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Top 3 Reasons to Visit France This Winter
When you visit France in winter, you can indulge in the wonders and beauty of the country with far fewer people for a more authentic travel experience. From the joys of Paris to the marvels of Mont St....
Where Americans Can Travel Right Now
There are dozens of countries open to American travelers where you can travel safely to enjoy an exceptional vacation.  Several new regions joined the list this week, including the openings of Antarctica...
European Travel in 2022 is Booking Up: How to Plan...
Whether looking for the perfect couple’s trip to Greece, a family getaway to Spain or the trip of a lifetime to Italy now is the time to consider your vacation plans for 2022. With Zicasso travel specialists...
2021 Holiday Season Travel - Where To Go This Year
Originally published on June 23, 2021, this list was updated on October 13, 2021 and November 10, 2021. The holiday season is an exciting time to visit a new country, and this list of destinations...
4 Tips for Traveling to Thailand in 2021-2022
With exceptional beaches, exciting history, and dynamic culture, Thailand is now open to vaccinated American travelers without quarantine. As of November 1, the wonders of Thailand are once more available...
7 Best Destinations for Summer Lovers to Visit in the...
Some travelers embrace the winter season, but you may prefer the warmth of summer, the tropical lifestyle, and an escape from the cold. These seven destinations offer the perfect summer-style getaways...
Best Places to Travel by Month
Whether looking for the perfect beach getaway or a family-friendly escape, here you can find information on the best destinations to visit by month to fulfill your travel dreams. From the charming canals...
7 Patagonia Sample Trips for 2021-2022
Barren, shimmering, and wild, Patagonia embodies the frontier of South America where untamed nature reigns supreme and our 7 Patagonia sample trips can inspire your excursion. With jagged peaks, pristine...
7 Things to Do With Kids in Costa Rica
Costa Rica offers the perfect blend of history, natural beauty, and tropical adventure for families with children of all ages and overflows with things to do. Instead of spending every day on the beach...
How to Pick Your Next Destination: Smart Pandemic Travel Choices for the Next Quarter

At Zicasso, travelers often ask how to pick the right destination for this time of travel, particularly if they want to travel in the next 2-3 months.

We find that many want to travel internationally if it’s safe and if they can be confident of a quality trip. Changing rules, restrictions, seasonality, and different country logistics have caused massive confusion about where you can easily travel.

With helpful information and advice, five criteria to consider when you choose your destination, and a list of countries we currently recommend, you can travel with ease and explore the world confidently and safely.

Travel Tips and Hints: Top Central and South American Destinations for 2021-2022

Central and South America will always surpass your expectations from natural diversity to timeless adventure. Over the last months, these destinations have grown in popularity with many Zicasso traveler opting to take advantage of reasonable entry requirements and direct flight routing.

From island hopping to savor incredible wildlife or eager to embrace the romance of a luxurious jungle resort, interested in a trek on an ancient trail to find stunning ruins or happy to enjoy the comforts of world-famous beaches, Central and South America can immerse you in culture, heritage, history, and the wonders of nature.

Whether you want to leave for a last-minute trip or wish to plan for the future, our Zicasso travel specialists offer their expertise on how you can experience the trip you want leading into 2022.

Top 7 Things to See & Do in Medellin, Colombia

The striking hillside metropolis of Medellin in Colombia has transformed from one of the most nefarious cities in the world to an enchanting destination that supports its charming nickname, “City of Eternal Spring”.

Medellin attracts visitors from across the country and the world, who are eager to experience year-round flower blossoms, lush trees, and intermittent rainy days in an ambiance that always feels exuberant.

These are the 7 top things to see and do when visiting the vibrant, welcoming, and beautiful city.

10 Best African Safari Itineraries for 2021-2022

An African safari opens the mind and soul to an experience unlike any other. With diverse locations and experiences on offer, no matter what style of safari, no matter where or how long, there is an incredible adventure awaiting you.

