Simple clicks or a travel expert to help you on your next adventure?

Hello all,

From my travel designer perspective, I would of course need to defend my entire class, stating that there is, in my opinion, a difference on the motivations and your own profile. Organizing an itinerary for a traveller, and not for a tourist, demands expertise and a high level of professionalism that goes beyond a couple of clicks.

In our so called globalized and hyper-clickable world, services are what make the difference. I can also compare a travel designer, which is not a NGO, it is an enterprise and therefore would charge for the delivered services, I can compare it with your hair dresser, for example… You can indeed by some colour and dye your hair at home… Results can satisfy you whatsoever, but if you go to a hair designer, which based in their experience will study your figure and assist you in finding the best colour for your skin type or farther the image you want to get across, the results can lead you to a finer result, and you would be glad to pay for it…

What is happening, it is that nowadays, the developing of an itinerary is somehow misplaced to a couple of goods from the shelves to your troll but with no criteria, or better, when the most important criteria is saving some or more money…

For my own experience, I handle clients that prefer go to a hairdresser than do it themselves, lucky me, right? Clients that truly believe more on a voyage than on a simple trip! And, trust me, it makes all the difference…

I am a lucky person that had the chance to visit 4 continents and around 30 countries, and, in my profession, means expertise, for even to buy tourist products and place them at a portal as clickable deals to save money NEEDS to mean that there is expertise behind it…

I wonder, If I ever ask some cheaper portals to study a travel experience based on my profile, would it be feasible or if I was not about being charged for that… In this case… Why somehow people love to ask experts to share their expertise, self-experiences and at the end click some shelves and save some bucks… Is it fair? Would you like your clients in your sector do the same?

Tourism is SERIOUS business, SERIOUS Travel Agents or Designers are hard workers and furthermore, we don’t sell BEDS and places in airplanes.

We are an active part of the construction of a dream. We SELL the only product which the client don’t bring anything concrete with them… Only indelible experiences.

So, darling, or go to a Luxury Boutique (not on sales please, for you know how not-elegant Milan hi-fashion boutiques are during sales time) or go to an Outlet… If you choose a Boutique, always bare in mind, darling ones, the sip of crystal is already on the bill and don’t ever pretend an Outlet sells last collection items…

Whatever you chose, whatever I chose, the best is… there is no concrete position when we are dealing with the most precious thing we have in life: time. Time is precious and so are Travel Agents time… Maybe next generations will subside us and we’ll become NGOs, who knows, but until there, I beg you all to think twice before saying that the main difference between a travel agent/operator is just “save” money… No it is not!

Love to all.

Rio Escape | Being fabulous in the Wonderful City

You know, I’ve just exchange emails with a fine client, after finalizing last specifics to organize this forthcoming Rio Weekend Experience … From tomorrow on…

This sounds like a great plan! Thanks a lot for all your help – I think my stay in Rio would be really wonderful | … Warm Regards, [ client ]

