Our Travel Experts

Our travel experts have spent years living and traveling abroad, visiting compelling sights (those well known and those off the beaten track), comparing luxury hotels and room categories, and establishing relationships with local tour guides, chefs, artists, and hotel general managers. We share our intimate destination knowledge with our clients, who benefit from an extensive network of connections, privileges, and arrangements already in place.

Ashley Isaacs GanzAshley Isaacs Ganz

The founder of Artisans of Leisure, Ashley is an expert in all of the company’s tour destinations. She is passionately committed to providing authentic travel experiences, sophisticated recommendations, and an extremely high level of luxury and personalized service. Born and raised near Philadelphia, Ashley has also lived in Australia, Japan and England. When she travels, Ashley is particularly interested in culture, cuisine, the traditional and decorative arts, and family travel. Ashley is a Conde Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist and a Robb Report Travel Master. Read more about Ashley in our Company Background.

Favorite tours:
Favorite hotels:
  • Aman Tokyo (Japan)
  • La Mamounia (Morocco)
    Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc (France)
  • Belmomd Hotel Caruso (Italy)
  • Ballyfin (Ireland)
  • Ritz Paris (France)
  • Claridge's (London)
  • The Oberoi Amarvilas (India)
  • Villa d'Este (Lake Como, Italy)
  • Park Hyatt Tokyo (Japan)
  • Castiglion del Bosco (Tuscany, Italy)
  • The Connaught (London)
    The Ritz (London)
  • Grand Hotel Timeo (Sicily)
  • Four Seasons Chiang Mai (Thailand)
  • Four Seasons Florence (Italy)
  • Four Seasons Budapest (Hungary)
  • Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park (London)
  • Gleneagles (Scotland)
  • Grand Hotel Stockholm (Sweden)
  • Burj Al Arab (Dubai)
Favorite museums:
  • Victoria & Albert Museum (London)
  • Benesse Art Site (Naoshima, Japan)
  • Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam)
  • National Museum of Rome (Italy)
  • Teylers Museum (Haarlem, Netherlands)
  • Marianne North Gallery (London)
  • Sintra Palace, Portugal
  • The Egyptian Museum (Cairo)
  • Russian Museum (St. Petersburg)
  • Istanbul Modern
Favorite dining experiences:
  • Shojin ryori (vegetarian Zen cuisine) in Kyoto
  • Indian Accent (Delhi, India)
  • El Cardenal (Mexico City)
  • Afternoon tea in London
  • Dar Yacout, Marrakesh
  • Al Mare (Amalfi, Italy)
  • Breizh Cafe (Paris)
  • Maroush II, London
  • Breakfast at Four Seasons Jumeirah Beach, Dubai
  • Dining on mezzes while overlooking the sea in Tel Aviv (Israel)
  • Jamavar (London)
Favorite excursions:
  • Traditional neighborhoods in Kyoto (Japan)
  • Highgrove House, England
  • Villandry and gardens in Loire Valley (France)
  • Villa del Balbianello (Lake Como, Italy)
  • Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef (Australia)
  • Sintra, Portugal
  • Eastern Bali villages and festivals (Indonesia)
  • The pyramids (Egypt)
  • A private cruise on the Bosphorus (Istanbul)
  • Birr Castle (Ireland)
  • Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon in Iceland
Best shopping:
  • Liberty in London, Svenskt Tenn in Stockholm, Marrakesh
Favorite cities: London, Tokyo, Marrakesh, Jaipur, Rome, Istanbul, Kyoto, Paris, Mexico City, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Sydney

John McGee John McGee

John loves experiencing local cultures. Wherever he travels, he seeks out traditional and contemporary art and architecture, visits museums, wanders city streets, hikes, meets local people, turns an ear to local music, scours markets for what’s typical to locals but unusual to visitors, forages for local food and drink, and buys lots of books. Originally from California, John has also lived in Copenhagen, Edinburgh and Tokyo. He has traveled extensively and intensively throughout most of Asia, Europe and New Zealand, large parts of North America, and a bit of Africa. Recently, John has spent considerable time in New Zealand, Poland, Spain, Italy, Argentina, Ecuador & Galapagos, Switzerland, South Korea, Sri Lanka, the Baltic States, Taiwan, Norway, Nepal, Peru, Jordan, Bhutan, Kenya and South Africa.

