JNG Worldwide

When Luxury Travel is a Lifestyle…

Meet the Team

Jean is always on the road searching for the exceptional, writing about amazing experiences and consulting for those in the travel industry to promote travel and tourism.

Jean  has quickly become the go to source for travelers, the travel industry and the media searching for the the exceptional in international travel.   Recognized as a leader in the world of luxury travel by Travel and Leisure magazine, in a cover story for Luxury Travel Advisor magazine and many more.  Honored to be chosen as a Travel and Leisure A List Agent for 2013 and 2014.   Also honored to serve on Luxury Travel Advisor Awards of Excellence Advisory Board.

My years of travel planning during 17 years overseeing the international and student travel programs of the Smithsonian Institution and in the corporate world have, quite simply, introduced me to the best of the best. I have worked with only the best in land, jet and cruise travel and know the top specialists in almost every field. I have incomparable “Feet on the Ground” experience having circled the globe hundreds of times and have visited almost every country. I have also worked with the US Department of State and US Chamber of Commerce to promote tourism in Northern Africa, the Middle East and Arabian Gulf.

   Give her a call if you are looking for an unbiased travel writer who is trusted internationally, as one who “cannot be bought” and is very hard to impress.  A positive review is never promised but when warranted, invaluable and shared internationally across all media and social media channels.


JNG Worldwide is a Social Media Travel Company formed by Jean, which utilizes all social media platforms to inform travelers and to work with suppliers and destinations to promote travel and tourism.   I am pleased to announce that Debra Eliezer, former Director of World Wildlife Fund Travel, has partnered with me to form the most unique travel consultancy in the market today. Combining the expertise of my 17 years as head of the Smithsonian International Travel team and Debra’s as Director of the World Wildlife Fund Travel program,  JNG Worldwide offers unparalleled credibility to promote all types of luxury travel.  

JNG Worldwide also combines a very unique knowledge of both the retail and nonprofit luxury travel industry.  JNG Worldwide’s international team is made complete by the expertise of Eliza Franz Gregory.  Eliza contributes to the JNG Worldwide team as the London-based Executive Director. She received a BA in Art History and Dance, and an MA in Contemporary Art from Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London. Eliza brings JNG a specialist interest in contemporary art, which is an area of significant interest for the UHNW traveler.


For JNG Worldwide, the expertise is unmatched, and our work multinational corporate brands, the Smithsonian Institution and World Wildlife Fund, have quite simply, introduced us to the finest in luxury travel.  We hope to inspire travelers to experience the world,  in ways they have not even imagined.   Follow along on the blog “Simply Exceptional”, in Huffington Post at www.huffingtonpost.com/jean-newman-glock and on social media and in many other  travel print media and join the fun!  


Jean Newman Glock | Owner, President

A lifetime of international study and travel, coupled with 17 years overseeing and planning the most fantastic journeys for the Smithsonian’Institution’s Travel Program, make Jean’s expertise in high end, special access travel unsurpassed.  Jean loves consulting for the travel industry,  writing about new finds and designing over the top experiences. The world’s best scholars in art, architecture, design, culinary arts and history are her daily teachers; making Jean the perpetual student. But her career path took many turns getting to this point—all valuable in shaping her dynamic credentials, which prove to be priceless for her clients.

Student travel with her boarding school certainly ignited the wanderlust. The moment Jean climbed the Acropolis, realized that Socrates and Alexander the Great had stood on these same stones and viewed Athens from the same perspective, she knew that this same feeling is what she wanted to experience in a thousand other places. Attending college in Lugano, Switzerland, perfectly located in the middle of Europe, with an international faculty and student body confirmed that whatever path she took, it would indeed involve travel.

A Master of Science Foreign Service from Georgetown University with a focus on the geopolitics of oil led to a 12-year career in the oil business and many trips to the Middle East, Gulf and throughout Europe. Then, someone suggested she apply for a job at the Smithsonian Institution, working with the largest nonprofit travel program in the world.  She rose to Senior Manager responsible for the Smithsonian’s entire international portfolio of tours and the student travel program.  This was a fantastic opportunity to show the world to many and learn from the scholars who led these tours. Jean was fortunate to travel almost everywhere during her amazing career with the Smithsonian Institution; working with the world’s best scholars, tour operators and cruise lines.  Her perspective and insights on the constantly evolving world of high end travel is now in high demand by her clients in the travel world.  She has also been a leader in utilizing social media as a resource for travelers and for those who supply travel in this ever shrinking world.


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