Top 10 Luxury Trips of a Lifetime

World cruise tops Virtuoso’s annual “Travel Dreams” survey By: Deanna Ting
Sailing on a world cruise was the number-one trip of a lifetime among luxury travel readers of Virtuoso Life magazine. The Crystal Serenity (shown...
Sailing on a world cruise was the number-one trip of a lifetime among luxury travel readers of Virtuoso Life magazine. The Crystal Serenity (shown here) will sail a full 110-day world Grand Exotic Expedition cruise beginning Jan. 17, 2011. // © 2010 Crystal Cruises 

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According to Virtuoso’s newest annual Travel Dreams Survey, taking a world cruise topped its list of luxury trips of a lifetime among nearly 11,000 readers of the luxury travel network’s Virtuoso Life magazine. Survey results also showed Australia as readers’ number-one dream destination, and the Galapagos Islands as the most alluring island escape. The lists are as follows:

My Trip of a Lifetime:
1. Setting sail for a world cruise
2. Calling on all seven continents
3. Visiting all Seven Wonders of the World
4. Sailing the Mediterranean on a private yacht
5. Renting a European villa
6. Communing with nature in the Galapagos
7. Photographing the “big five” on an African safari
8. Renting a private island
9. Blasting off on a Virgin Galactic flight
10. Seeing the pyramids of Egypt

Top 10 Dream Destinations:
1. Australia
2. Italy
3. New Zealand
4. South Africa
5. Greece
6. French Polynesia
7. Caribbean
8. France
9. Thailand
10. Antarctica

The Most Alluring Island Escapes:
1. Galapagos Islands
2. Greek Isles
3. Hawaiian Islands
4. Fiji
5. French Polynesia
6. Great Barrier Reef Islands, Australia
7. Seychelles
8. Bay of Islands, New Zealand
9. Bali
10. Maldives

Earlier this year, Virtuoso also surveyed more than 250 members of its travel network for its 2010 Virtuoso Luxe Report. This annual survey of agents mirrored the responses of Virtuoso Life’s readership, listing Italy, Mexico, South Africa, Australia and France as the five most popular destinations for international travel in 2010. The Luxe Report also identified emerging destinations that are on the cusp of becoming popular, either for the first time or yet again. Topping this list were India, Vietnam, Cuba, the Galapagos Islands, China and Chile. 

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