I created Inviato out of my love for travel.
I, and so many friends and acquaintances come back from new places with tips and recommendations only to jot them down and file away somewhere forgotten. My home office is overflowing with boxes of notes, magazine clippings and articles of places that I have collected over the years. Anyone who knows me knows how meticulous I am in the research of my next trip – for me it’s equally as fun as the trip itself. I am thrilled when someone calls requesting information about a location or place so that I can whip out my files.
I have been very fortunate to merge my passion into a career – over 30 years in the luxury travel industry to be exact. From my first job right out of college helping create Cardmember travel programs for American Express (and subsequent management roles in travel for 11 years) to various senior marketing and consulting roles at companies such as Zagat Survey and Leading Hotels of the World to my position today as Director of a travel foundation, I have gained immeasurable experience and knowledge connecting travelers and hotels.
It seemed only natural, then, to do something more useful with my passion and work experience. That is how Inviato was conceived – a simple inspiration to create a vehicle to share unique places with wanderlust travelers who are equally excited about the discovery of the next trip as I am. And what a journey it has been. From my first post in 2009 in Italy to today – 150 hotel reviews later – my mission has never strayed.
Like a child, I have enjoyed watch Inviato grow over the years and transform before my eyes from a humble luxury travel blog to an online destination of expertly curated selection of luxury hotels and resorts over the globe providing authentic, candid reviews. I am incredibly grateful for the aid of my wonderful new co-editor, Christina Meza-Kim, who helps keep our content fresh and interesting and our recent partnership with Virtuoso luxury travel agency, Classic Travel to bring our readers VIP amenities and perks at the most luxurious hotels in the world. I am even more excited about what is in store in the future as Inviato continues to grow!
Jackie Cittone Magid
Favorite Trip: South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana on my honeymoon.
Favorite Hotels: Singita (South Africa), Chewton Glen (Britain), Gleneagles (Scotland), Blackberry Farm (Tennessee), Lake Placid Lodge, Esencia (Mexico), Wauwinet (Nantucket), Inn at Palmetto Bluff (South Carolina), Hotel De Russie (Rome), Goldeneye Resort (Jamaica) and all the places I stayed in Kenya :-)
Travel Wish List: There are so many! Tanzania – seeing the migration, Galapagos Islands, Turkey, Morocco, Rwanda (gorillas!), Normandy, India, Vietnam…the list goes on and on.
Won’t get on a plane without: My notepad, a good book, comfy socks…and as many junk magazines as I can carry.
Last Trip: Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos
Next Trip(s): Utah, Orlando, Italy, Rwanda and Tanzania