John has a BA in studio art from Occidental College and an MFA from Art Center College of Design. While living in Tokyo for six years, John wrote a weekly art column for Japan’s leading English-language magazine. He has also contributed articles on art, cuisine, shopping and travel to “Time Out” guidebooks, Art in America, Art+Auction, Four Seasons and many other publications.

Favorite tours:
Favorite hotels:
  • Llao Llao Hotel & Resort (Argentina)
  • Blanket Bay (New Zealand)
  • Hacienda Zuleta (Ecuador)
  • Benesse House (Japan)
  • Bauer Il Palazzo (Italy)
  • Amanjiwo (Indonesia)
Favorite dining experiences:
  • Al fresco lunch at a winery (New Zealand)
  • Private dinner at a Palladian villa (Italy)
  • Fresh soba, tofu and sake (Japan)
  • Fresh mushroom dishes (China, Poland)
  • Fresh oysters, venison and lamb (New Zealand)
  • Grilled steak at an estancia (Argentina)
  • Lunch at a historic hacienda (Ecuador)
  • Cheese tasting in northern Spain
Favorite Artisans of Leisure experiences:
  • Private wine tasting in Mendoza (Argentina) and Hawke’s Bay (New Zealand)
  • Flying over the Southern Alps and Milford Sound (New Zealand)
  • Horseback riding in the Andean highlands (Ecuador)
  • Touring less-visited temples at Angkor (Cambodia)
  • Seeing inside historic wooden churches in Poland
  • Experiencing the cultural history of Toledo (Spain)
  • Hiking with a private guide in Patagonia
  • Private gameviewing safaris in Africa
  • Touring contemporary architecture in Tokyo
Favorite places:
  • Japan, Spain, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa, the Galapagos Islands, Patagonia, Taiwan, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Beijing, Yunnan (China), Kenya, Potsdam (Germany), northwest Argentina, and the Ecuadorian Andes

Maria MerrillMaria Merrill

Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Maria has a B.A. in hospitality from Boston University. It was while studying abroad in Florence and traveling throughout Europe that she realized she wanted to work in the travel industry.

Maria has lived in Italy, Spain and Mexico, and she has traveled extensively through Egypt, South Korea, India, Nepal, Mongolia, Israel, Lebanon, Turkey, Colombia, Norway, Iceland, Finland, Denmark, Estonia, Uzbekistan, Botswana, Italy and many other countries.

When traveling, Maria loves savoring the local cuisine in food markets and at top restaurants, making international friends, staying at unique luxury accommodations and taking scenic hikes. Additionally, because her father read her ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian mythology rather than more typical bedtime stories, she takes a special interest in museums and sites encompassing the ancient history and folklore of a destination.

Maria has worked in luxury travel for more than 10 years and has been listed as a Conde Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist for her expertise in South Korea, the Middle East, Europe, Asia and South America, as well as accessible travel. Maria lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their two cats.

Favorite tours:
Favorite hotels:
  • Amanzoe, Greece
  • Alila Jabal Akhdar, Oman
  • Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan, Egypt
  • The Norman in Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Padaste Manor, Estonia
  • Casa San Agustin in Cartagena, Colombia
  • Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad, India
  • Number Sixteen in London, UK
  • Four Seasons Gresham Palace, Budapest
  • Capella Ubud, Bali
Favorite places:
  • Egypt
  • Seoul, South Korea
  • Tallinn, Estonia
  • Peloponnese, Greece
  • Mexico
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Coffee Triangle, Colombia
  • Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • Lake Myvatn, Iceland
Favorite dining experiences:
  • Sashimi at Noryangjin Market in Seoul
  • Fresh buffalo mozzarella and pizza at Il Pizzaiuolo, Italy
  • Sunset dinner in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • Fresh fish at a cliffside restaurant accessible only by boat on Santorini
  • Sampling street food in Beirut, Lebanon, and Busan, South Korea
  • Private coffee tasting at a coffee farm in Colombia
  • Home-cooked pozole with a local family in Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Hummus at Abu Shukri in Jerusalem, Israel
Favorite experiences:
  • Exclusive access to the tomb of Queen Nefertari in Egypt
  • Hiking through geothermal and volcanic terrain in Iceland
  • Walking the Vasari Corridor in Florence, Italy
  • Witnessing an aarti ceremony on the Ganges River in Varanasi, India
  • Hiking with a nature specialist through Tayrona National Park, Colombia
  • Touring the Joint Security Area (JSA) at the border of North and South Korea
  • Helping a nomadic family in Mongolia herd their cattle
  • Stargazing in the Negev Desert, Israel
Favorite sites:
  • Delphi, Greece
  • Gwangjang Market in Seoul, South Korea
  • Castle District in Budapest, Hungary
  • Fjords and valleys of Norway
  • Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Wind) in Jaipur, India
  • Marsh’s Library in Dublin, Ireland
  • The Making of Harry Potter at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
  • Musee d'Orsay in Paris, France

