WHERE TO NEXT?

Dear Traveler,

Today we are celebrating 3 years of the Where to Next newsletter delivered every week in your inbox!

158 weekly newsletters in a row without missing one. Even while…

  • trekking Torres del Paine, Patagonia
  • in the bush looking for lions on safari
  • at the top of a mountain in the Dolomites
  • sipping whiskey in the world’s highest whiskey distillery
  • (and many other random places)

I’ve somehow managed to get them out to you.

I hope you have enjoyed reading them as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them! It is one of the highlights of my week to share inspiring travel ideas and educate you on travel insights and updates.

As a reminder, these newsletters are a wealth of information for you to search on whenever you are in the mood. We now have a search bar on the newsletter homepage.

How is that helpful?

In so many ways!

I’ve shared thousands of curated articles on the best travel topics and included some of my favorite hidden gems, Michelin star restaurants, speakeasy bars, hikes, museums, boutiques, off the beaten path places, gifts, hot new hotel openings and destinations our clients have traveled to and loved!

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  • an adventure to Scotland?

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Last week’s most popular article was… Overwater Bungalows and Honeymooners, Sure – but French Polynesia Packs in the Adventure Too

There are so many more inspiring articles this week! Including where the 1% spend their holidays, the Bucket List Family’s top tips and favorite places, eating in San Sebastián Spain (which I will be doing next month!), the world’s most romantic hotels and the best underground bars in the UK.

You’ll also find information on how to actually relax on vacation, travel at off-peak times for a better vacation, the 17 best books to red (and finish) on your next long-haul flight (I just booked my flights to Australia for this fall – 22 hours! plus a long layover in LAX. I will be consulting this list.) and tips for college student and young adult airline discounts (my daughter told me about these last week and saved herself $$ on her flight to the BVIs next month – thanks for the tip Jessie!). And one of my favorites – Why Outdoor Gear from the 1990s Is Coming Back into Style.

Lastly, given it’s Valentine’s Day, check out NatGeo’s article Fall in love with 10 heart-shaped places around the world. The photo below is in Antelope Canyon, Utah.

Happy Valentine’s Day ?!

Warmly,

Below:

  • This week’s highlight – scouting for a home in a foreign country
  • Hot New Hotel Opening – The Hotel Maria
  • Inspiration + Information

SCOUTING FOR A HOME IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY

? Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco 

Has something similar to this ever happened to you on vacation…

You walk out the door of your 17th century farmhouse onto your terrace surrounded by roses, hydrangeas, snapdragons, honeysuckle and jasmine. At 5pm the sun is still strong, and your family lounges by the pool taking advantage of the late day sun. You have a glass of chilled Prosecco in your hand and the scene brings a smile to your face.

“What would it be like to live here? To actually own a farmhouse in the Tuscan countryside?”

Wouldn’t that be nice?

Or perhaps you are standing next to your pool, just finishing up a long lunch at your beach villa in Costa Rica near Playa Hermosa (and Tom Brady’s house). You gaze out at the crashing waves and the surfers are out, including your teens. You can see the smiles and laughter on their faces as they catch a wave. You hear the monkeys and macaws in the trees and feel blessed to be surrounded by the sounds of nature and your family.

“What would it be like to live here? To actually own a house in Costa Rica?”

Wouldn’t that be nice?

Have you ever been on vacation and dreamt of moving to another country?
Or considered buying property as a second home?
Or maybe you love House Hunters International?

If you answered yes to any of the above, read on…

Last week I talked with one of my partners about a custom day that is a bit unusual for a vacation (but it shouldn’t be!).

A full day real estate and relocation tour in Costa Rica.

You enjoy a day scouting out possible investment opportunities with a local expert.

Last year they organized over a 100 real estate tours and 19 people actually purchased a home. By my estimates that means if you decide to take a tour, there is almost a 20% chance you will buy a house in Costa Rica!

Yesterday I wrote to a friend who is in the midst of building a house in Costa Rica and asked her – how did you decide to buy a house in Costa Rica?

“We fell in love with a town while on vacation.. so we went back repeatedly and knew it was where we want to be!”

