How to skip TSA security AND immigration lines for good

If you’re a frequent traveler, you’ve undoubtedly had the near-universal experience of enduring a TSA security line or an immigration line upon re-entry to your home country.

What if you could bypass these lines for good?

You may have heard of Global Entry, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. You fill out a (fairly lengthy) application, pay $100, and if your application passes the initial phase, you’re invited to an in-person interview/screening at a participating airport. If you pass that phase of the application, you are granted a Global Entry ID. In a nutshell, this is how it works:

At airports, program participants proceed to Global Entry kiosks, present their machine-readable passport or U.S. permanent resident card, place their fingertips on the scanner for fingerprint verification, and make a customs declaration. The kiosk issues the traveler a transaction receipt and directs the traveler to baggage claim and the exit. (www.globalentry.gov)

 In addition, people who are approved via the Global Entry program can also participate in TSA Pre-Check, which allows people to skip regular TSA security lines at participating airports and go through an expedited line —without having to remove shoes or other clothing items, open laptops, or do any of the other things that take up time in line.

Global Entry (and the accompanying TSA Pre-Check) is a good fit for your flying needs if:

  • You plan to travel internationally any time in the next five years. The more you travel, of course, the more worthwhile it will be —but many reviewers indicated that Global Entry is worth the time savings even if you travel internationally once a year or less.
  • You have the Amex Platinum, Mercedes-Benz Platinum, or Business Platinum (or Centurion) cards, as the $100 fee is refunded to you as a statement credit. Other cards may also offer this reimbursement check with your credit card company to be sure.
  • You live within a reasonable distance of and use any of the airports listed here. The GE program requires the in-person interview, so if the nearest participating airport is several hundred miles from you, it might not be worth it, unless you are a very frequent flier. Participating TSA Pre-Check airlines and airports can be found here.
  • If you are a Canadian resident, the news is even better! If you qualify for Canada’s expedited-traveler program, called Nexus which only costs $50), you get Global Entry for free.

In addition to inside info on things like GE and Pre-Check, as your travel advisor, I’ve got tons of helpful hints and connections to make your next trip an amazing one. I would be thrilled to meet with you and plan out your next great adventure! You can reach me at marnie@wheelsupadventures.com.

Capturing Those Vacation Moments: Smartphone Photography

Why the Best Camera for Your Vacation Might Not Be A Camera

 Most people want to take at least a few photos on their vacation, but not everyone wants the fuss of packing and keeping track of an extra piece of electronic equipment.

Have you considered leaving your digital camera at home and simply using the built-in camera on your smart phone?

Here are a few reasons why using your phone might be the best thing that ever happened to your vacation photos.

It’s always with you. Always. When you travel, your smart phone is likely already serving several purposes beyond just being a calling device. It’s a watch. A GPS. A weather-checker. An email and social media connector. A music library. It’s unlikely you go many places without it, and it’s second nature to just have it on hand. (If you’re like many people, the challenge of owning one of these devices is actually limitinghow much time you spend on it.) How many times have you gone somewhere and accidentally left the camera in the hotel room or in the car? Using your phone can help ensure that you’ll have a great camera handy when those moments-to-remember come up.

It takes surprisingly high-quality photos. Lots of people are shocked by this. Most phones now have an 8 megapixel (or higher) camera. That’s high-resolution enough to get a clear 20” x 24” print!

No messing around with memory cards or uploads to your computer. You always have the option, of course, to upload your photos at any time to your computer.  But with your smart phone, you can also instantly upload images to Facebook, send them in an instant message, email them to yourself or others, or back them up on the Cloud. No cords or plugins required.

Interesting apps galore can make your images look pro in no time. Free apps like Instagram and cheap apps like Hipstamatic($1.99) are used by millions of hobby and professional photographers every day. You can crop, add frames, apply filters, and share your photos right from the app itself, plus edited photos are automatically added to your phone’s photo library. There are hundredsof photo editing applications available. You never know: you might be inspired to get more into photography through your mobile device than through an actual camera!

