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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.

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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 paired with 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 itinerary just for you or 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.

 

LET’S DREAM AGAIN…

WE’VE DESIGNED UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCES ALL OVER THE WORLD —

On our trips, issa vibe.

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Scalin' Up Entrepreneur Retreat - Mexico
October 7-10, 2021 (Virtual) October 14-17, 2021
November 11-14, 2021
January 13-16, 2022

Get out of your comfort zone at our in-person Scalin' Up business retreat in Mexico. Give yourself the best opportunity to think outside the box by packing up and heading out to a luxurious location to nourish your mind, body, and business with hands-on workshops, masterclasses, and one-on-one sessions.

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Egypt (SOLD OUT)
Oct 31 - Nov 10, 2021

Join us on our 11-day exploration of Egypt. Visit Cairo, its world wonder pyramids of Giza, and the magical cities of Luxor and Aswan. We will experience the Egyptian civilization and culture on a deeper level than the limited narrative you’ve been told, diving into history but also enjoying the finest things in life with new friends aboard. You can’t call yourself a history buff until you come on this trip where every day on the Nile will be jaw-dropping.


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Sicily
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Experience the perfect mixture of delicious food and sunny Mediterranean beaches and live your best life in the Italian way. Join the waitlist and prepare to come with us on our next adventure to the vibrant region of Sicily.








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Antarctica (SOLD OUT)
December 10-22, 2021

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.


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Brazil
February 18 -24, 2022

Samba rhythms, lush landscapes, sugary beaches, and an endless party spirit are waiting for you. Have a taste of Brazil and live your best carnival experience in a 7-day luxury trip experience.

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Iceland
March 9-13, 2022

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.


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Tanzania + Zanzibar
March 18-26, 2022

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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Kenya + Uganda
April 2-9, 2022

Visit Kenya And Uganda experience Gorilla Trekking and Luxury Safari Experience Where Sun Beds, Extraordinary Wildlife, And Culinary Experiences Meet!

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Singapore + Malaysia
April 23 -30, 2022
April 14 -21, 2022

This "Crazy Rich Asian" experience includes a stay at the infamous Marina Bay Sands and a couple over the top spa Treatments and private yacht charter around Malaysia!

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Thailand + Cambodia + Laos
May 3-13, 2022

Meet Bangkok, Laos, and Siem Reap filled with unbelievable natural beauty, centuries of heritage, and friendly locals in the best of Southeast Asia.

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Vietnam
May 16-25, 2022 (SOLD OUT)

Join Us In This Magical Journey To Vietnam, Where The Old And New Asia Merge. This journey includes a sail on Halong Bay, Mekong River Delta, Ho Chi Minh City, and more.

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Indonesia
May 28 - June 3, 2022
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Join us on the most Instagramable journey through Bali And The Gili Islands. From lush rice fields, waterfalls, volcanoes, and turquoise waters - this place is a fairytale.

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Peru
June 24-30, 2022

Travel with us on one of the most epic luxury trains where dining includes multi-course meals while you watch the scenic mountain and ride up to Machu Picchu, Arequipa, Puno, Cusco, And Lima.

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Croatia
July 9-16, 2022 (SOLD OUT)
August 13-20, 2022
July 2-9, 2022

A private mega-yacht with your people makes this experience a one-in-a-lifetime. Sunbathe during the day and party on our quadruple deck yacht as you explore Croatia.

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Greece
July 19-27, 2022
July 29-Aug 6, 2022

It's time for an ancient history lesson with ruins, beaches, luxurious resorts and Endless Summer Vibes In Greece. Savor your journey through Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini.

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Ritz Carlton Super Yacht
August 13-20, 2022

From Greece to Turkey, explore the contrast of the Greco-Roman ruins, an Ottoman castle, a deserted beach in Bozcaada, and the illustrious Blue Mosque in Istanbul.


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Egypt
September 17 - 26, 2022
September 5 - 14, 2022

Experience the one of the greatest civilization on a trip of a lifetime. From the Giza Pyramids to the famous Sphynx, we'll explore Cairo, Luxor, and Aswan.

