About Us

Our Story

Our Story

We’re Barefoot Journeys: a boutique travel agency, proud creators of unique, customized travel experiences. Yes we know, an unusual name for a travel agency, but as you keep reading we’ll explain our mission, promise and meaning behind the name.
So who are we? We are a dream team in the know (about travel, food and wine). We’re passionate about detail and service and we don’t want you to worry about a single thing. Combine these and you could literally leave for your trip barefoot.

We have one simple mission – to ensure every trip away is perfect, while we encourage and indulge your curiosity in all the different corners of the world.
We know you work extremely hard and therefore it’s incredibly important to spend your time off making lasting memories. We believe that every type of trip in your lifetime serves a different learning opportunity and different aspects affect all travellers. We’ve been there; and it’s why our founders went on to create Barefoot Journeys, specializing in the intersection of luxury and sustainability.
Our mission is to provide those tired of mass-produced itineraries with an eccentric mix of ethical and eye-opening travel, all crafted specifically for you.
Your precious time off is safe in our hands, because we understand how every moment counts to create a journey of a lifetime, every time you travel with us.

Meet our team

Lidiya Ivanova
Lidiya Ivanova

Lidiya Ivanova, CTA

My love for languages has always fuelled my passion for travel. While spending the summer studying French in Antibes and experiencing the amazing way of life in the South of France had me relocating to Paris. I am most excited when discovering the world through its people, food and wine. Meeting locals and getting their advice on the best authentic meals remains at the heart of any of my travel decisions. Forgive the cliché, but there’s truly nothing like good local food. So if you’re a foodie who loves food, wine and adventure like myself, you could not be in better hands.

Kelly Gillespie
Kelly Gillespie

Kelly Gillespie, CTA

Food, wine and travel have surrounded me throughout my life. Planning travel has always been a passion of mine since I was a young girl; always researching places to explore and unique adventures to experience. To say I love to travel and plan travel is an understatement! I’m very fortunate that I get to share my passion of travel with our clients and can help them discover the world and its beauty.

Baron Jacob
Baron Jacob

Baron Jacob

As a professional accountant by day, I spend my weekends and holidays enjoying my time with family, food and wine. Whether fishing in beautiful Cayman or enjoying the virtuoso perks and upgrades I’m guaranteed to experience a new adventure each trip all while making sure our books stay out of the red.

Dimitri Jacob
Dimitri Jacob

Dimitri Jacob

I haven’t travelled much yet. Thanks 2020, but my first time in Andalucia and London have been unforgettable. I’ll make sure to put all the amenities a little person may need to the test.

Our Specialties

Adventure

Adventure

Ever wanted to swim with the sharks, see the Northern Lights, or go on a wild safari adventure? Let us take you on the path less taken with active travel experiences, including those focused on nature, exploration of unique cultures, and physical activities.

Wellness

Wellness

If you are looking for a trip to focus on yourself, look no further. We curate experiences that restore travellers’ mind, body, and spirit. From mindful cooking classes to immersive spa treatments and multi-day retreats, we integrate nutrition, healing, mind/body balance, fitness, and educational components to ensure you have a wholesome experience of a lifetime.

Luxe

Luxe

Looking to charter a yacht in the Greek Islands, or maybe even an entire island all to yourself? You’re in the right place.

Think: most elevated, one-of-a-kind travel destinations and experiences. We have access to an exclusive portfolio which includes primarily private travel services - jets, yachts, islands, villas, and more - all with superior exclusivity. Virtuoso has curated partner participants based on strict, by-invitation-only criteria that will fulfill the desires of the most discerning clients.

Family

Family

It’s all about YOUR family and celebrating special moments and we are here to guide you and curate the perfect trip with activities for all ages in mind. We won’t stop until we have your dream family vacation in place.

Our bespoke trips are designed not only to show you the world but to change your world. Your trip will be tailored to suit you and the people you’re travelling with, bringing a celebration of cultures and international adventures to you.

No matter if you know where you want to go or if you are looking for spontaneity and excitement, we can help you get there! We plan your dream trip, exactly how you picture it. Contact us, we’ll be in touch with an initial proposal that we’ll fine-tune together.

Culinary

Culinary

We’ve tried and tested, and we’re here to help you with some exclusive food- and wine-focused vacations around the world. From popping bottles in a Champagne cave to foraging through the countryside with an award-winning chef, we look forward to curating a trip that will take your culinary travel way beyond the dinner table. Whether it’s to learn something new, to see something new or just to have uninterrupted relaxation while enjoying great food – we’re here to listen and understand so that we can then be in the best position to help you pick where in the world to go.

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