A cool photo finish. In addition to being able to send any photo in your phone’s photo library to any camera shop or retailer (like Target or Walgreens) to be developed in regular 4×6 prints, Instagram’s unique square format makes for beautiful, artistic prints, too. Check out MixTiles— a free app that allows you to select and order three professionally-printed images from your Instagram library that are mounted on lightweight 8” x 8” backer board for easy hanging — all for just $49. Each additional tile after that is just $9.

A 21st-Century take on the “wish you were here” postcard. You can send personalized postcards to friends and family in less than 30 seconds – without stamps or trying to find a post office. Postagram is a free app that lets you upload vacation images from Instagram, Facebook, or your phone’s photo library and then add a short personal note. You enter the recipient’s address, and voila! — Postagram prints your photo and message on high-quality glossy paper and mails it directly for you. It is a fast, convenient, and personal way to keep in touch with those you love while you’re away.

Gone are the days of grainy, tiny images on small screens. Today, even those who consider themselves photo enthusiasts love the convenience and creative challenge of using their phones to capture their most treasured photographic moments. With all that your smart phone can do, maybe this is the year to take your vacation photography to new heights!

If you have your phone ready, I’m ready to help you find the perfect place to start taking pictures! You can contact me today to help you start planning your summer getaway – just  click here!

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National Waffle Day – Waffles From Around the World

Waffles are a light, crispy almost cake like creations made of batter and created with a waffle iron.  Waffles are known as a breakfast or brunch treat but they are simply amazing anytime of the day.  Waffles are just one of my culinary weaknesses.  Although the Belgian waffle is the most known, there are a variety of types from around the world.  Check out some of my favorite variations below.

Bubble Waffle (Egg Waffle)

This waffle is popular street food in Hong Kong and Macau.  Recipes generally include eggs, flour, milk (coconut milk), sugar and sometimes baking powder.  These scrumptious treats are created with two semi-spherical iron plates.   These waffles are slightly crispy and can be soft and chewy on the inside, depending on how long they have been cooked. Although these waffles were generally eaten plain in the past, they have evolved to include fresh fruit, drizzled chocolate and a new craze is using as an ice cream cone.  Some favor variations are green tea, coconut & ginger.

Bubble Waffle Recipe – Author Cookies & Cups

Ingredients

  • 6 egg whites, beaten to stiff peaks
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/4 cup cake flour

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the 6 egg whites on high speed until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together egg yolks, sugar, butter, vanilla, and milk until smooth. Mix in the cinnamon, salt, and baking powder until combined. Finally mix in the flour until no lumps remain.
  3. Fold half of the egg whites into the mixture until combined, and then gently fold in the remaining egg whites.
  4. Preheat the bubble waffle iron  Fill the waffle iron with a scant cup of batter, spreading the batter out so it’s completely covered. Close the lid on the iron and cook for 5 minutes. Remove the waffle from the iron when it’s lightly browned. The longer you cook the waffle, the crispier it will be.

Note: recipe lightly adapted from CucinaPro

Rosette 

This Scandinavian version of the waffle are traditionally made during the holiday season.  These waffle like cookies are crated with special irons  that are dipped in the hot oil, then into the batter and back into the oil and then dipped into powdered, or regular sugar or frosting. This creates a crispy outside shell and softer inside.

Rossette Recipe – Author Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • ICING:
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 3 tablespoons water

Directions

  • 1. In a small bowl, beat eggs and sugar; stir in milk and vanilla. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to batter until smooth.
  • 2. Heat 2-1/2 in. of oil to 375° in a deep-fat fryer or electric skillet. Place rosette iron in hot oil, then dip in batter, three-fourths up the sides of iron (do not let batter run over top of iron). Immediately place in hot oil; loosen rosette with fork and remove iron.
  • 3. Fry rosettes 1-2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Remove to paper towel-lined wire racks. Repeat with remaining batter.
  • 4. For icing, combine the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and enough water to achieve a dipping consistency. Dip edges of rosettes into icing; let dry on wire racks.

Pizzelle  

This Italian waffle cookie is a flat crispy cookie that has a decorative pattern that looks almost like a snowflake.  These waffle cookies can be plain with a dusting of powdered sugar or with flavors such as anise, lemon zest chocolate or vanilla. Pizzelle can be hard and crispy or soft and chewy depending on the ingredients used and how they are prepared.  These delectable treats are cooked using a pizelle iron, which is similar to our waffle iron. Pizelles can be eaten plain or used to create a sandwich with cannoli cream or Nutella.  Whatever the flavor, its hard to just have one.

