Travel Experts at the Escape Artist
Our travel experts provide our clients with life changing experiences that will revive the mind, body and spirit while leaving a positive impressions on local communities and the environment.
We believe that being a traveler is more rewarding than being a tourist. Being a traveler means meeting the people and soaking in the culture – and there are no better places than Central or South America! Shopping in the markets, eating the local food and giving back to the community in the most sustainable and rewarding ways imaginable.
We also believe that your journey shouldn’t last a week, but rather a lifetime, therefore our professional travel experts strive to provide and adventure trip with enriching experiences that will awaken your senses and open your mind. This is your story and your world, and it’s time to write your odyssey!
John grew up in Corporate America building many successful teams over the years. Though his passion for helping others to see their potential and fulfill their dreams kept him motivated, he long knew that he couldn’t sustain the “Live to Work” lifestyle that is expected today, and made the decision to escape corporate life and find his true calling creating custom adventures for people who want to travel to South or Central America.
Like most, Tim began his career in Corporate America working for a large financial firm in Arizona. Uninspired with his career, Tim made the bold decision to quit his job and sell his home. He then gave away most of his possessions, packed a backpack and flew to South America. Tim spent the next nine months traveling throughout Central and South America.
Jenn is a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher, Certified Life Coach and Health Educator in New York, as well as a skilled Escape Artist. Jenn’s passion and dedication for helping others achieve a balanced lifestyle that is centered on positive spiritual and physical wellness no doubt helps her maintain such a hectic schedule.
Say “Hi” to Katie! Katie is our Swiss Army Knife. Sure, she isn’t from Switzerland…but she’s from Iowa, and that’s basically the same thing! She literally handles everything that our day to day business requires! She writes, cooks local recipes for blogs, plans travel, interviews future guests and even finds time to play with her dogs!
Dustin Stiffler feels fortunate to have traveled quite a bit for being so young. He grew up in Upstate New York, and his parents instilled in him a passion for travel and positively engaging with other people and cultures.
Admittedly, Staci Sinay was not born with wanderlust in her veins. Oblivious to what travel, rather ‘untourism,’ had to offer, she was quite content with a week’s vacation here or there and it was on such a holiday to Costa Rica where she finally met her travel muse (and now husband), Zach.
Raised in England and entrenched in globe trotting at an early age film and travel have always been two great passions for Patrick. Evident in his moving brand documentaries for Red Wing Shoes and his broad range of work, Patrick’s unique ability to visualize a finished piece from its conception is fed by his love of various media.
Lydia is a RYT 500 – hour registered yoga instructor in vinyasa, lyengar and meditation, a certified life coach, massage therapist and holds a BA in Kinesiology. Lydia is our Swiss Army Escape Artist that is truly a “jack of all trades”!
A native of the Adirondacks in Upstate New York and a recent graduate from SUNY Oneonta, Katie is our graphic and web designer. Just beginning her career, she’s held positions ranging from logo designer to layout designer, and is planning on working her way up the ladder in the graphic design world and looking to continue her education in business school.
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"Having booked with The Escape Artist multiple times (Peru, Costa Rica, Kenya, Galapagos Islands) I knew that I wanted them to work with my girlfriends Mom on a family trip to Greece. John and Katie met us all out to go over the goals of the trip, like always. They built us a package based on our likes and dislikes, and they nailed it! Best part, mid trip wanted to alter our vacation a bit and spend more time in Mykonos. A simple email directly to them and everything was solved! They are fun to work with, but also amazing at what they do! Highly recommend giving them a shot!"Greg and Michelle