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Ariel Giraldi

Bethesda, Maryland Travel Agent
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Ariel Giraldi

Bethesda, Maryland Travel Agent

Leisure Travel Adviser

For years my friends told me that I had a talent for planning their trips and that I should be a travel agent. I laughed, thinking that travel agents had gone the way of the dinosaurs. How wrong I was! I started working as a travel agent in 2014 and have never looked back.

Working with a travel agent you can get insider tips and tricks, exclusive deals that aren't available to the general public, and an advocate who can work for you to make sure that your travel runs seamlessly and effortlessly. 

My passion is finding the hidden stories that make a place unique. Whether learning about the history of the Hermitage in St. Petersburg or laying on a white sand beach in the Caribbean, I like to share the magic of each destination and help my clients breathe in the destination.  

I see each trip as an opportunity to explore the globe and become more invested in becoming a citizen of the world. I truly believe that travel can change a person and by extension, can change the world. 

My Travel Experiences

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My Travel Photos

Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are a place unlike any other. That phrase is used a lot, but in this case it is literal fact. The flora and fauna of the Galapagos Islands are predominantly found ONLY on the islands. I was able to go with my father, a retired Smithsonian biologist and ... Read more from my Galapagos Islands story.

Harry Potter World Diagon Alley

I recently had the opportunity to go to Harry Potter World Diagon Alley for an evening. I have to say, it was pretty cool. I grew up reading the Harry Potter books and waiting impatiently for the next one to come out. I am a book fan, less so the movies, but ... Read more from my Harry Potter World Diagon Alley story.

My Reviews

5 of 9 people found this review helpful

Absolutely GREAT trip!

Reviewed By Centhea - Upper Marlboro, MD | Traveled to Rome ~ Italy ~ Europe
Ariel has helped me to plan two trips in the past year, both to Europe. She is an awesome professional and so good at her job! I highly recommend her. She does great research, asks the right questions and finds the best vacation for you. She works independently and has just the right mix of information and outreach to help you plan your trip.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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1 of 3 people found this review helpful

So well organized!

Reviewed By Carrie - Alexandria | Traveled to Boston ~ Massachusetts ~ USA
Working with Ariel was a breeze. I emailed her that my fiance and I wanted to go to Boston. It was going to be our first vacation together which was incredibly stressful but Ariel was so professional and made the whole process smooth and enjoyable. She sent several hotel options that fit our budget and once we chose one, she booked it and sent us an itinerary based on the things we mentioned we wanted to do. It was very detailed and even included the best way to get there (train, walking, uber, etc.). That level of detail and professionalism was much appreciated and I will definitely use her services in the future. I felt very listened to and understood. I cannot thank her enough. She had such a knowledge of the city and suggested wonderful things we didn't even know existed. The trip was wonderful.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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2 of 5 people found this review helpful

A truly once in two lifetimes experience

Reviewed By Happily retired NIH scientist - Kensington, MD | Traveled to Australia & New Zealand
I have always been a "plan it yourself" traveler. However, for a month-long trip to Australia and New Zealand for myself and my 91-year old mom, I needed some professional assistance. Ariel did a fabulous job from beginning to end. Based on our budget and a rough outline of the places we wanted to go, she quickly drafted a plan that met our needs. The wonderful hotels she selected for us were ideally located within the several cities we used as bases (Sydney, Melbourne, Queenstown and Auckland). We mixed pre-planned activities (bus tours, opera house activities, small plane excursions) with open days for local activities that we discovered after talking with locals and fellow travelers about "off the beaten path" things to do. Some of the pre-planned activities were ones that we had requested, but several, including two of the absolute highlights of our time in New Zealand, were ones that Ariel had recommended. We will always be very thankful that she made those suggestions.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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3 of 8 people found this review helpful

Ariel is awesome

Reviewed By RP - Reston | Traveled to London ~ England ~ Europe
Working with Ariel is great. She's always up for setting up fun trips and gives us a bunch a different options on hotels and planes.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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4 of 10 people found this review helpful

Awesome vacation

Reviewed By Lindsay W - Silver Spring, MD | Traveled to Costa Rica ~ Central America
A great experience! She made sure our trip was well coordinated and special for my fiancé’s bday.

The trip was fabulous in every way. All the drivers and guides we had were wonderful. We loved all the activities and the accommodations. Everything exceeded my expectations.


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2 of 7 people found this review helpful

One of the best trips I have ever taken

Reviewed By Dave - Silver Spring, MD | Traveled to India ~ Central Asia
Ariel was very helpful and proactive in planning out my trip which had a number of different segments and complications. She came up with some options I did not know previously were available that worked out just right in terms of timing and also my budget. She put me on to G Adventures which I had not heard of before but lead to a group tour which was amazing in terms of both the trip itself and the group experience.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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2 of 7 people found this review helpful

Trip to Austria

Reviewed By Captain - Collegeville, PA | Traveled to Vienna ~ Austria ~ Europe
Ariel Giraldi arranged an outstanding trip for my wife and I to Vienna Austria. She took care of airline tickets, hotel arrangements, and even recommended and arranged opera tickets, a day trip down the Danube to Melk Abbey, and the Spanish Riding School. She has my highest recommendation!
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6 of 16 people found this review helpful

South America Vacation

Reviewed By Jesse - Arlingon, VA | Traveled to South America
Ariel Giraldi did an amazing job arranging a fantastic and flawless vacation in a short amount of time for my wife and I to Machu Picchu and Easter Island!
I basically just told Ariel where I wanted to go and the dates I wanted, and she took care of the rest. I travel internationally for work all the time and usually have to figure out my own logistics, but that was never a concern on this trip. From the time we left home to the time we returned, I never even had to think about tickets, tour guides, where to eat, how to get from point A to point B, or what hotel we were staying at. At every step of the way, there was always someone there with a sign with my name waiting to take care of my wife and I.

Ariel always had private drivers and tour guides ready to go for us that were on time, extremely knowledgable, and very accommodating. The hotels were very nice, the restaurants were local and authentic (no tourist traps), and the sights were amazing.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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