Specialties: Guided Vacations, Ocean Cruises, River Cruises, Honeymoons, Weddings, Family/Multi-Generational
Favorite Destinations: Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Ireland
Favorite Quote: The world is your oyster.
Fun Fact: I'm one of those people you've heard of who backpacked through Europe in College and I highly recommend it!

I have worked with every aspect of Travel since 1987 including Corporate, Groups, Leisure Domestic and International travel. I truly love Leisure travel the most because I enjoy helping to plan dream vacations for my clients. It’s very exciting to see the pictures and hear all the amazing stories about the memories they made that will be cherished for a lifetime.

I absolutely love to travel for business and pleasure. I most enjoy vacations where I can bring my dogs along. In my free-time you can catch me watching sports and movies.

Favorite Travel Experiences

  • Snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia
  • Driving the Slaehead Loop in Ireland
  • Backpacking through Europe
  • Snow skiing in the French Alps
  • Touring the Forbidden City in China
  • Game drives in Kenya

If you do not have Africa on your bucket list, please add it now! It was truly a life-changing experience and it's hard to find the words to describe the impact it has on you. The people and culture of Africa are friendly and beautiful. We were able to get close to the animals and saw so many different species you have to remind yourself you're not watching National Geographic, they are right in front of you! While in Africa, we stayed in some on the most beautiful luxury camp sites that Kenya has to offer. The service and accommodations created an experience I will remember for a lifetime. The guides are so knowledgeable and we learned so much about the animals, culture and the country. There is something magical about Africa and you can truly feel this is where all life began.

Accomplishments

  • Certified Travel Agent-CTA
  • American Express Pacesetter 2012
  • American Express Pacesetter Finalist 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015

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

A lovely family of four decided on a Thursday just before Christmas weekend to call me and say, "Get us somewhere warm leaving THIS Saturday for a week." OH BOY!

Client Testimonials

My wife and I had an AMAZING time in Italy! We want to thank you for putting together a fantastic itinerary and arranging our accommodations. All of the tour guides were really easy to work with and very knowledgeable; please send our compliments to all of them. The Hotel Palazzo Murat in Positano was really great and a unique place - they greeted us with a glass of fresh almond milk and had our room ready with a complimentary bottle of prosecco to wish us a happy honeymoon (Not to downplay the Rose garden in Rome, which was great and also gave us a fantastic welcome!). The absolute highlight of the trip was our private lesson with Chef Antonella. It was a truly unique experience how she welcomed us into her home and taught us how to make some Italian family recipes that we will be able to easily duplicate at home. Her husband, Ronaldo, also dropped in later in the afternoon and he shared with us his homemade Nocino liqueur made from walnuts and spices. Antonella's welcome packet included a jar of marmalade which she made from the kumquat tree in her garden in addition to recipe notes for what we would be making that day. Again, Toby, thank you so much for organizing our trip! We enjoyed a honeymoon that was truly a once in a lifetime experience. We will definitely reach out to you again when planning our next overseas vacation! Also, please let me know if there is any other way I can recognize your work with your company.

Howard — 

Thank you for all you did to make our Christmas Market Cruise so enjoyable!  Thank you for the gift and the upgrade, it was wonderful. When people ask me how my trip was, I  tell them “MAGICAL”.

Connie — Christmas Market Cruise (Uniworld Boutique River Cruises)

Just wanted to follow-up and let you know how fabulous our trip was to Baja with Lindblad/National Geographic. They really are the best for expedition trips like this. The ship was clean and the crew was personable and made sure everyone was comfortable and happy. The naturalists were fantastic as well. We had great passengers and enjoyed getting to know lots of new people. 
I've attached a photo of John and me with a mother whale and her calf. We are reaching over the side of the zodiak boat touching the mom, and the black thing next to her is the top of the baby's head. We got very lucky and everyone who wanted to touch a whale got to. There was a female gray whale that was recognized from two years ago. She is very docile and seems to enjoy human interaction. Her baby was very friendly as well. The second picture is the mom rolling next to another boat and you can see her giant fin! Most gray whales are shy and don't let you come up to them. There were many mothers and babies in Magdalena Bay.I highly recommend this trip if any of your clients are interested. Thanks for helping us with the arrangements.

