Travel Experiences Mum Will Love

Chances are that if you ask mum what she wants for Mother’s Day her reply will be along the lines of, “having all the family together under one roof”. She loves those special moments that create long-lasting memories and experiences that will leave her reminiscing over the dinner table. With travel one of the best stories to tell, Trafalgar has listed their top travel experiences Mum will love.

Food – Italy

A haven for some of the world’s best food and wines, mum will be in her element as she indulges her way through Italy’s Piedmont region on a Secrets of Italy Hidden Journey. Sharing stories with local families in their homes, your mum will feel spoiled as she stays in authentic accommodation at the Albergo Dell’Agenzia in Pollenzo. Aside from exploring Europe’s largest open air food market in Turin and the food markets of Astola, she’ll uncover a town synonymous with sparkling wine in Asti where she’ll meet a local family on their wine estate for a beautiful Be My Guest lunch. The Nicola family will invite her to explore their estate and cellars where she’ll sample the region’s famous Spumante and Barbera d’Asti wines before sitting down with the family for a homemade meal.

Luxury – Ireland

Gracing her beauty on the picturesque shores of Lough Corrib, a luxurious stay at Red Carnation Hotel’s newly-refurbished Ashford Castle in Ireland will leave Mum feeling like the Queen. Dating back to 1228, the magnificent five-star property is one of Ireland’s most prestigious properties. Mum will dine like royalty in the George V Dining Room named after the Prince of Wales. The graceful setting is rich with twinkling Waterford Crystal chandeliers bestowing a grand sense of occasion. Relax and unwind to the soothing sounds of Ashford Castle’s resident pianist while indulging in exceptional dishes of acclaimed Chef Stefan Matz. This castle stay is available on the Iconic Ireland & Ashford Castle guided holiday.

Culture – Japan

Eclectic cities, traditional villages, snow-capped mountains and coastal beauty are combined on this culturally-infused holiday. Mum will explore Japan like a local with an array of insider experiences including a sushi making demonstration and cooking class in the famous Ginza district. On the Splendours of Japan guided holiday, she’ll learn washi paper making in Gokayama, sample Japanese sake in Takayama and practice gold leaf painting with a local artisan in Kanazawa. In a special Be My Guest dining experience, she’ll be welcomed inside a traditional ryokan nestled in the peace and quiet of Mt. Yoshida. Built in 1932, it is here she’ll taste kaiseki cuisine and learn local Japanese customs with her hosts inside their home.

Adventure – Hawaiitravel, holidays, mothers day, adventure travel, Hawaii

Hawaii is the perfect destination to leave your mum feeling refreshed, re-energised and re-invigorated with the perfect balance of relaxation and adventure. Home to some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes, each island brings to life a new experience. Go beyond the surf and sand at Honolulu and discover the lush tropical paradise of Fern Grotto in Kauai on the Hawaii Four Island Adventure. Trek through Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island and see the sunrise from the summit of Mount Haleakala in Maui. Visit a local family on their working farm before being welcomed inside for a special Be My Guest experience using the farm’s fresh ingredients.

Music – America

Immerse mum into America’s Deep South to experience one of the biggest winter events at the annual Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday parade in New Orleans. On the 10-dayTastes and Sounds of the South guided holiday, she’ll gain a Cultural Insight into the life and music of Johnny Cash during a private performance and discussion with Johnny and June’s son, John Carter Cash. Indulge in southern hospitality at the period homes of Joe Stone who will play the piano for you as you sip cocktails, before Esther Carpenter, once listed as America’s top 20 female chefs, invites you inside for a special Be My Guest dining experience. She’ll also learn about the home of Rock ’n’ Roll with a passionate Local Specialist in the heart of Tennessee and join in on the festivities with New Orleans’s locals on Bourbon Street.

5 Things To See and Do in Morocco 

Have you ever wanted to the road less travelled when it comes to exploring Morocco? Rather than jumping at the chance to visit the same-old tourist destinations, follow our exclusive guide including some must-see sights once you’ve finally landed in North Africa’s most popular destination.

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Try: Tagine

If you haven’t heard about tagine, then you’ve probably been living under a rock. Often dubbed the un-official dish of Morocco, tagine is a slow-cooked stew which is named after the dish which it’s cooked in. You can find good tagine anywhere from the local restaurant, street-food stall, and even the occasional cafe in the city centre.

