Organize Your Own Vacation

Thinking back, what was your most eventful trip? cruising-4057617__340.jpg Why was it so remarkable? The location was definitely component of it. However, the people who went with you were instrumental in making it fun.

At times, all you really want from a getaway is free time to spend with your friends and family. Sometimes a getaway is a chance to make new acquaintances and even discover your soulmate. Customizing your trip permits that versatility to put together your optimal getaway. While specific schedules can be made for you to stick to, developing a distinct one for you takes into account your special hobbies and interests, the time you have, and of course, finances.

However, finding the exact tour to meet all your desires can be a process in itself. This is when you want to hand it over to a master.

They will be able to answer so many queries: how to plan a family getaway, find the right place for a romantic getaway, where to meet "people like you", the best way to see the world, and so much more. Personalized tour packages are also ideal for those with special interests. Group tours generally do not offer the same options.

The foodies, adventurers and historians of the world will want to experience an immersive travel program that is special to them. Wildlife photography is a great example of this kind of travel program.

Waiting for a good shot is a huge part of this pastime and can be difficult to attain on your ordinary excursion. A photography expedition ensures that you get as much time as you need to get that photo that will wow your peers.

This kind of program is also good for birdwatchers.

novelist Robert Lynd was most accurate when he stated, “In order to see birds, it is necessary to become a part of the silence”. A private tour allows birders, as they are known, to devote more time looking for that elusive bird without being rushed by a group.

Two components that are essential to consider are time and money. How many days do you plan to take off of work and how far can you extend your finances? Personalized trips can be structured to meet these specifications.

Maybe you are looking to go at a particular time of year to visit a local event?

Travel professionals can help you with all of this. A personalized trip means you can do what you want to do with no disruptions.

It allows you to do what you want to do and not have to deal with anything else. It’s the way to go for your dream come true getaway!

Ten of the Top Rated Off-the-Beaten-Track Treks

Do you want to really get away and head to locations where you can be completely on your own with no one else around? Cut yourself off from the routine grind and plug in with nature on some of the world’s most off-the-beaten-paths. Go from Africa’s third biggest summit to the Australian deserts or visit the most southern point in Patagonia - each is magnificent.

And though they are remote, it does not mean they are undoable; there is a remote trail for every eager trekker. 1. Gokyo Lakes & Renjo La in Nepal Duration: Approximately 17 days (13 days trekking) Level of Difficulty: Moderate to challenging (6) Ideal for active travelers who want to try a different trail to the popular Everest Base Camp trek When to go: February to mid-May, End of September to December How would you like to avoid the busier trails in Everest?

You can journey though Sherpa villages to the awe-inspiring greenish blue Gokyo Lakes and move through Renjo La (5400) on a very quiet trail. It is considered one of the very best hiking trails in the Everest region, and its route gives you a view of the grand Himalaya’s 8000 meter summits. On the way to Gokyo Ri, you get the greatest site of Everest and the surrounding mountains, most notably Cho Oyu in Tibet. 2. Larapinta Trail End to End in Australia Duration: Approx. 14 days Grading: Moderate to challenging (6) Ideal for: Wilderness lovers and seasoned walkers after a challenge When to go: mid-April to August

boat-828659__340.jpg Considered to be a great hiking trail in Australia, hiking the length of the Larapinta goes through the West Mac Donnell range in Central Australia and is more than 223 kilometers. Backpack through this desert-like area with tucked away ridges and canyons, slumber under the night sky in the Outback; ascend Mount Sonder, one of the tallest mountains in the Northern Territory and wake up to a most memorable sunrise. 3. Dientes Circuit on Navarino Island in Chile Duration: Approx. 6 days (4 days trekking) Grading: challenging (7) Ideal for: experienced trekkers who want to get off the beaten track in Patagonia When to go: December to March Walk the world's most southerly trek to Dientes de Navarino Massif where you will get the sensation that you have come to the far reaches of the globe.