Mike KornMike Korn

From the time Mike dressed as a pilot for career day in first grade, he has known that travel would be a huge part of his life. The pinned-on wings quickly evolved into a desire to meet new and interesting people from around the world. Mike’s first international love affair began in Europe. He was immediately smitten with the yellow trolleys of Lisbon, the soul of Barcelona and the pastries of France. After traveling throughout Europe and the Middle East, he led Birthright trips through Israel, fully strengthening his affinity for travel. A native New Yorker, Mike graduated with a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Vermont.

Mike is a food and action-adventure enthusiast: There’s no activity he won’t try, no sport he won’t watch and no food he won’t eat. Some of his favorite experiences include bike riding through a small Portuguese town at midnight, watching Nelson Mandela’s funeral from a cafe in Soweto (Johannesburg), watching the World Cup with locals in Marrakesh, swimming in the Dead Sea, knife-making in Japan and hot-air ballooning in Cappadocia.

Since 2016, Mike has been listed as a Conde Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist for his expertise in Morocco, Portugal and other destinations. Mike lives in Westchester with his wife Amy, two children, and dog Norman.

Favorite tours:
Favorite hotels:
  • Dar Alham (Skoura, Morocco)
  • Six Senses (Douro Valley, Portugal)
  • The Peninsula (Paris, France)
  • Lion Sands Ivory Lodge (Sabi Sand, South Africa)
  • The Norman (Tel Aviv, Israel)
  • Katikies Hotel (Santorini, Greece)
Favorite places:
  • Nara, Japan
    Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Florence, Italy
  • Marrakesh, Morocco
  • London, England
  • Alentejo region, Portugal
  • Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Zermatt, Switzerland
Favorite sites:
  • Any food market or food hall (Borough Market in London, Mercado da Ribeira in Lisbon, Mercato Centrale in Florence)
  • Quinta da Regaleira (Sintra, Portugal)
  • Erg Chebbi sand dunes (Morocco)
  • Catacombs of Paris (France)
  • Sentiero Azzurro (Azure Trail) (Cinque Terre, Italy)
  • Western Wall (Jerusalem, Israel)
  • Goreme (Cappadocia, Turkey)
  • Parc Guell (Barcelona, Spain)

Sara CoxSara Cox Torkos

Growing up in Colorado and Arizona, Sara and her family traveled every summer to national parks around the Southwest. Sara’s global travels began on her Semester at Sea in college, during which she visited 11 countries in eight weeks. After graduating with a B.A. in International Relations & History from the University of Iowa, she moved to New York City and has continued to travel abroad whenever possible.

Favorite experiences:
  • Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru
  • Safari in Namibia's Etosha National Park
  • Shopping in Hong Kong
  • Hiking fjords in Norway
  • Scuba diving the sunken city of Baiae in the Gulf of Naples, Italy
  • Sailing around Boracay in the Philippines
  • Walking the city wall in Dubrovnik, Croatia
Favorite culinary experiences:
  • A gnocchi cooking class in Positano, Italy
  • Dinner cruise on the Nile River, Egypt
  • Fish market in Bergen, Norway
  • Dim sum in Hong Kong
Favorite sites:
  • Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
  • Blue Grotto in Capri, Italy
  • Phuyupatamarca in Peru
  • Deadvlei in Namibia
  • Jeju Island, Korea
  • High Atlas, Morocco
Favorite hotels:
  • Claridge's London
  • Villa San Giacomo in Positano, Italy
  • La Mamounia, Marrakesh, Morocco
  • Aman Tokyo
  • Four Seasons Moscow
  • Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea, Jordan
  • Four Seasons Seoul, Korea
Favorite tours:

