Everyone at Odysseys Unlimited has at least one thing in common, from the employees in our Massachusetts home office to our hundreds of Tour Directors around the globe: we all share a deep-seated passion for travel. We are a team of roamers and dreamers - we have a hard time sitting still for an hourlong meeting, so it's no wonder that some 14 months without travel have left us longing for the open road.
So in the spirit of planning for our next adventure, and with travel beginning to open back up, we present our Ultimate Odysseys Unlimited Wish List. With responses from both office staff and Tour Directors, this list should serve as both inspiration and a jumping-off point for your return to travel.
Shelby D., Product Development
Number one on my wish list would be Scotland, where my paternal grandfather is from...I would love to visit Orkney (above), particularly for its connection to Arthurian legend, and I want to see the ponies of the Shetland Islands.
Pech Pov, Tour Director for Cambodia
America has been on my life's list for a long, long time. I have a lot of friends there since I started my job as a tour guide, especially with Odysseys Unlimited.
Sandy L., Worldwide Staffing & Quality Assurance
Top of my wish list is Japan. I'm so intrigued by the modern, futuristic feel of Tokyo in contrast to the bucolic countryside. Sign me up!
Muriel Gosselin, Tour Director from France
After a program on TV, one of the many countries I'd like to visit is Ethiopia. This country looks fascinating in every way for the beautiful local people, traditions, culture, religions, architecture, and its variety of landscapes.
Robbie V., Marketing
It's hard to pin down one location, but if I had to choose, I'm going with Scandinavia. My dad's side of the family hails from Sweden, and the extra-long days, spectacular scenery, and friendly locals in that part of the world make it an amazing place to visit.
Gaston McKay, Tour Director from Patagonia
After being confined in a city of 11 million people for six months (!!), definitely my next vacation will be in the wild. Victoria Falls, Okavango Delta, and Chobe National Park, here we go!
Lisa F., Product Development
Each summer my family (10 of us!) have been fortunate enough to enjoy a summer holiday together. As the "kids" have gotten older, they've now participated in selecting the destination...While I've traveled to this country many times, the family dreams of traveling through Italy. It's wonderful to be able to spend time with each other and watch them experience a different place with wonder and curiosity. Our bags are packed!
Maja Kramberger, Tour Director from Slovenia
Moriah B., Product Development
Patagonia and Easter Island. I'm kind of cheating because this is multiple items on my bucket list, but I had been planning on going on this trip before everything happened (and I'll get there one day!). Patagonia - to see a glacier for the first time, and to see a penguin in the wild for the first time. Torres del Paine - because the mountains are so dramatically stunning. Easter Island - this one has been calling my name for years now, and I feel it's one of those places that will just fill you with awe when you get there in person.
Krishna Kunwar, Tour Director from Nepal
Being born in mountain country, trekking/hiking has always been a favorite of mine. My wish list is to hike the Inca trail to Machu Picchu to witness the breathtaking view.
Curran S., Worldwide Staffing & Quality Assurance
Egypt is at the top of my bucket list. I have always been fascinated with Egyptology and would love the opportunity to get a close-up look at all of the famed temples, housing the gods and goddesses I have read so much about since childhood. To be immersed in this antiquity - while also getting to experience and better understand modern Egypt and its people - sounds like a dream trip to me!
Augustine Mbuya, Tour Director from Tanzania
Top of my list is Australia - I would love to visit Featherdale Wildlife Park (above) to see the dingoes, wombats, and koalas.
David S., Product Development
While it is difficult to narrow it down to one destination, I would have to say that Tanzania is at the top of my wish list. I love taking wildlife photography, and have been fortunate enough to enjoy safaris in Southern Africa and Uganda. But I've always been drawn to the stunning landscapes of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, and the abundant wildlife there. I love active vacations as well and would definitely combine any safari experience in Tanzania with a climb up Kilimanjaro.