We are experiential travel designers. We create personalized itineraries reflecting our clients' interests, budgets and tastes.

The destinations, accommodations and restaurants we recommend to our guests are the places we love best. Many of these are jewels unfamiliar to most travel planners simply because they lack the first-hand travel experience essential to arranging an exceptional trip.

Our two principals, Doug Easton and John Ziegler, personally visit each destination, stay at each hotel or property and experience each local attraction before we recommend it. They are normally running the company from the road for all but 90 days per year in order to provide our guests with first-hand knowledge and advice.

 

Meet the Team

Doug near Uluru, Northern Territory, Australia

Doug near Uluru, Northern Territory, Australia

DOUGLAS EASTON
MANAGING PARTNER

Douglas Easton is a member of the Travelers Century Club and has visited 222 countries on its list as of December 2018. He has previously organized and led tours to every continent except Antarctica and has been a travel addict since childhood.

Doug is fluent in French and English, speaks conversational Italian and Spanish, and basic German and Portuguese. He received his B.A. from Wesleyan. He is the author of two novels, The Midas Accord and A Time For Treason (the latter under the pseudonym Doug Everett), both published by Penguin under its Signet imprint. Doug also founded European Gourmet, the guide to Europe's 200 best restaurants, and wrote its first two editions.

Doug was raised in Maine, Philadelphia, and France. He calls Los Angeles home.

John in Queenstown, New Zealand

John in Queenstown, New Zealand

JOHN ZIEGLER
MANAGING PARTNER

John Ziegler is a native Angeleno who still resides in his hometown. He earned his B.A. from Pepperdine and brings to Celestielle a wealth of experience in the hotel, airline, and travel industries.

An amateur archaeologist, he has participated in three excavations in the Middle East.

John is a member of the Travelers Century Club, has visited 176 countries listed on its list as of December 2018, and is passionate about travel anywhere. He is also an accomplished videographer. All of the footage for the videos - for which our company is known - is shot by John (YouTube channel: Celestielle).

Stephanie in Jinshanling, China

Stephanie in Jinshanling, China

STEPHANIE SCHAEBERLE
DIRECTOR OF LEISURE AND DEVELOPMENT

Stephanie Schaeberle was born and raised in a small town in New Hampshire and spent many years traveling abroad living and working in Paris, London, and Rome during her undergraduate years at Northeastern University. She spent her summers teaching at a school tucked away in the Swiss Alps where she first discovered her love for the mountains.

Stephanie is our resident adventure travel expert and adores visiting outdoor adventure related destinations such as the South Island of New Zealand, Torres Del Paine National Park in Chile, and the Swiss Alps. Her interests lie in physically challenging pursuits such as hiking, rock climbing, surfing, and mountaineering.  

Caroline in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Caroline in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

CAROLINE CHANG
Manager for Leisure and Development

Caroline Chang is a Los Angeles native. Growing up, she developed a love for travel through her annual family trips to South America and Asia. While she attended Wellesley College, her travel bug took her abroad to London, where she spent the year studying and traveling throughout Europe. This inspired her to work in the travel industry after graduation - she’s been with Celestielle ever since.

Caroline loves immersing herself in the culture, food, and language of the countries she visits. From living in Argentina and China, she speaks both Spanish and Chinese. Some of her favorite destinations are Cambodia, Peru, and Morocco. When she’s in town, you can find Caroline at the boxing gym or playing with her dog, Tango.

Nicole in Edinburgh, UK

Nicole in Edinburgh, UK

Nicole du
Leisure and development coordinator

Nicole Du was born and raised in New York. She first discovered her love for international travel when her parents sent her abroad to live in Shen Zhen, where she learned both Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese. Wanting a global mindset, she then earned her B.A. in international business at Baruch College and subsequently put it into practice by joining a major airline.

Some of Nicole’s favorite destinations include Japan, Hong Kong, and Portugal. Her fondest memories are trekking up a volcano in Indonesia, tobogganing down the Great Wall of China, and bathing elephants in a Sanctuary in Thailand. In her spare time, Nicole scouts out new food places and pool halls as a formerly competitive billiards player.