There will not be many other travelers throughout this 42-kilometer area at the fringe of South America. This path has been identified by Lonely Planet as an outstanding trek in Patagonia and is probably one of the few very distant spots on earth left to visit 4. K2 Basecamp, Concordia & Gondogora La in Pakistan Duration: Approx. 24 days (16 days trekking) Grading: entry level mountaineering/ exploratory trekking (8) Ideal for: those who are looking to get into mountaineering, or who are looking to take on a challenging trek When to go: June to August Labeled as a top trek, it crosses from the famous Baltoro Glacier, to the “Throne Room of the Mountain Gods” and to the bottom of the planet’s second highest summit.

Pakistan’s renowned walk has impressed the likes of trekkers and mountaineers for many years, with a 360-degree view of 7,000 meter and 8,000 meter crests, among them the remarkable K2. 5. The Southern Alps in New Zealand Duration: Approx. 6 days Grading: moderate (5) Ideal for: anyone looking to head for heights When to go: November to April 6. Mountains of the Moon in Uganda Duration: Approx. 13 days (10 days trekking) Grading: entry level mountaineering/ exploratory trekking (8) Ideal for: those who’ve ticked off Mt Kilimanjaro from their bucket list and are looking for their next summit challenge When to go: December to February, June to September

Barely visited and quite isolated, the Rwenzori Mountains (or Mountains of the Moon) are Africa’s hidden jewel. For those who like a challenge, the climb to Margherita Peak (5,109m), Africa’s third highest mountain, is the way to go. 7. West Coast Trail in Canada Duration: Approx. 8 days (7-day full pack trek) Grading: moderate to challenging (6) Ideal for: active walkers who love coastal walks and want to combine it with an exhilarating forest trek and wildlife spotting When to go: August Take a ferry and cross the Strait of Georgia filled with Orcas, head to Vancouver Island’s northern trailhead where your walk starts, and even spot a sea lion, eagle, or bear on the shore.

On the list of top 10 hikes, you can appreciate long shoreline walks on the shelf, if scheduled correctly. 8. Snowman Trek in Bhutan Duration: Approx. 27 days (23 days trekking) Grading: exploratory trekking (8) Ideal for: anyone looking for a very challenging trek that ventures far off the beaten track When to go: September to November

Visit the ultimate traverse of Bhutan comprising 11 elevated passes over 4,500 meters through the remote Lunana region. This once-in-a-lifetime venture reaches the stunning Paro Valley where you’ll see a region with tiny Buddhist monasteries and remote villages that are hidden away most of the year.

9. Pamir Fann Mountains in Tajikstan Duration: Approx.14 days (5 days trekking) Grading: moderate (5) Ideal for: those wanting to take their bushwalking adventures up a notch while incorporating historical and architectural sightseeing When to go: June to September Popular for its unique mountain landscapes and its strikingly beautiful alpine lakes this untouched area of Pamir enters deep valleys with clear lakes and flowering meadows. One even might observe the summer camps of the Tijiki shepherds.

10. Tavan Bogd in Mongolia Duration: Approx. 11 days (4 days trekking) Grading: moderate (5) Ideal for: anyone seeking to explore untracked wilderness and authentic nomadic culture When to go: June to August This most out of the way part of Mongolia is abundant with nature, ample wildlife and a compelling cultural history. You will encounter local herders, bactrian camels, Kazakh eagle hunters and throat-singing Tuvan citizens, and discover more about the indigenous people.

Top Treks Around the World

The greatest treks are more than the steps you take, they are about the knowledge and impact you receive from the destination. are about stepping into a destination’s culture and history. Still, walks are no picnics. They will make you test yourself physically and test your will, causing an indelible impression of the marvels of our environment. next are eight of the planet's greatest treks.

1.Peru’s Inca Trail | ~26.7 miles | 4 days Memorable moments are bountiful on the Inca Trail, but none can compete with the time you go through the Sun Gate and first see the sight of the forgotten city of Machu Picchu. The best months to go are May to September. 2. Colombia’s Lost City | ~27 miles | 5 days

Hike through the thick jungle through streams before coming to the ruins of Teyuna. Arrive here first you and will have this Lost City to experience exclusively.

Ideal time to go: December to March. 3. Nepal’s Everest Base Camp | ~38.5 miles | 13 days This expedition will bring you nearer to the people of the Himalayas before revealing a window to the top of the world. After experiencing Everest, you will never look at our world in the exact same way.

