Inga Kalinichenko-Cenatiempo – Luxury Travel Advisor – WanderWild Travel, inc.
Specialties: Adventure Travel, Culture & History, FIT Travel, Food and Wine, Foreign Independent Travel (FIT), Safari
Destinations: Africa, Asia, Australia, Costa Rica, East Africa, Europe, India, Italy, Japan, Middle East, Peru, Russia, South Africa, South America, South Asia, Spain, Western Europe
Hours: 9am-6pm EST M-F, weekends by appointment
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|Travel has been my passion since my parents took me to Georgia and Abkhazia, and then to Uzbekistan as a child. Although I dreamed of becoming a flight attendant and then a ship captain to quench my wanderlust, my career path had initially taken me in a different direction. After receiving a Master’s degree from the University of Georgia (the state, not the country!), I spent 20 years at top advertising agencies in New York before becoming a Luxury Travel Advisor.
As a Travel Advisor, I specialize in designing tailor-made itineraries to less explored parts of the world. Some of my favorite destinations are those that allow one to get close to wildlife (Galapagos Islands, Borneo, South Africa, Tanzania) or marvel at wonders of nature (Tasmania, Patagonia, Palawan). Cultures different from my own fascinate me (Bhutan, including homestays with 2 local families in remote villages, has been my #1 travel experience to date, and Iran is #1 on my bucket list).
I believe that getting to the destination is an integral part of the travel experience. Having mastered the art of collecting and redeeming airline miles and credit card points, most of my flights (and all of the long haul ones) are in Business or First class for very little out- of- pocket. I use this knowledge to devise the best miles redemption strategies for my clients and advise on best routing, seats, airlines, and aircraft types.
“Jaw-dropping, authentic, gritty, beautiful and eccentric are words I like to experience when I go on my vacation excursions. With Inga my vacations to Vietnam, Laos, Bhutan, and Thailand were all precisely that! We lived with the locals and trekked to Tiger’s Nest in Bhutan, a life-changing experience, chilled with Monks on the Eastern Himalayas, relaxed on a beautiful overnight boat tour of Halong Bay, Vietnam, learned how to cook Lao dishes in Luang Prabang, and even dined at Gaggan, the 7th best restaurant in the world (also featured on Netflix’s Chef’s Table). If you can dream it, Inga will locate it and get you there!” (Edie PM, Los Angeles, CA)
“Inga from WanderWild Travel planned an incredible trip to the Philippines for our group that was the perfect combination of luxurious relaxation and exciting adventures! From ATV’ing through the Chocolate Hills to swimming with Whale Sharks, I had so many amazing experiences on this trip that I will never forget. I’m so grateful to WanderWild Travel for planning this perfect vacation and can’t wait for Inga to plan my next adventure!” (Mary L, New York, NY)