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 Enjoy some of our go-to travel resources (and favorite things!) to help you in your journey. Some of the links below are affiliate links, which means I might earn a small commission if you love something as much as I do... but I only recommend what I actually like myself!

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TOOLS of the Trade

There’s a world of dream stays to discover within Virtuoso’s curated collection of more than 1,400 hotels, resorts, lodges, villas, camps, and private islands. Book yourself using our private Virtuoso site, and I will VIP you for the duration of your stay. Ready to go? 

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FlightAware is currently the world's largest flight tracking platform, with a network of over 32,000 ground stations in 200 countries. It provides real-time, historical, and predictive flight tracking data — they even offer a real-time misery map so you can be prepared.

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Medjet, a preferred Virtuoso Supplier since 2002, is the premier global medical transport and travel security membership program for travelers. Regardless of medical necessity, if a member is hospitalized 150 miles or more from home, Medjet will arrange medical transfer to the hospital of their choice within their home country. This is the best way I know to protect yourself and your trip.

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The pandemic is finally shuffling off-stage. Still, this up-to-date resource will remain invaluable. Get travel entry regulations based on your country of passport, place of departure, and planned country of entrance, including specific health and safety rules. You’ll find a wealth of helpful resources to stay informed as international travel continues to reopen from my partner CIBTVisas.

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International travel requires accurate, timely information, and careful consideration before booking. With more than 50 years' experience, our Virtuoso partner CIBT is the largest and most well-established travel visa and passport company in the world. CIBT offers the tools, experience, and global network necessary to effectively reduce the time associated with obtaining travel documents and legalizations. They also offer expedited services. 

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Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. Members enter the United States through automatic kiosks at select airports. Travelers must be pre-approved for the Global Entry program. All applicants undergo a rigorous background check and in-person interview before enrollment. You must first create a Trusted Traveler Programs (TTP) account, fill out an application and pay a nominal fee.

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BUSINESS & BEYOND

Personal Faves

Travelers inherently love to learn. We are natural explorers and inquisitive adventurers - even from our sofas. Here are just a few of my personal favorites that I use to satiate that curiosity from home and a few outstanding wellness resources I discovered on my travels.

CEREAL

Cereal is a biannual, travel & style magazine based in the UK  destinations and stories on unique design, art, and fashion. I love their city guides too.

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GRÆS

GRÆS is the paper form of that friend who can talk about and enjoys all the weirdness, the fun, and interesting things this world has to offer.   


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MONOCLE

This magazine offers insightful, inspiring ideas and deep dives on global affairs, design, culture and travel. And the best travel guides out there, IMHO. And great podcasts too.

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CREATIVE LIVE

I originally found this learning site to uplevel my business skills. During some downtime during the pandemic, I decided to finally master photography, and their Beginner Photographer’s Crash Course is just outstanding. So are many others.

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CONTEXT TRAVEL

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WONDRIUM

As one of their first 100 customers, my own mother introduced me to this company back when they were called Great Courses. And they are great indeed. I especially love their courses on history, literature, music and art. They have so much more.

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CLINIQUE LA PRARIE

The Clinique La Prairie supplement collection is based on >90 years of medical research to boost immunity, rejuvenation, antioxidation, anti-inflammation, detoxification, and vitality.

wellness

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VITRUVI

I've been a fan of aromatherapy since the early 90s. With their beautiful, natural home scenting, Vitruvi offers a different kind of air that’s light, beautiful, and full of possibility. I love their blends and their diffusers are pretty neat too, with one for your car.

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subtle energies

magazines

online learning

Context Travel was a life-saver during the pandemic. Through their live-taught seminars, I learned from erudite scholars from around the globe. I explored the lands of Outlander, discovered Coco Chanel's France, and learned of prehistoric sites in Ireland.

I discovered this Ayurvedic skincare line at the Peninsula and noted the Royal Mansour Marrakech stocks them too. I especially love their sleep products and bath oils. I now ordered them direct from Australia as gifts for my girlfriends.

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MORE FAVORITES

Exclusive Access to Out-of-the-Box Experiences

What's visible to the public is truly the tip of the iceberg — I connect you with adventures you didn't even know were possible.

How to NOT Leave $$ on the Table When Traveling

Nobody likes to waste money. One of the perks of working with a Virtuoso travel advisor? I extend your dollar (on average, over $500/stay). 

Travel After Grief, Loss, & Languishing

We’ve all lost a lot. And we all mourn in a particular way. A profoundly personal and refreshing trip will help you recover the bits that feel lost.

Currently Reading

Poetry is always a good idea. 

 I'm savoring her novels slowly.

This mystery writer is very clever and funny.

This book has been my Ayurvedic bible for >20 years

My favorite thinker on travel. Erudite and thought-provoking.

Tina Brown's writing is witty, insightful and dishy. 

I loved Larsen's earlier very readable books. Can't wait to read this.

Set in London and Venice, I recently rewatched the film.

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Pre-Departure Checklist

Packing mishaps range from inconvenient (heading to the Bahamas without a swimsuit) to disastrous (discovering that you left the country without your wallet), but most are preventable. We've created this ultimate packing list to help you pack well, every time.