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Authentic Luxury Travel - Real Experiences / Pure Joy!
Authentic Luxury Travel - Real Experiences / Pure Joy!

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Located in northwest #Montana, Glacier National Park is one of the most popular in the United States. More than 3 million travelers a year are drawn to the beautiful views of glaciers, mountains, and meadows full of wild flowers. They trek the trails, traverse the 52-mile Going-to-the-Sun Road, and breathe in the clean mountain air. #GlacierNationalPark #USA #AuthenticLuxuryTravel

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#MachuPicchu has been on my bucket list for a long time, but the thought of being herded around like a tourist has kept me from booking a flight to #Peru. I’d love to see this UNESCO World Heritage site but, until now, I didn’t know how to do it in a way that felt personal and authentic. Enter Nina Fogelman of Ancient Summit, who lived in Peru for 27 years and found its pulse through total immersion in the culture and local way of life. #AuthenticLuxuryTravel

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#Shinde is a private reserve that allows your guides to take you anywhere on the vast property to capture some of the most incredible animal photos ever! We were lucky enough to be there when the lions were coming together to mate — apparently this happens once a year and lasts for three days — timing is everything! #Botswana #Africa #AuthenticLuxuryTravel

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Thanks to my friend Maribeth’s advice and the tips that #Cozumel locals shared, we enjoyed some amazing meals in our two weeks on the island. In general, the best — and most authentic — places were in residential neighborhoods well away from the cruise ship terminals on the waterfront. http://bit.ly/2mZnKo8 #Mexico #AuthenticLuxuryTravel #foodiefriday
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Authentic travel — traveling in a way that makes it easy to connect with the local culture — is often life changing. When you look beyond the standard tourist sights, it’s not unusual to experience a shift in attitude and to acquire new passions.
Authentic travel can also be life enhancing. Here are some of the lessons I’ve learned on the road. #AuthenticLuxuryTravel

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#Huahine is one of many spectacularly beautiful islands in #FrenchPolynesia. It’s also my favorite, primarily because it doesn’t feel touristy. When my husband and I explored the island on foot and by car, we encountered only friendly locals and felt very welcome. #AuthenticLuxuryTravel

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#Cozumel Vacation Rentals are not in short supply. However, it took my husband and me a couple of days to find a house that would meet the needs of our family. In fact, I thought we might go blind looking on VRBO, Flip Key, and HomeAway — and then we finally found the home of our dreams on Airbnb. #AuthenticLuxuryTravel

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We booked 4 nights at Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort. (That’s a mouthful for a hotel name, right?) Trust me when I say this…of all the beautiful, #exotic, other-worldly, 5-star destinations on this blue marble, this one ranks at the top. The resort sits at the base of the #Arenal #Volcano, and the volcanic heat fuels the flowing waters of natural hot springs. The sides of this magic mountain are landscaped by Ma Nature with every conceivable tropical flora and fauna. #CostaRica #AuthenticLuxuryTravel http://bit.ly/2cc2H1P
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At Coasterra, Chef Deborah Scott starts with locally-grown produce and traditional dishes and infuses them with inventive flavors. I’m a huge fan of tortilla soup, and the one served at Coasterra is the best I’ve ever tasted. I also relished a few bites of a friend’s mushroom tamale made with crispy criminis, goat cheese, and pomegranate seeds. At a nearby table, diners were sharing starters from a tableside guacamole cart manned by “Guacamigos.” #SanDiego #AuthenticLuxuryTravel #AuthenticEats #foodiefriday

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As the travel editor at a luxury lifestyle magazine, I’ve been sleeping on high-thread-count linens and enjoying 24/7 room service for a long time. However, I didn’t discover the true joy in travel until I started reaching out and finding small ways to make a difference in the developing world. #Voluntourism #AuthenticLuxuryTravel
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