With social distancing rules still in place and travel restrictions holding strong, although we've said a hearty farewell to 2020, the pandemic is still very much a part of our lives. While we may not be travelling anytime in the near future as we hoped, with vaccines already being implemented in numerous nations, things are looking more positive when it comes to making long term plans. So, if you're in need of something to look forward to, there's never been a better time to plan a once-in-a-lifetime trip. Though we're sure the days will be back when we're able to book a last minute getaway on a whim, these experiences require careful planning and are best booked in advance––making for the perfect antidote for any lockdown blues.
From travelling on the Orient Express, to seeing gorillas in Rwanda and touring the Galapagos, we spoke to the experts at Lightfoot Travel to find out five the once-in-a-lifetime trips to book now.
1. Europe: Venice-Simplon Orient Express
"I would suggest the Venice-Simplon Orient Express for Europe", notes Lightfoot's European destination expert. "[As a destination it is] always once-in-a-lifetime and books up well in advance––with that going to be even more the case now, with it not running for a significant period of time and so many cancellations and postponements."
"Highlights are the classic ambience, great Dolomites and Alpine scenery (better if you go Venice – London, as you tend to sleep through it if you're going the other way), and especially, the amazing food!"
"Anytime is good to go––there aren't any sightseeing stops so it really is about the onboard experience. It stops for a few months in the winter, and months like June and October tend to be best for availability, price and for some nice spring or autumn scenery, plus it won't be too hot onboard..."
Best time to go: Anytime!