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Five Things That Characterise My Travel Style

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Years of travelling gives you a firm understanding of what you like and your favourite ways to travel. Like many experienced travellers, I’ve tried lots of different styles of travel and by now I think I’ve found what works for me.

1. Luxury Travel

As you know, this blog focuses firmly on luxury travel but I wanted to tell you a bit more about why I love this style of travel. I think the word ‘luxury’ has slightly lost its all meaning and of course it has different definitions to for each person. ‘Luxury Travel’ can also have a negative reputation, surely if you’re travelling in ‘luxury’ you’re not getting a true experience of a place?
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For me, the best thing about luxury travel is the very opposite of that. Actually it often allows a real insider insight into the people and culture of a destination. For example, when were staying at Singita on a South African safari we could get a close as possible to the animals in a completely open vehicle. Luxury travel isn’t necessarily about the finest and most opulent hotel; it’s staying right at the entrance to Macchu Picchu so you can enter first before the crowds. It’s not just eating the food, it’s going into the kitchen and meeting the chef and learning all about his processes. It’s taking a private tour with someone local to the area who can tell you all about their life and all their favourite places to go that no one else knows about.
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For hotels we prefer smaller properties with character, charm and personality. Big properties can be über luxurious but lack that personal, special touch.

Luxury travel is not about showing off, it’s about discretion, comfort, privacy, personal preference and having the luxury of time to relax and truly enjoy seeing a place with someone you love.

2. Couples Travel 

The great thing about having the freedom to travel is being able to choose how you like to do it. For many people their preference is solo travel which is a great way to be independent, see things in your own time and gain confidence. I’ve also tried group travel, which can be really good fun but can be harder to coordinate. My personal preference is couples travel…either with Mr S or with a friend. PIC1
I’ve mentioned before that Mr S and I have a strong partnership when it comes to travel (I tell him what to do and he does it 😉 ) and we also love romantic travel. Beautiful locations, great restaurants and taking in history and culture together, always building memories and having fantastic experiences to look back on. I also love travelling with a friend, catching up after some time apart over a glass of wine and spending the day exploring before ending up at the hotel for a pamper session and a night out. DSC_8571

3. Foodie Travel 

It’s no surprise that foodie travel also comes into my travel style. Let’s face it Mr S and I often travel in order to eat! To try authentic flavours, Michelin-starred restaurants and the hot and trendy places. Meticulous research and advanced planning means that we have eaten in some of the world’s best restaurants: DSC06838DSC_5667
Eaten incredible food at restaurants recommended by locals:DSC_0593DSC_5994
And had some amazing once in a lifetime unique experiences.
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We also love wine tourism and if there an option to visit a vineyard, we’re always keen! Trips to Chianti, Napa Valley, The Cape Winelands and Yarra Valley have been firm highlights on some of our adventures.
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4. Unadventurous Adventure

Sadly I have to admit to being someone who is scared of everything! My biggest fears being heights and creepy crawlies but I’m also pretty scared of going in the sea! I realise I can’t live my life being afraid of everything and I try to combat my fears by doing little things that scare me such as flying in a seaplane, going in a cable car, staying in a hotel in the middle of the rain forest and diving in the Great Barrier Reef. Trust me I’m not going to be going to be base jumping or holding a tarantula anytime soon but I love my little unadventurous adventures.
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Though we move around a fair bit for some trips, our form of travel is often at a slower pace. Enjoying scenery, taking in the culture and the foodie scene without too much dashing around!

5. Memory Keeper

After returning from a trip we’ll have SD card full of about 2,000 photos (#bloglife) which we later sift through! I like creating books, printing photos and framing them and keeping my memories around me where I can see them.DSC_0835
We also like to buy special souvenirs from our trips to keep in our flat as another memory of a wonderful trip together. There are so many things that I love about travelling and luxury travel but for me the most important is building memories together and shared experiences to look back on.

I’d love to know more about your travel style so I’m nominating other bloggers to write a post detailing five things that are characteristic of their travel style. Or let me know in the comment below.

