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No planning.

WE CREATE EXCLUSIVE LUXURY GROUP TRIP EXPERIENCES

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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 South Africa Experience: Client enjoying a leisurely sundowner cruise on the 30 hectare Douw Steyn Dam.

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 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 Luxury Group Trips are a whole #mood #blacktravelgroup

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,
luxury group 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 luxury group 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 LUXURY GROUP TRIP EXPERIENCES ALL OVER THE WORLD —

On our Luxury Group Trips,
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ANTARCTICA + ARGENTINA
December 10-22, 2024

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SOUTH AFRICAN COAST
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CROATIA
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ENTREPRENUER'S ESCAPE
TO BALI
Hosted by Claire Soares, Founder of Up in the Air Life, this exclusive retreat in Bali offers a unique blend of personal and professional development tailored for entrepreneurs. 

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MEXICO
Entrepreneur Retreat

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NAMIBIA

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TANZANIA

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RITZ CARLTON SUPER YACHT
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KENYA + UGANDA
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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 group trip 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.

Keep
Watching

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.