Researching travel is fun - between everything you can find on Google to the amazing photography on social media, and of course everything in between. It’s easy to be wooed by this, and wooed by that – but how do you know what’s real and not just digitally enhanced, or edited? Truth be told, planning your dream vacation can take a lot of time - more time than perhaps, you have. Chancy even. At 58 Stars, we get it. We know this world. We marry our travel knowledge and expertise with customer service to deliver what we hope to be a trip of a lifetime, AND incredible value. We listen to you, curating an itinerary that is just for you, using our deep industry connections to deliver rare interactions and authentic experiences. And, we manage your experience from the time of our first discussion through your return home, seamlessly resolving any disruptions that may occur. We are experts in travel, but just as important, we are also experts in impeccable service.
My passion is travel! After selling my advertising agency a few years ago, I bought half of Passport Travel and rebranded it to 58 Stars Travel. Our goal is to present a modern approach that showcases the value of a travel advisor, by presenting a fresh take on travel agencies. We'll explore unique ways to engage with consumers, look to utilize online and social media in presenting our vision, build deep relationships with travel suppliers around the world, and create custom-crafted travel experiences that are more meaningful and well thought-out.
Personally, I love to plan travel! I've traveled throughout my life and have experienced and lived in some of the most amazing destinations and local cultures. These journeys left a significant mark on me and helped me to better understand what makes meaningful travel experiences. And now, I have the opportunity to help others by offering my expertise in travel throughout Europe, where I lived for a period of time, as well as SE Asia, Japan, New Zealand and Australia, Mexico and Central America, Caribbean and North America. My travel experiences, along with my connections with suppliers in destinations, gives me a proficiency and deep understanding that allows me to deliver off the beaten path experiences, wine and culinary recommendations, and local opportunities to connect with communities in interesting ways. So, if you’re ready to work with a passionate traveler who understands how to create experiences that will stay in your heart forever, then I’m here for you. My goal is to listen, learn and then deliver your dream vacation.
Thanks to a family subscription to National Geographic Magazine, the concept of a “bucket list” occurred to me almost 40 years ago as I entered my early teens. Looking at the photos and reading about these wonderful places made me realize how much I needed to get on an airplane and experience the world firsthand. I have been doing so ever since. My travels have taken me to Asia (Japan, SE Asia, India, Maldives), Australia, Europe (favorites include France, Spain and Greece), South America, Mexico, Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Seychelles, South Africa, Morocco), Middle East, South Pacific (Tahiti, Marquesas, Cook Islands, Fiji) and multiple exotic cruises. Shortly after graduating from the University of Washington Economics School I decided to follow my passion and join the travel agency industry where, along with my like-minded team of travel professionals, have helped countless customers check off their own bucket list experiences. My success and enjoyment come from providing truly fulfilling and unique experiences for my clients, and to make sure that when they come home, they feel that they’ve gotten everything thing they’ve dreamed about and more.
For me, travel is not just for pleasure but rather it is a true way of life. As an experience-seeker I am passionate about curating rich and memorable trips for my clients. I allow my expertise in art, food, design and culture to infuse all my group tours. I have the honor of exploring over 90 countries across 6 continents and I am thrilled to weave my journeys into the tapestry of the unique specialty programs at 58 Stars Travel. Having personally escorted many groups throughout this incredible world of ours, I can attest that intimate group travel makes these things simple, yet unforgettable, and allows you to focus all your energy on having that experience of a lifetime. In addition to being a consummate globe-trotter, I’m also a travel activist who cares about education and global health, having served as a board member to many such organizations. Some of my favorite trips have been a contemporary art immersion trip to the Venice Biennale, a culinary and wine tasting tour in Tasmania, and a yoga retreat in Bali.
“We travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us” – Anonymous
Before entering the awe-inspiring world of travel, I worked for 10+ years at a marketing agency – collaborating with Fortune 500 companies such as Nike, Microsoft, Amazon, and Levi’s. I learned to channel creativity when searching for solutions, and the tight deadlines made me an expert at working quickly with the closest attention to detail. I truly believe no detail is too small and every little thing can make a difference.
With my old boss/mentor now co-owning 58 Stars, I was invited to join the team - leading all agency marketing and diving into the luxurious world of travel as a Travel Specialist. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity – helping people plan journeys that create memories that last a lifetime, learning more about the world we live in, and meeting new friends along the way is something that most people can only dream about. I have quickly found that my skills transfer perfectly into creating complex, custom-crafted itineraries around the world, and I couldn’t be happier as a Travel Advisor.
Through our deep relationships, network partnerships and many connections locals in countries around the world, I have access to itineraries, amenities and pricing that can’t be beat. I plan and book all types of vacations including honeymoons, destination weddings, beach destinations, luxurious custom itineraries, cruises, weekend getaways and more. I especially love family vacations as having a family of my own, I know how difficult it can be to plan a family vacation without enough time and guidance. Over the years, I’ve learned to make traveling with the entire family easier than ever.
I’m an expert planner and can help you enjoy a trip anywhere around the world. Whether you want to visit many countries in Europe or relax on a Caribbean beach, I’ll create an itinerary that works for you. I want to help you build an experience so that you don’t feel rushed or stressed, and I’ll research great options that reflect your personality and interests. If you ever want a recommendation or have a request, I’ll be happy to help.
