Author Archive for Christopher Hill

Christopher Hill is the Founder of both Hands Up Holidays and Impact Destinations. Hands Up Holidays specialises in sustainable luxury family trips that help kids appreciate how fortunate they are and inspire them to become future leaders by blending curated sightseeing with meaningful volunteering opportunities. For example, in Zambia, experience Victoria Falls, white-water rafting, safari, and help build a home for a widow and her children. Impact Destinations provides ultra-luxe sustainable trips that leave a legacy: a traveller’s philanthropic donation unlocks a unique experience. For example, whilst on safari in South Africa, fund and witness a rhino relocation from a heavily poached reserve to a safe one in Botswana. Christopher’s companies offer over 30 destinations worldwide and personally oversees every client’s trip.

Where can Americans travel to in May?

Where can Americans travel to in May?

Travel is back! ‘Flights’ is one of the most searched for terms on Google, and especially if you have been vaccinated, you may want to start turning those pent-up travel dreams into reality. The following destinations will let you in without testing if you are fully vaccinated: Belize Croatia Ecuador Georgia Iceland Seychelles In further […]

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Where can Americans travel to in April?

Update: the vaccines are working! People are booking trips again – do you want to be part of this? Depending on your individual circumstances, the time may be right for you, before places get overrun again. Whilst Americans can’t yet travel to as many destinations as in 2019, and you must exercise your judgment, you […]

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Where can Americans travel to in March?

Good news! Our prospects for traveling more extensively and safely are steadily improving, and this New York Times article makes the point that all five vaccines have eliminated Covid deaths, and are reducing Covid to the status of a mild flu. I am excited, and no doubt you are too. Whilst restrictions on where Americans […]

Where can Americans travel to in February?

Where can Americans travel to in February?

We have reason for optimism that 2021 will be far better than 2020, what with vaccinations being rolled out across America, and of course a new President taking office, who appears determined to get on top of Covid. This is clearly exciting, and good news for all, especially those keen to travel again. Whilst there […]

Where can Brits travel to in January?

Where can Brits travel to in January?

Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is rolling out in the UK, which is positive, and good news for those eager to travel. In the meantime, there are still restrictions on where Brits can travel to in January.  But with January having some of the lowest temperatures in the UK, you may have a hankering to get out […]

Where can Americans travel to in January?

Where can Americans travel to in January?

Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine has cleared its latest hurdle, with the FDA approving the vaccine for emergency use. This is clearly exciting, and good news for those eager to travel again. In the meantime, there are still restrictions on where Americans can travel.  With January having amongst the lowest temperatures, you may have a hankering to […]

Where can Americans travel to in December?

Where can Americans travel to in December?

The big buzz right now surrounds Pfizer’s potential COVID-19 vaccine and hopes that it will prove effective and we can return to some semblance of travel normalcy. We await further updates with regards to how this is progressing, and in the meantime, there are still restrictions on where Americans can travel.  With the holiday season […]

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Where can Americans travel to in November?

The election may be over, but clearly, Covid-19 is not, so there are still restrictions on where Americans can travel.  And with Thanksgiving this month, you may have a hankering to get out and explore (and make a difference helping those less fortunate). But before you start packing your bags, it is important to ask […]

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How to finish this dreadful year well

2020 has been almost universally challenging for us all, and now we are coming into the holiday season, traditionally a time of caring for those who are having it even tougher than us. I think this is even more important this year, especially for those in the developing world who, in addition to COVID-19, face […]

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Where can Americans travel to in October?

Thanks to COVID-19 being not yet under control in the US, the number of countries offering visa-free access to Americans has decreased markedly to about 40 countries, and several of these have restrictions. But before you start packing your bags, it is important to ask if you should travel. This is a personal judgment call, […]

Experience pura vida - Costa Rica is open

Experience pura vida – Costa Rica is open

Costa Rica is one of the world’s great destinations – it has so much to offer, from volcanoes to rainforest, wildlife to snorkeling, whitewater rafting to zip lining, and the finest eco-luxury accommodation to relax in. Like many parts of the world, Costa Rica closed its borders to visitors, but the good news is that […]

Rwanda is open for visitors - explore it in eco-luxury!

Rwanda is open for visitors – explore it in eco-luxury!

Rwanda has adopted a tourism strategy that safeguards its attractions for the long-term: deliberately restricting visitor numbers and focusing on the high-end traveler. I love this approach, as it fosters sustainability. Moreover, you can make a difference in Rwanda, even as a family. Rwanda has experienced an influx of new eco-luxury properties: One & Only […]

Europe's out; where to for American travelers?

Europe’s out; where to for American travelers?

The EU has just announced that US citizens cannot yet enter Europe, so where can Americans travel this Summer? Here are some locations currently (or soon to be) accepting Americans, along with ideas for how to make a luxury trip there meaningful and fulfilling: 1. Mexico *Important Note: The reopening of tourism activities is dependent […]

Explore the USA this Summer... and make a difference

Explore the USA this Summer… and make a difference

Especially for those of you who live in the US, this is a great time to explore the US and discover the wonders in store. (Even if you live in the UK or elsewhere, the US is still a good option, if you can accept a quarantine period when you return home). In a post-lockdown […]

Earth's top 5 eco-luxury places to stay

Earth’s top 5 eco-luxury places to stay

Further to my last post about travelling sustainably when we can travel again, this post highlights my Top 5 favourite accommodation providers that take sustainability seriously, both in their design and construction, and their daily practices. Kasiiya Tented Camp, Costa Rica The latest eco-luxe camp in the Americas, the forest and wildlife have top priority […]

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Top tips for responsible travel in a post-virus world

When we emerge from the COVID-19 lockdowns and start to travel again, it is important to do so in a responsible way. We have already seen the positive environmental effects of the virus: fish visible in Venice’s canals, air quality improvements in major cities, much less waste… not to mention the sharp fall in CO₂ […]