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Launched in Spring 2016, Top Flight Family is a one-stop resource for sophisticated parents who believe in exploring the world with their children in comfort and style.

Top Flight Family partners with forward-thinking brands that share our mission – to encourage families to experience everything the world has to offer… together.

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Carmen Sognonvi and her family exploring downtown Oranjestad. Photo: Ayrton Tromp

Carmen Sognonvi is founder and publisher of Top Flight Family, the leading online destination for luxury family travel. Her insights on travel have been featured in Wanderlust Travel Magazine, TravelPulse, HOTELS Magazine, Seatrade Cruise News, Vacation Agent Magazine, Luxury Daily, Hotel News Now and TravelDailyNews International.

A seasoned media professional in both digital and print media, Carmen began her career at Surface magazine and Town & Country magazine.

In 2004 she founded Racialicious, an award-winning, influential blog about the intersection of race and pop culture. Past Racialicious staffers and contributors have gone on to join some of the country’s top media properties, including ESPN, MTV News, Buzzfeed, and Jezebel. Carmen was an early pioneer in podcasting, launching a companion podcast for the blog in 2005. She has spoken about digital media trends at journalism and media conferences hosted by organizations including The Poynter Institute and BlogHer.

In 2010 she joined her husband’s then-new martial arts school, Urban Martial Arts, as General Manager. In just four years, she tripled the number of students enrolled and expanded the school’s space to double its size. She landed Urban Martial Arts mentions in top business publications including Inc, Entrepreneur, and Fox Business. In 2015, Urban Martial Arts was named one of New York City’s top 50 small businesses by leading radio station 1010 WINS.

Born and raised mostly in Hong Kong, Carmen also lived in Shanghai and Belgium before making New York her permanent home. Carmen graduated from Columbia University with a BA in Political Science and lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and two daughters.

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