The headlines you need to know before planning your next holiday.

You’ve heard of mystery flights, but what about a mystery cruise?

The destination of Uniworld’s new mystery cruises are a secret right up until their departure. But what guests can be certain of is the level of quality when on board, with everyone on these ‘boats-to -nowhere’ receiving five-star calibre meals, an unlimited selection of spirits and wines, wellness programs and on-board entertainment.

In the weeks prior to departure, passengers also get a series of clues as well as a packing list to prepare. They’ve proved wildly popular so far, with two mystery cruises that went on sale in May, both selling out in less than 24 hours.

Uniworld is now offering the opportunity to be part of a third departure in 2022, with this one only marketed to Australia and New Zealand.

Mystery cruises have proved popular so far.

New ship gives unprecedented access to Arctic waters

The world’s most advanced polar expedition ship is up and running. The National Geographic Endurance is now taking adventurous guests on expeditions around the remote Arctic waters of Iceland and Greenland.

This state-of-the-art vessel has the highest ice class of any purpose-built passenger ship, meaning it can go places others cannot.

Combine this with a relaxing spa, glass-walled gym, yoga studio and the opportunity to sleep under the stars in a top-deck igloo and you’re guaranteed a holiday that will make you the envy of all your mates.

Current departures on Endurance give guests access to Iceland’s extraordinary array of natural wonders, including fjords, geothermal hot springs, thundering waterfalls and volcanoes. There’s also the opportunity to traverse the east coast of Greenland, considered an ‘Arctic savannah’ due to its abundance of polar wildlife.

The Endurance can go places other ships can't.

It’s whatever floats your boat in Costa Rica

Some people are adventurers, others are nature lovers, and some just enjoy exploring the sights and smells of a new city.

Whatever your mode of travel, there’s something for you in Costa Rica, where you can now tailor pre and post-cruise packages with Star Clipper Cruises to get a holiday that’s perfect for you.

Guests on the Star Clipper could choose a couple of nights in the hustle and bustle of San Jose City, or to stay amongst the wildlife and rainforests of Tortuguero National Park. There’s also the chance to get up close and personal with Arenal Volcano.

The first step is to book an adventure on Star Clipper, an elegant cruise that is currently offering departures in 2022 and 2023.

Sunsets in Costa Rica are for everyone, but you can also tailor your trip to suit you.

Unravelling a Middle Eastern mystery

Travel company Explore has been going strong for 40 years but it seems they’re still exploring, having recently added Saudi Arabia to their destinations.

Equal parts adventure, history and culture are to be found in this under the radar travel spot. Guests will traverse ancient trade routes, four-wheel drive over deserts and discover lush valleys and hidden villages. A highlight is navigating Jeddah’s twisting alleyways and an overnight desert camp stay in this new 12 day adventure.

Saudi Arabia is a safe place to visit both in a group, or as a solo traveller of either sex, although an awareness of local cultural expectations is a good idea.

Explore has two departures of Explore the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia available in 2021 and 2022.

Al Ula desert.

Make your own travel brochure

If you’ve ever been unable to decide between two amazing looking travel brochures, we’ve got some good news for you. AAT Kings are now enabling guests to create their own customised brochure, making it easy for you to custom design your own perfect trip.

Everyone’s got their idea of what makes a perfect trip, be it cold beers in outback pubs, or hikes through ancient canyons. AAT’s website has an interactive, build-it-yourself program, which allows you to click and drag the experiences you most like the sound of into your own personalised brochure.

There’s plenty to see in Australia from top to the bottom, so if you’re tossing up between an Outback Adventure or Outback Safari, or can't decide whether a trip to the Top End or Tasmania is next, this is for you.

Champagne in the outback.

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