Nadia Le Bon

Nadia is a pioneering adventure travel goddessremains a relevant industry leader. She was generous with her encouragement and support when I first set out in the industry.

She’s tough as nails, but she’s also Italian which means she’s got a killer fashion sense, is a great cook, a talented artist, and an expert gardener. Once when we traveled to Colombia together, I ripped a huge hold into my dress. Nadia sewed it back together.

What is your everyday magic?
Be positive and be grateful, see the beauty around you, and the goodness in others.

What strategy and tactics to you utilize to live your best life?
Keep in touch with family and friends.  Celebrate small successes, birthdays, new babies, anything that brings us together and recognizes a special moment in our lives. Set priorities, do your best at work, and make time for friends. And do something good for myself too.

What are your top 3 tips for success?
Listen, prepare, engage, and deliver.

What one book do you want to give everyone you know because you believe it has the power to change lives?
Different books help at different stages of our lives. I always return to poetry to find nourishment and solace.  Gary Snyder, Mary Oliver, Jane Hirshfield, and Japanese poets speak to me.

About Nadia
I was born in Milan, Italy and loved spending my summers in the Dolomites with grandparents and cousins. My curiosity and desire to explore the world started early on as I spent hours reading about places and looking at pictures in a large geography encyclopedia my father bought for us kids.  My first adventure outside Europe took me to remote mountain regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan, and I was hooked.  India and Nepal followed.  

In the early 80s I got my dream job as a trekking guide in the Himalayas, and in 1983 I  co-led the first Italian women climbing expedition to the Indian Himalaya. A year later I moved to California to marry my husband Leo, then President of Mountain Travel Sobek and a pioneer in his field.  For over 20 years, I have been involved in adventure travel, from managing operations to developing new trips to unique destinations. Since 2008 I have been involved with a pioneering upscale adventure travel operator in Peru, as a marketing consultant. I have been blessed to be able to visit over 60 countries on all seven continents, explore remote mountain regions on foot, kayak and raft from Alaska to Antarctica.

Travel has given me inspiration, strength, an open mind, incredible memories, and many wonderful friends.