We had the good fortune of connecting with Carlos Melia and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Carlos, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Three main and key factors that have allowed me, not only to establish my business and build my clientele/audience, but also redefine my business model.

(A). Knowledge by Experience
The first question all my clients ask is ” Have you been ? ” and my answer is YES either personally or by someone in my close circle of travel professionals/suppliers. My clients know that I spend lots of time curating and researching first hand, traveling the world on my own time and expense, to experience services, locations and suppliers personally, one destination at the time.

(B). Unique Access
Over 30 years of experience, I have built a network of suppliers and colleagues worldwide, who are literally the extension of ” ME ” on-site. This not only allows flexibility and safety – for dire times as we are living, but also an ongoing up-to-date source of information on what is new, happening and interesting at each destination globally. With access to get my clients there, to be part of unique life-changing moments and experiences worldwide.

(C). Curation
My business model has shifted, over the years, to quality over quantity. My clients deserve my full attention and creativity. My choice has been to take less amount of client per year to deliver bespoke and fully curated experiences and moments.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.

I consider myself and Artist / Creative, despite most would argue that there isn’t any artistry on being a Travel Curator. What I do, every single day, for the last 30 years – having transitioned and experienced every single layer of this industry worldwide, from my early beginnings as a Youth Budget Minded travel consultant, to being today a Luxury Travel Curator.

I have experienced the world, by self-experience, one destination at the time, since very young age. First being my father  a commercial pilot and later by choosing this career and making it my own.

I have lived, traveled, seen and experienced this world once and once again, always curious. As a box of colorful crayons I am able to talk to my clients and draw their itineraries and color their experiences, as I listen to them and learn about their dreams, their wishes, their expectations, to curate a truly bespoke journey with only them and theirs in mind.

For this I consider myself an artist and creative mind in the realm of travel.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?

I would take them to those that truly represent the true sense of place. In this globalized world, where the concept of authenticity has been mass produced, this is the best experience I could offer and recommend. As for the details, I will keep them to those that wish to have access to it, to contact me directly…

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?

My clients, colleagues and suppliers have always been my light at the end of the tunnel. They are the ones pushing my boundaries, keeping me relevant, curious, creative and proactive. They all deserve the credit, for everyday shifting my comfort zone, and bringing out the best version of my self as a Luxury Travel Curator.

Website: https://www.carlosmelia.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/carlosmeliablog/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/carlosmelia/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/carlosmelia

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carlosmelia

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBXtmZpydppSY7uRcVbFb9A

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