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Our Team

Our team of luxury travel specialists have spent over two decades in the travel industry, and our knowledge of the world’s most inspiring places is unrivaled. We are experienced, opinionated, and discerning, and we believe that travel is one of life’s ultimate joys—it never fails to thrill us, expand our perspectives, or fill us with wonder and gratitude. We love exploring the world, and we know it intimately.

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We’ve ridden motorcycles through Bangkok’s storied alleyways, paid our respects to Maasai warriors in Tanzania, danced through sunset and sunrise in Ipanema Beach, and sung as loud as we could as we crossed the Jordanian desert because the only other soul within miles was our camel, and we knew he’d never report just how terrible we sounded. Every person on our staff had their lives altered by travel; we abandoned our original plans—Wall Street, law school, you name it—because we took a life-changing journey, and now all we want to do is create life-changing journeys for other people.

Our diverse staff includes award-winning travel advisers who specialize in areas such as wellness, family travel, and safaris, and in different areas of the world, such as Bhutan and Tunisia. We have offices in New York, Cape Town, and Bangkok to make sure that our global knowledge is current and cutting-edge. We are always on the move, visiting places for the fifth or first time to make sure we can provide you with the most up-to-date and exciting travel recommendations so that you don’t just skim the surface of a country, but explore its depths. We know the best restaurants in Buenos Aires, Cape Town, and Tokyo, and we can actually get you a table at that Michelin-starred hole-in-the-wall. We know the most stunning jungle resorts in Thailand, Brazil, and Madagascar, the hippest galleries in Istanbul, Rio, and Phnom Penh, the best vineyards in New Zealand, the most luxurious yacht in the Galapagos, and even how to find Papua New Guinea’s “lost” tribes.

Seeing the world has enriched our lives in ways we can’t ever measure, and we believe that seeing the world with us will do the same for you. Give us a call and tell us where you want to go—we’ll share our stories, adventures, and expert opinions, and make informed recommendations that you won’t find anywhere else.

We are happy to work with travel agencies and travel companies who want to offer their clients the kind of extraordinary journeys that we specialize in. Additionally, if you are someone who prefers to work with a particular travel agent or travel adviser, we can easily coordinate and consult with them so you can take part in the unparalleled experiences that only we offer.

“We pride ourselves on being passionate, experienced, and opinionated when it comes to travel. Our team circles the globe providing us with cutting-edge destination knowledge and our clients with a personalized well-planned journey complete with expert guides, genuine encounters, superb culinary experiences, and the perfect place in which to relax and enjoy at the end of the day. Enjoy!”

Ken Fish, Absolute Travel President

Ken Fish

– President & Founder

Ken Fish

Most Recent Trip

Nicaragua

Favorite Trip Experience

The privilege of being with my friends and family in some of the most fabulous places around the world.

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France & Belgium

Leslie Overton

– Managing Director & Family Travel Specialist

Leslie Overton

Most Recent Trip

Guatemala, Haiti, South Korea and Burma

Favorite Trip Experience

Going to Savusavu in Fiji with my husband and two daughters. At one point, I took my girls out onto the water and we spun around 360 degrees and could find no sign of civilization other than what we had left on our beach and a few sailboats.

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Morocco

Sasha Lehman

– Director of Operations & Vendor Services

Sasha Lehman

Most Recent Trip

Australia & Tasmania

Favorite Trip Experience

Having a staring contest with a beautiful sea lion unmoved by my presence and just steps away from me, during my recent visit to the Galapagos Islands.

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New Zealand

Brooke Garnett

– Director of Sales

Brooke Garnett

Most Recent Trip

Brazil for the World Cup!

Favorite Trip Experience

Swimming alongside whale sharks as big as a New York City brownstone in Australia's Ningaloo Reef.

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Morocco

Katie Losey

– Director of Marketing

Katie Losey

Most Recent Trip

Ireland

Favorite Trip Experience

There is nothing in the world like losing a staring contest to a wild mountain gorilla!

