Trip Design: Frequently Asked Questions

What is Trip Design?
Trip Design is the bespoke trip planning service you’ve been waiting for, served up by yours truly. Save days of research and planning and make your vacation both easy and breezy by allowing one of Mr Hudson’s expert curators to design the perfect trip for you, based on your personal preferences and putting our extensive destination knowledge into play.
Our process is simple; you answer a few questions about how you like to travel with our short online form and we then partner you up with one of our expert trip designers - the same beautiful people who curate our Travel Guides and Stories. They work their magic, and within 5 business days, you’ll receive your tailored trip plan, overflowing with personalised recommendations on where to stay, what to see and do, where to eat, and where to go out, with handy links for speedy booking. Your trip plan is available in your client account, rendering beautifully on both desktop and mobile devices, and includes a map for easy navigation. It’s like having your own fully customised travel guide at your fingertips.
We charge a flat rate of USD49 per day of travel that we curate. You can have us design part of your vacation or your entire trip.
Yes, we do ask you to pay for our service upfront. However, 1 round of revisions is included in our rate, and, if you’re still not happy with your trip plan after that, we offer a money-back guarantee.
We believe in our ability to plan the perfect trip, so much so, in fact, that we will offer a money-back guarantee to anyone unsatisfied with our service. If after the revisions you’re still not excited about our Trip Design, you can request a full refund within 5 business days upon receipt of your final plan.
Your trip plan is 100% tailored to your requirements, and for each destination includes:

• A choice of 3 fabulous accommodation options - these will be hotels or Airbnb lodgings depending on your preference.
• Nightlife suggestions, such as (gay) bars, clubs, parties, cocktail bars or wine bars.
• Recommendations for each day of travel, including 3 experiences (major attractions, art, culture, tours, classes, etcetera) and 3 restaurants.
You will receive your trip plan within 5 business days or less after submitting your trip request.
Not at all! We started Mr Hudson as a gay travel blog in 2016 and continue to create content with gay men in mind because it’s a community we’re intimately familiar with. That said, many other people enjoy our content, too, and almost half of our users are female. Each member of our Trip Design team is widely travelled, well-versed in trip curation, and has a deep understanding of what makes people tick, ensuring that we offer the best possible advice to each of our clients. Our Trip Design service is for anyone who travels in style and looks to throw off the burden by pre-trip anxiety and those boring days of destination research.
Totally! Each itinerary is one-of-a-kind and takes into account your personal tastes and unique requirements. We consider who you’re travelling with, what you would like to see and do, your food preferences, and more to build your perfect trip.
Like a savvy bunch of digital fruit pickers, we gather our recommendations from over 50 online sources and obsess over the latest online reviews. In addition to scouring the opinionated voids of the web, we also have connections with folk on the ground, who help us identify the best a destination has to offer. Our selection criteria for venues and experiences are diva-ishly uncompromising, and our trip designers have been trained to curate based on your individual preferences and tastes rather than their own.
Your itinerary will be modelled by the safe hands of one of our experienced trip designers - the very same people who curate our Travel Guides and Stories.
We specialise in city trips because it’s in cities where the sheer range of ever-changing options can be most overwhelming, making trip research both baffling and time-consuming. That being said, we’re here to help build any trip you want, from country itineraries to beach holidays.
Nobody likes to be told what to do, particularly on holiday. So please consider your trip plan a tightly edited menu of options allowing you the freedom to mix and match. Our recommendations are limited enough not to overwhelm while also being generous enough to leave room for personal choice and the odd spontaneous whim.
Absolutely. Just let your trip designer know of any existing plans in your itinerary request or via email or chat after connecting with us. We’ll endeavour to bundle your existing plans with our tailor-made itinerary.
While most people enjoy the inspirational part of travel, doing destination research and planning trip logistics can be a real headache. By trusting our expert curators to design the perfect trip for you, based on your own personal preferences and using our extensive destination knowledge, you’ll be spared a ton of time and sleepless nights. We take all your ideas and dreams and aim to optimise your time so that your trip can live up to your expectations with zero of the angst.
Travel agents are paid on commission by the travel providers they book you in with, so it’s in their interest to present options that maximise the amount of kickbacks they receive. Unlike them, we are 100% independent in our recommendations and are only invested in selecting places and experiences that are right for you. We don’t care what or where you end up booking because you pay us to do the research and provide tailored advice - we think that’s transparent and fair.
What with the huge scope of online providers and booking platforms available to the modern traveller, making reservations is no longer the most painstaking part of planning a trip. It’s the destination research and selection process of worthwhile places and experiences that’s most anxiety-inducing and time-consuming. We focus our efforts on the latter, allowing you to make your final booking with the provider or platform of your choosing. Where possible, however, to bring you the ultimate level of ease, we’ll always include booking links in your trip plan.
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