Ellison Poe knows Austria like the back of her hand. Having lived in Vienna, she speaks German and travels to the country — which she calls her “second home”— at least twice a year. Because of her connections, she’s able to hook her clients up with perks ranging from last-minute tickets at the Vienna State Opera to upgrades at five-star hotels. She’s also an authority on the country’s more under-the-radar travel destinations, including smaller villages in the Alps — think Sölden and St. Anton am Arlberg. Thanks to a lifetime spent in the industry — her parents founded Poe Travel close to 60 years ago — her area of expertise extends way beyond Central Europe. She also specializes in East Africa, where she plans more than 20 trips a year and has partnerships with renowned travel brands like andBeyond, Africa House Safaris, Heritage Tours, Abercrombie & Kent, and Belmond.