“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world. “
– Gustave Flaubert
Flaubert couldn’t be more right. Something special always happens when we travel. We tend to come back rejuvenated with a fresh perspective. Whether we’ve lived like a local for a week or sat back in luxury and witnessed the world from the comfort of a private pool, traveling does wonders for our wellbeing.
Conde Nast’s Traveller presented the Luxury Travel Fair held over one weekend at Kensington Olympia and brought with it an array of travel specialists offering much of the world to keen visitors.
Whether you love sailing the seven seas or private villa escapes to Europe, the Luxury Travel Fair was the place to be to discover new and exciting destinations.
Being a born and bred city girl, who would have thought that I now fancy trekking to the Canadian wilderness and experiencing a week or two amongst pristine, green land and big, not-so-cuddly brown bears? Yep, I didn’t see this coming either.
But more about the event. Visitors were also treated to a free complimentary 10 minute massage from luxury London spa Ushvani. Using traditional Malay techniques, my aching neck was miraculously soothed long enough to enjoy the rest of the day. For those wanting a break to absorb all the information they had gathered along the way, Louis Roederer’s Champagne Bar was on hand to provide a glass of bubbly – the ideal accompaniment to help you decide on your next destination.
You can tell that the organisers of the Luxury Travel Fair took real care when it came to the exhibitors they selected to appear at the show. All the representatives there were ready to answer questions and even provide additional information about your chosen destination, giving you a taster of what could potentially be on the horizon. A particular mention must go out to James Villa Holidays, The Thinking Traveller, Chic Collection and Clayoquot Wilderness Resort for taking the time to speak about what they do, and really embracing the notion of bespoke holidays. At a time where people from all walks of life are enjoying the accessibility to destinations far and wide, it’s operators like the ones listed above who are going a step further and taking various requirements into consideration when providing their services – whether that be due to religion, lifestyle or culture.
It’s never too late to plan your next luxurious getaway. Have a look at the full list of exhibitors here and get planning.