If money were no object, what would you spend your money on?
The money question once elicited responses of unlimited material goods and bigger homes and cars, but the trend shifted to experiences and wellness. Investing in travel is increasingly a status symbol for the elite and budget-minded alike, but no longer requires staying at the best 4-star hotels and resorts. Instead, luxury travelers are looking to splurge on enriching experiences, wellness and longer trips.
A spike in sabbatical trips offers travelers an escape, as well as the ability to show off their travels on social media. Just like budget travelers, luxury travelers are also looking to more experiential, enriching trips that somehow transform their state of mind and view of the world around them.
Luxury travelers are also splurging on self-care experiences that extend beyond a traditional spa experience. Instead, affluent travelers commit time and money to events like Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop Wellness Summit and hotels featuring upscale, wellness-focused amenities. The continuously blurring line between experiential travel and self-care also lends itself to a growing wellness tourism industry commanding upwards of $639 billion. There’s really no limit of experiences and wellness activities to choose from. Whether meditative hiking or a beachfront massage on a remote island, affluent travelers opt for curated wellness experiences over luxury hotels and lounging all day on the beach.
Truly immersing yourself in a foreign culture is one of the main reasons to travel, whether you’re learning a local dance or sipping wine with a vineyard owner in Italy. Traveling outside your comfort zone also involves sampling local cuisine, but if you’re visiting a major city like Rome or Paris, eating like a local usually means stepping far out of the city center, where eateries tend to cater to unadventurous tourists. But finding a worthy eatery can hog hours of your trip time as you pore over listings on TripAdvisor or Yelp.
Folding, rolling or vacuum packing — there are plenty of methods for packing so you can get the maximum amount of items in your bag, but no matter how you choose to do it, you are always faced with wrinkly clothes when you are ready to wear them.
You’ve booked your flights, you’ve found your hotel, you’ve spent the last six months dreaming about your trip. One problem? You don’t know what to do once you get there. If only there was an app that acted as your own personal tour guide, that led you to the city’s top sights and hidden gems, helping you make remarkable discoveries …
PLANNING A VACATION TO FRENCH POLYNESIA, the Cook Islands or Fiji? Lucky you! While you really can’t go wrong with any of these exotic locales that beckon with white-sand beaches, mornings spent listening to soothing water lapping your bungalow, and immersion excursions with some of the world’s most amazing flora and fauna, not all islands are created equally.