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The Secret to Truly Authentic Travel

Born out of the knowledge that destinations can only truly be brought to life through authentic local connections, Trafalgar’s Be My Guest experiences have reshaped travel.

Why Home Visits Are the Secret to Truly Authentic Travel


The Montferrier family on their Manor Farm near the famous Château de Villandry in La Giraudier, France. Experience on Best of France

Put simply, nothing connects you to the soul of a place like being invited into the home of a local. Whether it’s exploring a 1,000-year-old castle with an Italian aristocrat before enjoying some of his organic wine and a farm-to-table meal, or tasting olive oil with a local Sevillian family, connecting with locals is at the heart of real travel experiences.

And Trafalgar’s Be My Guest hosts are at the center of every one.


Trafalgar guests enjoying the sounds of bagpipes on the Wood’s 15th-century historical farm in Kinlochard, Scotland. Experience on Best of Scotland

Looking for a new way to foster real, powerful connections for guests that enabled them to capture the true essence of a destination, the first Be My Guest experience took place in Italy—still one of Trafalgar’s most popular destinations—at a Sorrento lemon farm owned by the Esposito sisters, relatives of a Trafalgar Travel Director. Over a home-cooked meal and some limoncello, with the scent of lemons in the air and a coach full of delighted guests, it was quickly apparent that the sisters’ farm was just the kind of powerful, sensory travel experience guests were after.

[st_content_ad]Fast forward a decade: Trafalgar offers all its guests the opportunity to experience Be My Guest around the world. With the exception of a handful of cruise or city-focused itineraries, every Trafalgar guest gets to experience the magic of Be My Guest for themselves, guaranteed. Each one-of-a-kind experience brings out the essence of a destination, one of the brand’s richest travel highlights.

The Muhoberac family teaches guests local folklore dances outside of their home in Osojnik, Croatia. Experience on Balkan Delight

With so many vacation options, Trafalgar’s offering is truly unique. By choosing Trafalgar, travelers will experience truly authentic local connections in a way no other brand can offer. Guests love the fact that these experiences set Trafalgar apart from other travel companies and provide life-changing experiences.

Guests scavenging for fresh produce along the coastline near the O’Brien’s Barrtra Seafood Restaurant near Lahinch, Ireland. Experience on Irish Experience

There’s never been a better time to take a trip with the world’s most-awarded travel brand.

With over 5 million happy guests and a 97% independently reviewed satisfaction rating, this award-winning company is the world’s leader in travel. Ready to book your vacation with Trafalgar? Click here.

By Patricia Magaña

Always on the lookout for value-oriented travel, Senior Editor Patricia Magaña has trekked throughout the States, Latin America, and Europe. Follow her on Instagram @PatiTravels.

Since joining the editorial crew in 2005, Magaña has pounced on incredible deals to Amsterdam, Madrid, and San Pedro Sula—each for less than $300. Her favorite travel experiences involve discovering street art while meandering a city, chatting up locals, and day drinking.

Her stories have appeared on USA Today, Huffington Post, Yahoo!, TripAdvisor, AirfareWatchdog, and other publications.

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