We’re obsessed with travel. Not the kind of travel you pick out of a brochure, but travel that changes you, gives you goose bumps, and sticks you in places you never imagined you’d be, doing stuff you never thought you’d do.
We believe travel should always be unexpected, unique, soulful, mind-blowing. What exactly that Your trip? Could feature world-class golf courses, deserted beaches, elegant wine tasting or madhouse Carnival debauchery. There might be champagne, espresso or shots of rakí. Could be motorcycles, sandals or hang gliders; llamas, camels, or elephants; bikinis, professors or pygmies.
The one thing your trip will never, ever be is boring.
Our Guiding Tenets
We believe travel should be fun, different, engaging and relevant. Sound a little serious? Let us explain.
That’s a bit of an understatement, actually. We love travel because it can make you feel good in a way you never do at home. The rush of discovery, the excitement of the unknown, the easygoing bliss of knowing you don’t have to do anything except exactly what you feel like. With a hefty dose of unbridled laughter thrown in at regular intervals.
Anyone can go on a “vacation.” (Go talk to someone wearing a headset.) To us, travelling is an adventure. It’s unusual, personal, one-of-a-kind experiences, ones you’ll tell stories about for years. It’s trying stuff you never imagined, in places the headset-wearing ladies have never even heard of.
It’s beyond us why people go so far to see a culture through a window. We know the most memorable travel experiences come when you roll up your sleeves and involve yourself, whether that means getting in the kitchen, dancing till dawn at a village festival, or just hanging out where only the locals know to go.
We think travel should be meaningful beyond “I just want to get away.” Context is critical. We always ask, “Why am I here? Why is it important?” Every place visited should have a reason, one we remember long after we’ve left.
Why would you want Travel Impresarios to plan your trip of a lifetime?
We know our stuff. We’ve spent more than fifteen years in the luxury travel business concentrating on unique, authentic experiences. If we haven’t already been there and done that, we know someone who has.
You can’t buy connections. (Don’t worry, you can borrow ours.) We work with countless friends, colleagues, and contacts around the world who share our vision in how travel should be experienced.
We look at travel differently—as something you do, not something you see. We don’t follow others; we look for our own unique approach. Yes, we know it’s more work that way, but it’s always worth it.
Our many years of experience exploring the world and our industry affiliations often allow us to access additional value that our travelers could not on their own.
After a warm-up in equities trading, a foray into international sports coverage and a year in Provence working at a Relais & Chateaux, Chris joined Butterfield & Robinson, the world's premier active travel company. During his 10 years as a senior executive at B&R, Chris learned from the best in the industry and quickly became an impassioned advocate for the rights of the traveler: to be inspired, to be challenged, and to be utterly pampered every day, all day.
Lisbon, Marrakech & Paris - November 2012
- Two days of golf in Lisbon, including Penha Longa, the Rita Carlton property.
Whistling Straits - May '12 - Stayed at The American Club for two nights, played all four golf courses; Meadow Valley, River, Irish and Straits. On our way home, we played Erin Hills, home of the US Open in 2017.
South Carolina - March '12 - Family Holiday at DeBordieu. Played golf at True Blue, Caledonia and DeBordieu
Cannes, France - Dec '11 - Four day Conference, ILTM or International Luxury Travel Market.
Marrakech - Nov '11 - Four day conference, PURE Life Experiences, stayed at the new Four Seasons in Marrakech.
London - Nov '11 - Two pre-trip before PURE Life Experiences in MarrakechPlayed Walton Heath (Old) and Royal St Georges. Stayed at The Savoy
Ireland - Oct '11 - Planned and led a golf trip of leaders in the Canadian Travel Industry. Hotels visited in Dublin; The Merrion, The Dylan, Four Seasons and The Morrison.
Golfed at The Island, Carton House (Monty), Waterville, Ballybunion (Old), Doonbeg and my favourite, Lahinch.
Stayed at Killarney Park Hotel and Doonbeg
Prince Edward Island - July '11, researched golf on the island, then returned to Toronto via Quebec City and Montreal
Scotland - April '11, research that included 7 rounds of the worlds' best golf, see blog for details
Japan - January '11, travel conference and research that included a stays at Toyko's top hotels and an authentic visit to Kyoto
Morocco - November '10, travel conference, camels and desert camping
Utah - November '10, leading a trip mountain biking in Moab
Cuba - October '10, four day research trip to Havana, replete with mojitos, salsa and cigars