MatthewAliza Sena

From tracking down the best meals to seeing the most magical vistas, Aliza's happiest moments have been while traveling. Aliza grew up in Florida and graduated from Brandeis University with a degree in art history. After more than a decade working at museums and cultural institutions, she decided to pursue her passion for travel and join Artisans of Leisure. She has taken trips to Argentina, Croatia, Cuba, Georgia, Hungary, India, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Turkey and Vietnam, and she traveled throughout Europe while studying abroad in Amsterdam. When she's not looking at art, Aliza enjoys cooking and learning about wine (she has completed her WSET Level 2 certification). Aliza loves hosting barbecues and exploring the world's borough with her Italian greyhound, Spaghetti. She recently traveled to Portugal and Provence and is excited for her next trips to Spain and Japan.

Favorite tours:
Favorite hotels:
  • Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, India
  • Tambo del Inka, Urubamba, Peru
  • Rooms Hotel, Tbilisi, Georgia
  • La Mamounia, Marrakesh, Morocco
Favorite meals:
  • Central, Lima, Peru
  • Le Saveur de Poisson, Tangier, Morocco
  • Meat market, Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Trishna, Mumbai, India
  • Cha Ca La Vong, Hanoi, Vietnam
Favorite museums:
  • Museo Anahuacalli, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
  • Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria
  • Tate Modern, London, England
Favorite experiences:
  • Visiting winemakers in Kakheti, Georgia
  • Touring the Venice Biennale, Italy
  • Hiking Machu Pichu, Peru
  • Exploring islands on a boat in Korcula, Croatia
  • E-biking the hills above Lake Como, Italy
  • Glamping in the Agafay Desert, Morrocco
  • Tezontle Sweat Lodge, Escondido, Mexico
  • Cooking class in Istanbul, Turkey
Favorite shopping:
  • Custom leather jacket in Buenos Aires
  • Tinned fish in Lisbon
  • Vintage clothing in Amsterdam
  • Hand-carved candles in Mexico City
  • Ceramics and rugs in the markets of Morocco

Claire YearwoodClaire Yearwood Munn

Originally from New Orleans, Claire left the Deep South in her teens for boarding school in England and has been traveling extensively throughout Europe ever since. In addition to nine years in the UK, she has also lived in Italy, Switzerland, and New Zealand.

Some of her favorite experiences so far include seeing the prehistoric Font-de-Gaume cave paintings in the Dordogne; hot air ballooning in Marrakesh; dog-sledding in Norway; exploring Mayan ruins in the Tikal jungle, Guatemala; visiting Monet’s house and gardens in Giverny; hiking in the Dolomites; horseback riding in the South Island, New Zealand; browsing ceramics in Deruta, Umbria; and attending ballet performances at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London. When possible, she visits Daunt Books in Marylebone, London for literary travel inspiration. As well as always hunting down the best cappuccino wherever she travels, she is particularly interested in fine art and culinary experiences.

Claire has a master’s degree in Fine and Decorative Arts from Christie’s (London) and a PhD in Art History from the University of York. She has given art history talks and academic lectures in various places including The National Gallery, London and the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Claire lives with her Kiwi husband and son.

Favorite hotels:
  • Belmond Hotel Caruso, Ravello, Italy
  • Chateau de Vault-de-Lugny, Burgundy
  • Four Seasons Florence
  • Relais Borgo Santo Pietro, Chiusdino, Italy
  • Ksar Char-Bagh, Marrakesh
  • Babington House, Somerset, UK
Favorite museums:
  • The National Gallery, London
  • The Wallace Collection, London
  • Kelmscott Manor, Oxfordshire UK
  • The Rodin Museum, Paris
  • Villa Borghese Gallery, Rome
  • Frida Kahlo Museum, Mexico City
  • The Uffizi, Florence
  • Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Favorite dining experiences:
  • Mudbrick Vineyard, Waiheke Island, New Zealand
  • Dar Yacout, Marrakesh
  • La Tour d'Argent, Paris
  • Afternoon tea at Claridge's, London
  • Mas de la Chassagnette, Arles, France
  • Le Volpi e L'Uva, Florence
  • Áperi, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
  • Daylesford Organic Farm Café, Cotswolds, UK
Favorite places:
  • London, UK
  • Grasmere, English Lake District
  • Assisi, Italy
  • Marrakesh, Morocco
  • Ravello, Italy
  • Antigua, Guatemala
  • Bethells Beach, New Zealand
  • Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Salzburg, Austria
Favorite tours:

