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A Guide For Those with a Passion to Travel in Style…

Everyone appreciates being able to enjoy great hotels, wonderful restaurants, relaxing spas, championship golf and other memorable amenities and activities when traveling; whether traveling for business or a personal vacation, traveling with friends and family, or simply traveling solo. LuxeGetaways explores these travel lifestyle experiences while also looking at the ways to keep it affordable so that readers can always travel in their own personal style.

A Note From The Editor

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Damon M. Banks

In today’s world surrounded by technology and social media, travelers are savvier than ever before, and they desire great travel with added perks and benefits. Believing strongly in the “high-low” approach to travel, we make a point to feature both luxury and value-driven travel options so that readers can plan their getaways with a combination of splurges and value; allowing them to not only travel well, but travel smart.

Many of our writers have been travel colleagues for a number of years, and now involved with LuxeGetaways to share their honest perspectives of these destinations, hotels, airlines, and the many elements of this travel lifestyle that we all live everyday.

We sincerely look forward to sharing more industry news and events on the website, paired with insightful and informative articles to inspire all of you to step out of your comfort zone to explore a new destination this year, or at least begin planning your next getaway!

We encourage you to get involved with us by providing your own experiences (good, bad, or anywhere in the middle) from the destinations, hotels and other travel experiences we share online by leaving a reply; or by joining the conversation on social media. To expedite your email, please visit the CONTACT page to connect with the proper departments, but you can also always reach me directly at damon@LuxeGetaways.com. Thank you for being part of LuxeGetaways… enjoy your travels!

Meet Several of the LuxeGetaways Contributors 

Damon M. Banks – Managing Editor | As an award-winning writer and highly published editorial contributor, Damon’s work has been seen in a number of global travel and lifestyle print publications, as well as many in-room hotel magazines, in-flight magazines, digital publications and news outlets. He has also contributed to numerous Blogs and award-winning online outlets as a guest contributor and industry expert, specializing in travel, tourism, hospitality, golf, spa, wellness and fashion. Beyond his work as a copywriter and editorial contributor, Damon’s work in media and communications together with editing for a number of international publications allows for a unique understanding of the publishing process. Now collaborating with other writers and industry experts, Damon brings an unmatched passion for the continued development of LuxeGetaways. www.damonbanks.com 

Priscilla PilonSenior Travel EditorThough she travels the world, Priscilla is an admitted Paris addict. She began her career as a food and travel writer through her own personal trips and her time spent living and working abroad. Her 20-year passion for Paris led to the creation of the hugely successful site, TheWeekendInParis.com. Priscilla is the Travel Editor of The Daily Basics, Staff Writer for The Daily Meal, and a contributor to Upscale Living, LuxeGetaways, and Travel Squire. Born in Boston and living a snow-free winter in Texas, she splits her time between her homes in Houston, Boston and Newport, Rhode Island. She is an avid volunteer, sailor, tennis player, skier, foodie and amateur sommelier. www.priscillapilon.com 

Michelle M. WinnerSenior Lifestyle Editor | Born in Hawaii, Michelle has been a traveler since the age of five when her family boarded the Matson ship “Lurline” to San Francisco. Curiosity about the world’s cultures, gastronomy, architecture and history has ruled her life. Readers know her from her work at Conde Nast Media, Islands Magazine, The NY Times, Saveur, Western Art and Architecture, Northwest Travel & Lifestyles, Afar Media, Honestcooking.com and her blog culinarytraveler.com. Michelle has served as president of the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA), is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). She is a correspondent for Travel Writers Radio on JAIR FM based in Melbourne and a Paul Harris Fellow (Rotary International). www.culinarytraveler.com

