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André De Mello

is a television director and producer. Born in Brazil he moved to New York at age 19 to go to film school. On his luxury travel blog André shares his travels on a daily basis in impressive and colorful visual diaries. His blog is focused on the most exclusive hotels and destinations on the planet. Today he talked to us about his travel experience as a frequent traveling TV producer and blogger.

Thank you for talking to us today, André! How is traveling related to your job as a TV director and producer?

I’ve directed and produced various tv series about travel and adventure so that’s how I started traveling professionally.

While producing two TV series you got to visit more than 100 luxury hotels. That’s very impressive! Which ones would be your favorites and why?

The series took me to so many wonderful places! It’s always hard to choose a favorite hotel because each has something that’s unique to them.

I would love to go back to the One & Only Rheeti Rah in the Maldives which is a magical place.

Also, I’ve been excited to go back to France, particularly Honfleur. There’s a lovely hotel called La Ferme Saint-Simeon where Monet used to paint.

How do you travel as a private person? Is it different from traveling for your job?

Its been a while since I’ve done that but my guess would be I would do absolutely nothing and just relax.

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When and why did you decide to start a luxury travel blog?

I wanted to explore the world on my own terms and take a break from television production.

Which place in the world would you love to travel to and why?

I’m a very curious person so I would go pretty much anywhere for the experience. I’d like to go to Bali, Fernando de Noronha, The Philippines… I love islands.

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What are three things you can’t travel without?

My phone, gear and a huge supply of disposable  contact lenses.

What’s your craziest travel story?

Luckily I’m very calm under pressure so whenever  there is a problem (and they do come up) I try to solve it in the best way possible and just try not to stress too much about it. That’s the only way I can travel as often as I do: always focus on the positive and transform chaos into opportunities.

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