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A New Year of Travel Trends

Happy New Year!  2017 is ramping up to be an exciting year of travel. So we thought we'd share stories about the hottest travel trends that are going to impact where - and how - you travel in the coming months and even years. What do we see in our crystal ball/ champagne glass?  

Whether you're planning family, 'bleisure' (business/leisure), solo, romantic or couple travels, gal or pal getaways, from the uber luxurious to the economical, 2017 travel will be all about:

  • Wellness and Adventure: Getting outdoors and being active, returning more healthy than when you left, doing something other than pounding pavement or cobblestones every day...  visitors have more and more new, healthy and adventurous (not necessarily dangerous!) ways to experience destinations.
  • Cuba: Travel to Cuba has changed forever now that relations with the US are normalizing. If you haven't already been, there are even more ways to explore one of the world's last restricted travel areas.
  • New Cruise Ships: Ocean or river, luxury or expedition, new cruise ships, with itineraries, designs, amenities, activities and celebrity entertainment or culinary partnerships that battle to outdo each other just keep on coming!  What WILL they do next on a ship? We'll keep you abreast of all the latest developments. If you're one of the last few people who still thinks cruising is about 'blue hair and buffets', you should take a look at the latest generation of cruise ships... and passengers.  There really is a cruise out there for every traveler.
  • Celebrations: Canada commemorates its 150th birthday in 2017, and it's also riding a wave at the top of nearly every 'best place to travel' list.  Did you know as many Americans travel to Canada every year as go to all of Europe?  And with the dollar and other considerations, it's never been a better year for vacationing close to home.  So throughout 2017, we're going to share some of our favorite stories about Canada to inspire your travels. 
  • Local and authentic: Local food, local artisans... everyone is looking for authentic, local production, creation, and consumption. There's a global awareness that we're all looking to be more connected with each other and the items we consume.  Products with provenance and people with passion and rejuvenated cities and neighbourhoods.  There's more and more of it out there to discover.
  • Connecting: Staying connected with those at home, and connecting with the people, Nature, and wildlife where you're traveling.
  • Customization:  It's never been easier to work with a travel expert to craft a trip of your dreams.  In the past, it may have been harder to tweak a trip to get exactly what you want, but a new age of crafting travel itineraries is upon us, at every price point.  If you're just saying 'yes' and dropping down your credit card, you're missing out.

We want to inspire your travel imagination in 2017... and then make those dreams come true!

So we're also introducing BestTrip.TV - an 'online travel TV station' with inspiring videos you can watch right here on our web site (click on BestTrip.TV on our home page).  We'll be sharing BestTrip.TV videos throughout the year.

Safe and memorable travels in 2017!




2016 is Sailing off into the Sunset...

And here at Walnut Grove Travel, we're looking back on some of our best, most inspiring travel stories of the past year... AND bringing you some fresh ideas to start your travels off right in 2017.

Thank you for being part of our community of travel lovers this year.  We wish you a very Happy New Year 2017, and whether you travel on business, for pleasure, on your own, with colleagues, family, friends, or that special someone, we hope you have many exciting and memorable journeys ahead!

(Top Photo: BestTrip.TV in Fort Lauderdale, Florida)

Intrepid Doubles Family-Themed Itineraries

Intrepid Travel is doubling its family-themed tours for 2017 with 48 itineraries tailored to families in two new styles of travel, Comfort and Active Family.

The decision to launch more than 20 tours comes as a result of the increasing demand for multi-generational travel. Intrepid Travel has also experienced significant demand for its teen trips, designed for ages 12 and up, inspiring the launch of teen trekking itineraries in Peru and Nepal, among other destinations.

“Intrepid Travel’s kid-friendly tours shake up the typical family vacation, offering a sense of adventure suited for all generations,” says Leigh Barnes, North America director for Intrepid Travel. “By significantly increasing our Family tours for 2017, we hope to be the go-to operator for family adventure travel.”

Ideal for meeting like-minded families, Intrepid Travel’s family-only adventures offer action-packed experiences steering off the beaten track, away from ball pits and buffets. Transforming travel into a form of education, the tours encourage families to use the world as their textbook by immersing into the destination and culture. With an average group size of 12, travelers can hop aboard local transportation, eat at family-run restaurants and kick back in home-stay accommodations. Family-friendly tours with 2017 departures offer one-of-a-kind experiences including:

  • Act like Mowgli in search for Shere Khan and other Bengal tigers for a true “Jungle Book” experience on the Comfort Northern India Family Holiday.
  • Visit Chiang Mai’s Elephant Nature Park, recognized by World Animal Protection for its protection of elephant welfare, on the Thailand Family Holiday.
  • Punt along the waterways of the Okavango Delta’s vibrant ecosystem by traditional canoe, greeting grunting hippos on the Namibia & Botswana Family Adventure.
  • Take on life as a local Gozitan shepherd for the day, tending to animals, cutting corn, making ‘gbejniet’ cheese and preparing lunch with the host family during the Malta and Gozo Family Holiday.

