Travel Tools

These Quick Links will help you plan your trip more easily, or help you out along the way:

Currency Converter

Work out the correct exchange rates with Oanda or XE currency converter or if you’re looking for a more comprehensive site that finds you the fairest deals for your travel currency try My Currency Transfer.

Time Zones

If you’ve been travelling too long and you have no idea what time to call home check this timezone map.

Distance Calculator

Want to know far it is from Dubai to Tehran, or Casablanca to Erbil? This is the calculator you need. You will also find these calculators very useful for distances, time and costs.

Airline Search & Airline Seats

Use Sky Scanner to find the best flights, then make sure to check out Seat Guru before you fly anywhere. They have seat maps for most of the top airlines, so you can pick the best seat on any plane.

Weather Forecast

You can check the weather, as well as sandstorm or tsunami warnings at accuweather.com or weather.org.

Luxury Travel Sites I Like

Departures 

Concierge

Conde Nast Traveler Magazine

Travel & Leisure Magazine

Luxury Travel Magazine

Luxury Travel Bible

How To Spend It  – In Financial Times

Luxury Hotel Sites

Small Luxury Hotels Of The World

Relais & Chateaux

Leading Hotels Of The World

Luxury Travel Companies

Drake & Cavendish

Abercrombie & Kent

The Travel Attache

Top Middle East Airlines

Emirates

Etihad

Qatar Airways

Private Islands

Vladi Private Islands – The original island broker

Private Islands Online

Private Islands Magazine

Luxury Concierge Service

If you want a Private Members’ Club with a 24 hour concierge service, Quintessentially is your passport to the very best life has to offer. Seriously, there’s nothing these guys can’t do for you. If that sounds like a good way to live, take a look at Quintessentially.

Lifestyle & Stuff

Middle East

Ahlan Magazine – Women’s Lifestyle

Bespoke Magazine – Men’s Lifestyle

Brownbook Magazine – Middle East Lifestyle and Culture

The Carton Magazine – Middle East culture through food (Foodie Heaven)

The Outpost Magazine – Middle East Culture with smart and brave articles

Elephant Lifestyle – Luxury living

Khaleejesque Magazine – Lifestyle in Gulf Region

Kalimat Magazine – Creative & Cultural

Cherry Pick Dubai – Website with the best of everything in Dubai

International

Tatler Magazine – Luxury lifestyle

Wallpaper Magazine – Stylish lifestyle

James Edition – Luxury marketplace

Robb Report – Luxury lifestyle

The Sartorialist – Street fashion & culture

Cigar Aficionado – Luxury lifestyle

Mr Porter – Men’s fashion

Monocle – News, culture & stylish living

Blogs I Like To Read

This is a diverse list of travel bloggers that I like to follow when I have time. They don’t all focus on luxury travel, but they’re all very worldly. Some of are very enlightening, some will help save you money, some will take you places others wouldn’t go and some are just plain old fun to read. So connect and enjoy.

Middle East

Shoes & Drama – A great Saudi fashion and lifestyle site

Marocmama – Website & Blog all about Morocco & it’s food

The Hedonista – Top regional food and wine blog

Foodiva – Top foodie and restaurant review blog

My Custard Pie – One of the region’s best foodie blogs

International

Flanerie Feminine – Luxury Travel & Foodie Site

Jetsetter – Luxury Travel

Live Share Travel – Luxury Travel

The Perrin Post  – In Conde Nast Traveler

Andrew Harper – Luxury Travel

Velvet Escape – Luxury Travel

Travel Fish – Asia specialists

Uncornered Market

Chris Guillebeau – Inspiring. He has just finished visiting every country in the world

Nomadic Matt  – He’ll show you how to travel the world on $50 a day

Adventurous Kate

TripHackr

Wander The Map

Candice Does The World

Stop Having A Boring Life

Nerd Fitness – Sounds strange, but a very good health & fitness site

Legal Nomads

Unbrave Girl

Luxury Travel Mom  – Family Travel

Posh Brood  – Family Travel