Although these options are wonderful, maybe you are craving more? Whether it’s you and your significant other or your entire extended family, there’s nothing like exploring new countries and cultures with your favorite people. Planning an entire trip from start to finish, within a foreign country, while trying to meet the needs of each person in the group, and trying to sort through the endless information online - can be extremely overwhelming.
I can help! One of my favorite types of trips - both to plan and also to experience for myself personally - are customized global itineraries. I’m not talking about your “off-the-shelf, boxed vacations”, I’m talking about a highly personalized trip based on what you and your travel companions enjoy most.
Scroll to the bottom of the post to see custom itineraries I designed for some very special clients!
Step 1: the consultation
Step 2: research & build the itinerary
I research hotels which are the ideal fit for you, whether you prefer boutique properties that reflect the beauty of the country you’re visiting or you’re more comfortable with a well-known chain hotel where you know exactly what to expect every time.
I mix in authentic local experiences that tie into your special interests. Perhaps you would enjoy a city walking tour to explore the local architecture, or take a trip back in time during a historian-led tour of the sites. For those looking to truly connect with the local people, I would love to set up a visit to a tribal village where you can share a meal and swap stories. Maybe you like to give back to the local community? There are a host of non-profit and NGO projects in each country who would love to share their work with you and to which you can contribute your time and skills. Curating itineraries which showcase the culture and allow you to interact with the people of a country is my way of showing you how we are all similar despite our differences.
I also assist with the logistics that are crucial for a successful trip - including flights, transfers from the airport to the hotel or cruise terminal, transportation, etc.
Through my research and planning, I work to piece everything together from start to finish - with a focus on incorporating whatever brings you the most joy.
Step 3: Let's review
Once you receive the first draft, you and I will discuss what I’ve proposed and make any changes necessary.
Step 4: It's go time
Step 5: Let's recap
My goal is to understand each client to the point that I know exactly what they would enjoy and can anticipate their needs. This also allows me to be on the lookout for specific experiences and promotions that would be perfect for particular clients!
What is an "experience design fee"?
Not only am I saving you endless hours of research, I am also taking the guesswork and stress out of where to go, how to get there, when to go, and what to do when you arrive. I also spend as much time as I'm able exploring the world on my own so I can speak from personal experience and guide you to the best fit for you and your family.
You will also enjoy piece of mind knowing I am monitoring your travel from start to finish, and available to step in if anything goes awry.
Finally, I leverage my Virtuoso affiliation and the relationships I’ve built with the best of the best in the travel industry to provide an elevated travel experience with VIP amenities and unpretentious luxury. I want you to be pampered and treated like royalty, so you can focus on enjoying the journey!
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This culturally-aware family wanted to revisit Italy on the way to an in-depth tour of Spain with their teenage daughter and son. During the consultation, I discovered that the parents love the arts and had requested a tour of the Murano glass blowing factory, the “boys” wanted to see a soccer game and their daughter was a fan of literature.
This well-traveled family of 4 came to me looking for a way to spend summer break together. With two physician parents and their now-grown daughters busy with their own crazy schedules, syncing time together was a precious commodity for them.
The challenge lies in dad's and older daughter's preference for luxury vs. mom's and younger daughter's preference to trade in luxurious accommodations for authentic, off-the-beaten-path experiences. The itinerary was designed to meet both sides of the spectrum, to provide everyone with a trip of a lifetime.
This tech executive and his travel-savvy family have been exploring the world together since their boys were little. With dad on the road much of the year, the Christmas holidays seemed to be one of the few times when they could all escape together.
They came to me with a customized Thailand request. With only a week and so many options of places to explore within the country, we settled on where the parents hadn’t been: Chiang Mai for some cultural immersion and Ko Samui for some beach fun.
Since the mom and I share a love of beautiful hotels, finding the perfect accommodations was a joy! I recommended Dhara Dhevi in Chiang Mai- an iconic resort modeled after a traditional Thai village- and the contemporary Banyan Tree Samui for their beach escape.