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MILK + HONEY TRAVELERS FEATURE: A HOLIDAY TRIP TO SWITZERLAND

Hello again! Welcome back to the Milk + Honey Travelers series.

Planning Travel for Olympians - A Full Circle Moment

I love being able to share real-life travel experiences with you. I think it helps you see my process and understand that no two trips are exactly alike because they are created with the specific traveler in mind. Today I wanted to share a couple vacations that are close to my heart. They are trips I’ve planned for athletes — people I know from my days as the same.  It’s kind of a full circle moment, and I love it.

So, how do Olympians travel? Well, here is a sneak peek at a trip in process and an exciting adventure happening next month that just might be the most exciting trip I’ve planned to date!

Where to Stay in San Miguel de Allende

Ireland is magical. There is beauty to be found across the whole country, and so much of that you get to see by actually driving from place to place.  Whereas sometimes driving on vacation is a necessary evil, in Ireland it’s part of the specialness. So, whether you take an extended vacation and see the whole country, or get specific by just picking one half or the other and take your time to see and do more at each of your stops, there will be no shortage of things that leave you speechless.  

Feature Friday: Where to stay in Venice

For me, Venice is the ultimate embodiment of romance. The gorgeous boutique hotel Ca Maria Adele does an outstanding job of representing that in the most luxurious and stylish way possible. It's location is right next to the Church of the Salute and it is a few yards away from the Grand Canal, where it's possible to take a romantic gondola ride and view the Royal Palace.

This luxury boutique hotel has only 12 rooms total, with 2 of them being suites. They are all decorated impeccably, in a distinct Venetian style, with the themed rooms being the most popular and incredibly lavish in every sense. Another bonus for couples looking for a romantic escape is that the hotel is adult's only, and the hotel's location puts it in one of Venice's most tranquil neighborhoods.

A quiet, romantic stay in Venice might be just what you are looking for after an activity-filled stop in Rome. If so, this is the perfect place to stay in order to accomplish that. 

Additional blogs you may find helpful if you are looking to spend some time in Rome before heading to Venice is the 3 day itinerary in Rome, and where to stay in Rome, for another great boutique hotel option. If you are considering a romantic trip to Italy, or perhaps a honeymoon, I would love to help you plan it!

Feature Friday: Where to stay in Rome

Roma. Italy's capital is truly one of the world's most epic and thrilling cities. A journey here will leave you smitten by its artistic masterpieces and iconic monuments.  Deciding on the perfect place to choose as your home base and where you will rest and rejuvenate as you recover from days spent exploring all the city has to offer is of utmost importance.  I'd like to showcase an amazing property that would certainly be an ideal starting point to experience the elegance of Rome and continue this Feature Friday series exploring some of the great accommodations  in one of my favorite countries.  

Hotel Raphael is a magnificent residence that is a small museum itself, with works of art including sculptures, paintings, lithographs, antiques, and collections of Picasso ceramics and Mayan art. Staying at this charming hotel puts you within a stones throw of must-see destinations and is ideally located right next to the lively Piazza Novana, where both locals and tourists flock to. The fascade is covered in Ivy and the rooftop terrace gives you an amazing view of the eternal city.

As mentioned in last weeks Feature Friday post, Rome makes an excellent pairing with a visit to the Amalfi Coast. Because of it's central location, it also makes it easily accessible from other highly desirable destinations in Italy that we will continue to explore and highlight during this series on some of my favorite hotels in this beautiful country.

Contact me to start designing your next vacation and if you are interested in detailed and custom itineraries for Rome and beyond!

Not just a travel agent

For the last few days I’ve been in Charlotte, North Carolina at a conference with fellow Travel Professionals. We stayed at the beautiful Ballantyne Hotel, and for two days I immersed myself in learning and growing and basically figuring out how I can be better at what I do and service my clients to the best of my ability.

In today’s day and age, being a traditional “Travel Agent” can seem pretty obsolete.  No longer is that the vehicle people must go through if they want to take a vacation or book an airline ticket, as it was in years past.  In fact, if you ask me what it is I do, I won’t even use that moniker, even though it would probably be what most people would associate with my profession. I call myself a Travel Professional and what I do is use my expertise to create unique and custom travel experiences.  Within that, you get a travel planner, advisor, and concierge all rolled up into one.  And yes, I actually book the travel, as a travel agent would.  But if all I did was book travel, I would basically be a mini-expedia, with .00000000001% of the budget and no cool commercials to let anyone know I exist.  There really wouldn't be a point.

Creating custom vacation experiences that focus on the individual and their unique desires takes a personal touch.  A search engine isn’t going to do a great job at finding the best place to stay for you, the most interesting adventures that fits the nature of your trip, and the amazing off-the-beaten path excursions that you are looking for. And believe me… the internet certainly won’t care that much if you enjoy yourself and have the time of your life. I do that.

So, yes I book travel just like a travel agent. Just like any other website on the internet that will let you make a reservation on your own. However, that is not all I do. I create travel experiences designed specifically for you because I do my best to understand exactly what it is that you are looking for, and then deliver that. It’s all of my expertise shared with people who trust me with their valuable leisure time and believe that I will work on your behalf and do my absolute best to ensure they have the most amazing experiences, in a way that makes it as easy and stress free as possible. When was the last time Expedia promised you that?