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8 Luxury Travel Trends to Watch in 2018

December 17, 2017
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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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Directory of Gins Around the World

December 2, 2017
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From London to Seattle, and from Berlin to Kyoto.

Find a gin by country (in alphabetical order) in my comprehensive directory of gins (both artisanal and mass-produced) from around the world. Some I’ve tried, others […]

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Sustainable Tourism: The Basics, Part I

November 18, 2017
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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.

There were nearly 1.18 billion international travelers in 2016, up from 674 million […]

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What is Experiential Luxury Travel and Why I Choose It as a Millennial

October 30, 2017
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What is experiential luxury travel?

There’s luxury travel and then there’s experiential luxury travel.
From the beginning of The Cultureur, staying true to my travel style of luxury travel and local culture, I have maintained that both […]

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5 DOs and DON’Ts in Los Angeles

July 1, 2017
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I love Los Angeles. I love Hollywood. They’re beautiful. Everybody’s plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic. 
A pioneer of American pop art, Andy Warhol paints only one version of my darling hometown, Los Angeles — a city of […]

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3 Reasons Why Global Entry is Completely Worth It and Why You Should Get It

November 25, 2016
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Time is the ultimate luxury. 
As a frequent traveler, Global Entry is one of my greatest allies, especially during peak travel times. I usually hate to fly the Wednesday before Thanksgiving because it’s pure madness wherever you look — mile-long security lines […]

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Grit and Glamour: The Detroit You’ve Probably Never Seen

September 13, 2016
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Everyone loves a good comeback story, and cheering an underdog epitomizes Americana. Detroit is the ultimate underdog. There is grit. And if you choose to see it, there is glamour.
No city in the U.S. has experienced a tumultuous decline quite like […]

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Ooh La La! The Ultimate Luxury Gift Guide for Francophiles

August 30, 2016
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Francophiles rejoice!

Audrey Hepburn once said, “Paris is always a good idea,” and I’m sure any Francophile would agree. I have seen endless gift guides for Francophiles, but I have not seen many that cater to the luxe Francophile — someone […]

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5 DOs and DON’Ts in Washington D.C.

July 27, 2016
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Washington D.C. is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm.

In a few words, John F. Kennedy aptly and succinctly sums up this world-class cultural, political, and historical capital city.
Create your own experience, but take note of […]

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What is the Difference Between FOUR- and FIVE-star Hotels?

May 2, 2016
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It’s quite the debatable question in the travel, tourism, and hospitality industries. To make matters more confusing, not only are there multiple rating systems (Forbes, AAA, etc.), but also the standards upon which the stars are designated are completely arbitrary and they […]

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