Celebrity travel secrets and vacation destinations aren’t talked about for a reason: celebrities don’t want us to know where they are, or how they got there. Just like us, celebrities need to get away from their mansions and hillside estates every now and again. They need a break from the constant barrage of agent phone calls and royalty checks being dropped off in their mailbox. And that’s why we all take vacations, isn’t it?
The similarities between celebrity vacations and our vacations ends there, however. When top celebrities travel for holiday, they aren’t getting groped by TSA or squeezing into economy class seats. No, their experience is something quite different. Something quite extraordinary. And we’re spilling the beans.
Concierge Travel Agents
Celebrities don’t spend hours browsing the internet, opening countless tabs to find deals through Priceline, Kayak, Expedia or some other DIY booking site. Au contraire. Celebrities travel with the help of concierge travel agents.
Concierge travel agents work personally with celebrities to ensure privacy and the finest accommodations and travel arrangements for the duration of their vacation.
You can hire a concierge travel agent for your own vacations, but don’t expect the bargain basement prices you’re used to. These agents deliver premium services and they get premium prices for the effort.
You know that celebrities like movie and television actors are accustomed to answering to fake names. They have to do it all the time when they’re acting. But they also use fake names when their travel agents book reservations at hotels and resorts. These agents make bookings under assumed names on the celebrities’ behalf, so the media doesn’t get wind of their arrival.
Sometimes celebrities have a little private fun when choosing their assumed identities. Here are some names that have been used in the past.
- Kim Kardashian sometimes hearkens to the name of Princess Jasmine, according to the Huffington Post.
- Tom Hanks has a hankering for using the names Harry Lauder (a Scottish singer), and Johnny Madrid.
- Clive Owen likes to check in as Robert Fenton.
- Jude Law uses Mr. Perry as a fake name.
- Jessica Alba sometimes uses Cash Money as an alias.
- Lindsay Lohan is keen on using Bella Lovelace.
- Jay-Z likes to use Frank Sinatra as his moniker.
- And the list goes on and on.
Celebrity Travel on Private Planes
TSA is expanding their reach with newly relaxed rules about what they can touch during security pat downs. Celebrities aren’t worried about having their Spanx revealed, though. They use private planes to get from point A to Point B.
Celebrities travel on personally-owned planes more than you realize. This list of celebrities who own their own planes is astounding.
- John Travolta owns five aircraft, one of which is a Boeing 707. He and his wife Kelly Preston live in Jumbolair Aviation Estates, a magical place where residents can have an airstrip in their own backyard. Since John is also a jet pilot, he and Kelly have got the whole travel thing pretty much figured out.
- Jimmy Buffet isn’t just sitting on bar stools in Key West singing about margaritas. He’s living the dream with his own privately-owned aircraft, named the “Hemisphere Dancer.”
- Mark Cuban doesn’t bother with long ticketing lines at the airport. Instead, he travels in style in his own Boeing 767, which he also uses to transport his precious Mavericks basketball team (which he also happens to own).
Just because a celebrity doesn’t own their own plane doesn’t mean you can expect to rub elbows with one in first class, either. Many celebrities travel on charter planes. For a nominal fee that you and I can’t possibly afford, celebrities can book a 10 or 20-seater direct to their destination, and have all the privacy and comfort they need, with none of the inconvenience.
Celebrity Travel on Private Islands
Once at their destination, celebrity travel doesn’t involve mingling with the riff raff. For example, Richard Branson owns a private island called Necker Island. He’s very generous with its use, and offers it to his closest friends, like Barack Obama and Kate Winslet.
- David Copperfield owns four islands in the Bahamas, which he got at a bargain for around $50 million.
- Eddy Murphy owns Rooster Cay Island in the Bahamas.
- Shakira owns Bonds Cay in the Bahamas.
- Mel Gibson owns Mago Island in Fiji.
So you see, spritzing your face with Evian water is nothing compared to the luxuries that celebrities experience when they travel. Still it is important to stay hydrated, even for celebrities. Especially since they’re surrounded by all that salt water!