It is not infrequent for a lifestyle manager or upscale travel agent to come across request for luxury travel that does not quite meet the minimum standard for luxury. For the very few agents in the realm of true lifestyle management, the luxury title is usually given internally to clients seeking a private jet, yacht, private villa or other less accessible means of travel.
These clients do not have a designated time for vacation, per se. Their work and personal life blend. It’s a lifestyle. Business trips are intertwined with leisure time. There is not a real distinction between the two. The budget is “whatever gets the job done without error and with the utmost service involved for a seamless travel experience”. Time sifting around for the ‘best deal’ or to ‘save a buck’ is time one could use to ‘make a buck’ or ‘close a deal’. Time IS money.
The internet is not a close friend of the private jet traveler. It is impersonal. Not reliable. Cannot offer personal service and lacks the high touch the private jet traveler desires. The private jet traveler would much rather rely on the firsthand experiences of a knowledgeable, well-traveled lifestyle manager for high-touch service. One way to experience this level of service is to book Abercrombie & Fitch’s Around the World by Private Jet. Geoffrey Kent, founder A&K, says, “Every year, I’m going to lead one trip around the world by private jet.” He continues in this New York Times piece, “What I do is I sit with a globe and think of all the new places I’d like to go and my past favorites, all rolled into 21 days. People work all their lives, they want to see as much as possible in a short time, and this lets them.”
A true, lifestyle manager will design the travel plans this type of traveler not only needs, but desires from personal chefs, to insuring the right magazine is aboard the jet upon arrival, to making sure the nanny has an itinerary to keep the kids entertained during travel. Handling this alone is time the elite traveler could have accomplished another more worthwhile goal.
It takes an elite agent… a lifestyle manager to understand the needs of the private jet traveler. It is not a skill learned from magazines or from watching television shows. It requires one to have intimate knowledge of this way of living.
A lifestyle manager with the same impeccable standards as the clientele he or she serves.
Abundant Journeys Lifestyle Management