PAST PURSUITS & CHALLENGERS

Since the inaugural PURE Pursuit in Iceland in 2016, PURE Pursuits have ventured into Idaho, Norway, Italy, Costa Rica and New Zealand…

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

  • Portugese Ways

WHERE THE STARS MEET THE SKY

LOCATION

PORTUGAL

DATES

2-7 JUNE 2019

PURE Pursuits Portugal took 18 Challengers deep into the untouched Alentejo region of Portugal where we slept under a dark sky reserve, hiked along Europe’s largest lake and cycled through ancient olive groves. Along the way there were countless discussions and two guru-led workshops topped off with a hot air balloon ride over the region.

  • Avi Lugasi

    Avi Lugasi
    Founder/CEO, Windows to Japan

  • Benedetta Mazzini

    Benedetta Mazzini
    Founder, Ultimate Places

  • Bernhard Stingl

    Bernhard Stingl
    GM/Owner, Top Tours GmbH

  • Christianna Teixeira

    Christianna Teixeira
    Owner/Partner, Hotel Casa dos Arandis

  • Eunice Schleier

    Eunice Schleier
    Director, Alles Blau Viagens E Turismo LTDA

  • Gina Forte

    Gina Forte
    Principal, Atelier Group

  • Ishwar Kumar Basnet

    Ishwar Kumar Basnet
    Responsible Tourism Manager, Tiger Mountain Nepal

  • Jemima Mann Baha

    Jemima Mann Baha
    Co-Owner and Communications Director, Palais Amani

  • Jessica Pugh

    Jessica Pugh
    Founder & Director, Blue Moon Escapes

  • Kristin Valdimarsdottir

    Kristin Valdimarsdottir
    Iceland/Greenland Chief Executive, Luxury Beyond

  • Lindsy Terry

    Lindsy Terry
    Sales & Marketing Manager, Ellerman House

  • Marianne Suh

    Marianne Suh
    Managing Director, Jason Travel Service

  • Marit Miners

    Marit Miners
    Co-Founder & Director of Sales and Marketing, Misool

  • Matias Schwab

    Matias Schwab
    Managing Partner, Designer Trips Argentina

  • Nathan Sharma

    Nathan Sharma
    Managing Partner, Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa

  • Palma Michel

    Palma Michel
    Leadership & Mindfulness Consultant

  • Rohit Kohli

    Rohit Kohli
    Managing Director, Creative Travel

  • Senta Slingerland

    Senta Slingerland
    Brand Strategy & Creative Consultant

  • Pedro Quaresma

    Pedro Quaresma
    Co-owner, Portuguese Ways

  • Jessica den Boer

    Jessica den Boer
    PURE Pursuits Manager, This is Beyond

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

  • 34 South

LAND OF THE LONG WHITE CLOUD

LOCATION

NEW ZEALAND

DATES

3-8 MARCH 2019

The first Pursuit of 2019 saw our most global mix of Challengers yet converge in New Zealand: hiking Ben Lomond, rafting grade 4 rapids, cycling, jet boating and camping under the stars. Dynamic discussions and guru-led workshops took place along the way, with incredible backdrops and in bright sunshine, before the guitars came out to wrap up each day.

  • Alexandra da Sacco

    Alejandra Burro
    Founder, Boarding Pass

  • Alexandra da Sacco

    Alexandra da Sacco
    Partner, Beyond Dracula

  • Andy Lark

    Andy Lark
    Marketing & Digital Leader, Group Lark

  • Andy Lark

    Angie Bradbury
    Managing Director, Dig & Fish

  • Benedetta Mazzini

    Benedetta Mazzini
    Founder, Ultimate Places

  • Caroline Ferguson

    Caroline Ferguson
    Founder, Luxury Bound

  • Daniel Brown

    Daniel Brown
    Managing Director, dmAFRICA

  • Travel Sommelier

    Darren Humphreys
    Owner / Founder & CEO, Travel Sommelier

  • Don Martinson

    Don Martinson
    Director of Travel Industry Relations, Natural Habitat Adventures

