Virtuoso Insights - December 2011 - (Page 4)
Virtuoso travel advisors opEn doorS Around tHE world.
is as exacting and passionate about travel plans as he is with law cases. A prominent lawyer in Lima, Peru, he and his wife, Rosa, extensively research cultural destinations around the world for each vacation. Zazzali spoke to Virtuoso Insights through a translator; to decode the day-to-day logistics of their global adventures, they turn to Lima-based Virtuoso travel advisor Rosario Flórez. intErviEwEd By dAvid HoCHmAn
Luis Humberto Zazzali, 68,
What’s unique about the way you travel? “I enjoy going to a deep place. For instance, in Bhutan this year we were very intrigued by the idea of Gross National Happiness [a term coined by Bhutan’s former king in 1972]. Rather than measuring national wealth, they measure how happy people are. I wanted to dig into the roots of this idea, so we read a great deal, looking back a thousand years to see where this concept began. Even back then, the Bhutanese were protecting the environment and caring for their future.” What components make you happiest on a trip? “Luxury, good locations, and keeping my wife happy. We’ve been married for 42 years. She can be a bit in the clouds and anxious, so it’s very important that our travels focus on tranquility.”
How does your travel advisor help on that front? “Rosario knows us well and is able to share our travel philosophy with local operators. From the moment we arrive — no matter how remote the destination — they know we’re looking for peaceful experiences, and they know that we like spas as much as we like meeting new people and visiting beautiful, interesting places. We like to relax and feel settled.” What happens when things don’t go smoothly? “Several years ago, our trip to Burma was canceled at the last minute when the government suspended all flights. Working intensely with local operators, Rosario presented us with several wonderful options and amended our itinerary. We ended up having one of the great experiences of our lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand, instead.”
And your idea of paradise? “Mykonos, Greece.” Which three things do you never leave home without? “Medications (so we stay healthy on the road) and my wife’s makeup (so she stays beautiful). Also, my camera. I have a Canon PowerShot G9, which for me is essential.” What’s left on your travel to-do list? “The Seychelles, French Polynesia, Alaska, Egypt — so many places to see while we’re still young!”
photos from left: The Zazzalis at Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet; tales of whales in Alaska; living the charmed life in Fatehpur Sikri, India (top); reaching out in Tibet (bottom).
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