I spent this weekend in Nashville at the Luxury Travel Summit, and while it was a working weekend, you know part of my job is to experience very cool things for recommendations for my clients, and oh my goodness, I did. We had a private performance by a songwriter who is up for number one song at the Country Music Awards, and then, holy cow, we went to the Grand Ole Opry! I have to say I am not a fan of country music but that was such an amazing experience. They had such a variety of great entertainers and it was electric to be in the iconic Ryman Auditorium. Then we enjoyed checking out some of the music venues (and rooftop bars) along Broadway.
I’ll be sharing a number of insights about luxury travel from attending the summit so here is the first of my impressions from what we discussed.
The easy way to do it…
From my time at the Luxury Travel Summit last week, I gained a lot of ideas and perspectives on the latest aspect of luxury travel.
One of the things that I picked up is in regard to the opportunity to easily travel to check things off your bucket list. I’m not talking about the places on your bucket list, but the special events on your bucket list. I was struck by the once a year events and unique experiences that are beautifully packaged by some of these luxury suppliers.
One of the events that came up quite a bit is going to the Monaco Grand Prix, which sounds so exciting and exotic. There are a number of cruises that are timed to port in that area and offer access to go to the Grand Prix – with the total convenience of providing all of your transportation, accommodations, and logistics.
Another bucket list event that is incorporated into a travel experience is the Chelsea Flower Show in London. Abercrombie and Kent has a beautiful small group journey featuring the gardens of England that culminates with going to the members-only day at the Chelsea Flower Show. For folks who have that on their bucket list, what a lovely way to have that experience with everything taken care of for them, including access that they wouldn’t be able to get on their own.
For golfers, playing golf at top courses around the world is a continuous bucket list obsession, but that’s typically fairly difficult while traveling in central Europe. A new opportunity for golfers is to play golf during a Danube river cruise, playing courses that have hosted key European tournaments in Germany, Austria, Hungary and Czech Republic. AMA Waterways new ship AMAMagna will offer the Concierge Golf Program, a first in that region.
Jazz fans can enjoy the ultimate experience with the New Orleans Jazz Event designed by Ken Burns. This travel program by Tauck is a deep dive into all the classic and hidden spots where jazz was born. It includes live performances and a private reception with Ken Burns.
There are some fascinating trips crafted around not just the amazing places we all want to visit, but travel packages that make it easy to be part of special events and once in a lifetime experiences.