Welcome to the Home of Affordable Luxury Travel!
Fly Stay Luxe is an affordable luxury travel blog, focused on exploring the globe and ticking off those bucket list experiences, and enjoying the finer things in life – without breaking the bank!
What is Affordable Luxury Travel?
We seek out authentic experiences, but we also indulge (a little). We eat at local street vendors and explore a city on foot (or electric scooter), but we choose to spend the night at boutique or luxury hotels and fly in business class (purchased only with points, of course). We get to experience the best of both worlds!
Sound like your kind of travel?
Rest assured you're in the right place then. Fly Stay Luxe was created to inspire and educate you to enjoy the same luxuries without costing the earth. On our blog, you'll find amazing travel photography and luxury travel hacks from our adventures around the world. We also feature reviews on beautifully designed boutique hotels and other types of luxury accommodation (think luxury Airbnbs, vacation rentals, and glamping!).
You'll also find expertly curated travel guides, food guides, and holiday itineraries, that are highly detailed and will help you plan your own travels and experience a destination independently without unnecessary hidden costs.
Cheers to that !
Above: Enjoying a glass of bubbly over sunset in our overwater bungalow in the Maldives!
So, Why the Name – Fly Stay Luxe?
In a nutshell, the name of this website perfectly sums up the way we like to travel. We like to FLY and STAY in LUXURY!
However, Fly Stay Luxe is not strictly ‘a luxury travel blog’. We’re more about affordable luxury travel. It's all about knowing when and how to find a great deal. Where to splurge and when to save. When's the right time to book and what seasons to avoid. Here’s a little insight into how we travel in luxury, affordably:
- Fly – We love to dabble in frequent flyer point hacking. We’ve travelled all over the world in Business Class, but we’ve never paid for a business class fare!
- Stay – We don’t always stay in high-end luxury hotels, other than the occasional splurge. We usually opt for boutique or design hotels and luxury Airbnbs.
- Luxe – By definition: the word “luxe” [loo ks, luhks] was derived from the latin word “luxus” meaning “luxury” or “excess”.
Some of our favourite luxury travel experiences from left to right: Enjoying a sunrise hot air balloon ride over Marrakech; Taking in the views from Amman Citadel; Searching for deserted sandbars in the Maldives; Staying in overwater bungalows in the Maldives!
Meet the Founders
We are Amanda and Graeme. Two ordinary, hard-working Australian’s, who love to travel the world during our down-time. We love learning about other cultures, taking road trips, tasting foreign foods and experiencing the occasional wilderness adventure, whilst occasionally splashing out on luxury experiences like scenic helicopter flights or hot air balloon rides.
While we would love to travel the world full-time, we spend the majority of our time running the family business at home in Australia. But we travel as much as our lifestyle allows us – during weekends, public holidays or annual leave.
Because we work full-time we can afford to spend a little more money on luxury vacations a few times a year. We chose this kind of travel lifestyle over full-time travel on a budget, and it suits us perfectly! We’re here to show our readers that you don’t always need to ‘quit your job’ to live a life enriched with amazing bucket list experiences!
Puppy-Mum. Pilot. Photographer. Champagne & Cheese Lover.
Amanda developed a passion for travelling at a young age, taking her first overseas trip at the age of eight. It was this trip that changed her life! After being invited to join the pilots in the Flight Deck for landing, Amanda decided there and then that she wanted to become a pilot and travel the world for a living!
After gaining her pilot's license, Amanda began working for an airline, where she got to experience the finer side of travel, staying in beautiful hotels and flying around the world in business class.
In 2018, Amanda took a huge leap-of-faith, ditching her airline career to become a full-time luxury travel blogger. She started Fly Stay Luxe to help and inspire others to travel in luxury without the price tag.
Amanda designs travel itineraries and guides that feature a little adventure, lots of good food and wine, and of course, stylish accommodations. She also contributes regular articles for other travel editorials, including We Are Travel Girls and Expedia.
Insta-Husband. Dad Joke Expert. Photographer. Fruit Nerd.
By day, Graeme works in the fresh produce industry and is not afraid of being in front of the camera. In fact, he's amassed a loyal social media following of his own by creating hilarious video content about, you guessed it, fruit and vegetables.
When Graeme travels, he likes to immerse himself in a destination's food culture by visiting farms and food markets, tasting the local cuisine and dining at some of the best restaurants in the world. His greatest inspiration was the late, great, Anthony Bourdain.
Graeme travels with his wife, Amanda, as the man behind the camera, creating the majority of the photo and video content here on Fly Stay Luxe.
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