Streamwood, Illinois Travel Agent
Vacationista and Cruise Specialist
After more than 22 years as a Project Manager working for fortune 100 companies, I decided to combine my knowledge and experience with my passion for travel and became a travel agent or as I prefer to call myself a Vacationista and Cruise Specialist. Vacationista echoes my enthusiasm for travel from the start of planning through experiencing the journey of the vacation. Cruise Specialist because I love cruising and I think its a great way to help people visit multiple destinations in one vacation.
Working on Global Projects for more than 16 years has given me the opportunities to travel to places I never imagined visiting like China and Malaysia. Over the last 10 years, I've also visited Australia, French Polynesia, Costa Rica, England, France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Malta, Turkey, Canada, Mexico, and many islands in the Caribbean. I've experienced new and different cultures and met wonderful, interesting people who have challenged me to think differently and open myself up to the experience.
In 2008, I took two friends on a two week vacation to China where I was able to show them all the reasons why I am so fascinated with that country. One of the many highlights of this trip was spenting a day with a local tea farmer in Hangzhou where we learned all about picking and drying tea. It was after returning home from this trip that I realized I should follow my passion and join the travel industry. Then on a trip to Tahiti in 2009 I met Betty Crovo, owner of Triumph Travel. We shared many stories of our travel adventures and she invited me to join her agency. She's been a wonderful teacher and helped me navigate the travel industry.
I enjoy planning travel adventures with people who love the process of planning but don't have the time themselves or they really want the advice from a person who has been where they want to go.
Having achieved a Master's degree in Project Management in 2007, I understand the importance of education. I've obtained Cruise Lines International Association's (CLIA) Accredited Cruise Counsellor (ACC) certification.