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Meet Our Tour Hosts


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An avid traveller herself, Cathy has spent well over a decade in sales, marketing and senior management roles in the world of travel, which allows her to bring a unique perspective to tours that we create.
Women’s travel has always been a passion for Cathy, and seeing a gap in the marketplace for small group women’s tours she founded a number of Women’s travel initiatives including the Women’s Travel Club (Canada) and the Women’s Travel Connection.  She has personally led hundreds of women to spectacular destinations around the globe. On the top of her list have been the women's tours she created and hosted to Southern India, Northern India, Egypt, Morocco, Turkey, Paris, Myanmar,  and kayaking the  Broken Group Islands of Barkley Sound on Vancouver Island's west coast. 2017 Cathy is hosting a sold out Egypt Jordan tour along with a Sail the Northwest Passage Arctic Expedition. 



Colleen Johnson

Spending over 25 years in the travel business Colleen has travelled the world and she loves it! She has hosted a number of women's tours including NYC, Paris, Morocco, France, Kayaking the Gulf Islands of Vancouver Island and Northern India with Cathy in 2013. You can contact Colleen at our sister company Departures Travel where she creates exceptional travel experiences for her friends and clients. Join Colleen on our Croatia 2017 tour! 



KerryKerry Brown

"My parents were avid travellers; in fact adventurers so I come by my passion for travel naturally! I lived in Europe for a year as an exchange student and travelled extensively that year. I have a long bucket list and since then have been to most key spots in North America, Mexico and Panama, Western Europe and most recently to China, and still my list is very long!
I have a degree in social anthropology and have a fascination with different cultures. I have often said I would take a ticket anywhere as long as there was not a war!" Kerry  has hosted women's tours to to Italy and China.  Stay tuned to find our where Kerry is taking you next!
In her work life Kerry is a professional business coach with Success Biz Coach.

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Frances Litman

Frances Litman has seen the world through a wide variety of cameras and lenses in her 20+ year career as an international, award-winning professional photographer. Her easy-going and friendly approach with others, combined with her love of photography, people, food, nature, art and culture makes her a popular host. Frances freely shares her knowledge so that everyone can embrace the joy of creating memorable images with whatever camera they have.
In addition to having her own photography studio, Frances also offers private photography lessons and teaches group creativity workshops. Join Frances on her tour to Iceland in May 2017!
Juhli SelbyJuhli Selby

JUHLi is a Victoria BC native who spent many years living in JUHLi SELBy in Varanasi - IndiaSan Diego, CA and has been lucky enough to travel the world. She has travelled to over 100 cities in 18 countries - her favorites places include Morocco, Egypt, Bali, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam & India. Of all the fantastic places she had travelled, the place that has stayed with her the most is India. It's a place of such contrasts - poverty & wealth, beauty and filth, joy and sadness, organized chaos, animals everywhere, culture, tradition, architecture and incredible history! The thing she loves most about travel is how it changes your perspective. We are so lucky to live in Canada & have all of the opportunities and freedoms that we do. Watch for our South India tour in October 2018 with Juhli!
When not travelling the world Juhli spends her time helping small businesses with their social media in her business JUHLi SELBy Social Media.

Kari McLay 

Kari McLay is a Victorian who likes to call Montreal her second home. Kari moved to Montreal at the young age of 18 where she first studied esthetics and beauty therapy at the Edith Serei Institite and later Clinical Social Work and Art History at McGill Universtiy. While living in Montreal, Kari also enjoyed studying dance and treasured excursions to museums, galleries, theatres and the many lovely shops, cafes and restaurants. Kari returned to Victoria in 1992 and shortly thereafter began a 15 year career as a medical social worker and family therapist and parent educator. In 2005, she opened her lifestyle boutique Tulipe Noire Clothing which she describes as a business that "connects all the dots" from her past and provides a nurturing beautiful environment for customers from all walks of life. Kari loves travel and the arts and she looks forward to establishing new friendships as a host for Niche Travel. Join  Kari on our upcoming Fashion, Food and Fine Arts of Montreal tour.  Check out Kari's amazing store Tulipe Noire. 



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Krista travelled the world while working as a travel consultant for 35 years before changing careers into Real Estate in 2012.  Krista has extensive travel knowledge to share and is happy to be back hosting once again. Next hosting for Krista is Greek Odyssey in Oct 2017!  She says there is so much more of this wonderful world to explore and she hopes you will join her! When not busy with her career or travelling Krista volunteers at Wild Arc, a wild animal rehabilitation center here on Vancouver Island.


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You will find Karma with a fork in one hand and a camera in the other on all corners of Vancouver Island exploring its many farms, vineyards, markets, cafes, pubs, restaurants and festivals. She's not shy. She gets to know the people. She asks a lot of questions. She finds her way behind the scenes. She is hungry not just for a good meal, but the story behind it too.
Karma is an avid gastronome and proud Vancouver Island resident where she has planned and hosted visitor experiences for the last 20 years. After 10 years of running Inbound West, a boutique tour operator business, Karma launched  Feast Concierge and Media in 2010 to focus on her combined passion for gastronomy and travel. Join Karma for our one day gastronomic walking tour in April 2017.


Heidi Barlow-Lee

Heidi was born and raised in Victoria BC.......her family discovered the Island when her dad was the Captain of the Vancouver Canucks.
Heidi herself has been a nationally ranked tennis player, equestrian rider and dancer. She has a degree in Cultural Anthropology from Carleton University in Ottawa and studied at the Universite Stendhal, in Grenoble  France.  She is the owner of HBL Events, an event management company  that produces “projects with purpose”. Heidi loves the challenge of creating unique events that benefit her community and is passionate about expanding her creative talent to hosting people in unique places around the globe. She has travelled to: France, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Turkey, Greece, Australia, England, Ireland, Scotland, Belize, Mexico and all over North America.
She was recognized as the Woman of Adventure for 2013, was a finalist for Event Professional of the Year for all of Canada and is honoured to sit on two International Boards, Travelers with Heart Education Society and the International Special Events Society.