Travel blog

8 Top Tips for Your First Trip to Southeast Asia



With ancient temples, ultra-modern cities and glorious beaches, Southeast Asia is home to some of the world’s richest cultures. With so much to see and do in this fast-paced region, how do you decide? What do you need to know to stay safe and make the most of your time? Here are some tips and recommendations to help you plan, pack for, and maximize your enjoyment on your first journey to Southeast Asia:




Read More

Topics: Asia


5 Must-Eat Foods around the World



Nothing allows you to embrace the open-minded spirit of travel—the willingness to risk and to experience something entirely new, unexpected, and potentially spectacular—like trying local foods. When you step off a long flight, do you seek out burgers and fries? Or do you embrace the culture and take a big bite of adventure?

Many of our tours allow YMT guests to delight in the delicious food offerings of new and exciting destinations. Here are some of the best dishes to try in the places that made them famous:




Read More

Topics: Travel Tips, France, Asia, Hawaii, Italy, Spain


Best Destinations in the World to Visit



When readers of Travel + Leisure ranked the World’s Best Awards for 2018, several YMT Vacations destinations topped the list. From culinary hot spots to old-world villages and cosmopolitan cities, there’s plenty to choose from. Take a look at these winning destinations sure to make your bucket list, and inspire some serious wanderlust:




Read More

Topics: Travel Tips, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Americas


A Trip for Every Mother



Mothers come in all shapes, sizes, and personalities. Some express their love quietly, while others shout it out for everyone to hear. All of them love us, and on Mother’s Day, we get to remind them we love them right back. 

This Mother’s Day, why confine yourself to gifts of flowers and brunch? Show the mom in our life you really care by giving her the trip of a lifetime. Perhaps she’d like a romantic cruise for two, or maybe a land adventure. It all depends on what type of mom you have.

While we can’t say for sure which trip your mom would like best, we do know a little about what certain types of moms like. So, here’s a list of the most common moms we see on our tours, and the type of tours we most often see them on.




Read More

Topics: Americas, Europe, US National Parks, River Cruises, History, Balloon Fiesta, Rose Parade, Hawaii, Asia, Alaska, New England/Canada


The dos and don’ts of dining in Asia




For those of us whose bags are always packed, travel can mean a sophisticated European capital one month, and the wild backcountry of a National Park the next. As we get set to roam the world, knowing and honoring the customs of each place we visit is crucial, especially when it comes to how we eat. Let’s take a close look at the dining etiquette of several of Asian countries—pull up a seat at the table and enjoy!




Read More

Topics: Asia


Tea Time - The Japanese Tea Ceremony



Matcha, or green tea, is not what most Westerners think of as the regular “cuppa.” Matcha is thick, grainy and somewhat resembles pea soup. Chanoyu, or the way of tea, is the Japanese ceremony that celebrates this unusual drink. Far from simply pouring a cup of tea, the heavily symbolic ceremony requires years of training to perfect its ritualistic movements and prescribed order. Here’s why you’ll want to be sure to “take time for tea” on your upcoming travels to Japan.




Read More

Topics: Asia


Grab the Broom, Hang the Lanterns and Put Away the Knives...it’s Chinese New Year




It’s that time of year when red lanterns fill the sky and mandarin oranges spill from produce stands. Of all the traditional Chinese celebrations, Chinese New Year is the most anticipated of them all. Throughout the world people gather -- not only to welcome another year but to congratulate each other on having passed through the old one.





Read More

Topics: Asia


The View from the River: China’s Yangtze River Cruise




The port city of Shibaozhai is not unlike other villages in today’s China. Small and remote, it was once a town of farmers and fishers; now the people rely on selling miniature glass dragons and stuffed panda bears to propel their economy toward the future. When YMT Vacations Travel Consultant Joshua Reggiani first visited this town along the Yangtze River he was surprised at its many contradictions. Bustling trinket shops and modern commercial buildings lined crowded streets that snaked their way toward the area’s most famous destination, the Red Pagoda, but just in the periphery of all this progress an old lady sat hunched over a back hoe tilling a field.





Read More

Topics: Asia


Exploring Shanghai’s French Concession




In a city of 20 million residents, there is always noise. Horns blare and subway car doors slam shut on the world’s longest metro system as jack hammers pound out the soundtrack for the growth of a skyline that continues to rise. But below the cacophony and bright lights, in the shadow of the 6,000 high-rises that race each other toward the sun, there is another Shanghai -- the Former French Concession.




Read More

Topics: Asia, History


Top 10 Travel Tips for The Great Wall of China




It is said that the Great Wall of China is the only manmade structure that can be seen from the moon. Built over two millennia, The Long Wall of Ten Thousand Li was a defense against the marauding Huns to the north. Initially, the wall was a series of individual sections until the empire was unified in 221 B.C. and it was linked to create a serpentine wall that spans some 3,750 miles. Across mountains and valleys this wonder of the world is an engineering marvel and a bucket-list UNESCO World Heritage Site that demands to be seen. Here are some tips you may find helpful in your exploration of the Great Wall of China:




Read More

Topics: Asia, Travel Tips, Planning a Vacation