What does a real estate tour entail?

  • Virtual planing meeting to discuss preferences
  • Your contact will curate a short list based on your preferences and priorities
  • In country they will pick you up and take you on an 8 hour tour visiting properties, exploring the local area and visiting nearby towns
  • Help you understand the buying process in CR
  • Relax over lunch at an authentic, local restaurant

For those of you who love to really get to know a place, it gives you an opportunity to experience it in a completely different way.

You pick the destination and I’ll find someone to show you around.

 

?In December 2023, The Hotel Maria opened in Helsinki, Finland.

Why visit The Hotel Maria?

  • The hotel offers a Wellness Concierge, who prepares a highly personalized program for your stay. Options include jet lag treatments, nutrition programs, a running club and in suite spa treatments.
  • The hotel’s head of wellness created The Extreme Reset for guests.  It includes a detoxifying meal plan for the duration of your stay, daily personal training sessions, cold plunge in the nearby frozen sea, two detoxifying spa treatments and recovery sessions in the recovery lounge with Neurosonic mattress, compression boots and red light therapy. This three-night reset also includes a special sleep kit with tailored vitamins and supplements.
  • The rooms are spacious and some have American sized king beds (not that common in Europe), electric fireplaces and extra-large soaking tubs.  The spa suites have in room private saunas or steam rooms.
  • Dine at Lilja, serving French cuisine by chef Ville Rainio.  And don’t miss Bar Maria, for live music, champagne and caviar.

Of course it comes with the usual perks and VIP treatment when booking your stay through Truvay Travel.

? The Hotel Maria

Reach out to plan your trip to

INSPIRATION

Where the one per cent spend their holidays – a month-by-month guide,
The Telegraph

2024’s Most Instagrammable Hotel, Forbes

The Bucket List Family Told Us Their Best Travel Tips and Favorite Destinations, Forbes

This Buzzy City Is Europe’s Least Crowded Destination Per New Ranking, Forbes

The 5 Most Expensive Hotel Rooms in Paris, Condé Nast

How Female Chefs Are Sparkling in Istanbul, NYT

This Man Has Traveled to All 57 Super Bowls—Here’s What He’s Learned, Condé Nast

Dipping Into the World’s Most Stunning Hot Springs, NYT

How did San Sebastián become one of the best places to eat on the planet?, Adventure

The Art Of Luxury: What Sets High-End Holiday Rentals Apart,
Luxury Travel Magazine

The Best Places in the World to Travel Solo, Vogue

Lonely Plan-it: How to plan a trip to see an F1 race, Lonely Planet

Want To Visit Europe In 2024? 7 Must-See Destinations, Essence

The Latest Sauna Trend? It’s Called Aufguss, Town & Country

A Joyful Return to the British Virgin Islands, Virtuoso

Nine of the Best Beaches in the Caribbean, Virtuoso

The World’s 15 Most Romantic Hotels, AFAR

7 of the best underground bars in the UK, NatGeo

SAFARIS

Five unmissable African safari experiences to take this year,
Travel Daily News

INFORMATION

How to Actually Relax on Vacation, Condé Nast

The World’s Most Exclusive Airport Lounges for Ultimate Privacy,
Condé Nast

How to Plan a Friend Trip (and Keep Your Friends), WSJ

The Secret to a Better Vacation? Don’t Go at the ‘Best’ Time, WSJ

Venice likes a good party, just not the crowds, The Washington Post

Would you weigh yourself before boarding a plane? This airline is trying it., The Washington Post

Parents Are Highly Involved in Their Adult Children’s Lives, and Fine With It, NYT

Valuable travel discounts and deals for college students and young adults, The Points Guy

17 Best Books To Read (and Finish) On Your Next Long-Haul Flight,
Condé Nast

Thousands of flight attendants to hold nationwide pickets amid contract negotiations, Fox Business

Why Outdoor Gear from the 1990s Is Coming Back into Style,Outside Magazine

10 unusual Valentine’s Day traditions from around the world, Wanderlust

(If you aren’t able to access an NYT or Washington Post article, send me a note and I’ll send it to you in a PDF.)

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