I’m a passionate foodie traveler who loves immersive experiences in diverse cultures. I may be a little addicted to cruising, logging over 450 days at sea on 65+ cruises! Originally from Chicago, with stops in the San Francisco Bay area and the mountains of Asheville, NC, I now happily call the Deland/Orange City, FL area home.
Designing vacations with the perfect balance of luxury and value is my specialty. I focus on river cruises, ocean cruises, resorts and escorted tours to the Caribbean, Alaska, Hawaii and Europe.
Best Travel Experience: Hawaii. The Big Island never fails to impress me with its diversity of climate and geology. You can be in the Hilo rainforest in the morning, high atop a cold and windy Volcano for lunch, and back at the Kona beach by dinner.
Most Recent Trip: Holland America Cruise to the Southern Caribbean.
Where do you want to travel to next? Returning to Florence Italy's Tuscany Hills region for Chianti Wine and homemade pasta. Or Prague and Budapest on a Danube River Cruise.
Funny Travel Story: I used to have riding an elephant in Thailand on my bucket list. But let’s just say that my experiences on a stubborn Donkey in Santorini, Greece (he turned around the steep hill and decided to go down instead of up!) and a tall Camel in Cairo, Egypt (it’s pretty high up once that camel stands!) have made me realize that I’m pretty much done riding animals in foreign countries!
What do you look for in traveling? A perfect combination of great food, delicious wines, active outdoor adventures and immersive cultural experiences. Since I’m a pretty seasoned traveler, I like off-the-beaten-path style trips that keep me out of the main tourist sites and get me into the daily lives of the locals.
Favorite place in the world? Home! Traveling is fun and necessary, but there is no place like the sanctuary of home.
What is your travel planning motto? Find the perfect balance of value and luxury that matches a client’s unique travel personality.
Favorite place to get food? For simplicity: Mexico - a fresh squeezed lime margarita and a grilled chicken taco…yum!
For a decadent gourmet experience - Paris, France.