Europeans speak English, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look up some basic native language phrases. The locals will appreciate your effort and you might even make a friend!
  • Don’t convert your currency at the airport. Wait until you get to your hotel or a local currency exchange place.
  • Make sure you carry some cash as not all places will take credit cards (especially the smaller businesses).
  • Support local shops and family businesses. You’ll be making a bigger difference for these families.
  • If your tour package does not include a specific attraction you want to visit, make sure you buy your tickets ahead of time.
  • Try to walk as much as you can to take in the area and destination.
  • If you’re planning to walk most of the time, make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing.
  • If you’re from the USA, you’re probably used to free water and bread in restaurants. European restaurants do not do this. You’ll pay for everything you ask for.

Africa Highlights & Tips

Africa Tour Highlights

AFRICA TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

AFRICA VACATION TIPS

  • Although most countries in Africa have their own native language, English is also an official language in some countries.
  • Try to learn some phrases in the native language – the locals will appreciate it and it’ll be a learning experience for you.
  • Make sure to pack some medicines such as anti-malaria medication, painkillers, antibiotics, antihistamine, hydrocortisone cream, and whatever else you may need.
  • Definitely bring some insect repellant spray.
  • Be mindful of resources – don’t waste electricity, water, or be wasteful in general.
  • Make sure to carry cash on you and keep it secure on you.
  • Avoid scams by using the rule of thumb: “if it’s too good to be true, it probably is”.