Biography

From my earliest memories I’ve had what I refer to as “what’s-over-there syndrome”. My curiosity for places near and far is an inherent part of my being. I’ve always been hungry to see and experience everything and every place. While studying in Boston I had a large circle of international friends, and from there life took me to Istanbul where I lived full-time for 22 years and currently split time between there, a home in Hudson, NY and traveling.

I have a nose for seeking out yet-to-be-known places, hotels, artisans, shops, restaurants, and experiences authentic to their place, even in already-known and explored locals I like to find what is new and loved by locals. My happiest place is immersing myself in the unique flavor of a location and being a traveler instead of a tourist as is sometimes said.

Having spent the better part of my life living abroad and still having one foot in Istanbul, it is my pleasure to draw on my knowledge and experience to craft getaways for my clients that are authentic and wellsuited to their individual tastes and desires.

A homebase in Istanbul and fluency in Turkish has given me an in-depth and inside knowledge of and access to the country. While having the Mediterranean as my back yard has allowed me to gain intimate and first-hand expertise of the region.

In addition to planning travel for clients I am the founder and designer behind a line of women’s resort wear named Ichiche where I design easy, elegant pieces I want to always have in my suitcase that are then handmade in a village in Turkey by my lead seamstress and her helpers.

My personal pursuits include exploring the world and new places, staying fit through yoga, pilates, and getting outdoors on hikes and runs; spending time with my husband and friends; feeding my creative side and love of making things with my hands by working with natural dyes and doing macrame; and advocating and caring for the street animals in Istanbul where we have our own small cat rescue.

Favorite Travel Quote

“I am not the same having seen the moon shine from the other side of the world.”
— Mary Anne Radmacher

Staycation Ideas

The Hudson Valley & Western MA have no shortage of things to do from charming small towns to spectacular hikes. One of my favorites is hiking Gertrude’s Nose in Minnewaska State Park and then going for pizza & pasta at Westwind Orchards in Accord, NY. It’s a 6- to 7-hour loop with spectacular scenery so you really work up an appetite! Alternatively, I love exploring the small towns of the region and visiting the independent shops, then stopping at the end of the afternoon for a glass of wine at a local outdoor café. Kingston, NY is the big town in the region and has fun neighborhoods to explore, and I also always enjoy my hometown of Hudson, NY or a jaunt to Great Barrington, MA.

Areas of Expertise

  • Istanbul & Turkey
  • The Greek Islands
  • The Mediterranean
  • St. Barths
  • New and Up-and-Coming Destinations & Hotels
  • Authentic Experiences
  • Shopping Destinations

When Traveling I Never Leave Home Without

Pieces from the line of clothing I design, Ichiche & a hat + a sleep mask & my own small blanket.

Favorite Travel Destination(s)

Anywhere and everywhere, but for relaxation and warm weather I adore the Greek Islands in Summer/Fall or St. Barths in Winter, I’m crazy about Copenhagen and feel I must have been Danish in another life, and I LOVE to go anywhere that is a little off the beaten path where I will find only mostly local people.

Dream Trip I Can’t Wait To Take

Australia, particularly Uluru; Beirut; Ethiopia; Uzbekistan; Horse Riding Across Mongolia.

Most Memorable Meal Eaten While Traveling

I’ve had the opportunity to eat twice at NOMA, interesting and exceptional both times; street food in Turkey (you just have to know where is safe); the farm-to-table food at Od in Urla, Turkey; simple fish and fresh tapas anywhere on the Mediterranean; Pisco Sours in Santiago, Chile; the authentic Mexican food I found in and around San Miguel de Allende, Mexico 20 years ago when it was still an unknown destination; and anything made by our cook at home in Istanbul, she’s an excellent self-taught chef.

Countries Visited

27