The Team

Justin Huxter - Founder

Having been taken on his first international trip at just a few months old, Justin was bitten by the travel bug early – leading to a lifelong passion for exploring and travelling. He has not heard of a place he doesn’t want to visit yet! Taking an opportunity to escape life in the corporate machine, Justin co-founded Cartology Travel to turn his passion into a full time career. Despite friends thinking he is on a permanent holiday, he does actually work hard. Having travelled to 6 continents and over 50 countries, Justin loves adventure, unusual activities and food.  His ultimate experience would clearly be heli-skiing with a pizza to follow.

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Travel Passions: Diving, Safari, local drinks
Favourite Destinations: New Zealand, Italy, China & Southern Africa
Home When not Travelling: London
Superpower: An ability to see the positive in every situation

Kathy Boate - CEO

Born and raised in Canada, Kathy now considers herself a Londoner, having lived there for well over a decade. It took little convincing to make her see the light and leave her high flying job in Investment Banking to pursue a new career – mainly lured with the promise of combining her dual loves of organisation and travel. Aside from having knocked off every continent bar Antarctica, Kathy also boasts to have visited every country in Western, Northern and Central Europe (her clarification: except Andorra…). One of her degrees being in ancient history, she is passionate about understanding both the past and present of a country.

Travel Passions: Historical sights, Archaeology, Languages
Favourite Destinations: Jordan, China, Italy, Oktoberfest
Home When not Travelling: London
Superpower: Can order a beer in 7 languages (and counting…)

Susan Huxter - Chief Motherly Officer

Susan is co-founder and matriarch of Cartology Travel, carrying the official title of Chief Motherly Officer (CMO). She brings a wealth of knowledge and contacts to the party. As the owner of the iconic Le Quartier Francais in Franschhoek, South Africa for over 25 years, she knows and understands what can make or break an experience. With an in-depth understanding of luxury travel from her time running a Relais & Chateaux and Virtuoso hotel, as well as knowing just about everyone in the industry, our CMO regularly makes the extraordinary a reality.

Susan Huxter - Chief Motherly Office

Travel Passions: Art, Culture and bright colours
Favourite Destinations: India, Argentina, Italy & France
Home When Not Travelling: Franschhoek
Superpower: Knowing everyone, everywhere!

Geraldine Ratner - Luxury Travel Designer

Geraldine has two main passions in life, the one being food and the other one travel. After qualifying as a professional chef and working in hotels and restaurants around the world for 13 years, she decided it was time to move on to her second favourite thing in the world – travel! She has been involved in the industry for a few years now and besides meeting amazing people and sharing her love for discovering new places and cultures, she has continually added to her bucket list. There is still so much more to explore, visit, eat and drink around the world and she is already excited about her future adventures.

Geraldine Ratner - Luxury Travel Designer

Travel Passions: Food, History, Culture and people
Favourite Destinations: Thailand, Hong Kong and Italy
Home When not Travelling: Franschhoek
Superpower: Cool, calm and collected

Claire Anderson - Luxury Travel Designer

Claire has had the opportunity to live and work in several incredible cities in Africa, Europe and North America, and it is from these cities that she’s been able to travel and explore the world. Her attempts at getting through her (ever-expanding!) travel bucket list have sparked her passion for experiencing as much of this beautiful world as possible. It is this passion that has led her to move from the corporate world of media and advertising to join best friend Justin in his adventures in the travel industry.

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Travel Passions: Architecture, History, Beautiful Scenery, Freedom
Favourite Destinations: Italy, Namibia, Croatia (and New York!)
Home When not Travelling: San Francisco
Superpower: Getting it done!! Lists and more lists

Elisa Picazo - Luxury Travel Designer

Originally from Spain, Elisa loves living in different places around the world, in order to fully experience and understand the local culture. Following her strong interest in Asian culture, she moved to Beijing in search of adventure and ended up falling in love with China. She then stayed for three years, learning Mandarin and taking the opportunity to travel extensively through Asia.  After moving back to London for two years, she decided to return to where her heart belongs: China.  Elisa is currently based in Beijing and continues to improve her fluency in Mandarin while travelling as much as she can throughout the continent. She is an invaluable contact and coordinator for any client trips to Asia. 

Elisa Picazo - Luxury Travel Designer

Travel Passions: Wildlife, Culture, Diving and meeting People from all over the world!
Favourite Destinations: China, India, Japan, Spain, Italy & Borneo
Home When not Travelling: Beijing
Superpower: Always ready to take on a challenge and happy to learn something new

Yasmin Charabati-Cox - Luxury Travel Designer

Yasmin was born and raised in Italy but from a very young age she started travelling between her parents’ home countries to visit family and friends in England, Italy and the Middle East. She’s always been fascinated by other cultures and living the local way, unearthing the best kept secrets for places to visit, eat or shop. Having travelled extensively and still enjoying planning her next adventures with her young family, she decided to put her skills acquired from her corporate background into use in her dream job of helping people realise their ideal holiday.

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Travel Passions: Food, People, Sunsets, Architecture
Favourite Destinations: Italy, New Zealand, Maldives
Home When not Travelling: London
Superpower: Organised, Problem Solver, Curious