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 Corporate Travel Management (CTM) provides me with perks and advantages unavailable to the general public through the Virtuoso Consortium. I am a proud Certified Travel Counselor (CTC), newly certified in 2018. I also am a Destination Specialist for Tahiti, Fiji, Australia, Jamaica, Scotland and Italy and I’m always expanding my training and gaining new certifications.

In 2018, my husband accepted a position in London, where we are living for the next few years. As I work my business remotely, I am in the same or similar time zone for my clients who are traveling to Europe. This adds extra piece of mind, if they need to be in contact during their trip.

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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