Absolute Travel, New York City
Monahan, who lived in Bangkok for a year and returns annually to travel throughout Thailand, is well versed in everything the country has to offer travelers. Adventurers can go to her for biking-trail recommendations in the country’s culture-rich north, while honeymooners might ask her for off-the-grid island ideas. A vegan herself, she’s also an expert at helping travelers with food allergies or dietary restrictions navigate the country’s diverse culinary scene.
Top tip: Anyone considering one of the popular elephant riding experiences in northern Thailand should know that not all programs are created equal. Monahan advises staying at camps that are responsibly and humanely run, like those at the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort and Patara Elephant Farm.
Other specialties: Thailand, Southeast Asia, India, and North Africa.