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Pamper Yourself With Luxury Travel Experiences

Nothing says vacation like traveling in style, being pampered and waited on while you kick up your legs and relax. This type of travel, also known as luxury travel, is a growing travel trend, and with strengthening economies in countries throughout the world, it is no longer limited to only a select few.

These days, luxury travel is theoretically available to anyone … as long as they are willing to pay. Prices for many of these experiences can be pretty steep, but for what you receive, they are most certainly worth the price. There are a number of ways to experience luxury travel. Here are our top five picks.

Fly first class
The epitome of luxury travel is flying first class. Some of the airlines that offer the best first class experiences include Emirates Airlines and Cathay Pacific Airways. Standard perks include seats that recline fully into a bed, touch screen TV, and even your own set of pajamas. Both airlines also offer your own private room, so you can fly in comfort and privacy. Cathay Pacific also provides hand-prepared meals and wine. Now that’s traveling in style, albeit at a price of $20,000 to $36,000 a flight!

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Go on a safari
For a more adventurous travel experience, consider going on a safari. Today’s luxury safari companies offer accommodations that are far from rustic, at prices ranging from $500 to $1,200 per night. From the Lake Manyara Tree Lodge in Tanzania, that provides luxury tree houses with free-standing bathtubs, to the Royal Malewane in South Africa, whose safari camps include private infinity pools and personal butlers, these places will give you a taste of the glamorous side of Africa.

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Take a cruise
If you prefer not to stay on land, how about taking a cruise? Luxury cruises let you travel to exotic locales, in regions like the Mediterranean and South America, all while enjoying the comforts and style of first class travel. Cruisers can enjoy amenities like spas, personal butlers, and even private dining. Some of the top luxury cruise companies include Regent, which offers all-inclusive fares, Paul Gauguin, whose ships feature all cabins and suites with an ocean view, and Crystal Cruises, known for their impeccable service. When you do go, expect to pay around $500 to $1,200 a night for your cruise experience.

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Dine in style
If a literal taste of luxury is what you’re after, then why not head to a luxury restaurant? For many travelers, the best part of travel is experiencing the food, and when you’re doing luxury travel, the food can definitely define your experience. Places like El Celler De Can Roca (in Girona, Spain), Osteria Francescana (in Modena, Italy), and Noma (in Copenhagen, Denmark), have all been named some of the top restaurants in the world. These places experiment with food in ways that are sure to provide you with an unforgettable gastronomic experience. Expect to pay at least $200 to $500 a meal for this luxury experience.

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Book a private jet
By far the best way to engage in luxury travel is to hire a private jet. This offers you the freedom and convenience to travel to virtually any place in the world, at any time you want. Plus, you don’t have to deal with long lines at airport security! Private jet charters can run from $4,000 to $18,000, depending on the length of the trip. A common alternative is to hire a private jet for an around the world trip. These trips can range anywhere from $129,000 per person, to upwards of $700,000 per person.

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If you’re interested in seeing what other LeafCanoers are saying about luxury travel, check out “A Few Kid Friendly Activities in Las Vegas” by hengli, or “Sleepless in Seattle: Baltimore and NYC” by tonifrazer. Or you can download the LeafCanoe app to post your own suggestions and experiences for luxury travel.

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Tasting Seattle: Argosy Cruises Tillicum Village

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A view of Seattle’s Waterfront

Every year, thousands of tourists come to Seattle, flocking to popular spots like Pike Place Market and the Space Needle. The Argosy Cruises Tillicum Village tour, however, is a lesser known tourist activity that can offer insight to the rich culture and history of Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest.

Tillicum Village on Blake Island is a sightseeing cruise offered by the tour company, Argosy Cruises, located at Seattle’s waterfront neighborhood. The island houses a replica of a traditional Native American longhouse, where you can learn about the Pacific Northwest’s Native American culture, and its role in shaping Seattle’s history. The visit also includes a traditional salmon bake dinner as well as dancing from the regional tribes.

A trip to Tillicum Village begins with a scenic boat ride, hosted by a guide from Argosy Cruises. As the boat leaves the pier, you are treated to stunning views of the city, including the Great Wheel, the downtown skyline, and even the Space Needle. During the ride, the tour guide shares interesting tidbits of the surrounding scenery, and also shares traditional Native American stories. Upon arrival at Tillicum Village, you are greeted with an offering of fresh steamed clams, as you make your way up the path to the long house.

Inside, you can watch salmon being prepared through a technique of smoking the meat around an open flame.  This traditional method takes several hours to cook, but yields meat that is both tender and flavorful. As the salmon cooks, you can browse art work created by Native American artists, and even watch them create traditional art like weaving or carving.

The highlight of the trip is the salmon dinner, accompanied by a performance of story-telling and dance. Story-telling plays an important role in Native American culture, and in this show, the story-teller’s stories are accompanied by dancers who interpret his words into movement. The show ends with a masked dance, with men donning heavy wooden masks representing birds such as eagles and crows. It is a spectacular sight watching these dancers move, mimicking the giant birds and snapping the heavy beaks open and closed.

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Traditional preparation of salmon

A trip to Tillicum Village is certainly worth putting on your list of things to do in Seattle, as it affords you a rare glimpse of the culture that is native to this region.  Once back on dry land, be sure to visit the other popular tourist sites of Seattle. Below are few additional sights that are worth visiting.

The Waterfront
Walk along the Waterfront to enjoy views of the water and the Olympic Mountains. The Waterfront stretches from Elliott Bay all the way up to Shilshole Bay. In the downtown area, you can find a variety of shops and restaurants, including Ivar’s Restaurant, Elliott’s Oyster House, the Crab Pot, and Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe. For more sight-seeing activities, visit The Great Wheel, the Seattle Aquarium, and the Olympic Sculpture Park.

Pike Place Market
Further inland from the Waterfront is Pike Place Market, which has the privilege of being named one of the oldest farmer’s markets in the United States. Created in 1907, Pike Place offers fresh produce and meats from local farmers and sellers, as well as arts and crafts from local artists. A number of restaurants, cafes, and food stores are also in the area, including Beecher’s Cheeses, the very first Starbucks store, and Lowell’s Restaurant, made famous by the movie, Sleepless in Seattle.

The Gum Wall
Just below Pike Place Market, at Post Alley, is the famed Gum Wall, a wall on the side of building plastered with colorful pieces of chewing gum. Originating from the early ’90s, when patrons of the nearby Market Theater would stick pieces of gum on the wall while waiting for a show, The Gum Wall is now one of the quirkier attractions of Seattle that still manages to attract throngs of visitors.

Looking for more attractions to check out in Seattle?  Download the leafcanoe app for more tips and tricks.

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