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  • Kavita

    Totally with you on your travel style and reasons… very much like me and Pete!

  • Charlie Elliott

    I love how you explain luxury travel. Although I’ve been known to go from 5* hotels to slumming it in hostels in a matter of days, I think what you’ve explained as luxury actually charactises my style too. I can’t see the point in taking shortcuts when you can just save a little longer and pay for something you’ll never regret!
    Cx
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    • I totally agree with you. To use the tour example, I’ve been on large group tours and you just don’t get the full personalised experience that you get when it’s one on one.

  • Kivevi

    Couldn’t agree more. Luxury hotels you can find everywhere. Luxury travelling is knowing when, where and what to do to get that perfect experience on that particular destination. Great post.

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  • great post!

  • I love this post. I think once you know what your travel style is it makes it so much easier to book and research your holidays because you know exactly what you love and what you want to focus on.

    My 5 things would be:
    1. Affordable luxury (I love finding a quirky, boutique hotel for under £100 pn!)
    2. Family travel
    3. Outdoorsy travel
    4. Weekend breaks
    5. Definitely memory keeping!

    • That’s so true! Knowing your favourite sites for researching makes it all so much easier.

  • ownthathorizon.com

    Great post, a unique way of looking at it! I’m now in the process of working out my travel style for an upcoming year long trip to the US, French Polynesia and Australia. Only one step of the way (you can probably guess which!) will be close to luxury for me but even that I think I will define as ‘budget luxury’. I find luxury in having time to make decisions, choose my pace and how far into the less explored I can go.

    • I did the US and French Polynesia for my honeymoon! All the posts are on here if you’re interested. I love your definition of luxury too.

  • MissLilly

    Great post!! As you probably know already I have very similar ideas too. I travel for the whole experience, find local places and local food. It needs to be somewhere safe. I’m not going to try countries which are not safe at the moment or try adventurous activities. I love walking and exploring around and taking photos (we both do it). I love travelling as a couple but that is about to change (need to prepare to travel with a baby soon). Food is really a bjg thing for us as well, either visiting well know restaurants but mostly local little ones. Hotel wise, prefer a smaller place in the centre of what we want to do with a cosier feeling as well 🙂

    • Oh why don’t you write a ‘My Travel Style’ before and after? So how you like to do things now and how it changes once you have the baby?

      • MissLilly

        i’m sure I’ll end up writing about that once we do our first trip for baby to meet the rest of the family 🙂

  • I love that you are so open about all your different styles! x

  • Melissa Beare

    I could have written this myself – pretty much spot on with my travel style. The only thing I have tried recently and really like is private home rentals (homeaway/VRBO) but it all depends on the location, time and whether I need concierge assistance for tours or restaurant reservations or can be more self sufficient. Having a private beach home, with deck overlooking the ocean or being able to sit on our private terrace at our Rome apartment is a great way to visit a place and live like a local. My husband and I are very neat/tidy people so we don’t always need housekeeping and room service. You do have to sort through a lot of crud on those sites but once you find the perfect place, it can really make for a great vacation! Oh and I restarted my bog so thanks for the inspiration!

    • A private home sounds fantastic, but yes I agree it’s if you’re happy to go along without any assistance. I’m so glad that you restarted your blog!! Can you send me a link?

      • Melissa Beare

        Of course! http://www.luxybeartravels.com I just got it started so I am building out content (and figuring out wordpress which I have never used before) so it’s a work in progress. I also need to get my SLR camera connected to my laptop so I can post better quality photos. I forgot how much I enjoy writing about our trips and sharing travel tips with friends and family so it’s been fun!

        • Fantastic! Yes it must be wonderful to have your creative outlet. Let me know if you need any tips!

  • TravelWithNanoB

    Thanks lovely for nominating me!! You set such a great tone for us 🙂 I particularly admire your travel photo book, what a neat idea! I’m guilty of almost never printing photos which is a shame because I always take so many!

