9 Mistakes to Avoid When Working with Luxury Travel Influencers

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Traveling is one thing, but traveling in style? That’s luxury influencer territory. Fortunately, you don’t have to be a luxury name to capitalize on all the benefits these travel creators provide. 

In this blog, we’ll introduce you to some common mistakes brands of all types make when partnering with luxury travel influencers and what you can do to fix them. We’ll also introduce you to some of our favorite creators in the game right now. Let’s go.   

Common mistakes when working with luxury travel influencers and how to fix them

1. Not leveraging exclusive experiences

The mistake

You secured a partnership with a luxury influencer but failed to provide them with an exclusive VIP experience that will help them showcase everything you have to offer. 

The solution

To effectively collaborate with luxury travel influencers, you should prioritize creating unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences that resonate with an audience that expects to see the best of the best. For example, you might invite them on private tours of exclusive destinations, access to five-star accommodations, or unique culinary experiences. 

Whatever experiences you select for your influencers, they should highlight the best of what you have to offer. By giving your creators something truly exceptional, they can authentically convey the luxury lifestyle associated with your brand.

a blonde woman in a pink dress symbolizing luxury travel influencers

2. Value misalignment

The mistake 

You have finalized what looks like a winning partnership on paper. But after closer evaluation, you’ve realized the influencer’s personal values, ethics, or behavior do not align with your image and reputation. 

The solution

Luxury brands need to be vigilant about selecting influencers whose personal values and online presence complement their desired image. Conduct thorough background checks to ensure prospects have a track record of maintaining the same prestige and integrity you expect from a trusted partner. Those who share your values are more likely to create content that genuinely resonates with your audience and reinforces your image. 

3. Overselling your audience

The mistake

Your influencer has created some great-looking content for your campaign. But it’s beginning to come off as a little too “salesy,” and your audience is beginning to notice. 

The solution

Luxury influencer campaigns should prioritize storytelling, aesthetics, and the lifestyle associated with your brand. Don’t be too pushy. While promotional elements are important, it’s crucial to strike a balance that aligns with the expectations of luxury consumers. That said, it’s best to encourage your creators to showcase the unique features, craftsmanship, and exclusivity of your products or experiences in a way that feels natural and authentic. 

4. Focusing exclusively on ‘luxury’ names

The mistake

There are plenty of well-known luxury influencers out there that come with a luxury price tag. If you’re only looking at splashy names with a high follower count, it’s time to rethink your recruitment strategy.

The solution

Don’t overlook the potential of micro and nano influencers in luxury travel marketing. These creators often have smaller but highly engaged audiences and niches, ideal for luxury brands targeting specific demographics or interests. 

Additionally, these creators are far more affordable to work with than their larger counterparts. Ideally, you want a mix of creators with large and smaller followings. But several micro influencers can be extremely impactful if you’re operating on a tight budget. 

5. Overloading with hashtags and mentions

The mistake

You want to improve discoverability, so you ask your influencers to include a list of hashtags in their posts. Now, their content is beginning to look a bit too spammy. 

The solution

Luxury travel influencers often cultivate a refined online presence. To ensure they maintain it, avoid cluttering their content with too many hashtags and mentions. Instead, encourage your creators to select a few relevant and well-researched hashtags that enhance the content’s discoverability. Three to five should do the trick. 

6. Not emphasizing user-generated content (UGC)

The mistake

Your influencers are putting out content, but you’re missing out on opportunities to get their audience involved in the creation process. 

The solution

Encourage your influencers to prompt their followers to create and share content related to your products or experiences. Holding a giveaway is one tried and true method for collecting UGC. Check out the template below for a little inspiration:

🌟 GIVEAWAY ALERT 🌟 Calling all fellow luxury travel enthusiasts! I’ve had the incredible privilege of experiencing the exquisite offerings of [Your Luxury Brand]. Now, it’s YOUR turn to join in the adventure! ✨

Here’s how to participate:
1️⃣ Share a photo or video of your memorable luxury travel moment with [Your Luxury Brand] products or experiences. 

2️⃣ Use the hashtag #LuxuryAdventuresWith[InfluencerName] and #YourLuxuryBrand in your post. 

3️⃣ Tag me [@InfluencerHandle] and [Your Luxury Brand] [@BrandHandle] in your caption. 

4️⃣ Share a brief story or description of your experience.

🏆 Our favorite entry will win an exclusive [Your Luxury Brand] experience for two! It’s time to make memories that last a lifetime. ✈️ 

I can’t wait to see your posts! 🌍💎 #LuxuryTravel #TravelInStyle #ContestAlert #LuxuryLifestyle #ExploreInLuxury #Giveaway

In this template, the luxury travel influencer encourages their audience to create UGC by sharing their experiences with the luxury brand’s products or services. The influencer has provided clear instructions, hashtags, and tagging information to ensure that the UGC is easily discoverable and can be incorporated into future marketing campaigns. This approach fosters engagement and builds a sense of community around the luxury brand’s offerings.

7. Ignoring cultural sensitivity

The mistake

Your influencer’s content looks great visually, but they seem to be neglecting some important cultural nuances and sensitivities on their trip. As a result, you’ve noticed some frustrated people calling it out in the comments. 

The solution

Make sure your influencers know everything they need to know about your area before they come visit you. This could include some sort of cultural training crash course or discussions with creators to ensure they understand all the sensitivities of your target market.

If you do find yourself in a situation where your creator has done something to upset your target audience, encourage them to use it as a learning experience. They should address the mistake to their followers and apologize. From there, they can vow to educate others so they can avoid making the same mistake.

8. Disregarding SEO 

The mistake

Your creator has a witty caption, but without optimizing for SEO, you’re limiting your discoverability from audiences outside of your creator’s existing followers. 

