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Duxbury couple roll with business of traveling

Darren and Caitlin Humphreys of Duxbury, owners of Travel Sommelier.handout

Darren and Caitlin Humphreys live and work in Duxbury when they’re not traveling the world as part of their business, Travel Sommelier, a consultant destination firm focusing on luxury non-hunting safaris and bespoke wine and food tourism. Darren Humphreys, 49, a South African native, founded the business in 2011 with his wife, an attorney; she came into it full time in 2015, and they relocated the business from Connecticut to her hometown of Duxbury in December. We spoke to Caitlin Humphreys, 40, for this story.

Caitlin and Darren Humphreys with a tranquilized rhino. They work with conservation groups in Africa.handout

Q. How did the business start?

A. Darren worked in finance all over the word for 20 years and always loved travel; it was his escape strategy to start a business like this. Business has doubled every year since we started. We’re also very involved in conservation, particularly rhino preservation and fighting poaching of that endangered species. We’ve done and can arrange trips for rhino identification, which implants microchips in the animals so anti-poaching forces can track them. We also donate luxury trips to auctions at local organizations, including Boston Medical Center.

Q. What makes your business different from other agencies?

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A. We’re not a place with canned tours and a guide; we actually physically research every place we send clients. As Darren puts it on our site, we don’t send anyone to any destination “unless we have personally seen it, smelled it, and felt it.” We travel a lot to do it, and that’s part of why we moved back to Duxbury; we have an 8-month-old, Charlie, and my parents live here, so they can take care of him.

Q. Is it expensive?

A. We do cater to a high-end clientele; a safari does not mean it’s not luxurious. But we also have honeymoon couples on a budget, and work with everyone to figure out their goals, price range, etc. We custom-design every minute of the trip from soup to nuts. For example, if Mrs. Murphy prefers her chenin blanc dry, we make sure she gets it wherever she goes.

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Q. Do you miss the New York lifestyle?

A. Darren came from finance, and I was doing white-collar criminal defense. We came from soulless careers to something that’s heartfelt. It’s nice to come home and bring the rest of the world to Duxbury, and send people out into it.


Paul E. Kandarian can be reached at pkandarian@aol.com.