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Santa Catalina Island is just "26 miles across the sea," from the greater #losangeles   area, but it feels a world away. In fact, it seems more like a small town on the Italian Riviera, than Southern California. There's more info here: http://tinyurl.com/jpwne48#Catalina  
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I already loved #Seattle  , and then I got this from +Booktrekker: http://tinyurl.com/gsw84qh
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If you think #Houston  is all about pro sports and BBQ, think again. http://tinyurl.com/zzj6jol +VisitHoustonTexas +Ranch & Coast Magazine 
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Imagine waking up here and enjoying your first cup of coffee with this view...
Thinking of a gulet cruise along the Turkish coast? Read about one traveler's experience on a private gulet charter - and then make your decision.
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How great would this be? Stay RIGHT on the beach in #LaJolla  , San Diego's favorite coastal community. It's possible. See below >>>
La Jolla Shores is San Diego's most popular family-friendly beach. Find out which hotels are right on the beach, so you can fall out of bed onto the sand.
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I've always thought of #Christchurch   #newzealand  as "the Garden City," but after a recent visit, I think another name applies as well: "NZ's most innovative urban center." See how the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 brought out the best in Christchurch residents.
Learn how innovation is changing the face of Christchurch NZ & creating an exciting urban center post the 2010-11 earthquakes. A personal & up-to-date guide
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In #SaratogaSprings in Upstate  #NewYork  , the Saratoga Arms is the best place to stay. Perks include a wonderful breakfast, in-room fireplaces, and genuine hospitality. There's more info here: http://tinyurl.com/zn4vs2p +Saratoga Arms 
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Is this where #POTUS  is staying tonight? I sure hope so, because it's a truly gorgeous hotel and authentic in every way. #Hanoi   #vietnam  There's more here: http://tinyurl.com/gu6q3d5
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A chance to meet Santa, sleep in a glass igloo with a view of the #NorthernLights  and float in icy water looking like an orange gummy bear. It's all happening in Finnish #Lapland  .
Lapland is a vast area in northern Finland. Read this to find out where to go for the best winter experiences, how to get there, and where to stay.
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On our recent trip to the Big Island, I wanted to connect with the authentic culture of Old Hawaii. I knew I wouldn't find it in a highrise hotel covered in corporate logos, so I made reservations at a few small boutique hotels and B&Bs around the island. Was I successful? Is it still possible to find Old #Hawaii  on the Big Island? My story is below... 
Learn why the oceanfront Palms Cliff House Inn near Hilo is the best B&B on the Big Island of Hawaii. "Perfection," is how one guest described it.
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I love staying at #NewZealand  luxury lodges because they're often located in rural areas, usually historic, and always home to remarkably friends hosts. I enjoyed this Kiwi breakfast at +The Manse - Luxury accommodation - Hawkes Bay We just spent a month in NZ and I'm sharing secrets on www.AuthenticLuxuryTravel.net 
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An excellent Yoga instructor + #tuscany  and #provence  . Sounds like the perfect travel combo to me. #yogaretreat   #bliss  
Find your bliss on a small group Deep Yoga retreat to Provence, France, or Tuscany, Italy. Learn how the right yoga poses can help travelers stay healthy.
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Authentic Luxury Travel - Real Experiences / Pure Joy!
Introduction

I love to travel, but I make a lousy tourist.

I want to wander off the beaten path and walk, browse, hike, bike, and kayak at my own pace. I enjoy talking with local people, benefiting from insider information, and dining on regional dishes. I want to savor the beauty of exotic environments in peace and quiet.

Like other authentic luxury travelers, I also want my creature comforts. I appreciate high-thread-count bed linens, room service, and air-conditioning. I am especially fond of clean, well-equipped bathrooms.

Can we have it all?

You bet we can. As the travel editor of a luxury lifestyle magazine, I’ve learned that the Third World and the Four Seasons are not mutually exclusive. Travelers can have authentic experiences without sacrificing comfort and convenience.

I have enjoyed the hospitality of New Zealand farmers, “glamped” in Denali National Park wilderness, visited remote Hmong villages in North Vietnam, and watched Kuna Indians making molas in Panama’s San Blas Islands.

These real, very untouristy experiences do not require a youth hostel card and a backpack. I happily forgo tours and cruises, but don’t compromise on lodging, meals, and modes of transportation – and always come home smarter, happier, and full of new ideas.

Authentic Luxury Travel just takes a bit of planning – and that’s where I come in. There’s nothing I enjoy more than sharing my experiences with others. That’s why I created this website and offer a trip planning service.

The mission of “Authentic Luxury Travel” is to make it easy for travelers to experience the local culture wherever they go. I write about restaurants that are off the beaten path, browsing in farmers’ markets, learning to cook the regional cuisine, watching wildlife with a native guide, celebrating the destination’s national holidays, and much more.

Authentic Luxury Travelers value custom itineraries that lead to meaningful adventures, so I recommend travel experts in various destinations who plan customized, totally flexible, itineraries. These trips avoid the touristy must-see spots and focus on real experiences.

In addition, many readers want to visit local schools and make a contribution to econmically challenged communities, so I provide information on ways to do that.  I also describe my favorite locally-owned hotels and inns, as well as recommend vacation rentals. I’m happy to share my insider tips and personal travel experiences because I think that connections made while traveling can be life changing. In fact, I believe that travelers who have real contact with another culture can help build a safer, more peaceful global community.

Cheers and happy travels!

Elizabeth Hansen