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    Top 10 Trips for Solo Travel in 2019

    <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/solo/" target="_blank">Solo travel</a> is more popular than ever. In fact, nearly 20 percent of guests who join a Classic Journeys’ tour is solo! Now, if you’re thinking “singles travel” means adventuring all by your lonesome, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. At Classic Journeys, we prefer to think of travel for singles as a way for people to experience a place and culture with like-minded explorers on a small group tour. So, although you may be traveling solo… you’re never alone. With this in mind, we rounded up our 10 most popular trips for solo travelers to help you choose the perfect destination in 2019:<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: calibri,sans-serif;"><img alt="Turtle in Galapagos" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei0I&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rFY" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></span></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank"><b>1. </b></a><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">GALAPAGOS ISLANDS</a></b><br>Your travel companions on this trip include <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">Galápagos</a> penguins that dart under your sea kayak, A pod of sea turtles performing their graceful ballet around you. Baby sea lions paddling up for a better look. And the giant land tortoises? They’re close enough to touch. If you go wild for wildlife, you’ve found it. AFAR magazine named our <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">Galápagos</a> trips “Best Wildlife Encounter”… in the world.<br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">LEARN MORE</a></b><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: calibri,sans-serif;"><img alt="Woman overlooking view of water in Portugal" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei0I&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rEk" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></span></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank"><b>2. PORTUGAL</b></a><br>Besides being one of 2018’s hottest destinations, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank">Portugal</a> also has more hours of sunshine a year than any other European country. Soak in the rays while you and your small group come face to face with the Portuguese people and get a true feel for the unique tempo and personality of this kingdom by the sea.<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank"><b>LEARN MORE</b></a><br><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="View of Machu Picchu" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei0I&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rFd" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru-tours/" target="_blank"><b>3. PERU &amp; MACHU PICCHU</b></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru-tours/" target="_blank">Machu Picchu </a>retains the ability to startle and inspire you no matter how many years you’ve thought about visiting. You will get the shivers the first time you see it. And our guide is a native Quechua who’ll make you as comfortable in Cusco as you’ll be among mountain villagers and llama herders.<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru-tours/" target="_blank"><b>LEARN MORE</b></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/chile/" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: calibri,sans-serif;"><img alt="Traveler trekking in Torres del Paine" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei0I&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rEu" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></span></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/chile/" target="_blank"><b>4. CHILE</b></a><br>Most travelers want to experience <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/chile/" target="_blank">Patagonia</a> because it’s super remote and not everybody is going there. Just how remote is the pleasant shock. When our local guide Andres leads you off on a walk in Torres del Paine National Park, he doesn’t follow the kind of trail you find in other places… but you will get the best views in Chile.<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/chile/" target="_blank"><b>LEARN MORE</b></a><br> <br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: calibri,sans-serif;"><img alt="Siem Reap - Angkor Wat Temple" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei0I&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rFi" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></span></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank"><b>5. VIETNAM, LAOS &amp; CAMBODIA</b></a><br>This trip is truly <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank">Indochina’s</a> greatest hits! Though Angkor Wat is a spectacular finale to a 10-day journey that includes Laos and Vietnam, all along the way you’ll have plenty of show-stopping moments that reveal just how different these cultures are.<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank"><b>LEARN MORE</b></a><br> <br><span style="font-family: calibri,sans-serif;"><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Positano, Italy" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei0I&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rF9" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a></span><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank"><b>6. AMALFI COAST</b></a><br>Situated on the &quot;ankle&quot; of the Italian boot, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank">Amalfi</a> has a balmy climate. Orange trees line village streets. Breezy seaside footpaths around Ravello and Positano encourage a nice slow pace perfect for absorbing the atmosphere. We also settle in for two mellow days on the glorious island of Capri—one of our favorite places in Italy.=<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank"><b>LEARN MORE</b></a><br> <br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: calibri,sans-serif;"><img alt="Woman looking at colorful plates in Morocco" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei0I&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rFE" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></span></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank"><b>7. MOROCCO</b></a> <br>You’ll take in the vivid, noisy markets as you travel through <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">Morocco&#39;s</a> warm hospitable culture. You may also be surprised to know that the climate is moderate; this is the coolest and most welcoming of the African nations.<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank"><b>LEARN MORE</b></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: calibri,sans-serif;"><img alt="Puffins in Iceland" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei0I&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rFJ" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></span></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank"><b>8. ICELAND</b></a><br>There’s nowhere quite like it. We love traveling to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank">Iceland</a> because it’s still a land of chaotic, supremely beautiful nature. Whether you’re marveling at an endless colony of cartoonish puffins or watching the clouds turn shades of sherbet at sunset, you’ll experience this place with remarkable intensity.<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank"><b>LEARN MORE</b></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/southernspain/" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: calibri,sans-serif;"><img alt="Alhambra in Spain" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei0I&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rFO" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></span></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/southernspain/" target="_blank"><b>9. SPAIN: SEVILLE, GRANADA &amp; CORDOBA</b></a><br>You’ll stay in fantastic accommodations and at one of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/southernspain/" target="_blank">Spain&#39;s</a> finest 5-star hotels. And the walks—in both city and country, through mosques and Spanish palaces—are gentle revelations every step of the way. Our local guides are exceptionally well-connected, so you get introductions to families that own the olive groves and even Alhambra&#39;s resident wood inlay expert.<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/southernspain/" target="_blank"><b>LEARN MORE</b></a><br> <br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/prague-tours/" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: calibri,sans-serif;"><img alt="Cesky Crumlov in Prague" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei0I&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rFT" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></span></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/prague-tours/" target="_blank"><b>10. PRAGUE TO BUDAPEST</b></a><br>If you’ve ever wondered how it would be to time-travel, this compact visit to the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/prague-tours/" target="_blank">Czech Republic, Austria and Hungary</a> is for you. In Prague, Vienna and Budapest, you’ll enjoy expertly guided walking tours that explore these one-time capitals of the Habsburg Empire whose spires and castles create the continent’s most inspiring skylines.<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/prague-tours/" target="_blank"><b>LEARN MORE </b></a><br> 

