The world is opening up and we are starting to travel again! If you are interested in having a conversation about what travel could look like for you, let's connect. I am an experienced certified travel advisor and by my partnership with Expedia Inc., I have access to the worlds' best hotels, vacations, tours, cruises at incredible pricing. Talk about a winning combination of vacation design ;)
With a strong commitment to providing exceptional customer service, I help my clients plan their dream vacations with a custom-tailored approach.
Some areas of my speciality include but are not limited to:
Italy - Hotels, Villas, Wineries, Resorts, and Tours
Did you know Italy is roughly the same size as Arizona? Imagine Rome, Venice, Florence, Milan, Amalfi, Lake Como, Tuscany within such close proximity ..... that's what makes travelling through Italy so amazing. You can literally see so much! And it possesses more UNESCO World Heritage sites than any other country in the world.
Drive its stunning coastline, Amalfi, Cinqueterre, Italian Riviera, then journey inland to Tuscany, Rome, Sorrento, Florence, Venice to just to name a few. Italy is a second home to my family, our multi-generational family home is located in the Lazio region near Rome, Naples and the Amalfi Coast. I will help you navigate its 20 regions, each one unique and show you how you too can explore the exquisite beauty of this country.
River Cruises - Europe, Egypt, India, Vietnam + Cambodia, Amazon
This absolutely must be on everyone's bucket list!! An extraordinary must do in your lifetime and here's why ... what better way to immerse yourself in the cultural experiences of many places and ancient towns you never thought you'd visit, all at 5 star accommodations docking right in the heart of towns/villages. These trips are led by experts in each of the regions, providing you with rich cultural and historical information that leaves you with a deep appreciation. Each day is active and very engaging. These cruises are a 5/5 boutique experience and I can help guide you along some of my personal favourites like Castles Along The Rhine and Brilliant Bordeaux just to get you started. These cruises are small and intimate with a max. capacity on avg. of 125 guests ... no lines, no crowds, no cattle herding getting on/off the river boats. Trust me, river cruising is tastefully well done!
My kids still talk about the 2 Mediterranean cruises we've done over the last 9 years as the best vacations in their lifetime and I'll never forget when I planned the first one. It took awhile (like a full time job because at that time I was not a travel agent) and I remember I kept saying to my family, "you have absolutely no idea what I have planned for us!". And WHAT A TRIP IT WAS!
Why? What better way to see and explore so many countries. What's different about Mediterranean cruising vs traveling Europe by land is that each day you wake up in a new port and the tours are bountiful in ancient history, architectural masterpieces, cultural, food, seaside towns or just explore living like the locals do. When the day is done, you go back on board for an incredible evening of dining, dancing, theatre or just R/R. One memorable moment I'll never forget was having the opportunity to visit the last resting place of Mother Mary in Ephesus, Turkey. It was easily one of the most amazing experiences in my lifetime. Not to mention the Santorini sunsets, Amalfi Coast tour, driving the Monaco Grand Prix track ....
There are many options with how you sail the Mediterranean sea from intimate luxury small ships to larger ones the whole family can enjoy.
Luxury Villa Rentals - Europe, Caribbean, & Mexico
Ummm yes, my mouth is literally drooling when I view these properties. Some I've had the personal pleasure of staying in as well. I work with suppliers that help me custom-tailor your dream villa's experience to include enogastronomy including cooking classes and wine tastings, tours, private yachts, private planes, and much more. Tuscany, Amalfi, Capri ...
If I'm being honest here, I think a wellness retreat should be on everyone's calendar at least once a year. What better way to RESET, RENEW and BREATHE to start fresh again. There are options near and far that can bring more ZEN into your life and I've got a few on my list. If a personal retreat is not ideal at this time and a family vacation is more realistic on your calendar, then I will help guide you to vacations that have incredible wellness spas as well because in my opinion, this piece is non-negotiable!
Ok let's talk SUN & FUN! Island hop your way through the Caribbean seas. Cruising your way through the seas has become extremely popular! It's the sun, ocean air, new adventures every day, entertainment for everyone on board, the food, the casino, the atmosphere is incredible. And again, so many options on how you can sail the Caribbean seas with a plethora of choices. Let me help you make the right one.
A cruise through Alaska is another vacation that really needs to be on everyone's bucket list. The landscape and nature are absolutely incredible! These cruises are a very popular family vacation as the ships sail during the summer months. Multi-generational families are frequently spotted on board, what better way to get the whole family together and experience our great land. Cruising Alaska begins at the end of April and ends near the first of October. You can sail roundtrip from Vancouver or you can sail north or south bound in/out of Seward (Anchorage). Whales, totem poles, Tongrass National Rainforest, Hubbard Glacier, seal lions, sea otters, brown bears, black bears, Alaskan King Crab, White Pass, Yukon Suspension Bridge .... so much to see and explore!
All inclusive Vacations
So you're not a cruiser ... that's ok! I can help you create the most possible vacation experience. There is something for everyone, a little R/R, family fun, wellness, sporting ... I can introduce you to must see islands. We can narrow down the options in the Western Caribbean to the Eastern side. I know it can be overwhelming picking the right one but together we'll find your gem.
The many options are endless. Think celebration events like milestone birthdays and anniversaries.
- For the golf lover, a Perry Golf cruise with attendance at the British Open OR how about 7 nights in Bermuda golfing 5 days at some of the most spectacular courses in the world.
- A limited number of guests sailing the Mediterranean with exclusive access to Monaco's Grand Prix.
- Touring the west with Rocky Mountaineer
- From the mountains to the vineyards, bike tour your way through the Tuscan hills
- For the adventurer what about an African Safari
- Or expeditions trip like Patagonia, or Antarctica
- And the honeymooners ... FIJI
And planning the details, because every small one matters, is what I love to do most.
Vacation planning takes time. Time to research, time to read the reviews, time to determine your budget ... it can be a lot and can often times discourage you too. But it doesn't have to. I'd be happy to hop on a call or meet in our beautiful office downtown Oakville to review what you have in mind, even if it's not in the calendar for another couple of years. We can start building a plan to make it happen.
*disclaimer, any promotions with respect to the online products found in the boutique are not included in any travel packages*