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What Do You Want for Vacation, Little Girl?

Remember the joy and excitement when the annual Toys ‘R Us holiday catalog was delivered? I remember poring over the pages, often many times over, checking out every last detail of the coolest toys of the season.

I very clearly remember these appearing in the catalog:

…and I totally wanted one (hello, who didn’t?). I never received one (and never got the puppy I asked for each and every year, either), but I survived.

These days that joy and excitement comes when I see a different cover:

National Geographic Expeditions 2012-2013 Edition

You hear angels singing, too — right?

These pages detail amazing vacations around the world, led by experts who know the destinations to the extent you’d expect from National Geographic. From sailing the islands of Greece aboard a four-masted square-rigger (that’s a boat) built in 1931 to exploring Svalbard — land of the polar bears — to an African safari where you literally walk with the Maasai, it’s like they gathered all of your most amazing travel dreams and put them all in one place.

Can’t pick just one dream trip? First, join the club. Then, flip to page 98 for a look at the “Around the World by Private Jet” itinerary. The 24-day trip starts in Orlando, Florida and hopscotches the globe from Peru’s Machu Picchu to Easter Island, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef to the Panda Breeding and Research Center in Chengdu, China, the pyramids of Egypt to Marrakech, Morocco.

As you can imagine, none of these tips are particularly affordable for the average vacationing couple. That “Around the World” trip will run you nearly $69,000 — per person. Even the trip through the Greek isles will run you at least $7,000 per person (and you can certainly see the same islands for far less money). But these are once-in-a-lifetime trips, and I think you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who would pass up the opportunity if they had the money.

What’s your dream destination? Have you researched actually going? You never know – it might be more possible than you think!


About No Kids, Will Travel

In the eyes of their friends and family, Amanda and Zeke are a young jet setting couple without any real responsibility. In real life, the stress of work and raising a kitten push them to flee reality at every opportunity. The "lack of obligation" gives them the chance to explore the world.

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