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With over one million travelers served since 2008, Zicasso connects discerning travelers with the industry's leading destination specialists. From a dream trip to Italy to an African Safari, a luxury honeymoon, or a family trip, our luxury travel blog brings helpful information and inspiration. When you are ready to start planning, our Traveler Care team will match you with one of over 400 travel experts to plan the vacation you really want.
Italy is home to thousands of different pasta types to try while you travel, each with their own distinct shapes and flavors that stem from the unique regions found across the peninsula. Italian noodles represent over 300 different pasta shapes, each playing an integral role in the local cuisine and revealing the culinary personality of different regions and their gastronomic heritage.
These pastas have a history that dates back to Marco Polo in the 13th century and myths that trace back their origins to nomadic Arabs who brought noodles to Europe from Central Asia. No matter the origins of Italy’s different varieties of pasta, the noodles have inspired shapes and sizes from the different ingredients that have been available in the various regions.
We have compiled a list of the ten most popular pasta types that you will find in Italian cuisine as you tour the country and savor the delicious local dishes.
The thrill of an African safari is perfectly complemented by the relaxing escape of a beach break, presenting the ideal combination vacation of “beach and bush.” The excitement of game viewing and lodge-hopping can give one a sense of being busy, taking in sights and sounds and experiences somewhat unique and unprecedented. Unwinding on a white sandy beach or remote seaside location after a safari or even before, offers the opportunity to either reflect on the safari delight just experienced or provide the time and space to prepare for the adventure ahead. Two aspects of a destination’s highlights, two incredible and unforgettable journeys.
You have booked your dream African Safari and now find yourself staring at your travel bag, wondering what to pack. How much do you need to take with you? What type of clothing and what colors are appropriate for the bush?
Packing your suitcase for a safari adventure can be intimidating, and many online packing guides complicate matters with a seemingly endless list of essential items. This can be challenging when confronted with the luggage weight restrictions of light aircraft flights to remote destinations. Here is a simple guide to show you not only what to pack but how.
Italy is one of the most family-friendly destinations in the world.
Italy’s mixture of history and natural scenery, smoldering volcanoes, and preserved ancient ruins create an undeniably captivating ambiance.
Whether you want immersive family-friendly activities like cooking classes or scavenger hunts or simply wish to sample every flavor of gelato, the following list offers inspiration for the best family destinations in Italy.
Planning your perfect Galapagos trip can unveil Ecuador’s vibrant wonders where diverse ecosystems and captivating cultures converge. With architectural treasures featuring Spanish colonial centers, white sand beaches edging crystal-clear waters, and fascinating wildlife from sea turtles to tropical birds, Ecuador radiates adventure and discovery. From trekking volcanic slopes to wandering the Amazon Rainforest, to the ultimate exploration of the Galapagos Islands, you will find untouched splendor on your trip.
Ecuador’s allure is not just limited to the Galapagos Islands and instead captures the diversity of the country’s scenery enfolded into a country smaller than the state of Nevada. With remarkable volcanoes high in the Andes and a position set along the equator, Ecuador is a year-round destination with an exceptional range from elegant beaches to the snow topped mountaintops. No matter how you wish to explore, you can find a rich culture and the importance of the local ecology as the landscapes shift between regions.
Australia is a dreamscape of ancient culture and fantastical scenery, and our four tips for travel to Australia in 2022 can help you navigate where, when, and how to visit.
With exceptional beaches and distinctive scenery that underpin the diverse collection of cultures, the Land Down Under can connect you to the remote desert and thriving city life. Ancient culture, urban charm, endless adventures, quirky wildlife, and a relaxed ambiance bring together the surprising wonders of the world’s smallest continent.
We also shed light on the top things to do while visiting Australia, the best time to visit Australia, must-see places, and more.
The holiday season is an exciting time to visit a new country, and our list of destinations provides possibilities of where you can visit during the festive months of 2021. Our selected countries can take you into a winter wonderland, reveal mouthwatering flavors, or uncover the heart of a summer wilderness coupled with the astounding attention to detail that a local travel specialist provides.
