R. Crusoe Luxury Travel Blog

 

(Way) beyond customer service.

In 2013, when Japan made a final bid for the 2020 World Games, many non-Japanese speakers first heard the word “omotenashi.” According to the Japan Times, “Omotenashi is hard to define, but Japanese use it to describe what they believe is their unique approach to hospitality. It involves the subjugation of self in service ... Read More >

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20 Jun 2019
Posted in Food & Beverage, R. Crusoe recommends

Chile, with a side of tradition.

Did you know that Santiago, Chile, is in the midst of a food revolution? In 2006, Chef Rodolfo Guzmán, a native son, opened his first restaurant in the capital city. Today, that establishment, Boragó, is considered one of Latin America’s top restaurants.

It seems Guzmán set in motion a movement in the Santiaguinos food world ... Read More >

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1 (very) unusual safari.

If you’ve never been to East Africa—Kenya and Tanzania—we’re jealous. There’s nothing quite like seeing the animals with first-time eyes.

If a safari in East Africa is on your bucket list, consider joining us on our upcoming Hosted Journey: A Luxury Safari through East Africa. Crusoe Hosted Journeys don’t come around often. Don’t miss ... Read More >

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It’s a family affair.

Time to take the family (extended or otherwise) abroad. R. Crusoe & Son has been creating journeys for families for years, and we do so with an eye toward ensuring quality time and unusual experiences for adults and children alike.

R. Crusoe recently sent the D. family on an exploration of Norway.

Ready to fall ... Read More >

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23 May 2019
Posted in Culture, Food & Beverage, Tidbits & trivia

Chow down like a Kiwi.

Ask a dozen folks in New Zealand what their national dish is, and you’ll likely get 12 different answers. Perhaps that’s because this little country has an overflowing larder of local ingredient— lamb, cervena (venison), crayfish (lobster), fish, and shellfish, just for a start.  A great variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.  And, of ... Read More >

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23 May 2019
Posted in Culture, Flora & Fauna, Nature, Travel with us

Where the lemurs live.

In March 2020, we’re off to Ethiopia and Madagascar on an R. Crusoe Hosted Journey. This one-time-only tour (March 25 to April 7) is hosted by Steve Goodman, Field Museum field biologist and winner of the MacArthur Genius Grant for his conservation work in Madagascar.

We begin in Ethiopia, where we focus on the 12th-century ... Read More >

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How to do the Italian cheek kiss.

A recent edition of The Local.com, an English-language online news magazine, explained the rules of cheek-buzzing in Italy. Take a lesson…

“In general,” writes author Cartherine Edwards, “Italians are more touchy-feely than their more northern neighbors, and kissing as a greeting has a long history in Italy. The Ancient Romans are credited with spreading ... Read More >

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16 May 2019
Posted in Food & Beverage, History, Tidbits & trivia

It takes a railroad.

And an influx of Europeans with experience in Old World wine-making. Together, the arrival of the railway and the immigrants transformed Mendoza, Argentina, from a modest wine region into the world’s fifth-largest wine-producing area. All this happened in the 19th and early 20th centuries, but lucky you: You can reap the benefits ... Read More >

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16 May 2019
Posted in News, Travel tips & essentials, Travel with us

Check your mailbox.

Around the end of this month, keep an eye out for the arrival of your copy of R. Crusoe & Son’s latest travel journal. Our idea book is filled with suggestions for destinations all over the globe.

We offer Custom Journeys created just for you and yours—no preset departure date, no going places based on other ... Read More >

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9 May 2019
Posted in News, Travel tips & essentials

Tanzania’s bag ban.

Are you heading to East Africa anytime soon? If so, and if your plans include time in Tanzania, here’s something important to keep in mind: Come June 1, 2019, the Tanzanian government will ban the production, importation, sale, and use of all single-use plastic bags  to help reduce pollution from non-biodegradable waste.

Tanzania is ... Read More >

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