What is luxury traveling really about? And where is it heading in 2015? We have teamed up with luxury travel blogger Nyssa from The Cultureur to get the answers.
My personal travel style is a fusion of luxury travel and local culture, so I wanted my digital life to be an extension of my real life.
What kind of development have you seen in luxury travel in later years?
Luxury travel has changed quite a bit in the past decade or so with the advent of social media and the rising experiential preferences of millennials. There has been more focus on experiential luxury travel – a way of travel that focuses on authenticity, exclusivity, and enrichment. The idea of experiential luxury travel is sure to evolve over time, and given its adaptable nature, we’ll continue to see the consumption of exclusive and enriching experiences in phases, especially as more millennials reach their earning potential in the coming years.
Tell us about your favorite travel destination. Why is it your favorite?
I can’t usually answer this question because every destination has its own charm and beauty. But at the moment, my favorite travel destination is Iceland—the magical land of fire and ice. I just got back from spending 2 months in that spectacular country. It truly is one of the most stunning places on Earth. From the incredibly hospitable people to the breathtaking scenic landscapes to the fabulously delicious seafood, Iceland is otherworldly and I highly recommend everyone to put it on top of their travel lists if they haven’t been already.
Tell us about your favorite hotel experience (or one of them…) why is this your favorite?
There have been many, but the first that popped into my head was the Mandarin Oriental in New York City. I have a soft spot for Mandarin Oriental properties. They’re known for their fine Asian hospitality and oriental aesthetic, and none of the properties I’ve been to have marred that reputation. The Mandarin Oriental in NYC is impeccable — nothing beats a soaking tub with a view of Central Park and the gorgeous NYC skyline!
In 3 words; what defines a great luxury travel experience?
Authenticity, exclusivity, and enrichment
Mention 2 things on your bucket list.
Explore all the beauty Cuba has to offer and see the Northern Lights in Iceland in the winter.