While travel for 2021 may have its challenges, you can explore and discover the essential diversity of the holiday season around the world with ease. A brief note of current entry requirements are included, but are dynamic and subject to change. Your Zicasso travel specialist can provide updated requirements based on the timing of your trip. With logistics taken care of by your Zicasso travel specialist, you can bask in the unparalleled charms of your holiday vacation to embrace a personalized and welcoming experience no matter where you visit.
While most of us are still anticipating our next trip, Brian Tan and Yuchun Ku, the founders of Zicasso, have set out to lead the way with a five-week trip to Europe. With Italy, Greece, Spain, and Portugal also open to American travelers, they have begun their European vacation with an exploration of the islands, beaches, and beautiful cities of Croatia, before moving to the Amalfi Coast in Italy.
Zicasso’s Lead Travel Writer, Douglas Weissman, caught up with them for a quick conversation about how things are going and what tips they have for those considering their next vacation.
France is home to some of the world’s most notable museums, and any trip to France should include a visit.
With over 1,200 galleries tucked across the country, every exhibit offers a new perspective of the country and its history, heritage, and culture. Whether focusing on Greek statues or Impressionist masters, gigantic paintings or ancient tapestries, France’s must-see museums display an indelible grandeur and should find a place on any trip itinerary.
Portugal’s wines share the character and charisma of the country by revealing flavorful diversity in every bottle, and here are the seven best wine regions to visit in Portugal during your trip.
With vines rolling across hillsides that are cast in the shadows of fairytale castles, and even rising out of the coastal sands, you can find hints of the idyllic scenery and the spirit of cultural history exuding from the wineries and ultimate flavor.
The following list focuses on our recommendations for the top seven wine regions while providing insight into how the climate affects each varietal and what typical wines to expect when you visit, preparing your palate for Portugal.
Spain is a marvel of heritage and a mosaic of cultures with some of the best museums in Europe.
With millennia of artifacts, a feature progression of artistic aesthetic, and a captivating collection of artists from across Europe, Spain hosts elaborate galleries representing pieces of the past and contemporary masterpieces.
Whether focusing on prehistoric drawings, Greek vases, gigantic paintings, or intricate sculptures, these must-see museums display Spain’s layered opulence.
Italy is known for heritage that has spanned millennia, where modern life winds through ancient ruins, fascinating artwork can capture your imagination, and delicious food and wine brings to light the simple joys in every day. As one of the most popular destinations in the world, traveling to Italy in 2021 may be exactly the vacation you have been dreaming of. After over a year of closed borders, we anticipate official announcements from Italy as they plan to open to visitors from around the world this summer.
American travelers are expected to be allowed entry to Italy in mid-June, with visitors from the EU, Britain, and Israel expected to be able to travel in mid-May. “Watch for Italy to announce this week or next,” says Robert, a Zicasso travel specialist. As you consider connecting with a travel specialist about your Italian vacation, here are a few things you need to know.
Italy is a destination with festive Christmas markets that capture the joys of the holiday season where reveling in simple seasonal pleasures can change your entire perspective of the holidays. With holiday festivities overtaking medieval towns, seaside villages, and bustling cities, Italy becomes an immersion into masterful winter celebrations that begin in early December and stretch into January. Our suggestions of Italy Christmas Markets can take you across the country to enjoy the festive ambiance.
Travel is the perfect way to make the most out of every day, and considering the most popular destinations for senior travelers ensures that you make the most of your travel time.
Whether in a familiar destination or immersed in an exciting discovery somewhere new, every new experience gives us an entirely different perspective on the world around us.
Consider the charms of Spain, the natural pleasures of New Zealand, the sparkle of Croatia, the traditional luxury of Italy, Greece, and more while highlighting what makes them exceptional destinations for senior travelers.
The six reasons Portugal should be your next destination take you beyond the remarkable diversity and immerse you in a country emerging into the spotlight. With historic cities, exceptional cuisine, natural grandeur, and an inextricable seafaring tradition, Portugal is rich with treasures ready for discovery. Once at the forefront of maritime exploration and home to one of the longest-ruling European empires, the complex heritage connects to the turquoise waters, gold-sand beaches, and surprising flavors found in the customary and evolving cuisine.
“The key ingredient to Zicasso are our travel specialists,” says Brian Tan, CEO and Founder of Zicasso. Whether you want to witness Portugal’s picturesque coves or walk along the antique cobblestone streets, bask in natural springs or stroll through charming villages, our Zicasso partners are some of the best in the world and will use their incredible enthusiasm and love for their destination to help craft your best Portugal trip.
