Tampa, Florida Travel Agent
You want experiences - not just destinations!
This has been an incredible 40 years! After owning an agency for over 20 years, I sold it and became an "independent agent". Why should this matter to you? I am not locked into a box that only allows me to sell certain products to you.
I have traveled extensively since my first trip out of the country. In 1970, I went to Paris and it was the most incredible experience I ever had. it defined the rest of my life! Since then, my travels have taken me to China, New Zealand, Australia, Tahiti, Croatia, all over most of Europe and the Caribbean. Both by land and be sea.
Everyone seems to ask "where is your favorite place to travel?" My answer is usually "someplace I have not been before"! But in all honestly, I have to say that New Zealand, Croatia, France and Italy are at the top of the list.
By doing this much traveling, I have had the opportunity to meet with many first rate travel suppliers. Because of these contacts, I can custom design a trip for my clients that will truly give them the experience of a life time. Anyone can give you a cookie cutter trip. But that would be an injustice to your budget and to your time.
One of my favorite trips to plan was a man's 50th birthday celebration. He wanted to spend this special day bungee jumping where bungee jumping originated! As he was on a tight time schedule, I had to be sure he was in Queensland, New Zealand in time for his appointment to jump. As luck would have it, his plane was late arriving in Auckland and he missed his connecting flight. By working with the airline, he was on the next plane and made it to his destination. For him, this trip defined "luxury" and he still talks about it.
Working in this industry is a whole lot of fun as well as challenges. I feel a great responsibility to each of my clients to be sure I have done all in my power to give them the best possible vacation experience I can. It is a privilege to work with them year after year and that is a testament to their trust in me.
Why a "small ship specialist"?
On a small ship or river cruise you can sail to the less-traveled places, usually have less than 200 people on board, seldom have to reach for the tab, indulge your foodie side, engage in the local culture ashore, and spend more time in each destination. Alaska is a perfect example of the difference between a large ship and a small ship. On the "Un-Cruise" cruise If you see a whale, they will alter course and stop the engines so you can experience this magical mammal. Or stop in Sete, France on an Azamara Club Cruise and and cheer on your brave captain as he engages in "Water Jousting" with the locals! (Yes, he got very wet!)