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Luxury travel news this week

Here’s a round-up of luxury travel stories that have caught the eye this week. To make sure you receive these new weekly alerts in your web browser, please click on the red bell icon in the bottom right hand corner of the page and click ‘subscribe’ (works on desktop only – for other ways to subscribe, please click here). This will also alert you to any other posts on the blog. Should you wish, you can unsubscribe at any time, by clicking on the icon again and selecting ‘unsubscribe’. Marriott to reimburse some guests for new passports after massive data breach A Marriott spokesperson said the hotel chain is working on a way to reimburse some users for the costs of getting new passports if they’re one of the persons whose data was leaked in a massive data breach last week. Not all users will be reimbursed, a spokesperson said, but only those users who can prove they’ve been the victims of fraudulent operations where the passport number was involved… [read more] Six of the most luxurious ways to cruise the British Isles Imagine, if you will, an archipelago of more than 136 permanently inhabited islands, many thousands more isolated and undisturbed, seas teaming with whales, seals, the skies filled with birds. Imagine deserted white-sand beaches, rock formations like lunar landscapes and cities with histories stretching back a thousand years… [read more] Are you safer if you fly on a private jet than a commercial airplane? No airport security lines. No time-consuming transfers at hubs. And no unruly kids kicking your seat back. Business jet travel is certainly more efficient and glamorous than flying commercial. But is it as safe? The accident rate for corporate aviation is hard to determine, but studies show a higher accident risk in taking a business jet over a commercial airliner, though both are considered extremely safe. In 2015, the last year for which the National Transportation Safety Board has figures, the accident rate was 11.85 per million departures in business-size planes compared with one per million departures for regularly scheduled commercial airline flights… [read more] These will be the 19 trendiest travel destinations of 2019, according to Airbnb 2019 is right around the corner, which means it’s time for a very important list. No, we’re not talking about the New Year’s resolutions we’ll likely only stick with for the first few weeks of next year. We’re thinking of a decidedly more exciting list: Today, Airbnb released a roundup of travel destinations to visit in 2019, and all 19 of them are dream locations… [read more] 9 of the most luxurious travel experiences in the US Bobsledding in Utah with Olympic medalists, a $50,000 per night penthouse in New York and the chance to throw the first pitch at a Cubs game. If you’re one of the lucky few happy to drop some serious coin on travel experiences in the United States, then there are almost no limits to what you can find yourself doing. Here are nine exclusive ways to ensure that your Instagram vacation posts are just that little bit more envy-inducing… [read more] We really enjoy hearing from our readers and would love to hear your views on any of these stories! Please click on the comments below and share your thoughts. Thank you. Have a story you’d like to share? Please contact us for details.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Telegraph.

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  1. Yes, I know that I’ve spent most of my working life undertaking statistical analysis but there is an interesting anomaly in the figures on the top destinations for 2019. For most of the places there is a strong correlation for increase in searches with increases in bookings.

    But for Normandy the increase in bookings significantly out performs the number of searches. Is Normandy a trusted “brand” and travellers feel safe to book without undertaking too much research? Or are there any other explanations?

  2. Throwing the opening pitch at a baseball game eh? And paying “Top Dollar” for it. How long before English football clubs latch on to that one?

    Do you remember when a football team had just one mascot? Now every player walks out with a mascot. Soon some clubs will be charging for the privilege of kicking the first ball.

  3. I think Murray Garrard’s piece is excellent, very thought-provoking. He puts things into a new perspective. There is much to see close to home for those of us who live in the UK. We’ve got into the habit of thinking that we’ve got to travel to the ends of the Earth. As we travel more and more we are just creating more pollution and harming the environment. Perhaps a New Year’s resolution for many of us should be to find our pleasures closer to home.

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