Besties Episode | Expert Panel

December 26, 2023

This week we’re up to something a little different. I invited three of my travel industry friends to join me in conversation about some of our favorite hotels of the year, some of our biggest travel pet peeves, and some of the lessons we hope our followers, clients, and guests will take home with them from their next trips. 

Joining me today are Wendy Blandon, Hao Tang, and Simon Jones. All four of us are professional travelers, spending up to one third of the year out of the country. It’s also our jobs to be a little extra snobby as we evaluate destinations, experiences, and hotels for you. 

In this unfiltered conversation you’ll hear our insider thoughts on everything from hotel amenities, to the best airport lounges, to butler service. 

Before we dive in, I truly want to thank you for being a part of our community, for listening, for sending me your feedback, for working with Bell & Bly Travel for your luxury travel needs, and for letting me and our guests inspire you to travel the world. It is truly my honor. 

Please enjoy this last episode of the year and I look forward to many more fun chats in 2024!



Listen to hear:

  • 04:06 – About their favorite view on one of the trips

  • 07:00 – What place surprised them in a positive way

  • 09:27 – Where they found disappointment while traveling

  • 12:21 – What travel trends they saw this year

  • 15:48 – About their favorite lodges in 2023

  • 19:48 – Why they have a list of the best and worst hotel amenities

  • 24:49 – Which hotel is on top of their list

  • 25:54 – About their hotel pet peeves

  • 28:53 – Why they have an opinion on plunge pools

  • 32:05 – About the top lists on hotels and travel

  • 37:07 – How they rate butler’s service

  • 40:11 – Why some airports are liked or disliked by them

  • 45:25 – What they will buy with an unlimited budget

  • 46:49 – How the average person can improve its travel experience

  • 49:59 – About their favorite travel choices

  • 53:56 – What you will learn about the world or humanity through travel

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