Meet The Lounge, a membership-based community for travelers.
Over the years of sharing my travels on the blog and social, I’ve desired to create a more intimate space. A corner on the internet to share more exclusive travel intel, Airbnb + hotel finds, and travel tactics that don’t quite make the blog for the readers who love travel as I do. A place to be candid on daily life, travel planning, and the places that inspire me.
Over the years, I’ve helped readers plan their trips from answering questions on how many nights to what’s the best part of “x” to stay in — and I want to continue doing this over in The Lounge where I can be more present and answer these travel questions. We’re using an app called Geneva where these kinds of questions are being answered, and the best part is other members are sharing their experiences and tips too. (After 6 months of starting this community, this part of connecting has been my favorite.)
The membership is designed to give travelers access to how to think about travel planning and do so on the go and before a trip, and the key elements I value to create memorable experiences. It’s a place to be inspired and discover those exclusive gems. A space for me to be more personal and open in a private community. Lastly, a community for me to connect with you to answer travel questions and for you to connect with other like-minded travelers.
Membership Benefits $67/Year (about a latté a month!)
The Lounge is a community for members to connect with like-minded travelers. I share my findings on an ongoing basis both on social and through member-only posts on our private site. Things like itineraries, address lists for destinations, and saved Google maps.
Part of being a member is getting access to this exclusive content both on the site and IG. The other element is joining the community and connecting on the Geneva app where several threads are open to field all the travel questions + more.
- Access to the private Instagram account featuring exclusive and curated travel content accessible only to members.
- An open space for all of the travel-related questions.
- Access to ongoing content pieces that will be exclusive to The Lounge members only on Substack.
- Access to the private community (off IG)
- Access to my Northern-Central California Map ($25 value)
$67 annual membership fee
(about a latté a month!)
**The price you sign up for is your ongoing annual fee thereafter regardless of membership fee changes.
***It will be billed as an automatic yearly subscription when you submit payment on Paypal.
How to Join
- Submit payment via Paypal here. (Paypal account is not required, can pay with any kind of card)
- Request to follow @bontravelerlounge
- Fill out the form below to confirm your details (your email will be used for a Substack invite)
PS — Are You Booking a Trip Soon? Use My Booking Checklist!
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1. Book Your Flights
Use Skyscanner to find the best flights. It searches 100s of airlines and websites across the globe to ensure you’re not missing out on any route options or deals.
2. Book Your Accommodations
Use Booking.com for hotels and guest houses. They have the biggest inventory and consistently offer the best rates.
3. Book Your Tours & Experiences
4. Book Your Car
Use Discover Cars to find the best car rental deals. I recommend comparing rental agency reviews on Google to ensure you are booking with the best company in that destination, as the reviews are often more accurate than the car rental search engines.
5. Don’t Forget Airport Lounge Access
Get a Priority Pass membership to gain access to 1,400+ VIP lounges and airport experiences worldwide. The Priority Pass app is the first thing I check when I have a layover. I’ve been a member for over a decade, and having a comfortable place to relax before and between flights makes air travel so much more enjoyable.
6. Don’t Forget Travel Insurance
I never leave the country without travel insurance. It provides comprehensive protection in case anything goes wrong (ie. illness, injury, theft, and cancelations, etc.). I use it frequently for my travels to stay protected.
My favorite companies that offer the best coverage and rates are: