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2018 Go Ahead Tours Holiday Gift Guide

Need travel presents to impress the adventurers in your life? We tapped our globetrotting team to share their favorite travel gear to fill this year’s gift guide. See our picks for every jetsetter on your list!

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Unique hotels you’ll only find on tour

Our experts take care of all the details—including hand-picking (and testing out!) top accommodations. Check out some of the unique properties you can check in to on our small group tours.

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How to choose the Adventure Tour that’s right for you

Check out all the can't-miss experiences to try on our small group Adventure Tours.

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The future of travel: What to expect on your next trip

Hear from President Heidi Durflinger and more expert Go Ahead staffers, who answered your top questions about what group travel will look like in 2021 and beyond.

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2021 travel trends: The rise of solo travel

Get the inside scoop on the rise of solo travel, some solo travel statistics, and a peek at the solo travel trends.

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7 top travel trends for 2021 to know about

We’ve tapped into some of the 2021 travel trends we’re seeing to help you make your future travel plans.

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Ask our expert: How Go Ahead is getting ready for the future of travel

We asked our Manager of On-Tour Support Alaina, who has headed up our COVID-19 response and on-tour safety updates, to tell us more about the future of travel and what Go Ahead Tours is doing to get ready for it.

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Everything you need to know about wellness travel

If you’ve seen or heard the term “wellness travel” popping up almost everywhere, you’re not alone. Find out what it means and how you can set out on your own wellness journey.

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Links we love: Inspiring travel stories & more

This month in travel inspo: Responsible travel trips, where you can find airport yoga, and spots solo travelers will love.

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All aboard for our new Switzerland tour!

One of the best parts of train travel is getting up close to the scenery—and on our new tour Switzerland by Train: Lucerne to Zurich, that scenery is the Alps, which makes for one incredible ride.

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2020 travel trends to look forward to

What travel trends are influencing jetsetters in 2020? Check out our list to see the exciting new things on our radar, and how you can incorporate them into your future travel plans.

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Links we love: December

Here’s a round-up of what we've been reading, watching, and loving in travel this month.

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An exclusive new trip to the Tour de France

The Tour de France is widely considered the most prestigious bike race in the world, and this year you could have a front-row seat on our brand-new tour—Tour de France 2020: Provence to Paris Bike Tour.

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2019 Gift Guide: The best experience gifts

For this year’s gift guide, we thought we’d do something a little different. Instead of recommending things, we asked around for everyone’s favorite experiences to share with loved ones.

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Meet our new Ambassadors!

Meet the 12 lucky travelers who will be sharing their adventures and helping open the world with us as part of our brand-new Ambassador program.

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Links we love: November

See what we're loving in travel this month.

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Cooking up adventure with America’s Test Kitchen

Few things get us as excited as trying—and learning about—all the local flavors of a destination. So we’re ecstatic to have paired up with America’s Test Kitchen to celebrate Italy’s culinary traditions on a once-in-a-lifetime tour.

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Links we love: October

See what we're loving in travel this month.

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3 responsible travel experiences on tour

Responsible travel is all about ensuring a brighter future in the places we go all over the world. Check out a few on-tour activities we offer that give you the chance to travel more responsibly.

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Taking a stand against elephant cruelty

We travel to visit the sites, taste the flavors, meet the locals, learn the culture—and sometimes, see the animals. EF is relentlessly committed to respecting and promoting animal welfare as we help our customers experience the world.

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A Heritage Tour + the Today Show = one unforgettable trip!

Find out what a father-son duo discovered when they set off on a Go Ahead Heritage Tour of Sicily with the Today Show in tow!

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Travel on TV: Game of Thrones

We’re spotlighting some of the shows and movies we’re loving—and traveling vicariously through. Here, learn how you can visit Game of Thrones’ world of Westeros in real-life.

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Our team’s travel resolutions for 2019

When it comes to making resolutions for the new year, it’s no surprise that our team has some big travel goals. Check out what Go Ahead Tours staffers are dreaming up for 2019 and get inspired for the year ahead!

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Hygge: The Danish way of life

Have you heard of hygge? This one little word, pronounced hoo-gah, sums up a key element of Danish culture, and it’s not easy to translate. Find out more about hygge and why you don’t have to travel to Denmark to experience it.

