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You may remember that I introduced you to Manuel de Croutte (“Your Private Guide to France”) a while back when he started his company Exclusive and Private . Manuel has expanded the Exclusive & Private offerings, and he asked me to share them with you!
Would you like to see Paris with an insider whose family contacts enable you to go behind the scenes and see the exclusive side of the city? Read this...
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Paris shopping advice from a Parisian. What could be better? ‪#‎AuthenticTravel‬ ‪#‎Paris‬
The best Paris shopping? Look for locally made housewares, books and perfume. Check out the boutiques recommended by a local Parisian. Bring home a memory.
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Have you ever been on a garden tour? Here is an exciting event that will take place on May 16, 2015. ‪#‎LaJolla‬ ‪#‎AuthenticTravel‬
Garden tours in San Diego and other U.S. cities are a great opportunity to meet locals and go beyond the gates that surround beautiful homes and gardens.
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Visiting ‪#‎NYC‬ in the springtime is always a good idea. An even better idea? Staying at the unique & detail-oriented Library Hotel! ‪#‎AuthenticTravel‬
The Library Hotel is New York City's best boutique hotel, with all the comforts of home in a great location. Find out what's special about the Love Room.
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If I was going to be anywhere near ‪#‎StLouis‬ in June, I’d definitely be in the audience at some of these performances. ‪#‎AuthenticLuxuryTravel‬
St Louis, Missouri is home to 3 dazzling cultural festivals in early summer. With good planning, you can enjoy them all. Learn how to get the best seats.
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Usually my favorite places to visit are not tourist attractions, and my trip to Bainbridge Island, ‪#‎Washington‬ was no exception! ‪#‎AuthenticTravel‬ Bainbridge Gardens, Inc.
Bainbridge Island, WA - tour beautiful private gardens, walk scenic trails on the grounds of a stately mansion, oggle plants at a nursery with a cute cafe.
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Read about Marlane Miriello's Tuscan Cooking School and learn how you could enjoy a week of classes in the homes of Tuscan mamas! Il Campo/Cucina
Tuscan Cooking School. At Il Campo Cucina in a village in Tuscany, Italy, participants learn to cook from local residents in their homes.
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Just because you're planning a “3G” (three generation) trip, it doesn't mean you have to sacrifice ‪#‎AuthenticTravel‬ for convenience. Here are some points to consider:
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Authentic travelers know to ask locals about ways to best enjoy their community. In this post, I'm the "local" sharing ideas about the best time to visit my hometown.
The best time to visit La Jolla will depend on what you want to do. Check out the major events - including the Concours d'Elegance - and get insider tips.
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Guest blogger, Larry Kessler, wants you to live inspired. ‪#‎AuthenticTravel‬ ‪#‎GuestPost‬
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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Let's be honest. It's not luxurious to stay in lodgings that advertise as “airport hotels” but are actually a bus ride away. I want to introduce you to some honest-to-goodness roll out of bed onto the check-in counter places! ‪#‎AuthenticLuxuryTravel‬
The Best Airport Hotels. Short layover? Early morning departure? Check out this article about the best airport hotels that are actually in airport terminals
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This is THE hotel for ‪#‎DestinationWeddings‬ in Tuscany, ‪#‎Italy‬! ‪#‎AuthenticLuxuryTravel‬
Find out why Borgo Santo Pietro, 35 minutes from Siena, is considered the best romantic hotel in Tuscany, Italy - and a great spot for a desination wedding.
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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