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Top 5 Vacations to Consider for the New Year

by Celece Krieger

photo courtesy of American Queen Steamboat Company.

I don’t know about you, but my Facebook feed, emails, and magazine subscriptions are full of lists of the best places to travel in 2018. It seems like I can’t read an article without some kind of “best of” list. The lists gave me plenty of inspiration, and I decided it was time for View On Magazine to have its very own list for travel in 2018. After receiving our new brochures and reviewing customer feedback, I composed my own list of destinations to consider in 2018 (in no particular order):

Alaska Cruise or Tour: Beat the desert heat and visit beautiful Alaska. Travel from seven to fourteen days and visit Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, and of course, the beautiful glaciers. Tour and rail extensions include beautiful Denali, Fairbanks, and Anchorage. Experiences include everything from helicopter rides and hiking on glaciers to whale watching and fishing. It is always a customer favorite and a great way to really see and experience all the beauty that Alaska has to offer without traveling too far.

Australia and New Zealand: This April, Mary Curtis from our office is hosting an eighteen-day tour to the land down under. The group will start in Cairns and see the Great Barrier Reef, Sydney and the famous Opera House, Auckland, Rotorua, Christchurch, Queenstown, the Milford Sound, and so much more. If Australia and New Zealand are on your bucket list, this is a fantastic, convenient tour with almost everything included – even transfers from your front door to the airport.

Society and Cook Islands: This July, I will return to what I refer to as “heaven on earth” with a group. This will be my fourth sailing with Paul Gauguin Cruises. With just 332 passengers, transfers from your home, airfare, meals, drinks, and gratuities included, it is a wonderful way to discover the scenic South Pacific. Visit the vibrant blue waters of Bora Bora, Moorea, Huahine, Aitutaki, and Rarotonga. This ship even has an onboard marina for guests to kayak and paddle board from the back of the ship. This cruise truly embraces Polynesian culture with onboard lectures, performances, cooking demonstrations, and more.

Christmas on the Rhine: This journey begins with a visit to two of Switzerland’s loveliest cities, Zürich and Lucerne, with a lake excursion, magical Christmas markets, and pristine Alpine vistas. A 7-night Rhine River cruise takes passengers through the fabled Black Forest region and the Alsace region. Heidelberg and Cologne are famous for their majestic Cathedral and bustling Christmas markets. This winter adventure concludes in Amsterdam, amidst the city’s legendary canals and colorful holiday décor.

U.S. River Cruise: For travelers looking for a river cruise experience without the flight to Europe, consider a cruise on the Columbia, Snake, Mississippi, Ohio or Tennessee Rivers. Unique theme itineraries include everything from southern culture to the Civil War, Elvis and Graceland, and even the Opryland Christmas experience in Nashville.

It’s hard to limit this list to five. I wanted to include some vacations travelers may not have considered or even known about. It is always wise to book early, and we have some fantastic hosted tours and cruises planned in 2018 and 2019. There are incredible places to see in our big world. Some are close to home and some are far away. As we say in the office, “Don’t just dream it – do it!”

Special Presentation: We have a seminar planned on January 16 at the Cliffside Restaurant in St. George to showcase our new hosted tours and cruises Tickets are free of charge, but required as space is limited. Call (435) 628-3636 to make your reservation.

Celece Krieger is the local owner of The Travel Connection located at 1363 E. 170 South in St. George. For travel information or assistance, please contact The Travel Connection team at

(435) 628-3636 or

Photo courtesy of Paul Gauguin Cruises


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