Landing on Travel + Leisure’s A-List of top travel specialists isn’t easy. In fact, it’d probably be easier to climb Cappadocia’s cliff sides or dodge hippos canoeing in Botswana! Brooke’s made the cut for the third year in a row. Since 2013 Brooke has topped the list for adventure travel and luxury travel in Australia. As Travel + Leisure writes, the A-Listers are “the best specialists in the business—the people who have firsthand knowledge of destinations on the rise, can get you into sold-out hotels, and provide the best insider travel tips.”
Below we share what makes Brooke an A-Lister and how her time spent exploring all corners of the globe result in creative and unforgettable trips customized for you.
She’s constantly traveling to uncover the best (and noting what’s skip-able)
Brooke & Martin, Costa Careyes, Mexico, May 2015
Brooke can discuss every aspect of the destinations, hotels, and activities she recommends because she has been there, stayed there, and done them herself—from her don’t-you-dare-miss-it scuba dive spot to what exactly that new “it” restaurant and top suite is like, so you won’t waste time or money on something that isn’t what you had in mind.
Brooke & guide Usco, Serra Cafema, Namibia (on Angolan border) March 2015
For Brooke, experiencing a place means going beyond the typical and diving into the aspects of a trip most travelers never see. By meeting locals, sharing meals, and chatting with artists and conservationists she makes connections on the ground that mean insider experiences for you. This level of creativity and access are what make a trip.
Brooke, Fogo Island Inn, February 2015
This year alone she’s stayed in an off-the-radar private Mexican villa, hiked through snow as high as her hips to photograph the futuristic architecture of Todd Saunders’s Fogo Island Inn, and ate her way through Fes’s best markets and street stalls on a Moroccan culinary tour like no other. For her, the best part is sharing these experiences with clients when she returns.
Adventure tailored to you
Brooke at the helm, ferry to Fogo Island, February 2015
As Travel + Leisure’s A-Lister for adventure travel, Brooke is quick to explain that adventure isn’t one-size-fits all. What makes her an expert is her ability to understand her clients’ likes and dislikes, so much so sometimes they request a trip with no particular destination in mind and have her pick.
Brooke, Skeleton Coast, Namibia, taken with Leica camera and B&W film, March 2015
She’s done everything from helicoptering to locales seen by few human eyes and trekking with chimps to talking conservation with desert lion expert Flip Stander in the Skeleton Coast and coming face-to-face with whale sharks, and she still had time to run the New York City Marathon for the Maasai (and motivate half our office to, too).
Gecko, Namib Desert, Namibia, March 2015
But adventure doesn’t have to be strenuous or adrenaline-packed. For Brooke, adventure is about being curious. Visiting ancient temples in India with historians, photographing unexpected architecture and indulging in culinary traditions passed down from generation to generation rank just as high on her adventure list.
Brooke, Costa Careyes, Mexico, Sculpture, May 2015
Adventure can also be closer to home. You no longer need to go half way around the world to experience the undiscovered. Some of Brooke’s best trips this year were shorter getaways to Northern California, Fogo Island, Twin Farms in Vermont, Tulum and Costa Careyes in Mexico.
A new luxury
Costa Careyes, Mexico, Villa Living, May 2015
Being adventurous also doesn’t have to mean rugged. Most of the trips Brooke plans have a luxurious element to them. What this means depends on the traveler. For some, luxury may mean a five-star hotel with a private infinity pool overlooking the sparkling city below. For others, it may be an intimate hideaway deep in the hills of a remote land, known by few, and far away from any sign of manmade light, manmade sound—manmade anything.
Little Boy, Sahara Sunset, Morocco, November 2014
Luxury is also all about the bespoke touches and the feeling of being in-the-know, like a wilderness guide in Australia who can lead you to the rarest nocturnal sightings or a young Moroccan guide who knows the Sahara like the back of his hand. Brooke will lead you to these gems and steer you away from the experiences that look good on paper, but simply don’t translate in reality.
Brooke, taken with a Leica camera and B&W film, Fes, Morocco, November, 2014
Brooke’s never without her camera on a trip. Take a look at her recent adventures and keep up with her when she’s on the road through Absolute Travel’s Instagram. Follow her luxury adventures to British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest in September (it’s so remote it’s only accessible by boat or float plane, and salmon are as big as skateboards) and Australia in November.Get in touch with Brooke to begin planning your next trip
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