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Karen Benson
Years in Industry: 30+ Years
Hometown: New York
Specialty: Adventure Travel/Spa/Ski

Spa Specialist
Adventure Specialist
Ski Specialist

Phone: 602-889-5862 Email: karenb@camelbacktravel.com

Karen's Travel Bio
What is your travel vision?

My goal is to make each client’s trip unique and special. Everyone has different interests so my hope is to exceed their expectations!!

What's in your carry on?

Pictures of my family
Workout clothes
Hiking and biking shoes
Reading material

What is your most memorable or most inspiring travel experience?

Escorting a group of total strangers to an exotic destination and watching them share unique adventures together and bond as friends!

What has been your best culinary experience/ memorable meal while traveling?

Fourteen course dinner with wine in Veneto region Italy after a 7 hour bike journey!

What is the one destination/experience you still want to go/have?


Karen's Favorites

Too many to choose one!

Among my favorites are Africa, Greece, Italy, Nepal, and Vietnam.
Hotel: The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur India
Hotel Room: 2 level villa overlooking the rice paddies at the Mandarin Oriental in Chiang Mai, Thailand
New Property

Mukul Resort and Spa in Nicaragua

Travel Read/App:

Travel + Leisure Magazine
Travel articles about my destination

Favorite Trips
  • Dubai- International people watching and Arabian Seaview from hotel room
  • Nepal – Champagne breakfast base of Mt. Everest, Trekking to ancient villages and Helicopter to Mustang in Himalayas
  • The Maldives – crystal blue water, overwater bungalows
  • Gorilla trekking Rwanda
  • Tracking game on foot with the Maasai tribe Africa
  • Seychelles Islands – beaches in Indian Ocean
  • Argentina - Estancia Horseback Bariloche/Crampon Glacier Trek Patagonia
  • Bhutan - Hike to Tiger's Nest
  • Barge Trip in Champagne Region, France
  • Papua New Guinea, Orion Expedition
  • Transatlantic crossing on the QM2
  • Castle tour of Ireland
  • Skiing in Deer Valley, Aspen, Vail, Whistler, Telluride, Zermatt Switzerland
  • Heli-hiking in Western Canada
  • African Safari
  • Hundreds of Spa Trips, My Favorites: Mii Amo, Sedona, Arizona, Canyon Ranch (USA), Rancho La Puerto (Mexico), Chiva Som (Thailand), Ananda (India), Amans (Bhutan), Sol Y Luna (Peru), Llao Llao (Argentina), Six Senses Yao Noi  near Phuket and Soneva Kiri near Bangkok, Casa Palmero Pebble beach, Spa Anjali Westin Riverfront, Miraval Tucson, Borgo Egnazia in Puglia, Italy , Mukul Resort and Spa, Nicaragua
  • Peru - Hike Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  • Thailand - Elephant jungle safari to native villages
  • Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge Canada - fishing/bears/whale watching
  • India - Hiking the Himalaya Foothills
  • Biking from Prague to Vienna
  • Colonial Mexico village explorations
  • Monarch butterfly migration hikes
  • Cambodia – Song Saa Private Island and Aqua Mekong Riverboat to Vietnam
Remote Mustang near Tibet border Nepal Nepal Mt. Everest
Rock climbing at Biggest Loser Resort in Niagara, New York Relaxing in Nicaragua at Mukul Resort and Spa

Another new friend in rural Cambodia Can you find Karen among school children in Vietnam?

Big Island Hawaii - Honu (turtle) friend The Maldives - Yoga Over the Water

Butterfly migration Colonial Mexico Mountain Rappelling in Montana

Playing Elephant Polo in India Cricket with Locals in India

Walking with young monks in Bhutan Biking in Puglia, Italy
Adventures in Papua New Guinea Tree Jumping at Canyon Ranch Spa
Glacier trek, Patagonia Chang Mai, Thailand
Bariloche, Argentina mountain hike Gorilla Trek, Rwanda
Visiting With a Vietnamese Friend Kickboxing Lesson with Thai Master
Lunch in a Bedouin tent Jordan