80 The Thinking Traveller The dream behind The Thinking Traveller was forged in 2000, in the volcanic crucible of the Aeolian Islands. The morning after a nighttime ascent of an incandescent Stromboli, Rossella and Huw Beaugié descended to the coast below, dived into the transparent waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea, and made a decision that would change their lives. In 2002, they founded The Thinking Traveller, a specialist, serviceoriented travel business offering exclusive access to the most exceptional villas in the heart of the Mediterranean. The Thinking Traveller’s unrivalled range of villas in southern Italy, Greece, Corsica and Mallorca includes 5-star oases of fully serviced luxury, romantic beachfront summer houses, gems of contemporary architecture and much more besides. Uniquely, all of The Thinking Traveller’s properties are only available through them (meaning that they can’t be booked through any other channels). This exclusivity allows the company to guarantee quality, create tailor-made solutions, show live availability on its site, and offer online booking.