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Tamar Lowell
Tamar Lowell is the driving force behind Access Trips, a leading culinary tour operator specializing in exploring culture through cuisine. Access Trips culinary tours are renowned for giving guests unparalleled insider access to authentic culinary and cultural experiences that they cannot find on their own.

As CEO of Access Trips, Lowell expertly designs each itinerary to include the perfect balance of cultural discovery, cooking and exquisite dining. Access Trips tours operate in small groups, usually no bigger than 12 guests, giving guests the flexibility to enjoy serendipitous experiences and cherished connections with the local people.

An avid and knowledgeable traveler, Lowell has over 20 years of experience working in the travel industry at companies including American Airlines, Lonely Planet, and Travelocity. She joined Access Trips in 2007, as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, before taking over leadership of the company in 2010. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from the University of Maryland and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. She has used her experience visiting nearly 60 countries to invigorate the Access Trips portfolio with exciting new tours and one-of-a-kind experiences.

With Lowell’s guiding hand, Access Trips hosts culinary tours in Cuba, Vietnam, Thailand, Morocco, Peru and the United States. Access Trips tours have been recognized as “Best Trips of the Year” by National Geographic five times and have been recommended by Fodor’s. Access Trips has been featured in the New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, Travel +Leisure, and NPR.

Lowell lives in the Seattle area with her husband and two children. She enjoys cooking, hiking and photography both at home and abroad. She is a member of the American Himalayan Foundation, a donor to CARE, the American Red Cross and Heifer Foundation and a volunteer at several local schools.

Entries by Tamar Lowell

Cuba Travel: What the Latest Changes Mean for You

(17) Comments | Posted March 18, 2016 | 11:02 PM


The news out of Cuba is fast and upbeat. December's announcement that commercial flights between the US and Cuba will resume later this year - for the first time in over 50 years - means that American travelers will no longer have to...

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The Cuban Food Revolution

(4) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 12:56 PM

"Many things are not allowed, but anything is possible." This was the first thing my guide said to me, and turned out to be the theme of my week as I scouted Access Trips' new Cuba culinary tour. Perhaps what both surprised and enchanted me the most during my trip...

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5 Ways Culinary Tours Add Flavor to a Destination

(2) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 2:43 PM

I'm embarrassed to say, but the first meal I ate in France was at McDonald's. There, it's out there. I was 21 years old, traveling alone, exhausted, hungry, and I didn't speak a word of French. As I walked along the Champs-Élysées after an overnight flight, the Golden Arches appeared...

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The Future of Vietnam Travel Is Anchored By Deep Traditions

(29) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 5:42 PM

Image courtesy of Access Trips.

Vietnam is a name that stirs the senses and emotions. It conjures visions of proud farmers in conical straw hats tending their rice paddies. It conjures smells of lemongrass, ginger and mint, savory spices used in Vietnamese cooking....

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Discover The Hidden Charms Of California's Wine Country

(1) Comments | Posted January 18, 2013 | 6:00 AM

Like most small towns, in Sonoma, the heart of California's Wine Country, it's all about who you know. Connections with other people, whether a local chef, farmer, artist or dentist are integral to life in a small town. In order to thrive people help each other out, and the relaxed...

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10 Sanity-Saving Tips for Traveling With Kids

(15) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 6:00 AM

Long before I was a mom, I was a traveler. I traveled far and hard, and I swore that would not change when I had kids. People tried to tell me it would all change, that I would have to take a travel hiatus, maybe until my kids were teenagers....

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Adventure Travel Trends To Watch In 2013

(1) Comments | Posted December 6, 2012 | 6:00 AM

Part of my job is to look into the future and identify what trends are emerging in the adventure travel market, both in the near and longer term. I use multiple sources of data, including our own inquiry and booking data, to predict the most popular destinations, experiences and travel...

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In The Himalayas, Biking Is The New Trekking

(1) Comments | Posted October 26, 2012 | 7:00 AM

2012-10-24-Pokharavalleyview1.JPGNepal is a burgeoning republic nestled in the heart of the Himalaya whose name evokes images of soaring snow-capped peaks, fast flowing rivers, and of course, the iconic Mt. Everest. Nepal has so much to offer, and the mountains are just...

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The Flavorful Culture Of Thailand

(1) Comments | Posted September 20, 2012 | 7:00 AM

2012-09-19-057BangkokParadeCelebratingBuddhasEnlightenment713x8003713x800267x300.jpgThailand is one of my favorite places in the world, an exotic gem, where the architecture and artistry are matched only by the friendliness of the people; where every flavor is more pleasing than the last; and where Buddhism binds the culture...

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