One of the most iconic hotels in the world, if there is one. You name it, celebrities, head of states, tycoons, religious leaders, multimillionaires, influencers… all have either stayed of visited, this very first property of Orient-Express in the entire world. Yes, indeed, this is where the story of sophistication and luxury all began, hidden in the exclusivity of Giudecca Island, only 7 minutes away, on your own private riva, crossing Venice’s Grand Canal from Piazza San Marco. And this time, was our time to stay, and enjoy this oasis of finesse, savoir vivre and refinement.
Thank you ManAboutWorld Magazine, for featuring me as one of the six Honeymoon Experts on their latest edition. …” Carlos Melia is a travel expert, blogger, niche marketing consultant, wedding planner, jet setter and bon vivant, who travels around the world discovering what’s new and cool in luxury travel and hospitality. He has over 25 years of experiences in this industry. He’s known by many as the “Little Gay Marco Polo” and “International Gay Travel Guru”…”
So las night I experience a VIP backstage of SNL – Saturday Night Live, and got to hang out with Lady Gaga, during and post the show. I must be fully honest, I never cared much for her, and yes I got hooked up many time to her songs and marketing, but tonight I saw a different side of her. The live performer, the professional and the human being, and I must say I was impressed by them all in no particular order.
Thank you Travel Agent Central for quoting me on the breaking news on Hawaii’s Legislation of Same Sex Marriage. …” “The fact that the state Senate of Hawaii passed the Marriage Equality Bill, becoming the 15th state to recognized same sex marriage, will not only boost gay weddings in the island, but also position the destination within the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) segment worldwide,” Carlos Melia of First in Service Travel, an agency based in NewYork, told Travel Agent…” Read more (by Joe Pike).
OUT OF THE OFFICE in Full Style. !!!! Good morning everyone from The Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh, the official starting and check in point for The Royal Scotsman luxury train by Orient-Express, to me my hone, hotel and destination for the next few days, on an exclusive journey across and along Scotland, in full style and luxury. A pretty exciting itinerary, full of surprises that I will be reporting upon return. The Royal Scotsman train is a non WiFi train, therefore I will be offline for the next five days. Please bare with me till them. I am sure we will all enjoy of a little break. Do not miss me to much, I will be fine…. in the expert hands of Orient-Express, yet once again. Cheers from Scotland.
I have arrived last night to Edinburgh, Scotland. This was my first fay walking around this charming city, exploring the district of Leith and then walking by Prince Street, the North Bridge, Royal Mile and the Edinburgh Castle. In Edinburgh till Tuesday when I board the luxury train, The Royal Scotsman for five days across Scotland. Special thanks to Delta Airlines Business Class, Orient-Express, The Balmoral Hotel and Nira Caledonia for hosting me. Plenty to come.!!!
Guest Blog Post by Pink Escapes. On this journey in early 2014, travel beyond the Golden Triangle, into the heart of the ancient lands. Visit the cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur and explore colorful cities of Rajasthan, visiting its many iconic sights. See Jaisalmer at the threshold of the great Thar Desert, where color and life blooms in winters; blue city of Jodhpur; fairy tale city of Udaipur; and benefit from a visit to the largest Camel breeding farm in Asia, in Bikaner. Submerge in the essence of India on this pulsating sojourn with the Desert Festival – experience the rich and vivacious Rajasthani folk culture, which is on display here for a few days. Rajasthani men and tall beautiful women dressed in their bright costumes dance and sing lingering ballads of valor, romance and tragedy. Snake charmers, puppeteers, acrobats and folk performers are the high point of the festival. Camels, the lifeline of the desert, play a major role.
Dear followers and clients. I am away in Riviera Maya, Mexico attending ILTM Americas – International Luxury Travel Market, where I have been invited as a VIP Hosted Buyer. Working hard curating the best luxury travel products and services worldwide to bring it to you soon. Bare with me.!!!
Young Leaders have the Know-How to Make it Big!!! “…The fourth annual Young Leaders Conference (YLC) kicked off in Las Vegas September 9, with gusto and enthusiasm from the travel industry’s rising stars. What has become apparent is that this new class of agents is no longer the fresh-faced, naive neophyte eager to sop up as many basic tips as they can. Not anymore. This generation of travel agent is now seasoned, experienced and knowledgeable enough to rub elbows with the big kids of travel. They’ve got the basics down pat. They are ready, and have already begun, to excel…” said Meagan Drillinger for Travel Agent Central Magazine.
Happy to have been invited and considered to attend both the Travel YLC 2013 – Young Travel Leaders Conference 2013, and the LTX 2013 – Luxury Travel Exchange International. Yesterday I join a panel of expert Niche Travel Advisors, on a guest speaking over ” What is your Niche?” providing my insight as an expert Gay Travel Advisor and Marketing Consultant. Other niches covered were: Pet Friendly, Special Needs and Disabilities and Adventure Travel. Today the LTX International 2013 began, and I have attended several Educational Sessions and meeting with key contacts from the world of Luxury Travel and Hospitality. What has been the inspirational highlight of my day, to understand why clients book their Travel Experiences through me? to find out it is because… I am Lovable, Trustable, I go over the top and I know my stuff based on years of experience and work