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Condé Nast Traveler Exchange: The Travel Specialists Summit

// February 23, 2011

For the fourth year in a row, Absolute Travel’s Leslie Overton has made the cut as CondĂ© Nast Traveler’s Top Specialist for Family Travel to Asia. Impressive. Below she discusses her impressions of the 8th annual Travel Specialist Summit in […]

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Istanbul to the UAE, Leslie’s Top Hotel Picks

// December 1, 2010

During her recent visit to the United Arab Emirates and Turkey, Absolute Travel general manager Leslie Overton (and Conde Nast Top Travel Specialist) encountered the worlds tallest building, gold dispensing ATMs, and even navigated the Bosphorus River. She is full […]

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Back from Burma: The Situation Firsthand

// April 29, 2010

As I continued along my Southeast Asia circuit, Burma also made headlines. While celebrating the Thingyan water festival for the Burmese new year last week, a bombing took place in the former capital of Yangon (Rangoon), killing and injuring several […]

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Help for Haiti

// January 13, 2010

Though Haiti is not among the destinations in our portfolio, we were (like most people) very upset to learn of the devastating magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck the island nation yesterday. Death toll estimates are running into the hundreds of […]

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Hangzhou on our Minds

// December 23, 2009

We were so thrilled to learn that Amanresorts will be opening a new property in Hangzhou, China, next month! We have long admired Amanresorts’ enthusiasm for local architectual detail and impeccable service, and the Amanfayun looks like it will not […]

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Philanthropic Travel

// October 30, 2009

I recently attended the World Savers Congress as part of my duties as a Conde Nast Top Travel Specialist for 2009, and a hot topic was how the travel industry is promoting philanthropy. Edward Norton spoke of his work in […]

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Fashionable Cape Town

// October 30, 2009

Last night I attended the Style in the City event in Cape Town hosted by Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine from the BBC series What Not to Wear [in the U.S., they have a show called Making Over America]. This […]

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GUIDING LIGHT: BERNARDO IN SANTIAGO, CHILE

// October 28, 2008

One of our most popular guides is Bernardo Naschelski, who always gets rave reviews from Absolute Travel visitors to Santiago, Chile. Bernardo has all of the qualities that make an excellent guide: he is knowledgeable, accommodating, and extremely charming. Bernardo […]

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NEW DESTINATIONS: TRAVELING OUT OF THIS WORLD

// August 7, 2008

From Virtuoso website: ” Virgin Galactic has Appointed Virtuoso as their Exclusive Retail Travel Group in North America. Virtuoso travel advisors are the first in the world endorsed to reserve seats on Virgin Galactic spaceflights, due to launch in late […]

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TO GO OR NOT TO GO

// May 29, 2008

Susan Hack of concierge.com lists some of the world’s most fascinating destinations. These wonderful destinations also happen to be among the most politically problematic. She considers the pros and cons of each case — the reasons to go and not […]

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