Christmas in Italy offers the chance to enjoy great weather and advantageous rates while enjoying the festive beauty, traditional food and wine and the fantastic Christmas markets.
The Christmas season is a celebration that lasts for weeks in Italy, turning one of Europe’s most enticing countries into an inspiring combination of lights and art. With piazzas from Milan to Rome, Naples to Palermo spreading the festivities, decorations fill cities and towns while carolers and bagpipe players fill the air with song and nativity scenes decorate historic churches.
With style, glamour, and beauty, Italy celebrates Christmas like no other, and there are many ways to enjoy it.
Every day we are inspired by the many Zicasso travelers ready to book their next trip. Our travelers seem to have three things in common: the desire for genuine experiences, increased privacy, and the ability to make real-time adjustments during the Covid-era. We asked several of our travel specialists to create sample itineraries for their regions that put these three priorities center stage. The result is this new collection of Zicasso Signature Tours. With an emphasis on flexibility and safety, a customized trip will exceed your expectations and celebrate the wonder to be found abroad.
The best trips to take with your grandchildren engage everyone to create lasting memories and unforgettable bonds, and these are the 16 best international destinations that never disappoint.
To experience the world alongside the next generation increases your family bonds and creates countless memories. From adventure to relaxation, food excursions to imaginative scavenger hunts, the following list offers fantastic spots where you can have a dynamic trip together.
With incredible family-friendly activities to anticipate, use this guide to our most popular destinations to make your planning easier.
Whether looking for sun-bleached ruins, beaches with turquoise waters, or dramatic cliffs with panoramic views, traveling to Greece in 2021 can bring logistical questions and innumerable rewards. Greece is a dynamic destination that can immediately immerse you in passionate music and enticing cuisine or take you sailing to one of 6,000 islands. Dreaming of your Greece vacation this summer is easy, and there are a few tips and hints that can help you make it happen.
Europe abounds with culture from thousands of years of collective heritage and independent progress, and there are plenty of must-see destinations for art. Cities display artwork in elaborate galleries and along the streets as architectural treasures, while museums represent contemporary artists, showcase ancient artisans, and challenge perception with modern designers. Whether focusing on prehistoric artwork or Roman mosaics, Van Gogh’s Sunflowers or preserved Moorish arches, these must-see cities have it all.
April is a fantastic month to explore the different corners of the world, no matter which hemisphere you want to discover. Whether on a secluded island or during a food tour, looking for lions in the wild or visiting ancient hidden temples, every trip in April brings new opportunities to view the world. No matter the kind of trips you prefer, we have a recommendation for you for the perfect destination.
Croatia is a fantasy of Mediterranean vacation dreams and one of the latest European countries to reopen its borders to visitors from the United States.
Ancient walls create a dramatic reminder of the past while life remains vivid in the cafes that decorate ancient Diocletian’s Palace. From a honeymoon on sun-drenched islands to an Istrian Peninsula family vacation, your choice to travel to Croatia in 2021 gives you three notable advantages.
Find inspiration from this collection of Zicasso's ten most popular sample itineraries to Europe.
With so many opportunities on where to go and what to see, it can be challenging to decide how best to use your vacation days. These popular sample itineraries offer ideas and inspiration as you consider what you would like to do most.
From ancient ruins to enticing food and wine, grand palaces to spectacular vistas, Europe is endlessly captivating for every kind of traveler, and you can refine and curate your trip to precisely what you want.
Iceland is open to vaccinated American travelers, and now is the time to take your dream trip!
The Land of Fire and Ice displays nature’s raw power and exceptional beauty with endless opportunities for immersive experiences.
Whether you are looking for a couple’s adventure in search of the Northern Lights, a family excursion into the depths of an ice cave, or a unique view of the annual sheep roundup, your decision to travel to Iceland in 2021 brings three significant advantages.
After nearly a year of closed borders during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, Peru has reopened to visitors. There is nowhere else in the world like Peru as its intense concentration of cultural heritage and natural wonder create an inspiring collection of opportunities. From the desert to the Andes, the jungle to the coastline, the joy of discovery is all around. Whether you are looking for a couple’s getaway along Lima’s beaches, a family adventure in search of sloths, or an exciting trek on the renowned Inca Trail, your decision to travel in 2021 brings three advantages as you experience all that Peru has to offer.
