“We help people get under the skin of a destination.”

Corinne Goodman

A member at The Metropolitan, Chicago, since 2008

BY KATE WAHNSCHAFFE / PHOTO BY BOB STEFCO — Winter 2018

Who she is: Grew up in rural Australia, where her father was a sheepshearer, then in 1996 moved to Chicago and two years later founded the travel company Down Under Endeavours. “I wanted people to see Australia through the eyes of a local.”

Bespoke experiences: The company provides customized trips to Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific tailored to travelers’ personal goals. “We treat all of our clients like family. We get to know them well enough to make a trip that is exactly what they want.”

More to explore: In 2016, she launched an offshoot company, Africa Endeavours, staffed with specialists in South and East Africa travel. “The first time I went to South Africa, I felt the same tingle or vibe I had when I’d been home to Australia. People need to experience it.”

Travel advice: “Always have a trip on the radar. It doesn’t have to be soon. It could be in six months or two years. But look forward to a break from the hectic lifestyle we all live.”

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