My experience in the tourism industry includes both behind the scenes and customer facing. I've had the pleasure of leading a variety of multi-sport tours ranging from one to six weeks long throughout the US, Canada and Europe. Identifying travelers needs and wants, I work on finding the best fit for each of them. I believe in the saying "you have 2 ears and 1 mouth, listen twice as much as you speak". It's important for travelers to be heard, understood and communicated with professionally. More than anything I enjoy helping to create memorable adventures for people around the globe! Where's your next adventure taking you?
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"For this position I am excited to be focusing on Croatia, Slovenia and other Balkan countries. I've recently spent time traveling in the region and look forward to keeping my brain actively traveling throughout the region. I enjoy hiking, biking, watersports, and exploring off the beaten path locations.
It's been a long time but I used to lead trips from Budapest to Krakow, Tuscany, Sicily, Hawaii, Alaska and throughout the US. "
How did you get involved in travel?
"I grew up in a very active Girl Scout troop in Rochester, NY. Our incredible leader took it upon herself to bring our troop traveling and show us the world. My travels began on an Amtrak train to Omaha, NE and 2 years later, our first trip to Europe. That's a lot of Girl Scout cookies!!
She planted the seed and continued to nurture it. From there I went on to study Travel & Tourism and eventually land a job at AAA Rochester. I started creating Trip Tiks and moved into the Group Travel department and eventually managing the Trip Tik department. In 2000 I left AAA and bought my first around the world ticket. I was hooked and soon after began leading camping trips with Trek America throughout the US and Canada. I was in love! I spent the next 8.5 years leading trips throughout the US, Canada and Europe. "
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"My grandfather was in the 1936 Olympics as a rower in Berlin, Germany. My family has always been Olympic addicts! In 2000 I had the opportunity to go to the Sydney Olympics for 8 days, it was a dream come true. The energy, the adrenaline, the camaraderie that all the spectators had, it was invigorating! One day I went to a track & field event and saw the end of the speed walking marathon. The last guy was making his way to the stadium when they played "If I could walk 500 miles" and the stadium was up on their feet singing and cheering. This athlete was overwhelmed with emotion! His smile was the biggest smile I've ever seen in my life as he finished that last lap around the track. Not a person - including all the other athletes - could do anything but cheer this guy on! It was one of my favorite athletic experiences ever. Every time I hear that song I can remember exactly that moment. So awesome. "