As travel designers, we travel the world to learn, experience, and connect in order to create magic for our clients. Our trips are customized to your interests and preferred schedule—they are one-of-a-kind experiences that are as unique as you are. We can have you traveling to the far-reaches of Oman’s desert with Bedouins, or sailing between the fabled islands of the Galapagos. Our expertise, knowledge, and personal relationships allow us to design journeys that are cultural and adventurous, chic and sophisticated, or the perfect blend of both. Whichever you prefer, you can be certain that your trip will be filled with exclusive opportunities that only we offer.
Our clients have savored Chile’s best wines and slept under the stars in Kenya. They have shopped Morocco’s souks with experts, hiked the most remote parts of China’s Great Wall, bungee jumped off the Victoria Falls bridge over the Zamezi River in Zambia, and have toasted to the success of Downton Abbey with Lord Carnaveron at Highclere Castle.
Whether you know exactly where you want to go or need some inspiration, Gay Gillen Travel is here to advise you and to create a journey that will greatly surpass any expectations. We have over four decades of experience in the luxury travel industry, and we are always searching the globe in order to provide you with the most discerning destination knowledge and well-planned itineraries that come complete with exclusive upgrades, unknown gems and local connections to personally guide you during your stay.
Gay Gillen Travel is an Independent Affiliate of Brownell Travel, the oldest luxury travel organization in the United States and Virtuoso® member. Virtuoso® is a by invitation only network of elite agencies with supplier relationships and personal connections at the best hotels, resorts, tour and cruise operators in the world. These affiliations allow us to offer our clients extra amenities, upgrades when available and VIP status.
As an Affiliate of Brownell Travel, we are proud of our preferred partner relationships with top travel companies, including: Ritz-Carlton, STARS, Four Seasons Preferred Partner, Rosewood Elite, Dorchester Diamond Club, Mandarin Oriental FAN Club, Belmond Bellini Club, Abercrombie & Kent 100 Club, CunardInner Circle and Regent Seven Seas. It’s through these affiliations and relationships, that we’re able to delight our clients with amenities, special experiences and value they could not access on their own.
Gay Gillen has led the way in luxury travel for her valued friends and clients, flourishing in the industry for 50 years.
She has dedicated her life to discovering every corner of this incredible planet. Entertaining, cooking and exploring the world with dear friends are Gay's passions. From intimate groups to more extensive group excursions, her expertise lies in luxury lifetime experiences. Some of her most extraordinary personal travel experiences include; ballooning over the snow covered Alps, dancing into the early morning at the Tsar's Ball at Catherine Palace in St. Petersburg on New Year's Eve, exploring Botswana on safari with a group of 20 friends, sailing around Cape Horn on the Silver Whisper, watching Lance Armstrong cross the finish line in Paris, kayaking in Alaska off the coast of Baranoff Island and shopping for Chinese antiques within the walls of the Forbidden City for her small antiques boutique, Mary Gillen Antiques at Whit Hanks.
Honored by many distinguishing accolades, Gay has been a top producer at Brownell Travel for the past ten years. Listed as an expert on travel to France and Italy by National Geographic Traveler and named a travel guru to France by CONDE NAST TRAVELER, Gay's knowledge of high-end travel is unrivaled.
A native Texan, Gibbs grew up in Fort Worth. She graduated from TCU and began her sales career in Dallas. In 2003 a new opportunity brought her to Austin to work at Dell, where she spent 10 years in corporate sales.
Throughout her life she has had a zest for travel, studying in London in college and then traveling around Europe visiting Paris, Prague, Brussels, Seville, and Florence. Her more recent European travels have taken her to Copenhagen, Munich and Bavaria, Salzburg, and Rome. As a mother of twins (born 2010), she's been able to pass along her love of travel by visiting national parks, historical sites, and cities all over the USA and North America with her husband and children.
Gibbs is also passionate about helping others in the community through her work as a member of The Junior League of Austin and volunteering in the classroom and with the PTA at her children's school. Outside of traveling and spending time with her family, she enjoys practicing yoga and reading.