HOW TRAV­EL­ING WITH 700,000 HEURES WORKS

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700,000 Heures

(700000heures.com) is a mem­ber­ship club that gives ac­cess to a se­ries of ex­pe­ri­encerich trips cu­rated by ho­tel im­pre­sario Thierry Teyssier. Guests will be lodged in pri­vate ac­com­mo­da­tions around the world, from man­sions to house­boats. The Puglia, Italy, project, which ran Septem­ber–Oc­to­ber 2018, is based at a sin­gle prop­erty; oth­ers, like

Cam­bo­dia (Novem­ber 2018–April 2019), will en­com­pass two or more ac­com­mo­da­tions.

Mem­ber­ship in Teyssier's club is avail­able on the web­site, or guests can book via one of 50 travel agents, in­clud­ing T+L A-List mem­bers Lo­cal For­eigner (lo­cal­for­eigner. com) and Mat­ueté (mat­uete.com). You don't need to join 700,000 Heures if you book through an agent, as they pay a fee that gives all their clients mem­ber­ship priv­i­leges.

There are four lev­els of mem­ber­ship, each named af­ter a no­madic tribe. Most mem­bers will opt for the most ba­sic,

Awa, which re­quires a US$2,340 en­try fee and an an­nual fee of US$585 for two peo­ple.

All-in­clu­sive daily rates range from US$1,755 to US$2,105 for two peo­ple, de­pend­ing on the des­ti­na­tion. Mem­ber­ship fees are de­ducted from the cost of trips taken, in the form of a 20 per­cent dis­count on mem­bers' bills when they check out.

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