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WHO WE ARE

Who we are

Galavante is a luxury travel and lifestyle company. We are your resource for the inside track on the best hotels, restaurants, experiences and destinations around the world. When you’re not traveling, we bring the world home to you through our cooking show, In the Kitchen With Galavante.  Our travel series, The 195,  takes you from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, and every country in between.

We introduce you to history, food, culture, fascinating individuals changing the world, philanthropies and give you an inside look at some of the most extraordinary places to stay. We are hotel experts – with over 800+ luxury hotel reviews, we are passionate about bringing you the very best of what to experience when you travel.

Our Global Tastemakers who are made up of travel junkies in the world of finance, fashion, philanthropy and the arts.  They share their recommendations for those that seek not only high end, but authentic, stand out experiences wherever they travel. That may be a Michelin star restaurant but also includes the perfect homey Italian trattoria.

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Christine Drinan

GALAVANTE FOUNDER & CEO

Christine Drinan is an entrepreneur and the Founder and CEO of Galavante.  Galavante is a travel, lifestyle, and entertainment media company.

 

Christine founded Galavante in 2011 as she graduated from Columbia Business School.  As CEO, Christine leads her talented team of writers, filmmakers, designers, and travel professionals. In her time at Galavante, she authored the cookbook, The Art of International Entertaining.  She is also the Executive Producer and host of the travel and lifestyle series, The 195.

Travel is Christine’s expertise. Christine is on track to be one of the less than 30 individuals to visit every country in the world. She has visited over 125 countries and stayed in over 800 luxury hotels.  Her travel is diverse, and ranges from luxury hotels, to gorilla trekking in Rwanda and summiting Kilimanjaro.

Christine is a global leader in travel and philanthropy. Her motivation is to do her part to change the world. She mentors women leaders, children and families.  Christine is a guest lecturer at the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul on Entrepreneurship.  She also works with Pour un Sourire d’Enfant in Cambodia, a charity supporting families. Additionally, Christine teaches art classes on behalf of the Christopher Foundation for the Arts in schools around the world.

Travel has been Christine’s passion since her study abroad as an exchange student at the Vienna University of Business and Economics. While her accommodations have greatly changed since her backpacking days, her philosophy to maximize her experiences has not.

Before launching Galavante in 2011, Christine worked for the private equity firm the Blackstone Group. Christine’s love of travel and her busy work schedule at Blackstone gave her the inspiration to start Galavante. Christine had limited time off and a high standard of travel. She wanted to make the most out of long weekends by knowing exactly where to stay and what to do in destinations around the world. Until Galavante, she couldn’t find an adequate travel website for targeted recommendations.

When Christine isn’t trekking around the world, she can be found in New York City. She served on the Board of the New York Junior League, which serves women and families. In addition, Christine fundraises for the American Ballet Theater.  Previously, Christine was a Founding Member of IvyConnect, a Young Associate at the Metropolitan Opera, and a member of Creative Time. Christine has an MBA from Columbia University, where she guest lectures on entrepreneurship.

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