Read a magazine interview about how I turned my childhood love of travel into a career here or See my feature in Virtuoso Traveler magazine here.
As a toddler, I camped with my family in the Boundary Waters Wilderness. When I was six years old, my family left Minnesota in a Volkswagen pop-top camper and drove through Central America all the way to Argentina and Brazil. And then all over Europe and Africa. We were gone a year and a half!
In 2006 through 2007, my husband and I, with our two young children, traveled for a year all over Europe. We took the kids out of school and toured 22 countries. Recently I've turned the corner on seeing 70 countries.
I've gone to cooking school in Rome and Provence, swum with the sharks and rays in Tahiti, explored the ruins of Machu Picchu, and confronted the Oracle at Delphi.
My experience running a successful design business, combined with my Communications degree from Northwestern (with a concentration in the Medill School of Journalism), makes me a natural in my ability to assess my client's specific wishes and needs and craft a desirable itinerary.
“Travel, I think, should be more than just seeing new places. It should be an education, it should be exhilarating, and it should be unforgettable.”
In the summer of 2019, my daughter, Abigail, joined me. Together, we provide customized, world class, and thoughtful travel services to our clients, imparting on them the comfort to travel confidently and the inspiration to see the world through travel experiences that create special life memories.
We combine our creativity, inquisitive nature, common sense, and lifelong love of travel with your vision of an unforgettable trip, and you will be on your way to collecting memories.
My love of travel began when I was eight years old: my parents and grandparents took us to France for a month. Five years later, we embarked on a year-long journey to explore all of western Europe. Travel--history, gastronomy, wine, art, architecture, family--became my world. Read about how travel changed my life as a child here.
In college, I dedicated my time to studying English Literature and French with an emphasis on food and wine history and writing. I studied abroad in Aix-en-Provence, and my love for food and wine pairing blossomed; I studied abroad again a year later, in Burgundy, to study Pinot Noir.
After I graduated, I continued my wine education through the Wine and Spirit Education Trust to get my level III award in wines and spirits. My career also took me into the Oregon Wine Industry; I worked with and provided clients with luxury wine tasting experiences for four years. The only thing missing in my life was travel.
When the opportunity to join my mother at Kristen Meckem Travel presented itself, I immediately knew I had found a spectacular avenue to incorporate my passion for wine and my love for travel into a career where I get to help craft unique and unforgettable travel memories for others, and I am ecstatic to bring my knowledge of wine to the luxury travel industry.
Abigail was featured in a Brownell article here