MEET THE EXPERTS.

Our obsessions? Immersive experiences. Distinct cultures. Breathtaking landscapes. Haute cuisine. Personalized hospitality. Places with personality.

Consider us your architects of adventure.

[ WHO WE ARE ]

We are travel designers who scour the globe in search of hidden gems and alluring cultures that inspire perspective. We’ll meticulously research destinations both near and far, and then deliver bespoke travel that transforms.

Julia B. Pirrung

Hometown:
Aspen, Colorado

Specialization:
Family Travel, Europe, Africa, North America and South Pacific

NEVER TRAVEL WITHOUT:
A cashmere wrap, portable speaker, kleenex and hand sanitizer

TOP TRAVEL MEMORY:
A toss between watching the sun rise from a hot air balloon above the Masai Mara or witnessing an elephant give birth in the Serengeti.

BEST FOODIE FIND:
Truffle hunting in Dordogne with our treasures masterfully woven in to our dinner that evening at Baumaniere https://www.baumaniere.com/en

ON MY BUCKET LIST:
Trekking gorillas in Rwanda, sailing and island hopping through the Adriatic, biking across Vietnam, and exploring Australia and Tasmania with my kids.

Email Julia
phone: (312) 574-1181

Megan M. Hintz

HOMETOWN:
Des Moines, Iowa

NEVER TRAVEL WITHOUT:
A positive attitude! Plans can easily go awry while traveling - don't let things beyond your control ruin the experience!

TOP TRAVEL MEMORY:
While strolling through Florence, my husband spontaneously suggested we climb to the top of Brunelleschi's Dome (463 steps)! I discovered (and conquered) a fear of heights, only to take in what was one of the most remarkable views I've ever seen. The entire experience is one that I'll never forget and was well worth it - even wearing wedge sandals!

BEST FOODIE FIND:
I still crave the Moroccan beef and date tagine served by candlelight in a beautiful Bedouin tent at Scarabeo Desert camp, located outside of Marrakech. Dinner was followed by dessert and wine under the stars.

ON MY BUCKET LIST:
New Zealand, The Galapagos, Greece, Peru, Antarctica, and Southeast Asia to name a few!

Email Megan
phone: (515) 250-9285

Jill L. Taylor

Hometown:
Chicago, IL

Specialization:
Africa, Italy, multi-country Europe, oenophile (wine) travel, soft adventure.

Never Travel Without:
An open mind, backpack with my SLR camera, a water bottle, and a few too many scarfs.

Top Travel Memory:
Experiencing a walking safari in Zambia with no internet, no cellphones, and just being in the moment. While on foot, a pack of 21 wild dogs came running by us--chasing an impala--and made a kill within 50 yards. I pushed myself outside of my comfort zone and it was exhilarating!

Best Foodie Find:
An "agricucina" in Cortina, Italy, which featured local ingredients, including meats and cheeses from their farm, wild herbs from the surrounding alpine meadows, and fresh produce from their own kitchen garden. All paired with incredible 360-views of the Italian Alps. SanBrite's talented chef Riccardo Gaspari (winner of several culinary awards) wanted to create something entirely new after having put his family’s agriturismo (mountain farm and restaurant) El Brite, on the culinary map.

On My Bucket List:
Sardinia, Faroe Islands, Western Australia, and the Himalayas.

Email Jill
phone: (312) 574-1182
Epicurean Adventures

Peter J. Tibble

Hometown:
Chicago, IL

Specialization:
South America, specializing in Chile and Argentina, in addition to Africa, golf, and multi-generational travel.

Never Travel Without:
Wanderlust and a journal.

Top Travel Memory:
Landing in Botswana for my first African safari and being able to completely disconnect. Feeling the excitement of something new and embracing the unknown. During the first game drive of the day, our skilled ranger spotted one of the most rare and endangered species; the pangolin!

Best Foodie Find:
The best empanadas I had were found at a local food and art market in the Palermo neighborhood of Buenos Aires. Some of the best food experiences are those that don't require reservations.

On My Bucket List:
To experience the Icelandic volcanoes; swim in geothermal rivers, and go diving between tectonic plates in glacial waters. View the northern lights in Finland and staying in a glass igloo. Sailing around Antigua and the West Indies.