The solution

Work closely with influencers to incorporate relevant keywords, meta descriptions, and alt text into their content. These elements should seamlessly blend with the content tone and style while enhancing SEO.

Keep in mind that SEO doesn’t just mean Google anymore. With more and more people using social media—especially TikTok—as a discovery platform, inserting relevant keywords into captions is more critical than ever.

9. Thinking luxury influencers can only promote luxury brands

The mistake

You don’t consider yourself a “luxury brand,” so you assume partnering with luxury influencers to be a pointless endeavor. 

The solution

Non-luxury brands can partner with luxury influencers by finding common ground or shared values that align with both the influencer and the brand’s audience.

For example, a non-luxury luggage brand might collaborate with a luxury travel influencer to create an exclusive collection. The content could highlight both the high-end elements of the influencer’s travels and the practicality and quality of the luggage. Add in an exclusive discount code, and the luggage becomes even more accessible to the brand’s audience. 

Top luxury travel influencers to follow on social media right now

Oneika Raymond

Oneika is living proof that you don’t need anyone’s permission to live the life you want. In 2021, she and her husband sold their belongings and started traveling full-time with their young daughter. Since then, Oneika has been chronicling her family’s global adventures and the luxurious locations they end up in along the way. 

Michelle González

@laxtoluxury

This hotel room view onto the Vermont fall foliage is insanely beautiful 😩😍 📍 Lodge at Spruce Peak, Stowe VT #fallfoliage #newengland #vermont #stowevt #thelodgeatsprucepeak #roomtour #luxurytravel #fallvibes #lifeontiktok #tiktokpartner #laxtoluxury

♬ Countryside – Andrew Joy

Michelle is an LA-based creator and the mind behind the popular LAX to Luxury blog. Her content is about both the journey and the destination, showcasing luxurious transportation, lodging, experiences, and everything in between. Michelle has earned numerous recognitions for her travel content and has appeared in publications like The New York Times, Forbes, Insider, among others.  

Sally Nguyen

@sallytrubella

Welcome to The Springs Resort & Spa where the word “Vacation” is truly defined #fyp #travel #costarica

♬ People (Sped Up) – Libianca & sped up + slowed

Sally is a lifestyle creator, travel advisor, and a mom. Her “bucket list” hotel series has become quite popular on TikTok as she showcases aspirational stays from exotic countries. Her content is also great inspiration for anyone wanting a luxury trip with a small child in tow. 

Leonie Hanne

Leonie is a German fashion creator, model, and social media entrepreneur. As someone who makes a statement every time she walks into a room, Leonie is the perfect example of a luxury influencer who can help a brand make an immediate splash.  

Charles Kingue

Charles is a Parisian creator with a special interest in photography, music, cinema, and cooking. His hobbies take him all over the world, where he gets to know various regions by immersing himself in its culture. But wherever Charles goes, he goes there in style. 

Lucy Jane

Luxury is always on full display with this British content creator. Lucy specializes in promoting top-shelf products and routines to help her followers achieve their signature look. 

Lee Abbamonte

Lee is the youngest person to visit every county as well as the north and south poles. While not all of his travels are luxurious by traditional standards, they are all a lot of fun. Check him out to find out where he ends up next.

No Space in Passport

Anna, known on social media as No Space in My Passport, has been traveling her whole life. She was born in the country of Georgia, Grew up in Russia, and moved to the UK when she was 13. Since then, she has visited more than 35 countries and shares her luxurious travel adventures with the world. 

Ishan Goyal

Ishan’s love for travel, nature, and storytelling has taken him across the world and back many times. His content will remind you that luxury travel isn’t always luxurious the entire trip. Ishan’s videos show a raw and real travel experience. His adventures don’t always go according to plan, but he always ends up where he needs to be. 

Scott Eddy

Scott is an entrepreneur and travel junkie with a particular affinity for cruises (he has been on more than 100 of them). Scott has been traveling his whole life and has been to a lot of cool places. You’ll especially be into his content if you’re interested in anything related to the cruise ship industry. 

Key takeaway: Partner with luxury travel influencers to book yourself a first-class creator program.

Luxury influencers are unique creators nearly any brand can see success with. Even if you aren’t offering a “luxury product,” these creators can still work your brand into their content to showcase how it can blend seamlessly into any lifestyle. No matter who you partner with, be mindful of the tips above and address any concerns before they become problems. Good luck!

Frequently Asked Questions

The easiest way to find luxury travel influencers is by using GRIN’s Creator Discovery Suite. This method combines a combination of five on-demand and always-on features to help guide your search.

They include:

  • Creator search: Filter millions of creators by key metrics until you find the perfect fit. 
  • Curated Lists: Tell a team of experts about your ideal partner and they will deliver a hand-picked list of prospects directly to your inbox. 
  • Social Listening: Monitor hashtags and mentions so you never miss a conversation about your brand or industry. 
  • GRIN Web Extension: Evaluate creators in real-time with a handy plug-in. 
  • Landing Pages: Let creators apply to work with you directly by setting up a landing page on your website or social media bio. 

The best way to contact luxury influencers is through DM or email. You can always comment on an influencer’s story and fan out on their content, but any kind of business discussion should be done in private. 

Many luxury travel influencers will accept free experiences or accommodations in exchange for content. Other travel influencers will expect an additional fee. It’s up to you to hash out how you plan to compensate your talent during the negotiation period. 

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Written by Quinn Schwartz

Quinn studied journalism at the University of Kentucky and now lives in Portland, Oregon. He’s particularly interested in storytelling in digital marketing and cost-effective creator strategies for smaller brands. When he’s not writing, you can find him at a concert, dog park, or debating whether or not to go on a run.

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