What is luxury travel? I’ve always associated luxury travel with five-star hotels, flying First Class, sailing on private yachts (with a crew to take care of everything of course) and dining at Michelin-star restaurants – these were my Velvet Escapes. Since launching the Velvet Escape travel blog, I’ve come to realise that luxury travel is much more than travelling like a millionaire. With the help of guest writers who wrote about their favourite Velvet Escapes, I discovered that it’s the experiences, or moments, that make travel luxurious.
To celebrate the launch of the new Velvet Escape blog design, I asked some of my friends the following:
What defines a luxurious travel experience?
Here are their answers:
I know I am experiencing luxury when I shake my head in disbelief at where I am and I marvel at how happy I am. This certainly happens in luxurious locations, hotels and restaurants but it also happens in simple settings like sitting in a cafeteria on a ferry (not luxurious at all) in Patagonia. Like the name of your blog suggests, luxury can be plush, it can be a true escape and it can be both. Janice from Solo Traveler ->
-> A luxury experience for me is to have time to travel! To have the freedom to travel! To do things which you wouldn’t do every day! To travel is luxury! Melvin from Traveldudes.
A luxurious travel experience is one that is just for me and it’s all ‘about me.’ It’s not work related – no travel reporting at all – and it allows me to pamper ‘my’ personal needs. Evelyn from Journeywoman ->
-> A luxury travel experience to me is a unique experience that has got even the tiniest details covered. Something exclusive & where I feel spoiled and upon return refreshed & inspired. Isabelle from Isabelle’s Travel.
To me luxurious travel is seeing , experiencing and absorbing a new destination. Being able to capture the beauty and heart of the area and share it with others…oh yea and great FOOD! JD from EarthXplorer ->
-> A luxury travel experience is about having the time to let go of all work. While we’ve had the opportunity to stay at some of the most luxurious places on earth, we still had an element of work that needed to be done. It is when staying in a beach hut, disconnected from the world with all the time and freedom to relax that makes a moment luxurious for us. It doesn’t need to be five-star, just secluded, quiet and having the time to be completely together. That’s pure luxury. Dave and Deb from The Planet D.
To me it’s about leaving all everyday life, cares and work behind. Being pampered, feeling totally relaxed and having nowhere to go and nothing I have to do. Zöe from Quirky Traveller ->
-> A luxurious travel experience for me has very little to do with comfort and amenities. Luxurious is related to great emotions and special places: camping in the Algerian desert and watching the sunrise with only a handful of people, or being alone on the top of a mountain and looking at the wild beauty of the glaciers… Simon from Wild About Travel.
My idea of luxury is having my needs met before I even realize I’m wanting for anything. Additionally, a pace that is not stressful but instead relaxing and restorative is, for me, crucial if I am to bestow the label of luxury. Kirsten from Aviators and a Camera ->
-> Luxurious travel to me includes a visit to an enchanting village in Europe where my imagination can wander, my eyes can behold magnificent architecture, my mind can experience the art and culture, my comforts are met in quaint and authentic accommodations, and most of all, close encounters with the locals! Jeff from Euro Travelogue.
Luxurious travel is, flying business class, staying in five-star settings with fine dining every evening! Mei from Cumi & Ciki ->
-> Warmth, quiet, comfort and the chance to thrill at simply being alive. Abi from Inside The Travel Lab.
Having a place all to myself and my loved one (beach, desert, mountains – it doesn’t matter where) and soaking in the beauty of nature without any interference from the outside world – no internet, no tv. Nellie from Wild Junket ->
-> I think taking the time to appreciate the simple things in life when we travel is a luxury. The things that make me smile like watching children play, taking in a sunset, capturing the nature around me, seeing new things and every day things in a new way – the sights, the sounds, the scents. The things I don’t take time to do at home. For me it is appreciating life’s little moments that gives me the luxurious travel experience and make me happy. But don’t get the wrong idea, I still cherish those “5 star rated” experiences and get all giddy like it is the first time each and every time! Stephanie from Travel Designed.
And last but not least….
Luxury travel and Velvet Escape
As for me, well, more importantly than travelling like I’d just won the national lottery, luxury travel is all about the moments and being inspired by them. Enjoying the cool droplets of mist on my face in the cloud forests of Monteverde. Sitting on a beach and feeling the silky water of the sea lapping around my toes. Feasting my eyes on the colours of the lagoon in Bora Bora. Lying on the deck of a boat in the Whitsundays and staring at the Milky Way above. Curling up in a five-star hotel bed. Catching a whiff of the rich scent of a Pinotage as I swirl it in a glass. Savouring the wondrous texture and flavours of Italian ice-cream. Or discovering a little bit more about myself.
These are my moments of luxury. My Velvet Escapes.
go explore. experience. and be inspired.