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What do you consider luxury travel? Is it when you stay at only five star hotels and eat gourmet dinners in the world’s best restaurants? Is it traveling first class to the most expensive places in the world? Is it a private guided tour in a chauffeur-driven sedan? Perhaps for many, it is. But here at BootsnAll, we have a different view of luxury travel.
For us, luxury travel isn’t necessarily staying at the most expensive places, being pampered, taking only the easy road, and creating a barrier between yourself and the harsher aspects of travel.
We think luxury travel is about the little things: spring for a nicer hotel one night, opting for the higher quality wine one night at dinner, or eating a picnic dinner one day in order to enjoy a lavish lunch. Luxury doesn’t have to be high style (and high prices) all the time. You can balance out savings and splurges, spend on what’s important to you, and find cheaper ways to visit traditionally expensive places. In that way, you can create your own version of luxury, no matter what your budget is.
This week, we’re taking a closer look at the indie traveler version of luxury. First up, we’re exploring 20 wineries and wine hotels where wine-lovers can stay the night. Then we’ll show you how you can experience five luxurious “trips of a lifetime” for less than you think. We’ll talk about the ultimate luxury – time – and argue why slow travel is the best. And on Round the World Wednesday, Adam Seper will reveal ways you can visit some of the world’s most expensive countries on a tight budget.
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Much of the US may be experiencing sweltering heat lately, but that hasn’t stopped us from thinking about escaping to the islands. At least there we’d get away from the baking sidewalks and hot exhaust of the city; we could even cool off from the heat with a dip in the ocean or a fabulous pool! This week we’re exploring the many islands of the world.
First up, we’re checking out some amazing – and unknown to many – islands right here in the US. Then we’ll head to Hawaii to discover a few adventures that are not on most tourist’s radars. From there, we’ll check out some of the best islands of the Atlantic Ocean, and then explore the different worlds that exist on each of the Canary Islands.
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Business travel accounts for a large portion of the travel industry’s revenue every year. Thanks to movies like “Up in the Air” many of us now envision business travelers as jetsetting playboys, racking up miles and living glamorous, yet lonely lives as they rush from airport to airport. Of course, the reality is much less interesting, and many business travelers consider time spent on flights and in transit as just a necessary part of the job.
Still, business travelers always seem to have inside tips on how to make a flight more pleasant and how to minimize times at the airport so even if your job doesn’t require you to travel, you can still learn a lot from business travelers.
This week, we’re uncovering their secrets and sharing some top tips that can apply to leisure travelers as well. Tuesday we’ll take a look as some of the reasons you should actually enjoy your next flight, and later in the week, we’ll round up 53 of the best travel tips from business travelers. And on Wednesday, Adam Seper will reveal several excellent non-travel resources that you can use to make your RTW trip better.
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Ah, the Mediterranean. Few places so capture the idea of a classic (and oh so classy) European beach vacation. With azure waters and coastlines dotted with tiny hamlets and seaside cities, the Mediterranean region is one of the most beautiful in Europe. Bordering a dozen countries in Europe (Spain, France, Italy, and Croatia among the more popular) as well as several in Asia and Africa, it conjures images of lazy days at the beach followed by cool nights dining on fresh seafood to a soundtrack of crashing waves.
But not every adventure in the Mediterranean region fits this mold. So this week we’re exploring the area a bit more thoroughly, from the classic and cliched to the undiscovered and unusual.
First up, we’ll check out the “other side” of the French Mediterranean with a look at five lesser known destinations in Southern France. Then we’re off to Sardinia to seek out the best of this rugged and less-visited island. On Wednesday, Adam Seper will show you how you can include Europe on your RTW trip – without breaking the bank. Later in the week, we’ll discover some of the best Mediterranean islands and then learn about some interesting – and unknown to many – prehistoric sites around the world.
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Happy 4th of July! If your family is anything like mine was, the 4th of July meant piling in the family’s wood-paneled station wagon and heading “up north” to a cabin in Michigan or driving a few hours to explore the more southern states. It was all about the road trip for us back then, just as it is for many families today. But if you’re anxious to take your family vacation beyond the road trip, stay tuned this week for great tips, advice and inspiration for planning an epic adventure with your kids.
Tomorrow, we’ll give new parents the scoop on traveling with an infant, including what to buy and pack, tips for scoring the best seat on the plane, and how to get around with a baby in tow. On Wednesday, Adam Seper talks to families who have taken their kids on a round the world trip and explains the benefits of a nomadic life with children.
If you’re dreams aren’t as grand as an RTW, stop by Thursday to get tips on how to make any family vacation easier and more fun, and on Friday, satisfy your sweet tooth with a look at great destinations for chocolate lovers of all ages.
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