Karen DeanKaren D, Attorney
Why she's our Tastemaker: She's an attorney by vocation and ski-bum wannabe. Originally from the South, Karen went to college at Duke and then moved up the Northeast Corridor for her law degree and masters. These days, she's in-house counsel at a telecommunications company in Colorado. Before that, she paid some dues as law firms in DC and New York before escaping to work in-house at Fortune-something companies in New York and Texas. She spends too much time working but enjoying her off-hours hiking, climbing, skiing, and seeing as much live music as her time allows.
Business and leisure trips annually: 20+
Number of countries traveled to: 27
Favorite places: New York, Paris, Jackson Hole
Travel philosophy: Experience the “must-sees” in each place but also get “off the beaten path” and get to know the local experience.
Best travel tip: Hire a reputable local guide and driver, especially you don’t speak the language or have limited time; you see so much more, avoid a lot of headaches, and can learn so much more than you would from a guidebook.
My ideal vacation: Depends on my travel partners. Left to my own devices, my ideal vacation is a ski location that offers challenging terrain and backcountry skiing options. But I also love to see new countries, in which case I try to maximize my time to see as much as possible and learn the local culture.