One of my favorite things about being a blogger is developing relationships with extraordinary brands that I passionately believe in and the perfect example of this is Trafalgar. I have had the great fortune to travel with them previously to France, Italy, and California and each guided vacation has only deepened my admiration for who they are and what they do. Trafalgar has over sixty years of experience and has won more awards than any other company in their industry; making them one of the top travel operators in the world. With them you are guaranteed a trip of a lifetime no matter the destination!
On my third guided vacation with them I traveled to England and Scotland, neither of which I had visited in a decade. As I waited for my flight to London, my heart skipped a beat when I saw that Romero Britto was on the same flight as me. Without exaggeration, I am his biggest fan! However, before I even had a chance to say hello he had boarded the plane. Although I missed my oppurtunity to meet the incredibly talented artist, I felt like seeing him was a definite sign that my trip was going to be nothing short of unforgettable.
Once I arrived in London, I checked into my posh hotel The Cumberland and instead of letting jetlag overcome me, I immediately set out to see as much of the city as I could before the guided vacation officially began. I asked the driver to drop me off half a mile before Trafalgar Square (Trafalgar’s namesake), which is where I was meeting my dear friend and fellow journalist, Vivian. Although it was raining off and on, England’s capitol was still aglow with autumn’s golden light and rich colors.
Viviane and I decided to catch up over some lunch at YO! Sushi — a Japanese kaiten sushi bar that delivers delicious food to customers via a conveyor belt. I had never eaten at a place like this before and really enjoyed the unique experience.
Then we wandered towards Piccadilly Circus, where we started off first looking for cheap souvenirs to bring home to our families, however ended up shopping for cashmere sweaters instead.
We later joined the rest of our Trafalgar group, as well as some others from VisitBritain, at the gastro pub The Grazing Goat. I loved the ambiance of the restaurant and the food was even more spectacular. It was truly the perfect welcome meal to the United Kingdom!
I know there are a lot of travelers who are hesitant to go on guided vacations, as they would rather explore the world on their own. With Trafalgar, however, they understand how important at leisure time is and factor that into every trip they offer. Additionally, you have the knowledge and expertise of your Travel Director who is with you every step of the way providing a unique perspective on the people, places, and cultures that you will encounter. They will surprise you with Hidden Treasures only the locals know about, take you to Be My Guest dining experiences that capture the true essence of a destination, and introduce you to Local Experts and Guides that you would never meet otherwise. If you want to travel like a true insider, then you must travel with Trafalgar.