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The WOW List: Wendy's Trusted Travel Experts
Wendy Perrin

by Wendy Perrin

Despite the proliferation of travel-planning sites and apps, sophisticated travelers still crave the expertise and access of a human-being travel planner who can do for them what digital tools can’t. I know this because I get dozens of emails a week from such travelers. They’re seeking the right human being to make their next trip extraordinary. So I’ve collected a sampling of the savviest destination specialists I’ve found in 25 years reporting on the travel industry. These trip choreographers—a.k.a. Wendy’s Trusted Travel Experts—have unparalleled connections and expertise in their parts of the world. . . .

Small-Ship Expedition Cruises
Ashton Palmer, ExpeditionTrips
Infectiously enthusiastic about small-ship cruising, Ashton Palmer spent nearly a decade as an expedition leader, guide, naturalist, conservationist, Zodiac driver, avid bird-watcher, and photographer in the last great wild places: the Arctic, Antarctica, the Amazon, and the South Pacific. And these are not just fleeting trips: He has traveled to Antarctica more than 50 times and spent a collective of three months in the Arctic. In 1999, Ashton founded ExpeditionTrips in Seattle, where he and his 16-person staff work tirelessly on matching travelers with the right small-ship expedition trips everywhere from the Galapagos to Papua New Guinea to the Russian Far East, and of course, the two poles. Ashton provides unbiased guidance on every line and every ship. He’ll be the first to tell you when a two-week trip to the Arctic may not be your cup of tea, and when a specific ship or cabin just isn’t worth the extra expense. And because of his relationships with the top cruise lines and tour operators, Ashton often secures preferred rates or other perks (such as shipboard credits or a bottle of wine). He’s also a big proponent of independent exploration and will give you all the tools to help you find your own way whenever possible.

Cruises start at $650 per person per day (based on double occupancy).