Condé Nast Traveler Names B&R Trip Designers As Top Travel Specialists

2016-specialists-logoAt B&R we’ve been saying for years that our talented Trip Designers are the very best in the world at what they do.

But we have to admit: it feels way better to hear someone else say it!

That’s why we were thrilled to learn that two of our experts have been named Top Travel Specialists by no less an authority than Condé Nast Traveler magazine.

Nathan Lane

Top Travel Specialist, Vietnam

nate-new-headshot-427Joining Tyler as a Top Travel Specialist for the first time this year is B&R’s Nathan Lane, who CN Traveler has recognized for his 12 years of experience creating incredible adventures in Vietnam.

Nathan started guiding with B&R in 2001 and has come a long way since we found him leading tours of the Colosseum in Rome – both literally and figuratively. He quickly made the leap from Italy to Asia, where he has spent the past decade immersing himself in Vietnam and its neighbours in the continent’s Southeast.

His timing couldn’t have been better. Vietnam has changed more rapidly than perhaps any other destination in B&R’s portfolio over the past decade, and Nathan has kept his finger on the country’s pulse throughout.

“I’ve spent the last 12 years evolving with the changing landscape of tourism in Vietnam,” he explains. “This means I am dialed-in on the scene, so that when a new and hip hotel opens, the General Manager usually already knows me and emails me directly to explain the new property and its differences.”

Contact Nathan

Email Nathan to start planning a Vietnam adventure of your own. (And yes, he knows he shares a name with someone famous – we tease him about it all the time.)

Tyler Dillon

Top Travel Specialist, Myanmar

Tyler was named a Top Travel Specialist for the third time by CN Traveler, and deservedly so.

His decade of experience travelling, guiding and building relationships in a country which, until just a few years ago, was almost completely inaccessible to the outside world allows him to craft utterly unique and completely immersive journeys in Myanmar.

In addition to life-changing Bespoke adventures that literally bring tears of joy into the eyes of his travellers – a standard day’s work for a Trip Designer – Tyler has recently expanded his portfolio of adventures to include what he calls his “outdoor collection.”

“The idea is completely stolen from pop-up shops, and I suppose it could be called ‘pop-up travel,'” he says.

“These trips use ‘pop-up’ hotels that I set up, bringing in our own beds, linens, couture sundries from Paris and London, and full staff.  It isn’t Airbnb; more so, it’s staying in villages that have simple structures and, using my connections, getting people to let us use their homes for a night or two while hiking through a remote, ‘un-Googleable’ region.”

For Trip Designers like Nathan and Tyler, there’s really no better indicator of expertise than when people on the ground are picking up the phone to call you, rather than vice versa.

But being honoured as Top Travel Specialists by Condé Nast Traveler sure comes close.

Congratulations Tyler and Nathan!


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