Amanda Schulenberg

The Local Foreigner
London, UK

Born and raised in Santa Barbara, Amanda grew up enjoying the beauty of the California coastline, exploring the Channel Islands and spending time in Hawaii where her Dad is from. Since graduating from Wake Forest University, she returned to Los Angeles where she began a career in hospitality. She first worked in PR and marketing for Cachet Hotel Group later transitioning into an operations role at Viceroy Hotel Group. After four years in LA, she decided to go back to school, later receiving a masters in International Management from Birkbeck, University of London School of Business. After business school, Amanda joined the New York based travel agency the Local Foreigner in October 2020 as a Luxury Travel Advisor and was awarded Travel + Leisure Rising Star of 2023. Amanda has lived in London for almost 5 years now and she has been fortunate enough to explore the local ins and outs of the city, as well as the British countryside. She is also happy to always be a short train ride away from Paris and a short flight from other top European destinations. Given her background in luxury hotel management, Amanda has always been a resource for friends, colleagues and family seeking travel recommendations and she loves helping clients plan holidays that they will never forget!

Favorite Memory

Waking up in my room at FORESTIS to the most breathtaking views of the Dolomites! I felt like I was living in a screensaver!

Insider Tip

Given that all Querido hotels are owned and managed by families, I would encourage any client or hotel guest to speak to the teams on property and get to know their stories and history of the properties. They are all so special and unique!

Next Dream Trip?

Marbella Club because I’ve been sending clients here for years and always receive 12/10 feedback and although I have been to this beautiful area of Spain, I have yet to check out the hotel!

Cannot travel without...

Besides my husband and family who make every holiday more fun, I cannot live without lip balm. If you look in every pocket or bag of mine, you will always find chap stick or lip balm!!