Responsible Travel suggests 8 trips which must be traveled in 2016

Published on : Wednesday, January 20, 2016

responsible travelResponsible Travel CEO Justin Francis says “Booking a holiday can be a big decision and that can take time – especially if you are finally booking that trip you have always dreamed about.


“We work with some of the best small holiday companies in the world, matching people with the real experts who make it easy to cycle around Croatia, swim with wild dolphins or see the gorillas in Rwanda – whatever your dream is.


“Some of these trips however have to be booked now if you don’t want to miss out – perhaps only a limited number of permits exist, the trip you want to do is only possible for a short time each year or change is on the horizon which will alter a destination forever. Plan ahead, book early and don’t let these issues stand in the way of your dreams.”


Responsible Travel suggests 8 holidays that you should book now, if you want to travel in 2016:


  1. Trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru.


It’s no surprise that the Inca Trail is seriously popular, and, thankfully for those who want to gaze upon its greatness without the company of a million other people, trekking permits are limited to 500 per day. Though 500 may sound like a lot, it’s not – those permits cover around 200 guides and porters – as well as trekkers – so if you want to explore this Peruvian powerhouse, particularly during the May – September dry season, book now.



Gorilla trekking in Rwanda and Uganda


Each of the habituated groups of gorillas in Rwanda and Uganda are limited to one hour-long visit a day – with a maximum of eight people. Consequently, gaining a permit is something you need to do in advance, particularly during the peak holiday months, when demand always exceeds supply. The system of tightly controlled numbers of visitors is considered a great success on the world map of wildlife tourism – so this is something to be celebrated!



  1. Wildebeest Migration, Tanzania & Kenya


The Great Migration is an annual pilgrimage of over 2 million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle from Tanzania’s Serengeti plains to Kenya’s Masai Mara, all following the rain in search of freshly nourished grass. While you can follow the herds round the vast Serengeti throughout the year, the key crossing point at the Mara River takes place from June to mid October – with the biggest crowds thronging into the compact Masai Mara to witness the river crossing in July and August. Watching thousands of wildebeest dodging hungry crocs in the river is one of life’s most sought-after wildlife experiences – if you book too late you’ll miss it.



  1. UK & Europe Family Activity Holidays


Holiday fun doesn’t need to mean long distances and some of the best family activity breaks can be found in Europe and the UK. But, you guessed it, by the very nature of their brilliance, they get snapped up quickly so you’ll need to get ahead of the summer holiday panic pack by booking ASAP.



  1. Cuba


The thawing of diplomatic relations with the US is paving the way for things that have been banished from Cuba for over half a century. While some Cubans will celebrate the new freedoms, others are unsure of how the arrival of US goods and businesses and the relaxing of the travel ban will affect the so called 1950s time capsule. But if you do want to see one of the last strongholds of anti-capitalism before life there changes irreversibly, 2016 is the year to go and trips are booking up fast.



  1. The Galapagos Islands


Unlike most other wildlife destinations, the animals here can be seen year round, so you can pretty much take your pick. However, for most people this usually means the standard holiday months of July-August and December-January. As most tours of the Galapagos are done by boats, which have limited passenger numbers, peak time trips get booked up quickly. So to ensure you get to waddle alongside penguins and dive with seal pups, book well ahead.



  1. Whale-watching


Whales swim around the world all year round – you just need to be sure you’re in the right place at the right time to spot them, so book well ahead for these short windows of whale-sized opportunities. In the Azores, one of the most popular whale watching destinations. You’ll spot numerous species here – including blue whales – from June to early October – but trips get booked up fast in July and August.


  1. Northern Lights


Booking a trip to see the Northern Lights is something that should be done well in advance – in theory, they appear from late August to mid April, but you are much more likely to see them from late September to late March, when there is less light, with peak light shows around the equinoxes. This is a pretty small window for such a big trip, so book early and rest assured you’ve given yourself the greatest chance to catch them at their bright and beautiful best.

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