I have come to expect excellence from Odysseys Unlimited and have never been disappointed.
Michael E. Leahy Oak Lawn, IL
We have been to many, many places all over the world, with many different tour companies. None of them compare to the Odysseys Unlimited small group experience.
Nancy & William Sondervan Sherrills Ford, NC
The small group is wonderful and the quality of tour directors is exceptional.
Bill Jones Vancouver, WA
All that was advertised was delivered. Consider this tour to be a real value as to sites visited, itinerary, hotels, and travel between sites.
Susan & Paul Krupp Georgetown, TX
Odysseys does everything with style, but without pretension. Beautiful meals and hotels. Excellent guides.
Barbara Schoetzau New York, NY
Very early in the tour we saw we got much more for our dollar than anything we could have put together ourselves. The value exceeded our expectations.
Tara Malmberg Quitman, TX
Good value for $ — accommodations, food, guide, itinerary, and [small] size of group. Have traveled with other tour groups ... and like you best.
Jean Hall Prairie Village, KS
We like the model – small groups, excellent tour directors, solid hotels, good mix of group/independent activities.
Roger Soder Seattle, WA
The combination of excellent hotels with a small group is the way I like to travel. I would highly recommend Odysseys to everyone I know.
Patricia Joyce Peoria, AZ
We love the small group experience.
Dave & Alice Wilson Williamstown, MA
Odysseys is the best company we have traveled with. You have first-rate tours at affordable prices, with great itineraries, excellent guides, and outstanding accommodations.
Jane & Ronald Decker Chicago, IL
Odysseys tours are just right for us: great value, nice group size, complete trips, sufficient free time.
Laurin & Phyllis LeTart Shepherdstown, WV
This trip far exceeded our expectations: the small group size, the quality of the tour director (the best we’ve ever had), the ability to have dinners on our own, the lower cost without a significant reduction in the quality of the accommodations.
Barry & Bobbi Rosner Somerset, NJ
I thought I would not like traveling in a group but I was wrong! [Our tour director] was so good at making the group seem as one that it turned out to be the best part of the trip.
Donna Stevenson Dublin, OH
It was the best value in travel we’ve ever had. It was a wonderful experience.
Trish Merrill & Mac White Austin, TX
This was my 7th trip with Odysseys and they keep getting better and better.
Merle Frank Miami, FL
Love the small group format and the ease of traveling with arrangements made for us.
Ken & Carolyn Helm Newburgh, IN
Tour exceeded my expectations having never taken a group tour. An excellent experience – can’t wait for my next one!
Ronni Goldberg New York, NY
Absolutely the best bang for the buck – organization, quality, consistency.
Harvey Wine Dallas, TX
I like the small size of Odysseys tours. [You] have excellent Tour Directors, great itineraries and spend more time in areas than some of the other tour companies.
Lynn Bafaloukos Glendale, AZ
Because of the group size and outstanding guides, you make travel easy for us!
With New Year’s resolutions still fresh in mind, and a few months before things get warmer across most of the United States, it’s an excellent time to start planning your 2020 travels – if you haven’t already. And with the travel industry changing seemingly by the day, keeping abreast of the current trends can help to expand your horizons, and possibly put you on track to visit a destination or two that you may never have considered before.
Read on for our top seven travel trends for 2020, which include several ways to uncover hidden gems, follow in your ancestors’ footsteps, and settle into a more relaxed traveling rhythm.
The Trend: Multi-destination wildlife encounters
For most travelers, visiting a destination with exotic and spectacular wildlife ranks as a highly anticipated event. In order to get the most out of their travel dollars, travelers are beginning to seek out trips that offer a few different wildlife experiences on one itinerary, giving a well-rounded overview of several destinations (and a wealth of Instagram-worthy photo opportunities).
As travelers become more conscious of their effects on the culture and environment of their destinations, some folks will opt to skip the famous sites in favor of somewhere equally alluring yet less crowded. The benefit here is threefold: less stress on over-traveled areas, a positive impact on the economy in a less-heralded spot, and a less hurried (and more authentic) experience for you, the visitor.
The last few years have seen a rise in services like Ancestry.com and 23andMe, which use your family history and DNA to provide a report of your ancestors’ homelands and life stories. Armed with this information, or simply the knowledge passed down through family members, many travelers are planning trips to their ancestral homelands to reconnect with their heritage.
This trend is simultaneously easy to understand and difficult to engineer. To truly experience and begin to understand another culture, it’s vital that travelers seek out experiences beyond the standard museum/landmark/postcard lookout. At Odysseys, we pride ourselves on offering opportunities for these moments during home-hosted meals, local cooking classes, arts demonstrations, and more. You’ll find these experiences included on most every Odysseys tour, as we strive to make your trip as memorable as possible.
The Trend: Slow Europe
A vacation, at its most basic, should be an escape from daily life. But the truth is that sometimes, travelers over-book themselves in a bid to see every single thing that they can, and end a trip more frazzled and tired than when they started. The remedy? Slow Europe, where trips are based on the idea of truly absorbing a relatively small area, rather than seeing just the highlights.
Odysseys trips that fit the bill:
Sicily in Depth, a 12-day trip through the atmospheric toe of Italy’s boot; and Burgundy Barging, a leisurely barge cruise through the idyllic canals of Burgundy.
The Trend: City Loops
Of course, many travelers may only visit a certain country once, and want to make the most of their time there. Hence the rise of the “city loop,” where travelers hit all the relatively important cities in a country, or in one area of a larger nation. By visiting a number of bustling population centers, where a variety of cultures and demographics collide, travelers can experience the breadth and depth of a country in one dynamic trip.