LUXURY TRAVEL ADVISOR
chelsea martin, cta
founder of passport to friday
Chelsea specializes in honeymoons and bespoke luxury travel. Her love for travel began at a young age but grew into a passion while studying abroad in Florence, Italy. Knowing she had to turn this passion into a career, she began traveling over 250 days per year managing corporate meetings & incentive travel and moved to the luxury leisure market in 2016.
Chelsea recently partnered with Full-Time Travel, a travel media brand focused on inspiration and action. Affiliated with EMBARK Beyond (a Virtuoso agency), Full-Time Travel delivers compelling travel content through various social media channels, email newsletter, and most recently a podcast, “The Trip That Changed Me“. Chelsea serves as the Director, Luxury Travel & Resident Travel Advisor.
In 2019, Chelsea was nominated for the “Most Innovative Advisor” award at Virtuoso Travel Week, and also achieved Marriott International Luxury Brands’ “STARS Celestial Club”, making her one of the top MILUX advisors in the country.
Where did you grow up? Where do you live now?
I grew up in San Diego, and have lived in Austin, Texas for the past five years. However, I just moved to New York City and couldn’t be more excited!
What did you study in college?
I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality & Tourism Management, with an emphasis in Meetings & Events Operations & Management from San Diego State University.
Favorite Weekend Destination?
One of the aspects I am looking forward to living in New York City most is the access to more destinations for weekend trips! Growing up in California, I have a lot to see and experience along the East Coast. That said, I love Palm Springs and Ojai, California. I also love quick trips to Fredericksburg, Texas, about an hour outside of Austin, for wine, German fare and a small-town vibe. For quick flights around the U.S., I love the charm of Charleston, South Carolina and the food and culture in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
On average, how many nights do you spend in a hotel PER year?
I spend more nights in a hotel bed than my own, typically around 200.
Favorite city and why?
Florence, Italy because it is where I studied abroad and saw firsthand how travel can be transformative. And the way of life there is divine.