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Amanda Blakley

Expertise

  • Fashionable family travel,
  • friend getaways,
  • milestone trips,
  • experiential luxury
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Advisor - Amanda Blakley

About

Vacationist, mom of two, constant tourist with an appetite for adventure. Part-time travel writer, full-time trip curator living the southern California dream in Malibu.

Home airports

BUR for regional and LAX for everything else.

My travel style

I love a unique adventure; I always keep a pulse on the destinations that go beyond Top 10 lists. I live for unique hotels and amazing hospitality, and I’m a firm believer that a good hotel should offer the ultimate experience in hospitality: a fine balance between feeling at home and like a treasured guest. I’m all about balance, and I pace my trips consciously and intentionally to balance research and serendipitous experiences. It’s not all about luxury nor is it all low brow – but I never say no to a meal at a busy street stand or night market, or the opportunity to hang with the locals.

Favorite hotels

Recently returned from:

  • Exploring our own backyard with road trips up and down the coast to Santa Barbara, The Santa Ynez Valley, Summerland, Laguna Beach and Carlsbad.

  • Popped back to Canada once the borders reopened for a duty tour to finally hug our family and friends again.

Dreaming of:

  • Definitely back to Nicaragua – like most people, our spring break plans of 2020 were cancelled.

  • Verdad Nicaragua, a small eco lodge near San Juan Del Sur where we’ll take some family surf lessons.

  • The Lodge at Blue Sky in Wanship, Utah, a luxurious mountain escape on a 3,500 acre ranch near Park City, Utah.

  • The new Four Seasons on the Sea of Cortez outside of Los Cabos!

What’s one thing you can’t travel without?

My vintage FTb 35mm Canon.

Two truths, one lie:

  1. San Miguel de Allende is my adopted second home.

  2. ​​I got my pilot’s license to celebrate my 30th birthday.

  3. I’m also a travel writer, and my work has been published in Elle Canada, Well+Good and Here Magazine.

Amanda's guides

I love a unique adventure; I always keep a pulse on the destinations that go beyond Top 10 lists. I live for unique hotels and amazing hospitality, and I’m a firm believer that a good hotel should offer the ultimate experience in hospitality: a fine balance between feeling at home and like a treasured guest. I’m all about balance, and I pace my trips consciously and intentionally to balance research and serendipitous experiences. It’s not all about luxury nor is it all low brow – but I never say no to a meal at a busy street stand or night market, or the opportunity to hang with the locals.

Advisor - Amanda Blakley

Advisor

Amanda Blakley

Get in touch with Amanda

Reach out to customize and book your own experience. Or, just to chat about travel in general.