The world still needs time to heal, but there is universal optimism among the travel community that safe and responsible international travel is on the horizon. That’s the key takeaway from the two-day “Ready, Set, Grow” virtual conference hosted by our business partner, Largay Travel, earlier this month.
Along with 100+ travel professionals, Pineapple7 participated 50 zoom appointments with travel suppliers and peers from around the world. We exchanged updates on the current state of travel and what’s in the immediate future. Pineapple7's preferred partners shared the COVID protocols their companies are enacting, along with some truly inspired itineraries that will show you the world in ways our clients would never imagine. It was so educational, creative, and fun!
2020 was trying on so many levels, and it was revitalizing to see friends old and new across the globe. Travel dreaming sustained us throughout, and we’re getting so close to making those dreams a reality!
Here are some of the exciting travel ideas that we learned about:
Tauck’s new 84-passenger MS Andorinha will cruise Portugal’s Douro River, bringing guests through the golden countryside and fairytale cities of the region with a glass of the valley’s best wines in hand. We learned of the three new river cruise ships AMA Waterways will introduce and the company’s return to the Nile. Uniworld’s cruise and rail itinerary in Northern Italy will include an overnight at Burano in the Venetian lagoon!
There are options for private versions of Natural Habitat Adventures’ revealing national parks tours. There’s rapid COVID testing on Quark Expeditions vessels with results in 30-60 minutes, and self-cleaning ships on Lindblad Expeditions, introduced before the pandemic but oh so important now.
We heard about waived single supplements on certain Ponant sailings and a four-category upgrade Presidents Day sale from Oceania, and about the possibility of Galapagos sailings in the spring on several cruise lines.
We’re excited for the opening of Paradero Todos Santos, set on a 160-acre farm in a pueblo magico with 300 years of history in Baja California Sur. The experience is unlike anything you’ve seen around Los Cabos before, and our travelers will be welcomed with VIP treatment. We can’t wait to get to Xigera Safari Lodge in Botswana, a 12-suite love letter to the African bush powered by renewable energy.
We’re excited about 12-passenger small group Nordic adventures with 50 Degrees North, visiting Kenya’s Mbulia Hills Conservancy with Big Five, new villas at Rocco Forte’s Verdura Resort in Sicily and so much more.
We’re excited about seeing the world again, and getting you out there safely and responsibly. If you’re ready to talk about how to do that, please contact us at 5713380408 or firstname.lastname@example.org.