These Companies Can Hook You Up With a Totally Bespoke Vacation
As the weather gets chillier and days get shorter, you bet we’re dreaming of a winter getaway to start off 2019 on an adventurous note. And as the holidays approach, no one has enough time to shoulder the planning all alone for a honeymoon, babymoon, bachelorette weekend, or solo trip. Bespoke travel was once available only for luxury consumers, but now that many world travelers are looking for the most customizable, ‘grammable experience possible, it’s being designed to be more accessible to the average customer’s wallet. “Today, thanks to the internet and social media, everyone can now witness the magic of experiential travel, and so, packaged tours to mass tourism destinations have lost their appeal. Everyone now wants to come back with a unique story that they can carry with them for the rest of their lives,” says Jose Pablo Toscano, the CEO and co-founder of Jubel, a custom experiential travel company. That’s why we’re giving a shout out to six travel companies that will partner with you to create the vacation of a lifetime.
If you’re looking for a luxurious trip to commemorate a big anniversary, birthday, or another important occasion, Black Tomato can create something unforgettable. All you have to tell them is the country you’re dreaming of — on any continent — or the vibe you’re hoping for in your next trip; they create the rest, including booking all of your flights, hotels, or resorts. Once you decide where you’re headed, Black Tomato’s travel experts put together a sample itinerary with pricing to which you can make tweaks or accept immediately. You can even include unique add-ons like a drone experience to create a custom film or photo reel from your trip or a customizable proposal service for you or your S.O. to pop the question (hint, hint), which ranges from “private” to “showstopper” style.
Also starting from a questionnaire on your travel habits and preferences — like whether you prefer cozy, lesser-known restaurants or bustling, family-friendly popular attractions — Journy specializes in local recommendations for spots you’ll want to hit for food, fun, and culture. The best part is that you can get as fancy or keep the trip as chill as you want; you can even stay in an Airbnb if you choose. With planning packages starting at only $25 a day, it’s a great deal to have Journy’s experts help you plan the outline of your next family vacay or even a couples’ staycation with visiting friends; for the full price of $50 a day, Journy takes care of your accommodation arrangements and booking too.