Dreaming about a trip to China? Seriously think about including a Yangtze River cruise to the itinerary, especially if this is a once in a lifetime adventure to the region. A Yangtze cruise takes you away from the bustling cities of Beijing and Shanghai and rewards you with amazing scenery, centuries old relics and old world charm on the third longest river in the world.
Most cruises are 3-5 days and sail between Chongqing and Yichang. Some go as far as Wuhan or may start/end in Shanghai. Top river cruise lines including Avalon, Uniworld and Viking offer combined cruise and land packages that include Tibet and China's iconic sites, providing a great way to experience the cities and rural countryside.
The best time to travel is between April and October, with April/May and September/October being the least warm. Quite different from their European counterparts, the Yangtze has no bridge restrictions or issues with water levels being too high/too low. This allows for larger ships and more onboard amenities.
Intrigued? Read on and check out the fascinating port stops.
This is time of year many of us are running around (physically or on the internet), trying to find that perfect gift for family, friends and business colleagues. If you are like me, you probably have some people on your list that completely stump you when it comes to finding that perfect gift, for the holidays or, for that matter, any other occasion. I do have people like that on my list, and to be honest, I AM also one of those people!
You see, as I have gotten older, spending time with family and friends has far more meaning than collecting physical things. And spending time together doing things, like travel, are what I truly cherish, and remember. Sure, I like gifts, but do you recall what you received three years ago? I know I'd be hard pressed to tell you. However, I still clearly remember my trip to New Zealand back in 2000 and Portugal in 2007 with my parents and close friends. After all, these memories are their best souvenirs!
Photo courtesy of J. Stephenson
So whether you have that "difficult" person in your life or you are simply looking for some new ideas, check out these great gifts for the travelers in your life (or friends and family that need some inspiration to start) .
Laurie Marschall - Owner and Founder