Rachel and Claudio: Rachel is 41, and originally from the UK, while Claudio is 44 and from Italy. Currently, we live in the Netherlands and lead a busy family with 3 kids. We like to travel simple with style. Our best vacation is an all-inclusive resort near a beach with a fruity drink by our side. We like lots of activities available for the kids, so they do not have to figure out how to entertain them. We are also avid golfers, who like to be able to have some alone time, so golf and other adult activities, like nice restaurants and a relaxing spa at the resort are important.
My name is Claire, and I am 36 years old, a French native living in Switzerland. I revel in finding unique places to stay. I often travel with my four-legged friend Nugget, so I also look for pet–friendly hotels. Small, boutique hotels with charm, especially with interesting design or history are my favorite. Also, I am always a pushover for a great breakfast, and for hoteliers that like to connect directly with their guests. My favorite memories are in Brugge, Belgium, Split, Croatia and Phuket, Thailand.
Megan: 27, I am a single, university graduate, professional woman. I will travel at the drop of a hat and I can often be caught coordinating trips with my friends. I like funky, inexpensive hotels that welcome young travelers, but it is still important that the have more than just character. The necessities are a great neighborhood, free breakfast and wifi, and a nice gym. City trips, beaches, mountains, ski resorts. I always have my bags ready and I would never turn down a road trip to Sun Valley, Idaho or a trip to Tuscany.
I am Simon, 46 years old, from the UK. I have been a road warrior for much of my career visiting more than 50 countries. After years staying in big box business hotels set up by my corporate travel department, I am now an independent consultant free to choose where I want to stay. I look for stylish, unique business hotels that connect me to the local area with good walking and jogging options, easy access to transportation, and great restaurants nearby.
Hello. My name is Ted, and I am a 52-year-old American, married with two boys. I have been in the travel industry for 25+ years with extensive travel throughout the Americas, the EU and parts of Asia. I am as excited by a trip to one of the great cities of the world, as I am to find a resort that transports you completely away from the daily grind and connects you to yourself, your family and the world. With active boys, we love skiing, golf, and time at the beach. I have too many favorites to list, but among them are Costa Rica, Seattle, Lisbon, Budapest, and the Berner Oberland.
Paul and Sarah: We are both 33 years old, and we are a young professional married couple with no kids. We both have a passion for architecture and design, as well as food and wine. Finding travel gems off the beaten path, with a local vibe is one of favorite travel goals. We also love to find historically interesting, overlooked and less traveled areas. Always thinking of our next holiday, whether it be Japan or Australia, we want to see it all. Our favorite all time visit was Montenegro for the beautiful nature, wonderful people and great wine.
Jill: 51, I am an American expat and frequent traveler. I am married with two active boys and an awesome dog. I love luxury hotels with character and good service, but they must also be family friendly and have events for the kids. Foodies at heart, my husband and I seek out the best local restaurants, so a hotel with local favorites nearby is important. In the USA, my favorite spots are Carmel, California and Maui, Hawaii. However, my favorite all time city will always be London, where I never miss a trip to Harrod’s food halls.
Nick and Maggie, 31 and 30. We are both college graduates, and engaged to be married. We love to travel to the great outdoors, and we are active river-rafters, mountain bikers, hikers and snow boarders. We often camp or find rustics cabins, but hotels are also an important part of our trips. We look for clean budget hotels with easy access to the main attraction of our trip. Sometimes we also take urban adventures, where we like to find cool, romantic hotels that do not break the bank