ENRICHING LIVES THROUGH TRAVELAbout Bespoke Travel Design
Bespoke Travel Design combines highly personalized service with dedication and passion, to create tailor-made travel experiences beyond expectations. Our exclusive access and partnerships around the globe allow us to specialize in exceptional experiences.
Marie-France (preferably MF), owner of Bespoke Travel Design, has been crafting, orchestrating and hosting clients on trips of a lifetime for over 25 years. Her journeys deliver unparalleled and meaningful experiences, with authentic and local connections, in extraordinary destinations around the globe.
Marie-France was born with an itch to explore, and an enormous appetite for travel.
With more than twenty five years of experience in the travel business, it’s an area of deep experience and expertise. Marie-France began her career in Adventure Travel, working for G Adventures for several years (1996-2000) in a range of roles – kayaking guide, tour leader, researcher, travel consultant and product development. As a solo guide, she spent six months guiding kayaking tours in Belize, followed by a year in South America, leading 35-day overland journeys in Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia.
Wanting to get back to her roots, she moved back to La Belle Province and founded Diva Expeditions, a travel company specializing in women’s active trips in Mont Tremblant, where she spent 6 years (2000-2006) running downhill ski programs, evening snowshoe tours and full moon cross-country ski trips in Mont Tremblant National Park. She also founded ‘The Diva Tour’, a nonprofit fundraising event benefiting a local women’s charity.
In 2006, Marie-France returned to Toronto to work with the active luxury travel company Butterfield & Robinson for more than 2 more years (2008-2010) first as Bespoke Trip Planner, then as a Guide in Europe (mostly France and Spain), and Latin America.
After leaving Butterfield and Robinson, Marie-France successfully tackled an unusually wide sweep of projects and work. She volunteered with Doctors without Borders to assist with fundraising efforts following the 2010 Haiti earthquake. She also joined Medcan, Canada’s leading preventative and wellness healthcare clinic, where she was brought onboard to shape and build an infrastructure to support a new travel division for Medcan by crafting extraordinary active travel experiences tailored exclusively to Medcan clients, and their personal fitness goals.
She also did a stint at Horizon &Co, one of Canada’s oldest and most storied travel companies, as a senior travel designer, where she hosted Horizon’s VIP clients on a President’s Cruise, planned and orchestrated private groups to the most coveted and iconic golf tournament in the world – The Masters; and spent a month on the shores of Lago Nahuel Huapi in Northern Patagonia hosting ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ ski vacations, in partnership with Exclusive Resorts.
Marie-France founded Bespoke Travel Design, a luxury bespoke trip planning company, in 2010. Specializing in creating exceptional tailor-made experiences around the globe, for a portfolio of discerning travellers. Bespoke Travel Design supports sustainable and responsible travel practices and through its proud affiliation with TTI Travel, one of only six “by invitation only” Virtuoso® member companies in Canada.
Our passion is travel
Every year, we attend several trade events around the world, that bring together the world’s best suppliers and buyers in high-end travel for: networking, nurturing existing relationships, seeing what’s new in the industry, and finding new hidden gems. We also travel extensively every year, doing site inspections, visiting hotels around the world, and sampling the best activities the regions have to offer, so that we can plan your trip with confidence, knowing we have been there … and sharing our travel experiences with you.