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Grantourismo In The Media — Devising Your Own Grand Tour

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We have a Grantourismo In The Media section, so we don’t usually blog if Grantourismo gets some coverage or we’re asked to write about our particular style of enriching and experiential, long-term travel we like to call ‘grand touring’. But we thought we’d let you know about a couple of recent stories, as we’ve been getting ...

Grantourismo Goes To Sea with Orion Expeditions!

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Grantourismo goes to sea! That's right, we're about to do our first cruise and in a few days will be embarking upon one of those Orion Expeditions to Malaysian Borneo called Secrets of Sabah. We’ve been sharing our experiences here with you from Sydney, where we’ve been for the last eight weeks, and we have ...

The Future of Grantourismo — Where To Next?

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So, what now for us, now that our yearlong grand tour is over? Where are we? What are we doing? And what’s the future hold for Grantourismo? These are some of the questions you’ve been asking us here, in emails and on Twitter. Well, we’re in Bangkok — a steamy, sultry, wet Bangkok at the moment ...

A Grand Tour By Numbers — 365 Days, 34 Places and 723 Meals Cooked

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If you weren’t travelling vicariously with us on the twelve-month grand tour of the globe that we completed, you may be wondering why we’ve been complaining in recent posts of being so tired. Well, we were busy. Very busy. Don’t believe us? Below are some statistics from our yearlong trip. This is a Grand Tour by numbers. ...

Voluntourism: Giving Back As Much As You Take Away

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Most people take a holiday to relax not work, yet giving back to a place, rather than simply taking away — whether it be a bundle of beautiful memories or a suitcase of souvenirs — is the aim of a rising number of travellers, including ourselves. Tagging turtles for a conservation project, being a bear-keeper for a ...

Sustainable Travel — Buying Local Produce and Local Products

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Sustainable travel will be a big focus of our grand tour of the world this year. Whenever we settle into a place we'll be buying local produce and local products wherever we go. We want to inspire you to do the same on your travels. As we’ve travelled the globe over the past few years we’ve ...

Getting It Right — Selecting the Perfect Holiday Rental

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Think back to the last time you had to book a holiday rental for a family reunion or choose a resort for your summer getaway. Remember the hours you spent trawling through photos and descriptions on websites? Flicking through the back page ads in stacks of old Conde Nast Travellers? Multiply that by 26 and ...

Experiential Travel — Exploring More Enriching Ways to Travel

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Experiential travel is about exploring more enriching ways to travel for us — it's about making travel more meaningful and memorable and that's our mission here on Grantourismo and our focus for the year ahead. Experiential travel is a style of travel we've been doing for many years – actively engaging and interacting with locals, and ...

Deconstructing The Dish: Cooking the Quintessential Plates of Places

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One of the goals of our yearlong grand tour of the world, in which we'll focus on slow, local and experiential travel, will be to gather knowledge and experiences — an essential ingredient of the traditional grand tour. My focus will be culinary and learning about local cuisines in The Dish. Deconstructing The Dish: Cooking the Quintessential Plates ...

We’re all going on a Grand Tour!

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There’s no denying the Grand Tour was partly a summer holiday, the grand tourists leaving England, and later America, to travel to The Continent, invariably crossing the Alps to spend some months in the sunshine in Italy – under a parasol of course. But the Grand Tour was about so much more than lazing among ...

Goodbye Hotel Fatigue, Hello Holiday Homes!

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We’ve spent well over a thousand nights in hotels in the last four years we’ve been on the road. Every chance we’ve had we’ve opted to check into apartment rentals and holiday homes instead. Now we're going to be doing that for a year, on our grand tour of the world. If we’ve been researching ...