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

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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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Dinner at the Sindabezi Island Lodge was served at a candlelit table under which I wiggled my toes in the sand. Over the meal, our guide Raphael said that Zambezi means “how am I going to bathe?” in the language of the indigenous people because there were so many crocs in the river. Under normal circumstances, I might have worried about this, but it was all too beautiful and romantic. #VictoriaFalls #Africa #AuthenticLuxuryTravel

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Giverny Travel Tip: Don’t use public transportation to get to the garden unless you’re willing to share the space with lots of other visitors. Rent a car (like we did) or hire a private guide who is licensed to take you in his car. http://bit.ly/GivernyFrance #France #Monet #AuthenticLuxuryTravel
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