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Author: Mimi Lichtenstein

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Do you love having insider information when you travel - knowing the hidden gems and most authentic hotels? Do you love splurging on over the top experiences when they are absolutely worth it? When you go places do you enjoy staying active and exploring beyond the tourist areas? Do you believe amazing experiences are more valuable than buying another thing?

Then you are in the right place. Join me each week for a rich conversation with one of my favorite travel experts from around the world. We will chat about our favorite experiences, people and hotels that make a trip extra special. Experiences you can have in places like Singita tented camps in Africa, Cape Kidnappers in New Zealand and Pikaia Lodge in the Galapagos. We’ll share our favorite off the beaten path gems and insider tips to elevate your trip beyond a simple vanilla luxury vacation.

Adventures in Luxury Travel is hosted each week by Mimi Lichtenstein, the owner of Truvay Travel, a top luxury travel design company working with entrepreneurs and executives, who are also parents. Mimi is an expert in luxury travel, mom of three teens, and believer in the power of travel to connect people.

If you dislike vanilla vacations, don’t want to miss out on the best of the best in your destination, and love the VIP treatment, this is the podcast for you. For more information visit www.truvaytravel.com.

Photo credit: Nayara Tented Camp
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If you love the Adventures in Luxury Travel podcast, you are going to LOVE the newsletter even more! We open our Little Black Book and share our favorite highlights and hidden gems from around the world every Wednesday morning in your inbox.   You’ll be in the know about coveted places – like the hottest new hotel in Italy, the best coffee shop in Cape Town, our favorite boutique for espadrilles in Madrid, the best place for heli-fishing in Alaska, and the most luxurious lodge in Botswana.  The Adventures in Luxury Travel podcast is on vacation for a while to attend to the many clients we have traveling around the world.  So subscribe to the newsletter edition today at truvaytravel.com/subscribe or simply send me an email to mimi@truvaytravel.com.  And when the podcast is back from vacation you will be the first to know!
Join James and me to learn about Ol Donyo, one of my favorite safari lodges in Kenya.  Situated on the border of Chyulu Hills National Park, this lodge has both incredible wildlife viewing and as a Relais & Chateaux property, delicious food.  There is so much to love about Ol Donyo - the hide, the views, the rooms, the active adventures, and most importantly the people and the wildlife.  Their sundowners are some of the best in Africa.  Their safari vehicles come equipped with professional cameras.   Enjoy bush breakfasts after a horseback ride, dining around in a different spot each meal, and after a day of adventuring treat yourself to a massage or do some yoga on your patio gazing out at the animals.   *Your exclusive gift when booked through Truvay Travel – a special, exclusive breakfast, lunch or dinner in the hide, overlooking the animals at the watering hole.    Visit truvaytravel.com/56 for a video of today’s show and additional resources.
Join Mili and me to learn about the architecturally impressive Hotel AWA, a remote, boutique property on the edge of beautiful Lake Llanquihue on the northern edge of Patagonia.  The views from the rooms (and the pool) are stunning!  Mili shares that AWA was the first Certified B corp hotel in Chile and how they took the initiative to expand their offerings, while being environmentally conscious, through the use of e-bikes instead of cars for many excursions.   Gastronomy lovers – AWA’s culinary program uses produce from their own farm, local products, and a mix of local and international cuisine as a central part of the experience.  Top that off with delicious Chilean wines and you will be well nourished for your active adventures. *Your exclusive gift when booked through Truvay Travel – an exclusive, romantic dinner for two at the end of the pier.   Visit truvaytravel.com/55 for a video of today’s show and additional resources.
Join Jennifer and me to learn about this serene spot in the cloud forest of Costa Rica.  As it is a Relais & Chateaux property, you know the food will be divine whether you are eating in the dining room, taking a picnic on a hike to a waterfall, or having a private lunch at a special spot next to the river.  Their location affords them many on and off-property activities like hiking to waterfalls, rappelling, and river fishing.  They also offer rum, wine, and coffee tasting classes as well as cooking and cocktail classes. When you are ready to relax, have a massage in their spectacular spa room, practice yoga, or sit in your private jacuzzi.   *Your exclusive gift when booked through Truvay Travel – lunch or dinner for two at Rancho Orquideas, the private venue perched next to the river.   Visit truvaytravel.com/54 for a video of today’s show and additional resources.
