Luxury travelers are a breed apart from your holidaymakers, family travelers, honeymooners, and digital nomads. So, it makes sense that they travel differently, plan differently and use a whole different set of travel tips.
Sui Generis Entertainment & Travel, Inc co-founder Carlos Alvarez has spent much time over his travel career as a luxury vacationer. He realizes that, for professional trips, time is of the essence. More comfortable circumstances and little extras that make trips go smoothly go a long way in making lavish travel a breeze and the globe wanderers that do it more successful.
From business class seats to onboard wifi and having a high-end car meet you at the other end, companies will often supply whatever is needed to ensure that their representative shows up to those all-important meetings on time. Having them well-rested and ready to accomplish every task is even better.
The company that Alvarez runs with his wife, Ana, a fellow travel lover, serves an elite global clientele — many of whom are top executives or founders trying to transform their luxury trips into ‘bleisure’ occasions. The couple specializes in crafting one-of-a-kind itineraries and bespoke experiences alongside extensive concierge services and access to a network of their contacts offering exclusive travel deals.
Here, he offers his favorite advice for people who often travel seeking a new adventure.
Get Global Entry Status
“To save time, stress, and unpredictable lines at airport security and immigration, signing yourself up for Global Entry status is a game changer. That 20 minutes in line is when you can get some work done at the gate, get settled in your seat, and never have to worry about missing your flight. On the landing side, you are 20 minutes closer to your car, hotel, or that important first meeting,” said Alvarez.
For those unfamiliar with the term, Global Entry is a program by the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol that allows individuals who frequently travel to get pre-qualified to pass through customs quickly. This is an excellent way to bypass the long hours of waiting before and after an international flight.
Make Digital Copies of Your Travel Documents
Even the most organized people can misplace a document or have a bag lost or stolen while traveling. That is why Alvarez suggests having easy access to your essential documents as digital copies.
Those digital copies of your driver’s license, passport, passport photos for visas, travel insurance policy, hotel reservations, and a COVID-19 vaccination can save you untold and numerous delays and headaches should you misplace any of your essential paperwork.
Manage Travel Expenses on the Fly
Traveling for business? Anyone who has returned from a trip with a briefcase or laptop bag swimming with crumpled receipts knows the unique pain of organizing travel expenses when the expenditures are no longer fresh in your mind.
Receipts and invoices might not clarify which company provided ground transport and which rented the audiovisual equipment for your presentation.
Food, gas, and miscellaneous expenditures can be even harder to recall. Alvarez suggests managing those expenses and logging them while you are still on the trip to save yourself hours of work afterward.
“Just set a few minutes at the beginning or end of the day, or just after you sit down to lunch, to get these tracked in your company’s system or even on your own spreadsheet. Once you get into this habit, you’ll be so happy that you did,” he said.
Prepare An Itinerary
It’s helpful to have a chronological list of the whens, wheres, whats, hows, and whys of your trip. This detailed document is even more helpful when it includes complete addresses, contact phone numbers for relevant people, and approximate transfer times or durations for meetings.
From event schedules to hotel check-in times and more, this is a vital tool for luxury trips and keeps all your balls in the air, ensuring that you never miss an essential coffee catch-up or early flight time.
Don’t Rely on Taxis
Though it might seem like an extra hassle before you leave, having ground transport ready to pick you up at your destination is a time-saver, taxi lines can be long, or taxis can be nonexistent for early or late arrivals. Your ground transport can also be engaged to pick you up at your hotel before adventures and bring you back afterward.
When planning your next trip, be sure to incorporate some of Alvarez’s tips for the smoothest luxury travel yet.
About Sui Generis Entertainment & Travel
Sui Generis Entertainment & Travel, Inc is a boutique luxury travel company that provides top-tier immersive global travel experiences. Founded by Carlos and Ana Laura Alvarez, Sui Generis can custom tailor your next trip for a one-of-a-kind adventure for families, friends, weddings and solo travelers. For more information, please visit https://www.suigeneris-travel.com/
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