Meet Our Team
A recreational photographer and passionate food lover, Alex has been traveling since a young age. Also interested in giving back, she has been on volunteer trips to both India and Thailand. In addition, she is a lover of the outdoors and has spent an extended period of time hiking and skiing in Zermatt and most recently returned from gorilla trekking in Rwanda and Uganda. Alex graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Art History and has previously worked at the Metropolitan Museum, as well as in television advertising.
Memorable Meals: La Colombe, on the Constantia Utsig property in South Africa. Francis Mallmann’s Garzon near Jose Ignacio, Uruguay and Fjäderholmarna in Stockholm. In New York, I love Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills. I also had a fabulous meal at Chef César Ramirez’s Brooklyn Fare and one of my favorite dinning experiences to date at Joe Beef in Montreal.
Favorite Travel Book: Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts.
Favorite travel quote: "Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world." Scott Cameron
Recently visited: Peru, China, Hawaii, Sardinia, South Africa, Montana, Bahamas, Palm Beach, Costa Rica, Morocco, Zermatt, Rwanda, Argentina, Uruguay, Anguilla, Montreal, Chile, Cuba, Sweden and Copenhagen.
An art lover, Amelia Osborne was originally drawn to travel as a means to explore the world’s great museums. After growing up in Manhattan and Greenwich, Connecticut, she embraced her wayfaring spirit and went to college abroad, at Scotland’s University of St Andrews. While studying Art History and Ancient History, Amelia travelled extensively in Europe and developed a love of photography–both taking photos and collecting the works of others. After graduating college in 2005, Amelia did a post-graduate course at NYU and worked for Sotheby’s, a firm of art advisors and in an artist’s studio.
Prized Travel Moment: Getting additional pages inserted into passports
Most Remote Adventure: Trekking the Everest Base Camp Trail; Road-tripping through Eastern Europe in a Skoda with a radio stuck on a station playing only Shania Twain; Dog-sledding in International Falls, Minnesota
Favorite Hotels: Wentworth Mansion, Charleston, Hotel Sacher, Vienna, Four Seasons Sultanahmet, Hotel Borgo San Felice, Tuscany, Lapa Rios, Costa Rica. Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, Gasparilla Inn, Florida
Indagare’s Marketing Director, Barkley Hickox, was born and raised in Manhattan, but has also lived in Paris and speaks French. A passionate traveler (top of her wish list: South Africa and Thailand), Barkley also has favorites she will always return to. "Palm Beach for reuniting with friends and family, Cap Juluca for rest and relaxation on one of the world’s most pristine beaches, and Paris for the food, culture and shopping!"
Barkley graduated from Yale University with a BA in History and a minor in French Language & Literature. Prior to joining Indagare, she worked in investment banking.
Favorite Hotels & Resorts: Singita Lebombo in South Africa, La Residence in the Cape Winelands, UXUA Casa Hotel in Bahia, Hotel Le Bristol in Paris, Hotel Cipriani in Venice, Estancia Vik in Jose Ignacio, Upper House in Hong Kong, Como Shambhala Estate in Bali and Beverly Hills Hotel in LA.
Most Memorable Meal: La Fiorella in Pienza while on a whirlwind road trip through Tuscany.
Recently Visited: South Africa Anguilla, Paris, French Riviera, Jackson Hole, Montenegro, Croatia, Venice, Santa Barbara, LA, Amalfi Coast, Capri, Brazil, Buenos Aires, Uruguay, London, Milan, Turks & Caicos, St. Barths, Indonesia, Rome, Courchevel, India, Hong Kong, Peru, Istanbul and Tuscany.
Brooke Pearson Lavery
A passionate foodie and self-taught chef, Brooke Pearson grew up in Michigan and developed a passion for travel and exploration at a young age. In 2007, she made a dream come true by taking a one-year round-the-world adventure, which ultimately led to a new career in travel. Brooke has written extensively about her travels and culinary adventures; most recently she was a guest chef in Brooklyn’s cool Whisk & Ladle Supperclub. She has lived in Rome, Chicago and Bangkok, but plans on calling Manhattan home for years to come.
