As we kick off 2014 and I am off on some new adventures tomorrow, I just saw a cool press release from Kensington Tours. It talks about travel trends for 2014 and what they expect to be hot in the coming year. I looked it over and can’t help but agree for the most part even though I am not big on predicting what’ll be hot because it’s different for different people. However, these picks run the gamut and everyone should be able to find something they like! Here are three of my favorite Kensington Tours travel trends for 2014!
Of course the term Africa is broad and unlike what Sarah Palin thought, it is not a single country but actually over 50. That said, Africa is my favorite continent and there are so many amazing places to visit on the Continent. Sossusvlei in Namibia is definitely one of my absolute favorites!
Obviously, safaris are a massive business in Africa, all over Eastern and Southern Africa. My favorite spots for safaris would be in Kruger Park in South Africa as they have so many varied camps, lodges and a ton of animals. I love Lion Sands, Sabi Sands and Singita in Kruger Park. I also love Medikwe Safari Lodge in the north of South Africa not far from the border with Botswana. I actually filmed a FOX News segment there live in 2013. I like so many that it’s hard to name them all but you cannot go wrong in Chobe National Park in Botswana or any of the major parks in Tanzania or Kenya.
Depending on how adventurous you want to get, I could tell you that Africa has something for everyone and on every budget. Keep in mind; the best things in Africa are not cheap. It may be the poorest continent in the world but it is not the cheapest. So do some planning, figure out what you want to see and do and then do it!
The Panama Canal turns 100 in 2014 and there is a lot to celebrate in Panama. While going to the actual canal is compulsory on a visit to Panama there is so much more to do than just the canal.
First, Panama City is the nicest and most cosmopolitan city in Central America. It resembles Miami in many ways and is a very comfortable and cool place to be. Not far from the city is Portobelo; which makes for a nice day trip to see old Panama.
Additionally, Fuerte San Lorenzo is pretty wild as well and well worth the trip out. You may even find some buried treasure from Captain Morgan’s lost ships!
While sports tourism is always big, this year in particular there seems to be a big market for going to global sporting events. This year I will be leading a Kensington Tours trip to the Masters as a part of their Championship Series.
As a member of the Kensington Tours Explorers in Residence program, I cannot wait to be a patron on the final Sunday of the Masters in April. They are also running some awesome trips to the Monaco Grand Prix, World Cup and many other great sporting events.
Disclaimer: I am a paid Explorer in Residence by Kensington Tours. Everything written in this article is my words and I have not been influenced in any way.
About Kensington Tours: Kensington Tours offers custom and private guided tours to over 90 countries worldwide. The flexibility of Kensington’s offerings results in tailor-made journeys that are carefully handcrafted to deliver personalized adventures like no other company. Kensington Tours was named to “World’s Best Awards 2011” by Travel + Leisure Magazine and named one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth,” by the editors of National Geographic Adventure Magazine.