Fun | Adventurous | Authentic
Abby’s love of travel started after she graduated from the University of Iowa and moved to California in search of adventure. While in California, she discovered a passion for the yachting industry, where she spent six years traveling the world by sea, covering over 20,000 nautical miles in the process. While living aboard as Chief Stewardess, Abby not only provided her guests with the highest level of service and hospitality but cut her teeth planning and executing adventurous itineraries. From Belize, Panama, Mexico, and Costa Rica to the inland waterways and passages of the Pacific Northwest, she created intricate itineraries to some of the more remote and “off the beaten path” marine destinations of the Americas.
She now channels her love of exceptional hospitality and her passion for exploration into helping others discover their adventurous spirit. Abby’s interest in Africa was piqued when she met her husband, a Cape Town native, and she has been enamored with Africa’s beautiful diversity and distinctive cultures ever since.
Abby prefers longer adventures that allow her to immerse herself as much as possible in new environments, explore local cultures, and find time to see the natural wonders. When not traveling, she enjoys sampling new wines, watching rugby, and enjoying the great outdoors at home in Iowa with her husband Blaine, daughter Esme, and dog Ringo.
My Greatest Adventure
Hiking and road-tripping through Patagonia. After completing the “O” Trek in Torres del Paine, my husband and I spent three weeks driving through the lesser-visited parts of the Andes, from Puerto Natales to Temuco. Along the way, we stopped in El Calafate and El Chalten to visit Perito Moreno Glacier and Mt. Fitz Roy. We also kayaked the marble caves at Puerto Rio Tranquilo. After that, we continued north through Coyhaique, Futaleufu, San Carlos de Bariloche, and Pucon. Patagonia has some of the most stunning wilderness I’ve ever seen. I loved feeling completely lost in the wild, almost off the map. Pairing that with the genuine warmth and hospitality of the people made for an absolutely unforgettable and impactful experience.
My Favorite Destinations
For me, I think my heart will always be in Argentina. The rugged wilderness of Argentine Patagonia seems as though it has been left completely untouched by the outside world. The gauchos (ranchers) that call this place home live much the same way they have for a hundred years. Time just seems to slow down when you’re here. The air is clear, cold, and crisp, but the fires are warm, and the local hospitality is even warmer. Buenos Aires is in a league all its own when it comes to nightlife, intrigue, and of course, the food! I could happily sit down for dinner at an Argentine parrilla with a glass of local Malbec just about every day of the week!