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When it comes to luxury travel, we immediately zone into private planes, private cruises, private villas, 5-star hotels and chef-inspired tasting menus with only the best wine pairings. Yes, this was back in the day where there was nothing more to it.

Compared to the standards of travel before, we have definitely pushed the possibilities when defining ‘luxury’. The most affluent of travelers now look for experiences so outside-of-the-box that you won’t even realize there was a box in the first place.

Today, we’ll breakdown the TOP 5 LUXURY TRAVEL TRENDS of 2018. Let’s get right into it!

TOP 5 LUXURY TRAVEL TRENDS OF 2018

1. ‘PERSONALIZATION’ IS EVERYTHING

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Dinner celebration on a private yacth

Travelling is always personal. It is where you become vulnerable, relaxed and open to new experiences. It is where you disconnect from your reality and reconnect with yourself and your loved-ones. Your vacation should always meet your personality and your needs. The new Luxury travel is a curated experience that will keep you permanently engaged and interested before, during and even after the trip.

2. EXPERIENCES VS. ITEMS

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Thera, Greece

The era of consumerism is still here – but nowadays, people spend more on experiences versus material things. Let’s crunch up some numbers. Your “$40,000/year” Canadian spends up to $5,000 per year on travel. And an average multi-billionaire spends about $43 billion a year on travel. This is 20% more than what consumers spend just a few years ago. Experiences have now trumped material items on the happiness scale that even the rich and famous are prioritizing it.

3. EXCLUSIVE ACCESS AND PRIVACY PLEASE

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San Diego, USA

The new luxury travel insists on exclusive access to anything and everything. You prefer experiences that only few may have. You prefer an underrated destination with high quality experience that no one has ever done before. Access is the new authentic – you want local; to be part of experience instead of being an audience. Bear in mind, that exclusivity also means privacy. Being closed off to the access of the general public is key to luxury travel.

4. SOCIAL MEDIA PORTFOLIO

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Arc Du Triomphe, Paris

Social Media changed the game for a lot of industries, both in good and not-so good ways. Nowadays, a well-crafted social media portfolio is almost a standard in our society. This also includes the wealthy. Affluent travelers are not only looking for the best experiences but they want to capture the most beautiful of moments to add to their social media repertoire. They are now more open to share their experiences to the world around them.

5. TRAVELLING WITH PURPOSE

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Edge of a cliff

The new luxury travel also considers a more holistic view of the world. There is more room for personal growth, meditation and wellness in today’s luxury travel. There are more family-oriented trips and ‘environment-friendly’ vacations. This new generation of affluent  are more inclined to fight for a better world, embracing difference, and leaving a social footprint of peace and love in our planet.


There you have it –  The Top 5 Luxury Travel Trends of 2018. Thanks for sticking with us. We’re always excited to be part of the shift in trends and birth to new cultures all for a better, beautiful world.

If this post reflected your preference and needs,  send us a quick message. Wherever you are going – we would love to curate something special for you. Incorporating all these trends into one hassle-free travel package. Contact us here and let’s get personal.

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