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 tradition in Spain and a famous custom celebrated around the world. 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, as well as finding tapas in Madrid versus Barcelona. The style of a tapa could even differ between towns in the same region. Some regions have a different name for tapas, in the Basque region, the small dishes are known as pintxos.
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 true culture and culinary traditions of a city are revealed in the 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. The following list offers insight into the world’s 10 best cities for street food revealing the depth of culinary delights around the globe.
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 list counts down some of the top real-world locations where the fantasy of the silver screen comes to life.
Emilia Romagna contains some of the most distinctive Italian cuisines and is the epicenter of the country's culinary heritage. The region brims with lush vineyards, spectacular architecture, and captivating artwork which reflects the local traditions. 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.
Travelers have ventured to Greece for millennia for its remarkable history, enchanting mythology, and mesmerizing landscapes. The majesty of classic destinations like Athens and Santorini have become beacons for tourists both of which highlight the grand spectacles of mainland and island charm.
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 some of Greece’s best-kept secrets.
Planning a family-friendly vacation requires many considerations but for certain, some destinations are much more enticing than others. From accommodation type to rest required, the following destinations consider the dynamics of a multi-generational trip. Explore cultural discoveries and thrilling activities that will keep your children talking about your family vacation for a lifetime.
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.
Looking for a romantic getaway that breaks from norms and encourages you to think outside the predictable locations? Throw the mundane box of cliché expectations to the wind and take your partner to an overlooked romantic destination. Whether searching for a beach-side resort that allows you to relax together or if you’re aching for an amorous adventure into the untamed mountains of a tropical island, you want and deserve the everlasting memories of a special experience made more distinguished by exotic themes and underrated reputations.
Cities like Paris and Venice, or island destinations like French Polynesia and the Caribbean, have embraced their romantic images. They attract couples from around the world but the following list comprises an eclectic array of destinations guaranteed to delight, entertain, and enchant the one you love whether popping the question, toasting to your honeymoon, or simply indulging in the sensual ambiance of a deserved romantic escape with unforgettable creativity.
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