Winding Road Travels
Who am I?
Who am I?
While 2018 saw the beginning of my own business as a Travel Consultant, I am not new to the travel industry. I have been researching and planning my own family and group trips and helping friends and family plan their trips for over two decades. I’ve picked up a lot tips and tricks along the way and I’m happy to share that knowledge with you. I believe my personal experience, excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and my love of planning and research will make me a great choice to be your Travel Consultant.
I love to travel! I love it even more because I am with my family. We have a lot of fun together! As the mother of four, aged 27 to 12, I have quite a bit of experience planning family vacations. Additionally, as a volunteer Girl Scout Leader, I have over 8 years of experience planning, implementing, and guiding trips for a group of at times up to 25 Girl Scouts and their families. Our trips include countless camping trips, a Mother/Daughter Weekend in Savannah, GA, a 4-Day trip to Washington, DC and even a 5-Day trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. I’ve learned a lot about traveling as a group over the years this way. You have to be on your toes to keep up with these girls!
When I begin planning a trip for my family or group, I start by doing a lot of research. I like to know exactly what I'm getting myself into! I spend a lot of time getting familiar with the area, learning about the history, landscape, people, cuisine, and activities so I can tailor our trip to meet our goals. I like to become an expert on the area before we even arrive. My main goal is to always get the most “bang for my buck.” When I spend money on a vacation, I want to get the most out of it that I can. I can help you do the same.
My family likes food and fun, so we tend to plan our vacations around that. We LOVE Amusement Parks! My love for Amusement Parks started at an early age when I went to places like Cedar Point and Walt Disney World as a child. I have passed that love on to my own children today as we continue to frequent parks like Busch Gardens, Universal Orlando, and Walt Disney World. These days, not having a plan or the most current information on these multi-day parks can make or break your vacation. I make every effort to stay up to date on park news and events, and visit several of these parks myself every year. In fact, we just got back from spending 5 days in Orlando where we stayed at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort and went to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. It was our first time staying at one of the Resorts and it will definitely not be our last. We loved it!
I personally try to go to a new destination or try something new at least once a year. Last year I went on my first cruise and now, well, let's just say I'm hooked! Since then I have thought about little else and have researched virtually every cruise company out there. Recently I took the kids on their very first cruise, a 7-Day Western Caribbean cruise from Miami on the Carnival Magic. We had a blast! The kids loved the Teen Clubs, Circle C and Club O2, the 24 hour Pizza and Ice Cream was a big hit, and they got a kick out of getting room service and took advantage of that almost every day! I enjoyed getting some much needed “Me Time” at the Spa and actually won enough to pay for that cruise in the Casino! It was one of the best vacations we have ever had. They loved it so much we have been on two other cruises together since then and two more already booked. I guess you could say they’re hooked now too! During the next couple of years we hope to try out some of the other cruise lines as well.
I believe that there is nothing more important than spending time with the people you love. As your Travel Consultant, I will take the time to get to know you and find out what you want out of your vacation. Together, we can plan the perfect trip for you, your family, or your group. It is my goal to save you time, stress, and money and to help you have the best vacation possible. I can help you spend less time worrying about planning your vacation so that you will have more time making memories that will last a lifetime. Life is full of ups and downs, planning your vacation shouldn’t be.
I am an Independent Contractor with Travel Quest which is part of the Travel Leaders Network. I am a Disney Certified Travel Agent, Universal Orlando Certified Specialist, and a Certified Specialist at all 12 SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Parks. I am a member of CLIA, Cruise Lines International Association, and am currently working towards getting my Certified Cruise Counselor (CCC) certification. I am a certified specialist with the following cruise lines:
- Royal Caribbean International
- Carnival Cruise Line
- Norwegian Cruise Line
- Princess Cruises
- Disney Cruise Line
“Life is like a winding road and every road is different. Follow your path, strive for happiness, and embrace every bend along the way.”