Paul Bennett

Paul Bennett

Advisor to the Travel Sector

An early career as award winning travel journalist for National Geographic led Paul to co-found Context Travel which pairs travelers with local experts to provide in-depth experiences around the world.

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Mr Bennett is co-founder of Context Travel, a certified B Corp that pairs intellectually curious travelers with local Ph.D-level experts for in-depth learning experiences in culture capitals around the world. Paul has deep background in all aspects of scaling startups from digital marketing to business development to talent management.

He is a sought after speaker and advisor in the travel industry generally, and the tours and experiences sector specifically. Paul had a decade of experience as a travel and design journalist for National Geographic, Architectural Record, and other publications, including numerous awards. He is author of five books.


  • Corporate Strategy
  • Sustainable Businesses
  • Digital Entrepreneurship
  • Travel Sector

Appointments, Awards, and Degrees

Board Appointments

Sustainable Travel International
Context Travel


Lowell Thomas Travel Writing Award
Best American Travel Writing 2006 (Houghton Mifflin)
Best American Science Writing 2007 (Houghton Mifflin)
Featured speaker at NY Times Travel Show, AATA Elevate, Seatrade, TBEX etc


Wharton School, certificate of entrepreneurship
St. John’s College, MA liberal arts
Macalester College, BA English