The United Kingdom is a spectacle of history and culture, tradition and possibility. Its beauty stretches from southern white cliffs to the untamed northern Highlands, ancient stone monoliths to dramatic medieval castles. Small but influential, regal and bursting with historical influence, the United Kingdom defies a single definition.
Not surprisingly, interest in the UK has continued throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, and we wanted to continue our Stories in the Field series by sharing a conversation we recently had with one of our Zicasso partners.
Based in Pembrokeshire, Wales, Neil and his wife Zoe have spent decades in the travel industry as hoteliers, restaurateurs, and now with their own boutique travel agency. Along with one of their travel specialists, Alex, Neil joined our Zicasso office team for a conversation over Zoom. From unexpected countryside charms to the emergence of winemaking, there is much in this conversation that might surprise you!
Italy is renowned for its artisans who use traditional techniques that turn craftwork into artistry. From colorful to creative, authentic to enticing, artisan crafts capture the essence of Italian heritage and carry the proud legacy of the past into the future. Use this list to explore where you can find them and how you can experience them during your trip.
Designing your perfect family vacation can give rise to possible challenges and incredible opportunities, and these five tips on what to consider when traveling with your teenagers can help make your next vacation the best one yet.
Traveling with a teen is always a balancing act between quality time and independence while still creating the memories both you and your older kids will cherish.
From shared interests to the promise of adventure, the thrill of discovery to the freedom of choice, we cover everything that you need to know.
March is a fantastic time of year to travel as you can enjoy the beginnings of spring or watch the shift to fall. No matter what kind of trip you wish to have, the weather in March can highlight the world’s captivating diversity. Whether looking for secluded coastlines or active elephants, precariously perched temples, or welcoming cultures, you can discover exciting destinations from a new perspective. Find the right destination for your March vacation from this list of our favorites.
From Costa Rica to Italy, France to Thailand, Australia to Japan, South Africa to Greece, you have an endless number of vacation destinations perfect for the entire family in 2021 and 2022. The following sample tours offer inspiring getaways with essential experiences that will give your family everlasting memories. From ancient temples to elegant palaces, hands-on cooking classes, to unique wildlife, you can find the best destination for your family.
It’s easy to give in to the idea of waiting until your child is older before traveling the world, but there are many benefits to starting early to help them become capable and enthusiastic travelers.
Traveling with babies and young children can seem daunting, from long flights to changing time zones, but you can plan a trip that your entire family will enjoy. The right travel specialist will focus on the logistics so you are free to make cherished memories.
These five tips can help you consider your next destination and how to enjoy it.
Whether you want a tropical escape, an exploration of natural wonders, or to witness ancient history, these eleven family-friendly destinations can help you find the right place for your family.
Every family is different, and the right destination for your family will depend on your goals, wants, needs, and expectations. Some yearn to uncover the wonders of Ancient Rome in Italy while others prefer quiet afternoons under the blue-roof Cycladic homes of Santorini in Greece. No matter where Zicasso takes you, you and your family will revel in the exciting activities that await.
Traveling with your family can be a rewarding experience with incredible adventures and unforgettable memories, with the following destinations embodying the best travel experiences for every kind of family.
Italian cuisine is famous throughout the world, and the following information shares eight Italian culinary favorites and how to explore them during your travels in Italy.
Whether looking for classic dishes or eager to sample new ingredients, Italy celebrates local and seasonal flavors to create an unforgettable impact at the table.
From a private couple’s cooking class to a family-friendly gelato course, a senior’s wine tasting tour to a pizza-making class with friends, this list helps you explore where and how to sample traditional dishes during your Italy vacation.
Greece is truly the perfect honeymoon destination, and may be at the top of your list.
With islands known for whitewashed walls and incredible sunsets, mainland villages offering secluded charms, and exceptional food and wine, Greece can immerse you in excitement and relaxation.
With modern luxury and traditional hospitality, our top Greece travel specialists can craft a honeymoon for the ages.
