A luxury travel club has launched a holiday offer that sounds almost too good to be true – you can book unlimited breaks for just $2,500 (£1,900) a month.
Inspirato, a private travel club based in the US, said subscribers to the Inspirato Pass are able to pick from 150,000 trips, and are able to “travel as frequently as you like without paying nightly rates, taxes, or fees”.
The trips range from hotel and luxury home stays, experiences such as whale watching in Baja California, and even Caribbean cruises. And there are options all over the world, including here in the UK.
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There are a couple of catches though.
You have to pay a one-off fee of $2,500 (£1,900) to join the club, meaning your first month will cost $5,000 (£3,800).
Plus, you can only book one trip at a time, but you can book your next trip as soon as you finish your current one and you can book them between two days and 365 days in advance.
And of course, you have to pay for your own flights. But otherwise everything is included, including any resort fees.
The subscription model has been incredibly popular in light of the pandemic according to Inspirato founder and CEO Brent Handler.
He told Travel + Leisure: “The structure is very straightforward. If you’re familiar with how Rent the Runway works, or the original Netflix subscription, it’s the same.”
Handler added: “The simplicity of just being able to pick something, book it, not think about it, check in, have a five-star experience, and, the day you check out, book your next trip has really taken off.”
But not all travel companies are experiencing such a boom.
A luxury hotel in Kerala, India, has had to convert its swimming pool into a fish farm in order to survive the pandemic.
Tens of thousands of pearl spot fish now call Aveda Resort their home, albeit temporarily – the hotel plans to harvest the fish come autumn and sell them to overseas markets where they are a key ingredient in many dishes.
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