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Three Tips for the “Starter” Jet Set

Rob and I get emails constantly from people that aspire to lead a jet set life like we do. True jet setters take multiple trips throughout the year to many of the world’s hottest destinations. But just because you’re not rolling in dough, doesn’t mean you can’t begin to enjoy the jet set life. Who says you can’t take one jet set trip a year! Here are a couple of tips to help you start your Jet Set Life today!

#1: Travel in Shoulder Season

I’m a fan of shoulder season travel for destinations like Florence (Italy), Paris (France), San Jose del Cabo (Mexico) and even Buenos Aires (Argentina). I prefer shoulder season to high season because the weather is still wonderful and the prices for air and hotel are definitely lower. During shoulder season, the cities aren’t over crowded with tourists but they are also not dead as well.

#2: Book a Well Priced & Well Located Boutique Hotel

For me it’s all about the hotel. Yes, some say the hotel is just the place you lay your head, and this is true. However,  a great hotel can enhance your experience in many ways. They often can get you into restaurants , events or on tours that are not necessarily accessible to everyone. Also, when you travel to some destinations, you’ll want to possibly sit by the pool and relax, maybe read a book in their library or sit champagne and watch the sunset on their balcony. All things that you wouldn’t be able to do if you weren’t staying in a wonderful hotel.

However, what does not necessarily make a hotel jet-set is the price. I don’t care if the hotel is not 6 stars, if it does not have a Michelin rated restaurants…those things on their own merit are not important to my overall experience. In addition, location is key. There are some amazing boutique hotels in really terrible locations. I’d rather be in a prime location and have easier access to the hot spots, less taxi rides and taxi fares!

My favorite resource to book a fantastic boutique hotel is Tablet Hotels. They offer great deals, added incentives and traveler reviews about the coolest hotels worldwide.

#3: Use Discount Airlines Booking Companies & Frequent Flier Miles

Jet-set is a term that was used when commercial air travel was new and only the super-wealthy could afford it. You don’t need your own personal 747 to be a jet-setter. If anything, I find that use of private air travel to be non-environmentally friendly and for that reason, rather non-chic. Rob and I always fly commercial and yes, often in coach. We travel often so we’d rather use our frequent flier miles for a free ticket as opposed to using it for an upgrade. A great way to accumulate frequent flier miles is by using an American Express credit card that allows you to easily transfer your miles to any major airline.

You can save 20-30% on base airline prices by using companies such as 1-800-Fly Europe. Using online booking companies like these may mean that you aren’t given the airline’s name or possibly the stop-over destination. However, with a little research you can find out the flight.

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4 Comments

  • Reply Derek April 3, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Kim I agree with you on everything.

    Buenos Aires in the high season (Dec. & Jan.) was a strange surreal city. It felt like there were more tourists than Argentines. All the locals were off in Punta del Este or Mar De Plata.

    When I came back in March – the shoulder season – it was a different place. It rained a little more but the night life was jumping and the fat tourists were gone. Haha.

    – Derek

  • Reply Yana Stowe April 6, 2009 at 7:42 am

    Great tips on hotels and flight! Thanks for looking out for the “Starter” jet set 🙂

  • Reply Tim March 16, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Not sure what Shoulder Season is. I assume it means the off busy season before or after the main busy season. Or perhaps it just means you need to wear something which covers your shoulders because it’s colder.

  • Reply John November 15, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    What’s “shoulder season?”

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