Spotlight on Book Your Bucket List

If there has ever been a time to book a once-in-a-lifetime trip, the time is now. Gone are the days of saying “I’ll get to it eventually. I’ll make it there one day.” After months of being stuck indoors, cancelled plans, and an influx of stress and anxiety, it’s time to say goodbye to 2020 and hello to your bucket list! 

Sit Back, Relax, and Enjoy the Ride

Heading out for a drive around any of the Hawaiian Islands hardly qualifies as a “road trip” in U.S. mainland terms. Even considering a spin around the 4,028-square-mile Hawaii Island, the largest of the Hawaiian Islands, can average about four hours.

Though, regardless of the time or distance you’ll travel, a mini road-trip in Hawaii is a great way to enjoy the beauty of the Islands while spending quality time with your loved ones. After all, life’s not about the destination, but the journey. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride on some of the Islands’ most scenic drives:

Kuhio Highway (Kauai)

Lush beauty abounds on Kauai, and any drive on the island is a sight to be seen. But a cruise down Kuhio Highway will take you along the coast from the island’s southeastern shore to the northern region of Hanalei. You’ll see exactly why the island has become the backdrop for so many Hollywood films.

North Shore (Oahu)

A trip to the “country” as locals would say is a “must do” on Oahu. While there are several routes to get there, hop on the H3 freeway for grand views of the lush green Koolau Mountains. Continue north on Kamehameha Highway and keep an eye on the shoreline (located just steps from your car) for views of Mokolii Island near Kualoa and the white sand beaches along the way.

Hana Highway (Maui)

The 52-mile road to Hana is known as much for its scenic tropical views and waterfalls as it is for its twists and hairpin turns. Beyond Hana are the beautiful Pools of Oheo, the perfect reward after a long drive on Maui.

Hamakua Heritage Corridor (Hawaii Island)

Take in the breathtaking sights of Hawaii Island’s natural landscape as you drive along sea cliffs, through lush valleys and tropical rainforests, up the Hamakua Coast. Begin north of Hilo on Hawaii Belt Road and venture off to the Onomea Scenic Drive, followed by stops at Akaka Falls State Park, Laupahoehoe Point, and Honokaa town. End your drive at the Waipio Valley lookout for a rewarding view of the lush landscape, beautiful waterfalls, and a stunning black sand beach.

Book Your Bucket List with Globus family of brands

With the new year just around the corner, many of us are dreaming about our travel goals for 2021 and even 2022. After a year full of cancelled plans and trips put on hold, we’re eager to pack up our suitcase and head off to somewhere exciting! With that in mind, we decided to chat with Stephanie Bishop, Managing Director of Globus family of brands, to find out how travelers can make their vacation dreams a reality.

Q: Tell us a bit about Globus family of brands and what you offer.

For more than 90 years, the Globus family of brands has greeted the most fascinating places around the world with unmatched intrigue, curiosity and wonder. Along the way, we’ve discovered the sights travelers must see, encountered the people they must meet, engaged in the customs to try, and indulged in the cuisine to taste byway of touring vacations with Globus and Cosmos; Avalon Waterways’ river cruises, and on-your-own adventures from Monograms. From the world’s heart-pumping cosmopolitan cities to heartwarming “undiscovered” towns, it is our greatest passion to share the joys we’ve uncovered with travelers.

Q: For travelers ready to book their long-awaited bucket list trip, what do you recommend?

There’s no better time than today to pin, plot and plan the next getaway, including to bucket list destinations. We never know what the future will hold, but with our Peace of Mind Plan, we make it easy – and risk-free – for travelers to book dream destinations – and itineraries – now.

The Globus family of brands goes beyond the guidebooks, beyond the expected, and well beyond the cobblestone streets of Europe to lead travelers to the wonders and joys of all seven continents – including the rainforests of South America, the national parks of North America, the Outback of Australia, the savannas of Africa, the neon-lit streets of Asia and even the icebergs of Antarctica. With an offering of more than 200 vacations to 68 countries, travelers can enjoy and explore almost anywhere in the world with a name they can count on. And, with an eye on ever-evolving travel trends, we’re always adding new vacations to fulfill the bucket lists of tomorrow.

