Traveling like a royal may seem like a far reach for a commoner – that is, until you realize that certain members of the British royal family fly on commercial airlines to shave a little bit off their enormous travel budget. Talk about down-to-earth!
Frequent travel is part of the job description when you’re a full-time working royal. Not every trip is all fun and games – in fact, many tours have such tight schedules jam-packed with activities that there’s little time for lounging on the beach and getting some sun. Still, there is something undeniably glamorous about jetting off to exotic locales, even if it is technically part of your job description.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s first royal tour announcement has sparked a newfound interest in traveling to places like Sydney, South Wales, Melbourne, and New Zealand. Want to create a royally exciting dream vacation of your own? Read on to see just how to do it.
If you’re traveling solo…
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are embarking on their royal tour of Australia together, but that doesn’t mean you need to find a partner if you want to follow in their glamorous footsteps. In fact, the trip options for single travelers are even broader since you’ll only have to spend half as much money and you won’t have to negotiate any aspects of the itinerary. You can do whatever you want.
If you’re a single person between the ages of 18 and 35, you can potentially find your soul mate with Contiki’s two-week Beaches and Reefs social travel experience, which visits all the sites the royal couple will likely go.
This tour starts in Sydney and heads north along the sun-soaked Australian coast of New South Wales with stops in Byron Bay, Surfer’s Paradise, and Fraser’s Island. The trip includes perks such as sleeping at a working cattle camp, wildlife tours, snorkeling along the Great Barrier Reef, and more. The entire experience with lodging, air-conditioned transport, and most meals starts at around $2,313.
If you’re planning a romantic escape…
Just watching Prince Harry gaze into his new bride’s eyes is enough to make any couple want to run off to the nearest romantic destination and rekindle their love connection. Be just like these two royal lovebirds with Trafalgar’s New Zealand Splendour vacation.
The trip takes a jaunt through the capital city of Wellington with an exclusive guided tour through Te Papa Museum of New Zealand to Rotorua. You’ll enjoy a full-scale pampering experience at Polynesian Spa or a tour of the Tamaki Maori Village and Auckland boat ride through the glowing luminescent walls of the Glow Worm Grotto of Waitomo and a walk in the limestone caves. View once-in-a-lifetime sites like stunning glaciers and alpine peaks along the way. The entire trip includes 14 nights accommodations, 26 meals, trip transport, and daily tours for $4,455 per person.
Even if you leave at exactly the same time as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, you probably won’t bump into them on your vacation. Still, you can feel as perfectly pampered as a member of the royal family when you indulge in an exciting, royal family inspired vacation to Australia or New Zealand. Your only potential regret? That you didn’t think of this sooner.