Specialties: Cruises, European group and independent vacations, self-drive tours, paradores and pousadas of Spain and Portugal respectively, USA destinations, Caribbean islands.
Personal Travel highlight of a recent trip: "Flightseeing" and whale watching on an Alaskan cruise.
Favorite thing I try to do when I travel: Experience local restaurants, meet the "natives",and take lots of photos.
Best Travel Advice: Practical advice: always buy travel insurance (trip cancellation and medical).
Experience advice: Meet the people, don't rush through it, and rely on the first-hand experience and knowledge of your travel agent
Best Client Rescue: A few years ago I had a client call - the husband of a couple I'd booked a few times - to say that he completely forgot their 25th wedding anniversary was just over two weeks away and he wanted to surprise his wife. She had always wanted to see Venice and that was the destination he wanted me to book - in such a short time. Needless to say he was thrilled when they returned and said what an unforgettable trip it was, complete with canal-front rooms at the Cipriani, a transfer agent at Venice Airport with a big "Happy 25th Anniversary" sign, an enormous bouquet of roses and a magnum of Champagne in their hotel room, an a gondola cruise at which the gondolier sang "their song" (Dean Martin's "Return to Me") in Italian.
Most memorable Client trip: A few years ago a client asked me to organize a family reunion cruise to Bermuda for his rather large family living in several different places in the U.S. It was a great deal of work but turned out to be a fantastic, unforgettable experience for everyone. Best part: I got to go too, since I was a member of the family!
Favorite Destination: Having begun my travel industry career with two different European airlines - SAS and Alitalia - I got to take many business and pleasure trips to Europe. While there are dozens of places in the world that I can honestly say "I love", my two favorite countries are Italy and France. I have traveled extensively through both - by car, train, bus and boat - and always look forward to returning.
Dream Trip: Paul Gauguin cruise of French Polynesia
Bucket List to do's: Visit French Polynesia, especially Bora Bora; explore the islands of Galapagos and tour Macchu Picchu and Cuzco; cruise through the Norwegian Fjords; visit the town of Aubel, Belgium.
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