Europe (especially France, Spain, Belgium, UK, Sweden), Western US, New Zealand, Australia, Central and South America
Travel that penetrates the initial impressions of a place, delving into the local history, tastes, and people; solo travel; add-ons to work travel; shopping for local art and artifacts; group travel and reunions.
I’m a big fan of finding luxury boutique hotels, such as Cour des Loges in Lyon, France. I also enjoy historic properties such as the Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver and Château de la Chèvre d’Or in Eze Village, France. Hotel groups such as Relais & Châteaux and Rosewood have wonderful properties.
In 2015, my partner and I took 3 ½ months to travel around the world, with all international flights in first or business class (all with travel and credit card miles). On this trip we alternated between short city stays in hotels and extended countryside stays in apartments. Our travels took us from Cathar castles in France to skyscrapers in Singapore, the fjords of New Zealand, and the streets of Buenos Aires. An absolute peak moment was touring Doubtful Sound in New Zealand on a 12-person yacht.