Holiday Travel and Hot Destinations for 2013
So maybe you’re still looking for a last minute New Year’s trip or you want to get a head start on spring break (Christmas gift from the parents?), but you’re tired of going somewhere warm that’s filled with drunks and boring excursions.
Enter Contiki, the leader in travel for 18-35 year olds that offers a mix of sightseeing and culture in over 40 countries across 6 continents. Contiki gives you access to the sights you want to see—with exclusive inclusions that you wouldn’t get on your own. And they take care of everything for you, including: planning, accommodations, transportation, and you can rest assured that your bags and personal belongings are taken care of too. Most importantly, they offer all exclusive 9-day trips for under $1,200!
VIXEN sat down with president Greg Fischbein to get the low down on holiday travel and to discover hot spots for 2013.
VIXEN: Where are most young adults traveling now?
Greg Fischbein: Many continue to visit European cities like Italy and France—especially first time travelers who venture out to Europe as their first trip abroad because they still have a romanticism and history that is chock full of culture, food, and excitement. However, we’ve seen an increased interest in Latin America and Asia over the past few years. These regions are becoming increasingly popular with sites like Machu Picchu and the excitement of China after the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
VIXEN: Where do you foresee young adults traveling in the next 2 years? Why?
GF: Young adults have begun to expand their destinations and go into Latin America (such as Peru, Costa Rica, Argentina), and also Asia (Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, China). These destinations offer exotic experiences and the opportunity to observe vastly different cultures than our own.
VIXEN: So what can you expect on a Contiki trip?
GF: Travelers have the safety of a group atmosphere and the opportunity to make friends for a lifetime. There is an experienced Tour Manager and Driver team making sure you get Backstage Pass access to sights you want to see. Not only are you traveling and learning about the culture, Contiki provides you with a story and an experience that you take away with you. You can customize your experience any way you want—whether you take advantage of the optional excursions such as bungy jumping or whitewater rafting, or you take some ‘Me Time’ and explore a city on your own.
VIXEN: So what’s the best way to determine if a place is a great destination for you?
GF: Destinations should tie into your interests but also be an opportunity to take advantage of the time you have. If you enjoy thrilling adventures, then Queenstown In New Zealand may be a better fit than a historical trip through Eastern Europe. If you love food and culture, Italy might be the best fit. However, if you’re open-minded and willing to learn about another culture, than any destination will suit you. Following your sensibilities and your interests is usually the best guiding factor for determining where to go.