As you might imagine, I log a lot miles on the road and in the air every year. People always ask me about my favorite places. Here is the answer. In my travels, I am always on the lookout for what’s new, innovative, and cutting-edge. Yet, I am consistently surprised when I run up against the ordinary in the travel industry. And, that is too often the case… the same old stuff – the same sights, the same activities and the same routings. I found this in Australia, China and Chile, just to name a few. At times, there seems to be little difference between private tours and the masses of buses in that they are all headed to exactly the same places.
Indeed, probably 95% of travelers are still being funneled into the same molds, whether they are private clients or mass market. At Big Five, we have deliberately chosen to look after the 5% who share our philosophy, where the most valued asset has nothing to do with price. Of course, there are classic sights that will nearly always be included. After all, who would go to Egypt the first time and not visit the great pyramids of Giza? But there can still be distinctiveness and originality in how they are seen. That is our intellectual property, where creativity, originality and outside-the-box thinking are the rule and not the exception. This is ingrained in our entire Big Five team, which means that we look deeper and farther afield to give you something more. Our aim is to present you with journeys that are worth taking!
With President’s Pick, I wanted to take that a step further, to share adventures that I am personally passionate about, tours that have touched me in some way and where I have seen a serious need to not merely think outside the box, but to destroy the box. I have never been one to follow, and I always aim to make a positive difference in every one of our destinations. Please enjoy my personal picks, and let us help you plan yours.
“When you see a regular India itinerary, it usually encompasses the same cities and sites repeatedly. You only get to...view this tour
Experience Petra by candlelight during a spectacular evening that is almost mystical as you walk through the Siq, all while...view this tour
In Addis Ababa, explore the fascinating Ethnographic Museum with an introduction to the full sweep of Ethiopia’s cultural and social...view this tour