Specialties: Luxury Experiences

Favorite Destinations: Antarctica, England, Africa

Fun Fact: I've traveled to each of the seven continents over the past 30 years and have done at least one trip on every continent with A&K.

During her time as an agency owner and in her current role as President of the Vacation Division of Travelink, Linda has served on the American Express CTN Advisory Board as well as the American Express Vacations Advisory Board, The Travel Bound Advisory Board, Classic’s President’s Circle and the Departures magazine Elite Luxury Council.

Linda is passionate about travel and the future of the travel industry. As the daughter of a career Army officer she admits she was probably always in the travel business. By the time she married, Linda had traveled to all 50 states and since then has added more than 70 countries on all seven continents to her list of "bucket trip destinations". Her work and travels have given her firsthand insights into the expectations of the luxury traveler. A graduate of Peabody College of Education of Vanderbilt University in Nashville and former school teacher, her dedication to being a professional is exhibited by her focus on lifelong learning. She has earned Destination and Lifestyle Certifications as well as the Certified Travel Counselor and Certified Travel Industry Executive designations.

Linda and her husband created and produced the International Church Music Festival in various locations in England and on the continent for 26 years. That event hosted as many as 600-1000 musicians each year from a dozen or more countries and through their scholarship program made it possible for hundreds of deserving musician to attend from developing countries. That experience allowed her to develop an understanding of being a global citizen as well as helped refine her skills in event planning. In that arena she has served as the official meeting planner for the Church Music Publishers Association for more than 25 years.

Traveling to London more than 90 times and Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy and Scandinavia over 40 times has helped her earn recognition as a Travel+Leisure A-List top Travel Advisor and adds to her ability to customize unique experiences in many destinations.

Favorite Travel Experiences

  • Enjoying a horse drawn sleigh ride on Christmas Day from Oberammergau through the snow to Linderhoff castle.
  • Climbing to the top of the bell tower (after hours) in Westminster Abbey and being allowed to ring one of the bells!
  • Riding in a hot air balloon over the Maasai Mara during the great migration.
  • Seeing the sunrise atop Machu Picchu.
  • Experiencing a failed attempt at a Tango lesson in Buenos Aires.
  • Walking with the Lions in Zimbabwe.
  • Taking hundreds of pictures of Iguanas in the Galapagos when I do not like any kind of reptile!
  • Being whisked away from the Hong Kong airport in a Bentley to a harbor view suite at the Peninsula.
  • Having private time to review childhood school papers of Winston Churchill at Churchill College in Cambridge.
  • Realizing we were the only Westerners at a very remote local market in Myanmar in 1997.
  • Visiting in the home of a local displaced family along the Yangtze River.
  • Dining with locals we did not know in a private home in Cape Town.
  • Meeting the parents of our favorite driver in Rome at their home and enjoying a meal prepared by his lovely mother.
  • Seeing the Three Tenors concert at Giants Stadium for a significant birthday.
  • Feeling overwhelmed at my good fortune to have a special lunch at Hotel Splendid Portofino for my mother's 80th birthday.
  • Getting up close and personal with elephants at Stanley Camp in Botswana.
  • Lingering over an amazing dinner under the stars at Royal Malewane in South Africa.

Accomplishments

  • CTC
  • CTIE
  • Luxury Travel Specialist
  • London Destination Specialist
  • Travel + Leisure A-List
  • American Express Representative Advisory Board
  • American Express Vacations Advisory Board
  • Travel Impressions Advisory Board
  • Travel Bound Advisory Board
  • Departures Magazine Luxury Council
  • Departures Magazine Elite Travel Advisor
  • Classic Vacations President’s Circle
  • Trump Hotels Advisory Board

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

One of my VIP clients reached out on a Wednesday to plan his daughter's 13th birthday party in London and they wanted to leave that same Saturday! I was able to quickly schedule several unique experiences to ensure her birthday was unforgettable, but it was defintely down to the wire.

Client Testimonials

Our ship is about to depart from Ushuaia for Antarctica! The pre-trip was great. Everything went very smoothly. Thank you for all your work to set this up!  Merry Christmas!

Jon S — 

PHOTOS FROM MY TRAVELS

COUNTRIES I HAVE TRAVELED TO