Q: For North American travelers looking to stay closer to home, what domestic options do you provide?

It isn’t necessary to cross oceans for adventure when there’s so much to discover in Canada and the United States. Between North America’s breathtaking national parks, cool emerging cities and tiny, historic towns, there’s a surplus of sights travelers haven’t seen – or truly experienced – in their own backyard.

For 2021, we have increased our domestic offerings with Globus and Cosmos, including unveiling a new series of “Undiscovered” tours. On our “Undiscovered North America” vacations, we will take globetrotters down the less-traveled highways, legendary lanes, and scenic country roads to the special places and parks other tour companies don’t visit. This NEW “Undiscovered North America” series includes five (5) NEW tours from both Globus and Cosmos as well as other popular getaways:

  • NEW! Globus Bourbon, Bridles & Bluegrass (8 days)
  • NEW! Globus Southern California Charms (10 days)
  • NEW! Globus New England & The Hudson Valley (10 days)
  • NEW! Cosmos Exploring the Pacific Northwest (9 days)
  • Globus Québec In Depth with the Gaspé Peninsula (11 days)
  • Cosmos Alaska & the Yukon (12 days)
  • Cosmos Historic Trails & Blue Ridge Mountains (14 days)
  • Cosmos Western Canada with Inside Passage (13 days)

For Canadians interested in Canada-only touring vacations, some of our favorites include:

  • Globus Great Resorts of the Canadian Rockies (7 days)
  • Globus Wonders of the Maritimes & Scenic Cape Breton (9 days)
  • Globus Newfoundland & Labrador (12 days)
  • Globus Great Canadian Rail Journey (14 days)
  • Cosmos Ontario & French Canada (8 days)
  • Cosmos Heart of the Canadian Rockies (10 days)

In short, we have dozens of incredible vacations available for travelers wanting to explore the world closer to home. We have also unveiled a handful of off-season city getaways from Monograms for 2021, including 3-night stays in New Orleans, Nashville, San Diego and San Francisco.

Q: For travelers looking to have big experiences but with a smaller crowd, what do you recommend?

In 2021, Globus and Cosmos are delivering big experiences for small groups. With Small-Group Discovery tours, we’re making it easier than ever to explore the globe without the rest of the world in North America, Europe, Central and South America, Asia, Africa and select departures in the South Pacific. With an average of just 24 guests per tour departure, Small-Group Discoveries promise room to roam while getting up-close and personal with fascinating places.

Q: For travelers looking to travel privately, what are their options?

Designed for parties from two to two dozen, Globus’ Private Touring program invites travelers to enjoy the benefits of taking a European tour, while handpicking their travel companions. Whether they’re interested in gathering a party of friends for an overdue reunion or are planning a multigenerational family affair, both Globus and Cosmos Private Tours in Europe invite travelers to enjoy the journey in a new, more intimate way with a dedicated Tour Director, private transportation and local guides, VIP sightseeing and greater flexibility.

Monograms also offers small group and private travel options across the globe, including Africa, Asia, South and Central America, and the South Pacific. For instance, travelers can choose private safaris in Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa with Monograms or fly south for incredible getaways in Costa Rica, Brazil and Peru where they may find themselves on their own or with a very small group of like-minded travelers.

Q: How have your offerings changed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic?

The world has changed, but what remains certain is the Globus family of brands’ commitment to guest safety and peace-of-mind while traveling, including offering travelers worry-free, hassle-free and strings-free bookings with a Peace of Mind Travel Plan. While on a trip, travelers can also enjoy many enhanced health and safety protocols with the company’s new On-TripAssurance program

Leaving nothing to chance, our Global Health & Safety Team has established on-trip protocols that focus on travelers’ health and safety as well as the overall travel experience, including:

  • Pre-trip health screenings and temperature checks, plus daily health checks
  • Social distancing whenever possible, thanks in part to Globus Go Beyond Devices
  • Wearing masks when not social distancing isn’t a possibility
  • Touch-free meals (no self-service options at hotels or alike)
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfection standards and protocols at hand-picked hotels

We have also used this “time out” to unveil more Small-Group Discovery tours worldwide and “Undiscovered” vacations in North America.

