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MATTHEWD. Upchurch, CEO of global travel-industry network Virtuoso, has been exploring the world since a childhood spent crisscrossing Europe and venturing on safari in Africa. More: virtuoso.com. Desperate to get back to: The 19th-century Hacienda de San Antonio in western Mexico. Its 25 suites are set on a working cattle ranch and coffee plantation, with the Colima volcano as its backdrop. Everything is organically grown, and the food is incredible. Ultimate eco-adventure: A four-day Mana Canoe Trail adventure down the Zambezi River with Wilderness Safaris is an ideal way to observe DEALS OF THE WEEK Melbourne magic: Save more than 60 per cent on a two-night Gourmet Delight package at Park Hyatt Melbourne in a Park King room, including a complimentary $100 restaurant voucher; from $298 a night twinshare until January 12. The fivestar hotel is located in the CBD, next to Fitzroy Gardens. More: 1300 887 979; wotif.com/hotel. elephants and hippos in their natural environment. Inviting culinary destination: Alinea restaurant in Chicago (1723 North Halsted St) for an exciting gastronomic experience (book ahead). Most memorable splurge: My wife and I were married at North Antarctic hop: Act fast for a 35 per cent cut on World Expeditions’ voyages to the icy south, including a 14-day Emperor and King Penguin cruise departing Ushuaia on November 20; from $US7404 for a superior cabin, including flight from Port Stanley (Falkland Islands) to Santiago. More: worldexpeditions.com. Island in the Seychelles. (Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, honeymooned there earlier this year.) It’s an incredible place, with 11 secluded villas. Most distinctive hotels: Montage Deer Valley, Park City, Utah, has an incredible indoor-outdoor kids’ program that’s great for families. The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, the world’s tallest hotel, is fascinating in its design. Best travel tip: Use a professional travel adviser. Whether it’s managing your finances, doing your taxes, whatever the service, the idea is the same — you hire an expert. Winter wonderland: Join Odyssey’s cultural discovery of Prague, Vienna, Budapest and southern Bohemia on a 21-night tour departing Australia on December 26; from $11,650 a person twin-share, including return economy airfares, accommodation, most meals and all sightseeing. More: 1300 888 225; odysseytravel.com.au.