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Six Trips to Plan a Year in Advance

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24-Nov-2023 Laura Curtis

Six Trips to Plan a Year in Advance

Embarking on a journey begins long before you step foot on new soil...

With a longer planning period, you can thoughtfully weave together your itinerary, ensuring every desired destination and experience finds its place. And the planning can be just as exciting as the trip itself - from insightful conversations with our Luxury Travel Specialists to the rush that accompanies your confirmations.

So, with another year of epic adventures on the horizon, here are six trips that are made perfect when you leave time to plan.


Gorilla eating stalks in Rwanda
Rwanda offers one of the world's premier gorilla-watching experiences, particularly in Volcanoes National Park. The protection of these majestic creatures is paramount, and visits to each gorilla family are thoughtfully supervised to prevent overwhelming them. Park rangers oversee the encounters, with a limit of eight permits issued per troop daily. To achieve this bucket-list endeavour, thorough planning is essential.

Allocating ample planning time also enhances your ability to secure unique activities like jungle canopy walks and immersive cultural tea tastings, transforming your journey into an extraordinary exploration of Rwanda's treasures.


Having fully reopened to international travel in January 2023, demand for travel to Japan is at an all-time high. A surge of re-bookings from missed trips during the pandemic, along with a high number of domestic travellers choosing to explore the wonders of their country, meant that this alluring destination quickly reached capacity. As such, it's never been more important to get organised for your trip to Japan.

Seeing the surreal natural beauty peak seasons like of cherry blossom season or autumn in Japan is still high on many people's bucket lists. So, it's important to plan if you want to experience these ever-popular scenes. But with such a wide range of regions, experiences and wonderful properties to explore, this captivating country is a remarkable sight at any time of year!

Greek Island Hopping

Home to the birth of Western civilisation, epic mythological tales and sublime settings, Greece is a rising haven for opulent escapes. Swift short-haul flights link mainland Greece and its beguiling islands seamlessly, and ferries offer a no-flight travel option too. However, the diverse charm and captivating encounters Greece offers warrant meticulous planning to fully relish the experience.

Greek island-hopping opens doors to endless possibilities. Santorini's sunsets enchant, while Paros entices with its quaint charm and Milos' ancient tales beckon. These choices, boundless and captivating, ensure that embracing Greece's essence demands a well-orchestrated journey, one that immerses you fully into every remarkable moment.


Known as 'Gods' Country' for its abundant natural wonders, Canada boasts a whole host of national parks, exclusive wildlife experiences, remote lodges and picturesque rail journeys, so it's worth taking time to consider your adventure.

You could discover Banff National Park's turquoise lakes, cascading waterfalls and rising mountains including Lake Louise and The Canadian Rockies. Immerse yourself in the West Coast's Great Bear Rainforest by paddleboard, or search for grizzly bears with an expert guide. Enjoy a gourmet culinary tour or see a unique side of Canada on an indigenous experience.
It's easy to see why this diverse destination is in high demand, so forward planning is highly recommended.

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, A Belmond Train

3674 Bar Car
Planning a luxury holiday aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is an invitation to embrace the grandeur of travel's golden age.

Begin your journey by selecting from a range of meticulously designed trips, each weaving through Europe's most breathtaking destinations. Whether you're drawn to the allure of the historic route from Venice to Paris or yearn for the timeless elegance of Istanbul, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express promises an unforgettable escape.

Reservations for this iconic luxury train experience often open up around 12 to 18 months before the departure date, and with limited spaces on this sought-after travel experience, the earlier you book, the better.

New Zealand

Lupins in Fiordland Park
Nestled in the Pacific Ocean, New Zealand beckons outdoor enthusiasts with its stunning landscapes. Divided into the North and South Islands, it's a haven for nature seekers.

The North Island, Te Ika-a-Maui, boasts the famed Tongariro Alpine Crossing, offering mesmerising views of the almost other-worldly landscape of Tongariro National Park. Meanwhile, the South Island, Te Waipounamu, is home to Fiordland National Park with stunning landscapes like glaciers, waterfalls, and rainforests.

Accommodation can book out months in advance, especially in New Zealand's summer months and researching must-do experiences before you travel will ensure you make the most out of your trip.
Whether you want to book in advance or just start looking, it's time to stop dreaming of take-off and start savouring the build up! And don't worry, we're experts on planning and perfecting, so if you need some help with how to get started - whether you choose one of these six adventures or have your own in mind - just get in touch with our team!
Are you looking for more travel inspiration? Filled with first-hand travel tales, expert destination guides and more, our luxury online travel blog can help.
Laura  Curtis

Laura Curtis

Senior Copywriter

Whether it's a short-haul weekend away or an exciting international adventure, I'm always eager for my next trip. I've been lucky to travel in abundance, and each time I come home, I bring back unforgettable stories that I love to share.

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