  • Gonçalo Alves

    Gonçalo Alves
    Sales Manager, Vila Monte Farm House

  • Hiran Cooray

    Hiran Cooray
    Chairman, Jetwing Hotels

  • Joost Tania

    Joost Tania
    Owner & Founder, Thika Travel

  • Maria Alzamora

    Maria Alzamora
    Vice President Marketing, Mashpi Lodge / Metropolitan Touring

  • Miguel Cunat

    Miguel Cunat
    CXO, The Fabulous Getaway

  • Silvia Rico

    Silvia Rico
    CEO & Founder, Enigma

  • Sisinio Alvarado

    Sisinio Alvarado
    Co-Founder, Origen Escapes

  • Stavros Kapnias

    Stavros Kapnias
    Director of Sales & Charter, Abberley Yachts

  • Virgi Schiffino

    Virgi Schiffino
    Owner, Lux Voyage

  • Zoran Pejovic

    Zoran Pejovic
    Owner & Founder, Paradox Hospitality

  • Amy Cahill

    Amy Cahill
    Marketing & Community Director, This is Beyond

  • Jessica den Boer

    Jessica den Boer
    PURE Pursuits Manager, This is Beyond

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

  • Origen Escapes

JUNGLE OUT THERE

LOCATION

COSTA RICA

DATES

25-30 NOVEMBER 2018

The final Pursuit of 2018 saw challengers joining forces to hike through puma-populated jungles, raft down 20km of grade 4 rapids, cycle, climb and swim through some of the most remote and magnificent parts of Costa Rica. Along the way, we had Discussions and Workshops in some of our most incredible locations to date on any Pursuit including a thermal hot spring and in the ocean while the sun set. Pura vida!

  • Alex Malcolm

    Alex Malcolm
    Managing Director & Founder, Jacada Travel

  • Chase Poffenberger

    Chase Poffenberger
    Executive VP and Co-Owner, Academic Travel Abroad, Inc.

  • Dominik Babel

    Dominik Babel
    Owner, Elegant Travel GmbH

  • Gabbi Cahane

    Gabbi Cahane
    Chairman, Multiple

  • George Koletsos

    George Koletsos
    Founder and MD, Kudos Life Experiences

  • Isabella Nardini

    Isabella Nardini
    Experience Leader, MESA

  • Jay Ahmed

    Jay Ahmed
    Managing Director, KMX Global

  • Justin Wateridge

    Justin Wateridge
    Managing Director, Steppes Travel

  • Karina Moreton

    Karina Moreton
    Director, Panoramic Journeys Ltd

  • Luke Brown

    Luke Brown
    Co-Owner, Vayeni

  • Maria Nikolakaki Koletsou

    Maria Nikolakaki Koletsou
    Founder and MD, Beyond Spaces Villas

  • Penny Rafferty

    Penny Rafferty
    Excutive Officer, Luxury Lodges of Australia

  • Rana Dababneh

    Rana Dababneh
    Owner, Pomalo Travel

  • Rebecca Dixon

    Rebecca Dixon
    Director of Sales & Marketing, Crafted Ireland

  • Siobhan Byrne Learat

    Siobhan Byrne Learat
    CEO, Adams & Butler

  • Stuart Campbell

    Stuart Campbell
    CEO, The Lodge at Blue Sky

  • Jess den Boer

    Jessica den Boer
    PURE Pursuits Manager, This is Beyond

  • Ryan Wallace

    Ryan Wallace
    Managing Director, We Are Africa

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

  • Borgo Egnazia
  • Southern Visions

LA DOLCE VITA

LOCATION

ITALY

DATES

20-25 MAY 2018

The second Pursuit of 2018 saw our global group of challengers live La Dolce Vita, winding through the sun-baked Puglia countryside on foot, by bike and even vintage car. With days punctuated by burrata making, afternoon hikes and candlelit dinners in ancient caves, the discussions and workshops that followed were among our most productive (and provocative) to date.

