Karen Brown is a native Floridian currently living in Orlando. She has a passion for shopping but more specifically, "Shopping Under Tents!" Finding hidden treasures and bargaining at flea-markets, bazaars and souks! She is always on the search for locally sourced, hand made and unique artisan goods and experiences for her Art In Voyage guests.
She has worked in corporate entertainment and had an extensive career in travel/tourism/hospitality at the Seminole County Convention & Visitors Bureau, often working with other CVB's around the state and in the US as well as a long time partnership with Visit Florida the official tourism office of the State of Florida.
For many years Karen wrote a column for an LGBTQ magazine, called Straight Girl in a Gay World. She has also done (and continues to do) extensive charity fund raising work for the LGBTQ community in Central Florida.
Her Top 3 destinations:
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Mostly to visit family in North Carolina and places like Key West and Naples, Florida. Lots of beach!
I was 25 and went to Paris with two friends. A stunning introduction to Europe. I highly recommend this as a first trip! And...the flea-markets floored me.
As a small child I listened to my grandparents tell stories of their many trips and I knew I wanted to have those experiences as well. They really LIVED and I wanted that for me!
Bring a European Plug - USB charger, bring your own washcloth and if you don't act like a rude loud American you aren't treated like a rude, loud American.
London, Assisi and Marrakech
Assisi - visiting the tombs of St. Francis and St. Claire and learning about their relationship and how he lived his life. I find this story to be very inspirational.
I find that if you just act like you know what you're doing even if you don't, it goes much better...
Hong Kong! because I've never been!
Marrakech was a totally new experience. One of the most ALIVE places I've ever visited.
Shop under tents, thrifting and estate sales
I prefer the speed of the plane but the luxury of first class on a train is my favorite.
I began in the tourism industry after college and travelled in the US for my job. I was hooked and it grew from there.
Elvira -Mistress of the Dark (She's a personal hero); Liberace, Jane Fonda, Ginger Minj and Darcel Stevens
My own bed!
Don't drink it but I do enjoy Italian cappuccinos
Cell Phone Camera! Mostly too busy shopping to take pics!