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

// August 26, 2015

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 to India. Patiently waiting for the perfect souvenir […]

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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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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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The Elephant Map Project | Repainting a Future For Elephants

// August 12, 2015

Can a map change the future for elephants? We think so, and are creating a unique elephant map to mobilize a movement to protect these majestic creatures. In this first-ever collaborative conservation art project, together we can paint a future […]

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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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A Life Underwater: Q&A with Aquanaut & Undersea Explorer Ian Koblick

// July 15, 2015

He’s spent days alongside Fidel Castro on his private island, built the world’s first underwater hotel, and discovered underwater graveyards. Absolute Travel sits down with undersea explorer, Ian Koblick, who’s bringing his passion for the seas, and the chance to […]

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You’re Already Going to the Caribbean; 8 Convincing Reasons You Should Go With Us

// June 8, 2015

You’re already going to the Caribbean for your beach time. Here’s why you should go with us. (Reason #1: It’s not more expensive!) You’ll get special treatment | One of the biggest misconceptions our clients have is booking with us […]

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Why Big City Dwellers Need Bali

// May 26, 2015

Christa is on a mission: to reset, rejuvenate, bliss-out, and find holistic wellness in Bali. She goes beyond the legendary spas and fabled beaches (although, she’ll certainly squeeze in some of this as well!) to meet with traditional healers, learn […]

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5 Reasons Malawi Will Surprise You: Endangered Species Sightings, a National Secret Handshake, and The Sandwich (it’s not what you think)

// May 21, 2015

Meghan is just back from Malawi. She shares how this often-overlooked African country is poised to step into the spotlight, and why you should go before everyone catches on. I am on a remote lava rock island, staring straight through […]

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Solo-ing through “Greenup” | Field Notes from Artist Emilie Lee

// May 15, 2015

Emilie’s solo time on the prairie comes to an end as she welcomes much-anticipated visitors. With the change in season, the prairie roars to life and she reflects on the passing of time in the wide-open. It’s hard to believe […]

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Inspiration In the Wide Open | Field Notes from Artist Emilie Lee

// May 6, 2015

Emilie has been soaking up the prairie for over two weeks now. The American Prairie Reserve has given her quite an introduction. She has set-up her easel in a prairie dog village, listening to them yip as coyotes sing backup […]

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Why We Are Not Just a Travel Company

// April 22, 2015

Earth Day. For so long this was a concept dedicated to the tree huggers. Not anymore. This is a day about recognizing that the way we live our lives matter, bigtime. Our choices matter. Our decisions have power—as individuals, as […]

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One of the Greatest Conservation Projects of Our Time | Emilie Lee Paints the Prairie

// April 16, 2015

Today’s post is from the talented artist Emilie Lee. We met Emilie at an event in New York this fall. A quick chat about conservation and art led to a bigger discussion about one of our favorite conservation projects—Montana’s American […]

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A Love Story of A Different Kind

// February 13, 2015

Dwarika’s Hotel is a love letter to Nepal. The property is literally built from Nepal’s past, out of ancient relics lovingly rescued by founder Dwarika Das Shrestha. The story begins in 1952. After witnessing two men in Kathmandu use the […]

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Want to Visit Cuba? Read this Q&A with Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist for Cuba, Adam Vaught, First.

// February 10, 2015

Americans have been waiting to meet the Cuban people for decades. Our Cuba expert, Adam Vaught, knows what the fuss is all about. He’s lived in Cuba. He’s guided in Cuba. He’s cultivated relationships all over the country with everyone […]

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