Travel Advisor Maria Hawkins

Travel Advisor Maria Hawkins2018-08-29T10:06:36+00:00

Meet Travel Advisor Maria Hawkins

When you select Maria Hawkins as your trusted Travel Specialist, you will begin a journey of a lifelong relationship with the clients’ utmost experience possible as her TOP priority!

Maria was born in Chattanooga, TN and lived in Asheville, NC for a large part of her life until moving to Dallas, TX for the last 15 years.  Maria’s love for travel began at a young age visiting various parts of the US and her particular love for history, museums, culture, and food experiences.  She was always the last first one in and the last one to leave taking in as much of any travel experience she could get!  Maria’s sense of adventure has gained her some of the best experiences in the world that she can bring to you!

Since that time, Maria has traveled various parts of the world including Europe, North and South America, Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean.  Maria has experienced many rare opportunities preparing meals with some of the most renowned chefs in the world, experiencing and dining in some of the most celebrated hotels and restaurants in the world, working with the best tour companies and individual guides, obtaining access to exclusive sights and tours, and establishing outstanding relationships for clients to enjoy perks and upgrades on a regular basis.  On one particular trip to India visiting the “Golden Triangle”, Maria was even approached by one of the guards of the City Palace in Jaipur to ‘consider marrying the prince who is still single’ and showed her a photo of the prince! On another journey in Florence, Maria was shown the largest suite in all of Florence at invited to stay there any time she visited the city again.  Another memorable travel story was when Maria was asked to taste (and finish) the marinara sauce that was being prepared for lunch at the famous Il San Pietro hotel in Positano, and she made fresh pasta with Executive Chef Enzo Pette of the Helvetia Bristol hotel of Florence along with many, many more personalized experiences she can bring to her clients.  Maria also had an exclusive tour under the Trevi Fountain in Rome to see the excavation and mechanics of the fountain. 

Being in the retail leadership and business development fields for over 30 years, Maria decided to pursue her love for travel to life by joining The Departure Lounge.  As a Travel Specialist for The Departure Lounge, Maria will personally ensure every experience is a memorable one from start to finish along with providing a sense of adventure, giving  a step above the rest, and handling every detail with perfection.  You have a lifetime specialist and friend in Maria! 

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