“Where shall we go this year, Jim?"

​As a travel broker I often get asked “where shall we go this year, Jim?" - a question that makes me love my job!

In the past couple of years my favourites, and places I’ve had rave reviews about from my clients, have been many but the stand-outs would have to be Japan, Vietnam and Sri Lanka.

Japan - what a country - these days easy to get around and affordable. An amazing mix of ‘cyber cities’ and zen tranquillity, astounding natural beauty, incredible food and friendly folk; it’s a bucket list ‘must do’. A safe and fascinatingly diverse country, whether you're a family looking for a soft adventure, a foodie, culture vulture or somebody who loves to see something a little different.

Vietnam has come on in leaps and bounds with its unique offerings. Go for stunning beaches, savour incredible street food, bustling markets and hikes or go glam with fabulous cuisine, boutique ‘Indochine’ styled hotels and rooftop cocktails. Vietnam has something for everyone. It’s cheap and I know it like the back of my hand so I can help you tailormake a trip of things you’ll love.

Sri Lanka, wow! An alluring melange of Old English Raj-era charm, a touch of Bali and a pinch of India. Truly spectacular unspoilt beaches, misty tea plantations, millennia-old forts, palaces and wildlife, all wrapped up in an area the size of the North Island.

A great spot for families, adventure or relaxing romantic escapes. Sri Lanka is achingly beautiful, like nowhere you’ve ever been.

​Wherever you’re going, a break to the Islands, a trip to Europe or an adventurous getaway to somewhere new. I'll make your trip​ truly​ incredible, personalised and easy with the added benefit of Flight Centre's Lowest Airfare Guarantee... a trip only Jim can do!

JIM CATO-SYMONDS; M: 027-357-5343, E: jim.catosymonds.nz@flightcentre.co.nz,