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    Best Luxury Hotels in the World for R&R

    <p>After you’ve hung the decorations, wrapped the presents, cooked the food and entertained all your guests – it’ll be time for you to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/reservations/" target="_blank">book some much-needed R&amp;R</a>. In the meantime, while you’re currently in full holiday-mode, just think... the rush will be over in a few more weeks and you can be lounging poolside (or bar-side) at one of these six luxury accommodations while on a handcrafted trip of a lifetime.   <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Skalakot" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002EiTZ&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rmc" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank">Skalakot - Iceland</a></b><br>With white gables that echo the nearby mountains, this <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank">family-owned manor</a> hotel is a cozy and luxurious retreat. Rooms are decorated in true Icelandic style. The exceptional restaurant features local specialties from Arctic char to homemade bread. Now, this is getting away from it all. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Hotel Sahrai" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002EiTZ&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rmh" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">Hotel Sahrai - Morocco</a></b><br>On a hill between the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">Fes Medina</a> and the New Town, this boutique hotel has unparalleled views. Light-flooded rooms are decorated with a contemporary twist on Moroccan design. Facilities include an infinity pool, fitness center and Givenchy spa – perfect for your well-deserved, post-holiday pampering.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/apulia/" target="_blank"><img alt="Borgo Egnazia" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002EiTZ&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rmm" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/apulia/" target="_blank">Borgo Egnazia – Italy</a></b><br>Apulia is where the high-profile stars go to escape and decompress, and<a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/apulia/" target="_blank"> Borgo Egnazia </a>is the perfect stay. A whitewashed seaside compound, this chic property is designed as a Mediterranean village. Elegant rooms decorated in shades of white amplify Apulia’s sun. The property offers indoor and outdoor pools, a terrific spa and a range of dining options.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Iguana Crossing" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002EiTZ&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rmr" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">Iguana Crossing - Galapagos</a></b><br>What better way to relax than with an <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">ocean-front room</a> in paradise? There’s nothing but National Park (with a live volcano) out the back. This hotel is cool, very close to nature and eco-minded. Amenities include a swimming pool, a roof-deck Jacuzzi and its own excellent restaurant.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Inkaterra Machu Picchu" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002EiTZ&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rmw" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru-tours/" target="_blank">Inkaterra Machu Picchu – Peru</a></b><br>Set among 13 acres of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru-tours/" target="_blank">tropical gardens</a> featuring over 140 species of orchids, this hotel proudly 100% carbon neutral. Spacious rooms are situated in unique hillside casitas and feature lovely tile floors, carved wood furniture, and luxurious bathrooms.<br> <br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank"><img alt="Amarvilas" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002EiTZ&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rn6" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank">Oberoi Amarvilas – India</a></b><br>Just 600 meters from the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank">Taj Mahal</a>, all rooms and public areas in this fine resort offer breathtaking views. Inspired by Moorish and Mughal architecture, it has been ranked in the top 10 hotels in the world by Travel + Leisure.</p>

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    7 of The Best Shoes for Travel

