What led you to become passionate about adventure travel?
Growing up in the mountains of Sun Valley, Idaho, adventure was a birthright. From skiing to backpacking, and mountain surfing to mountain biking, the great outdoors were, and still remain, my natural playground. The one caveat about growing up in a small town is that it can limit your global exposure, so my mom ensured we traveled a lot during my formative years. This perfect combination led to my obsession, passion, and never-ending curiosity about the unique adventures and explorations around the world.
Which experience or destination do you covet most after your recent visit to Tuscany for the Adventure Travel World Summit (ATWS)?
When people think of Tuscany they usually envision large castle-like accommodations and plenty of wine tasting—a one-stop shop. My recent trip to Tuscany, before the ATWS, included a five-day road biking trip, hiking up the stunning Mt. Forato overlooking the Carrera Marble quarry, and listening to tails of cave-explorations, scuba diving, and thermal waters from fellow ATWS attendees. It really opened my eyes to the potential of this destination. If you dig a little deeper and venture a little further, you can have incredibly cultural and diverse adventures. Even better? Is if you are sharing them with friends and family.
Where would you most like to be right now?
On top of a mountain, having hiked/skinned my way up, enjoying a picnic dinner and cold drink while the sun is setting over the scenery below. Views are always sweeter when they are earned.
Is there a recent itinerary you designed for a client that showcases your specialization and creativity?
I recently had a solo traveler who wanted to combine Morocco, Tunisia, Greece, and Amsterdam. It was a mix of hard-core adventure, history, climbing, and family visits. My past “road block” with the client had been finding guides who could keep up with his superhero pace. We ended up planning trekking, biking, and ATVs through the Atlas Mountains and setting up his own personal camps since he was so remote. While climbing in Greece it was important he had a knowledgeable guide who could explore the whole island of Crete with him. His experience was incredibly personal and he left with great memories and friendships with his overly adventurous guides.
What’s currently on your bucket list?
A self-driving discovery of Slovenia, boat-based mountain biking in Norway, hiking and kayaking Newfoundland (and of course a visit to Fogo Island Inn) and trekking the Jordan Trail.
To plan your own travel adventure, contact: Lindsey@jetsetworldtravel.com