Specialties: Guided Vacations, Ocean Cruises, River Cruises, Honeymoons, Weddings, Luxury Experiences, Family/Multi-Generational, Adventure, Millennial Travel

Favorite Destinations: Germany, France, Alaska

Favorite Quote: "Adventure is out there!" - UP, Disney Pixar

Fun Fact: I lived abroad in Qingdao, China, and speak conversational Mandarin.

I'm a graduate of Purdue University majoring in Hospitality and Tourism Management with a minor in International Studies. Having a degree from a top university with a ranking travel program and my incredible enthusiasm for delivering unique experiences for our luxury travelers, I believe I can help you plan everything from achieving your bucket list, to an adventure you'll never forget, then send you all on a relaxing family vacation or romantic getaway for two.

I've personally traveled abroad and worked for many leading global companies including Walt Disney Company, Starbucks, Shangri-La Luxury Hotels, and a Luxury Dude Ranch in Colorado.  My main travel interests include experiential travel, adventure travel, gastronomy, painting and ceramics, fly-fishing, hiking, multisport activities, exercising, and spending time with friends and family.

I'm a Certified Travel Agent (CTA) and have earned my certification as a Luxury Travel Specialist and Adventure Travel Specialist.  

Favorite Travel Experiences

  • Speeding through the Mexican jungle on a Maverick Side-by-Side and diving into a crystal clear cenote.
  • Snorkeling in the US Virgin islands from a luxury catamaran.
  • Exploring the haunting catacombs beneath the city of Paris.
  • Painting from a hill in Arles where Vincent Van Gogh did many of his landscape studies.
  • Diving into the crystal clear waters off the side of a chartered yacht in Marseille.
  • Hiking the 7,200 steps to the peak of the sacred mountain Tai Shan in the Shandong province of China, then taking pictures from the summit above the cloudline.
  • Enjoying Champagne on top of an Alaskan mountain ridge after a helicopter flight to the summit.
  • Climbing the steep and winding steps of the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China.
  • Fishing for salmon, during the yearly salmon run, out of the Buskin River on Kodiak Island, Alaska.

Accomplishments

  • Certified Travel Agent (CTA)
  • Luxury Travel Specialist (LTS)
  • Adventure Travel Specialist (ATS)
  • American Express Travel Insider - Alaska
  • Backroads Specialist
  • College of Disney Knowledge Graduate
  • Marriott Hotels Specialist
  • Royal Caribbean Specialist
  • Celebrity Cruises Five Star Academy Graduate
  • Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts Specialist
  • 2016 Travelink Best of the Best
  • 2015 ILTM Travel + Leisure Rising Star for Travelink
  • 2018-2019 Travel Agent Central "30 Under 30" List

Most Unusual or Intriguing Request I've Fulfilled for a Customer

I once had an avid cyclist client, request to ride a portion of the Tour de France to fulfill a lifelong dream.  I arranged a custom trip for him to partake in the L'Etape du Tour, a mass-timed cycling event that allows thousands of cyclists to ride an actual stage of the Tour de France through the French Alps.  It was amazing to see his pictures after his return and see his dream become a reality!

Client Testimonials

Dear Petra and Elizabeth,

Thanks so much for your help in arranging my trip with Andrew to Hong Kong and Osaka/Tokyo. We had an amazing time and thanks to an ex-pat friend living in Tokyo enjoyed some amazing meals there. Truly extraordinary. I also thought you might like to know that we had a terrific time at all four of the hotels we stayed at: the Conrad in Hong Kong, the Intercontinental in Osaka (truly amazing), the Osaka Hilton and the Tokyo Hilton. I would recommend all of them to your clients, depending on the price points they are looking for. Our experiences at each one was excellent. Also, it’s clear that Premium Economy is the way to go. We had an excellent if somewhat long (15:35) flight to Hong Kong on Cathay and then my flight back on JAL to JFK was terrific. Incidentally, JAL is flying the new 787-800 Dreamliner on this route. It’s an amazing plane, so much roomier inside, much more quiet, and the seats were quite comfortable. I was very pleasantly surprised at the JAL service - it is every bit as good as Cathay and the food was better.

Thanks again for all of your help - I look forward to working with you again on future journeys.

Harlan — Trip to Hong Kong, Osaka & Tokyo

Just wanted to let you know everything went great, people were all at the right place at the right time, and were all wonderful. Barcelona was really a interesting place. Can't wait to go back!. We really saw a lot and the boys seemed to really enjoy the trip. Their favorite was the volcano tour, and Monte Carlo, the driver there was very nice.

Tina — Trip to Italy

PHOTOS FROM MY TRAVELS

COUNTRIES I HAVE TRAVELED TO