Katie Marta

Luxury Travel Designer

Katie Marta - Kenya Big 5 Wildlife Safari - African Safari Travel Agency

My Story
I worked for the WORLD SERIES CHAMPION Chicago Cubs for about 10 years (love typing that!), but finally got burnt out and needed a change. After a couple years doing events for a friend’s restaurant management company, I was introduced to Down Under Endeavours/Africa Endeavours by some friends who knew Candice, and they just happened to be hiring. It was the dream job I didn’t know existed until I started, and I’m never looking back!

My Style of Travel
My previous career was so stressful that whenever I was able to get away, all I wanted to do was lay on a beach and be away from technology. Over the past few years, my travel style has done a 180. Now when I’m in a new place, I hit the ground running (not literally…I hate running). My favorite way to see a new city is to wander around aimlessly on foot. I always do my research ahead of time, but I only schedule the necessities so I have the freedom to see where the day leads.

Favorite Destinations
I love everywhere I’ve been in Africa (minus the Nairobi airport), but Cape Town is probably my favorite. With stunning mountains on one side and the ocean on the other, it has the best of both worlds! It’s also hard not to include an African safari in any list of my favorites, because it’s just an incredible experience and unlike anything else. I never understood it until I experienced it for myself in Kenya, but it’s addictive!

When I’m Not Traveling, I…
I’m always dreaming of my next trip, even if it’s just to NYC to visit my nieces. When I’m home in Chicago, I’m often enjoying live music somewhere around the city, as that’s my other love. Depending on the time of year, you can also find me at a Cubs/Hawks/Bears/Bulls game or out with friends drinking too much wine.