Most Memorable Meal: During a recent trip to Napa, I dropped in to Michael Keller’s Ad Hoc without a reservation and had a fabulous dinner. And there’s a terrible (but hilarious) Mexican restaurant in Chennai, India that has permanently marked my culinary memory.
Most Remote Adventure: Trekking to Annapurna base camp in Nepal
Favorite Travel Book: The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy and The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles
Cabell first experienced the thrill of the remote at age 14 when she accidentally spent a summer in rural Extremadura. She’s either been on the road or plotting her next adventure ever since.
Cabell graduated from Princeton University in 2007 with a degree in English in Comparative Contexts. During a summer internship in Peru’s Sacred Valley, she fell hopelessly in love with Latin America and decided to study Spanish language literature in graduate school. After finishing her M.A. at the University of Virginia, she moved to Buenos Aires, where she worked at a boutique travel company and, out of pure necessity, became an expert on eating everything except steak!
Favorite travel book: Final de novela en Patagonia by Mempo Giardinelli
Catie Harte’s sense of adventure was formed whilst traveling across Europe, Central America and Asia. As an undergraduate at Georgetown University, she studied abroad in Rome and volunteered on a medical and house-building missions in Guadalajara, Mexico and Quetzalotenango, Guatemala.
Memorable Meals: Li Qun Roast Duck Restaurant in Beijing, Naughty Nuri’s Warung in Bali, China Club in Hong Kong, Katina’s in Santorini a nameless restaurant on High Island accessible only by boat in the South China Sea.
Favorite Travel Memories: Riding a parade float as a member of the Krewe of Mid City in New Orleans for Mardi Gras, attending an Indian wedding in Phuket and cruising down the Li River in Guilin, China.
Eliza Scott Harris
Indagare’s COO, Eliza Scott Harris, has been with the company since it launched in 2007. Previously, she spent six years in the world of high-end travel magazines, as the managing editor of Town & Country Travel and the executive editor of Departures. She also worked at Garden Design and Random House. She graduated from Brown University in 1991. A serious foodie, Eliza has served as a judge for the James Beard Journalism Awards. She lives in Westchester with her husband and three sons.
Favorite hotels: Africa House at Royal Malewane in South Africa, The Point in the Adirondacks, Grand Hotel Timeo in Sicily, Twin Farms in Vermont, Palazzo Avino in Ravello. “I love boutique hotels that feel very personal, impart a strong sense of place and have a soul.”
Memorable meals: “For splash, I love Alinea, in Chicago, and Minibar (Jose Andreas) in Washington D.C. For sublime simplicity: freshly grilled fish and vegetables at Villa Sant’Andrea in Sicily. And for the quintessential neighborhood restaurant, I adore L’Affable in Cannes.”
Favorite travel book: West With the Night by Beryl Markham
Emma’s first journey across the Atlantic came in late 1990 during a bike tour through Tuscany (although her parents were not yet aware she was on the trip with them). Emma’s youth was shaped by a number of family vacations with her three sisters. In high school, her family moved to Sablet, France for a semester-long sabbatical, where she got a taste of the Provençal life. Emma graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2013 with a B.A. in History and minor in Classics, and her most memorable travels have in some way related to her studies—Pompeii came alive during a tour of the ancient ruins, and a school trip to Madrid brought her face-to-face with Picasso’s apocalyptic Guernica, prompting a focus on European history and more specifically, World War II, during college.
Most Interesting Travel Experience: Traveling back in time, literally: on a flight from New Zealand to San Francisco on New Years Eve, our plane sped through successive time zones, transporting us from 2006 to 2005 and back again, many times over.
Wildest Adventure: A two-week bike trip through New Zealand during the worst weather in 48 years.
Most Memorable Meal: A meal with my family at a goat farm in the French countryside. Simply-dressed salad, freshly-baked bread and a generous platter of creamy cheeses were the extent of the menu, which we happily washed down with a light Rosé. We’ve been trying to recreate the meal ever since, but without the resident goats milling between the tables, it’s just not the same.