Join Matt and me to learn about one of the most unique accommodations you’ll ever experience.  Matt shares how his family collaborated with the local community and government to create a sustainable resort that adds value to those who work there, live nearby, and those fortunate to visit.  It is an incredible example of doing well by doing good.  And there are so many active adventures on land and sea to enjoy while you are there!   *Your exclusive gift when booked through Truvay Travel – venture out with a local for an authentic, hand-line fishing experience and bring your fresh catch back to be prepared for dinner.    Visit truvaytravel.com/53 for a video of today’s show and additional resources.
Join Marne and me as we talk about one of the most remote accommodations in the world.  Perched on the top of a rock outcropping in the middle of Denali National Park, you will find the one and only Sheldon Chalet.  We’ll learn the family history of how this remarkable place came to be and why guests feel so fortunate to be able to experience it.  Go there to see the northern lights, experience the midnight sun, break first tracks cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, and go on what is likely the world’s best sledding hill.   *Your exclusive gift when booked through Truvay Travel – one-night pre/post stay at their beautiful 3-bedroom historic home in downtown Talkeetna.   Visit truvaytravel.com/52 for a video of today’s show and additional resources.
Season 2 of Adventures in Luxury Travel is back starting this Wednesday with even more unique experiences and destinations! If you are ready to learn about places and people that will inspire you to plan your next trip, make sure you follow and join me here each week.
Join Mike and me as we talk about Tordrillo Mountain Lodge, the place where we had our family’s favorite vacation of all time and where I checked off my #1 bucket list item – the one and only via ferrata in Alaska.   TML is a place for being active, adventurous, and luxuriating.  They are an ideal destination for families with a range of interests and abilities.  Learn to efoil, go fishing or bear viewing or helihike on spectacular glaciers.  And when you are ready to rest, soak in their super-size hot tub, relax by the lake or kick up your feet in the lodge and talk with some of the best Alaskans around.     Visit truvaytravel.com/51 for a video of today’s show and additional resources.
Join Rose and me as we talk about Eleven Experience, one of my favorite travel companies.  Eleven’s quest is to create experiences where guests lay down their heads at night with the feeling they just had the BEST. DAY. EVER.  Eleven has lodges all over the world and today we talk about two – Deplar Farm and Rio Palena.   Visit truvaytravel.com/50 for a video of today’s show and additional resources.
Join Patricia and me as we talk about Belize, a small country in Central America with a lot of adventures.  As in Costa Rica, the activities and exploration happens along the coast as well as inland, and we suggest both for your trip to Belize.  We talk about the marine life you will see while snorkeling or scuba diving – manta rays, sharks, turtles, and even manatees.   When you venture inland you’ll be rewarded with ancient caves, Mayan ruins, and jungle adventures.  We’ll share our favorite luxury accommodations ranging from beachfront resorts to jungle lodges to catamaran charters.   Visit truvaytravel.com/49 for a video of today’s show and additional resources.
Join Maita and me as we talk about Uruguay, an under-the-radar destination for Americans.  We’ll introduce you to the hip José Ignacio, the “Hamptons” of South America, and the cosmopolitan city of Montevideo.  We’ll explore the active adventures on land like learning to play polo, going for a moonlit horseback ride, and hiking.   We’ll touch on the variety of watersports from surfing and kiteboarding to kayaking down rivers.  For those who love art and architecture, there are sites not to be missed, including the unique circular bridge and Casa Pueblo. The food scene is renowned – from the traditional Uruguayan BBQ to vineyard picnics to Francis Mallmann’s chiringuito on the beach and his fine-dining restaurants. As always we’ll talk about a few of our favorite hotels including the Vik properties.  Visit truvaytravel.com/48 for a video of today’s show and additional resources.
Join Agustina and me as we talk about hiking hut-to-hut (or 5* hotel to 5* hotel) in the Dolomite mountains of Italy.  This magnificent mountain range is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The views include giant peaks, lush green pastures, and spectacular sunsets.  We talk about the 8 questions to ask yourself before you begin planning a hut-to-hut hiking trip.   We share details on our favorite accommodations and bring you inside a refugio to see what it’s really like.  And of course, we’ll talk about the many active adventures and ways to relax.  Visit truvaytravel.com/47 for a video of today’s show and additional resources.
Join Anastasia and me as we talk about Puerto Rico. The UNESCO site of La Fortaleza in Old San Juan is historically significant and also a relaxing place to spend a weekend afternoon with locals. The beaches on the main island, Vieques and Culebra are vast and beautiful, even more so when watching the sunset at the end of the day. The adventures of hiking, horseback riding, learning to kitesurf, ziplining, or kayaking the bioluminescent bays will keep you active. Then enjoy luxuriating in the 5-star resorts or smaller, boutique hotels. Visit truvaytravel.com/46 for a video of today’s show and additional resources.
