We get asked quite often “what’s your favorite destination?”. When we respond with “it’s like trying to choose a favorite child!” it’s really not in an effort to avoid the question or keep any of our destinations from feeling jealous – it’s the truth! All 5 of our current destinations (Thailand, Greece, Costa Rica, Peru, and Spain) have been chosen because we genuinely love them ourselves and are excited when we can share them with our travelers. I’ll try to explain a little bit about what why all of our destinations have a place in our heart.
When we first started Detours in 2012 we actually only offered trips to Thailand! It was the ideal place to start something that was to be built on sharing our favorite places in the world, and a place with a real personal connection. Although I had lived in a few countries prior to arriving in Thailand in January 2005, it was the first place where I was able to learn a completely new culture, new language and really understand these at a deep level. Now over 10 years later, it’s still a place that I get excited about sharing with people, from the physical beauty of the landscape to the beautiful culture that surrounds visitors.
Costa Rica quickly became Detours’ second destination and to anyone who has been it’s easy to see why! If you haven’t been, it’ll only take the first monkey jumping out of the tree beside you, the first cascading waterfall you shower under, or the first sip of wine while soaking in a hot springs pool in the jungle before you’ll learn for yourself. The natural beauty of Costa Rica cannot be missed, and that’s why we love to immerse ourselves in it. Our private villa has the luxuries of a private chef to keep us fed, our volcano-side bungalows feed that adventure craving, and our cliff-side oceanview rooms give us the vistas that keep us from ever putting our cameras away.
As our third destination, Greece had a lot to live up to when we launched our inaugural trip in June of 2014 and it has not disappointed. Where else can you start a trip with ruins of past civilizations, follow that by spending 3 days exploring a stunning island on a private ATV, then sail around the caldera of an extinct volcano at sunset, and finally head over to the gay Mecca of Mykonos for the jet-setting life of a famously gay island as the cherry on the top of the trip?
The thing about our fourth addition to Detours that really blows us away is the diversity of Peru! Of course Machu Picchu is iconic Peru and is an unforgettable sight to behold. But Peru definitely doesn’t start and end with Machu Picchu. Our travelers are always surprised when we go out on a boat to check out penguins in the Ballestas Islands, or when we jump in buggies to climb giant sand dunes for a landscape that takes our breath away. The food, diversity, unique culture, and jaw-dropping views all contribute to our love of Peru.
Spain is the latest addition to our roster, and is patiently waiting until 2016 to start proving itself to our travelers. It already hooked us long ago with both Dan and I both spending lots of time all over the country continually finding new ways to love it. To the horror of my family at home, I keep telling people that I could live here, but how could you not want to live here?! Our trip stops in the province of Andalucia show off traditional Spain with fortresses, flamenco dancing, and bull fighting, while our stops in Catalonia give us the “siestas and fiestas” coastal atmosphere that it’s famous for.
Whichever destination you’re joining us on next, we are excited to introduce you to these places we love and have no doubt you’ll fall in love with them too.