Melissa Biggs Bradley’s life has long been shaped by travel. The daughter of an Australian mother and American father who met in England, Bradley went on her first safari at age 12. Experiencing other cultures and remote locales around the world has remained a defining feature of her life ever since.
“It’s interesting, in many ways that safari was incredibly impactful in terms of opening my eyes to varying ways one can live in the world,” said Bradley, who also has deep roots on the East End. She first came here as a child with her parents in the 1980s, and since the early 2000s, she and husband Michael have owned a home in Southampton. “Even now, with the issues that exist today, if one wants to be a responsible traveler, it’s important to be aware of the inequity and responsibility of being a global citizen.”
That’s a priority for Bradley, who was the longtime travel editor at Town & Country magazine, and at age 27, launched the spin-off publication Town & Country Travel. Today, Bradley is the founder and CEO of Indagare, a travel company founded in 2007 that specializes in curating memorable journeys for members around the world. Bradley’s goal, both personally and professionally, is to inspire and empower people to change their lives through adventure, with the belief that once travelers are truly engaged and invested in a region, they, in turn, become good stewards of the planet because of their experiences.
“Africa is a place that’s been really important to me for a long time. I’ve been on dozens of safaris,” said Bradley, who also sits on the board of the nonprofit Center for Responsible Travel, a Washington, D.C., based group dedicated to increasing the positive impact of responsible tourism. “From a global perspective, the biggest