PICTURE PERFECT HOLIDAYS
Each week, the Escape team receives sumptuous, beautifully designed brochures from travel companies promoting their latest itineraries (you can get them too). In a world where so much information is available at the press of a button, these tomes with inviting glossy pages and stunning photos have pleasing, tactile qualities which make holiday research very satisfying.
Leafing through, you’ll fall in love with the Amsterdam to Budapest cruise with one company, only to find the latest coach tours in Canada, Chile or Cambodia. The promise of a luxury cabin on one ocean liner is suddenly superseded by a glamping safari in Africa; a week of culture in Paris, London or New York replaced by the lure of adventure in a South American jungle; a nostalgic train trip swapped for pedalling and pinot in New Zealand or sailing and snorkelling through a great reef. We understand that you soon reach saturation point with all this information and that’s where we step in to offer expertise on how to turn your holiday idea into an actual booking and diary date.
This week we’re looking at European river cruising. Anyone who’s travelled this way (me included) will tell you it’s possibly the most hassle-free way to get around. That’s because, as with all cruising, your accommodation is also your transport so once onboard, unpack and go with the flow. Rest or sleep while the river ship is moving, head to shore for cultural experiences, then back onboard for the next town.
Editor’s note: Last week on this page, the Qantas Dreamliner was incorrectly captioned. The plane’s livery is based on Emily Kame Kngwarreye’s Yam Dreaming.
JANA FRAWLEY, NATIONAL TRAVEL EDITOR