Certified Travel Consultant
My name is Donna Bates and I have been in the Travel Industry for 34 years. I live and breathe travel. I am a Certified Travel Consultant, Master Cruise Counselor, Destination Specialist in many areas.
Like I said I live and breathe travel. I also specialize in Group Travel. I love working with large groups and planning their trips. I am always willing to do in person presentations with communities, clubs, groups, and friends and family.
People ask me where is my favorite destination. I can’t pick just one. I love to go everywhere and just soak up the culture and the beauty of every place I have been. If I haven't been there, I can assure you I have studied to be a Destination Specialist in the area.
I also travel vicariously through my clients as they are always contributing to my knowledge and I take my clients feedback very seriously. Personally I am a beach bum. Yes! I live in Florida, but I can’t get enough of a beautiful beach. I also can’t get enough of different cultures, history, or the food. This is proof of my love for travel.
I believe I have many assets to provide to you as my client BUT my biggest asset is that all of my clients become my friends and extended family. I treat everyone with respect and kindness, I will only do what is BEST FOR YOU.
My Areas of Expertise
All Aboard!! That is what you hear when you are boarding the Luxury Train Rocky Mountaineer. Wow was I excited to travel from Vancouver to Calgary on board a train. I have never traveled by travel before except for the Auto Train when I moved to Florida. I really did not know what... Read more from my All Aboard on Rocky Mountaineer Vacations story.
When you hear Ireland you think of Green Hillls, Irish Pubs, Castles and for me U2 and Bono.
I was lucky enough to travel to Ireland with Brennan Tours 5 years ago. I was excited to go and visit but I was shocked on how much I loved it and want to go back... Read more from my IRELAND THE EMERALD ISLAND story.
So I ask myself everyday how does a Beach Bum love Alaska so much? I know it is crazy. It is one of my favorite destinations. I am blessed I have been to Alaska 8 times. I have cruised the Inside Passage, Glacier Bay, Prince William Sound as well as visited the interior... Read more from my Alaska has a piece of my heart story.