Hot Air Ballooning at Sonoran Desert

Hot Air Ballooning at Sonoran Desert by www.carlosmeliablog.comHot Air Ballooning in Scottsdale Arizona  |  Scottsdale, Arizona  |  Today I crossed out of my Travel Bucket List, one of the items was ranking high, and this was Hot Air Ballooning. Early morning (5AM) pick up at the Four Seasons Scottsdale, to go chasing winds among other fellow tourist, to be able to make a reality our wish to fly. This was my second chance, during my week stay in Arizona. First one failed due to weather and winds conditions, reason why our pilot, Captain Patrick, decided to cancel the first flight, which made me feel very comfortable about safety. So after an hour of riding across the Sonoran Desert, looking for the perfect flying spot, we reached the area of Lake Pleasant and Wild Horse, within the region of Scottsdale, approximately 45 minutes away from the city of Phoenix. I will not bore you with much more details, and I will allow my photos and videos to document this spectacular, quite daunting, experience, which took me on a basket, along with other 15 people, to a maximum height of 9000 Feet (crazy and lots of adrenaline). The flight was of over 45 minutes, and upon landing we enjoyed a lovely champagne breakfast, for the official ceremony of Hot Air Ballooning graduation. Yet another certificate to add to my life travel and adventure around the world, along the Elephants Mahout Driver License, Tigers Up-Close Encounter among many others. If you are not too scared of heights, and do not mind an early morning, Hot Air Ballooning, is a life experience you must try. I chose Hot Air Expeditions for my flight, based in Phoenix. As I always say, when doing these types of activities, is ALWAYS very important to do exhaustive research on the provider you will book. Hope you enjoy how I have documented this spectacular experience. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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Thong Kham and Carlos Melia reunited again

Thong Kham and Carlos Melia reunited again  | Golden TriangleThailand  |  This is now a true love story. After 4 month of being apart Thong Kham and Carlos Melia reunited once again at the Four Seasons Tented Camp at Golden Triangle in the border between Thailand, Myanmar and Lao. One look at the other, she put her trunk over my head and sniffed me around, after that we looked each other in the eye and we instantly bonded again. Memory of elephant right. This was my morning in love with Thong Kham. Continue reading Thong Kham and Carlos Melia reunited again

Onboard Orient-Express Train to Singapore

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Onboard Orient-Express Train to Singapore | Bangkok to Singapore | Just Checked IN at the South East Asia Orient-Express Train from Bangkok Thailand to Singapore via Malaysia. Will be offline till next Wednesday when I arrive to Singapore on a debauchery of luxury and style for my 38th Birthday. Special thanks to Tom and all the people at Orient-Express Trains for a fabulous Birthday present. Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com

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My Birthday onboard Orient-Express Train South East Asia

My Birthday onboard the Orient-Express Train in South East Asia  |  Thailand, Malaysia & Singapore  |  Getting my TUXEDO and suits ready. YEAH. !!!!! My Birthday (March 12) onboard of the Orient-Express Train for four nights crossing South East Asia, from Bangkok to Malaysia and Singapore is CONFIRMED !!!! Another aspect of Luxurious travel. Can’t wait !!!! Dress Code FORMAL. I love it. Indeed A Journey Like no Other by Orient-Express. A total of 4 days and 3 nights onboard the Epic Orient-Express Train. Travel from Bangkok across the beautiful scenery that Thailand offers, past the legendary River Kwai and onwards to Malaysia. Enjoy the sights of colonial Georgetown and Fort Cornwallis, before crossing the causeway over the Straits of Johor to the elegant city of Singapore. Items #04 and #05 from 2012 Carlos Melia Travel Bucket List Checked out. Still 16 more to go. CM

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Fly in style with Tradewind Aviation in St Barth

Fly in style with Tradewind Aviation in St Barth  |  St Barth, French West Indies, Caribbean  |  Once you fly private, trust me you will never want to go back to scheduled flights or airlines.  Tradewind Aviation offers private and semi private jets to/from St Barth from/to San Juan of Puerto Rico. VIP ground guest services, speed customs and immigrations, cleared security. In less than 40 minutes you will be in style and full comfort at your destination. Continue reading Fly in style with Tradewind Aviation in St Barth

