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President's Message - February 2021

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Despite not having the opportunity to travel this past year, our photo contest was in full swing and this month we are thrilled to announce the winners. Perhaps you spent an afternoon reviewing the many photos you’ve taken on previous journeys and found one or two special ones to send us. It is always nice to reminisce over images of past journeys and remember those fun times.

It is with great optimism that we have launched our 2021 Photo Contest and in light of the current restrictions are again opening it up to your past travel photos. We look forward to travel opening up later this year so you can also submit your favourite pictures from your new adventures as well. Our upcoming trips throughout 2021 and 2022 provide some incredible photo opportunities for you to capture that winning shot, including some new dedicated amateur photography tours, like our Capturing Newfoundland journey, that will be the first in what we hope will become annual photography inspired adventures. There are plans to grow this new photography series into 2022, so stay tuned for all of our upcoming tour and cruise announcements!

We are currently spending many days planning and creating our exciting journeys for you in 2022. At this time next year, you could be taking in the lush beauty of sunny, tropical Costa Rica. Details will be available soon!

Brand new in winter 2022 will be a trailblazing adventure exploring West Africa with David and Roslyn Craig. This is a journey off the beaten path which few travellers have the opportunity to experience. Learn all about the mystical religion of Voodoo, which is so important to the life and culture of the region. You’ll visit the villages and markets, meet the people and attend the most important Voodoo festival in the world. Looking for something different? This is it!

Another exotic winter program will take us to Sri Lanka, a land of grand vistas, wildlife reserves, mountainside tea plantations, wonderful seashores, historic forts, spice farms, colonial hotels and lush rainforests. Sri Lanka always surpasses our travellers expectations. 2022 will be no different.

I invite you to join us in February as we explore Rajasthan, in Northern India. Feel your senses spring to life in explosions of colour, sounds and scents throughout this fascinating journey. From ancient beautiful cities, lavish palaces and castles and even the Taj Mahal, it is one exhilarating experience after another! Where else can you travel by plane, boat, train, jeep, rickshaw, horse cart, elephant and camel all on the same adventure? If you’re looking for an escape from the ordinary, join us in Rajasthan! While you're at it and you've travelled all that way, why not combine Rajasthan with South India in March. This unique journey has been planned to experience the less visited regions of Southern India, where local lifestyles have been less affected by outside influences. Step into India’s past on this fascinating adventure!

In spring 2022, a Baltic Adventure will have us meandering through the three delightful, vibrant and uniquely different countries of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. You will enjoy a leisurely journey with three or four nights in each centre.

Also in the spring is our ever popular Norway Coastal Cruise. This is a voyage of a lifetime through some of the world’s most spectacular scenery by sea and rail. If you haven’t experienced Norway, add this one to your bucket list as a definite must!

A Namibia and the Okavanga Delta journey is in the works and planned to depart in May 2023. Incredible natural beauty with miles of glistening white and red sand dunes, where you’ll ride in a 4x4 through them in a thrilling drive, taking in rugged rock formations and extensive plains teeming with wildlife. Of course, the main highlight will be time spent at a remote camp in the Okavanga Delta where you will get the chance to enjoy some of the best game viewing in the world.

We are also finalizing details on several exciting Holland America Line cruises that you’ll find online in the coming months. To name a few… the Panama Canal, Baltic Capitals, British Isles Explorer, the Eastern Mediterranean and early in 2023 Hawaii and Tahiti escorted by Pam and Nick Cannon. If you have a future cruise credit with HAL, now is the time to start planning your next cruise. Don't let the credit expire!

There’s lots more to come, so stay tuned and visit often for the latest updates and we encourage you to start searching through some of your past travel photos. Share your favourites with us and you could be our next photo contest winner! Until we can travel safely again, I encourage you to get out and practice your photography skills, or take up the hobby, exploring your own backyard, your local parks and conservation areas and our great provinces and territories as we prepare to Experience Our World once more. For some tips on taking a great travel photo and for some inspiration, read my recent blog on photography tips. I look forward to sharing more with you on our next adventure together.

Robert Craig
Craig Travel President