The travel world is in a state of constant flux, and modern travel trends include slow travel, multigenerational trips and escorted trips that offer travelers the chance to authentically connect with a destination.
Whether cruising around the world, digging into your family history or RV camping across the United States, these forms of travel let you dig deeper and stay longer, often with better value for your travel budget.
We asked our readers to vote for their favorites across six different travel categories, and the results are in.
Click on each category below to see the full list of winners:
Best Ancestry Tour Company: European Focus
Travelers can visit their ancestral homes in Europe through European Focus private tours — Photo courtesy of European Focus
European Focus offers customized private tours throughout Europe, taking guests to the places their ancestors would have frequented in their daily lives. Those who’d rather not spend a lot of time planning can opt for a Favorite Tour to destinations like Ireland, Italy, France, England or Spain.
Best Educational Tour Company: Road Scholar
Winning company specializes in learning adventures around the globe — Photo courtesy of Road Scholar
Whatever you’re interested in, Road Scholar has a learning adventure suited to that interest. Some of the most popular itineraries might take you cross-country skiing through rural Vermont, hiking through the cloud forests of Costa Rica, learning about Pueblo heritage in the American Southwest or dancing your way through the music halls of Tennessee.
Best Group Tour Company: Trafalgar
Travelers can choose from 300 departures across the globe with Trafalgar — Photo courtesy of Trafalgar
Trafalgar ranks as one of the world’s most awarded travel companies, offering 300 trips across all seven continents. Be My Guest experiences create authentic connections between travelers and the destinations they’re exploring, while local guides help reveal each destination through local eyes.
Best Long-Term Cruise: Viking Ultimate World Cruise
Winning cruise visits 53 countries in 245 days — Photo courtesy of Viking Ocean Cruises
During a Viking Ultimate World Cruise aboard Viking Sun, cruisers visit 53 countries and take 111 guided tours in 245 days. Overnights in 23 destinations offers a more immersive travel experience.
Best Luxury RV Resort: Motorcoach Country Club in Indio, California
This Palm Springs RV park offers amenities of a 5-star resort — Photo courtesy of Motorcoach Country Club
The Motorcoach Country Club in the Palm Springs area features scenic beauty and the amenities of a five-star resort. Regular activities and events, like bocce ball tournaments, crafting corners, billiards nights and golf outings, keep the community active and engaged.
Best RV Park / Campground: Campground at James Island County Park
This campground outside Charleston wins with its lineup of amenities — Photo courtesy of Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission
Just a short drive from Charleston, South Carolina, this county park campground offers access to 643 acres of natural beauty. Sites feature full hookups, fire rings and picnic tables, and other amenities include laundry facilities, ceramic bathhouses, free Wi-Fi and an activity center. Shuttle service makes it easy to get to Charleston for the day.
Congratulations to all our travel winners!