By Anna De Souza
That first deliberate breath. My most
cherished part of any travel experience
is the anticipated arrival at that
destination airport. Passengers buzz
around you, the weight of your bags lift
and everything quiets.
Immediately I look to immerse myself.
As a journalist and “I’ll try most
anything once” adventurer, you bet I’d
consider trekking to that historic pub
inconveniently crosstown or take a crack
at a local beauty treatment; heck, even if
it’s live fish pecking at my feet.
That’s why my first thought of guided
travel was, “oh no, that’s not for me.”
I needed my autonomy and freedom
to explore without the restrictions
of time or the fussy whim of others.
Unfortunately, traveling on your own
becomes a roller coaster of emotion
Why had it become so difficult to travel
as a true insider? It was during a trip to
Turkey with Trafalgar that I discovered
how their 70 years of travel insight has
truly transformed the modern guided
vacation into an authentic, immersive
experience. You’ll sip Kahve (Turkish
coffee) at one of Istanbul’s oldest
restaurants from hand-painted ceramic
cups and have a go at local traditions,
like unearthing a fiery chicken from a
thick crust of petrified salt!
And guess what; you’re treated just
like a local along the way. Each
accommodation is hand-picked to
mirror each city’s cultural charm.
Your Travel Director navigates while
encouraging you to cultivate your own
connections with the local people, food
On my guided trip, every spot was “that
great little spot.” It’s truly the vacation
equivalent of the fancy reserve wine
you savor while laughing with unfussy
friends. And I really can’t wait for my
Anna De Souza is a digital journalist
and on-air reporter who has contributed
to The Huffington Post, Today.com,
Yahoo!, “The Meredith Vieira Show,”
ABC News, “New York LIVE on NBC”
and “FOX & Friends.”
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