Think of our experts as travel’s answer to haute couture fashion designers. They’re polyglots with decades of experience, who combine their deep local knowledge with an immense passion for immersion—and they’d love to custom design something astounding for you.
Africa & Asia Pacific
Brad Crockett. At 17, Brad’s travel bug (no doubt instilled by his grandmother who travelled the world as a missionary) sent him to visit every nook and cranny of Europe: Portugal, Hungary, Romania, Turkey…the list goes on! As B&R’s Director of Expedition trips, Brad Crockett keeps his finger on the pulse of the world while planning amazing experiences in Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America.
Jonathan Lansdell. John has always been creative when it comes to travel itineraries. When he won a travel grant at the age of 16 to research the wines of the Medoc region, he spent a month hitchhiking throughout France with a friend. These days he researches trips in North and Latin America. The latest stamp on his passport? Bermuda, where he had the hardship of experiencing the America’s Cup sailing competition.
France & Western Europe
Kathy Stewart. With parents in the Foreign Service, travel has been a fundamental part of Kathy’s life from the start—by age 18, she’d already been to more than 30 countries. Since joining B&R in 1994 Kathy has sold, designed and guided trips all over the world. As a Regional Director she now channels her abundant energy and expertise into overseeing the design of trips throughout France & Western Europe for B&R.
Italy, Central & Eastern Europe
Christopher Mark. Chris has been part of the B&R family since the days of student biking, and in 1989 he completed the gruelling one-day ride from Paris to London. A little less crazy after all these years, Chris now limits his single-day rides to a daily commute to our beloved Toronto office, where he oversees the planning of all of our trips in Italy and Central & Eastern Europe.
Meet The World's Best Travel Experts
No matter where in the world you're dreaming of, we have B&R personnel on the ground ready to make it happen. Let our Trip Designers build you the experience of a lifetime.
Our Travel Advisors are here to help choose the B&R trip that’s right for you! Their regional expertise, insider recommendations, and planning prowess mean you’ll spend less time Googling and get straight to packing.
Laura Benn | Sales Manager
After completing a bachelor of arts with a major in law, Laura decided (like many B&R employees) to take the slow road with us rather than choosing billable hours. Travel is in her blood: her aunt owns a travel agency, and, as a sixteenth birthday present, gifted her a trip to Italy. Since then, Laura has made her way to Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, and is practically a New York City resident, although Toronto remains home sweet home.
Mark Harris | Travel Advisor
Mark was led to B&R after realizing he could turn organizing trips for friends into a career. His love of adventure began with family vacations and evolved into backpacking in Europe, while his love of music has taken him across Canada; an accomplished composer, his music has been performed across the country. His current quest is to find the best ice cream recipe if not in his own kitchen, then somewhere else in the world.
Gabriella Brundu | Travel Advisor
As one of our Italian experts, Gabriella insists that the best way to get to know a region is to run through it, so it’s no surprise that she’s run marathons all over Europe. Before joining B&R, Gabriella planted two feet in Asia, Africa and spent seven years in Norway, where she ran the world’s northernmost race, the Midnight Sun Marathon. Stemming from her Sardinian roots, her intense passion for active travel is fueled by a curiosity to experience new cultures, and help others find their footing abroad.
Tim Bean | Travel Advisor
We knew Tim was right for B&R when we heard about his Francophile tendencies and love of travel. It all started at the age of 16, when he spent a three-month high school exchange in France, followed by a work-study semester in Singapore during university. When he isn’t helping you choose your next B&R adventure, you’ll find Tim checking out comedy clubs and new craft beers, cottaging in Georgian Bay, or working on his handicap during golf season.
Manuela Novak | Travel Advisor
Travel Advisor Manuela grew up in Croatia, which means she possesses a lifelong love of sport (especially during the World Cup), music, festivals, and the seaside—just ask, and she’ll wax poetic about cycling the Istrian coastline. From studying in Austria, working in Germany, starting a youth sporting foundation and organizing conferences and festivals, we’re glad that this globetrotter has found a home at B&R.