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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 cruise2. Calling on all seven continents3. Visiting all Seven Wonders of the World4. Sailing the Mediterranean on a private yacht5. Renting a European villa6. Communing with nature in the Galapagos7. Photographing the “big five” on an African safari8. Renting a private island9. Blasting off on a Virgin Galactic flight10. Seeing the pyramids of Egypt
Top 10 Dream Destinations:1. Australia2. Italy3. New Zealand4. South Africa5. Greece6. French Polynesia7. Caribbean8. France9. Thailand10. Antarctica
The Most Alluring Island Escapes:1. Galapagos Islands2. Greek Isles3. Hawaiian Islands4. Fiji5. French Polynesia6. Great Barrier Reef Islands, Australia7. Seychelles8. Bay of Islands, New Zealand9. Bali10. 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.