Henley Holmes Vazquez, Indagare’s Senior Director, worked with the future Indagare team at Town & Country Travel. She has also written for National Geographic Traveler, In Style and Daily Candy. Although Henley is now settled with her husband and two children in New York City, she has also lived in Tokyo, Madrid and, most recently, Boston. Henley graduated from Princeton University with a degree in English and American Studies in 2001.
Favorite City for Exploring: Barcelona
Favorite Destination for Relaxing: Tulum
Favorite Travel Book: Istanbul by Orhan Pamuk
Favorite Restaurant in NYC: 11 Madison for a big night out, or Birreria for casual rooftop summer dinner
Born and raised on the tropical island of Cebu in the Philippines, Janine Yu is an island girl at heart. While much of her childhood was spent at the beach, she endeavored to travel as much as possible, covering most of Asia, crossing over the Pacific and eventually ending up in New York, where she’s lived since 2006. Before joining Indagare, Janine wrote for travel publications and worked for a luxury tour operator to Asia. Janine has a BA in Communication from Ateneo de Manila University and an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School.
Favorite Travel Memories: truffle hunting in Piemonte, getting engaged at Aman-i-Khas, cruising Halong Bay on a traditional junk, diving with dolphins overhead in Maui
John Cantrell grew up in Kentucky but has spent most of the years since—almost thirty—in New York City. A former magazine editor, he has visited some twenty-plus countries, but his wish list remains long: Marrakech, Congo, Cape Town, Prague, Budapest, St. Petersburg, Crete, Oman, Bhutan, Myanmar, New Guinea, New Zealand. He says, “Basically I’d like to head east and keep going.” Favorite city of all? “I love London. If I could check into Claridge’s and never leave, I’d be quite happy.”
Katie’s love for travel began at a young age with a trip to Lizard Island, Australia, and New Zealand. She was hooked. With a love of photography and exploration, Katie is always looking for the next great adventure. She loves the outdoors and is most happy when immersing herself in new experiences and cultures.
Best Adventures: Skydiving in Queenstown, driving the Great Ocean Road in Melbourne, sailing a trimaran through the Whitsunday Islands and stopping to go sand dune sledding on Frasier Island. Favorite Travel Quote: “We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again- to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.” -Pico Iyer
Born in Canada and raised right outside New York City by an American mother and Scottish father, Lizzie has always felt the desire to travel around the world. She’s especially interested in both adventure and literary-based trips: whether hiking in South Africa and Chile or reading Hemingway in the Parisian bars where he wrote. Lizzie graduated from the University of Virginia with a double BA in English and History.
Best Adventure: Hiking over the pass that separates Alaska from British Columbia on the Old Gold Trail through the Chilcotin Mountains.
Favorite Travel Memory: Having the grand niece of James Joyce quote the last page of Finnegan’s Wake next to a cityscape at the National Gallery of Dublin.
Favorite Travel Book: The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak, Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese and The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy.
Marley has always loved to travel and discover new things, even if it means a stay-cation in Manhattan, where she was born and raised. As a child, Marley’s parents refused to set foot anywhere near Disney and instead took Marley and her brother all over Europe. Highlights: their two-month residence in a Tuscan villa one summer and studying abroad in Cairo, Egypt. Marley has worked for National Geographic Traveler, Susan Magrino public relations agency and Jetsetter.
Dream Itinerary: Tracing the Moors’ Path to Where They Started. Fly into Madrid, taking time to re-visit museums and brush up on my Spanish, then driving down to Cordoba, with enough time to explore the town and Mosque. Next stop is Seville for some serious sit-down feasts at places like Taberna del Alabardero and then to Granada to get lost in the Alhambra and see examples of Moorish and Spanish culture colliding. After making the way down to Gibraltar, I would cross the straight by ferry and straddle the great divide between continents and cultures. I would spend time in Tangiers, Rabat, Casablanca and Marrakech.
