Grant Thatcher launched his LUXE City Guides in 2001, and since then, he’s expanded to 30 pocketbook-sized titles filled with “smart stuff for busy people.” Thatcher’s latest project, Little LUXE Guides – on how to “go glam with the fam” – is perfect for those modern families that can’t imagine not bringing the littles along… Little LUXE Hong Kong, Bali and Singapore each contain hundreds of family-centered picks, such as Hong Kong Disneyland (“The house of mouse needs no intro”), Magic Mirror Kids’ Hair (“Pop your little ray of sunshine on a giraffe… for the coolest haircuts in town”) and The KIDchen by Kit Lin (“Mini chefs learn to cook their own dim sum”), plus babysitting recommendations and spa picks for parents in need of some R&R. Written by editors living in Hong Kong with their children, the guide is the next best thing to having a friend on the ground. $10; luxecityguides.com.
Now that my littles are 5 and 7, we are exploring international family travel – exposing them to radically different cultures at an early age, contextualizes so much of their developing point of view and their learning. And the opportunity for parents to be the one to contextualize it for them in situ… is truly priceless. Values 101. I truly believe that ‘travel is only thing you buy that makes you richer’.
(And there is nothing more frustrating in my book than missing a must-see/do at a destination! ;))
For traveling in style, we believe the Oughton Rolling Tacktrunk Bag is the perfect piece of luggage. Says founder Daphne Markcrow, “Because of its ‘trunk’ shape, you don’t need to unpack it, you can easily work out of it, keeping things very neat. For someone who likes to hop around an area to check out different pieces, this is an invaluable asset. Plus, you have to love a piece of luggage that gets better looking with age… my waxed canvas has now patinaed to look like leather – it looks better than ever. I wish I could make them like this! But, you have to earn this look… like the steamer trunks of yesterday, emblazoned with their ports of call like badges earned…”
Go in style, and in the know, with Luxe City Guides + Oughton Limited Luggage!