As 2020 comes to a close — finally — many people look ahead to 2021 travel. If you’re interested in the private travel trend, considering adding one of these experiences to your 2021 travel plans.
Turtle tagging at Oil Nut Bay, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
Oil Nut Bay in Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands, offers guests an up-close experience with local wildlife. Explore the dazzling reefs on a turtle tagging boat adventure. Swim alongside an on-board researcher to safely catch, measure, tag and release turtles. Nightly villa rates start at $550.
Floatplane fishing, Ketchikan, Alaska
Salmon Falls Resort opens its doors earlier than normal for its off-the-grid adventures. The floatplane fishing adventure brings guests on a scenic, chartered flight to a remote spot for a guided fishing experience. The floatplane adventure costs $1,500 for two people.
Touring U.S. national parks by private charter plane
Private jet tour operator TCS World Travel introduced a winter U.S. national parks itinerary. The customized private charter plane experience accommodates groups of 4–12 people. Tour experiences include private wolf-tracking in Yellowstone National Park and private snowshoeing in Grand Teton National Park.
Bespoke stargazing, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Hotel Jackson, minutes from Grand Teton National Park, partners with Wyoming Stargazing on a stargazing experience for two. Guests take a private shuttle to the national park at sunset and enjoy a picnic basket filled with goodies, including hot chocolate, cocktails and a warm beanie. The offer starts at $759 for two people.
Skijöring, St. Moritz, Switzerland
The legendary Badrutt’s Palace is the perfect spot for a Swiss Alps getaway. Dubbed “winter’s wildest sport,” book a skijöring experience, starting at $260 for two people. Skijöring involves someone on skis being pulled by a horse.
Maíz and Mezcal experience, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Grand Solmar Land’s End in Playa Solmar offers guests a Maíz and Mezcal experience. Learn the history of mezcal and take part in a hands-on, tortilla-making lesson. The experience costs $200 per couple.
Beachside lobster ceilidh, Inverness, Nova Scotia
Cabot Cape Breton invites guests to experience a traditional Scottish and Irish social gathering, a ceilidh. Resort guests gather around a bonfire and enjoy a feast of freshly caught Nova Scotia seafood, while listening to live authentic Gaelic folk music. The experience starts at $350 per person.
Seabourn recently announced the name of its second new ultra-luxury purpose-built expedition ship: Seabourn Pursuit. The name reflects the passion of expedition travelers to seek out and explore natural wonders and destinations through activities around the globe.
History and culture are etched into every corner of Greece. Beginning with its language, the oldest written language still in existence, and moving from the traces of passing civilizations and religions to pre-historic findings and works from many movements, there’s a wealth of culture to discover on your next trip to Greece.
Though the Chicago area has been my home for decades, the view from the Water Tower Suite on the 26th floor of The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago made me gasp. I had admired Chicago’s dramatic skyline many times, but never from this angle. Through expansive windows, the skyscrapers of 900 N. Michigan Ave. and the John Hancock Center, now named 875 North Michigan Avenue, rose to my right. Far below, the landmark Chicago Water Tower nestled in a ring of trees. One of the few survivors of the Great Chicago Fire, a turning point in the city’s history being remembered on its 150th anniversary in 2021, the Gothic Revival relic resembled a fairy-tale castle in a children’s playset.
President Biden signed H.R. 2278, bipartisan legislation to designate a September 11th National Memorial Trail. The trail route will link the National September 11th Memorial and Museum in New York; the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Virginia; and the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.
GBTA’s Convention 2021 will bring the business travel industry together for the first time in a long time. Once again, you’ll learn and connect with experts and each other, along with discussions with leading thinkers, entrepreneurs and change makers addressing the issues that matter most.
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises debuted images for its newest Super Ship, S.S. Sphinx, on the Nile River in Egypt. Uniworld sourced with local artisans, ensuring Egyptian creativity and craftmanship across the ship. The ship set sail Sept. 23 as the only luxury river cruise currently in Egypt.
There’s an aspirational rustic chic/farm-to-table restaurant genre often associated with Northern California’s wine country. When you drive down the main street of Napa, Sonoma or any of the other towns, it appears there are as many of them as there are vineyards. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this genre, as the quality of the food is consistent and ambitious chefs earnestly endeavor to elevate home-style dishes to a higher standard.
Since its prestige for attracting the world elite grew in the 1960s, Greece remains the go-to destination for glittering holidays. Each step of the journey is enrobed in luxury, from culinary traditions with the highest standard of execution and name-brand, high-end shopping to first-rate wellness locales and elite accommodations, like 5-star hotels, private villas and yachts.
The InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco announced a new amenity for guests in collaboration with Porsche. Porsche electric vehicle charging stations will now be located in the valet area of the hotel’s parking deck, allowing guests and visitors to top off the batteries of electric vehicles while enjoying a cocktail at Top of the Mark, enjoying farm-to-table fare at Nob Hill Club or staying overnight at the property.