It’s been said that travel is not about the destination but the journey. We believe that travel is about the destination, it is about the journey, but it is also about the planning. Your next vacation is not just an escape to refresh your life and build lasting memories; the pure anticipation of the trip is as important as the trip itself. Our next trip gives us something to look forward to, no matter how distant in the future that trip may be, knowing it is booked and on our calendar brings us a strong feeling of excitement.
From Madrid to Mallorca, Seville to San Sebastian, Barcelona to Bilbao, Granada to Girona, Spain is a perfect destination for 2021 and 2022. The following sample itineraries offer essential experiences as you consider your own ideal vacation. From a flavorful tour of authentic dishes to the romance of the coastline, an exploration of the dynamic trails to exclusive views of famous architectural grandeur, discover why Spain is the right destination for any traveler.
Travel in February can take us into the heart of winter or the depths of summer. No matter how we wish to travel, February is a great time to experience the world. From an African safari to a tropical beach getaway, ancient cities, to an exploration of nature, the following list explores some of the many places you can visit in February with options for every type of traveler.
From the tropical warmth of the Southern Hemisphere to the winter wonderlands of Europe, or even the unique icy edges of Antarctica, January is a time when we all want to make a fresh start. What better way to kick off a new year than with a brand new experience? The following list brings many fantastic places you can visit in January, and there is something for every traveler.
From Athens to Santorini, Meteora to Crete, your vacation to Greece brings modern luxury alongside ancient history. Island beaches shimmer with white sands, romantic sunsets light the sky, and your days abound with exploration. Find inspiration for your dream trip in this collection of sample itineraries created for 2021 and 2022.
From the unexpected to the iconic, this list of destinations are seeing more interest than usual from our Zicasso travelers. With a wide array of experiences available in each, we asked our travel specialists why more have been drawn to these countries over the last few months. Whether you would like to take a last-minute trip or begin planning for the future, this list may give you the inspiration you are looking for.
From Rome to Palermo, Florence to Milan, Tuscany to the Amalfi, Alberobello to Lake Como, Italy is an ideal vacation destination for 2021. Find inspiration in the following sample tours that immerse you in essential exploration of a country that overflows with options. From an adventurous sailing excursion to a romantic culinary tour, a discovery of lesser-known towns to secluded countryside comforts, see why Italy is the perfect destination for every type of traveler.
Your honeymoon is sure to be a trip of a lifetime, and deciding where to go is the first exciting step in your planning process.
Whether you want an epic escape to a rainforest retreat, a beach getaway to a deserted island, an Italian dream vacation, or an opulent safari, Zicasso can ensure your perfect luxury vacation.
Explore some of our top destinations for relaxation, adventure, and everything between. The options are endless, but Zicasso is here to help you plan the honeymoon of your dreams.
How you can travel safely right now is an essential question and the Zicasso team can give you important insight into what you can do to travel smarter, easier, and safer for all regions around the world. Planning a trip always leads to important questions, and now more than ever, many travelers are asking about safety concerns and ensuring they can still plan their dream vacation. As you consider your next trip, this list offers several ways you can ease your logistics by preparing ahead of time.
Open now to American travelers, Croatia is a destination to consider throughout 2021. For the popular summer season, our travel specialists are finding some fantastic options for travelers looking for relaxation, privacy, real-time adjustments, and the ability to customize their itinerary. As you consider your plans, the hiring of a private yacht charter checks every single box for an ideal Covid-era vacation. Beyond that, we see some incredibly advantageous rates, including the limited offer detailed below.
While there are some options for last-minute travel in 2020, most travelers are looking ahead to 2021 and 2022. As many desire to step away from the dense crowds, our specialists have responded with new itineraries that take into account our new travel realities. Learn how to see France, Spain, Ireland and Portugal as we look to 2021 and beyond.
While there are some options for last-minute travel in 2020, most travelers are looking ahead to 2021. As preferences for the most iconic destinations have remained the same, our specialists have responded with new itineraries that take into account the new travel realities. Learn how to see Italy, Greece, England & Scotland, and South Africa the best in 2021 and beyond by reading on.