Agustina Lagos Marmol

Agustina Lagos Marmol
Founder & MD, Dolomite Mountains

Alexis Vincent

Alexis Vincent
Founder, Dive Butler / Life Butler

Andrew Wallas

Andrew Wallas
Founder & CEO, Business Alchemy Limited

Caroline Wallace

Caroline Wallace
Owner, Caroline Travels the World

Daniel Fraser

Daniel Fraser
Owner, Smiling Albino

Emilio Heredia

Emilio Heredia
Director, Papayaplaya Project

Eva Stelzer

Eva Stelzer
Founder, Evia Active Travel

George Dominic

George Dominic
Executive Director, CGH Earth

Joe Solomon

Joe Solomon
President, Iconic Adventures

Katherine Usher

Katherine Usher
Director of Sales and Guest Services, Trek Travel

Lila Fox

Lila Fox
Owner, Lila Fox Travel Co.

Maria Victoria Saiz

Maria Victoria Saiz
Owner & CEO, MVS Travel

Marlene Soto

Marlene Soto
Sales Director, Inkaterra

Rhett Lego

Rhett Lego
CEO, The Conjoint Marketing Group GmbH

Rohit Kohli

Rohit Kohli
Managing Director, Creative Travel

Scott Morrison

Scott Morrison
Founder, The Boom!

SJ Lee

SJ Lee
Executive Director, The Travel&Leisure

Sunita Hedaoo

Sunita Hedaoo
Founder, Kora Journeys Powered by Frosch

Jessica Den Boer

Jessica Den Boer
PURE Pursuits Manager, This is Beyond

Serge Dive

Serge Dive
CEO & Founder, This is Beyond

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

  • 62 Nord

LAND OF THE MIDNIGHT SUN

LOCATION

NORWAY

DATES

8-13 APRIL 2018

The first Pursuit of 2018 took our most global group of challengers to date to the land of the midnight sun where they kayaked, cycled and ski toured their way through Norway, all the while pushing themselves and their businesses forward together.

  • Benedetta Mazzini

    Benedetta Mazzini
    Owner, Ultimate Places

  • Cornelius O'Shaugnessy

    Cornelius O'Shaugnessy
    Founder, Bodhi Maya

  • Daniel Brown

    Daniel Brown
    Managing Director, dmAFRICA

  • Emily Brooke

    Emily Brooke
    Founder & CEO, Blaze

  • Fernanda Martin Del Campo

    Fernanda Martin Del Campo
    Independent Travel Advisor, International Travel Group

  • Giulio Da Sacco

    Giulio Da Sacco
    Entrepreneur, Beyond Dracula Travel

  • Greg Norris

    Greg Norris
    Director / Founder, OneNineFive

  • Nick DiBartolomeo

    Nick DiBartolomeo
    Vice President - Finance, Blackberry Farm

  • Nicolas Ramirez

    Nicolas Ramirez
    Founder & Director, Tanit Trails

  • Nicole Krenzien Ellison

    Nicole Krenzien Ellison
    Vice President, Paul Klein Travel

  • Pedro Quaresma

    Pedro Quaresma
    Co-owner, Portuguese Ways

  • Soliman Ma

    Soliman Ma
    Founder, LE Travel

  • Stavros Kapnias

    Stavros Kapnias
    Director of Sales and Charter, Abberley Yachts

  • Steve Mitchell

    Steve Mitchell
    Co-Founder & CFO, Angama

  • Yvonne Verstandig

    Yvonne Verstandig
    Co-Founder - Head of Leisure, Executive Edge Travel

  • Amy Cahill

    Amy Cahill
    Marketing & Community Director, This is Beyond

  • Emma Squire

    Emma Squire
    Event Director, This is Beyond

  • Jessica den Boer

    Jessica den Boer
    PURE Pursuits Manager, This is Beyond

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

  • Mountain Travel Sobek

FRONTIER THINKING

LOCATION

IDAHO, USA

DATES

4-9 JUNE 2017

Our next group of challengers journeyed into the vast terrain of America’s Wild West, floating off-grid down the Salmon River and swapping WiFi connection for personal connection.

