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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 regular updates from A Luxury Travel Blog, please make sure you subscribe to our mailing list. International travel expected to jump after Europe relaxes restrictions Some industry executives are predicting international travel will reach 90 percent of its pre-pandemic level now that the United Kingdom has relaxed some of its COVID-19 restrictions… [read more] Airports and Travel Splurge-worthy: 5 ultra-romantic lodgings in the U.S, Mexico and Virgin Islands We’ve all been through lots, and probably haven’t traveled as much as we would like in the past couple of years. That means when we do, we might want to splurge. And what better time than Valentines Day, when you can not only enjoy your getaway, but also get big points for doing so? So here are a few terrific — frankly pricey — absolutely romantic getaways… [read more] High vaccination rate and Covid-safe rules drive interest in Cuba Cuba, a few years ago one of the hottest destinations in the Caribbean, has been quiet recently as pandemic-era rules and U.S. regulations have curtailed travel there. But as operators ready their 2022 programs for Americans, optimism is high — though not without its caveats… [read more] How luxury travel firms are transforming superyacht charters into unforgettable adventures Patrick had previously chartered boats in the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and the Adriatic and set foot on all seven continents. Still, he’d never witnessed anything like this. “Twenty humpback whales surrounding our Zodiac, a feeding frenzy on krill,” he recounts. “Diving, water boiling, coming up a few feet away—it was a life experience to see these mammoth mammals having the time of their lives… [read more] The stunning new ‘Air Yacht’ is a catamaran that floats to the skies Lazzarini Design Studio released its latest effort, the Air Yacht, a floating catamaran lifted by two helium-filled blimps that sit in place of a traditional twin hull, a report from New Atlas explains. Pierpaolo Lazzarini is known for extravagant designs such as the swan-inspired Avanguardia and his hollowed-out superyacht ‘the Shape’ design… [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. Yacht design never ceases to amaze me. That catamaran is quite revolutionary, not sure whether I like it or not.

    1. These things are often nothing more than initial concepts, but every now and again we do seem to end up with something that, once upon a time, closely resembles a much earlier concept… so I suppose you never know!

  2. It doesn’t take a crystal ball to predict that international travel will see a boom. After all the lockdowns and restrictions people have got cabin fever. They are desperate to get out and start seeing the world again.

    1. For sure, Julie… and whilst for some people, the last two years have been very tough financially (as well as emotionally), many others have actually saved money (on vacations, restaurants, etc.) so I’m confident that demand will still be very strong.

  3. Places like Cuba will do well once we get back to some sort of travel normality. The pandemic has caused people to stop and think, if they’ve been to Benidorm for the last dozen years having broken the habit they might begin to ask where else they can go which is more interesting.

    1. Very true, Gerald… I’ve seen many people that I think may fit the mould you describe holidaying in the Lake District this last year, so there’s no doubt that the pandemic has forced some changes already.

  4. It’s odd how I’m noticing the little things. That picture of a couple stood with luggage watching as a plane takes off stopped me in my tracks. It’s over 2 years since I’ve been to an airport and that image struck me as quite strange.

  5. Encouraging to read about some optimistic news from the travel industry at long last. After all today is Blue Monday which as the 3rd Monday in January when the weather’s grim and Christmas debts still need paying is supposed to be the most depressing day of the year.

    One of my New Year resolutions was to take more holidays in 2022 which isn’t going to be a difficult one to achieve after the last 2 years.

    1. Hi Natasha… I hope you get away in 2022. I’m hopeful that many of us will be able to this year, now that omicron seems to have peaked in many countries already. Fingers crossed we are past the worst of it.

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