2014 was a big year for Virtuoso Luxury Traveler. After almost five years of existence, this blog relaunched with a new name, look and features.
It was also a big year for topics such as luxury travel’s hottest destinations, the value of a travel advisor and quotes that remind us of the value of travel in our lives. Those were the subjects of some of Virtuoso Luxury Traveler’s top 10 posts of 2014. Enjoy these for the first time or refresh your memory if you’ve reviewed them before.
Without further ado, here are the top 10 posts of 2014, counting down from the most-read one of the year:
Virtuoso released two lists: the 10 most popular travel destinations and the Hot List of destinations whose luxury sales are growing fastest. Italy topped the most popular list and New Zealand was the fastest-growing destination.
Twenty- and thirty-somethings are passionate about travel and go on vacations more than any other age group. Their sheer numbers and their clear preferences are prompting the travel industry to adapt and modernize.
Did you know that 93% of travelers take photos on vacation? If you’re one of them, find out how to improve your technique. Get advice on everything from lighting to close-ups to framing the shot.
Each year Virtuoso recognizes 10 hotels for excellence in areas including design, cuisine, family programs, spa and overall merit. Learn which of Virtuoso’s 1,000-plus hotels earned this year’s coveted honors.
The subject of travel has been written about through the centuries (even millennia) by great authors, leaders and explorers. Get inspired by the words of Christopher Columbus, Helen Keller, Dr. Seuss and others.
Travel advisors are not only still around, but they’re thriving. Discover the myths that prevent people from working with advisors and benefiting from their knowledge and connections.
People have been singing travel’s praise as a force that creates a more united world. Give thanks for the gift of travel by reviewing quotations from luminaries such as Mark Twain, Margaret Mead and George Bernard Shaw.
Every year Virtuoso holds two photo contests: one for its travel advisors and one for their clients. Take a journey around the world and view the four top photos from each contest out of more than 1,700 entries.
Two of the hottest vacation trends are family travel and active travel. Discover the experiences creative Virtuoso advisors arrange for clients tapping into those trends. Those include everything from Brazilian jungle getaways to ballet lessons in Russia.
The numbers of travelers entrusting their vacations to an expert professional is on the rise. They say trips planned by advisors are better because they’re more knowledgeable about suppliers and destinations and more convenient.
As a global luxury travel network, Virtuoso is committed to bringing you the latest news in the industry. Look forward to more interesting luxury travel trends, tips and destinations on Virtuoso Luxury Traveler in 2015.