Pizzelle Recipe – Author Culinary Hill 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter melted and cooled
  • 1 tablespoon anise or vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 4 eggs

Instructions

  1. Preheat pizzelle iron and lightly coat with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, butter, anise or vanilla extract, baking powder, and eggs. Drop slightly rounded tablespoons of batter on to pizzelle iron and close.

  3. Bake as directed by manufacturer or until golden brown, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Using a nonstick spatula, remove each pizzelle to a cooling rack; repeat with remaining batter.
  4. Cool completely and dust with powdered sugar if desired.
 Stroopwefels 
These are a favorite among my husband’s family.  These syrup waffles are super popular in The Netherlands and Belgium.  The Stropwefel was first created in the town of Gouda.  Yes, the town that also brought us Gouda cheese.  These waffles are created on a   Belgian cookie iron.  When still warm syrup or carmel is spread on one of the cookies and another is placed on top to create a delish little sandwich waffle treat.  It is customary in our house to put your stroopwefel on top of your  tea or coffee to let it warm slightly before eating.  These are a favorite stocking stuffer, easter basket treat during the holidays. 
Stroopwafels Recipe – Author The Food Network 

Ingredients

Waffles:

1/2 cup warm milk

1 package active dry yeast

4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon fine salt

2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

Filling:

1 cup molasses

1 cup light brown sugar

1/2 cup light corn syrup

6 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. small bowl and whisk the yeast into the milk. Allow the mixture to sit until bubbly, about 5 minutes.
  2. Put the flour, granulated sugar, cinnamon and salt in a food processor and pulse until the ingredients are combined. Add the butter and pulse until it resembles coarse meal. Add the eggs and the yeast mixture, and pulse to combine. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead just until the dough comes together in a nice ball, 5 to 7 times. Set aside to rest for 45 minutes.
  3. Preheat a waffle cone iron on the medium-high setting. Form the dough into 16 equal balls, about 2 1/2 ounces each. Flatten 1 ball until it just forms a disk and place in the waffle cone iron. Shut the iron lid but don’t clamp closed. Bake until crisp and golden, occasionally pressing down on the iron lid, 1 to 2 minutes. While the waffle is still warm, cut out a circle using a 4 1/2-inch round cutter, and then split the waffle horizontally using a knife. You should have 2 thin waffle halves. (If you wait until the waffle is cool it will be harder to cut.)
  4. For the filling: Combine the molasses, brown sugar, corn syrup, butter and cinnamon in a small saucepan over medium heat, and bring to a boil. Bring to the soft-ball stage (235 to 240 degrees F on a candy thermometer), stirring constantly, 8 to 10 minutes. Pour into a heat-resistant glass measuring cup and allow the mixture to cool until it thickens but is still spreadable, about 10 minutes. (If the filling gets too thick, rewarm in the microwave at 30-second intervals until the desired consistency is achieved.) Spread 2 tablespoons of filling on the cut side of a waffle and top with the other half. Allow the cookies to cool completely.
  5. Cut into shapes using a cookie cutter, or cut into wedges if desired. Mix confectioners’ sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl, and sprinkle it on top of the stroopwafels.

Happy Waffle Day Everyone – Enjoy yourself some waffles today.

 

How Air Travel Will Change in 2019

 

 

by:  Kristen Leigh Painter (Conde Nest Traveler)

For the past five years, it’s been boom times in U.S. air travel as passengers benefited from highly profitable airlines in the form of low airfares and a rapid expansion of new flights. In 2018 alone, many U.S. consumers faced an onslaught of discounted fares—$99, $59, and even $19 one-way—and the industry celebrated a bounty of “firsts,” like the first nonstop flight from Chicago to Africa on Ethiopian Airlines, and Kansas City’s first non-stop flight to Europe on Icelandair. With 2019 just weeks away, the new year looks to be full of its own surprises, bringing new elements like biometrics and more (!) bag fees to the travel experience. International trade policies and fuel prices are wild cards that could throw a wrench in it all though—possibly driving up prices and driving down the number of flights.

