In the day and age of budget flights, short breaks and staycations, how we holiday is no longer just about booking a hotel stay and first-class flights. Today guests are seeking customized experiences that give them a whole new perspective to new and familiar destinations. From private jet adventures to journeys that enrich your life with made-to-measure luxury goods, luxury vacation planners have to think out of the box to entice travelers.
Word-of-mouth and social media have become major influencers when it comes to travel and taking cue of this trend, Travel + Leisure magazine has joined hands with UK tour operator Black Tomato to launch ‘Travel + Leisure Journeys’, a series of vacations designed by the editors of Travel + Leisure.
“Although Travel + Leisure Journeys are complete trips and can be bought exactly as is, they can also be customized to the traveler’s preferences, and Black Tomato will engage each client before booking to ensure the experience is perfectly matched to what they’re looking for,” said a Travel + Leisure spokeswoman.
The packages are not commissionable and are designed to be booked directly by the traveler through Black Tomato.
The company has currently unveiled 20 journeys to Croatia, Cuba, Iceland, India, Japan, Morocco, Myanmar, Oman, Spain, Tennessee and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. These journeys will focus on interacting with locals, tasting the local cuisine and off-the-beaten path adventures, elements the publication says are most commonly cited by its readers when asked about their favorite aspects of travel. The itineraries are personal, well-researched and offer travelers a unique insight to the destination.
The shortest trip is a four-day getaway to Palm Springs, California where visitors can get a tour of the destination’s landmarks with a local architecture expert, with prices starting at $1,960 per person. The longest trip is a 24-day Papua New Guinea journey starting at $14,175 per person and offers overnighting in remote camps with access to tribal hunting grounds, spelunking in limestone caves and hiking into the Bosavi Crater.
The journeys will be highlighted in the October issue of the Travel + Leisure and can be booked through Black Tomato online or by calling (844) 284-0205.magazine. From watching sumo wrestlers to visiting underground sushi dens and geisha districts, the Japan journey has left us inspired. Tell us your favorite.
[ More at : Travel + Leisure]