As my midterms have finally come to a close and Thanksgiving break is less than a week away, it reminds me that time is fleeting and my abroad experience is quickly approaching. Sumer 2018 is closer than we think! As I continue to work hard to save up and try to forge connections within the travel writing and promotions worlds, I have been fantasizing about potential travel experiences. Many celebrities and influencers I follow on Instagram and Twitter have been doing a lot of traveling recently, and they've been doing so in style. I've compiled my favorite observed travel experiences for the ultimate #travelgoals playbook, ranging from flights to accessories. A girl can dream, no?
Brian Kelly, CEO and founder of The Points Guy (TPG), is renowned worldwide for his miles, travel and points advice. On October 30, 2017, Kelly rode the inaugural flight of Delta's new flagship aircraft and first commercial Airbus A350 for a North American carrier. (An Airbus 350 is a kind of long-range twin-engine jet.) Delta's A350 brings an all-new business-class cabin featuring private suites for every passenger, and has revamped Economy flying. It would be so cool to not only fly in style for a few hours, but ride on a commercial airbus within its inauguration year.
If you read my blog post from September 29, you might recall that one of my dream destinations is Morocco. One hotel I've recently stumbled upon is La Mamounia Marrakech. This five star hotel is set on a former royal estate from the 12th century and is situated 14 minutes from the Jemaa el-Fnaa market square. Amenities include a luxe spa and manicured gardens. Perhaps the most endearing qualities about this hotel, in my opinion, are the gorgeous architecture and artfully-tiled pools. Fortunately, this luxe hotel offers day passes!
THE DINING EXPERIENCE
Sublimotion might just the most coveted dining experience in the world. Located in Ibiza, Spain, this restaurant is run by Michelin 2-star chef Paco Roncero. In 2014, the restaurant was awarded Best Innovation Food & Beverage. Professionals within the worlds of cuisine, design, engineering and music come together to put on the world's only gastronomic show. The experience hosts 12 diners at a time, boasts one unique tasting menu that heightens all five senses and costs a little over $1,850 per person.
THE RETAIL THERAPY
colette is a high fashion, streetwear and accessory retailer. This 20-year-old concept store is located in Paris and houses a bookshop, exhibition space, modernist architecture and "water bar" that serves more than 100 brands of bottled water. (What kind of water do you think I'd order?) The ever-changing storefront was curated by mother-daughter duo Colette Roussaux and Sarah Lerfel, who, according to The New York Times, have one major policy: "Always be new, fresh, surprising and streets ahead of the rest."
THE UNFORGETTABLE SIGHTSEEING EXPERIENCE
Butterfield & Robinson, the world's premier active travel company, offers individual and group luxury tours on practically every continent. When I stumbled upon the Holland Walking Tour, I knew I would include it in this post; my grandparents have always been infatuated with this region of the Netherlands, so I feel a connection to it as well. This walking tour through the land of windmills and tulips offers spectacular views; the opportunity to explore the polders and dikes that prevent the Netherlands from sinking; and a sampling of Holland's culinary delicacies (pancakes!).
THE TRAVEL ACCESSORY
I understand that minimalist travel is very much a thing. Like my mother, however, I tend to be an over-packer. In May 2008, when American Airlines announced it would be the first U.S. carrier to start charging fees for checked bags, my mother made it her mission to rid our family of extra baggage (ha, ha). Since then, we've gotten a bit better with our packing skills and fit as much as we can into our carry-on suitcases. Rimowa's Topas Silver Cabin Multiwheel IATA carry-on is the ultimate travel accessory. It adds a metallic pop to any outfit, especially if they're all black and/or white, as mine usually are.