Message from the Founder

By Cathleen Whitelow, Blog Manager

Welcome to the Up in the Air Life blog.  My name is Claire Soares and I am the Founder.  The purpose of the blog is to further our mission to Inspire, Connect, and Grow.  Over the next few months we will be playing “catch up.”  We will provide you a full recap of our past Trips, Lifestyle Experiences, and Lifestyle Events.  Our next open trip is to Cartagena, Colombia – it’s not too late to BOOK!  Later this week, we will give you a recap of last year.  Enjoy!

When I was younger, I wanted to travel the world and study abroad but did not know anyone who was doing it. As the high school class president, I planned a trip for 100 of my classmates to visit Six Flags, located in New Jersey. Since we were in Virginia, I knew I needed to be organized, detailed, and methodical when planning the trip. The positive feedback I received from my classmates sparked something within me. With that trip, little did I know that the “Trip Planner” seed was planted.

With the explosive growth of social media, it has heightened the awareness of the average person of their ability to travel. When people see others who look like them doing the things they dream about, it gives them the confidence that they can do it too and, at the same time, remove barriers, allowing people to leverage social media connections to plan trips, find affordable rates for flights, and locating upscale lodging around the world.

While traveling the world as an adult, I noticed there was a segment of the travel population who, like me, appreciated the finer things in life. We were ready to take things to the next level with more luxurious experiences. I realized this segment was not being served. There was also this undertone in the travel community that if you are not “backpacking” or “roughing it,” you are not a “real” traveler. I disagree with that notion; all types of travel should be celebrated. Whether you decide to stay in a hut on the beach or an elaborate resort – as long as you are doing what you love it is all good!

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It was this awareness of the gaps in the marketplace that birthed Up in the Air Life.

Launched in November 2013, Up in the Air Life is an upscale tour company focused on creating social adventures for working professionals who crave epic experiences.

The first UITAL trip at Yacht Week in Croatia

Outside the winery tour in the caves on the first Up in the Air Life trip at Yacht Week in Croatia

The mission of Up in the Air Life is to:

Inspire others to travel internationally.
Connect for new friendships and networking.
Grow in knowledge, savviness, and
personal experience to take travel experiences to the next level.

Boasting a Facebook community of more than 12,000+ and growing “Lifers,” Up in the Air Life hosts international trips around the world, offering more than 30 “Lifestyle Events” and “Lifestyle Experiences” annually all over the world.

The Weekend in Paris Experience

The Weekend in Paris Experience

Our focus is you, our clients. We plan epic trips, experiences, and events with you in mind. Our core values drive us to deliver a superior product and superior client service. They are –

Responsibility for the Client
Ensuring great client experiences with repeat clients.

Professionalism and Pride in Everything We Do
This is our business and we treat it with care.

Keeping Our Word and Making Things Right
We pride ourselves on keeping our word. When issues arise, we make it right by you, our client.

Leading and Ending in Positivity
No matter what, our game face is a smile.

Over the next few weeks, I will introduce you to the Up in the Air Life team, share more about who we are, where we are going, and how you can join us. We are planning epic trips, events, and experiences for the professional traveler that takes the luxurious route.

This group was created for you, “Lifer.” We want to write stories that engage, inform, educate, and entertain you. We want your input too. Tell us your story!

Send it to blog@urbanyachtlife.com.

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