The top 5 destination for 2018 & what they will set you back!

Okay, so Lonely Planet lists Canberra as one of the world’s three hottest destinations… but our clients and colleagues have different ideas! So, here’s what’s trending for 2018 (i.e. emerging as a popular!)


 Yes, Game of Thrones has a lot to answer for (GOT to devotees). For a cool place, it’s hot in 2018!

Why go there:

  • The spectacular dancing lights of the Aurora Borealis in the northern sky
  • Bubbling volcanic solfataras, rootless craters, glacial lakes and geothermal lagoons
  • Gullfoss – Iceland’s spectacular and largest waterfall
  • Fields of lava created by Laki’s famous volcanic eruption of 1793
  • Reykjavik – an amazing city
  • Scenery like nothing you’ve seen before!

What’s it going to cost me?

Tell me more:

Leanne and Naomi can get you there – they’ve got clients there as we speak! And, they are both totally up to date with Game of Thrones (Naomi is a ‘tragic’ – has the books and all of the series on DVD, and well, Leanne’s lagging a bit in this area…). Here’a s three minute overview of series 1 to 6! Call, drop in or email Leanne or Naomi now, after all, ‘winter is coming’. 


“My heart will go on” and on and on, apparently… you have to sing this Celine Dion classic if you are visiting her homeland.

Why go there:

  • Epic scenery: inland rainforests, a park full of glaciers, Niagara Falls and the Canadian Rockies
  • Amazing, English and French-speaking cities: Toronto, Vancouver, Montréal, Québec City, and Ottawa
  • Banff National Park
  • Grizzly bears, moose and maple-flavoured biscuits

What’s it going to cost me?

Click on the links to check out these Canadian options for 2018:

Tell me more:

Emma: is our Canada go-to-gal… she’s lived there, loves it, and can sing almost as good as Celine. Her most amazing memory: “Camping in the Canadian Rockies and waking up to hear a bear breathing right outside of our tent! The paw prints in the morning were far too close for my liking.”

Email, drop in or call Emma to get your heart and the rest of you to Canada.

Matt: or if you are thinking of a Canadian Arctic adventure (Northern Canada), chat, email or drop in to see Matt and check out his slideshow from his recent trip – here.


La dolce vita – the good life, and it could be yours in 2018. History, food, culture…

Why go there:

  • Rome’s famous landmarks including the Colosseum, Vatican City, Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica and much more
  • Meet Michelangelo’s David in Florence
  • Lean on the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Tuscan hinterland and Lake Como
  • World-class food and local wines – a foodie’s stomping ground
  • Romantic Venice is like no other city in the world, a watery wonderland

What’s it going to cost me?

Click on the links to check out these Italian options for 2018:

Tell me more:

Matteo is our resident Italian and Matt will be leading the Sicilian Food Odyssey tour (he’s done a lot of research and is now working it off!). Call, email or drop in to see him about discovering Italy this year.

Leon: or chat with Leon who loves Italy only second to Brazil! Call, email or drop in to benefit from Leon’s Italian experiences.


For the love of Africa; its wildlife, landscapes and beauty. This love affair just continues to strengthen.

Why go there:

  • Venture into the wilds of Africa to encounter elephants, giraffes, lions, baboons, rhinos, flamingos in Lake Nakuru, game and wildlife in the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti, and all manner of birds and beast as you travel the wide-open plains
  • Etosha National Park, Chobe National Park, Moremi Wildlife Reserve, Okavango Delta
  • Victoria Falls
  • Cape Town and so much more…

What’s it going to cost me?

Tell me more:

Naomi recently returned from Zambia. She also took her dad on a separate African adventure and said: “The rhinos were so close they took paint off the front of the jeep!”  Check out Naomi’s Zambia blog – here, or drop in, call or email her.

Leanne is a huge Africa fan and says her first game drive in Africa was one of the highlights of her travels! Let her wow you with the story… call, email or drop in!

Ray: read trek leader, Ray Baker’s Kilimanjaro blog – here

Stay tuned for Jim’s new Botswana, Zambia and Malawi Adventure coming soon…

South America

What a country of contrasts: get a taste of everything or narrow your focus for an intense experience.

Why go there:

  • Incan ruins and colonial towns
  • Andean peaks, Amazonian rainforest and jungle
  • Machu Picchu, Rio, Lima, Cuzco, Buenos Aires, Santiago
  • Wildlife that must be seen to be believed
  • Amazing dining experiences, beaches and nightlife
  • And the cutest llamas!

What’s it going to cost me?

 Click on the links for full itineraries for these trips in 2018:

Tell me more:

Naomi, Emma and Leanne have all conquered South America!

  • Naomi met many a llama at the Machu Picchu ruins;
  • Leanne explored Patagonia and reached the base of the Towers in Torres del Paine; and,
  • Emma entered the Amazon jungle! Read Emma’s Amazon Jungle Adventure blog – here!

Naomi (email), Leanne (email), and Emma (email) will be happy to send you there with all their insider knowledge. Arriba, Arriba!


Would $2500* help you get away?

 If $2500* would help you get away on one of the adventures listed above, then take our Back Track Adventures survey and be in the draw to win. We have a travel voucher to the value of $2500* to go anywhere you like. Yep, that’s anywhere you like. We want to pick your brain about all things travel, and by taking five minutes to do it (truly, Ray did it in four minutes), you can go into the running to win. It can be used to pay for a tour, flights, or added to if you wish to go farther. Here’s the link, so tell us what you think.


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