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The Cultureur 100: 100 Things to Do in the United States

September 23, 2017
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The United States is an experiential luxury traveler’s dream. If you’ve ever wondered how to get the best of both worlds when it comes to local culture and luxury travel, check out my curated list of 100 things to do in the U.S. How many iconic American sites and hidden gems can you cross off your list?

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5 DOs and DON’Ts in Napa (and Sonoma)

April 19, 2016
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Either give me more wine or leave me alone. Oh Rumi, how I echo that sentiment.
Before you ignite a passionate affair with California Wine Country, there are some things to take note of to maximize your Napa (and Sonoma) experience.

DOs […]

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Around the World in 52 Proverbs

September 2, 2014
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Cultural proverbs and sayings have always piqued my interest as I think they provide an insightful window into a community’s lifestyle, history, and culture. Passed on from generation to generation, much of it through oral culture, proverbs are still widely used today and have become a part of everyday speech. They are generally used to reinforce arguments, illustrate ideas, and deliver messages of wisdom, inspiration, consolation, celebration, and guidance. What’s your favorite proverb?

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The Cultureur 25: 25 Things to Do in Los Angeles

August 4, 2014
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In honor of my recent move from Los Angeles to Seattle, I thought I’d compile a list of 25 things to do in the City of Angels, so I joined forces with Enterprise Rent-A-Car to bring you my favorite things to do, see, eat […]

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75 Favorite Travel Tips

February 2, 2014
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With every new trip, I learn something new about traveling. Not even a decade worth of constant traveling can prepare you 100% and frankly, that uncertainty and opportunity to discover new things about the world and yourself is one of the best things about travel. My copious […]

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What is Luxury Travel?

August 27, 2013
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Highly subjective and constantly evolving, luxury travel is increasingly becoming harder to define, as it continues to adapt to the changes in our society, culture, and technology. For me, the idea of luxury travel is…
– more about the experience, rather than just the appearance […]

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Beyond the Words: 12 DOs and DON’Ts of Blogging + The Cultureur’s 1st Anniversary!

August 23, 2013
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August 23, 2013: Today is the big ONE-YEAR anniversary for The Cultureur!
I can’t express enough gratitude to each and every one of you who has liked, shared, read, commented, and supported The Cultureur […]

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Destination Anywhere: 100 Reasons to Travel

August 19, 2013
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My Destination Anywhere series has finally come to a close!

Some may not need any reason, but for some even 100 reasons to travel might not be enough. I’m in the camp who never needs a reason to travel; my body will signal to […]

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The Best Apfelstrudel in Berlin…

July 29, 2013
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awaits you at Augustiner am Gendarmenmarkt, a Bavarian-style restaurant in the charming upscale Gendarmenmarkt area near Friedrichstraβe. Typically from Vienna, Apfelstrudel is a dessert that consists of a cinnamon-spiced apple filling encrusted in layers of flaky pastry pieces and topped with creamy […]

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Birthday Reflections: An Open Letter to my 18-Year-Old Self

June 19, 2013
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An open letter to my 18-year-old self
I turn 28 years old tomorrow (June 20). As I sit here, reflecting on my life in the past decade, remembering how it felt to finally turn 18, I’m consumed with […]

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Travel Chats on Twitter

May 23, 2013
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Let’s talk about travel, food, culture, and lifestyle! There’s so many travel chats on Twitter, but here’s a list of my favorite ones!

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Top 5 *Indian* Food Musts in New Delhi

April 2, 2013
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Indian food in the Indian capital? You don’t say.

Jokes aside, with the recent explosion of international dining options and fusion restaurants in New Delhi, traditional Indian food seems to have taken a back seat. But when I’m traveling to another country, I expect loads of […]

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Photo Essay: Sunsets in Southern California

February 17, 2013
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As daylight retreats into the shadows of the night, gorgeous shades of pink, orange, yellow, and red set the California sky ablaze, offering a few golden moments to stop, reflect, and appreciate everything we have in life. The vibrant hues that pierce through the dramatic clouds force us […]

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A Guide to Boston for #INTA2019

March 31, 2019
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If you’re an intellectual property lawyer who focuses on trademarks and brand protection, chances are that you’ll be heading to Boston, Massachusetts from May 17-23, 2019 for the annual International Trademark Association (INTA) Conference. While much of your time will be spent in meetings, events […]

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The 10 Best Travel Tips for 2019

December 28, 2018
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Increase your travel savviness quotient with these top 10 travel tips for 2019. Bon voyage! ✈︎

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A Luxury Fishing Adventure at Steamboat Bay Fishing Club in Alaska

December 2, 2018
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Escaping to Alaska’s Best-kept Secret

In the age of mass tourism, it’s a luxury to find an exclusive corner of the world that has been largely under the radar and is still one of the state’s best-kept secrets […]

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Sustainable Tourism: The Basics, Part I

May 14, 2018
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Tourism is a numbers game, and more isn’t always better (as Barcelona and Iceland will tell you). Travel has almost doubled in less than 20 years.

I want to start a new series that looks at the intersection of luxury travel and sustainable tourism. Connecting the dots from my work at the U.S. Mission to UNESCO, my extensive experience with marketing in the luxury travel space, my love for luxury hotels, my academic training in international development and the law, and my passion for the world’s cultures and social enterprises, I want to:
1) Highlight why sustainable tourism matters;
2) Break down the various definitions of sustainable tourism;
3) Shed light on the core tenets of sustainability;
4) Explore sustainability from a luxury travel lens; and
5) Provide insight on how the luxury travel space, both businesses and consumers, can positively contribute to the movement.

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Luxe Brand Equity: The Power of Trademarks in the Luxury Industry

April 25, 2018
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Luxury fashion brands such as Louis Vuitton and Bulgari have cultivated brand names that have transcended generations and remained relatively immune to the volatility of trends. The timelessness of such brands comes from the brand equity that has been developed through a carefully crafted purpose-driven approach […]

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8 Luxury Travel Trends to Watch in 2018

April 25, 2018
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The definition of luxury travel has changed and evolved, based on the Zeitgeist, but the parts that have stayed true to the notion of luxury are scarcity, authenticity, and exclusivity. After studying the emerging trends, observing the fundamental shifts, and forecasting the new contours of the luxury travel sector, I want to share a few thoughts on the future of luxury travel in 2018 — some trends, some themes.

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Women in Luxury: In Conversation with Michelle Woodley, President of Preferred Hotels & Resorts

April 24, 2018
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The Women in Luxury series on The Cultureur celebrates visionary women who are breaking down barriers across the luxury industry, highlighting their trials, tribulations, and triumphs. Meet Michelle Woodley, the newly-appointed President of Preferred Hotels & Resorts and inspiring hotelier in the luxury hospitality space.

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An Inside Look at Buick Design with Senior Exterior Program Designer, Colin Phipps

March 1, 2018
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For the past 6 months, I have had the pleasure of getting to know Colin and discussing all aspects of automotive design–a topic I previously knew very little about. After touring the luxurious Buick Design Center and other General Motors facilities in the greater Detroit area […]

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Women in Luxury: In Conversation with Sonavi Kaicker, CEO of Neemrana Hotels

January 17, 2018
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Meet Sonavi Kaicker. If the name is not familiar to you already, make note of it now. Sonavi is the CEO of Neemrana Hotels — a portfolio of 23 historical properties that speak volumes of the glorious heritage and rich culture of India.

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