5 Minutes With Tiffany Dowd

For McCool Travel’s 119th travel profile, I am happy to present Tiffany Dowd of Luxe Tiffany. Tiffany Dowd and her online persona @LuxeTiffany are among the most influential names in Luxury Travel. I was happy to learn that we both are USC graduates (Fight On!), just a couple of years apart (yeah, right?). I also included Tiffany on my recent list of 6 Sensational Luxury Travel Bloggers to Follow.

Tiffany Dowd‘s bio: “Tiffany Dowd is known as @LuxeTiffany and travels the world sharing the best in luxury travel and lifestyle. She is the founder of Luxe Social Media, an exclusive social media marketing company providing social media strategy and management for luxury hotels, brands, and celebrities since 2009. A well-respected industry expert, Tiffany shares about her favorite hotels, destinations, and travel trends throughout her extensive travels.”

McCool Travel interview with Tiffany Dowd of Luxe Tiffany
Tiffany Dowd, Luxe Tiffany in Florence

Tiffany Dowd

Greater Boston area but grew up in sunny Southern California
Always in my luggage…
A little black dress and some statement heels. You never know when you will be invited to a lovely dinner or event somewhere. A bikini. What can I say… I’m a beach girl and you also might need one for the spa.

McCool Travel interview with Tiffany Dowd of Luxe Tiffany.
Tiffany Dowd, Luxe Tiffany in Courcheval

3 favorite home-away-from-home places…

  1. Turks and Caicos Islands
  2. Palos Verdes, California (where I grew up)
  3. Vancouver, Canada (where my family is originally from).

A favorite travel memory is…
Spending summers on Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman without a care in the world. We’d snorkel, swim, and play with our local island friends.
3 favorite travel brands…

  1. Tumi for my luggage
  2. Melissa Odabash swimwear for all of my tropical trips
  3. iPhone as my camera, translator, flight tracker, and more

3 money-saving travel tactics I use are…

  1. I always use a Virtuoso travel advisor for the best hotel rates and airfares
  2. I love shopping while abroad and make sure to get the VAT tax back for great savings
  3. I stay away from tourist spots and try to find more authentic, local experiences. I love checking in with the hotel concierge to get access to the best restaurants, theater, and attractions in town through their personal connections.

3 ways that I have fun while traveling are …

  1. connecting with local friends in cities I’m visiting
  2. not over-scheduling myself and letting each day surprise me
  3. shopping and finding cool, local designer brands I can’t find at home. Much of my wardrobe is from my travels abroad.

8 word (or less) travel mantra…
Eat well. Travel Often.
favorite non-travel website …
I’m addicted to the Daily Mail online
most memorable souvenir …
A CD of music by the Old Jazz Band from the Fairmont Peace Hotel. I wish I could go back in time in the 1930’s to hear my Grandfather perform with the hotel’s (formerly the Cathay Hotel) jazz band back in the day.
favorite cheap eat …
Cracked conch at Da Conch Shack in Turks and Caicos. Add some local hot sauce and dine with your feet in the sand, and I’m in heaven!

McCool Travel interview with Tiffany Dowd of Luxe Tiffany. Article by Charles McCool for McCool Travel
Tiffany Dowd, Luxe Tiffany in Turks & Caicos

recent discovery …
That Terranea Resort in my hometown of Palos Verdes, California has a really cool falconry meet and greet program. Just one of the many unique experiences you can have while traveling.
I am fortunate to have met …
The oldest member of the Old Jazz Band, Zhou Wanrong, 96, at the Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai this past summer who knew my Grandfather back in the 1930’s when my Grandfather performed there as a jazz singer. It was a very emotional meeting.
I would like to meet …
My Great-Grandfather, the first Chinese man born in Canada (Won Alexander Cumyow). He was a community leader in Vancouver, British Columbia and an incredibly interesting man. He spoke four languages and was an advocate for Chinese Canadians.

McCool Travel interview with Tiffany Dowd of Luxe Tiffany. Article by Charles McCool for McCool Travel
Tiffany Dowd, Luxe Tiffany in Bali

Thank you so much, Tiffany, for taking a few minutes to share travel inspiration and tips.
Follow Tiffany Dowd on TwitterInstagramFacebook, Pinterest, and LuxeTiffany.com.

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5 Minutes With Luxe Tiffany was originally published on McCool Travel.com on Jan 3, 2017.

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