    <p>While your favorite pair of trainers might be fine for an evening stroll around the neighborhood, they may not be the best choice for walking the slopes of the majestic Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica, or hiking along the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru. Fret not, we’ve enlisted our friends, and footwear experts, over at <a href="https://www.roadrunnersports.com/" target="_blank">Road Runner Sports</a> to help us round up the best shoes to go along with seven of our favorite, and most popular, tours.<br> </p> <p><b>1. The Brook’s Cascadia 12 –</b> Perfect for meandering through slot canyons in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">Bryce, Grand Canyon &amp; Zion</a>. (<a href="https://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/products/12296/mens-brooks-cascadia-12/?cc=362&amp;utm_source=classicjourneys&amp;utm_medium=blog" target="_blank">For Men</a> | <a href="https://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/products/12297/womens-brooks-cascadia-12/?cc=496&amp;utm_source=classicjourneys&amp;utm_medium=blog" target="_blank">For Women</a>)<br><br><a href="http://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/products/12297/womens-brooks-cascadia-12/?cc=496&amp;utm_source=classicjourneysdium=blog" target="_blank"><img alt="Brooks Cascadia 12 shoe" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y4jW&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oZJr" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a></p> <p><b>2. The Adidas Ultra Boost – </b>You will stay comfortable and stylish while exploring the bustling streets of Tokyo in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/japan-tours/" target="_blank">Japan</a>. (<a href="https://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/products/12545/mens-adidas-ultra-boost/?cc=101&amp;utm_source=classicjourneys&amp;utm_medium=blog" target="_blank">For Men</a> | <a href="https://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/products/12554/womens-adidas-ultra-boost/?cc=451&amp;utm_source=classicjourneys&amp;utm_medium=blog" target="_blank">For Women</a>)<br><br><a href="http://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/products/12554/womens-adidas-ultra-boost/?cc=451&amp;utm_source=classicjourneys&amp;utm_medium=blog" target="_blank"><img alt="Adidas Ultra Boost" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y4jW&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oZK1" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a></p> <p><b>3. The Salomon Speedcross 4</b> – When you’re ziplining through the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costa-rica-tours/" target="_blank">Costa Rican rainforest</a>, this shoe will keep you comfortable wet or dry. (<a href="https://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/products/09278/mens-salomon-speedcross-4/?cc=010&amp;utm_source=classicjourneys&amp;utm_medium=blog" target="_blank">For Men</a> | <a href="https://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/products/09280/womens-salomon-speedcross-4/?cc=411&amp;utm_source=classicjourneys&amp;utm_medium=blog" target="_blank">For Women</a>)<br><br><a href="http://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/products/09280/womens-salomon-speedcross-4/?cc=411&amp;utm_source=classicjourneys&amp;utm_medium=blog" target="_blank"><img alt="Salomon Speedcross 4" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y4jW&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oZK6" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a></p> <p><b>4. The New Balance Fresh Foam Gobi v.2 –</b> With superior support and shock absorption, truffle hunting in the forest of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/istria/" target="_blank">Croatia</a> will be a dream. (<a href="https://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/products/16681/mens-new-balance-fresh-foam-gobi-v2/?cc=500&amp;utm_source=classicjourneys&amp;utm_medium=blog" target="_blank">For Men</a> | <a href="https://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/products/16682/womens-new-balance-fresh-foam-gobi-v2/?cc=776&amp;utm_source=classicjourneys&amp;utm_medium=blog" target="_blank">For Women</a>)<br><br><a href="http://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/products/16682/womens-new-balance-fresh-foam-gobi-v2/?cc=776&amp;utm_source=classicjourneys&amp;utm_medium=blog" target="_blank"><img alt="New Balance Fresh Foam Gobi v.2" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y4jW&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oZKB" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a></p> <p>5. <b>The Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 4 –</b> Lightweight, with a sticky rubber outsole means exploring the ruins of Machu Picchu in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru-tours/" target="_blank">Peru</a> has never been easier. (<a href="https://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/products/14999/mens-nike-air-zoom-terra-kiger-4/?cc=208&amp;utm_source=classicjourneys&amp;utm_medium=blog" target="_blank">For Men</a> | <a href="https://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/products/15000/womens-nike-air-zoom-terra-kiger-4/?cc=003&amp;utm_source=classicjourneys&amp;utm_medium=blog" target="_blank">For Women</a>)<br><br><a href="http://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/products/15000/womens-nike-air-zoom-terra-kiger-4/?cc=003&amp;utm_source=classicjourneys&amp;utm_medium=blog" target="_blank"><img alt="Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 4" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y4jW&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oZKa" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a></p> <p>6. <b>The Timberland FlyRoam Go Collection –</b> Stylish, outdoorsy, and perfect for walking among vineyards in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal-tours/" target="_blank">Portugal</a> before wine tasting and a picnic of local specialties. (<a href="https://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/products/19443/mens-timberland-flyroam-go-chukka/?cc=301&amp;utm_source=classicjourneys&amp;utm_medium=blog" target="_blank">For Men</a> | <a href="https://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/products/19458/womens-timberland-flyroam-go-knit/?cc=680&amp;utm_source=classicjourneys&amp;utm_medium=blog" target="_blank">For Women</a>)<br><br><a href="http://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/products/19458/womens-timberland-flyroam-go-knit/?cc=680&amp;utm_source=classicjourneys&amp;utm_medium=blog" target="_blank"><img alt="Timberland FlyRoam Go" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y4jW&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oZKp" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a></p> <p><b>7. The Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator –</b> Ventilated and rugged, these shoes will have no problem handling the terrain when you’re riding a camel through the Saharan Desert in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">Morocco</a>. (<a href="https://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/products/13982/mens-merrell-moab-2-ventilator/?cc=200&amp;utm_source=classicjourneys&amp;utm_medium=blog" target="_blank">For Men</a> | <a href="https://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/products/13986/womens-merrell-moab-2-ventilator/?cc=020&amp;utm_source=classicjourneys&amp;utm_medium=blog" target="_blank">For Women</a>)<br><br><a href="http://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/products/13986/womens-merrell-moab-2-ventilator/?cc=020&amp;utm_source=classicjourneys&amp;utm_medium=blog" target="_blank"><img alt="Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y4jW&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oZLi" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a></p>

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