The Very Best Historic Sites in New Mexico

Guest writers Nathan and Shelby share their tips to visit New Mexico’s tops Historic Sites.

If you’re planning a vacation to New Mexico, you should consider visiting some of the many historical sites in the state. Just one of the several charms that make New Mexico such a culturally rich area to explore.

Pueblo-style adobe architecture, hanging dried chilli’s, and a very diverse landscape including desert, mountains, flower fields, and forests lining rivers to name some traits.

And through all this beauty and culture is an even bigger story.

History of New Mexico

We’re talking a wealth of history passed down through many generations. A history that we can amazingly see today by visiting any of the remaining historical sites throughout New Mexico.

Here is a quick list of our 3 favor...


Thailand Elephant Sanctuary: 5 of the Best Rescues in or Near Chiang Mai

Beaches, national parks, food and culture–these are just some of the things that make Thailand such a popular tourist destination. Besides these attractions, visiting an elephant sanctuary is one of the best things to do in Thailand, especially if you journey to Chiang Mai in the north.

Interacting with elephants is a fabulous experience that gives you an insight into these majestic animals. But, if you intend to visit, I would recommend a sanctuary that offers an ethical elephant experience. It is important to ensure that the animals are well-cared for and that the rescue’s activities for tourists do not hinder the welfare of the elephants.

What is an Ethical Elephant Experience?

Elephants are wild animals–they should be able to roam free in their natural habitat...


18 of the most-read luxury travel stories of 2018

With the New Year just around the corner, we thought we’d celebrate yet another successful year for A Luxury Travel Blog (we are now entering our 14th year of running the blog!) by looking back on the past 12 months and sharing with you our 18 most popular stories from 2018. These are the most popular posts from the past year that were also published in 2018 (much of our older content pre-dating this period still ranks well in the search engines and gets a lot of traffic but has been excluded from this summary). We hope you enjoy this quick re-cap on our most viewed posts this year and look forward to bring you lots more great content in 2019. Finally, we’d like to thank all our loyal readers by wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year...


Luxury travel news this week

Here’s a round-up of luxury travel stories that have caught the eye this week. To make sure you receive these new weekly alerts in your web browser, please click on the red bell icon in the bottom right hand corner of the page and click ‘subscribe’ (works on desktop only – for other ways to subscribe, please click here). This will also alert you to any other posts on the blog. Should you wish, you can unsubscribe at any time, by clicking on the icon again and selecting ‘unsubscribe’.

We’ve been warned about drones...


All About Man Mo Temple of Hong Kong

Man Mo Temple is a smoky, atmospheric, magical delight of a temple located in Hong Kong.

Built in 1847 during the Qing Dynasty, it is considered one of the oldest temples in the city and is famous for its saturated hues of gold and red coils of incense.

man mo temple dave in incense

man mo temple dave in incense

Man  Mo Temple has been used to worship both the god of literature, Man and the god of war, Mo.

Where is Man Mo

Its lavish interior invites ancient visions of long ago, while the city’s bustling downtown lies just a few minutes away, creating a contrast that is at once captivating and delightfully mysterious.

man mo temple street sign from soho

man mo temple street sign from soho

What is the Man Mo Temple?

The Man Mo Temple, a place where locals and visitors alike gather to worship the god of literature (Man Tai) and the God of war (Mo Tai). It is poised halfway up Victoria Peak on Hollywood Road.

Its pr...


Qatar Airways Business Class (A350-900) Review

Since moving to Cape Town, I’ve been traveling back to the states a few times a year to visit friends and family. With it being such a long haul journey, I’ve been putting all my airline miles to good use by upgrading my flights.

It’s really worth it on trips like these – especially if you’re running a business and traveling as much as me.

On my most recent trip back home, my friends from The Points Guy flew me from Cape Town to NYC to experience Qatar’s award-winning business class! On this first leg of my flight from Cape Town to Doha, I flew on board their luxury A350-900.