Biometrics Will Be Here, There, and Everywhere

Travelers can expect to see greater use of human biometric data—like facial recognition and other physical characteristics—to board airplanes, pass through customs, and drop bags in 2019. Delta Air Lines led the movement, opening the first biometric terminal in Atlanta this year, but others, including JetBlue and Lufthansa, have piloted biometric boarding processes in Boston, Detroit, and Los Angeles. Delta is also testing facial recognition technology to self-check bags at Minneapolis-St. Paul. Orlando International Airport plans to use facial scanning on all inbound and outbound international flights by the beginning of the year (U.S. citizens can opt-out, though that’s not widely advertised). Clear, a biometric technology company, is now in more than 25 U.S. airports and has partnered with Hertz to speed up car rental pickup and with Delta for quick entry to its airport lounges with a thumbprint ID. But with the growing prevalence of biometric data, privacy concerns will continue to bubble, too. (Read more about that here.)

Cathay Pacific unveiled “The Deck,” a massive new lounge, at Hong Kong International Airport, in March 2018.  Courtesy Cathay Pacific

Tailor-Made Everything Is The Thing

Travelers will have more options than ever before—including basic economy, standard economy, premium economy, business class, or first class—to customize their flight experience in 2019. Premium customers will see the rosier side of customized travel. Carriers are investing heavily in upgrading airport lounges at hubs across their networks and adding more luxurious, front-of-plane cabins, like United’s Polaris, American’s Flagship First, JetBlue’s Mint, and Delta’s One suites. “Airlines are curating and tailoring their pricing and experiences based on loyalty and frequent flying,” says Katie Raddatz, a senior director with Carlson Wagonlit Travel, which manages business travel for companies. “The days when people pay different costs for the same experiences are going away.”

But with more delineation, certain things we’ve come to expect as included in our fare just won’t be. (And it’ll likely cost more.) Spirit Airlines, for one, has pioneered “dynamic pricing” for its bag fees, which—in simplest terms—means customers will pay more for their luggage during more desirable times of day (like Monday mornings or Friday afternoons), seasons (winter when travelers tend to pack bulkier items), or for longer trips. There’s even no longer a luggage price matrix to reference on Spirit’s website because there are too many variables on an individual’s flight itinerary that must be calculated.

Who will follow? “I think more airlines will try it this year because, quite bluntly, there’s a lot of money in it,” says Bob Mann, a Port Washington, New York-based airline consultant. Though legacy airlines used to turn up their noses at the ultra-low-cost carriers like Spirit and Allegiant for nickel-and-diming customers with fees, those same carriers are now adopting and adapting many of these methods, from the rise of basic economy to higher bag fees, and calling it “customization.” These incremental changes will increase in 2019 as airlines leverage data to promote special offers, upgrades, and add-ons to customers based on their flying history.

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Airfares May Get More Expensive (Sorry)

Fuel is a major expense for airlines, and ultimately affects the cost consumers pay to reach their destination. As airlines in recent years benefited from low fuel prices, which bottomed out in early 2016, they were able to price tickets more competitively. That all looked to be changing this summer as crude oil rose to its highest level since 2014, and experts began to brace consumers for rising airfares next year. But then the cost of oil dropped again this fall, creating volatility and leaving airfare forecasts in flux, says Raddatz. Moral of the story? Stay tuned.

The Ultra-Long Haul Flight May See Some Struggles

This fall, much fanfare was made about Singapore Airlines’ relaunch of the world’s longest nonstop flight—18.5 hours between Singapore and Newark. And competition is heating up: The advent of more fuel-efficient planes has led several airlines to start new ultra-long-haul flights, defined as more than 8,000 miles one way. In the past few years, United launched its 17.5-hour Houston to Sydney flight, Qantas Airways started flying 17 hours from Perth to London, and Cathay Pacific Airways began a 17-hour nonstop from Hong Kong to Washington, D.C. In 2019, United will fly nonstop from San Francisco to Delhi and Singapore Airlines will fly nonstop from its home country to Seattle. “There was a thirst for it and there was a lot of great marketing and promotion behind it,” says Raddatz of Carlson Wagonlit. She calculates there are currently 19 in service around the globe, which is three times as many as a decade ago.

