Happy August! Now that summer is winding down, we’re thinking about back-to-school—and specifically, to college. This month, we’re talking about a new trend we’ve been seeing lately: Families taking special trips with their college-bound kids. And speaking of bonding travel, we’re also highlighting our recent retreat in Puerto Rico—including our top hosting tips. And finally, rounding out this edition is a great Q&A with Qatar Airways, which was recently honored with the distinction of “World’s Best Airline.” We hope the rest of your summer is fun and relaxing!
Erika Reategui and Fernando Gonzalez
Our travel team keeps growing with more top specialists in France, Miami, Dallas, and LA. Meet some of the dynamic new faces at F1S.
Luxury leisure specialist, Aix-en-Provence, France
Pierre-Alexandre has made a career in luxury travel. After nearly twenty years as a manager in the luxury hotel industry, he ‘retired’ in 2016 to become a private travel advisor for his network of high-end leisure clients, as well as an operations and quality consultant for luxury hospitality groups. Over the years, the French native has lived in Switzerland, Nigeria, Thailand and New York City. Having visited 60 countries worldwide to date, he is currently based in Aix-en-Provence, France.
My favorite destinations are…the French Basque country, Corsica, the Alps, Thailand, the US, South Africa, and any 3 Michelin-starred restaurants worldwide….!
My next stop is…Sedona, Lake Powell and Las Vegas.
Traveling makes me feel…HAPPY and full of energy.
Leisure and production travel specialist, Los Angeles
A former commercial director, Josh spent years taking jobs around the globe including periods living in Hong Kong, Athens, France and Torino. He founded Blisscape eight years ago after being unable to find a great travel agent while living abroad. As an F1S affiliate, he now specializes in both leisure and production travel, combining his past career with his present.
My favorite destinations are…Maldives, London, Bora Bora, St. Barths.
My next stop is… Four Seasons Oahu at Ko Olina, Cannes, London, Paris and Greece.
Traveling makes me feel…free, inspired, lit up, and when with loved ones, truly connected on a deeper and more real way than seems possible at home.
Luxury leisure and corporate specialist, Dallas
Before becoming a luxury leisure and corporate advisor, John traveled the world finding hidden gems for his collection of antique shops. Today he finds gems of another kind for his clients – rare experiences and unparalleled access. Originally from Medellin, Colombia, he has lived in Prague, Miami, Atlanta and now Dallas. His clients are equally international – hailing from Paris to Tokyo, Brazil, China and Sydney. After 23 years in the business, he is proud to help his clients’ children and their multigenerational families now too. In his spare time, John is a prolific painter and published writer. His second novel, “The Shadow of Sara” (“La Sombra de Sara”) will be released this winter.
My favorite destinations are….South East Asia, Bhutan, China’s Yunnan Province, Kenya, and now New Zealand, which I just visited. Nature is my muse so I love hiking especially in Hawaii, Malaysia, Nepal, Mauritius, Mozambique, Colombia, Bhutan, and Iceland.
My next stop is…Mozambique at the end of November and then Kilimanjaro on my way back home.
Traveling makes me feel…connected to the world.
Entertainment specialist, Miami
As a young girl, Julie frequently accompanied her grandparents on business trips around the country, sparking her lifelong career in travel. In 2001, she landed a travel manager job at a major record label and her entertainment career took off. Today she represents music artists, international DJs, and athletes. The New Jersey native has called the Miami area home for the past year, where she enjoys cooking classes, sketching and drawing in her spare time.
My favorite destinations are….Italy, Hawaii, South America.
My next stop is…Exuma in the Bahamas, and Iceland.
Traveling makes me feel…empowered! The knowledge I’ve gained over the years, the people I’ve met along the way, combined with and all the wonderful experiences I’ve captured definitely gives me a sense of empowerment!