Adventure & Luxury Travel Specialist
Lighting my way to the Bedouin Camp in Wadi Rum
Hello, My name is Samantha Ritchie and I am happy to be here as a consultant for your travelling needs. I would like to get you started on experiencing the best time of your life! Travelling is priceless and there is no better time than now to start.
I began my travel career over 20 years ago. My first memories of travel come from visiting western Europe. Spain, Italy, Switzerland and France gave me the first glimpse of what my future would hold, but even before then I knew I would explore the far corners of the world.
I became a Certified Travel Agent after graduating from McConnell travel school in 1994. A few years later I received my BOA at Northern Arizona University in International Relations, with a minor in Asian Studies. SE and SW Asia were my focus.
I have lived, studied and traveled in Asia. I have also had my adventures in Europe and the Middle East, but Asia is where I made my home for almost a decade.
A few of my homes have been Japan, Taiwan, Jakarta, Indonesia, Bali and China. When I had free time I traveled to Thailand, Okinawa, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam. I really enjoyed getting to know the natives of each country. I ate street food, shopped the night markets and tried my best to live as a local. I enjoy soft and hard adventure, ethnic food and languages which is probably why I have such a travel bug. I love experiencing what the world has to offer and I hold some of the most memorable adventures of my life in Asia and the Middle East. Culture which includes language, food, religion and music, amongst a few others, have been my passion!
I am an experienced destination specialist in Asia, the Middle East, Ireland and Scotland. I have lived, worked and travelled throughout Asia and have travelled to the Middle East numerous time, as well as many other countries. I graduated from McConnell Travel School with a certificate in Travel & Tourism and a degree in International Relations with an emphasis on Asian studies. I research and plan active adventure trips to Qatar, Jordan, Palestine, Egypt, Asia, Ireland & Scotland. I provide authentic, experiential journeys that are unique to each destination. I work with trusted suppliers that are in-country and know the ins and outs, so you'll get the most unique and satisfying experience possible and because I have first-hand experience in these destinations, I can offer invaluable information that might have go amiss elsewhere. Myself and my suppliers promote sustainable travel and well-being, so future travelers will also be able to enjoy these destination’s wonders. I'll engage as much as needed in order to find out your true travel passions and desires. I’m not looking for a sale. I’m looking to build relationships, so you'll remain loyal and refer active newcomers to Indo Bleu Travel. In addition, I will be your advocate before, during and after you return from your journey.
My destination expertise makes me a great resource for you. I understand if you have never traveled overseas to a far away country where people don't speak the same language; however, I can provide professional guidance and safety. I can also assist in making your vacation seamless, efficient and worth your time and money.
"Curiosity makes life so much fun. Once you lose that, all the joy diminishes."
~ Ethan Hawke
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Incredible Destination Wedding!
Thank you for the great review Joey. I am truly happy you were able to attend your friend's destination wedding in Jamaica! Please don't hesitate to contact me again for your future travel needs.
Leesa, I'm always happy to help you and your family with any travel plans you have or my need in the future. Thank you for choosing Indo Bleu Travel!
18 in Greece!
Awesome Educational Tour
Seattle -UW Trip
Excellent trip to Southeast Asia
She was able to suggest better alternatives to some of our initial requests flexible in making reservations for hotels, guides and internal flights. She worked effectively with Borden Travel to make local arrangements and follow through on two issues that arose.
I would certainly use her services again.
Thank you Paul & Gloria! I am so thrilled you had a wonderful time and I hope that I can assist you again with your travels abroad. The pleasure was mine.
Great relaxing ?? experience ever
Exploring the Middle East
Above and Beyond
Best trip I’ve ever been on!
Trip of a Lifetime
Her knowledge of the city, culture, and things to do was invaluable. From arranging flights, hotel and transfers, and a 1/2 day city tour, to answering all our questions, she was wonderful. Her responses were always prompt, and she even checked in with us when we arrived in Qatar.
We truly appreciate all that she did to make this a trip of a lifetime!