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When you need to unwind and recharge, a luxury vacation is just what the doctor ordered. And this week's Travel Crush is no stranger to doctor's orders. Let her show you how it's done!
Tell us about yourself! Who are you? Where are you from? What do you do? What inspires you to travel?
Hey girl, hey! My name is Zainab, but most people call me Z! I was born in Queens, New York but Nigerian by blood. I quit my job a year and a half ago to pursue my dream as a travel nurse! I am taking assignments across the country while using my time off to explore the world. I recently took the month of June off to travel around Europe! It was amazing! To me, traveling is an escape from reality. It's a way for me to embrace new experiences, immerse myself in various cultures, and have a different worldview than what we see or read in textbooks. Ultimately, it's an opportunity to truly live and be my best self in all parts of the world.
What is it about luxury travel that really sets it above the rest for you?
Who doesn't love luxury?! My job alone is hectic and requires a lot out of me in order to provide the best care for my patients. I tend to not give myself the same energy and time I pour into others. Luxury travel allows me to spoil myself. I deserve all that and more when I travel, especially since it's coming out of my paycheck! In fact, traveling itself is a luxury to me. Any travel experience is eye-opening. Traveling reveals pieces of myself I never knew existed before. Not many people can travel and see the world, so I'm grateful to be able to do these things (especially at such a primetime in my life).
Describe the most luxurious travel experience you've had.
So far, Croatia would have to be my most luxurious travel experience! I attended Yachtnik this year, a whole week of sailing different cities in Croatia. Yachtnik came with a host, as well as a skipper. Our host cooked meals throughout the week while our skipper sailed the boat for us. It was definitely giving luxury! Croatia is a beautiful country with phenomenal oceans, beaches, and people. Even if you don't attend Yachnik or Yacht week in Croatia, visiting the country alone is an experience and a must!
What's one luxury travel experience you think everyone should experience in their lifetime?
A summer European tour is one experience I believe everyone should try. You can go with a group of friends or even go solo and still feel safe. You have easy access to other countries with cheaper transportation options. The continent is filled with diverse countries, cultures, history, and food. The views and everything about it are fresh and new. It was hands down one of my best experiences, and I do plan on going back to visit more countries!
What are your top tips for those who'd like to secure luxury experiences for themselves?
Stop overthinking, and book that trip sis! You deserve that luxury trip! As a society, we tend to get so caught up in working hard to live the American dream that we forget the importance of rest. Traveling gives you the time to explore cultures, try a cuisine you wouldn't try at home, and indulge in self-care. Get a travel credit card partnered with your favorite airline. The points/miles you earn can get you free flights to wherever you want to go or even upgrade you to business class. For example, I only paid $11 on the taxes for my flight to St Lucia! Yes, it is possible! The rest of the cost was covered by the miles I earned. Luxury doesn't always have to be about you spending the most money. For those who want to travel luxury and save a few pennies, book trips out of season, and track cheap flights on several search engines (google flight and Skyscanner are my favorites). Hotels also offer deals, so be sure to keep an eye out for the emails sent. Also, sign up for any free luxury giveaways offered!
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