But an airplane on a 15- or 16-hour flight uses nearly 40 percent of all its onboard fuel just to carry the weight of the fuel it takes to go that far, Mann says. Both Raddatz and Mann agree that for these flights to make financial sense, an airline needs to be carrying predominantly premium-class passengers to pay the heftier fees to cover the fuel costs. Singapore Airlines has configured its long-haul aircraft with just premium economy and business class seats—something Qantas is now taking into consideration for its ultra-long-haul aircraft of the future. If fuel prices rise too steeply next year, we will probably be saying “sayonara” to some of these super-long-haul flights.

Travel by Rail

Travel by rail is definitely trending for 2019.  One of our Virtuoso Travel Partners, Ker & Downey has named train travel in Europe as one of the top trends for 2019.  According to the World Rail Market Study, conducted by Roland Berger and commissioned by UNIFE (organization that represents the European rail industry) the rail supply market has grown by 1.2% between the years of 2013-2017.  The study also predicts a steady growth for rail products over the next six years.

There are many advantages to traveling by rail in Europe.  Check out a few below:

  • You are able to enjoy the flexibility of moving around the train, comfortable seating,
  • You are able to explore multiple destinations on just about any budget,
  • You are able to save time traveling, when you factor in the time you spend at the airport (checking-in, security, boarding).
  • Train schedules tend to be more frequent, allowing more flexibility.
  • Train stations are centrally located within cities, meaning only a quick taxi, Uber or walk to your hotel.
  • Traveling by train can mean not needing a vehicle and the potential hassles of driving in a foreign location.  No need for International Driver License.
  • Traveling via train discourages over-packing.
  • The scenery is sometimes breathtaking.  You are able to see parts of the country that you would have not seen had you flown.
  • Your travel advisor has access to the experts to plan your itinerary.

Let’s get your adventure by train itinerary started today.

 

Learning a New Language: Check out these language apps that make learning not only easier but fun.

Have you ever wanted to learn a new language or brush up on your french and english from high school?  As long as you’re ready to commit, there are a number of language apps that make learning a language accessible but also fun.

Here are a few apps that you should check out….

 

ROSETTA STONE

This popular language learning software is now available on your mobile device.  Lessons can be  accessed from both your desktop and smartphone.  Rosetta Stone offers 24 different languages (Spanish (Latin America & Spanish), English (US & UK), French, Japanese, Italian, German, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, Arabic,Korean, Dutch, Tagalog, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Irish, Farsi, Polish, Swedish and more.   Rosetta Stone trains you to associate words with imagery focusing on communicating in a real-world context, emphasizing pronunciation and speaking. A  3 day trial is available.  Rosetta Stone online ranges in price from just under $11 a month to just under $17 a month.  Rosetta Stone offers native speaking tutors and is available on iOS and Google Play.

To find out more information on Rosetta Stone, click here https://bit.ly/2ttCReq

DUOLINGO

Duolingo is a free language learning platform that is available on your desktop and mobile device.  Duolingo offers a language proficiency assessment exam to ensure you begin your course at your level. Duolingo offers 85 different language courses in 24 languages (Spanish, French, German, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian,Irish, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Turkish, Norwegian, Polish, Hebrew, Esperanto, Vietnamese, Swahili and more.  The Duolingo platform has been created to feel like a game where you can track your progress, earn rewards and stay motivated to learn.  Duolingo does offer a free version of their platform which removes ads on your mobile and offers a few extra features. Duolingo Plus costs $9.99/month.

Check out Duolingo here, https://www.duolingo.com

BABBEL

Founded in 2007, Babbel was the world’s first language learning app.  Babble is a platform that  works on your real-life conversation skills.  Lessons are crafted by language experts, and voiced by native speakers.  Babbel offers 14 different languages including Portuguese, Turkish, Norwegian,  and all the popular languages such as French, Spanish, Italian and more. Speech recognition tools test your pronunciation, ensuring you sound just like a native. This app allows you to learn at your own pace with 10-15 minute lessons that you can fit into a busy schedule.  Babbel offers multiple different plans, starting at $7.50/month.  Babbel does offer a free trial as well.