Robyn GoldbergRobyn Goldberg

Robyn’s love for travel stems from her family heritage in South Africa and Australia. She travels to Cape Town annually to visit her family and friends and explore different landmarks and areas around the Cape. She also travels to Australia frequently to explore natural wonders such as the Blue Mountains and the Great Barrier Reef.

From a young age, Robyn traveled extensively with her family, including trips to Australia, Botswana, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Greece, Israel, Laos, Nepal, Switzerland, South Africa and numerous other countries. During a recent summer, Robyn took a six-week trip through Europe. She visited seven countries, stayed in some lovely hotels, explored rich cultures and dined on local cuisine. Robyn currently lives in New York City, where she enjoys frequenting her local bookstores, walking through Central Park and having picnics with her friends.

Favorite tours:
Favorite hotels:
  • Cape Grace Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Villa d’Este, Lake Como, Italy
  • Mykonos Blu, Mykonos, Greece
  • Delaire Graff Estate, Cape Winelands, South Africa
  • Mont Cervin Palace, Zermatt, Switzerland
  • Giraffe Manor, Nairobi, Kenya
Favorite experiences:
  • Biking through Tuscany, Italy
  • Skiing in the Swiss Alps
  • Swimming with penguins in the Galapagos
  • Hiking up Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa
Favorite places:
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Zermatt, Switzerland
  • Lake Como, Italy
  • Cinque Terre, Italy

Emily RogersEmily Rogers

Emily's journey to the travel industry has been shaped by a lifelong love for exploration and cultural immersion. From her early adventures, including a captivating summer in Europe as a teenager, to her recent solo travels across Southeast Asia, Emily's wanderlust has taken her to all corners of the globe.

Emily spent almost a decade at NBCUniversal coordinating events of all scales, including film premieres abroad and private luncheons with heads of state. Emily’s dedication to exceeding expectations extends beyond to personal endeavors, as she has become the go-to person among her friends and family for meticulously planned trips, earning accolades for her ability to unearth hidden gems and orchestrate immersive experiences.

Emily grew up outside Washington, D.C., received a BA from Carleton College and a Master of Management Studies degree from Duke University. Emily has extensive firsthand experience at top luxury hotels worldwide and a deep-seated passion for luxury travel.

Favorite tours:
Favorite hotels:
  • Adare Manor, Limerick, Ireland
  • Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens, Greece
  • Nayara Alto Atacama, Chile
  • The Silo Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Haymarket Hotel, London, England
  • Zannier Hotels Bai San Ho, Vietnam
  • Three Camel Lodge, Mongolia
  • Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid, Spain
Favorite museums:
  • Musee Carnavalet, Paris, France
  • Anne Frank House, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Acropolis Museum, Athens, Greece
  • Musee de l'Orangerie, Paris, France
  • Royal Museums Greenwich, London, England
  • Museo Santuarios Andinos, Arequipa, Peru
  • Picasso Museum, Barcelona, Spain
Favorite experiences:
  • Hot-air balloon ride in Cappadocia, Turkey
  • E-biking in Tuscany, Italy
  • Wine tasting in Casablanca, Chile
  • Parmigiano Reggiano dairy experience in Reggio Emilia, Italy
  • Private catwalks tour beneath the Victoria Falls Bridge on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia
  • Wine tasting on Waiheke Island, New Zealand
  • Whale watching and swimming with dolphins, Kaikoura, New Zealand
  • Safari in Sabi Sand Reserve, South Africa
  • Bear conservation tour at the Luang Prabang Wildlife Sanctuary in Laos
  • FIS Ski Jumping World Finals in Slovenia
  • Fly fishing in Mongolia
  • Carnivale in Venice, Italy
Favorite sites:
  • Machu Picchu, Peru
  • Angkor Wat, Cambodia
  • Recoleta Cemetery, Argentina
  • Giverny, France
  • Boulders Beach, Cape Peninsula, South Africa
  • Parc Guell, Barcelona, Spain
Favorite places:
  • Saint-Germain-des-Pres, Paris
  • Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
  • Mljet National Park, Croatia
  • Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
  • Murano and Burano, Venice, Italy
  • Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
  • Lagos, Portugal
  • Saint-Malo, France
  • Hoi An, Vietnam
  • Cinque Terre, Italy
Favorite dining experiences:
  • Babel at Babylonstoren, Cape Winelands, South Africa
  • Da Giacomo, Milan, Italy
  • Fridheimar Farm, Iceland
  • Refectorio, Valladolid, Spain
  • Le Grande Vefour, Paris, France
  • Breda, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Amano, Auckland, New Zealand
  • La Mar, Lima, Peru
  • Omilos, Hydra, Greece