  • Already said it on twitter, but I shall say it again: love this post and exactly matches my current mood. I kind of hate the road luxury travel is on…All these “rich kids on instagram” posting the ever same pictures of cars and infinity pools. For me there is just so much more about it. My five characteristics would be:

    – authentic culture and art
    – without the crowd
    – detailed itinerary down to the last minute
    – boutique hotels / small luxury hotels
    – collecting Michelin stars 😉

    • I couldn’t agree more. Though a glass of champagne by an infinity pool is always fun 😉 I do all of yours too! Especially the detailed itinerary, I love putting it together too.

  • I love what you mentioned about Unadventurous Adventure – it can irritate me sometimes that people don’t consider some things as being adventurous, even if they do push you out of your comfort zone! You don’t have to be seeking an adrenaline rush 24/7 to still be having adventures.

    • That’s so true. It’s all about what you’re prepared to do. Honestly, I do wish I was braver though as there are things I’d love to do. Like a hot air balloon ride but I’m just too scared!

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  • I love your take on luxury travel! I’m not at a point in my life right now where I can afford to stay at the same properties as you do (you know, being a student and all that!), but I can definitely see myself splurging on special experiences later in my life if they feel they’re going to give me a better travel experience whether that’s choosing a nicer hotel for proper relaxation or a amazing locations that are bound to be memorable! 🙂

    • Yes! I really prioritise travel, I’m really looking forward to hearing about your new upcoming adventures.

  • I love that you make travel books with your pictures. I always mean to do that but I haven’t yet. And I have a lot of fears, too. But I try not to let them stop me from making the most out of our trips.

    • Yeah, I use the adrenaline to help overcome the fears, it’s hard though.

      • Yes it is. But it feels so good when you do!

  • Mehreen A

    I love the idea of little memory keepers and pieces from a trip that remind you of it. I so rarely actually print pictures anymore – time to get back into it 🙂

    • I actually printed a book of my blog, it’s a really special thing to have.

  • I’m with you on the wine tourism, Angie ;-). I agree that luxuries are more about spending time with people we love than about spending the biggest amount possible

    • I love see beautiful wine countries and finding out about the differences in production. That’s why I love travelling with Mr S 🙂

  • Samantha Gray

    I love this feature. I just wish I could find a man who is happy to be told what to do!

  • It’s all about the foodie-driven travel for me 😉 great write-up! x

  • Binny Shah-Patel

    Love this so much!! Must be so nice to go through and select photos too for the post as I love flicking through old holiday pics!

  • Totally love this post!!! Gorgeous photos of you and Mr S too! You know I’d never thought about compiling a holiday photo book before – ingenious idea….not sure why I’ve never considered it but it’s a great way to look back on all your photos without having to get the computer out so I’m totally doing some research into this. Agree with all your points especially your definition of luxury travel…it’s definitely personal and means many different things to many different people. Wine tasting is an absolute must too!

    • One of the books I made was a compilation of blog posts and it was much easier than it sounds. ALWAYS wine tasting.

  • p.s. thanks for the nomination 🙂

  • The slow pace

    I can’t agree more with you! I love luxury travel, I think that travel with just another person is teh perfect combo, the first thing I do after booking a trip is look for the best food around and, even though I’d love to be more adventurous… Im not. 😉

    • That’s exactly what I do, once dates are sorted, restaurants are booked!

  • Awww this is a lovely post, and despite your fear of things I think it’s great you try to push yourself out of your comfort zone! Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea’s Passions

  • Yvonne

    Love this post! I always try to book restaurants before I travel! I enjoy comfort so when I go on vacation I look for that! A little adventure is okay with me especially if it leads to vineyards, spas and beaches. haha!
    Have a great day!

    • Thanks Yvonne! In big cities there have been occasions where we’ve found ourselves with no where to go cos we haven’t made plans. Vineyards and spa are the perfect adventures!

  • I absolutely love this!! Can’t wait to write my post!!!!!

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  • I too prefer traveling as a couple.. In a group it really gets a little hectic..

  • The Tasting Room seems to offer more than just for tasting. lol

  • I love everything about this post, Angie, and I see we have very similar travel styles!