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Expert Advisor Spotlight: Katie Cadar from TravelStore

As part of a new series, we are spotlighting expert travel advisors – and some of our best friends – who declare their travel independence with every trip they embark on. From seeking undiscovered destinations to staying at independent properties, these experts are paving new paths for adventurous travelers.

First up is Katie Cadar. Katie is the Director of Leisure Sales for TravelStore, based out of Los Angeles, California, and a member of our Travel Advisor Leadership Council. We so admire her travel style and we’re envious of the photographs she’s captured around the globe… check out the meerkats below! Learn more about Katie and steal a few of her insider travel tips by reading her answers to our 10 question spotlight below!

1| Why you do what you do | My list of places I want to see keeps getting longer! I am a passionate traveler and love working with clients to match the right trip with their personality.

2| Your travel style in 3 words | Curious, enthusiastic, open minded, adventurous. (okay, that’s 4).

Giraffes in Kenya | pc: Katie Cadar

3| Most cherished passport stamp | Sweden – it was my first foray into international travel. I went to Sweden to live for a year on a UCLA Education Abroad program. I no longer have that passport but I still remember the feeling of going to live in a new country.

4| Carry on item you can’t live without | Bose noise cancelling earbuds and my iPad.

5| Beloved off the beaten path destination | Rangiroa in French Polynesia, Botswana and Zambia in Africa.

Meerkats in Botswana | pc: Katie Cadar

6| Favorite independent property and why | Ett Hem in Stockholm, a 12 room hotel in the city which feels like a home (translation of Ett Hem is A Home). 

7| Best moment you’ve captured with a photograph | Young monks in Bagan, Myanmar. They were walking to get some rice in their bowls. The villagers feed them as a blessing. Our group participated in an alms-giving for the older monks before the young ones came along.

Young monks in Myanmar | pc: Katie Cadar

8| Top book you’ve read while traveling | Oh, so many! I read Catherine The Great by Robert Massie while in Russia, The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert, The Invention of Wings by Sue Kidd, All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, West with the Night by Beryl Markham and My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante.

9| A museum you could visit time and again | Musee d’Orsay in Paris or The Van Gogh in Amsterdam.

Musee d’Orsay | pc: Parisianist

10| Most unusually delicious dish you’ve tried while traveling | Burned butter on fresh sourdough bread at Spicer’s Peak Lodge in Australia. Secret recipe, they would not tell me how they did it. The butter is burned to a caramel color and salted, it was so good we could not stop eating it!

Spicer’s Peak Lodge in Australia | pc: Spicer’s Peak Lodge