Like so many of you, we here at Destinations HD have been rethinking (and rescheduling!) our vacation plans this summer. The world is re-opening, but as we talked about recently, travel is going to be a little different for a while. So what next? If you aren't comfortable to jet-off to far away destinations with multiple plane trips right now, what can you look to do instead?
The answer that we are excited to share, is small group adventures right here in the USA! When you have grown up here, I think it’s easy to forget how special your own backyard is. (not literally. I think we are all sick to death of our own backyards at this point, am I right?!)
It's a perfect time to get out there and see our beautiful and diverse country with your friends and loved ones, as well as, put some fervor and finance back into the country. Read on below, to learn a little more about what Destinations HD can offer in terms of travel in the United States...
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I know we don't typically sell Continental U.S. vacations, but what you might not realize is we actually do - just in a specialized capacity. We don't plan hotel-only vacations (for a variety of reasons we won't get into here), but we do offer a variety of journeys designed to introduce you to authentic experiences and never-to-be-forgotten sights that you can do independently, or within a small group capacity.
If you and your traveling companions are anything like me, you’re not quite ready to hit the road and figure out how to take care of an RV, but you are chomping at the bit to get out and about. Booking a small group adventure vacation solves both of these problems.
Hit the road with yourself and 6-13 others into a luxury van or small bus with a private driver/guide doing all the legwork! You won’t have to switch drivers, navigate the route yourself, or go without Wi-Fi or cell service in dead zones within your Wi-Fi equipped vehicle, and the best part is you can spend the travel time hanging out together, napping, or sharing your travel adventures on Instagram!
The diversity of options in the U.S. has increased dramatically in recent years, and even more so now with more people looking inward for their 2020/2021 vacation plan. There are a TON of different experiences available from camping trips (with everything provided!), to city and beach explorations, to finally getting out there and enjoying the breadth and beauty of the numerous stunning national parks our country has.
Ever gazed longingly at pictures of clear water in a natural paradise? Let us send you to some of the most pristine lakes in America where you can paddle board while gazing deep into the crystalline depths.
Missing the idea of cocktails poolside in a tropical haven? Hawaii and her sunsets are calling, where you can enjoy craft cocktails with a bit of glam and tan!
Dreaming about quaint fairytale villages in Europe that look like they were pulled straight out of a storybook? California is home to some of the most magical and architecturally charming places that you've probably never heard of!
But if it’s water, water, water you’re after, get down deep into the Grand Canyon and experience white water rafting through this geological wonder, find secret emerald pools and waterfalls only accessible by water, explore gigantic caverns, enjoy a leisurely float on motorized rafts, while enjoying gourmet meals prepared for you riverside, and end it all with some fun and sun in Las Vegas!
Alongside the itinerary options, you can select an All-Inclusive vacay (yep!), you can select a set itinerary, or you can customize an itinerary by adding, reducing, upgrading or downgrading the following.
The United States is your oyster right now and you can choose exactly how you want to devour it! Spread the beauty and culture of this great nation around the world so that when the world is ready, our tourism industry can bounce back and thrive.
We can help each other, our country, the tourism industry and all that it encompasses (hotels, restaurants, national parks, and all those employed within) by staying safe and planning unforgettable small group vacations right here at home!
With so many small group options, it's easy to get your family or close friends together to venture out together and feel more at ease being surrounded by the people you love. What better way to make up for the time you missed together these past few months, than to discover new adventures comfortably as a private group.
When you are ready to start planning your next getaway, just schedule your consultation and we can get the conversation started!
Stay safe, positive and hopeful!
I am usually very prepared for Christmas and have all my shopping done by end of November. However, there is always one or two people that I struggle with finding the perfect gift. My younger brother is normally one of those. He has recently caught the travel bug and always he keeps suggesting we take a trip together instead of gifts.
If you have a travel enthusiast in your family, the gift of travel is certainly better than anything you can buy on the shelf. However, how do you determine if this choice is right for your loved one(s) this holiday season? Here are a few simple tips that may help you decide how to go about sending someone a vacation as a present...
Need to make up for Valentine's Day? A romantic trip to Maui will certainly do the trick!
Also known as the valley Isle, Maui is the second largest of the Hawaiian Island chain in the mid-Pacific. Maui is popular for its magnificent beach resorts, incredibly diverse geography and endless outdoor fun activities including windsurfing, hiking, and biking, snorkeling. With the highest peak of the island encompassed in the Haleakala Park, countless waterfalls and pools can also be accessed via the famous and scenic Hana Highway. Maui is no doubt the best place for that romantic getaway you have been planning for, yet it also offers plenty for the adventurous traveler as well.
Below are just a few things that make Maui the best place for couples planning a romantic and adventurous vacation...
1. Road to Hana
One road trip on this historic highway will send you winding up, down and all around the mountainous terrain. There are several spots along the way to stop at including the ʻOheʻo Pools, often called the "Seven Sacred Pools." With it’s curvy coastal road with views of cliffs, beaches, waterfalls, and miles and miles of rainforest – we recommend renting a convertible for the drive so you can appreciate the pure beauty from all angles. Simply stunning!
2. The Haleakala sunrise
While in Maui the sunrises and sunsets will already take your breath away, but there is one place you simply must take in a sunrise. The peak of Mount Haleakala offers a sunrise at 10,000 feet that can't be described. Those who have experiences say that it's a moment you won't soon forget and it's one of the most romantic experiences you'll ever have. In fact, it was voted as one of the top 10 romantic things to do while in Maui!
3. Take a helicopter tour of Maui
Picture this for just a moment: You and your love holding hands as you take in this gorgeous island from a birds-eye perspective. Can you imagine anything more exciting than seeing all of those stunning waterfalls and the picturesque sites from the sky? Perhaps not. Of course, if you're feeling more adventurous, you could always go sky-diving and enjoy the views in an entirely different manner as you plummet back towards the earth!
4. Walk Hand in Hand on the Beach
This is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Snap some selfies, and bring back a souvenir better than anything you could pick out of a novelty shop. To add some adventure - go snorkeling or jet-skiing by day, romantic meal on the beach by evening and that hand-in-hand walk after dinner under the moolight. Are you packing your bags yet? We're tempted to right now!
5. Visit a spa
Okay, so there's nothing really adventurous about visiting the spa, unless you go for deep tissue or a hot stone massage. Some folks consider those exotic treatments! Still, what better way to conclude your tour of Maui than by soothing your bodies by being pampered in a spa before you head home? We can't think of a better way to end the trip. Then again, spa visits sprinkled throughout the entire vacation sound pretty good to us.
Bottom line, Maui should be at the top of your list for your next romantic and adventurous getaway. Those rolling waves, whistling pals trees, exciting drives (or hikes) and so much more await you. And, when you're ready to book, we'll be here to help you plan your perfect itinerary! 913-244-9195