To say that the state of travel has changed in the last few decades is an understatement. Going on vacation is easier than ever with the proliferation of budget airlines, resorts, and unique tourist experiences all over the globe. If you’re lucky, you can find yourself on a half dozen vacations in a year, with each outing bringing its own special charm. But sometimes quantity is better than quality, and many people are willing to spend a bit more to get that one-of-a-kind experience. A luxury vacation isn’t just about a five-star hotel, though— if getting there is half the journey, then you can bet that there are some companies out there who are willing to give you the most comfortable one ever. Here are a few ways you can travel in luxury in 2020.
There’s nothing more romantic than sipping wine and watching the beauty of the European countryside pass outside your window. While modern train travel prioritizes speed and convenience above all else, there are still opportunities for a first-class railway experience if you’re willing to spend the money and time. Like days of yore, which saw wealthy tourists taking month-long train trips around Europe, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express brings a new (or old) perspective to your regular European train trip. With beautifully restored coaches, gourmet food, and 24-hour service, there’s no better way to take the trip from London to Venice in style.
If you’re the type who wants to sit back, relax, and let someone else handle all the traveling for you, then a cruise ship is the way to go. Basically floating hotels that bring you on a set itinerary to a number of idyllic vacation sites for a day or two, cruise ships bring luxury to the seas. Picking a cruise is highly dependent on where you want to go and what you want to experience, but if luxury is what you’re after, then the Regent Seven Seas Voyager is the right choice. With butler service for every suite, private verandas, exquisite fine dining, and even wi-fi out on the open seas, this cruise is even better than your home away from home.
Travelers aren’t new to the concept of first-class travel in the sky— even as early as the 1950s and 1960s, airlines have offered seat options to passengers that allow them to experience glamor and luxury above the clouds. But while companies compete to see who has the most expensive and comfortable berth— Singapore Airlines and Emirates come to mind— there’s something to be said for the experience of having your own private plane at your fingers. According to Aviation JobNet, start-up Wheels Up may be able to provide you with just that. The Uber-like app allows for easy private plane bookings, with a fleet of over 90 aircraft and more than 1,200 available offline planes. Perfect for travelers who want to get up and go at the drop of the hat, Wheels Up allows you to book with as little as 24-hour notice, 365 days a year, making air travel more convenient than ever.