Lee Edelstein

Lee doesn’t just enjoy traveling—he lives for it. Whether it’s a day on the slopes in Breckenridge or working with one of his many luxury hospitality clients, there are few who know the ins-and-outs of the industry like Lee. Over the course of his career Lee has represented clients across virtually all areas of luxury travel from small independent properties to large international brands, tourism boards, airlines and tour operators.

It is with that same passion Lee co-founded Young Travel Professionals, the first and largest networking and professional development organization for young (and young-at-heart) people in the travel industry. Since 2011, he has assisted with the expansion from a single New York chapter to 16+ chapters across three countries.

“I will try almost anything while traveling. I’ve wake-boarded in Kenya, swam in the crocodile infested Okavango Delta of Botswana, and participated in a traditional trance dance ritual with the San Bushmen. Of course, I also enjoy an occasional Michelin-starred meal or pint at a London pub.”

“The key to staying focused is saying “no” occasionally. I’m not afraid to decline something that I know won’t benefit our clients. Being obsessively organized and slightly neurotic also helps.”

“I grew up on an island—but not the exotic kind. Growing up, I couldn’t wait to explore the world. One of the first things I did in college was sign up for a study abroad program. I’ve been completely addicted to traveling the world ever since.”