We are having some long (4th of July) weekend withdrawals over here, so I sat down with Lindsey, luxury travel consultant and owner of Epperly Travel (she’s one of the “top 30 agents under 30” worldwide and just the sweetest!) to chat and get some insight into where we should explore next…

 

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✈ Most popular destination trend in the last year (honeymoon and non-honeymoon)? Most popular honeymoon destination is almost always somewhere in the Caribbean – especially St. Lucia. It’s far enough away to feel exotic (think rolling green mountains and tropical foliage!) but not so far that honeymooner’s have to dread a long flight, which is a concern of quite a few travelers after the exhaustion of their wedding. Since non-honeymooners don’t have that concern, that opens them up to traveling all over: but Europe has been huge with the value of the dollar to the Euro, I have never received more Italy, Greece and France requests in my life than in the past year!

✈ Dream destination wedding location? Bora Bora, which only began legally marrying Americans in the past few years. With that crystal clear blue water and the spectacular over-water bungalows, I can’t think of a better backdrop for couples to say “I do!”

✈ Best kept secret (location that flies under the radar)? Central America is such a cool spot that travelers often don’t think of when they want an exotic feel with beaches without traveling too far. Nicaragua in particular has become huge with the opening of Mukul, the country’s first luxury beach property.

✈ Favorite destination in GA for a weekend getaway? The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Plantation – adult summer camp, as we like to call it! Can’t go wrong with campfire, s’mores and the serene setting on Lake Oconee (not to mention one of the best spas in the U.S.!).

✈ Best trip you have ever been on? Hands down South Africa. I am not even outdoorsy and I couldn’t help but fall in love with the unbelievable wildlife, out of this world accommodations, and genuine hospitality that I experienced while on trips to Cape Town, Kruger and the Kalahari Desert.

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Photos by Lindsey Epperly

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