Ah, luxury. Are you imagining being showered with diamonds? A high-end vehicle in your garage? The latest branded goods? Would you be surprised that for many, those things do not define luxury. Some consider time away from the daily grind a luxury. A well-prepared, quality meal – sitting next to a waterfall and enjoying the sound of the falls, the spray of the water, the fresh air.
More and more, we see the word luxury flung in front of words as a descriptor, but what does it actually mean? Luxury is nothing if not personal. How you define luxury is entirely up to you - especially as it relates to travel. For some, it means first-class tickets, private villas, and Michelin-star restaurants. For others, walking the streets of a quaint village and stumbling upon a local gem of a restaurant with an amazing atmosphere is luxury.
Luxury is often defined by the price tag when it should be defined by the experience. You don't have to break the bank to have a luxury vacation. If staying in a boutique hotel run by the locals is the experience you're after, then why change just because it's not someone else's idea of luxury? At its core, luxury travel is defined by offering superior service. Whether that's from an amazing tour guide or passionate small business owner, you'll be surprised by the luxurious experiences you will have while traveling on any budget.
As you're thinking about planning your luxury vacation, take time to think about what luxury means to you. If you're someone who travels often and the thought of waiting at another airport check-in counter drives you crazy, then your idea of luxury travel might be flying private. Sometimes we all need a little pampering, and a private butler may be just what you’re after. Offering round-the-clock white-glove service, you'll hardly have to lift a finger. While you might enjoy cooking at home, cooking is probably the last thing you want to think about when you're on vacation. Dining out at a local restaurant and discovering the regional cuisine is a luxury in and of itself. As you think about the types of experiences you want to have on your vacation, it becomes easier to define what luxury travel means to you.