It is best to go from August to November. 4. Tanzania’s Mt Kilimanjaro | ~21.1 miles | 8 days Mt Kilimanjaro at 5,895m (19,340 ft.) is Africa's highest point. It is challenging to say the least, but unlike other tall peaks, it provides those courageous enough to reach the summit. Ideal time to go: September to March.

5. Europe’s Mont Blanc | ~77.7 miles | 8 days

The Tour du Mont Blanc stretches through three countries: Switzerland, Italy, and France and covers the distance of 100 miles. It is best to go from June to September 6. Patagonia’s Torres del Paine Circuit | 82.6 miles | 10 days

Recognized for its organic beauty, you will be exposed to awesome volcanic landscapes, extraordinary glaciers and expansive flatlands extending to the horizon. Perfect time to go: December to March

7. Trekking Venezuela's Mt Roirama | ~21.1 miles | 6 days The spectacular mountain of Roraima is treasured to the region's local inhabitants and is said to have motivated Arthur Conan Doyle’s fiction, "The Lost World."

Best time to go: You can walk the Roraima trail at any time of the year but November to April is the optimal time. 8. The Camino de Santiago, Spain | ~466 miles | 30 days The popular Camino de Santiago, also identified as the St. James Trail, was an important Christian passage during the Middle Ages, and is still considered a relevant religious pilgrimage today. The walk can be done at any time of the year but between autumn and spring is ideal, but also very congested.

Weekend Getaways Close to Home

Life is short – add in some fun weekend getaways every now and then to chill out, have a good time, and get away from your day-to-day routine. However, finding the ideal place for such a brief trip is not always simple. The following is a list of a few perfect spots for a weekend trip you will love. New York City

Getting to the city that never sleeps from almost anywhere is convenient by car, rail, or air. It has so many worthwhile inside and outside things to do that temperature should not factor into your decision: Central Park and the High Line for lovers of the outdoors, and intriguing museums or entertaining Broadway shows if and when you prefer to remain indoors.

If you enjoy interesting historical monuments, you can get to both Ellis Island and the iconic Statue of Liberty via an enjoyable ferry ride.

San Francisco Visitors love the climate in San Francisco, which entices tourists and locals alike to enjoy outdoor activities such as riding the iconic cable cars, walking across the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge, and exploring the distinctive neighborhoods that each have their own colorful personalities. Baseball has never been as scenic as in San Francisco; go to a game at AT&T Park and enjoy the gorgeous views of the stunning San Francisco Bay. Washington, D.C.

Both history buffs and future politicians will love Washington, D.C., with its many things to visit on the National Mall such as the inspiring Lincoln Memorial, the spectacular Washington Monument, and many others; and most are free of charge. While visiting, don't miss out on the popular weekend brunch scene – just remember to make reservations in advance. New Orleans Everyone can find something to love about New Orleans, with its huge range of things to do and see.

History aficionados can browse The National WWII Museum, while outdoorsy people can wander through City Park. Of course, if you have a weekend in New Orleans, you must walk around the celebrated French Quarter and taste the traditional beignets. Nashville, NC

If you are looking for a weekend of clean mountain air and sunshine followed by delicious artisanal hand-crafted beer from a local brewery, Nashville, NC is the perfect weekend getaway. For beautiful jaw-dropping views, check out the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway and Pisgah National Forest, or if you prefer to be more active, hike a segment of the iconic Appalachian Trail that passes through.

When you have worked up an appetite, stop in at one of the local breweries to enjoy one of the 100-plus local beers and some fabulous food. Chicago

Chicago is known for its great food, iconic architecture, and fun things to do, making it an excellent weekend getaway. On mild days, snap a selfie in front of "The Bean" and embark on an architecture river cruise.

Chicago has a rich culture of notable museums such as the Field Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago; ideal for those cold Chicago winter days.

Seattle Seattle is a vibrant hipster city famous for its coffee culture (Starbucks started here) as well as the iconic Space Needle and vibrant Pike Place Market with its great bars and restaurants. For anyone who would love a good workout, go for a hike in the lovely Discovery Park, or for daring adventurers, head over to Mount St. Helens, an active volcano whose last major eruption was in 1980.

Just be sure to bring an umbrella and a raincoat – weather in the Emerald City can be rainy.

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