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The Pacific Northwest

Tony Poe

– National Sales Director

Tony Poe

Most Recent Trip

Brazil

Favorite Trip Experience

After meeting new friends in Luxor I was specially invited to a late-night wedding celebration near Karnak with all of the men— young boys to town elders. An entrancing experience to be sure!

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India, China & North Korea

Todd Bliwise

– Director of Air

Todd Bliwise

Most Recent Trip

Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Qatar, Maldives & China

Favorite Trip Experience

Waking up in the Maldives to a sea of stingrays below my bungalow.

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Korea, China, Mongolia, Japan

Daniela Bonanno

– Africa Manager | South Africa Office

Daniela Bonanno

Most Recent Trip

Italy

Favorite Trip Experience

Visiting the Kawaza village in Zambia and spending my first night under canvas in the middle of the Okavango Delta with lions roaring outside my tent!

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Kenya and Zanzibar

Holly Monahan

– Luxury Travel Manager

Holly Monahan

Most Recent Trip

Belize

Favorite Trip Experience

My perfect day in Kerala, India: spicy masala dosa for breakfast, floating along the backwaters sipping a coconut, and a 4-handed Ayurvedic massage before sunset.

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India

Susan Kelly

– Director of Media & Global Outreach

Susan Kelly

Most Recent Trip

Remote Amazonas

Favorite Trip Experience

Getting married spontaneously at a hilltop monastery while trekking in Myanmar. The ceremony was presided over by an orchestra of singing child monks - one of them was badly off-key which just added more humor and joy to the process. It was all over in minutes, after the head monk, while chanting, hit us over the head with some wet branches dipped in holy water. Our wedding night was spent on sleeping pads on the floor of the monastery with 200 monks, who woke us up at sunrise with their song. We were the first foreigners ever to be married there and it made them so happy to be part of the celebration. Marriage Myanmar Style!

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Madagascar

Robyn Mark

– Director of Client Experience

Robyn Mark

Most Recent Trip

Uruguay

Favorite Trip Experience

Dancing the Samba and Forró until the sun came up in Trancoso, Brazil.

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The Galápagos Islands

Brian Lonergan

– Luxury Travel Manager

Brian Lonergan

Most Recent Trip

Mexico

Favorite Trip Experience

Spending the morning cenote cliff-diving with friends and the afternoon negotiating in very broken Spanish with Mexican highway police to get out of a questionable speeding infraction.

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Turkey and Italy

Matthew LaPolice

– Luxury Travel Manager

Matthew LaPolice

Most Recent Trip

Iceland

Favorite Trip Experience

Playing a game of soccer with the local children at a village near Inle Lake, Myanmar during the Thingyan water festival.

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Argentina

Owen Gaddis

– Luxury Travel Manager

Owen Gaddis

Most Recent Trip

American Prairie Reserve's Kestrel Camp, Montana

Favorite Trip Experience

Hard to choose just one! But after a long morning headed upstream in a dugout canoe, I was greeted by an elderly native Shaman who performed a mind altering “healing” experience deep in the Amazon. This experience is essentially the root of why I travel. To open your eyes, ears, nose, and heart to places that can literally change your life.

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St. Barth

Stacey Sullivan

– Luxury Travel Manager

Stacey Sullivan

Most Recent Trip

Turkey & Iran

Favorite Trip Experience

Camping under the star-laden ski of Libya's Sahara Desert.

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East Africa and Southeast Asia

Adam Vaught

– Luxury Travel Manager

Adam Vaught

Most Recent Trip

The Peruvian Andes

Favorite Trip Experience

Experiencing the best of Japanese hospitality on a ten-week long cycling trip that went from the northern tip of Hokkaido to the southern coast of Kyushu.

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Boznia and Herzagovina

Matt O’Hara

– Europe Manager

Matt O’Hara

Most Recent Trip

Majorca, Spain

Favorite Trip Experience

Accepting a post-hike impromptu invitation to an island village wedding in Fiji—hiking boots proved to be the perfect footwear for all-night dancing!

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Iceland

Greg Chan

– Operations Coordinator

Greg Chan

Most Recent Trip

Italy

Favorite Trip Experience

Horseback-riding on the beach at Cabo San Lucas as the sun went down.

