About Kendra

With a lifetime of travel industry experience, Kendra Thornton is a nationally recognized travel expert, TV personality, successful entrepreneur, second-generation family business owner, public speaker, wife and mother of three young children.

Drawing from decades of working in the travel industry, Kendra is frequently sought after by national broadcast and print/online media to provide expert commentary on breaking news, travel trends, top destinations, what's new in aviation and hospitality, travel deals, family travel and so much more. She makes regular appearances on WGN-TV in Chicago as well as nationally on FOX NEWS, Fox Business, CNN/HLN, and broadcast affiliates across the country to discuss a broad range of travel topics.

Since 2005, Kendra has owned Thornton Public Relations a boutique travel PR firm where she has worked with the most distinguished brands in travel from Kayak to Gogobot. Prior to starting her own company, Kendra was Director of Corporate Communications for Orbitz.com. In this role, she was responsible for the company's external communications strategy and acted as print and TV spokesperson to extend the company's brand authority in leisure and business travel.

Kendra grew up in the travel industry with parents who founded Royal Travel & Tours, the largest travel agency chain in north central Illinois. The family business afforded her the opportunity to travel the world starting at a young age - her first international trip was to the Bahamas at 3 months old. Kendra currently works for the family business and is actively involved in its growth and management alongside her parents.

A wife and mother of three young children, Kendra has been traveling with her kids, oftentimes solo, since they were infants. Frequently hired as a public speaker, Kendra is versatile at discussing a wide range of travel topics and trends pulled from her own experiences and from working in the industry. Kendra graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in English Literature and French. She lives in the northern suburbs of Chicago with her family. To contact Kendra Click Here