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2024 Travel Destinations: Our Top Picks

So you are ready begin planning. You're on the STG website, ready to submit a trip inquiry form and schedule a call, but you haven't quite nailed down a destination just yet. That is music to our ears! We love to spend your discovery calls brainstorming destinations for you to choose from. To help you prepare for your meeting, we rounded up our favorite destinations for 2024 and the key questions to ask us on our calls.


Madeline is loving South Africa

Why I am loving this destination: There is a quote I find perfectly sums up why I love South Africa — "I envy the man or woman who has yet to go to Africa, for they have so much to look forward to." South Africa captivates you in a way that is hard to put into words; you do not understand what you are missing until you go and see for yourself. You can spend the summer ducking in and out of the major sites in high heat or you can relax under canvas and watch nature put on an incredible show.

 

Highlights: With the South African Rand at an amazing exchange rate, so much can be explored with fully inclusive elements. Your value here is really exceptional and with Europe costing a premium this summer, what better time than now to go. We can work in a few nights in the bush, several nights in the winelands, and of course, time in Cape Town.

  

Ask me about:  the major differences between the Kruger and Sabi Sands and what the advantages are to private reserves. Understanding the different game drive viewing opportunities will be key to your decision making process.


Ready to contact Madeline to begin planning? Click here!


Kristen is loving Costa Rica

Why I am loving this destination: As a mom of two and a second time business owner, intensive adventure travel previously intimidated me! I used to think zip lining, white water rafting, and waterfall hikes were for a younger version of myself before kids and my career. But having traveled to Costa Rica this year, I cannot tell you how wrong I was. This destination can feel lush, exotic, wild, and adventurous, while also being incredibly approachable. Let Costa Rica wow you with their version of the Big Five!

 

Highlights: Families and couples alike should consider this destination for the winter months. If you have been to most Caribbean islands and are looking for something different, you'll find hot springs, unique pool setups, beaches and sunset cruises, surf lessons, volcano views, horseback riding, flora and fauna, ATV rides, white water rafting and so much more!

 

Ask me about: navigating a split stay between the coast and the rainforest with unique adventure connections! Don't miss out on an excursion while having a travel day — combine an adventure with a transfer to maximize your experience.


Ready to contact Kristen to begin planning? Click here!


Rachel is loving Morocco

Why I am loving this destination: Morocco, a land of mesmerizing contrasts, is a true jewel in the tapestry of travel destinations. From the bustling markets of Marrakech to the serene landscapes of the Atlas Mountains, Morocco captivates with its rich history, vibrant culture, and exquisite cuisine.

Highlights: Envision yourself strolling through ancient medinas, where labyrinthine alleys reveal hidden treasures and the scent of exotic spices fills the air. Experience a camel trek through the timeless beauty of the Sahara Desert, with golden dunes stretching as far as the eye can see. Luxuriate in accommodations that seamlessly blend traditional Moroccan design with modern comforts, offering a retreat fit for royalty. Delve into the art of Moroccan cuisine with Tagine cooking classes and express your creativity in caftan design workshops.

Ask me about: Unveiling Morocco’s cultural treasures and exclusive retreats. Whether you’re captivated by historical landmarks, dreaming of a spa escape in a secluded oasis, or intrigued by the mysteries of Moroccan cities—these are experiences we can seamlessly tailor into your journey of opulence and enchantment.

Ready to contact Rachel to begin planning? Click here!


Kristen Heitman is loving Greece

Why I am loving this destination: Greece will always be a special place for me because my husband and I spent part of our honeymoon in Santorini and Mykonos. Santorini quickly became my favorite place in the world with its hospitality, amazing cuisine, unique vineyards, and activities.

Highlights: While Santorini and Mykonos are the most well-known Greek islands, don't stop there! Paros, only an hour ferry ride from Mykonos, is less crowded than the more popular islands and known for its Greek authenticity and beautiful beaches. Crete is unlike any other Greek island; you can rent a car to visit its pink sand beach, hike the largest gorge in Europe, and visit the birthplace of Zeus. Closer to Italy than Athens, Corfu has a Venetian feel you won't get on the other islands. Make sure you visit Miramare Beach, a Blue Flag awarded site. With over 200 inhabited islands, there's an island for everyone.

Ask me about: which island is right for you! Do you want a romantic getaway? Are you wanting a family friendly itinerary? Are you returning to Greece for a second time? Tell me what you're looking for and I'll match you to the islands. We can create a personalized itinerary that's the perfect blend of relaxation and exploration.


Ready to contact Kristen to begin planning? Click here!


Nikita is loving the Caribbean Islands

Why I am loving this destination: The Caribbean islands are an absolute gem of a destination, especially for East Coasters. The flights are a mere 2, 4, or a maximum of 6 hours from the East Coast, offering breathtaking views and offering a range from total relaxation to family fun. The resorts are nothing short of spectacular, featuring incredible cuisine and top-notch service. It embodies luxury without breaking the bank!

 

Highlights: With numerous islands to explore, the choices are abundant. St. Lucia, Turks and Caicos, and Antigua are among my personal favorites. Whether you're celebrating an anniversary, birthday, honeymoon, babymoon, or just seeking a getaway, any chosen resort caters to all types of travelers.

 

Ask me about: the unique differences between the islands and which matches your family's travel needs.


Ready to contact Nikita to begin planning? Click here!


Katie is loving Expedition Cruising


Why I am loving this destination: Whether it's encountering majestic polar bears and witnessing the mesmerizing northern lights in Svalbard, Norway, or embarking on a shared private jet adventure with fellow explorers from Ushuaia, Argentina to your expedition starting point, this type of immersive travel experience transports you to coveted destinations—all while indulging in the luxury of unpacking your bags just once!

Highlights: Explore our curated partnerships designed to elevate your journey. From securing coveted upgrades to ensuring the best stateroom locations, we're committed to enhancing your expedition cruising experience. Let us craft a bespoke before and after cruise itinerary, ensuring every moment is seamlessly woven into the fabric of your unforgettable adventure.

Ask me about: the major differences between ocean cruising and expedition cruising so we can tailor your experience!


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Madison is loving Disney Voyages


Why I am loving this destination: Disney Cruise Line brings families and people together to create memories that will last a lifetime. Between culinary experiences, musical live shows, exceptional guest service and incredible destinations abroad, you will truly feel like a VIP when traveling.

Highlights: Upcoming in 2024 & 2025 Disney Cruise Line will be releasing three new ships, unlike anything ever seen before! Aboard the Disney Treasure in late December 2024, where the spirit of adventure meets daring tales of classic Disney films and the beloved Disney theme parks, on 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries! Featuring many classic film feature touches such as The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Coco and themed bars on board such as the spooktacular Haunted Mansion Parlor, Disney fans will be in for a huge delight, especially for the young kids at heart.

Ask me about: Differences between Disney based destinations, whether it's a land adventure in the beloved Disney Theme Parks across Florida, California, Paris, or sea-based adventures across the world!


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