Email Peter
phone: (312) 574-1188
Epicurean Adventures

Melissa R. Pugh

Hometown:
Spirit Lake, IA

Specialization:
Family travel, honeymoons, adventure travel, New Zealand and Australia, Europe, island destinations, South America, and many more!

Never Travel Without:
A wrap. It’s a versatile piece for warmth, as a cover up for modesty at temples, and also ideal to spruce up a basic outfit. Take a colorful one!

Top Travel Memory:
My first trip overseas was when I was 20 to study in New Zealand. I had never been abroad. This trip changed the course of my life. I arrived, bought a car with two strangers I had just met, and we traveled almost every inch of all three islands of New Zealand (North, South, and Stewart Islands). While meeting other travelers along the way and discovering a new destination, I realized there was so much more to the life I had planned. I came back to graduate college and then moved to Ireland, which prompted the next six years of my life overseas, traveling to more than 60 countries and six continents. My original dream was to be a news anchor for NBC Chicago 5 News where I was interning. Now, I have my actual dream job and I watch the news daily! Win, win!

Best Foodie Find:
There are many markets in London, but Maltby St. Market is high touch and full of locals. It’s an unadvertised market where the locals go to avoid the big crowds. Shhhhh, our little secret!

On My Bucket List:
Svalbard to see the polar bears; Ibiza, where the party is hot, hot, hot, yet evolving into a wonderful family destination, too; Sicily and Puglia are the next “to dos” on my Italian journey; Greenland; and Rwanda—I would love to go and walk amongst the gorillas.

Email Melissa
phone: (312) 574-1183
Unclipped Wings LLC.

Courtney S. Wyckoff

Hometown:
Aspen, CO

Specialization:
Africa & Europe

Never Travel Without:
My cashmere wrap and my Bose wireless headphones.

Top Travel Memory:
Enjoying a sundowner with my family as nightfall ascended over the plains of the Serengeti in the Masai Mara. We reminisced about the great migration that we were lucky enough to see in person. Every day in the bush holds new and exciting memories that last a lifetime. A close second was admiring the beauty of Petra in Jordan, the Taj Mahal in India, and the Pyramids in Egypt. All are sights I will never forget!

Best Foodie Find:
Indulging in a delectable eight-course meal at the Beau-Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland on Lake Geneva. The exotic assortment of food paired with the intoxicating views of the Swiss Alps was sheer bliss!

On My Bucket List:
Riding Horses through Mongolia during the Golden Eagle Festival; climbing Mt Blanc in France; trekking with the gorillas in Congo or Rwanda, and taking a boat from Argentina to the Arctic to see the polar bears.

Email Courtney
phone: (970) 379-1645
Le Monde Travel LLC

Caroline H. Sprunger

Hometown:
Indianapolis, IN

Never Travel Without:
My computer! Working on the road is an essential in this business!

Top Travel Memory:
A nearly two-month voyage through the Galápagos Islands. By night we cruised between the islands. By day we hiked the islands, snorkeled around them, and engaged with the Galápagos' distinctive wildlife: sea lions, giant tortoises, Galapagos sharks, Darwin finches, blue-footed boobies and waved albatross, to name a few.

Best Foodie Find:
Indulging in a delectable eight-course meal at the Beau-Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Lake Geneva. The exotic assortment of food paired with the intoxicating views of the Swiss Alps was sheer bliss!

On My Bucket List:
East Africa, Maldives, Seychelles, New Zealand, Fiji, and Bhutan.

Email Caroline
phone: (312) 574-1198

Sunni S. McBride

HOMETOWN:
Aspen, CO

SPECIALIZATION:
Family Travel, Beach and Mountain Vacations, Extreme Sport and Luxury Adventure Travel, Off-the-beaten-path Experiences

NEVER TRAVEL WITHOUT:
My iPhone camera, travel journal, good shoes, a sense of adventure and a free spirit!

TOP TRAVEL MEMORY:
Hiking hut to hut in the Dolomites on a via ferrata with my family, watching baby elephants play on safari in Africa, spending 3 weeks floating the Grand Canyon on a wooden dory, chasing my girls on horseback through the hills in Ibiza. There are so many more it's hard to choose!

BEST FOODIE FIND:
An amazing Italian dinner with local wine overlooking the lake in Bardolino, Lake Garda or Thai street food in Bangkok.