GPS Carlos Melia on my way back to New York in style

GPS Carlos Melia on my way back to New York in style  |  St. Barth, West French Indies  |  What a best way to finish my four days experience to the chic island of Saint Barthelemy, than on a Semi Private Turbo Jet. No lines, speed immigrations and customs clearance.. and all way through VIP service by local supplier with base in San Juan of Puerto Rico, Tradewind Aviation. In my case was a 40 minutes flight from Saint Barthelemy to San Juan de Puerto Rico, with amazing views of the waters and islands of the Caribbean. Continue reading GPS Carlos Melia on my way back to New York in style

My Travel Bucket List 2012

My Travel Bucket List 2012  |  Carlos Melia  |   You know all those things you swear you’re going to do before you a period of time expires or you die.? Well Bucket List is where you go to keep track of them all, and here is my 2012 Travel Bucket List. Anyone willing to help to make them real and sponsor my adventures ?. My 2011 list fall short, since I went above and beyond the original list. Just as an example: Diving with White Sharks at Hermanus, South Africa (sponsored by Rhino Safaris), Training to become a Mahout at Golden Triangle, Thailand (sponsored by Four Seasons Hotels and Tourism Authority of Thailand), View of the Hong Kong bay from the tallest hotel in the World at Kowloon, Hong Kong (sponsored by Ritz-Carlton Hotel), Flying on a helicopter over the Okavango Delta to find the Baobab Tree at Okavango Delta, Botswana (sponsored by Orient-Express Hotels)… to name a few. Thank you to all the companies that supported my during 2011. Here is the list that I have compiled during the last few month for 2012 Carlos Melia Travel Bucket List, in no particular order, and same as in 2011 remaining open to new suggestions, adventures and destinations:

01. Visit Russia
02. Visit Mongolia
03. Short haul flight on a Private Jet  DONE.!!! Check here
04. Go back to Thailand (over and over and over) DONE.!!! Check here
05. Do an Orient-Express Train To Happen March 11 2012.!!! Check here
6. Go back to Lao PDR and Luang Prabang
07. Trip to Machu Picchu and Cuzco in Peru
08. Visit Mauritius
09. Visit the Maldives
10. An expedition on the Himalayas looking for the source of Ganges River
11. Dinner at the new Aqua Restaurant in Hong Kong
12. Overnight stay at the top floor of the Burj Khalifa Working on it.!!!
13. Visit the Republic of Turkey
14. Return and spend more time in Hong Kong
15. A long research trip to Colombia
16. Photographic Safari to  Bhutan
17. Return to Panama after over 6 years
18. Fly on First Class of Singapore Airlines, Emirates or Ethiad.
19. and yes…. flying on the Virgin Galactic which I do not think Sir Richard Branson will put me in the list anytime soon, but hey it is there on my Bucket List. Imagine CarlosMeliaBlog.com reporting from the bloody space ha ha ha…. would I be then the first gay to be in space ?

So there you go. Have you made yours.? Hotels, airlines, tourism boards, PR agencies willing to help me make my 2012 Travel Bucket List come true, please do not hesitate to contact me. Ready to start crossing items out. Happy 2012 everyone. !!! CM

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Carlos Melia LIVE at the Taj Mahal in Agra India

Carlos Melia LIVE at the Taj Mahal in Agra India  |  Agra, India  |  Yesterday I was able to cross out another item of my Bucket List, this time the stunning, magical and eternal representation of love, the Taj Mahal Mausoleum in Agra, India. Built by commission of the 5th. Mughal ruler of India, Shah Jahan, in memory of his beloved third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. I must say that it was all I was expecting to be and much much more. Incredible and monumental symmetric Mughal architecture, which is visited daily by an average of 100,000 people. A Muslin Mausoleum, a place of worship and a true representation of eternal love. CM


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