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.

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Eco-luxury Earth Day

Earth Day was April 22, and the theme this year is 'invest in our planet'. I encourage you to do that by investing in eco-luxury accommodation on your next trip.
Safari and service - the perfect combination for families

Safari and service - the perfect combination for families

Unless you are focused on seeing the likes of tigers, pumas, jaguars, bears, or wolves, Africa is by far the best region for wildlife safaris.
Luxury family volunteer vacation Kenya

Meaningful luxury family holidays for the Summer of 2022

Amidst a global pandemic and regional war, life is difficult for many, and my heart goes out to those directly affected. It may seem strange to think about a holiday in this context, but sometimes, we need to get away from the stress and recharge to emerge stronger. A luxury family holiday that includes a
Luxury travel trends for 2022

Luxury travel trends for 2022

Although the effects of COVID-19 are still rumbling along in 2022, travel restrictions are loosening, and travel-lust is finally seeing some rebound. Our research demonstrates that in 2022 luxury travellers are seeking greater sustainability, connection and desire to support the local communities, precisely those who have suffered the most from COVID. Discover the top trends
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Doing good in 2022

Happy New Year! If 2021 was the year when travel got back on its feet, here’s to 2022 being the year that travel runs again. My encouragement to you is to remember the ‘forgotten victims’ of COVID – those communities dependent on tourism who have lost their livelihoods and become unable to provide for their
Luxury volunteer vacation Costa Rica

Making the holidays meaningful

Thanksgiving has been and gone, and the holiday season is almost upon us again. For many of us, 2021 was better than 2020, but still not a stellar year, and with Omicron, the next few weeks may be tough – my heart goes out to those in Southern Africa, and to all who have lost
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Where can Americans travel for the holidays?

As life adapts to the new normal in this brave new world, vaccinated travelers can get out and explore this Holiday Season – the perfect time to make a difference for those less fortunate. However, even if you are vaccinated, you do need to have a negative PCR test taken no less than 72 hours
Why give back on a luxury holiday?

Why give back on a luxury holiday?

Volunteering on a luxury holiday? Sounds like an oxymoron? Whilst the majority of overseas volunteer trips are geared around GAP year students who are OK with basic accommodation, they don’t need to have all the fun. It makes perfect sense that, if you have worked hard during the day, you have more than earned a
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2021's best eco-luxury hotels

Sustainable travel will ensure the destinations we cherish will be around for future generations. Sustainable luxury tourism applies to using local guides, using energy-efficient transport, dining at restaurants that source organic and local produce, and of course eco-luxury accommodation. Amid a pandemic and ongoing environmental issues such as global warming, travel is increasingly important, and
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Top tips for travelling with kids

Traveling with kids is fun, and is my passion, but it certainly has its challenges. It’s important to stay cool and it surely pays to know what to do make things go smoothly. Here are my top tips for helping ensure that your family trips are memorable and fulfilling. 1. Choose a hotel suite or
Safari with kids in 2021?

Safari with kids in 2021?

Can you go on an African safari with your kids? Yes! In 2021, with Covid? Yes! This is your best chance to observe wildlife with far fewer tourists jostling for prime viewing positions in safari jeeps. The best months to go are from now to September. Malaria is an obvious concern, more so than Covid
Luxury family volunteer vacation Kenya

Now is the time for Africa

In many respects, 2021 is the best opportunity to travel to Africa and go on a safari. Here’s why: Covid has dramatically lowered the number of people traveling so if you go now, you can have the place with far fewer other guests This is particularly exciting for the Wildebeest Migration in Kenya and Tanzania
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Where can Americans travel this Summer?

Are you traveling yet? Have you been vaccinated? This Summer is looking set to be a much-needed boon for destinations reliant on tourism. Our hearts ache for what is happening in India, but fortunately, there are other parts of the world where you can travel to safely. You can travel to the following countries without
Luxury family volunteer vacation Namibia

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