In Chicago, there is a crosstown rivalry between two teams in the same city.
The emotionally charged question “Are you a Cubs or a White Sox fan?” usually brings a reply filled with passion. We love our teams! Whether you are a player or a fan, teamwork and support is essential.
When I custom blend your European vacation itinerary, or put together an amazing (and seamless) journey through the Hawaiian islands, the experience you receive is a direct reflection of a team of people:
1. My Supplier Team
When you receive your final itinerary from me, there are usually several hotels, transfers, sightseeing tours, cruise bookings, airline reservations, private guides, and more! All of these components are sourced based on my relationships and experience with the Tour Operators and other suppliers with whom I have established a level of trust. Anywhere from a major international hotel chain like Starwood, to a 10-room Inn on an Umbrian hilltop, to the mom & pop driver/guides I use in the Amalfi Coast who meet my clients with a chilled bottle of Prosecco in the car and know all the little hideaway spots that can make the difference between an "ok” trip and an unforgettable one. Travel providers take better care of my clients because they don't want to let me down... and I continue to support them because of it. Try getting that when you book online!
2. My Network Of Other Travel Professionals
I spend lots of time and money every year in professional continuing education and peer networking. My host agency, the Gifted Travel Network, is made up of like-minded specialty travel professionals who are some of the most brilliant and fun people I know. If a client comes to me with a request for a custom itinerary exploring the Great Wall of China, an African Safari or a Bed & Breakfast tour of New Zealand, I may not know the immediate answers.... but I sure know where to find them! And we don't hesitate to refer clients among each other... because I would sure want MY trip to the Great Wall of China planned meticulously by an agent who has intimate knowledge of the area and has the supplier relationships in place to make it a trip to remember! In return, I receive referrals for their European and Hawaii clients, for the exact same reasons. We have each other's backs and the clients are the ones who reap the benefits!
3. My Team Of Past, Present And Prospective Clients
I really learn as much from YOU as I hope you do from me! Every family has different hopes, needs and dreams for their perfect vacation and it is MY job to make sure they are all met. So, if I ask you too many random questions during the planning process, or follow up before you have time to get over your jet lag - my apologies. I am always so excited to hear about your trip when you return and what I learn from your honest feedback helps me to better serve more people in the future.
So that's who is on my team... and I am so thankful for all of them.
I hope it is reassuring to know how the team of players I have that work together with me to make sure your vacation is ideally designed for you.
Let’s get started on YOUR next game plan!
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