Based on your preferred destinations or experiences, you could find yourself traversing not one, not two, but possibly three countries within southern and eastern Africa. Safaris, cities, beaches, and more, a travel specialist can help custom-design your ideal safari for the kind of adventure you are looking for.

Explore amazing itineraries and travel ideas from which you can mold your own creation. Find the essence and overall highlights of what an African safari should encompass as you get ready for the safari seasons.

What It's Like to Travel Now - African Safari, Greece, Spain, Costa Rica, and Peru

From the winding waters of the Okavango Delta to enticing peaks of the Andes Mountains, the volcanic islands of Greece to the medieval towns of Spain, find the right experience for your adventure with a trip customized to your preferences.

Every traveler has different goals for a trip and a travel specialist can plan, guide, and support you to ensure your best experience for a future trip or a last-minute getaway.

Find tips, hints and ideas for your next vacation from these Zicasso travelers that just returned from Africa, Greece, Spain, Costa Rica and Peru.

Lost Cities Of The Past and Where to Visit Them

Ancient cities of the world represent dynamic, mythological, and legendary aspects of folklore that are critical to the history of humanity, and with the right travel specialist, you can immerse yourself in these as you explore the world.

The ruins of fascinating cities embody ancient life and reflect the strength and power of premodern kingdoms, the prestige of trading centers, and the scales of populations that far exceeds what modern archeologists once thought possible.

You can visit these cities that have been lost to history to find how they have shaped local modern-day culture and global heritage.

Why Now is the Time for South America

With promises of the Amazon Rainforest to Andean peaks, celebrated beaches to intriguing ancient ruins, South America is a destination of diversity that offers a mixture of natural majesty and captivating heritage.

With high vaccination rates and low Covid numbers, ideal weather and endless things to do, you can enjoy a vacation that begins with a warm welcome and ends with fantastic memories.

Whether sipping wine in Argentina or visiting the giant tortoises on the Galapagos, the four main reasons to travel to South America now can inspire the best experiences for your preferred trip with the help of a Zicasso travel specialist.

Where to Go: Why Now is the Time for Your Dream Trip to Egypt

Open now to American travelers, it is perhaps the best time ever to plan your trip to Egypt.

A bucket-list destination for many, the ancient past unfolds like a storybook in Egypt. Each page reveals a new, inspiring wonder, from the grand tip of the pyramids cracking the sky to the serene banks of the Nile River that creates an enticing oasis.

With clear safety protocols, manageable entry requirements, and some advantageous rates, Zicasso travelers are reporting a spectacular travel experience. There are several reasons why now is the right time to bring your dream Egyptian vacation to life.

Travel Tips and Hints: Top 5 Europe Destinations for 2021-2022

While the pandemic may have kept many of us at home, Zicasso travelers never stopped dreaming of their next vacation to top European destinations. Summer 2021 brought much enthusiasm with spectacular interest in both last-minute travel and in looking ahead to 2022.

From exploring unforgettable cuisine on a family tour to embracing the romance of a renowned city, following a pilgrimage trail to enjoying celebrated beaches, Europe offers countless ways to enjoy and explore heritage, history, and natural splendor.

Our Zicasso travel specialists offer their thoughts and expertise on what travel will be like leading into 2022 and how to experience the trip you want, whether now or in the future.

7 Amazing Artisan Experiences from Around the World

For those who want their vacation to capture the true essence of a culture, a dive into a country’s unique artisanal experiences is a must.

You can discover the people who uphold long-lived customs, participate in celebrations of cherished heritages, and explore historical traditions birthed centuries ago. Whether life-changing or enchanting, artisanal experiences reveal the beauty and charms of Old-World technique coupled with the fast-pace of modernity.

Here are seven incredible destinations that will introduce you to fascinating artisanal experiences from around the world, including art, architecture and cuisine.

