Travel Like an A-Lister Without Spending Like One

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Traveling like a celebrity doesn’t have to break the bank. (Photo: iStock)

By: Adeline Duff

It’s no secret that when it comes to travel, A-listers have it better than most of us. We’ve talked about mastering airport style and taking care of your skin mid-flight, but what about adding some overall celebrity-inspired glamour to your next trip? Thanks to the current generation of entrepreneurs looking to make our lives easier in well, every single way, there’s a plethora of services, products and apps out there to make traveling a much less stressful—and much more luxurious—experience.

Need a last-minute blow-dry before running from the terminal to your best friend’s wedding? Looking to get your green juice on at 40,000 feet for healthy, glowing skin? Whatever it is, there’s an abundance of travel hacks out there that can turn even the most mundane of travels into an A-list experience.

International Trainers

Many celebrities—especially models—have different trainers they see in various cities around the world. But the rest of us don’t often find ourselves visiting 15+ countries in a year, and we’re usually content with settling for the hotel’s gym. But recent years have shown that everyone loves a good class, be it Soul Cycle,Pure Barre or Pilates (sorry treadmill, but you don’t really cut it anymore.)

The Hack: Class Pass

While Class Pass has been gaining a widespread clientele since their launch in 2013, many members don’t know that you can use the app while traveling—and they’re currently active in five international and 29 U.S. cities. Class Pass memberships come with Flex, which allows you to book classes in any location they’re in. When traveling, simply select your Flex city under your account page. Once back home, you can switch right back to your default.

City Specific Facialists

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Ritualist will sent a top-notch facialis straight to your door. (Photo: iStock)

Celebrities make no secret about their love of a good facial. You’ll often find Hollywood stars dishing about their go-to facialists in Los Angeles, New York, London, and Paris. Unless you’re staying at a resort and spa, going out of your way to find a good facial (and trust us, that can be hard) is probably not on the top of your to-do list.

The Hack: The Ritualist

Lucky for those who love to indulge in a little bit of luxury—and well being—there’s now an app for that. The Ritualist, which is currently available in New York City, brings a facialist right to your hotel room or home, where they’ll mix a customized formula (with all organic products!) based on your skin type. They’ll also bring their own table as well as candles and some relaxing music to get you into Zen-mode. The best part? At the end of your service, they’ll leave you with samples of the carefully curated products—including the candle.

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Personal Masseuses

Since celebs have no problem flying out their “glam squad,” (read: hair stylist and makeup artist), it should come as no surprise that having their personal masseuses on-call—or even up in the air with them—is quite common. Many celebrities, especially athletes, find traveling with a masseuse a necessary luxury.

The Hack: Zeel on demand

A common retort to the question “what would you do with a million dollars?” is often “I’d hire a personal masseuse.” Luckily, there’s no need for that thanks to the app Zeel, which offers on demand massages that can be booked the same day. The best part? They’ll come directly to your home or hotel room, massage table in tow. Right now, Zeel is available in a multitude of U.S. cities, including New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, Boston, Denver, Washington D.C. and San Diego.

Popping Bottles Mid-Flight

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Toast with a little bubbly at 30,000 feet. (Photo: iStock)

Celebrities are often seen Instagramming their glamorous, champagne soaked flights—in private jets, nonetheless. While you can get a glass of bubbly on most airlines, the good stuff is often served to fliers up front.

The Hack: Petrossian Champagne and Caviar Bar at LAX

There are many frequent fliers out there who find having a proper drink (and meal) at the airport part of the traveling experience. For the luxury enthusiasts out there, Petrossian—a high-end and much-beloved café with locations in NYC and LA—has a champagne and caviar bar at LAX in the airport’s Tom Bradley International terminal. What really gets us excited about this location is that they offer a “caviar in the air” picnic basket to take on board with you. You’ll be the envy of the plane, too.

Travel with Your Hair Pro

In the age of social media and incessant paparazzi, celebrities have more pressure than ever to look good when coming off the plane. Naturally, they usually fly out or travel with their preferred hair stylist, but buying an extra ticket to ensure your locks stay bouncy and fresh sounds a bit extravagant to the rest of us.

The Hack: WT GO at LaGuardia Airport

It’s not just the stars that need, or simply want to look good upon disembarking. What about those of us who have business meetings or family gatherings to go to? For those of you lucky enough to be flying in or out of LaGuardia Airport, you can now get a blow dry, haircut, and even a conditioning treatment at Warren-Tricomi’s quick-stop outpost, WT GO (located in Delta’s Terminal C). A celebrity favored salon, Warren-Tricomi paired up with Xpress Spa to offer travelers one of their signature luxurious services, so you can come off, or on, the plane looking and feeling your best. We have our fingers crossed that they’ll be opening more airport locations soon, so stay tuned.

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VIP Airport Lounges

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Airport lounges make a long layover bearable. (Photo: Minute Suites)

LAX made headlines last summer for revealing plans to open a celebrity-only airport suite, so it should come as no surprise that most A-listers are normally found waiting in various VIP suites. For those who’ve wondered why they’ve never spotted Jude Law waiting at one of Heathrow’s many gates, now you know why.

The Hack: Minute Suites

Since most people probably can’t gain access to the VIP lounges, Minute Suites offers private spaces for travelers to work, relax, and catch up on sleep. Recently the company—which was founded by doctors and health care professionals—expanded their initiative for traveling mothers looking to change their baby’s diapers for free of charge (up to 30 minutes). Rates start at $38 for an hour and go up to $140 for up to eight hours, meaning you can say goodbye to the dreaded six-hour layover. Locations currently available at Atlanta Hartsfield – Jackson, Philadelphia International and Dallas Forth Worth, with a second Dallas location arriving in 2016.

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