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Thinking about a trip to Victoria Falls in Southern Africa? Two of my favorite bush camps, Tongabezi and Sindabezi, reflect the local culture and enhance the experience of being at this dramatic World Heritage site.
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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Another reason Scripps Inn is the best La Jolla beach boutique hotel: The seal colony at the Children’s Pool is just a short walk away! ‪#‎AuthenticTravel‬ +Scripps Inn http://www.authenticluxurytravel.net/2015/06/best-la-jolla-beach-boutique-hotel.html
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Who knew? Quinoa is indigenous to ‪#‎Peru‬ and chefs there have had several centuries to figure out yummy ways to prepare it. I loved the pizza with black quinoa in the crust, but these pancakes really knocked my socks off.
Quinoa is a popular staple in Peru. Local chefs include it in soup, pizza & other delicious dishes. Here's a recipe for quinoa pancakes from a luxury hotel.
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It isn’t the Scripps Inn’s location that keeps it out of the limelight. It’s that the building is painted taupe and set back from Coast Boulevard, so of course the waves hitting the sand on the other side of the street get all the attention. ‪#‎AuthenticTravel‬ ‪#‎LaJolla‬ +Scripps Inn http://www.authenticluxurytravel.net/2015/06/best-la-jolla-beach-boutique-hotel.html
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Travel in the Amazon doesn't have to mean swatting at insects and dodging anacondas (which was the first thought that came to my mind). AU CONTRAIRE. We cruised in luxury with +Delfin Amazon Cruises. Check this out... — with +Nina Fogelman 
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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What makes Carmel Valley Ranch the perfect playground for adults and kids?
Carmel Valley? It's 8 miles from the coast and sunny almost year round. Read this to learn where about the resort with the best food, wine, views and fun.
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This pizza – with black quinoa in the crust – was delicious. I found it in Peru! ‪#‎AuthenticTravel‬ http://www.authenticluxurytravel.net/2015/06/quinoa-pancakes-direct-peru.html
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Tickets are still available for the 2015 International Folk Art Market!‪#‎AuthenticTravel‬ +International Folk Art Alliance  http://www.authenticluxurytravel.net/2015/05/santa-fe-new-mexico-whats-hot-summer.html
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The quaint town of Hoi An has earned a UNESCO World Heritage designation and a spot on almost every visitors’ “must-see” list. The Anantara – fully renovated in 2008 and the only in-town resort –offers 94 split-level rooms, a beautiful pool, and complete spa.+Anantara Hotels Resorts & Spas 
Vietnams best hotels in Hanoi, Sapa, Hoi An, and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). These places to stay are sure to feature in some of your best travel memories.
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Have we connected on Instagram? I'd love to share my travel photos with you!
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More things to do in Warsaw: make hay while the sun shines at La Playa Music Bar! http://www.authenticluxurytravel.net/2014/06/best-things-to-do-in-warsaw.html
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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