Jane NewtonJane Newton

One of Jane’s favorite pastimes is browsing food markets in search of authentic local cuisine. Luckily she has family throughout Europe, meaning she can indulge her culinary curiosity on regular visits to Greece, England, Italy and southern France. A Choate and Vassar alum, Jane has also studied French history and film at the Sorbonne in Paris. Her wide range of work experience includes editing a contemporary arts journal as well as a series of travel guidebooks. Jane and her husband and two daughters split their time between Manhattan and East Hampton.

Favorite tours:
Favorite hotels:
  • Hotel Splendido & Splendido Mare, Portofino
  • Hacienda Benazuza, Seville
  • Hotel Tresanton, Cornwall
  • Hotel Hassler, Rome
Favorite museums:
  • Gipsoteca di Canova (near Treviso), Italy
  • Musee Marmottan, Paris
  • Bauhaus Site, Dessau
  • Sir John Soane's Museum (London)
Favorite site:
  • The Alhambra, Granada (Spain)
Favorite restaurants:
  • Cantinetta Antinori, Florence
  • Piazetta Cathedrale, Ostuni, Puglia
  • Amorino in Paris for Gelato!

DavidDavid Carson

David has a passion for food and exploring cultures different from his own. He is also an avid photographer and loves capturing scenes of dailylife, architecture, and local flora and fauna. He has a graduate degree in theater and is a founding member of the Metropolitan Playhouse in New York City. David has traveled widely, from France to Lithuania to South Africa.

Favorite tours:
Favorite hotels:
  • Chateau la Cheneviere, Normandy
  • The Sukhothai, Bangkok
  • Cape Grace Hotel, Cape Town
Favorite restaurants:
  • La Petite Ferme, Franschhoek (South Africa)
  • Agnes Sorel, Loire Valley (France)
Favorite museums:
  • Musee d’Orsay, Paris
  • Victoria & Albert, London
  • Gold of Africa Museum, Cape Town
Favorite experiences:
  • Walking on the city walls in Lucca (Italy)
  • Strolling the waterfront of Honfleur (France)
  • Visiting the American Cemetery in Normandy
  • A three-day photo safari in South Africa
Favorite shopping:
  • Wine in the Loire Valley and Tuscany
  • Paintings or prints of local scenes
  • Local crafts markets in every destination
  • Woolens in Ireland

Susan ChildreySusan Childrey

Susan has joked that she has suitcase roots and an incurable itch for travel. Having family in Italy, Germany and the South of France has afforded her the opportunity to spend many summers abroad, immersing herself in the local culture while searching for off-the-beaten-path wonders.

Susan worked for years in creative industries in New York City and received an MFA from Columbia University. She enjoys exploring New York City on foot and spending her free time indulging her passion for writing, cooking, and tasting and discovering new wines.

Favorite museums:
  • Musee d'Orsay, Paris, France
  • Tate Modern, London, England
  • National Archaeological Museum, Athens, Greece
Favorite tours:
Favorite experiences:
  • Experiencing the Coup de Chauffe and Fete du Cognac in France
  • Private tour of the Palace of Parliament in Bucharest, Romania
  • Road trip from Bucharest, Romania, through Transylvania to Varna, Bulgaria
  • Visiting the Eglise Souterraine Saint Jean underground church in Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, France
Favorite places:
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Hamburg, Germany
  • Patzcuaro, Mexico
  • Charente region of France

MatthewMatthew Fries

A renowned jazz pianist, Matthew developed his passion for travel, food and culture on his frequent trips abroad as a musician. Matthew most enjoys visiting out-of-the-way places in Europe, focusing on their regional cuisines and cultures.

