Christina Middleton

San Francisco
4 Years of experience

With a polished attention-to-detail combined with a discerning style and love for all things luxury, Christina specializes in designing high-end travel experiences in unique corners of the globe.

Prior to pursuing her passion for travel full time, Christina spent ten years in corporate technology while constantly traveling the world, seeking the best destinations. She knows first-hand that time and energy spent planning travel can be overwhelming; she believes that her clients’ valuable time should be spent de-stressing from their daily demands and looking forward to that blissful getaway they’ve been dreaming about versus spending countless hours planning it. Christina’s personal style is luxurious and sophisticated, contributing to her philosophy that like a personal stylist, designing luxury travel is unique to every client and is so much more than replicating an itinerary. She is passionate about providing her clients an exclusive, highly-customized view of the world, opening their minds and hearts to new experiences, cultures, and encouraging that magical sense of connectedness to new places, societies, and communities.

Whether it be a luxury safari in the Masai Mara followed by a private island retreat in Seychelles, gorilla trekking in Rwanda or Uganda, a seductive coastal escape to Italy’s glamorous Amalfi Coast, an immersive sensory experience through India’s colorful sights, or simply a long-weekend getaway in wine country, she spends the time to get to know clients personally so that she can design the perfect, one-of-a-kind experiences. An East Coast native, Christina studied abroad in Southern Europe and later moved to London, where she took every opportunity to explore the best cities, towns, and countrysides that Europe has to offer. When she is not traveling to seek out new, exotic destinations she calls beautiful San Francisco, California home.

What is your most memorable travel experience?

Taking off from the dirt airstrip in Kenya with tears rolling down my face as I saw the vast Mara down below, knowing immediately something inside of me had forever changed. I didn’t quite know what, but I knew I needed to return as soon as possible. As cliché as it may be, it was an experience that I hope everyone has the opportunity to have at least once in their lifetime. The locals inviting us into their home and educating us on their beautiful way of life, their appreciation for their community, their family and their animals. The simplicity, the peacefulness. Watching wildlife in its natural habitat. Though there are no words to describe what it’s like to be in the bush, I learned more and smiled more in five days than I could have ever imagined in my wildest dreams. That, in its own, is an experience I’ll never forget.

What inspired you to become a travel agent?

The two things that make me happiest in life are travel and helping others. I am a huge believer that we learn more by traveling than we can in any history book or news outlet and, above all else, that travel allows us to reinvent ourselves. It has the ability to expand our minds and challenge us in ways we never realized possible. Travel is a gift and, to me, being able to share this gift with others and have a hand in creating their lifelong memories is the most rewarding career imaginable.

Travel Tip

  • I always try to talk to people whenever I’m in a new destination and ask them what brought them here. Whether they are also visiting or have grown up a local, I’ve met some of the most interesting people with incredible stories in some of the most far-flung corners of the world – some of whom are now lifelong friends. These spontaneous conversations can create room for surprises and the unplanned - you never know where they may take you