Name: Geoffrey Kent
Occupation: Founder, chairman, and CEO of international luxury travel company, Abercrombie & Kent
What is the first trip you remember taking?
At 16, I was kicked out of school in Nairobi for owning a motorbike, so I took it and rode all the way to Cape Town. I sold my story to a newspaper and got paid enough to sail first-class back to Kenya.
Where do you consider as home? I live in Monaco, but Kenya is where I grew up and return to again and again.
How would you describe your packing style? Ruthless. One suitcase, thatâ€™s it.
What do you never travel without? My satellite phone and Louis Vuitton briefcase, a 1972 PrĂ©sident Classeur. I use it as a substitute for weights with exercises every morning.
What is your preferred mode of transportation? Private jetâ€”lie-flat seats, a crew who knows your preferences, and the freedom to go anywhere.
What has been your biggest travel mishap? I was on safari in the Masai Mara with Richard Burton when I heard a roar. Four lions were killing a buffalo in our campfire. I upended the table, sending china and crystal flying, and gathered everyone behind it as a barricade. Burton thought I had planned the whole thing and wanted to do it again the next day.
Do you have a favorite place youâ€™ve visited? Anywhere in Africa. It seeps under your skin.
Who is your ideal travel companion? My wife Otavia, whoâ€™s as adventurous as I am.
What is your biggest travel pet peeve? Over packing.
And favoriteâ€¨Â souvenir? An African kikoi, or cotton wrap, that can be used as a pillow, pajamas, a blanket, a towelâ€¦
How many countries have you visited? 170.
Which destination surprised you the most? The Pantanal in Brazil. It has more jaguars than anywhere else on earth.
Where do you want to go next? Palau, to dive with schools of jellyfish that donâ€™t sting, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, to see bonobos.
What lessons have you learned from traveling? If more of the worldâ€™s decision makers traveled, there would be less conflict.
No matter where you are, what makes you feel at home? A good espresso.
This article originally appeared in theÂ June/JulyÂ print issue of DestinAsian magazine (â€śJournal: Geoffrey Kent”).