Melissa Biggs Bradley
Before founding Indagare, CEO Melissa Biggs Bradley served as the travel editor at Town & Country and launched Town & Country Travel magazine in 2003. Under her editorship in 2006, the publication was nominated for a National Magazine Award for General Excellence by the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME). She has traveled to more than 100 countries, has favorite neighborhood restaurants and shops in cities on five continents and believes that travel broadens our vision and enlarges our soul. Though she doesn’t claim to have mastered jet-lag completely, it rarely slows her down, and she travels with her children, friends and Indagare members multiple times a year.
Communications director Monique Brendel grew up in New Jersey but spent summers in Europe with her family as a child. Before moving to New York, she lived in Miami for eight years where she worked in marketing and fashion. Recent best-loved trips? Traveling through the South of France in 2010 and her honeymoon in St. Barths in 2011. Next on her list: Bhutan, the Philippines, and Fernando de Noronha in Brazil.
Favorite Restaurant in NYC: Joseph Leonard for my weekly neighborhood fix; 11 Madison for a seasonal big night out; brunch at Back Forty on a sunny Sunday afternoon; the back table at Buvette for girls night.
Born and raised in New York, Nicole Martin has also lived in Los Angeles and Paris. Family holidays with her adventurous parents were spent exploring the souks of Marrakech, the pyramids of Giza and the game reserves of Botswana. She took travel plans into her own hands at age 18, when she crafted a two-month expedition through Europe for her and two friends. Ever since, she has been researching and designing trips. Nicole graduated from the University of Southern California in 2012 with a BA in Art History.
Favorite Travel Quote: “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller
Driven by a passion for adventure and foreign culture and language, Sasha Feldman’s yearning to see the world was realized at the age of 14. Whether in a luxury destination or immersing herself in an off-the-beaten-path culture, she approaches each experience with intense curiosity. A Florida native, Sasha feels most at home near the sea and in the sunshine, but her ‘must see’ list remains all-inclusive. Prior to joining Indagare, Sasha worked for a London-based advertising agency.
Favorite Travel Memory: Attending a sacrificial meal during a ritualistic Afro-Brazilian Condomble ceremony in Brazil paragliding from the Tram Summit in Jackson Hole (the largest vertical drop in the US!)
Favorite Travel Quote: “There are no foreign lands; it is the traveler only who is foreign”. – Robert Louis Stevenson
Indagare’s editorial director, Simone Girner, was born in Germany and raised in New York. Before joining the founding team of Indagare, she worked as an editor at Town & Country Travel where some of her favorite journeys included skiing in Cortina and a beachy sojourn in the Maldives. Prior to Town & Country Travel, Simone spent three years living in Paris, where she was a contributing editor for Departures and also frequently wrote for Vogue. Simone, who is fluent in German and French, received her BA in English and French from Vassar College in 1999. She lives in New York City but hopes to one day divide her time between the States and Europe.
Most Memorable Meals: A spicy Szechuan dinner at a hidden kitchen in Hong Kong. Lunch at local spot Jesse in Shanghai. A romantic fireside dinner at Winvian. Lunch with a view of the Coliseum at Aroma, in Rome.
Favorite Restaurant in NYC: 11 Madison for a big night out; Joseph Leonard for a neighborhood spot; River Deli, in Brooklyn, for a laid-back ambience; and the downtown Fatty Crab for Malaysian fusion cuisine.
Favorite Travel Book: Venice is a Fish (by Tiziano Scarpa); A Room with a View (by E.M. Forster); A Nervous Splendor (by Frederic Morton); and anything by Pico Iyer.
Tara Tunney is originally from Malibu, California, although she and her family moved to New York City when she was fourteen years old. Tara, who holds a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University and an Associate degree in management of Hotel Operations from the École Hôtelière de Lausanne, has lived in Buenos Aires, Lausanne and Paris. Top on her list of where to go next is Prague. Tara is fluent in French and Spanish.
Favorite City for Exploring: Paris
Favorite Summer Resort: St. Tropez
Favorite Travel Book: The Sun Also Rises
Favorite Restaurant in NYC: The Red Cat
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