Start your Trip!

A version of this article previously appeared in TravelPress.com

Our 'Plan a Cruise Month' Smorgasbord of Offers

Mark it on your calendar. October is 'Plan a Cruise Month'. 

This is the time of year when the world's top cruise lines introduce some of their best offers of the year.

And with the nights getting chillier, thoughts of getting away this winter to the Caribbean's turquoise waters, exotic Polynesia, or fun loving Australia leap to mind.  Or an expedition of a lifetime to South America or Galapagos. And there's always Europe and the elegant Mediterranean in the spring.

There's a smorgasbord of cruise offers available right now, so if you were thinking of a romantic escape, a family or multi-generation holiday, an expedition cruise of a lifetime, even an employee incentive trip or a group getaway with your club, here's our round up of some of the best offers available.

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Archaeological Site of Atapuerca Scientific interest in the UNESCO listed World Heritage Site of Atapuerca began in earnest in the 19th century with the initial concentration of research being conducted at Cueva Mayor. read more
Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany German’s Ancient Beech Forests are a classic example of post glacial biological and ecological evolution in Europe. The terrestrial ecosystems are indispensable in the search for knowledge of how the beech forests spread in the northern hemisphere in several climatically different environments. read more
Gulf of Porto: France The Gulf of Porto is part of the Regional Park of Corsica that occupies the Scandola Peninsula. It comprises impressive porphyritic rock mass and is a classic example of outstanding vegetation and scrubland. It is also home to impressive populations of seagulls, cormorants, and sea eagles. read more

5 amazing Adventures in Thailand Thailand is renowned for the nightclubs and red light districts in its capital Bangkok. Most people stereotypes Thailand's capital as the 'sin city'. Take your time and get to know other things about Thailand that will not make your ma' blush if she knows you are travelling there...this blog will help you do just that by highlighting the top safari adventures in the country. read more

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Best Burger joints in Cancun Cancun is a city located on the Caribbean Sea coast in the Yucatán Peninsula in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. As expected of any serious tourist destination, Cancun has burger joints that are located on every major street. Below is a list of the top burger joints in Cancun. read more
Where to get the best Oysters in Rome Everybody agrees that Italy is the capital of gourmet dining. The Italian pasta dishes such as pizza, lasagna, spaghetti as well as rice dishes such as risotto and its variations are unrivaled in the culinary circles of the world. What most people do not know though is that Rome, the capital of Italy was the first place to experiment with oysters in Europe. Below are a few eateries where you will find the best of oysters - Italian version. read more
5 cool facts about Hobart Once upon a time a British Kingdom, the King decided he did not want to stay on the same soil with criminals. He therefore established a penal colony in a far off land that would later be known as Tasmania. The main center of the Island was called Hobart. That was the city of Hobart in 1804. Fast forward to 21st century and you have the state capital of the Island of Tasmania, a state within the Australian sovereignty. Located on the estuary of the Derwent River on the Island's south-east, Hobart City has a port which acts as both the capital of French and Australian Antarctica Operations. Check out the following cool facts about the city read more


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10 interesting facts about Victoria Falls If you have never been on Safari in Africa, here is your chance to start the Safari virtually. I will not only take you to one of the most breathtaking water falls in the world, but also showcase to you its natural wonders and ecosystem. read more

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The 5 Best Roof top Bars in Hong Kong Hong Kong is more popular as a financial services and trading capital of Asia than for its merry making nightspots. In fact, its population density, harbors and skyscrapers are the most commonly reported spectacles in Hon Kong. Today, you get to hear of Hong Kong's best kept secret - its rooftop bars. Below are the most popular. read more
Dicover Mexico's best kept secrets exploring underwater caves Serious divers often look for new adventures which will help keep the thrill alive. After seeing a plethora of reefs and ship wrecks, they are often in the mood for something exhilarating and new. For divers looking for the ultimate diving experience, they should consider a visit to Mexico's underwater caves. read more