Most travel advisors start their careers planning trips for friends and family — and Hutton Beckcom is no exception. But the trip she planned was a little different from most. It was for her husband. It was around the world, over a period of three months. And she wasn’t even a travel advisor yet.
By the time she was done, though, Beckcom had found a new career.
Her husband was about to start grad school, on a career path that would take him to New York as an investment banker. Before things got so serious, though, Beckcom wanted to take a vacation with him. There were just two rules: nonstop flights only and always heading in one direction.
Soon the couple was off — to Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Bali, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, China, India, UAE and finally Italy, where they met up with Beckcom’s family. Along the way, she started a website with guides for each city so her family and friends could keep up with them, little knowing that in less than a year it would turn into her business website.
“I am such a curious person and I love being out of my comfort zone, so new destinations and experiences excite me,” she says. “The greatest joy for me is having clients experience the places I’ve fallen in love with in ‘Hutton|B style’ using my custom ‘H|B tips’ and ‘H|B tidbits.’ ”
Beckcom attributes her success to her background in finance and her early travel experiences; she spent three weeks in Spain at the age of 16 and studied in Edinburgh, Scotland, while in college. Then her career took a serious bent, and she earned a BBA in Finance from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas while tackling an internship in M&A Investment Banking. She worked for Accenture after that, as a Management Consultant in the oil and gas industry.
But two years ago, when her husband’s career took them to New York, she followed her heart while she followed him — and became a luxury travel advisor affiliated with In the Know Experiences (ITKE).
“I love the collaborative environment at ITKE, and all the advisors are really on top of the industry trends and the hottest new hotel openings,” she says. “It seems as though no one plans the same trip twice, which is exciting and encouraging as I seek to build bespoke itineraries for clients. This all stems from Seth and Lia, our founders, who are fabulous.”
European itineraries still are her favorite, but she has been to nearly 40 countries and loves learning about new ones. “I will plan a trip to anywhere — from Egypt to Uruguay to Tanzania to the Philippines … you name it,” she says.
It all starts with her own travel to new and exciting destinations, posting on Facebook and Instagram — and soon clients are inquiring about going there too. Her last trip was to Spain and France, where she fell in love with Torralbenc on the Spanish Island of Menorca, and with Villa La Coste and La Reserve Ramatuelle in Southern France. Next month, she heads back to Italy for 10 days in Tuscany and beyond with Waterstone Collection, checking out La Posta Vecchia, Hotel Il Pellicano, Borgo Pignano and more; then back to France again for ILTM Cannes and to Amsterdam at The Pulitzer and Waldorf Astoria. In November, she’s surprising her husband with a stay at The Carlyle and The Beekman in New York for his 30th birthday; for New Year’s Eve, they head to Palm Springs to check out the latest must sees and eats. For 2020, it will be Kenya.
Through it all she will be running and cycling and doing Pilates, wearing workout clothes pretty much every day; her all-time favorite FAM was an e-biking trip through Switzerland with Butterfield & Robinson last August. And even in the air, she likes to pass the time reading Condé Nast Traveler and National Geographic Traveler magazines for inspiration. “I wish I made more time for reading, but I’m always traveling, running around or working,” she says.