Hey [ client ], that’s the nicest part of my work… Collaborate to render good moments to people! | … Stu
And that’s, at the end, the less you could expect from a ground operator, in this particular case…
I’ve been in the past over-a-decade learning how to handle travelers under so many lenses… Institutionally, Private Enterprise, Press, Tourism Trade… up to arriving to my current one as a luxury travel designer’s point of focusing my lens…
Must say, … Even though mixing the passion with the business in itself –
yet, none can live only from passion, huh? –
I’ve learned that good things in life either cost or are for free! Adore them when they’re for free… Respect/Expect from them when they are paid.
Rio costs, the good costs… Rio is so totally for free… So full of so many different people, slam boys in the same queue in the supermarket with the latest last fresh canned pseudo-popstar on TV… Two blocks from the beach… That, actually, is the distance of the 3 different-chain supermarkets I stroll three times a week… At only 2 blocks far from the sand and the waves of this brave Atlantique, so is the window where I take my first morning puff…
Honestly? Lately, due to the fact I have the sun on my face, I have my black coffee and first cigarette [ I know It damages one’s health comprise mine… Avoid smoking! ] facing the sea and getting face-tonned… I sometimes am, and prefer to be, a sunset type of guy… Rio has it too… 15 minutes walk I’m in Arpoador Beach ( Next to Ipanema & Leblon ) staring at the Two Brother’s Hills… For me, the sacrest stone on earth…Yes, those hills, as well as the Arpoador, Sugar Loaf and the Corcovado ( where the Christ, the Redeemer Statue is ) are: huge blocks of gneisses!
gneiss |nīs| noun a metamorphic rock with a banded or foliated structure, typically coarse-grained and consisting mainly of feldspar, quartz, and mica.
 Well, back to the Rio Weekend…
They will be transported in a very fancy car, by a very smart English Speaking driver, will ride around the most astonishing urban coastlines I’ve ever happen to be in… And I’ve been traveling for a while in 4 continents… They will have fantastic seafood ( fish, crustaceous and the whole company ) one the first night, they will have the best barbecue in town on the second night, and I wouldn’t dare say the best in Brazil, for I’m originally from Porto Alegre, South of Brazil – Home of the Creators of the Brazilian Barbecue!  By the way… Watching Giant on last January 1st warm afternoon – While Liz Taylor fought the sun assisted by Rock Hudson, while James Dean watches them both from his ride… – There was this scene in which they show an etymological spanish version for the word Barbecue, which we call churrasco, or “churras” in family … Don’t remember exactly what was it, but you might as well be interested in either see the film and figure, which is a giant film, or come to Rio and at least surrender yourself to the views of the Gorgeous Guanabara Bay and eat some green leaves, if you may be a vegetarian – as another enchanting traveler Paola Rossi ( partner and lovely friend of mine) is, for whom this post is dedicated too, for inspiring me…
So… After those two gastronomic experiences, they will be in one night in a famous Samba-Ethno-Retro-Cool-Busy club in Lapa district, downtown…. To taste democracy… And another night will be dancing with pseudo and long term celebrities in one of Brazil’s most cool lounge, in Ipanema… to taste the life of the very wealthy ones. Of course, in between spots, in a cool A/C’d temperature in the gorgeous vehicle…  For it is warm in here, child!
Wanna feel this taste? Come to Rio in a The Charmed Voyager Escape!

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Mônaco | Monte-Carlo · Côte D’Azur, a Riviera!

O Principado de Mônaco é o segundo menor estado da Europa, após o Vaticano, possuindo uma das mais belas costas da Côte d’Azur. Consagrado como um dos lugares mais chiques e exclusivos do mundo, reduto de milionários, celebridades e artistas, Mônaco, em algumas centenas de metros somente, oferece uma prodigiosa oferta de atividades de lazer. Seu clima ameno durante todo o ano, estações de esqui muito próximas, importantes eventos como o Grande Prêmio de Mônaco de Fórmula I, propõe  localidades muito elegantes, grande riqueza cultural onde o fascínio de seus cassinos é, sem dúvida, uma de suas mais notáveis atrações e cenário de muitos filmes. Os legendários hotéis, resorts e cassinos do grupo SBM, como o Monte Carlo Beach, são ícones e referência do estilo, elegância e sofisticação monegascos.

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Nossas propostas de viagem incluem uma seleção de hotéis de luxo, design, boutique e charme e também apartamentos e Villas, sejam para uma experiência romântica a dois ou uma propriedade maior, acomodando uma família ou um grupo de amigos.

Para a descoberta da Riviera, Paris e outras localidades francesas,The Charmed Voyager propõe itinerários que podem ser percorridos e desenhados sob medida para a personalização desta experiência, com tarifas, termos e condições sempre informados sob solicitação.

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Indian Street Food

There’s nothing like counting with a patient Indian to be introduced to the local gastronomy. Questions never cease. In Delhi, and in the region of Rajasthan, according to our hostess’s information, circa twelve spices are used for the preparation of each dish. According to the occidental taste, the flavour of the chilli is overwhelming. We went through the checking list of some gourmets: coriander seeds, cumin, turmeric, fenugreek, black pepper, mustard seeds, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, cassia, cardamom amomum seeds, bear, asafoetida and salt are the favourite ones to operate the alchemy. The meats, lamb and chicken, together with the always present lentil, are the mildest recipes. For delicate stomachs, the clue is:  go for vegetarian food and never-ever mistake okra with green chilli! In New Delhi, the minuscule Khan Chacha, located in Khan Market, is a must-do. Among the specialties of the place:  wraps or skewers of lamb and  cottage cheese and chicken roasted chops. Whatever you chose out of the menu, not even understanding exactly what that would mean, it is a wonderful experience for the senses. Their hours are from 11:00 to 23:00, closing on Fridays. Just grab your snack and eat it standing by the  kiosk, as everybody else will. It’s Practical! When it is over, get on line again and order another one. Bon appétit!

