TOP TIPS FOR MAKING UNIQUE TRAVEL MEMORIES: THEN & NOW

TOP TIPS FOR MAKING UNIQUE TRAVEL MEMORIES: THEN & NOW

TOP TIPS FOR MAKING UNIQUE TRAVEL MEMORIES: THEN & NOW

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Travel has come a long way since 1978 – the year we launched. In bygone times, travelers were more likely to be found at typical tourist spots than off the beaten track, and long-haul holidays were a privilege usually reserved for the super wealthy.

Fast forward 40 years and the way we travel couldn’t be more different. Technology has made the world a much smaller place and dream spots have become a much more attainable reality.

Join us as we take a look at how travel innovations are allowing us to make even more unique travel memories.

MEET LOCALS

MEET LOCALS

Why stick to the confines of a hotel when you can immerse yourself in a new culture with the locals themselves?

From meeting an Umbrian olive-grower, to loom-weaving in Perugia or meeting four-legged husky friends in Norway, you’ll not be short of things to do or people to meet.

Apps such as Duolingo are helping travelers converse with their new friends by teaching them a few keywords a day, so you have no excuse not to engage in a little conversation with the locals!

Find out more: Northern Lights of Scandinavia  

DINE LIKE AN ARISTOCRAT

DINE LIKE AN ARISTOCRAT ELITE

Travel has become much more of a lifestyle choice than a luxury.

40 years ago, afternoon tea in a castle would have been a rarity but now you can happily savor your scone and enjoy a nice cup of tea with the aristocratic owners of a fortress.

If dining in a historic abode isn’t enough, you can also throw spending the night in a castle or stately home into the mix.

Find out more: Elegance of Great Britain

DON’T JUST TRY REGIONAL DELICACIES, MAKE THEM YOURSELF

It’s one thing being closer to the locals and trying their delicacies but why not go one step further and learn to make them for yourself?

Apps such as Airbnb are bringing travelers closer to living like a local with experience recommendations, while at Insight we offer Unique Experiences, both dining and activity focused. For example, you can learn how to make your favorite regional dish or more about the art of strudel making in Budapest.

Find out more: Vienna, Budapest and Prague

BE IN THE KNOW

BE IN THE KNOW

You no longer need to struggle through the pages of a local guidebook to enhance your experience. Instead, you can head online, on the go, for inspiration. Be in the know by following your favorite travelers and publications on social media, such as streetview.portraits, an account with 92,000 followers. You can find out how real travelers have experienced your favorite destinations and take a look at the images they took while there.

Once you arrive you’ll find local experts much more accessible than they used to be, partly down to sites such as Trip Advisor, which lets you search through other travelers’ reviews. If researching for your own guide isn’t your thing, Insight does the vetting for you, having worked with only the best for years.

Explore the Museo del Prado with an art expert and drive along Barcelona’s Passeig de Gràcia, an avenue adorned with wrought-iron street lamps and some of the most flamboyant modernist buildings.

Find out more: Easy Pace Spain

TRAVEL IN STYLE

TRAVEL IN STYLE

A location can be completely changed by the manner in which you experience it. Years ago, you may have explored a city by foot or on a local bus but now the travel transport opportunities are endless, with options including touring a city by segway or on a ‘party bike’, whereby you can peddle, while sipping your favorite beverage, around your destination. Perhaps this isn’t your style, but you have plenty more options to choose from:

Whether you view your favorite city via segway or check out Barcelona on a sidecar tour, you can now explore a destination in a manner and at a pace that suits you.

Find out more: European Rhapsody

SNAP HAPPY EXPERIENCES

SNAP HAPPY EXPERIENCES

No experience is complete without some snap happy memories to take home with you.

Moving on from disposable cameras – the roulette of photography- to digital and mobile cameras, it has never been easier to document your experiences and share them at the touch of a button with your friends and family.

According to research, 14 trillion photos will be taken annually this year on mobile, that’s roughly 3,650 photos per year, per person. So, get involved and start documenting your own unique travel memories!

Find out more: Grand Italy and Sicily

4 comments
  • Having experienced 3 tours with Insight we have always been delighted with the tour content, tour guides and thoughtful gifts received either during the tour or on our return home. That is until our last journey (Grand Tour of Scandinavia 2017) when we were told by our tour leader that Insight would contact us on our return with a complimentary gift.
    We are still waiting to hear from Insight. The promise of a gift is not our main concern, it is the complete lack of any loyalty shown by your company towards frequent clients. We receive multiple emails advertising your tours and are reluctant to consider any due to the perceived change in your attitude towards returning clients.
    We do understand that we would receive discounts due to previous travel with your company but it is the smaller more thoughtful actions of the tour leader during our first two tours that we miss.
    We hope that in time we won’t feel so disenchanted with your lack of loyalty and will once again travel with Insight.
    Regards Jan and Terry Baulch

  • I see nothing of your trip called “An All-American Road Trip from New York to LA”.
    What has happened to it? Do you conduct it anymore? If so when and details please.
    Thank you
    Rhonda
    mcnaught@amtelecom.net

    • Dear Rhonda,

      Thank you for your message.

      Our 22 day America the Beautiful trip starts in Los Angeles and ends in New York. Travelling along historic Route 66 and through the Southern States for a memorable trip across America. It is also possible to do the same itinerary in reverse.

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