It’s a new year, full of possibilities and opportunities. The COVID pandemic brought life to a standstill for the past 2 years.
So what better way to start 2023 than by planning your travels for it, something that we were deprived of for almost 2 years.
During my research, I came across this wonderful travel brand “Contiki”, which emphasizes on social travel. It brings together a global community whereby like-minded travellers between the age of 18 – 35 years old meet each other on the trip and experience a memorable holiday while forging friendships that last a lifetime.
It is time to start building the travel bucket lists for the next year. Worry not… Contiki got you covered with their ample arsenal of exciting and new itineraries in 2023.
Travel with strangers that become friends for life
Okay, the first thing with Contiki is that it brings together young people from all over the world, creating groups that never could have met each other otherwise. Solo trips can often be daunting and having to be the only one managing it all can be overwhelming.
Along with that, after the multiple lockdowns and remote living, it is time to get out there, meet new people and form new friendships while still holding on to some level of solo travelling. And so Contiki that focuses exclusively on young travellers between 18-35 is just *chef’s kiss*.
Their focus on solo travel while also creating interesting group dynamics and having like-minded people from around the world meet, exchange ideas, share culture, form friendship is truly remarkable.
Imagine finally getting to travel Europe on your own while also meeting new people and building friendships all at the same time.
Carbon neutral travel
The new buzzword these days is being sustainable and environmentally conscious in every aspect of one’s life. This includes travel too, and one of those is travelling in a carbon-neutral way.
Basically, the carbon footprint each person emits impacts the planet and in regards to travel, the less distance one travels from home the lower the carbon footprint will be. Carbon-neutral travel however means that the traveler also helps to support the carbon footprint that their travel is producing. This can be done by indulging in activities like planting trees, using public transport and more.
As of 2022, Contiki’s trips are carbon neutral.
In addition to achieving carbon neutrality, Contiki is also committed to responsible travel with their MAKE TRAVEL MATTER Experiences, making a positive impact on People, Planet and Wildlife. They are conscious travel experiences available on their trips that give you a chance to meet the locals, hear their powerful stories and make a real difference to their communities.
One such trip with this experience is Contiki’s 12-Day East Africa Safari. You’ll spend your days on a game drive through National Parks in Kenya and Tanzania. You’ll also get closer to the wildlife in a responsible way plus get to visit supporting disabled community members in Tanzania.
Do activity-based travel
Contiki has many different travel styles, curated in order to give the person a holistic experience in any particular place. It’s all about giving you the choice, from adventure to backpacking, island hopping and more, there is something for everyone.
Want to experience Italy in the truest way while consuming antipasto, pizza and of course their famous espresso? Then the ‘Italian Espresso’ is truly the one taking you through big bucket-list destinations of Venice, Florence & Rome.
Want to see the Pyramids of Giza while riding a camel and imagining you’re some adventurer out to find the mystery of some hidden treasure? Then the Egypt & the Nile package is the one for you.
Their Inca Trail in Peru is for adventure lovers who want to explore the location in detail.
Want to see more of Thailand? Then the Thai Island Hopper West trip is the perfect one to expand one’s experience of the place.
The ‘Greek Island Hopping’ tour is when the call of the white sandy beaches and turquoise waters is too loud.
The ‘North Queensland Adventure’ is a relaxing exploration of the many wonders of Queensland.
Safe but adventurous travel
Last but not least is that while being adventurous one must not forget about their safety. It is important to carefully research and cross-check the travel booking company that one is selecting and make sure it is all legit.
The word Contiki is actually a mashup of two words, ‘Continent’, signifying their intent to allow travellers to experience the world and the native New Zealand Maori word ‘Tiki’ meaning a good luck charm.
Isn’t that just adorable?!
A reputable travel brand like Contiki brings together people in a group to travel hassle-free across the world, and at the same time allow each traveller the flexibility of their own personal time to explore the places and do things as per their own interest.
When does it mean by hassle-free? From curating a wide range of destinations to providing a Trip Manager who welcomes each traveller and works as the guide, confidante and a walking Wikipedia so that if any issue arises, you have a handy dandy person right there to help you sort it out. You can travel with a peace of mind and don’t have to get stressed out on holiday dealing with issues alone.
You simply just pick the place you want to go from their site and voila, it will all be taken care of from there on. No worries about booking, planning the itinerary, sorting out accommodation and even payments are made easy for travellers to pay as per their own way, like their book now pay later option with Contiki Part Pay and in case of a change of mind, that too is covered without any additional charge.
What’s more! With Contiki Big Social Travel Sale, you can get up to 25%* off trips around the world in 2023. But these great deals won’t hang about forever. So what are you waiting for? Make 2023 count. Promotion ends 31 Jan 2023.
Find out more information here.