Between chicken, lamb, beef, and even egg tagine, there are a variety of different dishes which are seasoned with local herbs and spices for that authentic taste.

5 Things To See and Do in Morocco 

Stay: La Maison Arabe

Just one of Marrakech’s luxury hotels (at an affordable price) you can easily receive the best of both world’s in this traditional place of rest. Enjoy a hot stone massage, sign-up to their world-renowned cooking school, or just relax by the heated pool. Or just down to the local town square which is just a short 10 minute walk away.

You will love the traditional Moroccan craftsmanship featuring cedar wood ceilings, and big open spaces which are truly out of a picture book.

5 Things To See and Do in Morocco 

Experience: Fantasia Borj Bladi

Just one night at Fantasia Borj Bladi will completely change your outlook on a traditional restaurant. The food is good, but the main feature is the horse riders who put on a magnificent show with music and dancers for the entire Moroccan experience.

5 Things To See and Do in Morocco 

Visit: Medina

One of the main attractions in central Marrakech is definitely the Medina – old city filled with hundreds of little stalls and shops surrounded by traditional neighbourhoods.

Here you will find little trinkets, homemade treats and spices, clothing, and even score a bargain or two with the local vendor.

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Architecture: Chefchaouen

Chefchaouen is one of the most picturesque towns in Morocco, and is known worldwide for it’s buildings in different shades of blue. Enjoy a relaxed stay in one of the towns many hotels or hostels, and make sure to visit the Rif Mountains which stretch from Cape Spartel to Ras Kebdana.

Trekking, biking, and mountain climbing all are very popular ways to enjoy your time in the North-Moroccan countryside.

5 Things To See and Do in Morocco 

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Savvy Travel Tips With Adventure Expert Bec Brown

Bec Brown is no stranger to an epic adventure. Her typical week could be discussing whether to enter Tibet from Nepal or China, oohing and ahhing as a client shows her pictures of the surreal beauty of Halong Bay in Vietnam she’s just returned from, or tailoring  a round-the-world journey spanning Peru, Iceland and Kenya. As team leader at My Adventure Store in Paddington NSW for five years, Bec has seen and heard it all and has sent more than 2000 clients on adventures of a lifetime. So who better to answer our travel questions?! 

Women are notorious for overpacking. What are your clever packing tips?

You need to keep in mind that overpacking is the enemy of purchasing new things! I actually try to pack as little as possible because if I need something I didn’t bring it’s a great excuse to buy it locally.

How can women stay safe while on the road?

Common sense is your friend. Keep your wits about you – make sure you know how to read the map of the city you are travelling in so if you are lost you can get yourself home. Dress like a local – if they don’t show you their shoulders, knees, cleavage, etc, chances are they don’t want to see yours! And always take two forms of currency (eg. card and cash).

Hot tip: Learn a few handy phrases in the local language such as ‘help!’

Say we want to organise a short break with our girlfriends, where would you recommend?

For a short break close to home it is hard to go past Tassie! The fresh produce makes for amazing food and wine, you can get your culture fix at the mind-expanding MONA and take time to talk to the locals. Simply put, they are lovely.

Feel like visiting a whole other world? How about Tokyo? A city full of the unexpected and it’s easy to get around. It really has it all. Want to visit ancient shrines? You can. Want to shop up a storm? You can. And people-watching at Shibuya Station has never been so fulfilling.

Hot tip: Stay in a local Ryokan as opposed to a hotel for the experience and great value for money.

We’re seeing a rise in destination weddings. What are your tips for planning an overseas wedding?

Arrive early so that all the paperwork can be done locally. Visit the venue before the big day to meet your wedding planner. Get your travel agent to scout out your accommodation as well as alternatives options to cater for everyone’s budget.

How about honeymoons? What are the big trends for Aussie newlyweds this year? 

Stunning lodge safaris in Africa are all the rage. Everyone wants to get WILD!

What are some of your personal favourite destinations? And where are you travelling this year?

This year, I have had the pleasure to get to the Red Centre. If you haven’t been there, go now! Uluru is such a special place to visit. I now have an overwhelming sense of pride for what is in my own backyard.

Turkey is the melting pot of Asia, Europe and the Middle East and by far one of my favourite destinations. From cosmopolitan Istanbul, to the ruins at Ephesus, down to the stunning coastline and the caved city of Cappadocia, you will be enchanted and awe-struck.

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