(On my second leg from Doha to New York City, I got to fly the Qatar QSuites – don’t miss my review here!)

Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways

Business Class Seats

As soon as I boarded the flight and took my seat, my de...


Things to do in Tokyo – Must See Attractions for First Time Visitors

things to do in Tokyo Shinjuku at night

things to do in Tokyo Shinjuku at night

things to do in Tokyo Shinjuku at night

Shinjuku is another very popular tourist area in Tokyo. This is the place where all the nightlife, karaoke bars, cat cafes and other zany things to do in Tokyo occur.

It’s great to visit at night, but it is even happening during the day.

24. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

Metropolitan Government Building Things to do in Tokyo

Metropolitan Government Building Things to do in Tokyo

Metropolitan Government Building Things to do in Tokyo


If its a clear day, you can even see Mount Fuji!

There’s also a tourist information centre in the building.

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25. Robot Restaurant

Things to do in Tokyo Shinjuku robot restaurant

Things to do in Tokyo Shinjuku robot restaurant

Things to do in Tokyo Shinjuku robot restaurant

When I first visited Tokyo in 1994, it seemed so much farther ahead. And now it just keeps pulling away from the rest of us!

The Robot Restaurant is one of Tokyo’s most popular attractions.

Located in Shinjuku, the Robot Restaurant runs a high tech show with dancers and technology takes place three times a day.

Snacks are sold, not a full meal...


Short stay: Jumeirah Dar al Masyaf at the Madinat, Dubai

Jumeirah Dar al Masyaf, the summer-houses, is where Arabian Nights living coalesces with Venetian canal-style. East meets West, Arabia greets Europe in perfect harmony in Jumeirah’s contemporary take on a traditional Arabian citadel.

Jumeirah Dar al Masyaf at the Madinat,

Jumeirah Dar al Masyaf at the Madinat,

This is an opulent 5 star luxury leading on to a white-sand private beach on the shores of the warm Gulf of Arabia: part of Madinat Jumeirah resort.

Inspired by the principles of Arabic architecture, Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf consists of 29 low-rise summer houses featuring cooling cross-timbered wind towers, private sitting rooms and peaceful inner courtyards. In total there are 283 rooms or suites.

Trickling fountains, shaded arches and lush planting fulfil the vision of the promised land...


Couples Bucket List: 68 Fun Activities & Romantic Things to Do

Though a couples relationship doesn’t always replicate the ideal duos in the popular romantic movies, it can be quite an adventure filled with fun couple activities, romantic date nights, meaningful bonding and crazy things to do to help to bond your special relationship. That is, if you design it that way.

Enter…the Ultimate Couples Bucket List.

A rewarding relationship should be filled with experiences that create wonderful memories, bring you two closer together, make you laugh and nonverbally say “I love you”. Here are dozens of the best ideas to make sure you don’t get stuck in the monotony of the day to day routine and start bonding over exciting new adventures.

1. ✦ Have a Tech-Free Date Day Together

2. ✧ Plan Your Future

Couples Bucket List: Fun Activities, Cute Date Ideas & Romantic Things to Do



How to Take Awesome Sparkler Photos

How to Take Awesome Sparkler Photos-3

When I set out on my first solo trip six years ago, I knew little to nothing about photography. Over the years, I’ve spent countless hours watching tutorials, practicing new techniques and teaching myself the art of photography.

One of my favorite techniques that I’ve picked up is night photography and taking sparkler photos. While it seems complicated at first, once you know the settings, it’s really easy!

Here is my guide on how to take awesome sparkler photos!

sparkler photos

Find Your Manual Settings

Auto settings won’t cut it for sparkler photos. You’re going to need to shoot with a long exposure of a few seconds. So, if you’ve never shot on manual, watch a tutorial on your camera settings to see where to adjust your ISO, shutter speed and aperture.

Each camera is different, so YouTub...