7 Questions with Deborah Knighton - Brownell Hosting

7 Questions with Deborah Knighton


Travel has been in Deborah Knighton’s blood since birth. She lived in Germany when she was only 6 months old and has loved exploring the world ever since! In 1999 she started her career in travel as an assistant to former Brownell Independent Advisor Ellen LeCompte. They realized the importance of working with a Virtuoso-affiliated agency and joined Personal Travel Consultants, which later merged with Brownell. Shortly after joining PTC, Deborah moved from assistant to Travel Advisor and has created exceptional travel experiences for countless clients ever since. Deborah took time between planning trips and exploring destinations (she’s heading to The Bahamas next!) to answer a few questions:

What is the best travel advice you have ever received?

Very early in my career, I heard a colleague tell a client about the rule of twos when creating an itinerary for a family trip. No more than two churches, museums, sporting events, etc. in an effort to keep each family member engaged and happy.

Deborah skiing in Deer Valley with her parents.

Deborah skiing in Deer Valley with her parents.

What 5 things do you always have in your carry on?

1.Toiletry bag with Chapstick, hand lotion, face wipes, toothbrush kit and a mint! It’s not the same as a shower but helps freshen up after a long haul flight!

2. Protein bar to satisfy those mid flight hunger pains

3. A cashmere wrap – I’m always cold on a flight and like to curl up in a blanket – and then it can become a fashionable wrap upon landing

4. Bose Noise-canceling Earbuds – I can listen to my favorite tunes while dozing off.

5. Nap Socks from Brookstone – comfy and fuzzy!

What was the best meal you’ve ever had while traveling?

It’s a tie between Yellowtail snapper at Blanchards on Anguilla or the Duck Foie Gras at Les Loges at the Cour des Loges hotel in Lyon, France

If you could leave today and go anywhere, where would you go?

To a Caribbean beach where I can lose myself in a book – my favorites include Anguilla, Canouan, and Mustique.

What is your travel motto?

“So much of what you are is where you have been.”

What is your travel extravagance?

Suites with my family! 

What’s the up-and-coming destination right now?

Honduras – from the Bay Islands of Roatan, Utila and Guanaja and coral-clad dive sites to Pico Bonito National Park’s thick jungle and wildlife to Mayan ruins and Colonial cities, Honduras has everything!

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