luxury travel tips: virtuoso traveler october 2016 cover with woman riding bikeVirtuoso Traveler introduces you to the benefits of working with a travel advisor. Think personalized planning, VIP treatment, exclusive amenities, and more. It also offers a wealth of luxury travel tips so you can travel smarter and better.

The October issue journeys from Finland’s Lapland region for aurora borealis shows to New Orleans for a taste of the city’s hottest dishes. Also inside: a special seasonal travel planner.

1. Add these six soon-to-open hotels to your wish list

Learn about Belmond’s London debut, Beverly Hills’ latest star, and other soon-to-open digs to add to your wish list.

2. Discover three prime places to observe nature’s blockbuster light show

Seeing the northern lights is “truly a bucket-list experience,” says Patrick Millard, a Virtuoso advisor from Fernandina Beach, Florida. So, too, are our luxury travel tips for how to see them: on a tailor-made tour in Iceland, from the comforts of a custom-designed Aurora Pod in Canada, and while overnighting in a glass igloo in Finland.

3. Find out why you should go to Myanmar now

Travelers seeking “the mystery, spirituality, and history of the Far East but without the usual crowds,” will want to check out Myanmar, says Calgary, Canada-based Virtuoso advisor Natasha Rhodes. Read her picks on what to do in this less-visited gem, along with her insights on Myanmar’s recent earthquake and how visitors can leave a positive impact on the country.

4. Learn about four essentials to solve your travel woes

Suitcases with Bluetooth location tracking and earplugs that help you fall asleep to the sounds of rainfall top our list of essential buys for the intelligent traveler.

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Discover two ways to enjoy a lake vacation – one option is splurging on Lake Como and Villa d’Este

5. Select the best lake getaway for your funds

Make a splash, regardless of your budget. A quick, three-night getaway to the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa & Casino is the ultimate steal (highly encouraged: reposing in an Adirondack chair on the resort’s private beach). Or, splurge for a five-night stay at Villa d’Este on Lake Como (your best bet for an excursion to Bellagio: the hotel’s three-hour boat cruise).

6. Master the art of the romantic getaway

From honeymoons to milestone anniversaries, Virtuoso advisors share their secrets on how and where to travel with your special someone. Whether it’s Europe or the Caribbean, you’ll get luxury travel tips for where to stay and what to do on your romantic retreat.

7. Head to Virginia for your next long weekend

For a healthy mix of horse play and R&R, head to equine-focused Salamander Resort & Spa in the Virginia countryside. Don’t miss the resort’s experiential showers and yoga on horseback (yes, both exist).

8. Taste the finest local flavors in New Orleans

A new generation of chefs is reinventing the Big Easy’s best-loved dishes. Two of our favorites: Justin Devillier’s blue crab beignets and Alon Shaya’s red snapper in chraime sauce. Care for a drink – the city’s signature Sazerac, say? We’ve got that covered too.

9. Take the best trips for every season

When it comes to travel, being in the right place at the right time is everything. Which is why we tapped a panel of Virtuoso advisors to share their favorite seasonal getaways. They came up with ideas both tried and true (we’ll never tire of New England in autumn) and with a twist (winter skijoring in France, anyone?).

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Learn how to view the stunning migration of the monarch butterflies in Mexico

10. Experience Mexico’s social butterflies

Every autumn, millions of monarch butterflies migrate to Michoácan to winter in the world’s only monarch-butterfly biosphere reserve. Discover the best way to see the spectacle – and visit nearby Morelia and Mexico City along the way.

Finding even more luxury travel tips

Craving other luxury travel tips? Tap the expertise of your Virtuoso travel advisor. If you don’t already work with one, this interactive quiz will help you find your perfect match.

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  1. Hi Betsy,

    Some really nice locations there. I went to Myanmar in 2008 coincidentally the day after cyclone Nigris (I was supposed to fly in on the day on the cyclone unbeknownst to me but thankfully the flight was cancelled). Back then it was far from luxury. I really want to go back and see how much it has changed for the better.

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