Anne — Whale Watching Cruise in Baja, California

The entire process of planning and booking my travel plans was non-stressful and even fun, thanks to the excellent service from Toby. None of my requests were too large or small she’s always a professional with great ideas and energy. Thank you Toby for everything you have done, it’s been a wonderful experience.

Brian — Trip to Athens

Dear Toby,

I’m writing to thank you for your careful travel planning and great insights on our recent trip to Maui.-American Airlines Flights through DFW were seamless both ways!
-Ground transportation was spot-on – timely and enjoyed the local radio station – “Maui Style”!
-Sheraton Resort was lovely. Nightly Torch Lighting & Diving Ceremony
-There was a walking path from Sheraton to the coastal hotels so we saw them all and liked the Sheraton the best!
-Lulu at Hilton – fantastic and loved the little penguins too!
-Our Yoga retreat was wonderful and left us with a lasting serenity.
-We did excursions everyday with our Yoga friends – saw the island from an insider’s view including Road to Hana, Mount Haleakala, “JAWS” Big Wave event occurred while we were there, and shopping in Pieia and Makawo.We loved every moment of our trip.

THANK YOU!

Deb — Trip to Maui, Hawaii

My travel advisor for my trip to Italy in Oct. 2012 was Toby Ives and she was excellent. She exceeded my expectations, gave great service and I would certainly use her again as well as recommend her to friends!

Elizabeth — Trip to Italy

To make a long story short, I have spent the last 2 days searching for roundtrip flights (Refundable and Non-Refundable) for Mr K's Daughter and Son-in-Law and roundtrip flights for Mr & Mrs K (departing different dates & times). Due to a dire medical emergency, the flights had to be on specific dates & times and the seats had to include an Aisle and Window or Middle seat. Needless to say, I was pulling out my hair and on the verge of crying because there were two huge problems ... although I priced the tickets yesterday, the price increased so dramatically overnight that I almost had a heart attack and the requested flight did not have seats available. But Toby saved the day! She inquired as to how many points Mr K had accumulated (which was quite substantial). Toby found an alternative flight and was able to use his points to pay for his Daughter and Son-in-Laws tickets. And, she was able to locate flights and seats for Mr & Mrs K's travel using his points. Although I omitted quite a few of the minor details and just provided you with the broad brush strokes of what Toby accomplished, I hope you realize how grateful we are to her. What she did was amazing. Her professionalism, calm demeanor and honest-to-goodness kindness was invaluable to me. As far as I am concerned, Toby ROCKS!

Katrina — 

Toby, Thank you very much for helping me with making this remarkable memory happen.  My wife and I had an amazing time in Galley Bay, Antigua.

I am looking forward to our future communications and planning of other trips.

Marat — Trip to Antigua

Africa was fantastic. We stayed in the best hotels and saw everything we could imagine. It was wonderful….a little too much driving, but other than that, everything was perfect. We only ended up with two guides and they were both very knowledgeable and friendly. I am also so glad that we decided to go to the falls. Thanks so much for finding Swain for us to use!!!

Pat — Trip to Africa

Toby, I just returned from my Thailand trip. Everything came off as expected. Thanks for the good planning. I now have a much better understanding of Phuket and where to stay and what to do. I look forward to my next adventure.

Scott — Trip to Thailand

The tickets arrived today for our trip. I just wanted to say thank you for the EXCELLENT SERVICE! I will definitely contact you for a quote when our needs next arise. Thank you again.

Susan — Trip to Las Vegas, NV

Wow!  What a trip!  It was wonderful in every way.  Better than wonderful.  You took care of every detail, and I could not have been more thrilled. Honestly, I cannot thank you enough for planning the perfect vacation for me and my family.  It was perfect in every way!  Everyone is uploading their thousands of pictures by next weekend.  I’ll send you a few. I spoke to my best friend over the weekend, and I was telling her how you had taken care of everything.  She has never before used a travel agency, but she was intrigued, so I will introduce her to you! Again, thanks so much!  I’m hopeful that I’ll get a chance to complete a survey and sing your virtues! We only ended up with two guides and they were both very knowledgeable and friendly. I am also so glad that we decided to go to the falls. Thanks so much for finding Swain for us to use!!!

Vicki — 

PHOTOS FROM MY TRAVELS

COUNTRIES I HAVE TRAVELED TO