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#Monterey is home to some of the best food, most authentic wildlife experiences, and interesting history in the state. You just have to know where to look — so read on: http://bit.ly/2caClHS
Monterey, California is a wonderful destination if you know where to look for the best marine life, dining, lodging and shopping options. Read on...
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All rooms at The Palms Cliff House Inn come with ocean/garden views, breakfast & warm #aloha hospitality ➞ bit.ly/29FGh63 #hawaii 
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Take a snowmobile safari to #Icebreaker #Sampo: the only public icebreaker cruise in the world ➞ http://bit.ly/29HHt9G #LapponiaSafaris
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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When the #archaeologist becomes your guide — exploring the Turkish Coast: http://bit.ly/29tk8qp #GuestPost +Peter Sommer +Peter Sommer Travels 
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 would you like to wake up to this beautiful ocean view? It's easier than you might think. Shell Beach is very accessible via California Highway 101, and three hotels overlook the water. Read this blog post to find out about the best places to eat and stay and fun things to do.
Learn why Shell Beach, near Pismo Beach on the Central California coast, is a great vacation spot: Good hotels, food, tidepooling, spa, and coastal walks.
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Victoria Falls, located between the countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe in Africa, is the world’s largest sheet of falling water. It is nearly twice the height of Niagara Falls (North America) and is rivaled in size only by Iguazu Falls (South America). This notoriety has put Victoria Falls on lots of bucket lists — including mine. You know by now that I always look for authentic lodging; places that reflect the local culture. Well here, I hit the jackpot: http://bit.ly/1MMoIus #VictoriaFalls
Where to stay when you visit World Heritage Victoria Falls? Here's the scoop on two beautiful places that offer luxury in a very natural setting.
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If you're an authentic traveler headed to Guatemala, this article is a must read. Guatemala volunteer travel combines traveling, having fun and helping.
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#Seattle is one of my favorite cities, so I was happy to receive this guest post from Karen Adams, a talented local writer. I love her focus on a side of Seattle that tourists don’t see, but authentic travelers can really appreciate. If you’re planning a trip to the #EmeraldCity, this post is a must-read: http://bit.ly/2cdlki4
Seattle is so much more than cruise ships, the Space Needle and souvenir stores. Read this article for great "insider" advice from a true Seattle resident.
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I will forever be indebted to +Nina Fogelman of +Ancient Summit, Inc. who got us front row seats from which to enjoy Machu Picchu: http://bit.ly/1Fj0oiO #MachuPicchu
Learn the secret to seeing Machu Picchu without the crowds that flock to this Wonder of the World. Read these tips to have a truly special experience.
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Where do you go to find the perfect getaway? And what makes it so special for you? Relaxing, invigorating, spiritual, and socially responsible? No? How ’bout educational, romantic, secluded or breathtaking? Maybe it’s to reconnect. Or to find danger and test your limits? Think about all the places you have been. What is your magic place and what is your reason? Costa Rica — I’d never been there; only heard good things: Beaches, jungles, happy expats. What I wasn’t prepared for was the sheer magnitude of the glorious experience that lay before me: http://bit.ly/2cc2H1P #CostaRica
Costa Rica is a magical place - hot springs, volcanos, rainforest, ziplines, good coffee & great people. Is the magic in the location or in our attitude?
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My expectations of the Delfin Amazon Cruise boat, Delfin 1, were sky high, but the ship and our spacious cabin were even better than I had imagined. Big floor-to-ceiling windows allowed us to enjoy the view from the king size bed and from a sitting area. Outside, our private deck extended the length of the cabin, and two chaise and a table and chairs offered an even closer view of the #Amazon River and surrounding #jungle: http://bit.ly/2c82wl1 #AmazonRiver #DelfinAmazonCruises  
Cruise the Amazon River on a luxurious small ship. Find Peru's rainforest wildlife. Swim, kayak, hike in the jungle & dine on delicious local dishes.
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Carmel Valley is a popular destination for luxury loving Californians. Resorts, lodges, and restaurants in this area two hours from San Francisco offer the food, wine, and activities that Golden State residents love. Want to connect with the local culture? You couldn’t make a better choice than to spend some time at Carmel Valley Ranch: http://bit.ly/1K6rc6t #CarmelValleyRanch
Carmel Valley? It's 8 miles from the coast and sunny almost year round. Read this to learn about the resort with the best food, wine, views and fun.
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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