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10 travel experiences to add to your bucket list this year

Here are a number of companies that can help you travel with ease

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10 June 2022
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hether it’s gastronomic highlights in Luxembourg or breathtaking experiences in Africa, discover what the world has to offer thanks to these companies.

Enjoy a year of cultural events and programmes in Serbia

Novi Sad

The Serbian city of Novi Sad, known for its picturesque Petrovaradin Fortress overlooking the Danube, as well as the world-famous EXIT festival, is the European Capital of Culture 2022, along with Kaunas (Lithuania) and Esch (Luxembourg). Novi Sad’s programme during 2022 follows the concept For New Bridges with eight programme units that mirror the European values — human rights, multiculturality, intercultural dialogue, environmental awareness and peace policy.

Throughout the year, Novi Sad is hosting a total of 1,500 cultural events, and 4,000 local and international artists. Many of the events will be held in reconstructed hip cultural hubs across Novi Sad, such as the former factory for silk dyeing (Svilara), a 19th-century château (Egység) or the abandoned industrial zone of the city (Creative District). Discover more at novisad2022.rs/en.

Discover gastronomic delights in Luxembourg

Diekirch

Diekirch, a commune in northeastern Luxembourg, could be the perfect place to spend a few warm days in the summer. It’s filled with historic streets and museums, but the abundant nature also invites visitors to engage in all kinds of outdoor activities — from hiking, cycling and mountain biking to skating, canoeing and fishing. When you’re ready for some downtime, stop by the many cafes and pubs for a refreshing drink, after all, the town is known for its pale blond beer.

In July, don’t miss the Al Dikkrich, the largest folk festival in the region, which attracts thousands of visitors every year. And if it all gets too much, you can simply relax with fishing in the river Sûre. Find out more on visit-diekirch.lu/en.

Take a tour of Arsenal’s football stadium

Arsenal

Go behind the scenes at a legendary London football club with a tour of the Emirates Stadium. You’ll receive access to the home of Arsenal, including the Directors Box, Diamond Club, Players Entrance, Dressing Rooms, Players Tunnel, Pitchside and Home Dugout, as well as the Interview Rooms and Press Conference Room.

The self-guided tour uses a state-of-the-art multimedia handset, with commentary available in English from Arsenal legends Charlie George or Lee Dixon, or matchday announcer Nigel Mitchell, and in nine more languages including BSL. You can also book the Legend Tour, a guided tour led by former Arsenal players Perry Groves, Charlie George or Nigel Winterburn. Book at arsenal.com/tours.

Immerse yourself in alpine living in Kitzbühel, Austria

Michael Werlberger/Kitzbühel Tourism

In summer, the Gamsstadt is a delight, with an extraordinary mix of alpine lifestyle, idyllic nature, rustic tradition and modern lifestyle. Enjoy mountains, meadows and lakes, as well as culinary diversity, exclusive shopping opportunities, varied recreation and leisure activities — all of which encompasses summer in Kitzbühel.

As one of the most renowned sports towns in the Alps, it is one of the only towns in the area to combine these all together in one place. Find out more at kitzbuehel.com/en/summer.

Boost your travel business with website development

ProfileTree

Functional and eye-catching websites are one of the most important elements of any business, and at ProfileTree, the team are focused on delivering beautifully designed websites for businesses that improve user experience, mobile experience and most importantly generate more sales for the business owner.

The company comprises a team of web designers who have worked across many industries from tourism to finance. They also have branding experts on-hand who can help ensure design is on point for your niche. If you’re looking to grow your travel website or company, ProfileTree can help with digital training to help grow your business. Go to profiletree.com/services/website-development.

Embark on a life-changing adventure in Africa

Grown-up Travel Company

If you’re a thrill-seeker looking for your next great adventure, the Grown-up Travel Company can help you find your next holiday. You could soon find yourself touring Namibia by motorcycle, kayaking the Zambezi River or gliding through the waters of the Okavango Delta in a mokoro (canoe), and dancing until dawn in Nairobi.

Other fun activities include visits to South African vineyards, scuba diving in Lake Malawi, exploring Zambia on foot, seeing gorillas in Uganda and going on a safari in remote southern Tanzania. Browse through sample itineraries on grownuptravel.co, consult the agency’s free 40-page planning guide and design the ultimate Africa trip — specifically tailored to your needs and interests.

Experience Canada with tailor-made ski adventures

Andrew Strain/Destination British Columbia

Canada’s British Columbia is the land of the famed Powder Highway, a circular route in the Kootenay Rockies marked by deep snow, cool towns and adventure-packed mountains. It features up to seven of Canada’s best powder destinations: Panorama, Kicking Horse, Revelstoke, Red Mountain, Whitewater, Kimberley and Fernie. The province also houses the world’s best heli-skiing and cat-skiing operations.

Relax and unwind at the luxury lodgings such as The Sutton Place Hotel in Revelstoke and Panorama Upper Village Premium Condos. Ski Independence can help you enjoy British Columbia and all it has to offer with tailor-made ski adventures. With first-hand knowledge and first-class customer service, the team will create your perfect ski holiday, from family favourites to road-tripping adventures. Go to ski-i.com.

Visit the Paradise Wildlife Park in Hertfordshire

Paradise Wildlife Park

Feel like hanging out nearby zebras and tigers? Hertfordshire’s Paradise Wildlife Park hosts 800 exotic wild animals, from Amur tigers to green anacondas, all of which you can see up close at the park’s World of Animals section, where you can also learn about conservation. But the fun doesn’t stop there.

Take a journey back in time at the World of Dinosaurs and visit 40 life-size, moving and roaring animatronic dinosaurs in one of the UK’s most spectacular dinosaur attractions. Then go wild in the soft play area Tumble Jungle or the splash zone Paradise Lagoon, or make the most of Safari Crazy Golf, the Rex Express train ride, and four other adventure play areas. Book tickets at pwpark.com.

Set sail from a marina in the UK

boatfolk

With 11 marinas in various locations along the UK coastline, boatfolk is on a mission to create beautiful places that people can spend some quality time in, on or by the water. Hang out at your preferred marina and make the most of the amenities: relax with dinner and drinks overlooking the water, get afloat at one of boatfolk’s youth participation days or try sailing with the help of boat subscription service Beyonder.

Other services include boat maintenance by the specialist boatcare teams, and the opportunity to buy or sell a boat with the help of the dedicated boat brokerage, boatpoint — all meant for boating newbies and pros alike. Join the boatfolk community at boatfolk.co.uk.

Travel back in time on pirate ships and haunted alley

Secret Studio

Escape in Time allows you to escape the world for a few hours. A team of storytellers, filmmakers and theatrical practitioners have put together two pristinely styled historical escape games: Escape From The Golden Hinde is a live interactive adventure aboard a real pirate ship — the reconstruction of Sir Francis Drake’s galleon, which sailed around the world in the 1570s. Kids under 10 enter for free (conditions apply).

Then there’s Secret Studio, the number one escape room in London according to Tripadvisor, which presents a mystery set in a haunted film studio beneath the dark streets of old London Town. Keep your wits about you and you might just escape the cutting room floor! One player can enter for free in both games, provided there are at least four paying players; offer valid until 31 August 2022 — visit escapeintime.co.uk/standard and enter the secret code ESCAPE22

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