Our Coronavirus Policy

The Covid-19 virus has quite understandably generated concerns around traveling while the virus is still active and official government travel advice is continually changing.  Hands Up Holidays will support all our clients in helping you to make the optimal decisions around your travels.  Your individual situation is unique, and we will tailor our recommendations to […]

The True Meaning of the Holidays

The True Meaning of the Holidays The fast-approaching Christmas and Chanukah seasons are a special time, especially so for families. It is the time for giving, and you probably know that it is even better to give-back. Travel and celebrate the true meaning of the Holidays: give back and help those less fortunate on a […]

Where to Stay and Make a Difference in Rwanda and Bhutan

Rwanda and Bhutan may be on different continents but they share the same tourism strategy: deliberately restricting visitor numbers and focusing on the high-end traveler. We love this approach, as it fosters sustainability and thus helps secure the long-term future of the destination (in our view New Zealand should follow suit, perhaps Montenegro and Costa […]

Make a Difference for International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day and the best way to celebrate this is to make a difference that positively impacts women. Here are some ideas: Zambia – alongside local experts, help build a home for a widow and her children, one that doesn’t let the water in during the rainy season, and insulates them well […]

What’s New in Central America – Give Back in Luxury

Central America is our most popular region and whilst giving back is one of the core attributes of a Hands Up trip, another is enabling you to give back in luxury, ideally eco-luxury. As 2019 gets underway, here are six just-opened properties in Costa Rica, Belize and Guatemala that you are sure to love: Remote […]

Inspiring Family Trips Spanning the Generations

It’s wonderful to travel with your family and so much more so if it involves different generations. Often complicated, planning a trip with a big family and adjusting to all their interests is often a challenge. That is one reason to leave it in the hands of a luxury intergenerational-family travel specialist such as Hands […]

Inspire Your Kids to Be Conservationists on a Trip to Australia

With Australia’s sun-soaked beaches, vibrant cities, unique flora and fauna and rich culture, it’s worth visiting as a family and when you add a meaningful environmental conservation project to all these, it’s heaven! Starting with Sydney, only a handful know about its superb attractions for kids. The Royal Botanic Gardens have a great array of […]

The 7 Top Tips for Traveling More Responsibly

A focus in tourism – rightly – is on responsible travel. Awareness is the first step whether you are a new or seasoned traveler. Here are the seven best practices to follow. Understand local customs and culture before you go. Be in the know. Research the local culture and customs before going to the place. […]

Luxury Voluntourism Do’s and Don’Ts

Here are some tips to ensure the volunteering portion of your luxury family vacation is well used, maximized and makes a great impact not only to you but to the people you are seeking to help. The Do’s Get to know the project, get to know the community. Make sure financial matters are transparent, and […]

Bond as a Family While Making a Difference – In Luxury

If you’re planning to take a luxury vacation with your family abroad, consider adding some volunteering to your trip. Family volunteer travel brings not just fulfilment but also consciousness and appreciation for the beauty of other cultures, while teaching you and your kids very important life skills and values. Volunteering for part of a luxury […]