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What Travel + Leisure’s Thailand Expert is Excited About Right Now

// March 6, 2017

There’s only one Travel + Leisure A-List expert for Thailand and Absolute Travel’s Holly Monahan is it. She’s so good at inspiring travelers to visit with her ever-deepening knowledge of how to explore the region, she even has other Absolute […]

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Behind-the-Scenes at Absolute Travel

// February 17, 2017

You’re probably used to hashing out your travel dreams with us over the phone. Ever notice the buzz in the background? While you’re chatting with us, there’s a whole team of people getting to work on your trip. We thought […]

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Japan Demystified: Meet Your Japan Travel Sensei

// February 15, 2017

Japan is a trip for the trophy case. Why? World-class food. Luxury accommodation. Ancient culture. Personal safety. First-rate local infrastructure. Unparalleled hospitality. Aside from wildlife (although we can get you to the snow monkeys, too) chances are Japan has it, […]

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5 Great Books To Take You To Peru

// February 13, 2017

Here’s what to know about Peru: you’re going to love it! Not convinced? Consider this: climbing Machu Picchu as the sun crests will leave you feeling like you’ve plopped down into something near to magic. Cutting your way down the […]

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Switzerland: Warm Your Core

// February 9, 2017

We’re having a Switzerland moment. The gift we’re all asking for is a romantic winter escape through the Swiss Alps. Absolute Travel’s Brooke Garnett is just back and our Europe expert, Martina Reznick, heads over in March. We want to […]

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In your words: What it’s really like to work with a safari expert

// January 30, 2017

Last fall the Shanus and Treiber family took the type of safari everyone wants to take: a multi- country journey to see the best of East Africa. They hit Kenya, Tanzania, and Victoria Falls. They saw rare wildlife moments including […]

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Guatemala: A Design & Artisan Hideout

// January 23, 2017

Hunting for textiles in markets that have been held for centuries; working with third-generation boot makers to design your own custom pair of cowboy boots; hopping by boat between lakeside villages to learn backstrap weaving and natural dying… How Guatemala […]

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Where Not to Go in 2017

// January 17, 2017

With so many “where to go in 2017” lists popping up, it’s hard to tell what’s hype and where to find bona fide good travel. We’re weighing in. We’ve been to the places you’re reading about and will tell you […]

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Witness Nature at Its Best on a Conservation Expedition Through the World’s Most Beautiful Islands

// January 6, 2017

It’s a particularly fascinating time to visit some of the richest and most pristine uninhabited islands on our planet: Raja Ampat, Indonesia. Though it’s possible to visit on your own, few have the chance to see them like this: alongside […]

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2016 + 2017: What matters most

// December 28, 2016

You made 2016 another year to remember. As always, it’s travelers like you—those who are itching to see the world and experience its wonders—who make what we do worthwhile. We’re eager to continue the journey in 2017 and have some […]

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2017 Goal: Get to Cuba

// December 21, 2016

“When you can hop on a JetBlue flight NYC to Havana for about $200 I understand the temptation to just wing it. But if you want the most from your Cuba trip, you need someone who can walk you through […]

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We’re in the Spirit!

// December 16, 2016

To spread the holiday joy we’re sharing a few of our favorite moments from 2016: scaling treetops in Borneo (Lauren!), introducing new family members to the stuff of life on a boat ride along the Amalfi Coast (Brian!), and learning […]

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We’re Nominated! Travel+Leisure World’s Best Awards 2017

// December 7, 2016

CUE CELEBRATION LAP— we’re nominated! Thank you for helping us get this far. Cast your vote and help determine the winners. By voting you’ll be entered for the chance to win a dream trip for two worth $10,000, to be […]

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A Family Travel Expert’s Toolbox of Tips & Advice

// November 28, 2016

Lola, Leslie’s youngest daughter, climbed Machu Picchu before she could tie her own shoelaces. Her oldest daughter, Ruby, is quick to tell you her favorite city is Dubai, which she’s already visited three times before even graduating high school. Her […]

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Well Read // 5 Best New Global Cookbooks

// November 21, 2016

It’s eating season! With the holidays come lots of excuses to gather friends and family and celebrate what’s good in life—ahem, food. There couldn’t be a better time to add some new recipes to your repertoire. With the help of […]

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Ready for a luxury getaway with the girls? Go here.

// November 15, 2016

A Nicaragua getaway has all the right ingredients to put life on hold: waves worth waking up for, cliffs plunging into the sea, fresh guacamole on demand, private bohios with water views, and pastel-colored colonial cities with cobblestone streets so […]

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Why Travel? A Post-Election Response

// November 11, 2016

When President Obama won his first term in office I was in Mozambique. This was the first presidential election I had voted in and the day of my 21st birthday. I watched the polls roll in on the flickering television […]

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2016’s Standout Hotels

// October 27, 2016

As travel experts one of the questions we get asked the most is, “What hotels are you excited about right now?” There’s so many new hotels on the scene these days it’s hard to keep up. We’re here to dig […]

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There’s always a good reason for a sexy escape. Here’s more.

// October 26, 2016

There’s always a good reason for a sexy escape. Always. After nearly three decades of searching the world over for dreamy trip material, we know a thing or two about how to create an effortlessly indulgent getaway. Here are some […]

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Well Read // 6 best new travel books

// October 24, 2016

A book that brings a place to life can make us want to plan a trip the moment we turn the first page. As we welcome fall in New York City, we’re on the hunt for some great travel books […]

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