Hill Barrett first began as a travel business in up-country Kenya in the 1950's selling steamship passages to Europe. It operated a remote tourist lodge on Lake Turkana's western shores which became a dream destination for travelers seeking an uncharted experience. The company merged with Ivory Safaris, and Hill Barrett converted Ivory Safaris from a hunting enterprise to a wildlife photography safari company, supporting anti-poaching and anti-hunting initiatives. The company both welcomed safari travelers into East Africa as well as arranging trips outbound for Kenyans to explore worldwide. In 1998, Hill Barrett moved to the Seattle area and has been handling custom designed trips for a select set of clients ever since.
Lead Travel Designer
Having lived in Europe in my youth and raising my family in East Africa, nothing brings me greater joy than creating customized travels for my clients. I craft luxury journeys which are enhanced by an exceptional and unrelenting level of service and attention. My reach into all corners of this world is aided by personal contacts established on my own travels through all 7 continents.
Years in Travel: 38
Accolades: Classic Vacations Star Performer 2005-2020, Abercrombie & Kent 100 Club, Signature Travel Expert for Africa, Anatomie® Pacific Northwest Escape Artist
Favorite Moments: Waking up in a safari tent to the sounds of a lion's roar; celebrating a birthday dinner in the Rajastani desert; hiking the Via Amorosa in Italy's Cinque Terre; climbing Mt. Kenya; taking a zodiac ride during a snowfall in Antarctica.
Specialties: Bespoke luxury travel worldwide
Luxury Travel Designer, CTA
An adventurer at heart, I love to explore -whether it's the African Savannah, highlights of Paris, or tasting my way through Bangkok. My passion for discovery allows me to experience wonderful cultures, find the unique places, and uncover hidden gems. I am constantly traveling to offer first-hand experience to highlight my travelers' trips and enhance my connection to the world.
Years in Travel: 18
Accolades: Travel Agent Magazine's 2014 "Top 30 Under 30"; Classic Vacations Star Performer 2012-2020
Signature Travel Expert for Hawaiian Islands & East Africa
Favorite Places: It's too hard to choose just one, but a few fave's are Kenya, Italy, Paris, Fiji, Tahiti (really anywhere with a fantastic beach and sun!) Plus there's still so many places to get to!
Specialties: Italy, France, Spain, UK & Ireland, anything wine related, East Africa Safaris, Sun & Sand - beach destinations: Hawaii, Tahiti, Fiji, Caribbean, Mexico and Maldives; Costa Rica, Australia, New Zealand and Expedition Cruises
My personalized travel planning experience includes Safari logistics in East Africa: safari guides, safari vehicle fleet management, guiding, cultural and expedition tours in Africa, Tourist Lodge Management as well as Custom Travel planning in Central/South America and Eastern/Southern Africa, Mega-Yacht & High Net-Worth client travel staging.
Years in Travel: 38
Specialties: Mega yacht arrangements, Marquis trip itinerary preparations
Signature Travel Network
Four Seasons Preferred Partner
Abercrombie & Kent 100 Club
Adventure Travel Conservation Fund