What It’s Like to Travel Now: Italy, Croatia, Portugal, Spain, Costa Rica and Kenya

The world is constantly changing, and as Zicasso travelers return from their trips, travel reviews are coming in daily. Overflowing with tips and helpful hints, learn more about what it is like to travel now, and how you can best prepare for your next vacation with tips from our travel specialists.

From the rainforests of Costa Rica to the beaches of Portugal, you can experience culture, landscape, and the spirit of adventure as you prefer. Every trip is customized because every traveler is unique. While the way we travel the world may be changing, we know that the right travel specialist can help craft your best trip, whether now or for future travel.

Top 10 Travel Destinations and Experiences in Nairobi, Kenya

Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, remains a stunning beacon of multiculturalism eager to reveal its history and contemporary charms to visitors. Millions of people flock to Kenya to explore the Maasai Mara and other breathtaking parks and reserves, splashed with green hillsides and flamingo-filled lakes but traveling in Nairobi’s wilderness promises incredible diversity. From views of Africa’s iconic Big Five to vibrant cultural activities, tantalizing culinary opportunities to insightful heritage highlights, you can experience the breadth of the cosmopolitan ambiance.

Best Beaches in Italy to Visit on Your Vacation

The Italian peninsula is surrounded on three sides by the Ligurian, Tyrrhenian, Ionian, and Adriatic seas, azure waters that shape the best beaches in Italy, perfect for an array of different travel activities. These stunning beaches boast tranquil swimming coves, gorgeous seascapes, and popular stretches of sandy shores that attract visitors from around the world who are eager to embrace the Mediterranean charm and indulge in the sweet life for which Italy is known. Scroll down and learn more about the best Italian beaches to visit on your travels, depending on your daily activities.

10 Under-the-Radar Destinations to Add to Your Travel Bucket List

While popular destinations like Venice, Barcelona, Phuket, and the Serengeti impress for their incredible history and natural beauty, the surrounding world inadvertently hides spectacular destinations in the shadows of the more famous locations. The following list offers you a selection of 10 stellar destinations often overlooked by travelers. Instead of moving with the crowd, these destinations have yet to be overrun by international tourists eager for a peek at famous paintings, glances at passing rhinos, or moments lounging on the soft white sands of a gorgeous beach.

Travel Checklist for Senior Travelers: 10 Steps to a Great Vacation

A travel checklist for senior travelers can help you simplify what you need before and during your trip, and these ten steps ensure that you cover every base.

Traveling is not only about giving yourself new insight into the world but also ensuring you have the best time possible while exploring a familiar destination or someplace entirely new.

The best way to ensure your trip brings maximum enjoyment is by preparing well. Every traveler is different, but our recommendations can help you travel safely, actively, and enjoyably for a perfect trip.

10 Best Blockbuster Movie Travel Destinations

Movies capture some of the world’s most enchanting destinations that you can visit on a Zicasso tour tailored to you. From the rolling red dunes of the Sahara Desert with a Mars-like escape to the lush New Zealand countryside for a fairytale paradise, the splendors of the world in which we live transport us to other worlds, times, and eras through cinema. Travel and movies work hand in hand, with destinations around the world inspiring some of the greatest filmmakers. You don’t have to just enjoy these spectacular sceneries through movies alone.

10 Most Popular Types of Pasta to Try On Vacation in Italy

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.

6 Amazing African Bush and Beach Vacations

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.

What to Bring on An African Safari: 6 Tips to Pack Your Bag

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.

10 Best Family Destinations in Italy

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.

How to Plan Your Trip to the Galapagos

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.

4 Tips for Travel to Australia in 2022

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.

What it’s Like to Travel Now in Croatia: Q&A with Zicasso Founders Brian Tan and Yuchun Ku
10 Best Museums in France

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.

7 Best Wine Regions to Visit in Portugal

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.

9 Best Museums in Spain and Where to See Them

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.

What You Need to Know About Traveling to Italy in 2021

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.

8 Best Italy Christmas Markets and How to Visit Them

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.

10 Most Popular Destinations for Senior Travelers with Zicasso

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.