ON MY BUCKET LIST:
Trekking to Machu Picchu in Peru, Heli-skiing in Alaska and Japan, Exploring the Greek Islands by boat and Mongolia on horseback.

Email Sunni
phone: (970) 948-4684
Extreme Luxury, LLC

Jessica S. Kristiseter

HOMETOWN:
Cologne (Koeln), Germany

SPECIALIZATION:
Europe, specifically Germany, South of France and Scandinavia, as well as Israel

NEVER TRAVEL WITHOUT:
My Golden Goose sneakers, a belt bag, my gadgets, and a leather jacket.

TOP TRAVEL MEMORY:
Boating through Turke and Greece, riding elephants in northern Thailand, visiting Angkor Wat in Cambodia, and trekking the Perito Moreno Glacier in Patagonia.

BEST FOODIE FIND:
Does wine count? If so, I fell in love with the rosé at Chateau St. Julien in Provence, France!

ON MY BUCKET LIST:
Africa with my family, Moscow & St. Petersberg, Japan, Amangiri, and Capri.

Email Jessica
phone: (702) 785-3513
JSK Travel, LLC

Gabrielle Eichstaedt

HOMETOWN:
Chicago, IL

SPECIALIZATION:
Europe

NEVER TRAVEL WITHOUT:
A cashmere wrap - it doubles as a blanket and a scarf!

TOP TRAVEL MEMORY:
Visiting Venice in 2018 with my daughter.

BEST FOODIE FIND:
Red Hook Tavern - Brooklyn's BEST burger!

ON MY BUCKET LIST:
Dubai

Email Gabrielle
phone: (310) 594-9185
Enrapture World Travel

Fernando G. Rosa

Hometown:
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Specialization:
Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguai

Never Travel Without:
Hershey's Almond Chocolate Bar

Top Travel Memory:
Seeing glaciers in Patagonia for the first time was absolutely incredible. It was amazing to be in a place so vast where you are surrounded by rustic natural wonders.

Best Foodie Find:
Dulce de Leche in Argentina

On My Bucket List:
Bora Bora (French Polynesia)

Email Fernando
phone: 312-574-1186
Unclipped Wings LLC.

[ TRIED AND TRUE ]

Jill & Peter listened to our likes and dislikes and our accommodations and excursions were off the beaten path and incredibly unique. They also have point people in each country you can contact 24/7 that will help you with anything you might need. They learned it was my birthday while we were on the trip and Peter and Jill arranged for a wine tasting & lunch in a gorgeous private vineyard in Cafayate and other surprises throughout the day. They also have an app that has your whole trip itinerary that you download prior to your trip which is amazing! Thanks for a trip we will never forget!!

– Molly M., Young couple with a passion for food, wine and the outdoors, Chicago, IL –

Efficiency is one of Michelle's greatest qualities! She was so quick to turnaround such a beautiful, well-thought-out honeymoon for us in 3 regions in Italy over a 10-day trip — I believe it took less than a week — incredible!

– Jeff L., Adventurous Couple, Rochester, NY –

The trip was really fantastic. It was well planned and when our train situation went wrong, your contacts in Italy were super helpful. I would literally leave for this trip again tomorrow. It was such a memory. We are already ready to plan our trip for next summer! Being a single adult with children in tow, planning with JETSET allowed me to relax and enjoy myself. Thank you all so much!

– Ellen V., Supermom of three young girls, Aspen, CO –

Thank you for all your hard work. What you put together exceeded our expectations and we had a fantastic time. The highlight of the vacation was the planning process. We couldn't have been more impressed. Everyone from our tour guides to drivers were all on time and wonderful to work with. All our guides were fantastic, felt like we got matched up with the correct people for the experience. Overall, we were super impressed; everything was done just as we expected and, in many cases, exceeded our expectations!

– Tony J., Salesforce, Noblesville, IN –

Our family has been on countless vacations arranged by Melissa. Her creativity and attention to detail are unrivaled! If anything isn’t perfect, she takes the initiative to help immediately. Our family and friends are closer than we ever could have been otherwise, due to the travel we have been able to experience under Melissa’s guidance.

– Matt L., Wheaton, IL –

[now about you]

You are our most important landscape. What sparks your wanderlust? The road less traveled, urban culture, get-after-it adventure, or all three? We fuel curiosity. Your Personal Profile is paramount. Let’s get started.