Travelling is a unique experience.
It’s the perfect way to unplug from the pushes and pulls of daily life, helping us to forget our problems, frustrations, and fears.
When we travel, we explore new places, cultures, cuisines, traditions, and ways of living – things that we could never experience at home.
In short, it creates memories that last a lifetime.
It goes without saying that travelling is an invaluable life experience, even more so after almost 18 months at home. And now with the world starting to open up again, Unforgettable Travel is committed to getting people travelling again.
To alleviate any stress and risk, our Flexi-Promise gives travellers the opportunity to book a trip to over 40 worldwide destinations and only pay a deposit of 10% with a full refund guarantee, if cancelled at least 45 days prior to the departure. Complete peace of mind.
To show this commitment, we’ve taken inspiration from one of our favourite artists, Paperboyo*, and emulated his quirky style to map our own illustrations of putting people back into travel.
Cambodia’s Angkor Wat is the largest temple complex in the world, spread over 400 acres, and the historic walls draw travellers from right around the globe, with its magnificence astounding all ages, cultures, and religions.
A symbol of National pride, Angkor Wat sits proudly in the heart of the Cambodian flag and its global popularity puts it the centre of the neighbouring town of Siem Reap’s economy.
But, being almost completely reliant on tourism means that the Coronavirus pandemic hit hard. Although Cambodia never imposed any official lockdowns, figures reveal that International tourist numbers were down 76% in the first 9 months of 2020 compared to the previous year.
Now, the South East Asian country is keen to get travellers back into the religious temple grounds – as are we, with Angkor Wat’s historic walls being pretty much unexplored during the last 18 months.
With wedding plans being thrown into disarray over the last 18 months, honeymoons have been completely up in the air too – and not in the way that most couples had in mind…
One of the most popular honeymoon destinations of the decade is Bali, a sun-kissed, stylish and vibrant Indonesian island that offers sandy beaches and lush green mountains. Its seamless blend of welcoming culture, intriguing architecture and stunning natural beauty makes it a perfect location for post-wedding lovebirds.
And just like each couple, each of Unforgettable Travel’s honeymoon trips is unique – we tailor every little detail to ensure that it is an experience from which memories will last a lifetime.
We’re sure that everyone will agree that there is nothing quite like taking a dip in the ocean, and letting the warm waves lap over your body whilst studying the sandy seabed through crystal clear waters. Makes your heart skip a beat, doesn’t it?
And Croatia is certainly the place to go if you’re crying out for an ocean swim after 18 months inside. The country boasts an impressive 997 beaches with a staggering 99.6% of them recently being declared ‘excellent’ quality.
So, if floating in the dreamy Adriatic Sea is right up your street, you should check out our 7-day Deluxe Croatia Small Ship Cruise experience – the perfect way to explore the enchanting wonders of Croatia’s magnificent cities and island treasures.
During the recent periods of lockdowns and restrictions, walking and the outdoors became many people’s sanity lifeline. We’re now starting to see the effects of this, with action and adventure travel really coming to the forefront.
The renowned Inca Trail reopened back in July this year for the first time since the Coronavirus pandemic began. But, with capacity reduced to 50%, getting a ticket to do the famous trek will be trickier than usual.
Luckily for travellers, all of our tours to Machu Picchu include these elusive tickets so instead of worrying about trying to get one sorted, travellers can instead focus on exploring the 500-year-old ruins that were only discovered in 1911.
Known as ‘The Lost City of the Incas’, Machu Picchu is thought to have been built as early as 1410 by Emperor Pachacuti as his holiday retreat in the mountains.
Established in 1885, Banff National Park is Canada’s oldest national park as well as one of its most loved and visited. In fact, the park recorded over 3 million visitors between 2020 and 2021, which was primarily made up of Canadians who were unable to travel abroad and chose to travel within Canada instead.
Yet, these travel restrictions have meant that, for the past year and a half, non-domestic travellers have been unable to experience the magic of Banff National Park – Rocky Mountain peaks, turquoise glacial lakes, abundant wildlife and scenic drives. Its views are more than enough to take your breath away.
Its beauty makes it one of those places that simply cannot be rushed, which is why Unforgettable Travel offers an ‘Ultimate Western Canada Self-Drive’ tour, allowing travellers to explore the incredible vista at their own pace.
Many of us turned to armchair travel throughout the last 18 months, reading stories from faraway places – or, if things got really desperate, guidebooks from countries either already travelled or not yet explored.
But you can read, and read, and read, but nothing is as magical as reading the history behind a breathtaking landmark whilst being stood directly in front of it, looking at it with your own eyes and marvelling at its past.
Rome’s Colosseum is one of those buildings that you can’t help but be in awe of. Nearly 2000 years old, the largest ancient amphitheatre ever to be built is steeped in a history so vast that it could fill the pages of an entire guidebook itself.
Don’t worry if reading isn’t your thing though, we offer private walking tours around the Colosseum as part of many of our trips to Italy, where a local guide will help bring the information on the pages to life.
Whilst a lot can be said for local fauna, the closest many of us have got to wildlife in the last 18 months is by watching Disney’s The Lion King on repeat.
So, by now, animal lovers will have undoubtedly started to get itchy feet and a yearning to see something less… native.
Most wildlife fans dream of the opportunity to go on safari and chances are that when they do, they dream of the Serengeti. The National Park houses over 2 million ungulates, 4000 lions, 1000 leopards, 550 cheetahs and some 500 bird species inhabiting an area close to 15,000 km2 in size.
The Serengeti is also home to the Great Migration, a phenomenon that sees large herds of wildebeest and zebras migrating to Maasai Mara in Kenya and back in search of pasture, water and somewhere to give birth.
This year and last, the number of tourists who were able to witness this specular event dropped significantly but we’re ready to get people back out onto the Afrian plains once again with our safari packages.
Morocco’s Chefchaouen is a firm favourite for aesthetic-driven travellers with its azure hue making it an Instagram hot-spot.
But, as lockdown hit back in March 2020, the North African country imposed some of the strictest lockdown measures in the world – closing all land, air and sea borders and prohibiting people from entering or leaving the main cities except for medical reasons.
So any travellers who had hoped to add a splash of colour to their Instagram feed would have found themselves feeling, well, a little bit blue… but, with International travel now opening back up again, the town’s vibrant walls are once again ready to welcome tourists and be admired and photographed once again.
Nicknamed the Blue City, Chefchaouen sits high up in the Rif Mountains, surrounded by stunning green valleys that beautifully contrast the vibrant blue of the town’s buildings. With shades ranging from baby blue to aquamarine, the unusual colouring was introduced by Jewish refugees who arrived during the 15th century Spanish Inquisition.
* Rich McCor is the photographer and artist also known as PaperBoyo. Seeing the world in a different way to most, he’s turned his hobby into a successful business – cutting black card into shapes and holding them next to the world’s biggest landmarks.
His passion – and now business – has seen him work with companies such as Microsoft and Hollywood star Will Smith, and has earned him over 500k followers on Instagram.
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