Q: BONUS: Why should travelers choose to travel with Globus family of brands?

It’s time to look forward to a day better than yesterday, to step away from everyday stresses and anticipate memories that await in new destinations – near or far. The Globus family of brands offers six safe and amazing ways to explore the world in 2021:

  • Off-Season Escapes thanks to our Escapes by Globus program: Vacations featuring lower temperatures, fewer crowds and better deals
  • Private Touring options in Europe
  • Small-Group Discoveries worldwide
  • Off-the-Beaten-Path Adventures with our “Undiscovered” series of vacations in North America, Italy, the United Kingdom and the Mediterranean
  • Boutique-style cruising with Avalon Waterways
  • On-your-own experiences and customizable vacations with Monograms

When the world is ready, we’re ready to deliver the world – in a way, and at a pace, that fits travelers.

Image Credit: Globus family of brands / Cosmos

10 Reasons Why You Should Consider an Expedition Voyage

When the time is right to venture out again, we are betting a lot of people will prefer more exclusive experiences with fewer people and a lot of space to roam. Trips that highlight the outdoors and less crowded destinations will be a top priority for most globetrotters as we gradually return to a world where traveling is a part of our lives. One travel style that has all of this going for you is expedition cruising.

Image Credit: Silversea Cruises

Remote Work, Caribbean Style

For decades, we’ve had to accept the fact that bosses like to watch us work. Now, in perhaps the greatest workplace experiment since cubicles were invented, we’re getting irrefutable proof that remote workers are (surprise) happier and more productive than their communal-workspace-dependent counterparts.

After spending half a year proving to the world that we can work successfully from home, we’re starting to venture out into the wild. And we’re looking to seasoned digital nomads to show us the way. Wait, I know what you’re thinking — Bali! But according to the hip and happening digital nomad community, Bali was “so last year” three years ago. Which is fine with us because, as of July 2020, you can get your work on in a tropical locale much closer to home.

Just a short flight away, hotels and resorts throughout the Caribbean are opening their freshly sanitized doors like they’re Elsa from Frozen welcoming remote workers with open arms. Let’s start with Barbados, shall we? Barbados wants you to work from their beaches. Seriously. They’ve launched a massive ad campaign about work visas designed specifically for digital nomads that last up to 12 months.

Assuming Barbados is a big hit, don’t be surprised if the rest of the Caribbean follows suit. Deep and meaningful health and safety protocols make these sun-drenched isles the perfect locale for working getaways with enviable Zoom backdrops and safe, al fresco dining. Some destinations require wellness tests prior to arrival, so check with your travel advisor for details.

Don’t Mind if I Do

Colony Club (St. James, Barbados) is a pristine retreat along the island’s Platinum West Coast where you can dine on healthy cuisine, relax, and focus. Here, 96 freshly renovated rooms offer modern amenities, elegant wood furnishings, and private balconies. Got time before your next meeting? Tap into complimentary water sports, fitness classes, and island tours. Or, hop on a water-taxi to one of the resort’s sister properties.

Don’t Stress About the Internet Connection

Worried you may get to your destination and not be able to connect? Don’t worry – we have a list of some of the best places to stay throughout the Caribbean that are known for their reliable wi-fi.

  • Jamaica Inn – Jamaica
  • Cheval Blanc – St. Barth
  • Jade Mountain – St. Lucia
  • Ritz Carlton – Grand Cayman
  • The Palms – Turks & Caicos

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to sit back, relax, connect to wi-fi, and stare out at a beautiful backdrop all while working “from home.”