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Argentina

Kyoko Honma

– Community Liaison

Kyoko Honma

Most Recent Trip

Nicaragua

Favorite Trip Experience

After a special outdoor dinner in the bush, our ranger turned off the jeep and we all looked up to the vast sky, packed with stars. She started to explain the constellations and my son, Keizo, started to join in. I asked him how he knew so much and he replied, “Mom, it’s Star Wars!” We felt so tiny in comparison to the magical African sky, but at the same time I felt so connected to the entire universe.

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Jackson, Wyoming

Ilene Furman-Lynch

– Accountant

Ilene Furman-Lynch

Most Recent Trip

Testing out three ways to get to Florida: driving, flying and the auto train down the east coast!

Favorite Trip Experience

My unforgettable destination wedding in the Bahamas, where I was surrounded by family and friends.

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Bermuda and Belize

Christie Mealo

– Systems Analyst

Christie Mealo

Most Recent Trip

Panama

Favorite Trip Experience

Would have to be skydiving over Queenstown, New Zealand or spending the weekend on the beaches around Sanur, Bali snorkeling and relaxing with friends.

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Thailand

Blaine Anderson

– Sales Associate

Blaine Anderson

Most Recent Trip

Caribbean

Favorite Trip Experience

Trekking into the lush jungle of Chiang Mai atop Mai Jai followed by a refreshing swim in a stream. The elephants happily sprayed water into the air as we scrubbed the mud off them.

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Peru

Suzanne Pope

– Sales Associate

Suzanne Pope

Most Recent Trip

Kenya and Zanzibar

Favorite Trip Experience

Watching a lightning storm in the savannah, coming face-to-face with giant buffalo and tracking elusive black rhino in the Masai Mara.

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Portugal and Spain

Christa Russo

– Sales Associate

Christa Russo

Most Recent Trip

South Africa

Favorite Trip Experience

Meditating amidst a blanket of clouds after climbing Machu Picchu!

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Rwanda

Katharine Lotz

– Operations Associate

Katharine Lotz

Most Recent Trip

Nepal & China

Favorite Trip Experience

While in a tiny river town in China, I passed a group of elderly locals singing and playing instruments and was handed a microphone to join in. Upon realizing I didn’t know the Chinese song they were singing, they started playing Jingle Bells! Suddenly I was a part of the best multi-lingual version of Jingle Bells that I have ever heard. Unforgettable!

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Australia

Jessica Weeman

– Strategic Alliance Manager

Jessica Weeman

Most Recent Trip

Italy and Amsterdam

Favorite Trip Experience

Watching a spectacular sunrise from inside the top level of Angkor Wat; we were all alone in the temple and it was one of the most transformative and beautiful moments of my life.

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Kenya

Maryana Dudkina

– Sales Associate

Maryana Dudkina

Most Recent Trip

Hawaii and the West Coast

Favorite Trip Experience

Watching the sun rise above the clouds at the summit of Maui's Haleakala, and then watching the sun set above the clouds from my flight home that same night.

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Canada and Iceland

Guy Chirico

– General Counsel

Guy Chirico

Most Recent Trip

Thailand

Favorite Trip Experience

Traveling to Chumporn to meet Kuhn Meh for the first time.

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Bali

Laura Fisher

– Air Associate

Laura Fisher

Most Recent Trip

Palermo, Sicily

Favorite Trip Experience

Arriving in Munich on a snowy night and taking shelter in a local beer hall with good food, great people and a large stein of beer.

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Thailand

Meghan Black

– Marketing Associate

Meghan Black

Most Recent Trip

Tulum, Mexico

Favorite Trip Experience

Joining forces with school kids to make natural swimming pools and muddy slip n' slides during the monsoons in India.

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Kerala, India

Eliza Quanbeck

– Operations Associate

Eliza Quanbeck

Most Recent Trip

Andaman Islands, India

Favorite Trip Experience

Watching the sun set over the ancient temples of Bagan.

Next Trip

Where the Dive is good in Central America