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Gateway to Northern Alaska

From the magnificent peaks of Denali National Park to the endless expanse of the Arctic tundra. From the traditional native culture, to the rich pioneer history of the last century. Abundant wildlife, extreme climate, trackless wilderness, the spectacular Aurora, heartfelt hospitality... it all adds up to one thing. Northern Alaska is the real Alaska. As the geographic & population center,...

Best Hidden Yacht Charter Destinations

If you are a yacht enthusiast, you have probably heard about famous routes in Greece, Italy and Croatia. Even if you are not that much into boating, or just starting to get acquainted with marine culture, you still might have seen beautiful pictures from famous yachting destinations in those countries. Mediterranean in general is very famous for its marine...

Your Vacation. Your Values. Your Experience of a Lifetime.

No vacation is perfect, but the getaways, escapes & events covered by our Value Luxury travel team sure come close. We’re a group of professional globetrotters, skilled at sussing out unique & boutique hotels, restaurants & destinations that will make your vacation worth bragging about when you get home. Our ethos is Value Luxury: Vacations that make the most of your...

Value Luxury, Kiwi Style: Speaking at SATW New Zealand

I’ve been a member of the Society of American Travel Writers since 2008, when I became travel editor at USA TODAY. It’s been a valuable professional affiliation for me, allowing me to connect and build relationships with other travel publishers and editors, freelance writers and those involved in travel public relations. This year’s annual SATW conference took place in Wellington,...

#BeerSnowInCo a Huge Success

Recently, I ventured out to Durango, Colorado in search of some fresh powder to satisfy my winter whims. About 6 months ago, the city of Durango had sent me some materials, suggesting that I come visit when I had a chance, and so this seemed to be the perfect opportunity. I started my trip with two points of focus: snow...

Value Luxury Visits Lanai, Hawaii

Hawaii’s island of Lanai once again hosted its “Writers in Residence” program for the second year in a row, and this year the Value Luxury Travel Network had representation in the program. Chris Gray Faust participated in the first year’s program (here’s a flashback to her coverage), and this year Andy Hayes (that’s me!) was a group representative – click here to...

Flanders is a Festival: “Biggest Ever Blog Trip”

My Value Luxury colleagues and I often discuss what would make an ideal blog trip. I think we agree that the best visits to a destination occupy the space somewhere between being blindfolded and dropped out of an airplane into the middle of a foreign country with a few days’ supply of bread and water, and an aggressively scheduled...

Value Luxury at TBEX

The skill sets involved in travel blogging and running a success travel business are akin to those required to run many small businesses. In the beginning, you are everything to everyone, and it’s a precarious balance of being a travel writer, researcher, website designer, site manager and tech support, salesperson, public relations manager, accountant, research and development manager, and...