Kris Tripp

Travel Specialist

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Specialties: I am dedicated to continued travel education.

My love for adventure has taken me to Costa Rica many times, and I am Certified by the Costa Rica Tourist Board.

I am also certified as a specialist with many of the ocean and river cruise lines, as well as a Destination Specialist for Ecuador.

Personal Travel highlight of a recent trip: My #1 Bucket List Destination is Africa. I recently visited Cape town and Botswana which was everything I hoped it would be and more.

Favorite thing I try to do when I travel: Shop with the Locals. I love to prepare regional cuisine when I return home, so I normally look for specialty stores and purchase products that are produced locally such as wine, olive oil, spices, and/or chocolates. Or even local cook books, if I can find them in English.

Best Travel Advice: Plan ahead, explore and read up on the destination and all that it has to offer prior to departure.

Make the most of your limited time in a destination by visiting the attractions that interest you most.

Take a business card for where you are staying with you - this can be handed to a taxi driver with English language limitations if you get separated from your group, or are just simply tired of walking.

International phone plans allow you to stay connected to friends, as well as many very useful apps. Use apps such as MapQuest and Trip Advisor for recommendations on local restaurants and such.

Most memorable Client trip: Planning a Smithsonian Journeys, "Luxury Around the World by Private Jet" - cultural and historical vacation for my clients.

Favorite Destination: Anywhere where wildlife and nature are abundant! I love the outdoors and Costa Rica, Galapagos, and South Africa are some of my favorites. 

Dream Trip: Return to Africa for Safari to Kenya and Tanzania for the great Migration!

Bucket List to do's: With so many places to see, and so little time to explore, it is hard to narrow down just a few. Until I have been everywhere at least once, the list goes on. The love of travel, experiencing different cultures, and seeing new things is in my blood.

 

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