What are the best reputable Web sites for booking packaged, affordable global travel from the U.S.? Not looking to actually travel until 2011.
My husband and I need to escape from the overwork and chaos of our workaday lives. I want to go somewhere that's visually, geologically, historically and culturally interesting. My list of potential destinations is long: Argentina, Chile, Turkey, India, China, Spain, Kenya, South Africa, Egypt, Namibia ...
But I get overwhelmed when I try to figure out where to go, when to travel, what to see, where to stay, how to get from Point A to Point B, etc., etc. etc. So I'd like to find a few tour operators so I can compare and contrast different options for two week trips.
I'm fine with a small culturally oriented cruise or a guided motor bus tour, but self-guided travel is OK too. My husband and I can take care of ourselves as long as someone else gives us detailed instructions on where we're staying and how we're getting around.
Our maximum budget: $2,000 or less per person for two weeks, not including the cost of getting to our destination.
This budget seems to rule out the one site I'm familiar with, Smithsonian Journeys
, which is reputable, but also very spendy. Beyond that that, there are lots of travel vendors that pop up on google. But I don't really feel comfortable giving my credit card number to a company just because it's got a high google ranking.