Aldo Melpignano

Aldo Melpignano
Founder, San Domenico Hotels

Alexis Vincent

Alexis Vincent
Managing Director, Dive Butler International

Antonello Losito

Antonello Losito
President & Founder, Southern Visions Travel

Benedetta Mazzini

Benedetta Mazzini
Owner / Managing Director, Ultimate Places

Craig Beal

Craig Beal
Owner, Travel Beyond

Don Martinson

Don Martinson
Director, Natural Habitat Adventures

Felipe Artinano De Bedout

Felipe Artinano De Bedout
Co-Founder & VP Operations, Origen Extraordinary Escapes

Inderpal Kochhar

Inderpal Kochhar
Founder, Sewara

Jef Moons

Jef Moons
CEO, Knai Bang Chatt

Jen Murphy

Jen Murphy
Freelance Travel Writer

Jody Shield

Jody Shield
Author

Justin Huxter

Justin Huxter
Owner, Cartology Travel

Justin Wateridge

Justin Wateridge
Managing Director, Steppes

Knut Flakk

Knut Flakk
Founder & Owner, 62º Nord

Louise Beveridge

Louise Beveridge
Communication & Advisory

Luca Franco

Luca Franco
CEO & Founder, Luxury Frontiers

Reid Bader

Reid Bader
VP, Ker & Downey

Rodrigo Garza

Rodrigo Garza
President & Owner, Lozano Travel de Mexico

Wendy Davis

Wendy Davis
CEO & President, Zebrano Travel

Emma Squire

Emma Squire
PURE Event Director, This is Beyond

Jessica Den Boer

Jessica Den Boer
PURE Pursuits Manager, This is Beyond

Serge Dive

Serge Dive
CEO & Founder, This is Beyond

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

  • Nordic Luxury

FIRE AND ICE

LOCATION

ICELAND

DATES

2-6 MARCH 2016

The inaugural Pursuit took the first brave group of challengers to the land of fire and ice: Iceland, as they touched base off-road, hit the ground ski-dooing, took the dive into the blue sea thinking and got (their ice-axes) stuck into new ideas.

Aldo Melpignano
Aldo Melpignano
Founder, San Domenico Hotels

Ana Bru
Ana Bru
Owner, Bru & Bru Exclusive Travel

Barkley Hickox
Barkley Hickox
Co-Owner / Partner, Local Foreigner

Benedetta Mazzini
Benedetta Mazzini
Owner / Managing Director, Ultimate Places

Jessica Cook
Jessica Cook
Director of Sales, The Ranch at Rock Creek

Joyce Choi
Joyce Choi
Senior Travel Designer & Product Manager, Jacada Travel

Karl Olafsson
Karl Olafsson
Co-Founder, Nordic Luxury

Kate Corey
Kate Corey
Founder, Nomadic Souls

Kevin Callaghan
Kevin Callaghan
President & CEO, Mountain Travel Sobek

Marc Telio
Marc Telio
President, Entrée Destinations

Marina Safonova
Marina Safonova
CEO & Founder, Nordic Luxury

Mark Lakin
Mark Lakin
Co-Founder, Epic Road

MPS Puri
MPS Puri
Chief Exective, NIRA Hotels & Resorts

Quentin Desurmont
Quentin Desurmont
Owner, Peplum

Sarah Bisa
Sarah Bisa
Global Director of Leisure & Luxury Sales, Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Steve King
Steve King
Editor-at-large, Condé Nast Traveller UK

Thierry Teyssier
Thierry Teyssier
CEO, Maisons des Rêves

Tom Marchant
Tom Marchant
Co-Founder, Black Tomato

Emma Squire
Emma Squire
PURE Event Director, This is Beyond

Serge Dive
Serge Dive
CEO & Founder, This is Beyond