The threads of my own travel story were woven early.

My father was a pilot. I discovered fascinating regional differences when I traveled to see him, and this began my love for travel.

My early exposure to travel influenced my choice of undergraduate majors. I time-traveled through a history degree, underscoring my travel experiences with historical context. After graduating, I entered travel school. I spent three years in the travel industry, and then I took a sabbatical while raising my children.

But my own travel story continued to remind me of the allure of other cultures.

I answered its call with family travel. I created vacations and adventures for friends and family. I kept my knowledge of the industry current and my experience in the wider world fresh.

In 2013, I returned to my passion full-time.

I have cultivated a worldwide network of suppliers. I have and continue to travel extensively, bolstering and updating my knowledge of the destinations I offer while vetting vendors, guides and escorts.

My affiliation with Montrose Travel provides me with perks and advantages unavailable to the general public. I am a proud Certified Travel Associate (CTA). I also am a Destination Specialist for Tahiti, Fiji, Australia, Jamaica and Scotland, and I’m always expanding my training and gaining new certifications.

I’m eager to hear from you so that I may use my expertise and knowledge as we design your next travel story.

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