Tricia ConoverContributing WriterTricia Conover, CSS, is Contributing Wine and Travel Editor for PRiME Magazine; and a freelance writer for LuxeEpicure section JustLuxe.com, FWT Magazine and LuxeGetaways. Tricia’s travel articles have featured the world’s wine regions of Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Santa Ynez, California, Champagne, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Greece, Priorat and Penedes, Spain, Tuscany and Piedmont, Italy, and Texas Hill Country. Tricia is a Certified Advanced Sommelier and has completed the WSET® Diploma of Wine (DipWSET), the Level 4 certification. She is a CSS, Certified Spirits Specialist, Society of Wine Educators, and (C.W.P.) from the Culinary Institute of America, Greystone. She has a B.S., Environmental Health, Purdue University. www.grapestoneconcepts.com

Katie DillonContributing Writer | Life as an expat in London and Hong Kong, as well as a residence in a Four Seasons, is completely responsible for Katie Dillon’s sense of wanderlust. Specializing in luxury family travel, she documents her love of five-star hotels, premium class cabins and kid-friendly destinations on LaJollaMom.com, named for the seaside community in San Diego she now calls home. Often tapped by national media as a San Diego expert, her work has also been seen on USA TODAY, Four Seasons Magazine, NBC San Diego, Money Magazine, Parent’s Magazine and more. www.lajollamom.com

Doug GollanContributing Writer | Doug Gollan has spent his career in the travel and luxury media industries, and is considered an expert on UHNW trends. He spent his first 14 years at Travel Agent Magazine, starting as a junior reporter, and later rising to Group Publisher. From there he co-founded Elite Traveler, a magazine distributed globally on private jets where he served as President and Editor-in-Chief until 2015. Doug has written several books; he currently serves as a consultant for companies within the Super Rich/UHNW segment; he contributes to Forbes.com, LuxurySociety.com, LuxeGetaways and others; and is on the Management Board of Travel Market Report. www.douggollan.com

Rob GossContributing WriterRob Goss is a British writer based in Tokyo, focusing on books and features on Japan, travel writing, and creative writing that ranges from short fiction to short-form poetry. Rob is the author of four books on Japan with Tuttle Publishing, including the NATJA Gold Award-winning Travel Pack Japan and NATJA Silver Award-winning Tokyo: Capital of Cool. His current projects include a first collection of micro and short fiction (“And Other Stories…”), a book on Japan’s traditional inns, and a photo book on Japan’s main tourist destinations. He has also written for nearly 100 magazines and online publications around the world, from National Geographic Traveler magazine and Time to the in-flight magazines of Continental, Delta, Emirates, KLM, Korean Air, Jetstar, Virgin Australia, Qatar Airways and US Airways. www.tokyofreelance.com

Adam GroffmanContributing Writer | Adam is a freelance writer, marketer and travel blogger based in Europe, where he covers city trips around the world, expat life, LGBT issues, festivals, and nightlife. His writing has been featured in The Guardian, AFAR, Fodor’s Travel Guides, Vanity Fair, Condé Nast Traveler and numerous online publications. When he’s not out exploring the coolest bars and clubs, he’s usually enjoying the local arts, cultures and restaurant scenes. His travel stories are available on his blog. www.travelsofadam.com

Merilee KernContributing Writer | Merilee Kern is a lifestyle, leisure, travel and consumer goods expert who reports on exemplary destination experiences, extraordinary events and noteworthy products and services at all price points – from the highly affordable to the luxury extreme. She keeps her finger on the pulse of what is trending to inform, enlighten and entertain. As an esteemed industry voice of authority and award-winning author and writer, she’s a highly regarded spokesperson who also frequently appears on national and regional TV and radio programs throughout the United States, including the nationally-syndicated Coffee With America, FOX5 San Diego, California Life, the Jersey Central Radio Show and the All Tech Radio Show, among others. www.luxelistreviews.com

