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I grew up in a suburb of Chicago, IL and moved to Western NY in 1979, where I’ve lived ever since. I'm married, and our daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter live nearby. My love for travel began when I was a small child and we took family vacations traveling throughout the U.S. As a young adult I began to explore different parts of the world. In my mid-30’s I became a Travel Consultant in a small agency where I worked for 9 years, then in 2001 I came to AAA and just recently became a Luxury Travel Consultant. Many travel trends have changed over the years, but one thing remains the same…I still take great pleasure in planning dream vacations for my clients.
When planning my client’s travel I endeavor to cover every detail to make their vacation as worry-free as possible. My goal is to create exceptional travel experiences, give them everything their hearts desire and to make their vacation one that they’ll remember and talk about fondly for years and years to come.
In my 25 years in travel, I’ve taken over 30 cruises, some of which were the Rivers of Bordeaux, the Adriatic, Alaska, Bermuda, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, the Hawaiian Islands, the Mississippi River, the Gulf of Mexico, Central America and the Mexican Riviera. Cruising is great because it offers the chance to see many places while unpacking only once. I’ve cruised on ocean liners, sailing yachts, river cruise vessels and paddle wheelers: all different yet wonderful experiences. I’ve also toured by motor coach to many places in Europe, including Italy, Greece, England, Scotland, Ireland and Spain. When I travel I like to immerse myself in the culture of the region, seeing theatre performances, attending sporting events or visiting museums. I really like finding the spots where the locals go. In addition to cruising I’ve stayed at many island resorts as well as hotels all over the world. Participating in educational trips has given me the opportunity to learn firsthand about destinations so I can share my expertise with my clients to enhance their vacation experience.
There are places I love so much, I will return again and again, and a few of my favorites are Italy, Croatia, Spain, Hawaii & Alaska. Some of my favorite Caribbean Islands are Aruba, Jamaica, Bermuda & Bahamas...just like the song.
My travel bucket list is long, but several of the places I’ve yet to visit and hope to someday are, Australia, Japan, Thailand, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Iceland & the Netherlands.