Luxury Destinations around the US

When it comes to luxury, often the place and surroundings have a lot to do with it.  If you are dining on a fine cuisine dressed to the nines but your in a dirt and roach-infested diner in the middle of the slums of a decrepit city, you really aren’t dealing in luxury.  If, however, you are being attended to hand and foot, have the utmost comfort, and the sights around you help create a relaxing atmosphere, you may be dealing in luxury.

Location can be everything in almost any facet of life.  As such, there are obviously some places that are more luxurious than others.  What better way to decide the most luxurious places in the United States than to read a list of luxury locations.  You can read that list here and please leave a comment below if you agree or disagree with some of that list.

Look At The Pretty Lights

Your Home in a New Light

This is one of those things that most people don’t really even consider or think about when it comes to styling or redecorating their homes.  More often than not, the thoughts are interior-related or throwing on a fresh coat of paint around the house.  What most people don’t grasp is that a simple lighting design can drastically change the look of your home and give you that feeling of a cozy and luxurious environment you’re used to seeing in the big city or at a hotel.

residential lighting houstonI’m going to be honest, I got this idea from a friend of mine.  Even I wasn’t aware or had ever really thought about setting up a lighting display around my home.  He had hired Outdoor Comforts to install his lighting, and I’ll tell you, I was blown away at the difference it made.  So this is my shout-out to Outdoor Comforts and the great job they did.

What makes this lighting design so great is that we can now sit comfortably outside, year-round (this is Texas after all), and never have to worry about when the sun goes down.  The yard, the deck, the pool, everything is well-lit so that when the sun goes down, the party starts.

outdoor lightingI never knew that just a handful lights, well placed and directed could alter your home as much as it does.  It truly is an amazing experience.  And to be able to enjoy your yard at all times of the day is it’s own great little pleasure.

If you’re in the market for spicing up your home and you’re unsure what to do, head on over to houzz.com for plenty of ideas of what you could do to turn your home into the night-light hot spot in your neighborhood.  There are a multitude of ideas there and almost anywhere online.  Some ideas include: spotlights, path/walkway lights, step lights, deck lights, uplights (used to accent certain areas or features from the ground pointing up), wire lights, and so many more.

The is almost no limit of what you can do to light up your home.  So get to it.  Start enjoying your backyard in luxury.

Now That’s a Boat!

K-“Azzam”!

The AzzamMeasuring in at a whopping 590 feet, the new super-yacht, the Azzam, is now listed as the world’s largest yacht.  To even try to comprehend the astronomical cost to build this vessel would likely make your brain hurt just a little.  Seriously, if you had an extra $605 million, why wouldn’t you commission the building of the world’s largest boat?

You can read the full story here.

But if you just want the details, here you go.

  • The Azzam is 57 feet longer than the previous longest boat on record, the Eclipse.
  • The construction of the boat took approximately 3 years
  • No one knows the identity of the owner
  • The yearly upkeep is estimated to be approximately $60 million
  • The yacht is actually still under construction
  • There are suggestions that the yacht may be outfitted with more amenities than the Eclipse – the Eclipse’s amenities include: two helipads (because one isn’t enough), two swimming pools (outdoor and indoor?), a cinema (why not?), a disco (with a boat the size of a small town, you need somewhere to party), a mini-sub with capabilities to dive 150 feet below the ocean surface, bullet-proof glass and armor plating lining that master bedroom, and a missile defense system (I don’t even know what to say about that)

The biggest downside of a boat this size is that many destination ports aren’t equipped to house a boat of this size.  It would seem that the smart play here would be to have a mini-yacht housed inside of the Azzam.  This way, the Azzam can drop anchor off the coast, and everyone can still get to shore at there destination port.

That just leaves one question: Who will man the missile defense system?  The heavily-armored and armed guards, of course!  What was I thinking?

To be honest, I love boats.  I love yachts.  But I personally think even this is a little too much.

But, when you want to live in luxury, you may as well go all out!

Luxurious Beginnings

Greetings!

Hello and welcome to Escape the Map.  I am here to help you realize that luxury is more than objects and places.  I want to show you that it is a state of life.  Anyone can live a life of luxury.  All you need is the mindset to do so.

In the coming days, weeks, months, and maybe even years, I’m going to share with you my takes on luxury.  You’ll read and see what I find to be luxurious and why.  I hope you’ll take nothing less than a feeling that even you can live the life you desire if you just change your mindset to do so.

For now, I’m breaking everything down in to multiple categories to make it all easier for you.  We have the following categories (which very well could expand in the future):

  • IRL (In Real Life) – This category will be your normal typical luxury items easily attainable.  You’ll also find my thoughts, ideas, and experiences here.
  • Home – As you may have guessed, you will find luxury homes, decor, and more.  These homes and items will make your home much more comfortable and stylish.
  • Beyond – There’s luxury and then there is outlandish.  This will be for those items that I find to be way too far out there for any normal person to ever really experience.  This doesn’t mean you can not, it’s just a lot less likely.  Maybe even a ton less likely.

There you have it.  Check back often and we will get you on the road to luxury.