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Portugal
September 9-15, 2022

Visit Lisbon, Porto, and the Douro Valley with wine educator, Julia Coney, This trip is the ultimate food and wine experience including private tastings and gourmet dining.


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Ghana
September 29-October 5, 2022
October 7-13, 2022

Take a deep dive into West African history during this journey that explores the culture, food, expansive markets, nightlife, and history at the castles. We explore Accra, Volta, and Cape Coast.




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France
October 13-20, 2022
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October 23-30, 2022

Visiting the Champagne and Cognac region of France with wine educator, Julia Coney, is a grandiose over the top experience not to be missed. Private tastings, shopping, and elaborate meals are just the beginning...


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South Africa
November 2-12, 2022
November 13-23, 2022

This ultra-luxe South African adventure includes butler service, cooking classes, a helicopter tour, a private wine tour and dinner, and an award-winning safari!





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Antarctica
December 9-21, 2022

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.

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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 luxe sailing experience to Africa!


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British Virgin Islands

Up in the Air Life proudly presents Urban Yacht Week in the British Virgin Islands. Experience a week sailing in one of the best sailing locations in the world. Everyday is a new island and adventure.

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Thailand Sailing

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

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Senegal

Both exciting and calm, Senegal charm will captivate you through this experience. Join us on this trip where one of the finest beaches, a pink lake, and luxury resorts meets African western traditions.

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Jordan

Join Up in the Air Life and travel to Jordan into this experience that will leave you breathless. Visit the meticulously carved city of Petra, and wander around the multi-faced culture of Jordan visiting ancient monuments, nature reserves, and beautiful resorts.

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Ethiopia

Join us to travel to the very end of the Nile river in the horn of Africa! From thundering waterfalls and ancient religious medieval architecture to vibrant and modern cities home of the African Union, Ethiopia is the place for you to wander the natural beauty and history of Eastern Africa.

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Botswana

The variety and abundance of landscapes, make Botswana one of the top countries to visit in Africa. Travel with Up in the Air life to the Home of the Big Five and numerous parks, luxurious sanctuary retreats, and deltas in the south of the continent.

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Namibia

Explore the eastern coast of Africa with Up in the Air Life and travel to Namibia. The abundant wildlife, mesmerizing deserts with starry skies, vibrant culture, and exotic beaches make Namibia a game-changing destination that every globetrotter must visit.

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Chile

Join us in this trip to the southernmost region of the Patagonia in Chile! Enjoy a luxury 9-day trip full of breathtaking landscapes, and the beautiful city of Santiago where you'll taste the best of the Chilean culture.

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Argentina

Travel to Argentina, the perfect mix between Latin passion and European Romance, and join Up in the Air Life on a gastronomic tour from the dynamic mecca of Buenos Aires to the beautiful city of Mendoza for culinary pleasures, some of the best wines in the continent, tango and mesmerizing landscapes.

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Australia

Up in the Air Life proudly presents our first trip to Australia! Home of the great barrier reef, Kangaroos, and the most stunning landscapes on the continent, Australian culture captivates all your senses on this luxury trip around the country.

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Dubai

Join Up in the Air Life and travel to one of the most instagrammable and luxurious cities in the world, Dubai. Discover its rich heritage and the most vibrant nightlife in Arabian peninsula. luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture, and long lasting friendships are waiting for you on this trip.

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Colombia

Up in the Air Life proudly presents a journey to the vibrant, Caribbean city of Cartagena during the most festive time of Independence Day. Full of colonial and modern architecture, vibrant nightlife, cultural festivals, magnificent beaches, and outstanding gastronomic offerings.

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Israel

Travel to one of the most sacred countries in the world with Up in the Air Life, and join us on this adventure to discover the landscapes, culture, nature, religions, and food of Israel.

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Cuba
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Explore the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. Go solo or with your crew. We can arrange socially distanced private excursions to experience horseback riding, yachting, and the best local sunsets.


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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And hear from our clients share their favorite moments.

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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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.