Luxury Travel

Luxury Travel

Luxury travel is more than first-class flights and five-star hotels. From luxury stays to food and wine, culture and real experiences, this is everything luxury - and all without breaking the bank.

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Affordable luxury travel deals – how to travel smart this season
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Affordable luxury travel deals – how to travel smart this season

Discovering luxury for less is at the heart of what we do on LiveShareTravel – we believe we should all be able to liberate a little luxury on our travels with great affordable luxury travel deals. Whether it’s finding a great flight, hotel or package deal, adding on airport lounge access, or treating yourself to stylish new luggage, finding a deal can add to the travel experience. So we’re starting a new series where we’ll be bringing you a host of affordable luxury travel deals for smart travellers. Continue Reading

South African wine’s best kept secret? The Robertson Wine Valley
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South African wine’s best kept secret? The Robertson Wine Valley

If South Africa hasn’t made it to the top of your ‘must-visit’ list, then I’d be surprised. Most people are enticed by the country’s rich mix of impressive wildlife, beautiful weather and head turning array of food and wine. But most who visit for the latter focus their attention on places like Stellenbosch or Franschhoek, which are undeniably popular for a reason. However there’s a juicy alternative to those starry wine-country faves, but it’s not going to remain hidden for long. The Robertson Wine Valley is home to breathtaking countryside, exceptional wines, and one of the most spectacular drives I’ve ever taken, along the dreamy Route 62. Continue Reading

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Luxury Travel Resources

Luxury travel is about more than the next chic hotel or first class flight.

And whether you’re booking your travels with an agent, packaging your trip your self, or considering options from a raft of sexy flash sale websites, you’ll benefit from a few pointers to help you liberate your luxury travels.

Here we list the very best in luxury hotels, cruises, books, apps, blogs and resources to inspire your luxury travels, and help you plan and book your flights, accommodation, and more. This list is regularly updated, when we discover amazing companies, websites, apps and more that we know you’ll love too, so check back regularly.

 

Luxury Travel: Destination Guides

The major publishers of destination guides – Frommer’s, Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, and Fodor’s for example, have much of the world covered and offer a good general guide to a place. But there are some guidebooks that focus on solely on luxury travel:

Hg2 A Hedonist’s Guide has 48 guide books and iPhone apps to cities and ski resorts around the world, as well as foodie guides to London and New York.

Wallpaper* City Guides and iPhone apps cover 80 urban destinations around the world.

 

Luxury Travel Apps

We love Lifehacker’s daily app deals (they don’t just cover travel, but are very useful nonetheless). Highlighting the best new, free and reduced apps for iPhone and Android.

 

Apps For Inspiration

Arounder Touch gives you a 360-degree view of destinations around the world without you even needing to leave home.

Check-in to discover cool places and discounts around you with Foursquare, a social geo-location app.

We LOVE Instagram, yes it’s a photo sharing app, but have you ever considered using it to find your way around a city? Follow our photo feed here:

Ever wanted recommendations of great places to visit from people you trust? Stay City Guides put your friends in the driving seat with destination guides for the Facebook generation.

We really enjoyed using Tripwolf’s guide to Vienna when we were in the city. With cool features like Augmented Reality maps it makes finding your way around a city great fun.

Get recommendations for top restaurants, shopping and nightlife wherever you are in the world with the Yelp app.

 

Apps for Luxury Travel Planning

Evernote is an excellent note taking app, which is a great way to store information on DIY-trips.

Packing (+TO DO) makes packing and pre-travel to-do lists a piece of cake. You can create custom lists and store them for future use.

TripIt Pro allows you to email your travel information to into the cloud and it provides you with an organised itinerary for your trip. It will also alert you of gate changes for your flight.

 

Apps for Travel

iTranslate+ on iPhone or iTranslatePro on Android translate your typed . Also iTranslate Voice for voice translations

Skype is plainly and simply one of the best ways to stay in touch with home.

Wi-Fi Finder on iPhone and Android helps you find free and paid hotspots near your location.

Ever wanted to translate a menu or a sign in the street? Scan it with Word Lens and it will do the hard work for you.

ThisLife is great when you’re on the road and at home. Like Dropbox, it stores all your photos carefully away in the cloud. Unlike Dropbox (which we also love)

 

Luxury Travel Blogs

There are so many great travel blogs online it can be hard to know where to start, so we’ve listed a few of our favourite luxury travel blogs below

Luxury Travel Mom: families can travel in style too and Kim-Marie shows you how.

Mrs O Around the World: Ana (Mrs O) shares a little travel hacking, a lot of travel class.

Perfect Boutique Hotel: the perfect site to revel in boutique hotels and design chic.

The Coolhunter covers places that aren’t just luxurious – they’re also too cool for words – serious design chic.

Velvet Escape: Keith shares his Velvet Moments (the things that define the luxury experience for him) with destination stories and more.

Chic Family Travels: Family travel site where you will find vacation ideas for traveling with kids and luxury family resort reviews.

Railway Stays: Luxury trains, railway hotels and journeys for every rail travel enthusiast.

 

Luxury Travel Planning Tools

Google Earth: Get an aerial view of your destination from the comfort of your home.

Google Maps Street View is a good tool for getting a street-level perspective of your destination.

SeatGuru: helps you find the best seat on a plane with cabin maps of your airline/aircraft and airline reviews.

XE.com: currency converter.

 

Flash Sales

Find great getaways at low prices with these sites – sign up to as many of their mailing lists as your inbox can handle.

Groupon has long been enthralling us with their buy-today-gone-tomorrow offers, now Groupon Getaways has a range of travel escapes at great prices.

Jetsetter is one of the biggest and best known travel flash sale sites.

LivingSocial is also getting a piece of the travel action with LivingSocial Escapes.

Mind Body Green has discounted yoga retreats and eco resort stays.

We’ve long been fans of Travelzoo’s weekly travel deals on packages, hotels, flights and entertainment.

If you’re looking for chic and boutique you’ll find plenty of hotel and package deals on Secret Escapes.

 

Loyalty Programmes

Ensure your loyalty works for you.

Hilton HHonors

Hyatt Hotels

Oneworld

SkyTeam

Star Alliance

Starwood Cash & Points

United Airlines

Virgin Atlantic

 

DIY-Packaging

Flight comparison sites are great for getting an overview of flight prices from all airlines in one place;

Cheapflights

CheapOAir

Fly.com

Momondo

Orbitz

Skyscanner

You can book flights, accommodation and more with the sites below;

Dealchecker

Ebookers

Expedia

Hipmunk

Kayak

Lastminute

Opodo

Travelocity

TravelRepublic

TravelSupermarket

Useful hotel booking and price comparison sites to look at include;

Agoda

Booking.com

Hotels.com

LateRooms.com

Room77

Trivago

Venere

 

Getting Away

Airport Parking

We love the convenience of meet and greet parking at the airport and use Meteor for our trips. Get 20% off with Meteor with our exclusive voucher offer.

 

Getting to Your Accommodation

Airport-Hotel Transfers

Though most airports are well and truly stocked with taxis outside to deliver you to your accommodation, you can also arrange private and group transfers in advance with the likes of World Airport Transfer or Resort Hoppa.

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