Luxury, the experts say, is all about the experience. And for introverts, luxury may well be a simple room in a historical setting, one without endless social gatherings and plenty of time for their own thoughts.
That's the theory of one self-proclaimed introvert, Lisa Avebury, who has launched what may well be the first of its kind travel company, called Sacred Introvert Retreat Tours.
The first trip kicks off May 1 to the historical Wessex region of England. The tour, according to a statement, will focus on shared experiences by visiting ancient landmarks in a group, with lots of time to recharge.
"Most travel tour excursions highlight many implied social gatherings or shuttle you from place to place with a guide talking over every thought you have,” said Avebury. “That’s not something introverts would be drawn to. Introverts most often prefer listening to their own thoughts and taking things in to hearing someone list facts."
Guests will stay at the Abbey Retreat on the grounds of the seventh-century ruins of Glastonbury Abbey. Located on 37 acres of parkland, the Abbey Retreat is within walking distance of of the town’s main attractions. Excursions to places like Stonehenge, Wells Cathedral, Bath, Uffington Castle and Stanton Drew will be offered every other day. There are also options for yoga, meditation, talks and walks.
“The Sacred Introvert travel experience will provide the opportunity for quiet travelers to have their own room, yet be surrounded by like-minded people in surroundings that will refresh them,” Avebury said. "I would never want our guests to feel pressured to participate in anything; this is their time and they should spend it the way it feels right for them.”
Avebury, who describes herself as a strong introvert, says she was inspired to create SacredIntrovert.com and launch the tours after seeing Susan Cain's Ted Talk and reading her bestselling book “Quiet.”
“It was like my whole world changed in a matter of a few days," Avebury said. "I no longer felt like I had a social dysfunction. It’s estimated that up to half of America’s population falls into the introvert category, yet so few people understand what that means. My hope is that introverts who visit and participate in what Sacred Introvert is offering will feel supported and uplifted by the knowledge that they too are just ‘introverted.’ And being just introverted is just fine."
The cost of the first tour is $3,795, exclusive of air and ground transportation to and from Bristol or London.