It’s Time for a Travel Upgrade…

Josh Alexander | Katie Cadar | John Clifford | Betty Jo L Currie | Shelby Donley | Kate Doty | Cari Gray | Michael Holtz | William Kiburz | Lauren Maggard | Judy Perl | Kristen Korey Pike

You want a trip packed with authentic, meaningful experiences—and AFAR’s Travel Advisory Council knows how to make it happen. We’ve selected a well-connected group of specialists in experiential travel, and they’re eager to share that expertise with you! Learn more about each advisor below and contact them for an itinerary tailored to your interests and budget (consultations provided for a fee).




Josh Alexander

Luxury Travel Advisor, ProTravel International
New York, NY
212.651.2110 ·  Email Josh

Josh enjoys tailoring itineraries to a client’s needs and budgets, including honeymoons and multigenerational trips. He has visited over 65 countries, with expertise in Africa, Australia, Southeast Asia, and the Caribbean. He was recognized as a 2014 Virtuoso Rising Star.

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Katie Cadar

Director of Leisure Sales, TravelStore
Los Angeles, CA
310.689.5415  ·  Email Katie

While studying in Sweden, Katie explored as much of Europe as possible, traveling to Russia, England, France, Holland, and Romania. Now, as the Director of Leisure Sales for TravelStore, she still counts Europe, African safaris, Tahiti, adventure travel, and luxury hotels among her specialties.

John Clifford

John Clifford

President, International Travel Management
San Diego, CA
619.299.2359  ·  Email John

For the 30-plus years that John has been a travel advisor, he has connected travelers with insiders who can really open doors. John is an expert in design and boutique hotels and a certified specialist in gay/LGBT and luxury travel. Having visited over 95 countries, he has deep knowledge of Europe, Argentina, Costa Rica, Mexico, Southeast Asia, and Australia and New Zealand.

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Betty Jo L Currie

Founder, Currie & Co. Travels Unlimited
Atlanta, GA
404.254.5677  ·  Email Betty Jo

When Betty Jo entered the travel business 20 years ago, her desire was to identify the most exotic locales in the world—and help people reach them. Since then, the founder of Currie & Co. Travels Unlimited, often mentioned as the “place to go” for luxury and exotic travel, has roamed the world in search of breathtaking destinations.


Shelby Donley

President, Camelback Odyssey Travel
Phoenix, AZ
602.266.4000  ·  Email Shelby

In 2008, after a career in marketing, Shelby embraced her lifelong passion for travel and purchased Camelback Odyssey Travel (a Virtuoso member). She focuses on hotels and non-traditional tour experiences; often she will shape city experiences around restaurants, bike riding, and local nightlife. Learn more about Shelby’s travel style and specialties.


Kate Doty

Managing Director of Premier Access, Geographic Expeditions
San Francisco, CA
800.777.8183  ·  Email Kate

Kate has been crafting extraordinary journeys for more than two decades, tailoring each to meet a traveler’s dreams. These efforts have included arranging a private audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and private New Year’s Eve celebrations at the Giza Pyramid. She spearheaded the launch of GeoEx’s offerings in Africa and Southeast Asia and coordinates research expeditions in remote and challenging areas for Disney and Pixar. Learn more about Kate Doty’s travel style.


Cari Gray

CEO and Owner, Gray & Co.
Toronto, Ontario
416.998.4082  ·  Email Cari

Cari accompanied her parents on overseas work assignments and later became an insatiable explorer in her own right. After 15 years with luxury operator Butterfield & Robinson, she launched Gray & Co. in 2008 and continues to craft active journeys for discerning travelers. Gray & Co. supports sustainable practices and is a member of the Adventure Travel Trade Association.


Michael Holtz

Owner/CEO, SmartFlyer
New York, NY
212.269.9088  ·  Email Michael

Michael’s curiosity sends him in search of the best the world has to offer. He founded SmartFlyer more than 20 years ago after graduating from Washington University in St. Louis. Michael designs unique, once-in-a-lifetime itineraries and knows the best ways to issue First/Business Class tickets for his clients. Michael sits on both the Starwood and Park Hyatt Advisory Boards.

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William Kiburz

VP, Coronet Travel Ltd
Saint Louis, MO
314.721.1170  ·  Email Will

Will began his travel career at age 16, escorting groups for Coronet Travel, an agency started by his mother in 1977. Will and his brother, Jack, have led the company since 2000, and they cater to high-end independent leisure travelers. Will treats all of Coronet’s clients like family; some relationships are now in their third generation.

Lauren Maggard

Lauren Maggard

Consultant, Jet Set World Travel
Asheville, NC
312.574.1186  ·  Email Lauren

Lauren received a master’s degree in contemporary art and worked at an auction house before pursuing a career in travel. Now, with two young children of her own, Lauren focuses on family travel, developing unique itineraries for destinations, whether close to home or far flung.

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Judy Perl

President, Judy Perl Worldwide Travel
New York, NY
212.979.7400  ·  Email Judy

A 30-year industry veteran, Judy has built a reputation for expertise in luxury bespoke travel. She’s coordinated safaris for multi-generational family reunions, round-the-world journeys, destination weddings, spa retreats, and more. Factor in her past work experience at luxury cruise lines, and she’s well suited to personalize a wide range of travel experiences.


Kristen Korey Pike

Founder/CEO, KK Travels Worldwide
Atlanta, GA
404.458.6800 ·  Email Kristen

Growing up overseas gave Kristen insight into other cultures. She loves sharing that knowledge and creating meaningful journeys for her clients—the type who don’t just want to tour a vineyard but also have lunch with the owners. Kristen has been acknowledged for her expertise in destination weddings and honeymoons.