Ker & Downey Staff Profiles: Liane Soukup


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In high school, Liane Soukup spent a summer in Denmark and Sweden on a tennis exchange program and knew  from then on, she wanted to be involved in international education as both her vocation and avocation moving forward. Liane spent time interning and taking classes in the UK to earn her Masters in Higher and Postsecondary Education, and completed part of her Bachelors degrees in Cultural Anthropology and Corporate Communications and Public Affairs in the UK, Western Australia, and Asia. She has lived and worked in the Czech Republic, New Zealand, and Norway, led an international project outside Prague to develop a farmhouse into a living museum, and taught mid-level managers Business English throughout the country. She joined the Ker & Downey team three years ago as one of our destination specialists. Outside of the office she enjoys creating art, singing, photography/film, sailing, and still actively plays tennis as well.

Liane Soukup | Luxury Travel | Ker Downey

Favorite place you’ve traveled: New Zealand – such diversity of geography

Favorite city and why: Bergen, Norway. You have hills and peaks and the Atlantic. It’s so green with lots of culture, a gateway to the West and the Fjords. Plus it is personal – my family is from there.

What is the best thing about traveling: Connecting with others and their culture and the land they inhabit and procuring experiences to last a lifetime

Travel accessory you can’t live without? Ziplock bags

Favorite plane ride activity: Walking the aisles and talking to the random travelers or airline staff. You can curate lots of tips!

Top of my travel bucket list: Borneo

Liane Soukup | Borneo Luxury Travel | Ker Downey

Two weeks + and unlimited budget, where are you going? Iceland, Svalbard and Lofoten (Norway) and Greenland. Lots of Nature and Water.

Beach or mountains: Both. But I lean towards beach for sure. I am a water and coastline girl regardless of where I go.

How do you take your coffee? Straight, Strong and Black. I learned this as a young person in Sweden one summer.

If they could bottle your personality what would the label read? Wonderific/Enthusiasmo

My theme song is: Digging in the Dirt by Peter Gabriel

Any pets? 2 Chihuahuas that think they are German Shepherds.

If I were a super hero, I would be: Wonder Woman. Fly in an invisible jet – yes please.

Two things I can’t live without are: Love and Hope

It’s Sunday morning at 10 a.m. If I’m not sleeping, I’m: At church in fellowship.

Liane Soukup | Iceland Luxury Travel | Ker Downey

My favorite physical activity is: Tennis. Swimming is a close second.

One thing I love that everyone else dislikes is: Brussels Sprouts

The first thing I do when I wake up is: Thank God for a new day.

The last concert I went to was: Matisyahu

My favorite toy to play with as a kid was: Hungry Hippos

If I could instantly learn a new language, I would learn: Chinese

Guilty TV pleasure: I don’t have cable. But I am in love with Benedict Cumberbatch on PBS’s Sherlock

On my nightstand: The Bible. It’s a good re-read always

Life mantra in four words: Patience, Forgiveness, Compassion, Transformation

Favorite quote: Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. – Theodore Roosevelt

Liane Soukup | Luxury Travel | Ker Downey

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