Whether you’re interested in cruising the Baltic Sea, taking a guided tour in Myanmar or looking for a custom-crafted European adventure, I can help plan the perfect getaway or once-in-a-lifetime bucket list journey. I pride myself on my penchant for organizational skills and high-end customer service. Following years in project management, I brought these important skills to travel where I combined it with my passion for travel. I believe these skills set me apart because I can handle the most detailed, complex or obscure destinations you can throw my way. My goal is to listen to you and work with you to create something that is seamless, where every detail is built specifically for you. They say luxury is the lack of worry -- wouldn’t you want to experience that when you’re planning that all-important getaway? I’m here to help you craft something that only you will enjoy, because I’ve listened. Call me today to find out what it's like to plan travel when a heavyweight has your back.
Every day I delight in creating custom itineraries designed around my clients' passions. The best part of my job is learning about my clients’ interests and needs, then crafting personalized itineraries by piecing together the various components, such as hotels (I love researching hotels!), transportation, activities, and one-of-a-kind experiences. Each trip is unique, cohesive, and seamless where you get precisely what you have been envisioning. As your personal advocate, I always have your back and am there for you before, during, and after the trip. If you ever need anything, I am just a call, text or email away. As we work together, my commitment to you: I will do everything possible to make sure the memories from your trip exceed your pre-trip expectations.
I am a Certified Specialist in Europe, History, Culinary, Rail, River Cruises & Canal Barging, Disney, Tahiti, Luxury, and Multigenerational Travel. These are my passions and I am always learning something new about them. If you are interested in the Caribbean, I will send you to a colleague who is a Caribbean specialist. But, if you are interested in a Grand European Adventure, a Luxury Rail Journey through Africa, discovering the food & wine of Portugal, celebrating an anniversary in an overwater Tahitian bungalow, sailing to the Christmas Markets on the Rhine, planning your Disney Honeymoon, or having a family reunion in Historic Williamsburg, I will provide you with the most up-to-date, detailed, and accurate information. I offer educated suggestions and recommendations as we work together to create your personally crafted itinerary.
I’ve been part of the travel industry for more than 32 years, having worked with airlines, a cruise line, a rail supplier and a European Tour Operator, before moving to 58 Stars in 2005. I love this industry and have deep expertise that stretches far and wide - from the detail-driven fast pace of corporate travel planning to the development of group travel experiences. I understand the intricacies of building trips and providing value for travelers and corporations large and small. My deep relationships with suppliers and understanding of the industry allows me to deliver the best value, as well. I enjoy working with travelers to make their travel experience a pleasure, whether it is for Business or Family Fun your travels should be a great adventure. Adventures start with a dream the traveler has in mind and through partnership with the client I make it a reality, whether your dreaming of a ski adventure, golf adventure, history and cultural experience, fascinating rail vacation or a cruise to another gorgeous destination. Working together with my clients to make their dreams come true is a wonderful experience. I always say, “The world is yours to explore and I would love to assist you with getting your heart’s desire.”
Some people ask me, why do I love being a travel specialist? Travel is in my blood. I have an insatiable curiosity to see what is over the next hill, around the next bend and down the next street. It’s allowed me to experience the world with excitement and anticipation. And, it’s with that same passion, and 30 years of extensive leisure travel planning experience, that I look to when helping my clients create their own journeys throughout the world.
I’ve lived around the globe, including Australia and New Zealand, but I absolutely love France – the people, the countryside and the incredible cities that make it come to life. And Paris, is one of my favorite cities in the world. I have visited Paris multiple times and have never been disappointed. Even after many visits, I still have so much to see and experience. In addition to France, Australia and New Zealand, I have experienced many parts of the world, including Ireland, Croatia, United Kingdom, Morocco, Jordan, to name a few. I also have an expertise in escorted tours and cruises, having taken large ship, small chip and many river cruises. So, I know what to look for and what to stay away from. My goal in working with clients is to listen and learn and helping to craft something that is exactly what they’re dreaming about. One of my favorite trips to plan is a driving itinerary around the country. It’s impossible to love a place more, than when you’re driving through the stunning country sides, exploring abundant wineries, charming villages, and incredible food.
So, I’m ready to help you so please reach out. I'm reliable, have deep knowledge of destinations, and am pretty fun to work with as well. So let's talk travel!
I've always had a passion and fascination with traveling the world. I started as a receptionist and worked my way to Office Manager and Travel Agent of 58 Stars, a Travel Leaders agency. I have a keen eye for detail and understand the importance of customer service, which has consistently made clients return to work with me. I have had the pleasure to work with a large variety of clients to deliver custom-crafted experiences, helping them make their travel dreams come true. And, with years of knowledge and a whole lot of personal travel, I feel quite comfortable offering my expertise in planning. I’ve experienced Africa, Asia, Australia, North America, Europe and The Middle East. South America and Antarctica are on my bucket list, and I have plans to get there as well. I love traveling, as it feels so rewarding, whether it be a cruise, safari or private island experience. Or, I’m also just as happy to walk through a city and immerse myself in a culture that I never knew; whatever it may be, we all engage and invest in travel to obtain something unforgettable.
It also helps that as part of the Travel Leaders Network, I have the ability to help clients redeem their American Express Membership Rewards points for travel.
In my world, I believe in experiences over things. And with travel, those experiences stay with you forever. I’d love to help make your next vacation vision come to life. Let’s choose one of your bucket list destinations and start planning.