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New year, new unforgettable dream trip ideas

A New Year means it’s time to start planning your next dream trip.  Here are some recommendations for Life-Changing Journeys Around the World:


Soak in the pure joy that water bestows at this spectacular resort, standing alone on this island paradise!  Located within Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, this private island resort boasts beachside pool villas, ocean massages, and watery excursions fully immersing you in luxury.


Journey beyond Darwin’s evolutionary wonders into Ecuador’s amazing interior and its astonishing contrasts:  Volcanic peaks, cloud forest, jungles, and colonial cities with centuries of history.  Revel over some of the most fantastic train rides in the world, horseback ride high in the Andes, watch llamas roam the fields, and stay in elegant hotels such as the Mashpi Lodge, perched 3,000 feet above sea level.

Combine two exceptional vacations into one by adding a 4 or 5 day cruise to the Galapagos Islands, where giant tortoises roam freely, rare birds preen on rocky shores, and tiny penguins swim in droves beneath crystalline waters.


The river cruise industry is booming, offering a more intimate and cultural experience than larger ocean liners.  Usually with 160 passengers or less, guests embark these floating hotels right in the center of cities, immediately immersed in local culture. Watch for emerging river cruises in China, Africa, Southeast Asia, and even the USA.


There are a million reasons why you should visit Iceland, starting with the amazing Aurora Borealis, at its most spectacular in February and March.  Iceland’s mountains, volcanoes, and glaciers are good for hiking, climbing and dog-sledding; its waves great for surfing; its caves for exploring; and its barren highlands for jeep safaris. With such rugged beauty and diversity, no wonder Iceland tops so many Bucket Lists.


For the most all-inclusive luxury experience, Regent Seven Seas Cruises recently launched the Seven Seas Explorer, dubbed the most luxurious ship ever built. Cruising on this breathlessly elegant and perfectly staffed ship, spaciously intimate for only 750 guests, includes roundtrip air, unlimited shore excursions, specialty restaurants, all beverages, fine wines, premium spirits, wifi, and gratuities.

If large ocean cruising is more your thing, you may especially enjoy Royal Caribbean’s new Harmony of the Seas which debuted this spring.  Now the largest ship at sea, there is no end to the entertainment, dining choices, activities, and choice of accommodations on the most innovative cruise ship ever built.

About the Author: Sue Shimkus, President of Lake Zurich Travel & Cruise, provides Custom Travel Itineraries for the discerning traveler.  Sue recently sailed the inaugural cruises on both the Harmony of the Seas and the Regent Explorer this fall.