Tales from our travellers


In honour of World Tourism Day and TTC’s 100th anniversary, we share our favourite stories from guests which remind us why we do what we do.


25th September 2020

Red Carnation Hotels

We set off on our travels with dreams, and return with memories that last a lifetime.

Now, as we near the end of what would have been the 2020 travel season, we have all been through a year like no other. While the global pandemic has resulted in so many delayed travel plans and trips, it has not stopped us from recalling the magic of our past travels – nor dreaming about where we will go in the future.

Over these past months we have heard from many guests who have been flipping through their scrapbooks and photos, reliving those memories, recalling places they’ve visited and people they’ve met through their travels with TTCs brands. That inspired us, in turn, to look through letters, emails, shared comments and postings that have come through on social media, from our guests sharing the stories of their journeys.

This month, in honor of World Tourism Day on September 27 and TTC’s 100th anniversary, we thought it fitting to share a few of those stories from several of the brands in this video and further below – tales and pictures that remind us why we do what we do.

Much as we have missed you this year, we very much look forward to serving you in the coming year – and for generations to come.


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Brett Tollman
Chief Executive – TTC

Our time in Tanzania in the bush and on game drives was spectacular! We saw all five of the big game animals: african elephant, leopard, lion, cape buffalo, and black rhinoceros. Witnessed the wildebeest migration along with herds of zebra, elephants and impalas. Our driver Salim was amazing as he traversed nearly impossible roads because of the rain. He was knowledgeable about flora and fauna as well as spotting animals in the wild. He could identify any creature be it winged or footed.

Because of COVID-19 our visit to Victoria Falls was cancelled due to closed boarders and cancelled return flights. We are most grateful to Meggan and her team at African Travel, Inc., John and Erick, Salim, Mohamed, and Leopard Tours for securing our flights and transfers and getting us to the airport in time!

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Erick went above and beyond, staying at the hotel and sleeping in his car to be sure he learned of any flight changes in a timely manner. We couldn’t possibly say enough to thank all who made sure we arrived home safely – thank you all!

– Cathy and Fred

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From Brendan Vacations – #MyBrendanStory
Adventurous hikes and perfect views. You’ve got to go the Great Glen Way.

– Stephen 

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One of my happiest days yet… Ireland is a country I’ve always dreamt of visiting and I’ve completely fallen for.

– Biankka 

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The Celtic Isles of Ireland and Scotland are home to centuries of myths and legends, and all who visit here write a chapter in our story. What will yours be?

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I have always longed to travel to India but travel on my own terms and see the real India, exploring the paths less traveled. Being a solo traveler, I was a bit apprehensive, but I was so delighted to find Adventure World Travel. Your team listened and gave so much expert advice to create a trip just for me. The boutique hotels I stayed at were so unique and beautiful; and my private guide Ananya was beyond amazing. I will cherish this trip.

– Thelma

Our trip was fantastic! Hands down, the best part was our guide Sheila, she was hilarious, extremely knowledgeable, and really made this trip special for us. It was also very well organized, safe, and hygienic during the Covid-19 pandemic. Highly recommend Evan Evans day tours from London…. 10/10!

– Tim

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Mel was a wonderful tour guide! He was very knowledgeable, witty and just an overall gem! We have booked plenty of tours in other countries and cities we’ve visited but this one was by far the best! Everything ran smoothly, we learned so much about the history of London and beyond and we are super thankful to Evan Evans for providing us with such a lovely time on our first trip to London! We will definitely be recommending to our friends back home!

– Jessica

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Our trip was amazing! We had the best time – all of our accommodations were fantastic and we cannot wait to go back to Africa – I am already planning a tentative time to go back :). Cape Town was great – we visited Table Mountain and the Botanical Gardens. The suggestion to stay in Franschhoek was really appreciated – we loved it so much. It was so beautiful there and all of the wineries were incredible.

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Kapama was an amazing safari experience – we saw the Big 5 (multiple times) and lots of other animals and our guide/tracker went above and beyond for our group. Mozambique was beautiful and Dugong was a perfect relaxing quiet way to end our trip. Thank you for everything! We will definitely contact Lion World when we plan our return trip to Africa!

– Margret

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The trip to Egypt was fantastic! Every aspect was incredible and we really appreciate the time you took to help us put it all together. The accommodations were all first class, the transfers and personal attention from your team was friendly and efficient. Mohammed in Cairo was fantastic and incredibly helpful as was everyone we met from the team. A very well-run organization.

Wa’el, our guide, could not have been better. His knowledge of Egypt, both historical and current, was beyond compare – not to mention he’s also a pretty good iPhone photographer! We trusted him right away once he told us that we had to leave at 6.30am to get to Giza and the Pyramids. We were the first people there and had the incredible experience of being the only people inside the Great Pyramid burial chamber. We even beat the guard who was supposed to be in there! Overall, I’d rate our trip with 5 stars out of 5. This is our second Lion World Travel excursion, we certainly consider ourselves “repeat customers” and will book with you again.

– Ryan and Jess

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Just came back from Beaches and Reefs trip in Australia and would fly back tomorrow if I could! It’s the best time I’ve ever had on a holiday and could not believe how much we did. Our trip manager Jayne was just brilliant, she was so friendly, helpful, and just such a great person to be around! Jayne’s knowledge and history of Oz was just fantastic and just showed how passionate she was about her job. If you want to see as much as you can in Oz in a small amount of time, I would 100% recommend this trip! Thanks, Contiki, for the best holiday of a lifetime – and can’t wait to book again!

– Carla

TTC 100 September

Contiki Asia was the best holiday I have ever had! Amazing places, people, and trip manager! Ole was absolutely fantastic. She was so helpful and lovely and honestly could not do enough for you. She was really informative and clearly knew a lot about the different areas we visited… I also liked that we had a choice of activities such as the elephant sanctuary or the temples. The nightlife in all locations was great and the weather was exceptional every day. It was so amazing to meet like-minded people from all over the world – people I will stay in touch with forever!

– Shea

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