For more information on Babbel, check out https://www.babbel.com

MEMRISE

Memrise offers to unlock your learning superpowers with their language app.  Memrise offers 20 different languages (French, German, Korean, Russian, Slovenian, Icelandic, Chinese and more).  Memrise makes learning fun and easy though brain science, fun and community engagement.  This app is entertainment mixed with real-life, relevant content to assist in your learning.  Memrise offers both a free plan and an updated pro plan which is $5.00/month.  Approximately 30 million users are already using Memrise to enhance their travel experiences.

Additional information on the Memrise app can be found at https://www.memrise.com

HELLOTALK 

If you are looking to learn a language from a native speaker, HelloTalk is an app where millions of members reach each other their native tongue, through text, voice recordings, video calls and so much more.  With HelloTalk you get to learn a new language, explore other cultures and make friends around the world.  HelloTalk allows you to practice in 100+ languages with built-in aids for translation, pronunciation, and transliteration.  HelloTalk has a free version but you can upgrade to a VIP membership that allows you to learn up to three languages at once.  Pricing ranges from $2.49/month, $22.99/year and $74.99/lifetime.

For more information on HelloTalk, click this link https://www.hellotalk.com

BUSUU 

With unlimited exchanges with foreign students you the ability to learn up to 12 different languages with 90 million other learners.  Busuu offers a free option or a premium membership that unlocks features such as grammar lessons, offline mode & vocabulary trainer.  Busuu also offers a McGraw Hill education certificate after passing a knowledge test.  Busuu is developed using Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and covers the first four stages of the CEFR.  This means you can learn to speak a language from the basics of introducing yourself, up to discussing important issues or narrate or write a story.  Premium memberships range from $8.33/month for three months to $5.41/month for twenty-four months.

Check out Busuu here, https://www.busuu.com

Learning a new language can be fun and there are many applications that you can utilize.  The above suggestions are just a few of the most popular.  Each individual learns in their own way, so be sure to check out all the ones that offer a free trial or free option to see which one will work for you.  Get started today learning a new language and let’s plan an adventure for you to use your new language skills.

 

Why do you need me as your travel advisor?

You can absolutely research and book your next adventure on your own, but why would you, when you have me to assist you?  As a Virtuoso travel advisor, I have the ability to find you the best adventure utilizing my knowledge, my teams experience, and global connections to put together a trip that will be second to none.   With a portfolio of over 2,000 top hotels, cruise partners, tour operators and more, Virtuoso represents the upper echelon of our industry.

Knowledge & Experience

Just as you might use an interior designer, financial planner or personal trainer, it makes perfect sense to use a travel advisor when booking your vacation.  Not only have I traveled extensively but actively research and educate myself on the industry, trends, destinations, products and more.  I also have an incredible partner in Virtuoso that offers that best training in our industry.  I am constantly scouting out the best hotels, tours, restaurants and more for my clients.  I am able to see the nuances in every trip.  From the big-picture aspects (where to go – and when) to the details that matter (rooms with the best views, or best gelato in Florence) Why not use my knowledge and experience and save some time.  Using me doesn’t mean you don’t get to do some research, it just streamlines it for you.  Your time is a super valuable, let me give you some time to spend on other things.

Personal Attention To Your Needs

As your advisor I understand what is most important to you and design an itinerary based on what is key to you and your traveling companions.  You may want to see the Vatican on a private tour, celebrate an anniversary in a special way, experience a wellness vacation to recalibrate or let your kids experience seeing lions & giraffes in the wild.  As an advisor, I can make plenty of suggestions that will work best for you. I may also help you think creatively about a destination that you have not thought about, or give you ideas on new ways to experience places that you have already visited but want to return.

Added Value

As a travel advisor I can secure benefits that are not available to an online travel agency or a direct booking with a cruise line, hotel/resort or tour.  Booking with Wheels Up Adventures allows you to take advantage of preferred rates and exclusive amenities such as room upgrades, early check-in & late check-out, shipboard credits, daily breakfast, specialty dining, pre-paid gratuities, and many more exclusive amenities.

Advocate

Issues are bound to pop up during any trip and I am your personal help line with the backing of the best team and travel consortium in the business, Virtuoso.  Let me take care of things so we can get your trip back on track.

Let me use my passion, knowledge, experience and team to share the world with you.  It would be my pleasure.