Every day we are inspired by the many Zicasso travelers ready to book their next trip. Our travelers seem to have three things in common: the desire for good value, increased privacy, and the ability to make real-time adjustments during the Covid-era. We asked several of our travel specialists to create sample itineraries for their regions that put these three priorities center stage. This series of itineraries, the Zicasso Signature Tours, will bring you through the many regions of the world and show you how to visit them in 2021 and beyond. With an emphasis on flexibility and safety, a customized trip will exceed your expectations and celebrate the wonder to be found abroad. These first four featured countries are not only ready for your 2021 trip, but they are also able to welcome you in 2020. A last-minute trip is not only possible, but highly recommended in the hands of a local travel specialist. See what’s possible below.
As our Traveler Care team is in constant conversation with our Zicasso travelers, we are frequently asked if anyone is actually booking a trip for 2021? The answer is yes! For those who have booked their next trip, there have been some changes to what they are looking for and how they want to travel. We spoke to travel specialists from all over the world as they have already begun to reinvent to ensure the safety and comfort of our travelers for post-pandemic travel. We looked at some of the most popular destinations people are booking with Zicasso for 2021 to learn more about the travel trends and the current atmosphere in each country.
For many prospective travelers, this is the million-dollar question. The impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic are felt across the travel landscape, and air travel has changed significantly. We asked Jessica, a Zicasso travel specialist who recently traveled to Tanzania, to share with us what it was like as she flew from Los Angeles, California to Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, and then from Amsterdam to Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
One of our Zicasso travel specialists, Jessica, recently returned from a safari in Tanzania. Having planned countless safaris for our travelers, she came home to the United States ready to encourage a last-minute trip in 2020. As the story of her weeks-long safari unfolded, we were struck by how easily, and safely, she was able to enjoy the wonders of the Great Migration in the Serengeti. A perfect vacation option for a post-Covid world, a safari is inherently Covid friendly, being outdoors and remote. The wildlife viewing is even more than you can imagine, and currently the airline and lodging discounts are unprecedented. Whether you have been thinking about traveling or not, what is happening right now in Tanzania is why you should consider a last-minute trip for 2020.
While many are drawn off the beaten path, it is often impossible to resist a stop at the world's iconic landmarks. From the Machu Picchu to the Acropolis, La Sagrada Familia, and the Vatican to La Louvre, we love to match our postcard views with the view in front of our eyes. As the realities of post-Covid travel set in, we spoke with Zicasso travel specialists for Greece, Italy, Spain, France, and Peru to learn not only about how we can safely see iconic sites in these countries but also what these destinations are doing to protect visitors as they explore the highlights.
At Zicasso, we’ve got your back. Like you, we too are travelers, and we understand that booking your next trip comes with a lot of questions. The decision to move forward is intimidating, but we are uniquely positioned with our global partners to help you plan your next journey. Now more than ever, your decision to put your trip planning in the hands of a destination expert can make all the difference in the world to your experience. As a family-owned travel company, you are part of our Zicasso family the moment you invite us into your vacation planning, and working with you is a privilege that we never lose sight of.
As we unveiled our Trip of a Lifetime series, we asked some of our top travel specialists to dream without limits. For months, we have imagined the places we’ve always wished to discover but realize now that we will need to experience differently. Our Trips of a Lifetime invites us to once again celebrate our global relationships, connect with new experiences, and enjoy classic adventure as we look to fulfill our long-held dreams in this next chapter of travel.
The world is full of wonder, and as travelers, we are all longing to step out to visit the world’s highlights, lounge on a secluded beach, or otherwise find a change of scene. Our pace is slower, and as we sit with our current reality, we have likely re-examined our favorite trips, or traced our plans in our minds for the trips not yet taken. Above all, we have asked ourselves, why do we travel? No matter your reasoning for the trips taken and the trips yet to come, your trip of a lifetime will be possible once again, and in the hands of a local expert, this new chapter in travel will bring more connection with people, more authenticity, and more personalization.
While the world has been together in our need to collectively stay home, we have been left to dream while we await our chance to emerge and explore. As our daydreams wander, there is no universally perfect trip, no one-size-fits-all vacation for everyone. You may wish for an active exploration of breathtaking nature, or perhaps a glimpse into the inspiring artwork of past civilizations would refresh you? No matter the experiences you wish to have, a trip customized by an expert will make your trip of a lifetime possible once we can travel again.
