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Cheema’s Travel
September 26, 2019 by Michelle Mackin
An image of seven people watching a woman cook behind a counter in South Korea.
Cheema's Travel in South Korea enjoying the cuisine.

After working as a junior art director at Food Network right out of SVA, Rani Cheema (BFA 2007 Graphic Design) started picking up design jobs around the world and realized quickly that travel was her true love. After some time spent as an assistant to consultants in the industry, she opened her own luxury travel agency in September 2016.
Cheema’s Travel specializes in culinary-centered experiences. “I base my [own] trips on what I want to eat, not what I want to see,” she says, and she noticed that many of her clients felt similarly. So in addition to planning trips for individual clients for honeymoons, birthdays and other occasions, Cheema organizes—and, when she can, leads—group trips to places that people are less likely to visit independently.
One of Cheema’s favorite destinations is South Korea, where she arranges an annual retreat during cherry blossom season. Last year, attendees included Sarah Henke, the owner and chef of the Michelin-starred YOSO restaurant, in Germany; photos from the trip appear in her cookbook, Korea. There was also a private cooking class with Buddhist nun Jeong Kwan, who’s been featured on Netflix’s Chef’s Table. “My group trips always include at least one awe- inspiring moment that hopefully will move the travelers and inspire them to do something back home,” Cheema says.
In October, Cheema took an all-female-identifying group to Iran, where travelers visited woman-run restaurants. In the future, she hopes to lead retreats in Cuba, Japan, Scandinavia and Punjab, India. “I want to break down walls and stereotypes,” she says. “There is so much magic on this great big planet.”

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