Favorite tours:
Favorite experiences:
  • Hiking in the Alps (Switzerland)
  • Touring the wine regions of Alsace, France and southwestern Germany
  • Traditional music in Galway, (Ireland)
  • Christmas Market in Berlin (Germany)
Favorite cities:
  • London, Copenhagen, Paris, Tokyo, Buenos Aires, Berlin
Favorite museums:
  • Musee d’Orsay, Paris
  • Tate Modern, London
  • Louisiana Museum, Copenhagen
Favorite jazz clubs:
  • Ronnie Scotts, London (England)
  • Bimhuis, Amsterdam (Netherlands)
  • Cotton Club, Tokyo (Japan)
  • Porgy & Bess, Vienna (Austria)
  • Bird's Eye, Basel (Switzerland)

Brianna PriceBrianna Price

Brianna’s passion for travel began when she studied abroad in Florence, Italy, during college. She traveled extensively around Italy, visiting Rome, Pisa, Venice, Milan, Lake Como, Bologna, Cinque Terre, the Amalfi Coast and Sicily. With her base in Florence, Brianna loved being able to take weekend trips to shop in Paris, eat at the Viktualienmarkt in Munich, ski in Abetone, experience St. Patrick's Day in Dublin, watch flamenco in Madrid and see FC Barcelona soccer games in Barcelona. Brianna continued her travels after graduation, visiting the Netherlands, Portugal and Israel.

Brianna is passionate about fashion and food. She enjoys visiting fashion museums, taking cooking classes and trying local eateries while abroad. She also loves exploring New York City.

Brianna grew up in upstate New York and graduated from the University of Vermont. Working in the travel industry is a dream for her.

Favorite hotels:
  • Four Seasons Hotel Florence, Italy
  • The Dolder Grand, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Gstaad Palace, Switzerland
  • Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa
  • Hotel Savoy, Florence, Italy
  • The Retreat at Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Favorite tours:
Favorite places:
  • Florence, Italy
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Dead Sea, Israel
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Capri, Italy
  • Venice, Italy
Favorite museums & sites:
  • Gucci Garden, Florence, Italy
  • Louvre Museum, Paris, France
  • Palace of Versailles, France
  • Ferragamo Museum, Florence, Italy
  • Park Guell, Barcelona, Spain

Ansley LyonAnsley Lyon

From a young age, Ansley traveled extensively with her family, taking ski trips in Colorado and Utah, going island hopping in the Caribbean and spending summer vacations in Europe. Inspired by her parents' passion for travel, Ansley spent a year after college traveling solo through more than 30 countries in Central America, Europe and Southeast Asia. Her journey helped develop her understanding of the world and her adaptability to new experiences. Her favorite memories include a sunrise hot-air balloon ride in Turkey, snorkeling with bioluminescent plankton in Cambodia, paragliding in Switzerland, and visiting temples throughout Southeast Asia.

Ansley grew up in South Carolina and graduated from the University of Tennessee. When traveling, Ansley's interests revolve around architecture, history, food and wine. Ansley lives in New York City and enjoys exploring its parks, architecture and food scene.

Favorite tours:
Favorite hotels:
  • Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, Lake Como, Italy
  • Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Ritz Paris, France
  • Amankora Paro Lodge, Bhutan
  • Giraffe Manor, Nairobi, Kenya
  • La Mamounia, Marrakesh, Morocco
  • Excelsior Palace, Rapallo, Italy
  • Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok, Thailand
Favorite places:
  • Budapest, Hungary
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Lagos, Portugal
  • Rapallo, Italy
  • Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Kotor, Montenegro
  • Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • Seoul, South Korea
  • Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • Cape Town, South Africa
Favorite experiences:
  • Sunrise hot-air balloon ride in Cappadocia, Turkey
  • Paragliding in Interlaken, Switzerland
  • Watching the sunrise at Angkor Wat, Cambodia
  • Touring the House of Parliament in Budapest, Hungary
  • Wine tasting in Tuscany, Italy
  • Visiting temples in Bangkok and Chiang Mai, Thailand