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Virtuoso's Top 10 Travel Dreams Revealed

Features & Advice | Tom Bastek | July 08, 2015

Virtuoso's Top 10 Travel Dreams Revealed

Photo: The Australian Coastline. Photos courtesy of Virtuoso Travel Advisors.

Virtuoso, the network of Luxury Travel Advisors, conducted its annual Travel Dreams Survey and released the results in the July Issue of Virtuoso Life. Without further ado, here are the top Ten “Trips of a Lifetime” per their survey of travelers.

10. Antarctica

Believe it or not, 37,000 people will visit the white continent this year even though due to cruise line regulations in the area, 10,000 will never set foot upon land. You can pretty much expect to spend somewhere in the neighborhood of $20,000 to actually step foot in the land of the penguins, but if you just want to see it, take a big ship cruise line from Buenos Aires for less than $3,000.

9. England

The country from which we won our independence is filled with history, culture, architecture and unique cuisine. Late summer to the fall is the best time to go with Buckingham palace open in August and September and the 150th anniversary celebration of Alice in Wonderland.

8. Fiji

The South Pacific is known for beautiful beaches, blue waters and amazing resorts that are as remote as you can possibly want. Overwater suites, full service spas and five-star dining await you and are even more appreciated after the roughly 11-hour flight from Los Angeles to get there.

7. The Caribbean

It may seem like everyone you know has been on a trip to the Caribbean either via cruise ship or all inclusive resort. But if  you are going to do it right, why not get the best of both of those choices and rent a yacht? You get to cruise at your own pace, everything is included and you only have to be around the people that you invite to come along.

See Also: Tips For Renting a Yacht to Cruise the Caribbean

6. Ireland

One of the best road trips in the world is Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. These 1,500 miles along the The Cliffs of Moherwinds from Kinsale in County Cork in the south to Malin Head in Donegal in the far north, are dotted with lighthouses, abbeys, cairns, stone circles and golf courses all along the route.

See Also: Blazing Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

5. Greece

They may be all the rage right now for all the wrong reasons, but people are not stopping going to Greece. And they shouldn’t; Greece needs the tourism dollars more than ever. Whether you are meandering through the Samaria Gorge, exploring the Parthenon on top of the Acropolis, or taking in fresh fish dinners along the coast, you are set for a fantastic time in a beautiful place. 

4. France

“We will always have Paris.” Well you won’t if you never make the trip, so it is no wonder that this falls so high up the list. Paris is obviously the premiere destination, but the weather and seafood in Nice is more than nice. Lyon is known as the gastronomy capital of the world, and the history alone, never mind the cheese, is a reason to visit Normandy. Needless to say, there is something for everyone in France.

3. New Zealand

It may have taken the Lord of the Rings movie franchise to re-invigorate the desire to experience the beauty of the New Zealand, but it has been on many people’s radar for a lot longer. Milford Sound offers some of the most breathtaking coastal views in the country and the Bay of Islands provides 144 islands to explore and enjoy. Don’t miss a walk up to or a helicopter flight over the Franz Josef Glacier, too.

2. Italy

Whether it is art and architecture or food and wine, there are a hundred reasons to put Italy on your bucket list. Rome could provide a complete bucket list on its own, but don’t stop there. There is Venice, Naples, Milan and Palermo. Not to mention all of the places lend their name to foods we are used to eating here in the states. 

1. Australia

This makes its way to number one on the list for a lot of reasons, the Great Barrier Reef being just one of them. Virtuoso lends this advice about making a trip to the land down under: “Tasmania, Australia’s best-kept secret, is home to wonderful beaches, natural beauty, world-class wines, and fresh produce and seafood. Approximately 40 percent of the island is reserved as a national park or Wilderness World Heritage area, and it’s only an hour’s flight from Melbourne. Rent a car for ten days and drive its width and breadth to discover wild and beautiful landscapes, from Wineglass Bay and Cradle Mountain to Gordon River and the spectacular convict-era ruins of Port Arthur, Richmond, and Ross.” – Gary Woodland, travel advisor, Launceston, Tasmania. 

How many of these places are on your bucket list? Which of them have you already checked off? Let me know in the comments below.


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