As you might imagine, I log a lot miles on the road and in the air every year. People always ask me about my favorite places. Here is the answer. In my travels, I am always on the lookout for what’s new, innovative, and cutting-edge. Yet, I am consistently surprised when I run up against the ordinary in the travel industry.  And, that is too often the case… the same old stuff – the same sights, the same activities and the same routings.  I found this in Australia, China and Chile, just to name a few.  At times, there seems to be little difference between private tours and the masses of buses in that they are all headed to exactly the same places.

Indeed, probably 95% of travelers are still being funneled into the same molds, whether they are private clients or mass market. At Big Five, we have deliberately chosen to look after the 5% who share our philosophy, where the most valued asset has nothing to do with price.  Of course, there are classic sights that will nearly always be included. After all, who would go to Egypt the first time and not visit the great pyramids of Giza? But there can still be distinctiveness and originality in how they are seen. That is our intellectual property, where creativity, originality and outside-the-box thinking are the rule and not the exception. This is ingrained in our entire Big Five team, which means that we look deeper and farther afield to give you something more.  Our aim is to present you with journeys that are worth taking!

With President’s Pick, I wanted to take that a step further, to share adventures that I am personally passionate about, tours that have touched me in some way and where I have seen a serious need to not merely think outside the box, but to destroy the box. I have never been one to follow, and I always aim to make a positive difference in every one of our destinations.  Please enjoy my personal picks, and let us help you plan yours.

Sincerely,

Ashish Sanghrajka

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President’s Pick Africa Quest for Giants

From $2500 per person per day, land only, double occupancy | 16 Days

“Who says East and South must be separated? Who says a safari must follow conventional routing? Clearly the memo about...

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President’s Pick Indonesia Unknown

From $700 per person per day, land only, double occupancy | 13 Days

“Indonesia calls up images of adventure and the unknown.  It represents what remains undiscovered and mysterious in our world. Peel...

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President’s Pick Myanmar & Laos with Chiang Saen, Thailand

From $650 per person per day, land only, double occupancy | 18 Days

“Discovering the undiscovered is our challenge. Exploring Asia’s history never stops. We cannot stop after we explore the ultimate pagoda...

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President’s Pick Africa South

From $1500 per person per day, land only, double occupancy | 14 Days

Explore lovely Cape Town with compelling mix of modern energy and old-world elegance. Travel up the famous Table Mountain and visit Bo Kaap...

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President’s Pick Heritage Journey in Time & Place

From $1000 per person per day, land only, double occupancy | 30 Days

“When we talk about the cradle of civilization, we normally talk about countries, what if we talked about two rivers...

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President’s Pick Namibia Damaraland to the Dunes

From $2200 per person per day, land only, double occupancy | 13 Days

“This adventure delves into Namibia’s exciting emerging art scene and you meet artists who will show you the country through their...

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President’s Pick India Ghats, the Ganges & Leopards

From $950 per person per day, land only, double occupancy | 18 Days

“When you see a regular India itinerary, it usually encompasses the same cities and sites repeatedly. You only get to...

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President’s Pick Tanzania & Kenya The Wild Walk

From $3,000 per person per day, land only, double occupancy | 10 Days

“There are plenty of safaris, then there are world-class, once-in-a-lifetime experiences. When your stay is so singularly focused on the...

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President’s Pick Japan Cityscapes & Sacred Trails

From $950 per person per day, land only, double occupancy | 14 Days

“When most people think of Japan, what comes to mind the most are images of shrines and the Geisha. Yet,...

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President’s Pick Colombia In the Heart of It

From $700 per person per day, land only, double occupancy | 10 Days

“You know that feeling you have after doing something so amazing that you want to tell the world about It,...

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President’s Pick On the Trail of Primates

From $1100 per person per day, land only, double occupancy | 18 Days

“Imagine two incredible days trekking the wild jungle heart of Uganda in search of the rare and endangered mountain gorilla....

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President’s Pick An Adventurer’s Chile

From $700 per person per day, land only, double occupancy | 13 Days

“Chile Is a fascinating country. Its sheer size runs like a long finger down the west coast of South America....

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