Tahiti has been open to American travelers since July, and our Zicasso travel specialists are finding some advantageous rates at some of their preferred properties. Designed for a quick escape, these exclusive offers bring you to a paradise of bungalows, shimmering crystalline waters, rainbow reefs, and beautiful beaches. From the coral to crowning mountains, the shoreline to jungle terrain, the island ambiance is a majestic promise of escape from life back home. A last minute trip just might be the best way to end 2020, or to begin 2021. With air fare included, these attractive options bring a surprisingly low rate.
Where had you planned on traveling this year? As we have experienced the many sudden changes to our world in different ways, it is time to reassess how we can step out to explore, experience, and emerge into this new chapter in travel. Perhaps, you had envisioned trekking to the top of Huayna Picchu, letting the crisp air bite at your nose while you basked in the panorama that sweeps across the Lost City of Machu Picchu. Or maybe you had already booked your trip to Greece and expected to wander through the galleries of the Acropolis Museum, listening to the legends associated with the preserved artifacts. While we are not yet able to travel, we are able to consider and dream, and we at Zicasso invite you to begin. We spoke with travel experts to both Italy and Greece for their advice, and Zicasso travel specialists are available for all parts of the world to answer your questions.
We sat down with Tom Skalka, Director of Client Relations at Zicasso, to discuss how travelers can best be planning for the future. Covid-19 disrupted his own travel to Spain, so he understands personally how harrowing it has been to manage changing plans. Learn more about what’s ahead as we all look forward to this next chapter in travel.
The travel experience itself is more precious than ever, and the availability of travel as well as our ability to do so can no longer be taken for granted. Just like the places we visit, a great travel specialist will make their mark on us and reveal the depths of an unfamiliar culture, the overlooked ambiance of a forgotten neighborhood, or the unforgettable energy beneath the surface of a city you thought you had known. The right travel specialist uses their experience, becomes your advocate, has valuable resources, delivers fantastic convenience, adds incredible value, and brings to light exclusive access, all while focusing on the ways you can travel safely.
As travelers, we long to participate in new cultures as explorers, as storytellers, as students, and as friends. Our vacations are precious to us for many reasons: for the limited time we have, for the budget, for the planning, for the feeling it leaves, for the experiences we yearn for, and ultimately, for the understanding of the world it gives us. After decades of stepping out into the world when we wanted, and how we wanted, this new chapter will require a new mindset.
As we consider post-pandemic travel, these destinations may be amongst those that can provide unique, personable, and personalized experiences in safe and comfortable environments. Whether you are stepping out on a first-time trip or returning to a long-beloved destination, these countries offer something away from the heavily trodden path with combinations of pristine natural wonders, remarkable history, and captivating cultural experiences. Even though they are not open yet, we recommend starting the planning process now due to the expected pent-up demand for 2021 travel.
While life has changed for all of us in recent months, we still receive inquiries for many travelers who are looking ahead. As we look forward to weddings and milestone anniversaries, many of these occasions are marked with a spectacular vacation. Planning early for 2021 is essential in order to get the experiences you want. Here are some popular destinations to consider.
When the Covid-19 pandemic forced the world to close its doors, our collective travel dreams for 2020 were closed as well. Whether we had dreamed of visiting the Taj Mahal or Angkor Wat, the beaches of Greece or the savanna of Africa, the postponements and cancellations of our trips have only intensified our anticipation for our next adventure. The thought of our next trip inspires us with endless promises of intimate moments, unexpected experiences, adventurous excursions, and a lifetime’s worth of memories, whether on a postponed honeymoon or your first international family vacation. To ensure your ideal trip design and opportunities for customization, there are five reasons that you should start planning now.
With recommendations from our Zicasso travel planners, see how you can have a tailored travel experience that brings your dream trip to life while venturing off the beaten path. Your travel expert can advise you on how to travel safely while making your desired experiences a reality.
Tapas are a delicious culinary tradition and a famous custom celebrated around the world that you can experience during a Spain trip with this expert guide to Spanish tapas.
The word itself conjures images of Spaniards relaxing on a patio with small plates covering the table, accompanied by a glass of white wine on a warm day. In reality, tapas vary in size, preparation, and eating habits based on region. Snacking or dining on tapas is a uniquely different experience in Seville than in Pamplona, in Madrid versus Barcelona.
Some regions have a different name for tapas, in the Basque region, the small dishes are known as pintxos, and this is just one regional difference that you will come to learn about the more you explore Spain.
