The Cultureur, a luxury travel and lifestyle blog, focuses on the finer things in life, while delving into the hidden gems of a destination's local culture. Here you will find inspiration and guidance for travel and cultural experiences that can be duplicated and tailored to your own tastes.
I love Los Angeles. I love Hollywood. They’re beautiful. Everybody’s plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic. A pioneer of American pop art, Andy Warhol paints only one version of my darling hometown, Los Angeles — a city of extremes, where the opinions are as diverse as its demographics. Before you ignite […]
What is experiential luxury travel? There’s luxury travel and then there’s experiential luxury travel. From the beginning of The Cultureur, staying true to my travel style of luxury travel and local culture, I have maintained that both facets are equally important to me and comprise my ideal way of travel. In fact, every travel experience of mine is […]
CONCIERGE DIARIES is a series that depicts destinations through the eyes of a local luxury hotel’s concierge. They understand luxury travel and local culture, and can be a wealth of information. In our digital age, the role of the concierge has changed and evolved drastically, and the largely tech-driven millennials interact with the traditional notion of […]
I haven't done an updated post on my favorite travel tips since my top 100 travel tips and hacks in 2014, so I wanted to start the year by sharing the best travel tips for 2018. These are a few of my favorite travel tips that I use on a frequent basis. Bon voyage! ✈︎
From London to Seattle, and from Berlin to Kyoto. Find a gin by country (in alphabetical order) in my comprehensive directory of gins (both artisanal and mass-produced) from around the world. Some I’ve tried, others are on my list. I’ll let you make the final verdict. Many distilleries produce multiple gins, but I’ve only listed […]
Tourism is a numbers game, and more isn’t always better (as Barcelona and Iceland will tell you). Travel has almost doubled in less than 20 years. There were nearly 1.18 billion international travelers in 2016, up from 674 million in 2000, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The latest statistic represents nearly […]
The definition of luxury travel has changed and evolved, based on the Zeitgeist, but the parts that have stayed true to the notion of luxury are scarcity, authenticity, and exclusivity. As a consumer, journalist, and marketer within the luxury travel sector, I've studied the emerging trends, observed the fundamental shifts, and forecasted the new contours of the luxury travel sector. After speaking with a market research firm about luxury travel trends in 2018 and with so many ideas bubbling in my head, I want to share a few thoughts on the future of luxury travel -- some trends, some themes.
Luxury fashion brands such as Louis Vuitton and Bulgari have cultivated brand names that have transcended generations and remained relatively immune to the volatility of trends. The timelessness of such brands comes from the brand equity that has been developed through a carefully crafted purpose-driven approach and fiercely protected by trademark law, both domestically and […]
Icelanders have an undeniably passionate love affair with booze, particularly beer. But it’s interesting to note that beer became legal in the country only about 26 years ago in 1989, designating March 1 as National Beer Day. You will notice that most bars around Reykjavik do not venture past a wide array of beers and maybe a […]