Jumping from food  to  beverage, the Lassi is an unforgettable experience in this world of flavours. We have heard that all Indians start their day with this yoghurt based drink. Take it at any time. We have discovered in Delhi the Hotel Áman‘s secret: lassi mixed with mango (if you are not aware of, India grows more than 300 species of the fruit) and mint. It is a mixture for the gods. Without arousing the rage of Kali, we would suggested you to add some vodka on it. We have named the drink Lassi a la The Charmed Voyager. Miles ahead, in the desert of Rajasthan, in Jaipur, don’t leave town without visiting the area that should be called Lassiland. It is on Mirza Ismail Road, where we reccomend  Mirza Ismail Road, to enjoy the specialty. It is a cosy establishment, where the lassi is served in terracota cones. Bahut acha!

Carlos Stucky, director of The Charmed Voyager, traveled to the regions of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, from April 21 to May 5, 2009. For this and other itineraries in India, contact

Balloning over Jaipur

You know, I personally don’t like waking up early. Unless, of course, it is for a good cause. An extremely important and fair cause like to get on a Hot Air Balloon and just fly over Jaipur.

The night before, the 29/04/09, was already VERY exciting…We were at WWW.DERAAMER.COM, just behind the hills of Amer Fort, at the very foothills of the Aravali Range, where Udaijit Singh has invited us to give juicy bananas to his elephants, which by that time of the day had already their munches, and afterwards embark on them to a surreal trip through that amazing piece of  Rajput tradition.

It was such a cool ride…specially, because elephants are particularly attracted to munch the dried desert trees they’ve met along the way. You know what is the best part? When your champagne glasses are empty, the photo-cameras tired and with their batteries wearing thin for taking continuously and uselessly pictures (under the night they are not technologically able to picture the contours of those trees –  in vain trying to reflect the ligt of the moon in waxing crescent) and then there is a pit or an elephant-stop to refill them…Not the multipixeled ones, the glasses…

You regret you are a little over weigthed when it is time for debarkation, and you sense that there is a typical Rajasthani dinner waiting for you and at that point, you are glad that you are no kind of bulimic and just immerse in all that aroma…Full again. Nice talk. Time to go. Tomorrow, the 30th, wake up time is set for 4am!

When we get at the field and see our WWW.SKYWALTZ.COM balloon growing brightly green and yellow, the blood tends to freeze, even tough is already close to 30 Celsius at that time of the day…

From the balloon, after taken that sun rising  picture you see at the header of this blog,  we look down and see two sacred cows looking/munching at us perplexed…The whole villagers runing to a certain point, a point where we would land…And they were SO HAPPY in greeting us…SO HAPPY in having that hot air balloon over their own warm dry land…

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Get Lost in Old Delhi

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Landing  in Delhi and right after checked in at the hotel, heading to Old Delhi is a unique experience in life. The adventure begins with the traffic: an ordered chaos. Many cars, many rickshaws, lots of people and some sacred cows in the middle of the streets. The capital counts with a not extensive subway line and the stop for the chosen destiny is Chandni Chowk, main road of Old Delhi. Followed the intense adrenaline shot of being in the middle of the town buzz, the next sensation is totally Zen. It’s a turn back to the XVIII century, when intense trade took place there. Labyrinths. An incomplete synthesis of the scene. Without fear, let yourself loose in the bazaars, one beside the other. The colors are going to invade your soul. Walking in circles, or reaching a cul-de-sac, with the friendly Indians observing. Infuse yourself whit the odors of the street food and with the local habits. To notice that there is an organized division of sectors: clothing, jewelry, spices, decorations for gods and its temples. And, later, discovering a larger avenue realizing that exists, finally, a way out of the cornucopia of alleys. The cultural differences are only blossoming. In the middle of the multicolored people, a naked man appears all of a sudden. The knowledge that Jain sometimes doesn’t wear clothes is something; to see them live is totally something else. The strangest is the feeling that the strangers are us. It’s to live another society, probably, a la Lévi-Strauss. Trying to break down prejudices and take advantage of it. The tip for lunch is at Paranthe Wali Gali, one of the traditional streets of the area. As the name indicates, the specialty is the paratha, typical fried bread accompanied by several and delicious sauces. To freshen up: a glass of Lassi, a yogurt beverage. Hours and hours had already passed. Even though there is a whole world yet to be discovered, the body is tired. The journey back to the hotel is in local style at its best: on a rickshaw. Auto-Rickshaw, religiously bargained for the right rate, before departure. Get ready for thrilling emotions when embarking on this kind of vehicle, Indian equivalent to the roller coasters, which, so respectfully, gives to the elephant found in the way back to frenetic Palika Bazaar his deserved preference. Gran finale!

Carlos Stucky, director of The Charmed Voyager, traveled to the regions of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, from April 21 to May 5, 2009. For this and other itineraries in India, contact