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Relaxing shouldn't be more

work than stacking your coins.

Congratulations! You've reached a level of success that our ancestors could barely fathom.

After working twice as hard as everyone else to get where you are, you deserve to let loose, be pampered, and stunt on the haters with Instagram-worthy shots of you living your best life.

It's time to let it go, and let it flow.

The Tanzania + Zanzibar Experience: Clients enjoying a sundowner, which is a sunset cocktail reception in the “bush” on a safari.

UP IN THE AIR LIFE IS A LUXURY TRAVEL COMPANY THAT

handles the planning for you.

We design and lead lavish group trips that invite you to submerge your senses

in local culture alongside other Black travelers as eager to unwind as you are.

Accommodations fit for Royalty

We stay where we are celebrated. Unwind in guaranteed 4- and 5-star lodging.

Relax into opulent comfort.

Michelin Restaurants & Sought-After Sommeliers

We dine on the finest food pairedwith the most select wines. You didn't join the jet set crew to be basic.

Immersive Afro Culture & History

"If you don't know where you've come from, you don't know where you're going." - Maya Angelo Dive into your heritage.

Looking for a custom plan just for your group? We do that, too.

Our trips are a whole #mood.

WE MAKE IT EASY TO

Slay on vacay.

Here's how it works:

Schedule a call.

Our CEO, Claire, is the G.O.A.T. of planning luxury travel for the culture. Your journey starts with a consultation call where you can let her know directly what your travel dreams are and ask any questions.

We handle the details.

Choose your destination from custom-curated, upscale trips based on your preferences.

Want to twerk on a yacht? Tour The Great Pyramid of Giza while listening to Sade? Experience new foods and customs without fear of microaggressions?

It's your world, baby!

Get your trip on.

You are always accompanied by an experienced American guide on all of our trips. With their support, plus the care you'll receive from our dedicated customer service team, you are in great hands.

Don't stay salty from a past group travel experience gone wrong.

SCHEDULE A CALL TODAY AND REINVIGORATE YOUR WANDERLUST.

READY TO TRAVEL NOW?  

THESE ARE THE 2021 TRIPS AVAILABLE FOR BOOKING —

SCROLL DOWN TO 2022

Quarantine + Chill Trip Collection

Turks & Caicos High Life

Explore the most beautiful beaches on earth on an island that is arguably the most beautiful island in the Caribbean. We will stay at the newest resort on the island and experience the most chill trip ever with a few socially distanced private excursions to experience horseback riding, yachting, and the best local sunsets.

The island and resorts are not crowded so you can chill and enjoy these outdoor activities safely. Early arrival and late departures are highly recommended.

This trip requires negative COVID-19 testing prior to departure to the destination and back into the United States. Our new concierge service includes coordinating all testing and the costs for testing in the destination.

Mexican Wellness Retreat

Experience our first wellness retreat in the Riviera Maya at an award-winning Progressive Wellness Resort. The experience is fully inclusive of all activities, food, and alcoholic beverages.

You will have access to daily yoga, tai-chi, fire ceremonies, ancestral readings, sound baths, drumming ceremonies, and more.

This trip requires negative COVID-19 testing prior to departure to the destination and back into the United States. In addition, complimentary lodging and meals are included should you test positive and need to stay longer. Our new concierge service includes coordinating all testing and the costs for testing in the destination.

 

LET’S DREAM AGAIN…2022 AWAITS YOU.

WE’VE DESIGNED UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCES ALL OVER THE WORLD —

On our trips, issa vibe.

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Ghana

Take a deep dive into West African history during this 8-day luxe journey that explores the best there is to offer in Accra, Cape Coast, and Volta.

Egypt

Experience the world's first great civilization on a trip of a lifetime. From the Giza Pyramids to the famous Sphynx, we'll explore Cairo, Luxor, and Aswan on a 12-night cruise down the Nile.

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Greece

It's Time For Sunny Beaches, Luxurious Resorts and Endless Summer Parties In Greece. Live The Best Of Athens, Mykonos, Paros And Santorini.

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Croatia

A private mega-yacht makes this experience ultra-luxe. Sunbathe during the day and party on our quadruple deck boat all night long as you explore Croatia in style during this 8-day, all-fun excursion.

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South Africa

This 11-day South African adventure includes 5-star accommodations, cooking classes, a helicopter tour, and an award-winning safari where we'll meet the must-see list of Africa's fauna, the big five!

France

Filled with grandiose, this trip starts with a four-night stay at one of the Leading Hotels of the World and Cognac’s first luxury property and ends in Champagne with our own Champagne connoisseur.

Antarctica

Antarctica

Embark on an award-winning Luxury Expedition Cruise for the centerpiece of the Southern Hemisphere on a 13-day trip. The seventh continent is waiting for you.

