Travel Style: Mary Jean Tully

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Mary Jean Tully

Mary Jean Tully

Name: Mary Jean Tully

Occupation: Founder and CEO, Tully Luxury Travel

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Residence: Mississauga, Ontario (Canada)

College: University of Life

Website: tullyluxurytravel.com

Twitter: @TullyLuxTravel

Facebook: Mary Jean Tully

Instagram: maryjeantully & TullyLuxTravel

YouTube: CruisePros YouTube

Short bio: Mary Jean Tully, Founder and CEO of Tully Luxury Travel, has been on the cutting edge of luxury travel for years. First established in 1987 as The Cruise Professionals, Mary Jean’s travel agency recently added African Dreams and Private Travel Designers to its roster of brands.

Recognized for 14 years as a “Top Travel Specialist” by Condé Nast Traveler, and named one of the most powerful women in travel by Travel Agent Magazine, Mary Jean is renowned for her expertise, philanthropy and enthusiasm. She sits on the Advisory Board for many leading cruise lines, hotels and travel suppliers, and has received numerous awards identifying her travel agency as one of the best luxury travel providers in the world.

An avid conservationist, Mary Jean is passionate about the protection of wildlife in Africa, where poaching poses an urgent threat to elephants, rhinos, and big cats. She was recently nominated for the 2015 We Are Africa Innovation Award and has been involved with several not-for-profit initiatives, including Zeros for Rhinos. Working with Great Plains Conservation, Mary Jean helped tag and microchip rhinos for research and tracking purposes, and aided in their release to the safety of Botswana. In 2012, Mary Jean and Brad Tully donated the Tully Tully Bridge to Mombo Camp in Botswana, a testament to their ongoing passion for conservation, preservation and sustainability. “Pay it forward” is Mary Jean’s favorite expression.

How often do you fly? Constantly.

How many countries have you been to? 123

How many continents have you been to? All 7.

Earliest travel memory: A trip to the Bahamas in my senior year of high school.

Favorite American city: Chicago, Illinois.

Favorite international city: Paris, France.

I have no desire to go to: I love to see the world & want to go everywhere.

Friendliest people in the world: South Africa.

Country with the meanest immigration officers: Miami, Florida

Favorite World Heritage Site: Okavango Delta in Botswana, Iguazu Falls in Brazil, Angkor Wat in Cambodia, the Great Wall of China.

Favorite airline: Emirates.

Favorite aircraft type: Airbus A380 Emirates

Aisle or window: Aisle.

Favorite airport lounge: Emirates Dubai.

Favorite international airport: Dubai.

Favorite hotel: Any Four Seasons property.

Favorite cruise line: Crystal Cruises.

Favorite travel credit card: American Express.

Favorite island: Hawaii.

Favorite beach: St. Barths.

Favorite fancy restaurant: Per Se | Thomas Keller Restaurant Group in NYC.

Favorite hole-in-the-wall: In Morocco, a little place called Tobstil in Medina, Marrakesh.

Favorite bar: Grand Merge Terriers, NYC.

Favorite fruit: Blueberries.

Favorite food: Asian Fusion.

Least favorite food: Indian food.

Drink of choice (in the air and on the ground): Hendricks Gin and La Febre Tonic.

Favorite travel movie(s): Out of Africa.

Favorite travel show(s): Anthony Bourdain.

Favorite travel book(s): “Eat, Pray, Love: by Elizabeth Gilbert.

Right now I am reading: SavingtheSurvivors.co.za

Top 3 favorite travel newsletters/magazines/blogs: Condé Nast Traveller, Wendy Perrin, Afar.

5 things you bring on a plane: iPad and charger, eye mask, ear plugs, Beats by Dre headset.

What do you always seem to forget? Enough chargers.

What do you like least about travel? Security checkpoints at the airport.

What do you want your loved one to buy you from an airport Duty Free store? Cristal Rosé Champagne.

Favorite travel app(s): Airline apps and Living Earth.

Most embarrassing travel moment: Standing at the baggage claim waiting for my luggage to come out on the carousel—and it doesn’t come out.

I’m embarrassed but I haven’t been to: New Zealand.

Favorite travel charity: The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

Best travel tip: Always, always, always take a carry-on bag with you and pack it with things that you would be devastated without. This should include a change of clothes in case your luggage ever gets lost.

Johnny Jet

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Johnny Jet
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