Debbi KickhamContributing Writer | Debbi Kickham is former Editor of Robb Report Magazine, and is now a freelance contributing writer covering luxury, travel, beauty, spas, cruises, shopping and more. Her features have been published in a wealth of national and international media outlets, such as The Ritz-Carlton Magazine, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Glamour, InStyle, Cigar Aficionado, US Airways Magazine and more.  Debbi is also author of The Globetrotter’s Get-Gorgeous Guide: Diet and Beauty Secrets of Travel and Beauty Pros, Traveling Executives, and Celebrity Travelers, which hit #1 on Amazon in the “Honeymoon Travel Guide” category, and is a gold mine of information from around the world. www.gorgeousglobetrotter.com

Matt LongContributing WriterAn experiential luxury traveler at heart, Matt Long shares his adventures with thousands of readers every day through his award-winning site LandLopers.com. As someone who has a bad case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience the best the world has to offer. Based in Washington, DC, Matt’s work has been seen on BBC, CNN, Travel Channel, Lonely Planet and more; and has been to more than 70 countries and all 7 continents. www.landlopers.com

Candice McMillanContributing Writer | Candice McMillan is a copywriter and lifestyle blogger working between London and Nice. For the past 6 years she has been producing optimized web content; creating persuasive ad copy, writing articles for various publications; and blogging about all things travel, food, lifestyle and more. Her written words have found their way to numerous outlets over the years, including the printed marketing campaigns for the BBC Good Food Shows; featured on in-store marketing material, print ads and app messaging campaigns for Starbucks UK; and on targeted web pages for KPMG UK. www.artfulordinary.com

Mark OrwollContributing WriterMark Orwoll is a veteran journalist. As the International Editor of Travel + Leisure and Executive Editor/International of the Time Inc. Affluent Media Group (formerly American Express Publishing), he oversaw 21 editions of T+L, Departures, and Food & Wine in more than 70 foreign markets and 9 languages. Mark has appeared on TV and radio 600+ times as a recognized travel expert, including NBC’s Today Show, CNBC, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN, and FOX. Mark has been an adjunct professor at New York University, and a guest speaker at media and travel conventions around the world. His current features can be seen in Town & Country, Departures International, Frommer’s, Culture Trip, LuxeGetaways and more. www.markorwoll.com

Janice ToberContributing Writer | Janice Tober is a freelance travel and lifestyle writer living in Canada. A former contributing editor for Condé Nast Traveler’s HotelChatter, Janice now writes for a variety of publications and web sites including BravoTV.com in the US, iExplore and TravelPulse, the world’s most popular web site for travel agents. She specializes in hotels, spas, food and wine, cocktails and bars, museums and galleries, architecture and design – anything hip and happening, and leaning towards luxe.

Andrew Villagomez Contributing WriterAndrew Villagomez is a journalist, photographer and blogger covering travel, men’s fashion, grooming and other lifestyle topics. His work has appeared in print and online publications including Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, Essential Homme, Delta Sky Magazine, Out, Details and more. He also runs his own style and travel blog, Vee Travels, which is a reflection of his work as a journalist, and other highlights he comes across during his travels and being behind-the-scenes of the style industry. He has visited over 20 countries, and among some of his favorite international destinations are Tel Aviv, London, Cinque Terre, Peru and Vancouver. www.veetravels.com

The LuxeGetaways Methodology 

LuxeGetaways brings a unique vision of today’s travel lifestyle to readers, and showcases the many experiences and trends that can inspire them to think outside of the box, pushing their boundaries to discover a whole new world of travel. Edited for the passionate traveler who lives and breathes to plan the next vacation, LuxeGetaways looks beyond the focus of travel experiences that only one percent of the population can afford by also bringing awareness to alternative options that still provide priceless memories while being more obtainable to a majority of the travelers who still desire an amazing getaway.

Readers today have busy lives, so LuxeGetaways is designed to provide the editorials, helpful hints, best-of guides and more resources in a very manageable format. Most editorials are 500-1000 words to allow for more space dedicated to tips and advice. With an honest approach to travel that appeals to today’s intelligent travelers, LuxeGetaways’ readers include the retired baby boomer generation and the digital-savvy millennials — all who are in search of their next great getaway.

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