So last week we were horrified to see our #travel1k ranking collapsed to #281 because they couldn’t find our blog posts; let’s see how they changed for the week of February 28th … back up to #112! Well, that’s certainly better than #281. And they only found 2 blog posts. OK, well, we’ll hope that means they’ll find all of them for next week!
We also welcome new travel blogger RandomTrip (713th) to the #travel1k Top 1000+ Travel Blogs scorecard.
When I was a child we didn’t have the means to travel. I’m a Cuban American whose parents immigrated from Cuba in the late sixties where I then grew up in New Jersey. I got bit by the travel bug in my early thirties when I found out that my grandmother was going on a trip to Spain to see our family which I had never met. I decided to tag along at last minute, and it was the best decision I had made. That’s when my love for travel began.
I worked in the corporate world as a Credit Manager for 26 years. My career afforded me unique opportunities to travel to large cities and remote locations. Although I preferred luxury travel, this wasn’t an option. It wasn’t until I remarried for a second time that I had the ability to start experiencing what a five star hotel with all the bells and whistles was like. There was no turning back after that.
I continue to enjoy traveling around the world to luxury destinations and document my personal trip experiences, whether I’m with my husband, my family, or my girlfriends. I’m a jetsetter at heart, and I’ll never get tired of traveling.
Carmen’s Luxury Travel is a unique luxury website for those who like to indulge in the finer things in life. It includes exclusive beach hotels to small luxury hotels, weekend spa escapes, cruises, gourmet restaurants, top notch hotels, tour attractions and anything that boasts a degree of exclusivity and a dash of luxury in your life…
Yes, we’d already stumbled across Carmen, mutual followers on Twitter and all, and had a pretty good chuckle at her site. See, all this going on about “exclusivity” is a pretty standard feature of all the luxury travel blogs, and our reaction is, well, we have done a whole lot of things on our travels that are orders of magnitude more exclusive than the stuff you luxury bloggers go on about …
… because nobody in their right mind would ever want to do them.
That said, every once in a while, like visiting the Amirante Islands, a luxury resort is the only way to stay overnight, and the “exclusive” small boat cruises go places it’s impractical to get to any other way, so we definitely do keep our eye on what’s up in the luxury travel world, much as the creature comforts and exclusivity are not so much low on our personal list of priorities as directly orthogonal to it!
Technically, BuiltWith tells us it’s a basic WordPress setup, and as always we recommend Dreampress as your best choice for that, free Jetpack Professional and all; don’t see any advertising at all, just affiliate marketing. Presumably if you’re affiliated with luxury, you don’t need to scramble for advertising crumbs!
So if you are in fact fascinated with the jetsetting glamour image of travel, why Carmen’s blog is in fact just the kind of place you want to follow —
— we can just about guarantee that you will never see for instance a review of Emirates’ flying hotel suites on this blog —
I was lucky enough to experience this unique style on Emirates nonstop flight from Fort Lauderdale to Dubai on their 777-300ER, then again from Dubai to Mauritius, in their beautiful A380 aircraft. I was beyond comfortable in my fully enclosed First Class private suite – inspired by Mercedes Benz. There were so many luxury features including room service via video calling, premium amenity kits, endless snacks, pajamas and more…
— we follow it anyway, on the off chance there’s something we’re actually interested in, and if not, why reading a review of a freakin’ flyin’ hotel suite is always a nicely surreal touch to our day!