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Win $500 toward your next trip! #ABSOLUTEINSIDER

// January 4, 2016

Congratulations to @bylwood, our winter 2015 #absoluteinsider winner! Lauren’s #absoluteinsider photo of Babylonstoren’s chef foraging for dinner ingredients made us want to head straight to South Africa’s Cape Winelands. We’re picking our next winner in March! Here’s how you could […]

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T+L World’s Best Awards: LET THE VOTING BEGIN!

// December 14, 2015

How did a family-run boutique travel company become Travel + Leisure’s 2013 World’s Best Tour Operator? YOU! Your votes made the difference. We are completely humbled to be in the running for Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards again this […]

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30 of our best moments from 2015

// December 8, 2015

We’re feeling festive! From hanging with Ringo to soaring over Nepal, running marathons in Japan to (almost) adopting a baby alpaca in Peru, we invite you to join in our holiday cheer with a look back at 30 of our […]

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Textile weavings made from lotus and silk, a specialty of Inle Lake, by Koh Than Laing

Places to go now to protect an artisan tradition

// November 30, 2015

“Sometimes when you travel, you see something too beautiful to not take home,” says Absolute Travel President Ken Fish. Don’t we know it. We’ve lost ourselves in countless souks from Marrakech to Istanbul, been mesmerized by the whirring bobbins of […]

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Beyond Australia 101: Down Under Decoded by an Expert

// November 18, 2015

We’re just going to say it: you need to go to Australia more than once. Stacey Sullivan, our Australia expert, is just back. Tomorrow Brooke Garnett, named to Travel + Leisure’s A-List for luxury travel in Australia, heads over. There’s […]

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Hugo Guinness Short Film for The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

More than just cute: DSWT’s must-watch 3-minute short

// November 4, 2015

It doesn’t take much to realize we are smitten with the elephants who call The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) home. But as much as we’re charmed by every single one, each orphan is a stark reminder of a grave […]

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Nepal Rising: Is it crazy to go?

// October 28, 2015

From glorious Everest to tiny tea houses, Nepal stirs our hearts. These days, the iconic mountaintops and mystical monasteries that have lured adventurous travelers for decades are running on empty. April’s earthquake hit months ago, but emotional reverberations are constant. […]

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We're hiring

We’re Hiring! Europe Sales Manager to Join our NYC Team

// October 28, 2015

The ideal candidate will have travel sales experience and a comprehensive knowledge of multiple European destinations. The candidate should be positive, detail-oriented, organized and have a passion for travel. This position is based from our spacious loft in the Financial […]

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We’re Hiring! Operations Associate to Join Our NYC Team

// October 26, 2015

Since 1989, Absolute Travel has been the leading provider of deluxe, custom designed travel experiences, offering clients unique journeys across all seven continents. Job Description: The Operations Associate ensures quality control for the booked travel services for our clients. This […]

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Is wildlife worth more dead or alive? Dereck Joubert on the economics of trophy hunting.

// October 19, 2015

Trophy hunting in Africa is a major topic these days. Cecil the Lion is practically a household name. After professional hunter Ivan Carter sent the following note to award-winning filmmaker Dereck Joubert, Dereck took it as an opportunity to share […]

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Your next trip: South Africa

// October 8, 2015

The South African Rand is down. Way down. Meaning the world’s best safaris won’t break the bank. So, if you’re a wine lover envisioning crisp Chenin Blancs and strolls through striking Cape Dutch vineyards, a parent who wants to watch […]

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T+L names Holly to their A-List! Her tips will change the way you travel in Southeast Asia.

// September 30, 2015

Holly’s creds come from a year living in Bangkok’s trendiest neighborhood and months traveling across Southeast Asia, from Myanmar to Sri Lanka, scoping out the best new hotels and off-the-radar experiences. She is always on the ground discovering what makes […]

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Proud moment: T+L names Brooke to their A-List (her photos show why)

// September 10, 2015

Landing on Travel + Leisure’s A-List of top travel specialists isn’t easy. In fact, it’d probably be easier to climb Cappadocia’s cliff sides or dodge hippos canoeing in Botswana! Brooke’s made the cut for the third year in a row. […]

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Why Chengdu should be your first stop in China | By Katie Lotz

// August 25, 2015

I’ve been to China four times in the last five years. I’ve studied Mandarin Chinese in Beijing; taught Chinese University students English in Chengdu; explored Xi’an (going back for the Terra Cotta Warriors), Chongqing (don’t miss the evening river cruise), […]

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Win $500 toward your next trip! #ABSOLUTEINSIDER

// August 20, 2015

Wow us with your original travel photos and you could win a $500 credit toward your next Absolute Travel trip! No need to be a pro. Some of our favorite photos are snapped on our iPhones these days. Each season […]

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India’s behind-the-scenes shopping experiences most visitors have no idea exist

// August 19, 2015

Read the Forbes interview with Meghan Black here. Ditch the guidebook and forget generic—we’re reveling in palace takeovers and secret pashmina haunts! From Jaipur to Cochin, Meghan Black shares the “for-keeps” memories, experiences, and must-have treasures from her fourth trip […]

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Singita Ebony Lodge Never Gets Old: A Look Inside the Reinvention of South Africa’s Award-Winning Lodge

// August 18, 2015

How does a brand that’s been around for 22 years maintain its cache? Singita, which has become practically synonymous with luxury African safari, seems to have the answer with the reveal of Singita Ebony Lodge’s renovation. This isn’t your same-day […]

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Ranger for a Day: Patrolling with Black Rhino Bodyguards & Sniffing Out Poachers with a Pup

// August 12, 2015

Absolute Travel’s Katie Losey checks in from Kenya: I’m in Kenya, so the last animal I thought I’d write home about is a dog. I was wrong. Standing in front of me is Didi. She’s a rescue, bought from a […]

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Who cares?

// July 31, 2015

Last week I walked by someone on Broadway sporting a tank top that read, “I COULD CARE LESS.” If there’s anything I don’t want to be, it’s apathetic, indifferent and proud of it. Right now I’m in seat 33-B wedged […]

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Exclusive: Colin Cowie On His Travel Wishlist, Being New York’s Party Planning King & His Single Best Tip

// July 23, 2015

Oprah, Demi, Kim…Colin Cowie’s roster of clients don’t even need last names. In this exclusive Q&A we get to know how the man behind the moniker—born and raised in Zambia—grew into New York’s party planning king. From designing unforgettable events […]

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