My first real travel adventure came as a young college student to a summer study abroad in Oaxaca. I didn’t grow up in a traveling family, but I knew that there was a whole world to explore – I was always curious about different people, places and cultures. I believe that much of what we know about the world is what we have learned while traveling, there is no doubt that we grow when we get out of our comfort zone.
There is nothing like your first animal sighting on safari, visiting an elementary school in Kenya, sipping homemade hot chocolate in Oaxaca’s zocalo, listening to local music around the world or making connections with people you meet along the way. Visiting new places opens your eyes to different cultures, makes you a more informed citizen of the world and brings meaning to things you only read about in books.
I joined Departure Lounge in 2017 to pursue my passion for travel. I feel very fortunate that I am able to curate special trips and experiences for my clients. Having a hand in their lifelong memories is a privilege. I look forward to helping you curate a one of a kind journey.
There are so many incredible places, it is hard to pick just one favorite travel experience. However, trips taken with my family are always special. A two week family trip to Greece visiting historic Athens and Delphi, the cliff tops of Meteora, Crete and exotic Santorini will always be a highlight. Kids learn so much when they travel, it gives them a new perspective on life.
Of course, I’ll never forget my first African safari as well as meeting the beautiful Maasai people in Kenya!! A trip to Africa is transformative and forever changes you. Not only does it open your soul to new experiences, shifts your mindset and allows you to bask in a beauty you didn’t know existed. It also allows you to make an impact on the world through conservation initiatives which help preserve and protect Africa’s wilderness and communities.
Closer to home, I have a fondness for Oaxaca and it’s beautiful culture and people. It is a place I first visited when I was a college student in the early 90’s. I’ve continued to return to Oaxaca because it is magical. You have to see it to believe it!