The Optimistic Tourist and a Travel Advisor, Too!
Travel has taught me to plan well and always have at least a plan B; it encouraged adaptability, patience, savoring the moment, and determination; it created The Optimistic Tourist. I have a degree in Recreation and credentials in both elementary and secondary education from the University of the Pacific. From my earliest memory, I have always loved to travel. The means of travel and the location were matched by the many things I learned along the way. Travel has educated my children and grandchildren, also. Throughout my teaching career, I never hesitated supplying materials and techniques for parents to educate while traveling. Wanting to share the joys of travel, created the travel advisor-consultant that I am today.
My Areas of Expertise
Watching old movies depicting early travel, you might have seen adventurers covered in soot, on hard wooden benches of wagons or steam trains. Others portray, small raft type boats being picked up and pitch by the current hurling down stream. Or you might see a majestic riverboat's paddlewheel churning while well-dressed gentry enjoy... Read more from my See the USA: On water and land story.
Multi-generational vacations and holidays are no longer reserved for the family cabin or camping trip. Multi-generational holidays have evolved to expand to almost every conceivable means. If you can think of something you would like to do, there is usually a place for the whole family.
Cruise ships have been designed to... Read more from my Multi-Generational Adventures made Easy story.
Grandma, Grandpa, and Great Aunt Lucy are no longer staying in the neighborhood. Today's seniors are an active, inquisitive bunch. They are taking adventure, cultural, culunary, and inspirational trips around the world. All of those places that there was limited or no access as they grew up are accessible now--mostly.
Education and Adventure on the Mississippi
It is always great when my clients enjoy the adventures I help plan. I am hoping we can plan another river adventure soon.
Thank you, Robert. It has been delightful organizing your adventure in Barcelona. Planning this adventure has helped me learn about the many cultural offerings available. Eager to hear about the trip and see your pictures. Mew
The most unbelievable trip!
Thank you Nelson! It was such a pleasure working with you. Thank you for keeping in touch with me throughout your adventure. It was fun to experience your enjoyment of Italy and travel. Looking forward to working with you in the future. Marian, The Optimistic Tourist
Spectacular Family Cruise
Thank you for the opportunity to assist in making your family adventure a success. I really knew we had a fit but needed to have a work through. You made my hunch become a reality. I know there will be other family adventures to follow.
Moving to a new country with a pet
Thank you Damon for the lovely review. I am so happy that we were able to make the transportation work for you, Stephanie, and puppy. My personal fee was my gift to you to fulfil your dreams in a new adventure. It has been a pleasure working with you. I know we will be planning trips back to the USA and other throughout the world.
Points &Timeshare Treasure
“No problem”. Marian helped us stay within our budget and still have an upscale holiday. With
her help, we learned where to trim and where to spend wisely. Marian guided us through the
planning process and has become our “go to” person for travel needs, big or small. We made
a new friend while planning our vacation. Memories made.
I totally understand wanting to make the most our of your timeshare dollars spent and point/miles accumulated. Admit I have enjoyed many a trip that way. The Trick is to know when and how to put all of the elements together for your best experience. Adding a pinch here and a spice there makes for a delightful adventure. So glad I could help join it all together. Until you travel again.
First trip out of the country
Thank you, A.C., for the wonderful review. Knowing it was your first out-of-country trip, safety as well as meeting your criteria was my major concern. Everything needed to flow seamlessly. Your itinerary was a bit of a quilt to assemble, but once the pieces started to fall into place it turned out very well. Thank you for sharing the pictures. Your smiling faces and the beautiful backgrounds made my day. Looking forward to assisting with your future travels. Optimistically, Marian
Multi-Generational Mexico adventure
It was a pleasure matching you and your family needs with the ideal destination and accommodations. Please do call again when you are ready for another family vacation.
2022 Europe Trip
Thank you for your great review. I must admit, I looked forward to our Saturday morning booking sessions. Sharing my love of train travel and your enthusiasm were a perfect match. Flying would have been cheaper and more expedient, but you will see things most of the world misses today. My only regret is I cannot be with the two of you enjoying UK/Europe by train. Eager to assist in planning your next adventures. Mew
Thank you, Daniel. It makes me happy that you and your family enjoyed Roatan, a place I hold near and dear. What a great birthday gift you chose for your wife! Looking forward to assisting with the next adventure.
Bucket list items covered
Delighted you enjoyed your adventures in Italy. I'm waiting to see the pictures.
Our Hawaii together @ Christmas & New Years
Thank you working as a team to create your adventure. I would love to have pictures but wont share without your permission. I am looking forward to assistant in creating your family's next adventure.
Adventure at a wonderful price.
Thank you for the wonderful review. It was a pleasure helping you enjoy Roatan as much as I have over the many years. It was like sending you to my hometown. I am looking forward to your next adventure.
The Glacier Express and our stay in Zermet far exceeded our expectations. We loved arriving in San Moritz and staying in our castle-like hotel. The Bernina Express was more great scenery and so uplifting. Enjoyed exploring the Milan train station completing our loop.
Flying to Edinburgh, exploring the castles, streets, and lunching on the royal yacht made our short stay fly by.
The train to London was a peaceful, pleasant end to our side adventure and way to ease into our week's stay in London. At King's Cross station our greeter whisked off to our lodgings via a real London taxi.
Loved the theaters, royal mews, and Keys ceremony. So much to see; so little time.
This plan was expanded so much from the original cruise and quite exciting to be a part of the planning. I am so glad you chose to ride the trains in such varied terrains. Such a delight to work with you. Thank you for choosing me.
We LOVED Panama!
It was a pleasure working with you, Abby, and your family. Thank you for sharing your pictures during your adventure. The gift of travel is such a learning experience for children and adults alike. Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of your adventure. Mew, the optimistic tourist
86th birthday bash
Marian was able to get last minute premium Economy seats on British Airways from San Jose, CA to London Heathrow. The flight crew was given a goodie bag , a bio of my military career, and the purpose of my trip. The lead flight attendant said he would treat me like I was in the very front of the plane and he did. I received outstanding service and delightful amenities throughout my flight. Upon landing, I even got a tour of the cockpit!
Marian arranged a hotel along the river in Cambridge with easy access to the downtown. I could watch the punters and other activities easily. My tickets for the airshow were VIP and included transportation, food, and special seating. My trip to the countryside for the airshow was a great success.
I highly recommend Marian for planning your holiday needs. She makes things happen smoothly door to door.
It was a delight to help you celebrate your 86th birthday. Marian
Trains, Boats, and Planes Adventure Abounds
Thank you, Marian, for our diverse, detailed adventure. Having us meet fellow cruisers prior to the cruise was brilliant. We are particularly grateful for the door to door care. Our fears of not getting to the right place were eased when we saw our greeter and our names on his sign. The Glacier Express and our stay in Zermet far exceeded our expectations. We loved arriving in San Moritz and staying in our castle-like hotel. The Bernina Express was more great scenery and so uplifting. Enjoyed exploring the Milan train station completing our loop. Flying to Edinburgh, exploring the castles, streets, and lunching on the royal yacht made our short stay fly by. The train to London was a peaceful, pleasant end to our side adventure and way to ease into our week's stay in London. At King's Cross station our greeter whisked off to our lodgings via a real London taxi. Loved the theaters, royal mews, and Keys ceremony. So much to see; so little time.