Join Alfonso and me as we talk about San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Walking charming cobblestone streets, listening to bands in the main square, exploring art galleries, and enjoying relaxing evenings on rooftops while watching the setting sun are just a few of the ways you will enjoy yourself in this Mexico-designated Pueblo Magico. While you are there, choose between incredible luxury resorts and cozy boutique hotels.   Visit truvaytravel.com/45 for a video of today’s show and additional resources.
Join Lylie and me as we talk about the East African safari destination of Tanzania.  Why select Tanzania for your safari destination?  For so many reasons.  Tanzania has the big 5, hippos, zebras, chimpanzees and it’s the best country to see the migration of 2,000,000 wildebeest.  You’ll meet and learn about some of the 130+ tribes and experience the warmth of the people.  Tanzania has a variety of safari types - traditional, walking, and water safaris.   Lylie and I will also share some of our favorite lodges, which include many by two of my favorite safari brands – Singita and andBeyond.  Then we’ll take you to Zanzibar for the best over the top way to end your safari – at andBeyond Mnemba Island.    Visit truvaytravel.com/44 for a video of today’s show and additional resources.
Join Cristina and me as we talk about Colombia.  Colombia has emerged from a complicated past to be a country where you can enjoy the culture, fashion, art, and some of the world’s best restaurants in its cities.  Or splurge on a helicopter to an experience that’s been called a “dream come true.”   Learn about our favorite beach clubs, rooftop bars and restaurants, and the incredible active adventures in the mountains, the Amazon, and the Caribbean and Pacific Coasts.  We’ll share other ways to be active in nature from an easy hike to multi-day treks, from SUPing to paragliding.  And of course, we’ll talk about our favorite historic hotels and rural haciendas.   Visit truvaytravel.com/43 for a video of today’s show and additional resources.
Join Sean and me as we take what’s perceived as a confusing and boring topic and make it easier to understand and interesting.  We will not simply tell you that you should get travel insurance.  Instead, we will explain the various types of insurance and share when they are helpful and when they are not necessary.     We’ll cover Cancel for Business Reasons insurance, the benefits and limitations of Cancel for Any Reason insurance, and what happens when you test positive for Covid before your trip or before your return to the US from abroad.   Visit truvaytravel.com/42 for a video of today’s show and additional resources.
Join Steve and me as we talk about helping people with one of the most rewarding experiences of their lives – taking a sabbatical.  Steve and I have a shared love of many things – inspiring people to take sabbaticals, planning complicated itineraries (to plan sabbaticals that’s kind of a given), Latin America, and diving deep into our clients’ motivation for their time away.     Our conversation was a fun mix of what to think about when planning a sabbatical and our own reminiscing about our experiences on sabbatical.     Visit truvaytravel.com/41 for a video of today’s show and additional resources.
Join Greg and me as we talk about Russia.  Many people are fascinated with Russia (me included).  It’s the land where “everything is difficult, but nothing is impossible.” As we recorded this show, we acknowledge now is not the time to visit.  We share information for when it is the time.  St. Petersburg and Moscow are full of UNESCO sites, Michelin star restaurants, and cultural experiences like the Bolshoi Theater.  There are also opportunities to enjoy the outdoors in Gorky Park, biking through St Petersburg, dining on a terrace or strolling the streets lined with fashionable boutiques.     Russia is a place where exclusive experiences are quite unique – whether talking with Gorbachev’s former interpreter, seeing behind the scenes of the Russian ballet, or having your child enjoy a ballet lesson with a professional dancer.  And of course, we talk about favorite luxury hotels like the Four Seasons and Ararat Park Hyatt.   Visit truvaytravel.com/40 for a video of today’s show and additional resources.
Join David and me as we talk about Cuba. Cuba is the largest and least commercialized Caribbean island. It’s a place where people live in the moment, where you are welcomed into the culture to learn, taste their food and experience their lifestyle. Visit UNESCO sites, eat the freshest ceviche, visit the birthplace of the mojito, Hemingway’s favorite places, and enjoy dining on rooftops.   Also take the opportunity to talk with professors and former diplomats about the history, meet with artists in their studios, visit a local outdoor boxing gym and have your kids play baseball with a Cuban youth team. You can even get in a round of golf on the one golf course.   Visit truvaytravel.com/39 for a video of today’s show and additional resources.
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