If I’m going to be planning the details of your vacation, I think it’s fair that you know more about me. Sharing is one of the most important parts of the travel planning process. If you have a question, just ask me! I’m known for being genuine, transparent, and authentic. I’ve been a part of the travel industry for over ten years–and a travel agency owner since 2015. My favorite travel companions are my husband of 25+ years, Rick, my teenage son, Derek, my Mom, Barb, and the clients with whom I travel the world on escorted adventures.
I enjoy being a Central Illinois-area travel agent and consultant because I love traveling and enabling people to explore new lands. I want you to be able to cross destinations and activities off your Bucket List. I want you to expand your horizons beyond the places you already know–to get out of your usual comfort zone. I believe travel is important to our well-being, and it enriches our lives in ways that cannot be measured. When people travel, they become more aware of the world around them and are better able to enjoy, understand and improve the world for future generations.
Not only am I a detail-oriented and organized person in general, I am a Certified Travel Industry Executive (CTIE) and Verified Travel Advisor (VTA), specializing in leisure travel. This means I’ve successfully completed the highest levels of industry certification courses and testing necessary to help optimize my services to you. I also travel regularly, visiting popular and up-and-coming destinations my clients are interested in so that I have first-hand knowledge of the destination. I am an informed professional who will utilize my personal travel experiences, resources and relationships with preferred travel suppliers, to obtain excellent pricing and value on a vacation package to suite your interests and needs. I will go above and beyond to exceed your expectations, each and every trip.
I believe it takes more than certifications to be a good travel consultant. You need someone who is also trustworthy, encouraging, creative and comfortable to work with. That’s where I excel. I take time to get to know you. I customize each trip to your needs because I value you. I listen to you. I honor the budget you set out for me. I think of solutions to help get you the vacation you want through every means we have available. I walk you through every step of the planning process and encourage you to try new things. Don’t take my word about being a great Peoria and Central Illinois-area travel agent and consultant: Feel free to see what Clients Say !
I love what I do. Never settle for a travel consultant who isn’t passionate about planning vacations and providing ongoing support and education for clients, or who won’t return your calls and emails. My goal is to take the anxiety, pressure and confusion out of the travel planning process, so you feel excited about your trip.
Not only do I offer quality service, I am a dependable, honest, Certified Travel Industry Executive who listens to your needs. I will walk with you every step of the way, providing the answers and assistance you must have to make an informed travel-buying decision, and then I will provide you with support up until the successful completion of your trip.
Don’t expect a boring, straight-laced person when you work with me! I’m all about building true, lasting relationships with the people I help. I have a sense of humor and while I take my role as your professional travel consultant and advocate very seriously, I believe planning a trip should be a fun and stress-free process for you.
Maybe your life in Central Illinois is busy and your ideal dream vacation seems like it will never become a reality. After all, between work responsibilities and family functions, when would you ever have the time to sit down and plan out the particulars of a trip? Does the thought of adding that task to your already-full plate seem exhausting?
Well, that’s where I can help! As a professional travel consultant, it’s my job to plan vacations. I will handle everything so you don’t have to stress over any of the cumbersome details: from finding you flights and hotels, to booking reservations at local restaurants, or securing tickets to a local show. Anything you can think of, I can handle. You want your vacation to be a vacation, so let me help take the stress out of planning it.
You are two people in love planning your first vacation together as a married couple! Expectations for your honeymoon are high, specific… and often poorly communicated. Maybe one of you thinks a honeymoon means lounging on a quiet, secluded beach, while the other sees it as a time to have crazy adventures together. Expectations like these, if unspoken during the planning process, can seriously impact the dynamics of your vacation.
That’s why, as a travel consultant, I take time to understand each person’s hopes for the honeymoon before planning anything. I will customize your vacation to fit your collective needs so there aren’t any stressful fights over the details later.
If you need someone to plan your luxury vacation, destination wedding, honeymoon, family trip or romantic get-away, I would love to hear from you! Don’t worry if you aren’t in my local area near Peoria. I’ve planned vacations for clients in Washington, Dunlap, Chillicothe, Decatur, Eureka, Lincoln, Bloomington-Normal, Weldon, Clinton, Morton, Goodfield, Congerville and throughout the United States.
Contact me today to discuss your next adventure!