This year, USTOA set out to uncover the emotional connection between travelers and the destinations they visit with the Why We Travel campaign. Through a collection of articles and videos, like the one below, you can hear firsthand accounts of guests who traveled on four USTOA tour operator member itineraries this year.
You can follow along as Bill and Janet Gorth participate in a traditional tea ceremony in Japan, Frank Albanese and Kelly Patrick hike their way through New Brunswick, mother and son duo Laurel and Jared Trimble meet the locals in the Cook Islands, and Josh and Jessica Greenberg dive with whale sharks in the Philippines, and perhaps most importantly…learn why they travel in the below video.
Discover more Why We Travel videos here or find USTOA member trips to each of these destinations below. You also can follow the adventures on Instagram and Twitter using #traveltogether or by visiting USTOA’s Facebook page.
New Brunswick’s famed Bay of Fundy coast, culturally-vibrant cities like St. Andrews by-the-Sea, and historic sites such as Campobello island are enticing travelers to experience Atlantic Canada in 2019. Whether it’s a walk on the ocean floor at Hopewell Rocks, or a visit to Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s beloved Campobello Island, USTOA member packaged travel itineraries give you a chance to dive into this diverse destination.
Guests on Country Walkers’ “New Brunswick: Bay of Fundy & Campobello Island” trip will discover that one of the best ways to enjoy the province’s rugged coastline, fresh seafood, and cultural attractions is on foot. The active trip includes a two-night stay in a turn-of-the-century cottage on Campobello Island, a traditional lobster dinner overlooking the ocean, and a local musical performance on the beach in St. Martins. Travelers also will take a break from the trails to see the Bay of Fundy’s “locals” during a whale watching excursion. Pricing from $3,398 per person available on select departure dates June to October 2019. www.countrywalkers.com
Credit: New Brunswick Tourism
Sculpted coastlines, powerful waterfalls, and stunning formations carved by billions of tons of water, are just a few of the photo-op-worthy stops on Globus’ “Maritime Adventure” itinerary. While in New Brunswick, guests will spend a night enjoying St. Andrews by-the-Sea, a historic coastal town designated as one of Canada’s National Historic Districts and one of the best-preserved examples of colonial heritage in North America. Travelers also will visit Fundy National Park and Hopewell Rocks to experience the immense power of the world’s highest tides standing at more than 50 feet tall. This trip is available June through September 2019 from $3,028 per person. www.globusjourneys.com
Travelers on Tauck’s “Canadian Maritimes” itinerary will spend 11 days discovering the picturesque fishing towns and distinctive Maritime culture of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Guests will visit Hopewell Rocks in New Brunswick’s Bay of Fundy for a firsthand look at how the world’s highest tides have shaped the shoreline. Visitors also will visit the small town of Alma at the base of the Bay of Fundy National Park before spending the night in the city of Moncton. Available from June through October 2019 from $3,990 per person. www.tauck.com
Collette’s “Maritimes Coastal Wonders featuring the Cabot Trail” itinerary highlights New Brunswick’s natural beauty as well as the bustling waterfront city of Saint John. Guests will travel along the coastline to Hopewell Rocks to see the flower-pot shaped rocks carved by centuries of the world’s highest tides. Next, travelers will experience the Fundy Trail with seemingly endless stretches of coastal vistas and local food like Maritime dulse (seaweed) and fiddleheads. Guests will end their time in New Brunswick with a lesson on how to crack open a lobster and get a taste of local life in Saint John’s City Market. Available May 20 through October 14, 2019 from $3,099 per person. www.explorations.com
During Insight Vacations’ “Landscapes of the Canadian Maritimes” 12-day journey through Atlantic Canada, travelers will have the chance to walk on the ocean floor at Hopewell Rocks and join a lobster fisherman before enjoying the spoils of the day for a fresh lobster lunch. Guests also will explore Saint John’s vibrant past and present during a morning tour and will discover why locals affectionately refer to it as “Saint Awesome.” Available from $3,353 per person on select departures June-October 2019. www.insightvacations.com