About Us

The Travel Expert Network℠ connects savvy travelers with the world's best travel experts. For free.

The Travel Expert Network is a free directory of certified travel experts who can help travelers plan their next big trip. 

Travel Experts are trained and certified through an exclusive program administered by Travel Beyond the Obvious.

Madeline Jhawar and Devin McKinney founded Travel Beyond the Obvious (TBO) in 2017. They launched the Travel Expert Network this year to help travelers find proven Travel Experts in a free online directory. Travelers can be assured that every member offers high quality customized trips.

Madeline Jhawar is an Italy destination expert with a vision. 11 years ago she set up an online business creating custom Italy vacations for independent travelers that broke all the rules and charged fees instead of commissions. This allowed her to create truly customized trips without worrying about whether the bucket-list destinations she chose also had a commission schedule. Her business has grown significantly since she started, to the point where she hired her first assistant in 2014 and two more in 2018. Her goal is to make graduates of TBO’s courses even more successful than she has been. And to help travelers take better trips!

Devin McKinney helps people start and grow companies. He was with SoftBook Press in the 90s when they built the first ebook, ran his own web agency in Rome from 2000 to 2003, and has since been involved in over 35 startups as founder or contributor. He is also a mentor and a coach at the RAIN startup incubator in Eugene, Oregon. He wants to bring his passion for coaching and teaching startups to help change how people travel.

Together they review every expert for their expertise, trip planning capabilities and business capability. 

Their bottom line:

Would they refer a friend to take a trip planned by this expert?

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