A bit more about me...
Suited up before jumping off the Auckland Tower
People travel for different reasons and it's my mission to ensure they aren't disappointed in the trips they entrust me to help create. I take a bit of an empathetic approach in my planning. After a brief consultation, I plan my client's journey as if it's a trip that I'll be taking. Keeping your budget, desires and expectations in mind while I work to create your vacation.
As a specialist I had to complete and pass all mandated tourism boards courses. As well, I continue my education with regular destinations trainings. I also find networking with various tour operators and other travel suppliers beneficial so I am up to date on such things as new tours and special offers that could be of interest to my clients. My networking is done with office visits, webinars and attending trade shows and conferences. However, I feel that in order to give my client's true guidance I need to experience a country myself. So, I visit each of the countries I focus on as regularly as possible.
One of my greatest joys is hearing from my client's after they've returned home telling me how much they enjoyed their travels. I hope to one day have such a conversation with you.
Please feel free to contact me when you're ready to start planning your next dream trip.
We first used Wally at Signature Destinations back in 2005 on our trip to Beijing, China. The trip went off without a hitch and was so smooth that we used Wally as our personal travel agent to book our subsequent trips to South Africa, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand. The biggest trip Wally has done for us was a 28 country, Round-the-World itinerary that he expertly booked and was PERFECT! Wally is a true travel professional and knows his stuff and has never led us astray and has gotten us out of several binds overseas. We have recommended him to all of our friends and family and will never book an overseas trip without him! .... Carmen B.
My Areas of Expertise
Better Than I Could Have Expected!
Wally is a Travel Leader
I truly appreciate your kind words, Paula. It's been my pleasure to have worked with you these past years. I sincerely appreciate your business and I look forward to be being of service to you moving forward.
Very well organized first trip to London and Paris
Great memories of a great trip
One of the things that impressed us the most was the way Wally listened to us so he could customize our trip around our interests.
The accommodations he booked for us were all top notch and included an upscale bungalow on the Queensland coast and a lovely boutique hotel on the waterfront of Hobart.
Wally also had loads of practical tips, ranging from how to navigate the airports to some of the best places to shop in Sydney. He also handled our arrangements for a rental car for the week we spent in Tasmania.
All told, Wally worked with us for weeks, revising our itinerary as we tweaked our schedule. Throughout the process, Wally was easy to contact, thoroughly professional and always friendly.
Thanks to Wally, our trip was amazing in every way, and we came home with incredible memories. We couldn’t be happier with the results, and we’re already talking with Wally about another trip next year!
Thank you, Marlene. I appreciate your kind words and I wish you happy travels. :)
Our Around the World Trip
Portugal with Viking, one of the best Viking Trips
I don't know how he does what he does so well, but I am grateful.
In short, I highly recommend Wally to any of my friends should they need help with their travels.
April Rains Portillo
Thank you April. That's very kind and I very much appreciate having you as a client.