Jesse Knight

Director, Premier Access

Jesse truly fell in love with travel on a college summer program through Southern Africa: “We camped in national parks, slept in huts in small villages, saw landmines and their victims, hiked up mountains, and canoed down the hippo-filled Zambezi," he remembers. "I went scuba diving for the first time and discovered how amazing birds are. It was magic.”

To him, travel is the greatest education on earth, allowing us to see the world with our own eyes and build more informed opinions. And he is clearly keen to learn: so far he's explored more than 55 countries. He's met indigenous people in the Amazon, savored Michelin-starred cuisine in Colombia and Japan, and hiked trails in Peru and the Himalaya. His favorite nature-based trips have taken him horseback riding through Patagonia's stunning mountains, spotting leopards in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, and flying over herds of buffalo and elephants on a helicopter safari in Mozambique, but cultural experiences also rank high, like the voodoo ceremonies he witnessed in West Africa, and the lovely interactions he had with the hospitable people of Syria.

When it comes to planning journeys for GeoEx travelers, Jesse strives to create unique experiences. "I love when travelers come back excited about their adventure and raving about unexpected moments, such as a surprise bush dinner under the star-lit African sky, or a spontaneous roadside stop at a village market, or warm and open-hearted conversations in a place like Iran that shows the kindness of the people. These moments are the ones that often bestow learnings and create lasting memories."

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