2. Trafalgar creates connections.
Something special happens when you go on vacation and truly discover the soul of a place—when you connect with locals and really immerse yourself in the culture. Connections like that are tough to create on your own. But on a Trafalgar guided vacation they’re, well, effortless.
Sure, you’ll still marvel at the icons, whether it’s Big Ben, the Leaning Tower of Pisa or the Grand Canyon. But you’ll also get a glimpse into the everyday lives of the locals. Trafalgar’s Be My Guest experiences give you the opportunity to meet or even dine with people in their homes or family businesses. Imagine learning the secrets behind a seventh-generation family-run orchard in Colorado, sampling locally grown hearts of palm with a family in Costa Rica or enjoying lunch in a French aristocrat’s chateau.
Even the places you lay your head at night can help you make deeper connections to the history and culture of your destination. Trafalgar’s Stays with Stories include extraordinary accommodations, from a 12th-century castle in Ireland to the oldest continuously operating hotel in the United States (it’s in Boston!) to a ship-turned-hotel in the Netherlands.
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3. Trafalgar works to MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®.
These days, many travelers are looking to give back to the communities they visit. But it might be difficult to know how to go about it when you’re traveling on your own. With Trafalgar, it’s easy. Trafalgar’s commitment to making travel matter means supporting the livelihoods of local artisans and small-business owners, preserving cultural heritage, and protecting the environment.
As part of this commitment, Trafalgar includes MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experiences on many of its itineraries—with a goal of offering at least one responsible tourism excursion on 50% of itineraries by 2024. Among the opportunities: visiting a children’s home in Kenya, learning how to protect endangered sea turtles in Costa Rica, and meeting growers and learning about sustainable farming in Vietnam. While in South Dakota, you can help preserve Native American traditions by hearing about them from Stephen Yellowhawk, a son of the Lakota and Iroquois nations.