The adventurous Rachel Grant jumps off the big screen as a Bond girl and is now starring on the small screen in an audacious role in the real life "Tour Group" docu-series on Bravo. Grant was born to be a leader, guide and adventurer. Whatever roles she has chosen to take on in her life, the raven haired beauty has succeeded fully in. Her role as a co-tour guide starring with Sandhurst Miggins and Brandon Presser on "Tour Group," Bravo's luxury docu-series, sends Grant with her fellow expert guides in search of the most exotic, thrilling and exclusive destinations on Earth. With 11 diverse and vibrant travelers in tow, the goal is to discover the world's ultimate vacation.
Destined life explorer
From birth, Grant was destined to be an explorer of life and aimed to flourish in whatever she put her mind to do. The stunning beauty and humanitarian was born into French royalty with the title The Honorable Rachel Louise Grant de Longueuil. King Louis XIV of France granted the barony title to Grant's ancestor Charles le Moyne de Longueuil to honor him for his North American explorations.
Ms. Grant took on dance as a child, and then sashayed her way to become a beauty queen, actress, writer, entrepreneur and social advocate. It is not surprising that along the way Rachel also fed her lust for travel turning into an expert in the field. She made unforgettable journeys to six continents and 70 countries and worked as a leader in a thrilling underground river discovery of the uncharted Angel Cave in the Philippines.
Speaking with Grant, it is apparent that she is as intelligent, caring and a lover of life as she is beautiful.
Carol Ruth Weber: What first intrigued you in life to go beyond the beauty of dance?
Rachel Grant: My mother drove my three sisters and I into stage performance and dancing. I took acting at same time as dance and really enjoyed performing. From there I went to acting school.
CRW: When did travel become a passion?
RG: My mother came from the Philippines so as a child every year we would take a 36-hour flight to visit her home country. This yearly trip to the Philippines, that took us on a journey through different places, is what drove my passion for wanting to travel. I remember being four years old and coming off of the plane with the humidity hitting my face. I still get goosebumps to this day when I think about leaving England and how thrilling visiting a new place was.
When I was 16 years old I found an ad to apply for a beauty pageant. At 17 I entered a pageant because I wanted to go to the Bahamas. I ended up winning the pageant and got to travel to the Bahamas. The traveling took off from there. Since I have been asked to judge beauty pageants.
CRW: How did extreme exploring fit into your lifestyle?
RG: I get that from my father. It started with extreme cuisine. I started tasting unique food when I was young. My mom would cook traditional Philippine food. Balut, duck embryo, is my favorite. I started doing things that the guys usually would do, like scuba diving. There are a few things that I still can't believe that I did, like discovering a cave in a very obscure place. Now I realize what a dangerous experience it was, but I would probably still do it again.
CRW: What types of extreme travel have you done?
RG: I went with my father to Ecuador five years ago and found someone to take me four hours into the Amazon to meet the Huaorani tribe. We went hunting with them. Even wilder is that I found out after that they had killed a group of missionaries that previously visited them before my trip.
CRW: What are you more comfortable in, couture or a wetsuit?
RG: I want a couture wetsuit. Actually looked up sexy wetsuits but realized it was not practical. When one travels you have to look simple.
CRW: What are your wishes for the future of the world?
RG: I really love to encourage people to travel in order to break down barriers and get to know other people. I want a world where people are more open to other lifestyles, traditions and foods, and culture. Travel brings understanding and openness to understanding.
With Rachel's mission declaration it is obvious that Bravo has chosen the perfect tour expert in Grant.
"Travel inspires us to enjoy life in a variety of ays, to live it to the fullest and to allow our senses to be excited and tantalized. Life becomes richer, more beautiful and I am always looking beyond."
The fearless Grant takes on life in full force as a spirit of nature not to be reckoned with. As one who has lead expeditions of itineraries to the most exotic locals she has found around the globe, makes Grant a perfect guide for Bravo's exciting adventure series. When not roaming to some far away land to explore, the beautiful thrill seeker is at home in New York writing about travel, as well as designing a line of travel gear. As a world traveler Grant has become aware of the immense need to help the impoverished communities and people that she has met along the way. This led the wonderful woman to work with philanthropies to specifically give back and help.
As global ambassador for Human Nature cosmetics, Grant aids the Philippines initiative in its efforts of establishing jobs for impoverished Philippine communities. A lover of animals, Grant formed her own enterprise of eco-friendly pet products called Furry Kind, as a partner with Human Nature. The online store aims to encourage good will to all animals, humans and the environment.