Big Five President Shares His Top 2019 Destinations, Trends

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Ashish Sanghrajka, the president of luxury adventure travel company Big Five Tours & Expeditions, revealed his predictions and recommendations for the next year of travel.

In Africa, Sanghrajka recommended travelers keep an eye on Uganda and Egypt. Travelers headed to Uganda can go gorilla trekking for less, with the price of trekking permits costing $600, half the price of Rwanda’s. With continual stability in Egypt, the iconic destination is increasingly bringing back travelers. Tourism’s share of the GDP rose from seven percent to 11 percent from 2016 to 2017 and is expected to have reached 14 percent in 2018.

Sanghrajka highlighted Brazil and Colombia in South America. Earlier this year, Brazil eased the visa process from citizens of the United States, Canada, Australia and Japan by allowing them to submit an electronic application. Colombia is now emerging as a tourist destination, with travelers headed to Cartagena, Bogota, San Agustin and Popayan.

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Big Five’s president also mentioned growing culinary travel opportunities in Japan. Foodies can take a Yakatori street food tour in Tokyo or head to Fukuoka to tour the area’s ramen noodle stalls. In Australia, Sanghrajka highlighted Tasmania, Brisbane and Western Australia as emerging destinations.

Finally, he emphasized the growing popularity of cross-generational travel. Since 2010, kids aged five to 20 have grown from five to twenty percent of total travelers. On the other end of the spectrum, grandparents now account for 37 percent of travelers.

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