Traveling on your own can be a thrilling, liberating, eye-opening experience. Exploring new parts of the world challenges your comfort zone resulting in self-discovery and will feed your passion even more. You have the ability to discover colorful European neighborhoods, hidden reserves in Sub-Saharan Africa, and the edges of Southeast Asia on your own.
Traveling as a female carries specific considerations surrounding safety and comfort. We at Zicasso have compiled great safety tips you can follow while traveling and curated a list of some of the world’s best destinations for solo female travelers.
The following list offers insight into the world’s ten best cities for street food, revealing the depth of culinary delights around the globe.
The authentic culture and culinary traditions of a city are spotlighted in street food. Vendors pride themselves on the different flavors, textures, and aromas that engage all five senses. Even in cities celebrated for their restaurants, street food remains the ultimate casual dining experience for locals while providing visitors a window into the gastronomic heritage of a country.
Street food around the globe blurs the lines between authentic culinary customs and exciting gastronomic exploration bursting from outdoor markets, carts, or kiosks that make the culture and heritage of a city like Istanbul, Turkey, or Durban, South Africa tangible.
Setting the stage for some of the greatest backdrops in cinema history, the following five iconic destinations from movies and television bring to life the fantasy of the silver screen.
Filmmakers explore the globe searching for the perfect destination to make medieval cities, fantastical villages, or fictional planets come to life. Rather than relying on movie lots or CGI, filming on location exemplifies the brilliance of the real world.
The following destinations bridge the magic of the movies with the wonders of the world in which you live, whether accentuating the history of Croatia for the fairytale of Game of Thrones’ Dornish empire or expressing the beauty of Ireland for the far-flung resting place of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars.
Emilia Romagna is the epicenter of the country's culinary heritage, and you can explore them all in these essential food destinations.
Known as the "breadbasket" of Italy for its production of grain, wheat, and cereals, Emilia Romagna embodies much of what people think of when they think of Italy as it connects the cultures of north and south.
The region is famous for its simple, delicious flavors ranging from fresh pasta to aromatic cheeses and savory salumi to hearty sauces of Parma, Modena, and Bologna that share layers of history with every bite.
Whether searching for a mountain retreat or secluded seaside resort, a hidden harbor or the location of a mythical battle, the following inspirational list looks beyond common destinations to uncover eight of Greece’s best-kept secrets.
Travelers have ventured to Greece for millennia for its remarkable history, enchanting mythology, and mesmerizing landscapes. Beyond the majesty of classic destinations like Athens and Santorini that have become beacons for tourists, you can find authentic splendor and exceptional treasures that may feel like a secret only you can share.
Embrace the seaside charms of Kastellorizo or trace history along the lanes of Medieval villages on the island of Chios when exploring these hidden jewels of Greece.
San Sebastian is a sophisticated city known for its unique culture, alluring beaches along the glistening Balearic Sea and its fabulous cuisine. The city embodies the essence of the Basque region with fascinating architecture as small pintxos bars and Michelin Star restaurants are intermixed, each one offering an authentic experience of the city. Gorgeous beach promenades, family-friendly cultural experiences, water activities, premier wines, and more are all accessible as San Sebastian's charm embraces all who visit. As you plan your trip, be sure to consider these eight highlights.
Stepping out to explore a new city puts you amid local culture and the natural pace of life. These seven cities are known for their walkability, and the chance to enjoy the splendor of sidewalk cafes, the charms of boutique shops, the elegance of grand architectural highlights. Take in the sights, sounds, and aromas that stretch across the globe with this list of some of the world’s most walkable cities.
Throw the mundane box of clichéd expectations to the wind and take your partner to any of these overlooked romantic destinations.
Whether searching for a beach-side resort or if you’re aching for an amorous adventure, you want and deserve the everlasting memories of a special experience made more distinguished by a destination’s underrated reputation. Cities like Paris and Venice, or island destinations like French Polynesia and the Caribbean, have embraced their romantic reputations but the following list comprises an eclectic array of destinations guaranteed to delight, entertain, and enchant the one you love.
Whether proposing, celebrating your honeymoon, or simply indulging in the sensual ambiance, you deserve a romantic escape into unforgettable creativity.
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