Iceland

Travel With Us To Iceland, The Magical Land Of Ice And Fire And Let Yourself Be Amazed By The Wonderful Northern Lights and Breathtaking Landscapes

Uganda, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

Kenya + Uganda

Visit Kenya And Uganda To Live The Best Of Eastern Africa. Enjoy Our Gorilla Trekking and Luxury Safari Experience Where Sun Beds, Extraordinary Wildlife, And Culinary Experiences Meet!

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Indonesia

Meet Bali And The Gili Islands In A Luxurious Journey Around Indonesia. The Island Of Gods Is Waiting For You

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Vietnam

Join Us In This Magical Journey To Vietnam, Where The Old And New Asia Merge.

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Peru

Travel With Us To South America In This World Wonder Series And Meet Machu Picchu, Arequipa, Puno, Cusco, And Lima.

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Ritz Carlton Super Yacht

From Italy to Spain, enjoy our Super Yacht Experience on the Ritz Carlton Yacht! An ultra luxe boat that will make you love the best of the sunny Mediterranean Sea, Rome, Ibiza, and Malaga in this 8-day trip.

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Thailand

Experience a week in the Land of the Smiles as we fully explore all of Bangkok! This trip is full of temples, great food, shopping, and nightlife. Extend your trip to explore Phuket beach life at your leisure.

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Thailand + Cambodia + Laos

Meet Bangkok, Laos, and Siem Reap in an 11-day luxury trip. Enjoy unbelievable natural beauty, centuries of heritage, and friendly locals in the best of Southeast Asia.

Thailand Yachting

Every day is a new adventure on board of our luxe catamaran. Enjoy 8 amazing days in these magical turquoise waters and get aboard on this Thailand Sailing Experience!

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Seychelles

Join us in this luxury catamaran to meet the Seychelles Islands. Private Chefs and new islands every day are waiting for you in this 8-day luxe trip to Africa!

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Singapore + Malaysia

Join The Asian Adventure and live the Singapore + Malaysia Experience In This Ultra Luxe Trip. Enjoy Stunning 5-star Hotels, Award Winning Spa Treatments And A Private Yacht Cruise Around Malaysia!

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Tanzania + Zanzibar

Meet the best of Tanzania in this 8-day trip and meet the Sanctuary Swala, our exclusive safari experience, and the beautiful Zanzibar archipelago in the east cost of Africa!

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Turks & Caicos High Life

Explore the most beautiful beaches on earth on an island that is arguably the most beautiful island in the Caribbean. We will stay at the newest resort on the island and experience the most chill trip ever with a few socially distanced private excursions to experience horseback riding, yachting, and the best local sunsets.

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Experience our first wellness retreat in the Riviera Maya at an award-winning Progressive Wellness Resort. The experience is fully inclusive of all activities, food, and alcoholic beverages.

Where will you go to embrace the finer things in life?

Schedule a call and let Claire help you embark on a vacation that is worthy of your invisible crown.

Claire hustled so you don't have to.

Up in the Air Life founder and CEO, Claire Soares, built a multimillion-dollar boutique travel agency to create space for you to let your guard down and travel with confidence amongst other like-minded Black people.
At least a third of our clients book their next trip with us within about a year.

Claire Soares was recognized as one of the six most influential Black women in the travel industry and as a Top Black Travel Leader from the Inaugural Airbnb list. Read more about Claire.

SERIOUSLY, IT’S TIME FOR YOU TO —

Say "Bye, Felicia" to your excuses.

Want us to help you shut them down? Don’t mind if we do…
“I want to travel, but planning a truly immersive trip is overwhelming.”
We cover all the details — not just obvious things like booking your flights, making your reservations, and keeping you safe, but also hand-selecting experiences that excite your senses and stir your soul. All you have to do is show up — literally.
“None of my crew wants to go where I want to go.”
This trip isn’t about them. This is your time, your chance to fully experience the life you’ve worked so hard to build. And you’re in good company. Most of our travelers join our trips on their own. So, connect with like-minded travelers who look like you and create lifelong friendships.
“I could get into a little pampering, but my budget is more ‘first-class’ than ‘private jet.'”
Luxury travel with reasonable pricing is our thing. And, we don’t cut corners. We’re talking Michelin restaurants, 1,000 thread count sheets, and private yachts, but at group prices with a network of vendors around the world who adore our travelers.
So, travel far. Be safe. Let go.
THE MOST COMMON THING WE HEAR POST TRIP IS, “WHERE SHOULD WE GO NEXT?”

A few words from our travelers.

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Travel without limits.

From a luxurious jaunt to the Caribbean to an once-in-a-lifetime quest to Antarctica – we’ve got you.

Pick your destination.

With the world at your fingertips, it can be hard to choose.

Let's dream together.

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Antarctica, Le Lyrial Cruise Ship
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IN CASE NO ONE ELSE IS TELLING YOU —

You've earned it.

We don’t say this lightly.
Our trips attract the kind of professionals who are killing it on the daily.
And, while that’s commendable — no one can keep up that pace forever.
So, let’s pop some bottles and take time to celebrate life!
Come back rejuvenated and ready
to build the next piece of your empire.