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We are EF Go Ahead Tours

EF Education First has always been who we are, and now it’s a part of our logo, too. Read on to find out more about our story.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Presents inspired by Peru

Whether someone wants to hike up to Machu Picchu or simply mix up a Pisco sour, these presents will get them dreaming of a journey to the land of the ancient Inca.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Presents inspired by Paris

Is a visit to the City of Light on the horizon? Gifts that call the French capital’s renowned fashion, food, and romance to mind are must-haves this holiday season.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Presents inspired by the Amalfi Coast

Limoncello, locally sourced olive oil, colorful ceramics—we’ve rounded up gifts that sing an ode to sunny days on Italy’s breathtaking coast.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Presents inspired by Japan

From sushi and sake to block prints and stylish gadgets, these gifts inspired by Japanese creations are sure to spark an interest in the Land of the Rising Sun.

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What makes Buenos Aires “The Paris of South America”

Buenos Aires has been nicknamed “The Paris of South America.” Here are four reasons why the Argentine capital is a must-visit, and why it’s so often compared to the City of Light.

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AncestryProGenealogist® Q&A: Tracing heritage on tour

Travel is especially meaningful when it helps you connect with your heritage. Find out more about our brand-new portfolio of Europe tours created with Ancestry®, the go-to resource for people looking to explore their family story.

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How to DIY a travel-themed shadow box

A step-by-step guide to decorating a shadow box that will display your favorite travel memories.

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Travel on TV: Filming sites featured in Netflix's The Crown

Learn how you can jet off to London right from your living room with the Netflix hit series The Crown.

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Debunking group travel stereotypes

Here are some of the common stereotypes we tend to hear about group travel and what makes a Go Ahead tour so different.

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Lending a helping hand in Costa Rica

On a recent departure of our Costa Rica tour that was impacted by a hurricane, the group chose to turn it into an opportunity for giving back.

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Filming locations of Downton Abbey to visit in London

Five-time traveler Gail shares what she learned about planning a trip to visit the filming locations of Downton Abbey in her free time in England.

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Our staff list of must-visit museums

This International Museum Day, we’re recognizing all the amazing museums around the world. Whether you have an eye for contemporary artwork or love to step back into history, there’s no shortage of opportunities to see what interests you. Here are some of our staff’s favorite galleries.

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6 superstitious beliefs from around the globe

Friday the 13th has always been considered unlucky–but here we take a look at six other superstitious beliefs from around the world.

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Everything you wanted to know about Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is almost legendary in the United States, where we celebrate by drinking margaritas and enjoying chips, salsa and burritos with abandon. But what is Cinco de Mayo really about? Here’s everything you need to know about the holiday.

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Top 4 Green Cities to Visit

With Earth Day just around the corner, we wanted to give a shout out to some of our favorite green destinations. Whether it’s a great bike trail, beautiful park, environmentally-minded residents (or all three!), see what makes these cities the best places to go green around the globe.

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The latest travel innovations

After years of classified research in collaboration with the departments of Theoretical Physics at two of Boston’s top universities, we are excited to announce our brand new portfolio of Go Ahead Time Travel Tours.

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Introducing our September free tour winner

This September, we wanted to honor the special on-tour moments that epitomize what travel is all about—and Scott’s entry about the impact meeting locals has on your travel experience had us nodding our heads in agreement.

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Get inspired: Our favorite travel books

One of our favorite ways to get inspired for our next trip is by reading a great book—plus, a good read makes a great companion on long plane rides! We asked around for a list of our team’s favorite books for getting inspired to travel.

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Money talk: A history of the euro

Wondering about the shared currency of the European Union? Get the scoop here.

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What our Right Size Advantage means

Wondering what our Right Size Advantage is all about? Smaller tour groups! Here, an interview with one of the innovators behind the Right Size Advantage.

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Clovers, pennies & bamboo: Lucky traditions around the world

St. Patrick’s Day this month brings to mind the legendary luck of the Irish—though the phrase may actually have roots more American than Irish. This insight got us thinking: Why are certain charms and customs considered lucky in different cultures?

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Photo of the Day: Annecy Island – Annecy, France

Check out this beautiful photo shared by one of our travelers from Annecy, France!

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Valentine’s Day favorites from all over the world

While it’s the shortest month of the year, February still holds a lot of love for cultures all over the globe. The key to our heart? Traveling the world, of course.

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Behind our catalog cover shot

For our first catalog of 2014, the cover photo decision was much more difficult—so many amazing images were pouring in from our on-tour photographer Jimmy de Bock.

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