6 Reasons To Choose Portugal for Your Next Vacation

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.

4 Reasons You Should Plan a Christmas Trip to Italy

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.

Zicasso Signature Tours: 15 Vacations for 2021-2022

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.

Where Can I Take My Grandkids on Vacation? 16 Best International Destinations

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.

What You Need to Know About Traveling to Greece in 2021

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.

Top 10 Best European Cities for Art Lovers

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.

17 Best Places to Travel in April

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.

Why 2021 is the Time to Go to Croatia

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.

10 Most Requested European Itineraries 2021-2022

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.

Why 2021 is the Best Time to Go to Iceland

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.

3 Reasons Why It is a Great Time to Visit Peru in 2021

Originally published April 2, 2021, this article has been updated.

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 and 2022 brings three advantages as you experience all that Peru has to offer.

Why You Should Visit the UK in 2021-2022

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!

10 Italian Arts & Crafts - How to See and Experience Them

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.

5 Tips for Traveling with Teens

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.

16 Best Places to Travel in March

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.

Best Family Itineraries for 2021 - 2022

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.

5 Tips for Traveling with Babies and Toddlers

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.

Top 11 Family-Friendly Travel Destinations

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.

8 Italian Culinary Favorites and How to Explore Them

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.

Why You Should Take Your Honeymoon in Greece

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.

Something to Look Forward To - Why You Should Plan Your Next Trip Now

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.

11 Best Spain Itineraries for 2021 - 2022

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.

18 Best Places to Travel in February

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.

14 Best Places to Travel in January

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.

13 Best Greece Itineraries for 2021-2022

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.

10 Emerging Destinations for 2021-2022: Where Zicasso Travelers Want to Go

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.

Our 10 Best Luxury Italy Itineraries for 2021 & 2022

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.

Zicasso's Top 10 Honeymoon Destinations

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.

Taking a Trip in the Covid-era: 10 Ways You Can Prepare Now

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.

Why 2021 Is the Time for a Private Yacht Charter in Croatia

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.

Zicasso Signature Tours: Spectacular European Scenery Away from the Crowds

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.

Zicasso Signature Tours: Most Requested Destinations for 2021

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.

Zicasso Signature Tours: 4 Places You Can Visit Now

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.

Zicasso Travelers' Top Destinations for 2021

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.

Is it Safe to Fly Internationally Right Now? Flight Insight from a Travel Specialist

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.

3 Reasons to Go to Tanzania in 2020 - Advice from a Zicasso Safari Specialist

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.

New Ways to Visit Iconic Sites: Machu Picchu, Sagrada Familia, Acropolis, Vatican, and Louvre

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.

Travel with Zicasso - Our Promises to You

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.

Zicasso’s Trips of a Lifetime Series - Part 3

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.

Zicasso’s Trips of a Lifetime Series - Part 2

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.

Zicasso’s Trips of a Lifetime Series - Part 1

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.

You Can Go To Tahiti: Quick Escapes for 2020 and 2021

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.

When Can I Travel Again? How Zicasso’s Travel Experts are Ready to Make it Happen

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.

Q&A with Tom Skalka, Director of Client Relations at Zicasso

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.

Why a Travel Specialist is a Must for Your Next Trip

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.

Four Unique Destinations for Post-COVID Travel

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.

Where to Go for your Next Celebration Trip

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.

Top 5 Reasons You Should Plan Now for 2021

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.

Travel Expert Tips: Hidden Gems of South Africa, Australia, Greece, and Italy

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.

An Expert Guide to Spanish Tapas

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.

7 Best Destinations for the Solo Female Traveler

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 World’s Best Cities for Street Food

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.

5 Iconic Destinations from Movies and Television

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.

Essential Food Destinations of Emilia Romagna

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.

Greece’s 8 Best-Kept Secrets

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.

Guide to San Sebastian: Food, Culture, and the Coast

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.

7 of the World’s Most Walkable Cities

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.

7 Overlooked Romantic Destinations

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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