The top 7 trips you need to book early to avoid disappointment
The most exclusive travel experiences can be booked years in advance. Plan ahead to make your travel dreams come true.
It’s always unhappy to have your heart fixated on a particular place or experience only to find that all tickets have been booked for it. For example, only a small number of people can experience the winter solstice at the top of Machu Picchu or take a spectacular Arctic cruise. These are the types of trips that you need to book early. While you’re planning your next big adventure, check out these seven popular destinations and experiences to book months, if not years, in advance.
1 Go on an ice cold adventure on an Arctic cruise
When to book: At least one year before departure.
There was a time when the polar regions were only visited by the bravest and most skilled explorers. Now some of the greatest adventures are at your fingertips, like crossing the legendary Drake Passage in Antarctica or exploring Svalbard in Norway.
However, given the popularity of these trips and the relatively limited number of seats available, polar cruise tickets tend to sell out early. According to Business Insider, some tour operators have seen a 100% increase in sales for cruises in the Arctic.
So if you like a tour of the Arctic or Antarctic, book your trip to the polar region well in advance.
2 Winter solstice at Machu Picchu
When to book: One year before your travel date.
Every winter solstice (June 21st) something very magical happens in the Inca mountain town of Machu Picchu. When the sun rises, a beam of light is thrown directly through a central window, illuminating a central pillar perfectly with almost mathematical precision. This is not a coincidence. The Incas who built Machu Picchu worshiped the sun as their god Inti and were able to follow the movements of the sun and stars with great precision. Just like today, hundreds flock to Machu Picchu every year to see the winter solstice. There are few places in the world where human ingenuity and the natural world work together so spectacularly. So it’s worth taking the time to book early to experience them, especially if you decide to pre-book a tour and hike the famous Inca Trail.
Just as fascinating is the experience of the winter solstice or the equinox in the Mayan city of Chichen Itza in Mexico.
3 Discover Patagonia
When to book: 7-12 months in advance, depending on the season.
The spectacular Patagonia region was once a relatively remote and inaccessible area of Argentina and is now open to travelers around the world. In Patagonia, you can meet gauchos (Argentine cowboys) or hike past Mt. Fitz Roy in El Chalten. The region has something for everyone (you can even walk on the Perito Moreno Glacier in El Calafate), but the supply of accommodation cannot keep up with demand right now. So if you want to enjoy Patagonia, plan well ahead.
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4th See gorillas in their natural habitat
When to book: 1-2 years in advance.
Did you know that gorillas were once considered a myth? It’s hard to imagine how well known gorillas are today. But in the 19th century, people were intrigued (and perhaps didn’t believe it) by reports from researchers writing about large, extremely muscular animals with human features. Today it is of course possible to visit gorillas in the zoo, but this is not comparable to seeing them in the wild. Since it is an endangered species, you can only book a gorilla trekking tour in Rwanda or Uganda with permission. There are only a certain number of permits per year. So book yours early.
5 See Japan’s iconic cherry blossoms in full bloom
When to book: 1 year in advance.
Japan is famous for its bright pink cherry blossoms (or sakura in Japanese). These beautiful trees can turn a simple walk in the park into a colorful experience. Just as the brightest flame burns the fastest, cherry blossoms only bloom for a month or two a year and are extremely climate-related. If you want to see them, book early to avoid disappointment. We recommend seeing cherry blossoms in Yoshino, where they cover the neighboring hills and valleys in bright pink.
6th Enjoy the best luxury hotels in Costa Rica
When to book: 6 months in advance.
Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. A land of boundless natural splendor with its high mountains, spectacular waterfalls and lush green rainforests. Thanks to its natural wonders, friendly locals, and vibrant culture, it has become one of the world’s most popular travel destinations. This popularity can lead to the best hotels and special activities (e.g. hundreds of nesting green turtles in Tortuguero) being booked up. To ensure that you can enjoy your dream trip to Costa Rica, it is important to book early.
7th Stay at Kenya’s spectacular Giraffe Manor
Dine with the friendly giraffes in Kenya
When to book: 2 years in advance.
Every year millions of travelers flock to Africa to enjoy a safari. Seeing the continent’s diverse wildlife in their natural habitat can be an impressive experience. What if we told you that there is a place where you can experience these close encounters while experiencing the comfort of a luxury hotel?
There’s a place outside of Nairobi, Kenya where visitors can comfortably live close to one of Africa’s most fascinating and friendliest animals, the giraffe. It’s probably one of the most unusual hotels in the world, it’s also one of the most exclusive as the hotel only has 12 rooms. So if you want to enjoy a trip to Africa like no other, book your stay at Giraffe Manor well in advance.
“It’s the only place in the world where you can share breakfast with a giraffe!”
If one of the above destinations or experiences appeals to you but you don’t know where to start, contact us today and let us help you plan your bucket list trip without compromise!
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