Travel Advisors

April Schmitt

Chief Executive Officer
Conde Nast Top Advisor 2021

(916) 616-2707

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Areas of Expertise
Africa, France, Italy, Ireland, England, Caribbean, Mexico, Fiji, French Polynesia, Australia, Bali, Thailand, India, Arctic, and wildlife travel including Polar Bears, Gorilla Trekking, and Safaris. Luxury Independent Travel, Wedding Groups, and Leisure Group Travel.

My Travel Bag
A versatile lightweight cashmere travel wrap, Bose noise-canceling earbuds, Moon Cheese for a protein snack, individually wrapped disinfectant wipes for the airplane and hotel room.

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A Remarkable Memory
Walking briskly through the streets of Agra, India prior to sunrise as the “Salat al-fajr” (the call to prayer) rang out. I was escorted down a long dusty path and through the security gates and just as the sun was rising I stepped into the opening and was among the first that day to see the majestic Taj Mahal.

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The hotel I stayed at in Amsterdam kindly gave me 2 passes to taste from their private barrel. As we walked to the location I had no idea what a unique experience it would be. Near Dam Square, down a narrow walking street is where we found De Drie Fleschjes. The oldest tasting room in Amsterdam. It has one interesting owner, a fabulously worn original bar, and 2 small tables. Just 50 private barrels of specialty liquor, beer, and a few snacks. Known to locals only, this is a historical gem!

On My List
Antarctica, New Zealand, Peru, and Iceland.

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I love to explore destinations, immerse in the local flavor, and create remarkable moments for my clients. I seek out authentic experiences, luxurious touches, and the hidden gems in each destination. Recently, I trekked with the mountain gorillas in Rwanda, basked on the beaches of a private island in Fiji, snorkeled the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, spent two weeks exploring Ireland, and came face to face with polar bears in the Arctic. Life is all about remarkable moments. I look forward to creating them for you!

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Melanie D'Souza

Independent Travel Advisor

(916) 879-0400

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Areas of Expertise
Weddings and Group Travel. Europe, Africa, South Pacific, Caribbean, Mexico, Australia, South East Asia.

My Travel Bag
Bose wireless noise canceling headphones, compression socks (that sounds sooo old but they are awesome!), neck pillow, my favorite travel scarf/wrap and my mini ipad for books and whatever I’m binge watching at the time.

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A Remarkable Memory
It’s hard to pick just one! Top 5: Sunrise in a hot air balloon in Cappadocia, Turkey; Being chased by a hippo in the waters of Okavango Delta, Botswana; Riding a camel through the 120 degree heat of the Merzouga desert, watching the sunset & spending the night in a Bedouin tent camp, Morocco; Sailing the Beagle Channel in the early morning hours to Sea Lion Island, Ushuaia Argentina; Hiking the Great Wall of China with my family.

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Ski Europe…it’s more affordable than you think!

On My List
The Philippines, an Arctic Expedition

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I am all about authentic travel experiences – exploring the world, meeting the local people, experiencing the culture, finding unique adventures. I have been travelling the world since I was young and through every stage of my life. Having experienced more than 50 countries, I can bring you that true expertise of “been there, done that”. Finding the road less traveled and itineraries with that true local flavor is what I do best.

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Mary Pat Caskey

Independent Travel Advisor
Conde Nast Top Advisor 2021

(215) 206-5910

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Areas of Expertise
Recognized as a leading expert in Romance Travel by Signature Travel Consortium. Specializing in Luxury Travel and Multi-generational adventures in England, Ireland, Scotland, Mexico, Caribbean, Fiji, Tahiti, River Cruising and beyond.

My Travel Bag
My passport! E-bags packing cubes, an extension cord with USB connectors, noise cancelling headphones and hydrating face spray.

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A Remarkable Memory
The single most significant travel moment I have ever experienced came at the American Cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach in Normandy. Interspersed among the graves are gardens of the most beautiful, blood red roses. I noticed the groundskeepers raking cigarette ashes into the beds and asked the guide if that was the secret to their striking color. The guide paused and gently told me that they were not cigarette ashes. In fact, they were the ashes of men who had fought there on D Day. Their last wish when they died was to be laid to rest with their fallen friends. Since the cemetery was closed to burials in 1953, the only way this could happen was for the families to bring the former soldiers ashes over to France after their deaths and slip them into the garden beds. The gardeners gently rake them in to allow them in for their final rest with their comrades. The idea of this kind of sacrifice and dedication has literally inspired me ever after.

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Scotland! One of the most unique and beautiful places in the world! In a 10 day driving trip you can experience everything - the wilds of the western isles, the majestic beauty of the highland mountains and lochs (including Loch Ness!), luxurious Castle Hotels, golf at the world famous St. Andrews and the Michelin starred restaurants of one of Europe's most vibrant cities.

On My List
30 days in Australia including the wine country and transcontinental train. Kakslauttanean Arctic Resort's Igloo Rooms to view the northern lights. Round the world cruise!

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I am first and foremost a passionate traveler myself. For me, travel is as much about the journey as it is the destination. It's not just about getting from one place to another, it's about journeying in a way that allows me to experience the trip from a singular perspective. As your travel consultant, making your trip unique is my passion. I am excited to share with you the hotels, restaurants, tours and experiences that are unique to the destination and then curating an itinerary that will enable you to sample the best of everything.

www.mmwjourneys.com

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Dana Franklin

Independent Travel Advisor

703-282-8178

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Areas of Expertise
Wedding and Group Travel, Family travel, Romance travel, Europe, Africa, Caribbean, Mexico, Fiji, French Polynesia, Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia

My Travel Bag
No Jet Lag (homeopathic remedy for jet lag), packing cubes, portable valet tray (to hold jewelry, phone, etc) and Loop Universal plug w/ USB ports!

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A Remarkable Memory
Being greeted by the smiling Fijian people who say Bula! They cry when you leave and are the kindest people we have ever met in all our travels! They sing as you arrive and leave their small islands and welcome you like family! We have been twice and hope to go again!

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Touring the Barassa Valley wine region of Australia. The tastings are free and the pours are generous! The wine is amazing and the scenery is breathtaking!

On My List
China and Great Wall, Israel, Africa / Tanzania -Safari, Russia - St. Petersburg & Moscow, South America, South Pole, Northern Lights, New Zealand - south island, Eastern Europe, Greece (again!), France - Normandy and Wine Regions, the interior of Alaska, Ireland & Scotland

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My passions are my grandchildren and travel! This is why I especially enjoy planning once in a lifetime adventures for multi-generational family groups! I hold many travel accomplishments but am particularly proud of my recognition as a leading expert in Romance Travel by Signature Travel Consortium. Let's take this journey together

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Jamie Tajan

Independent Travel Advisor

310-903-1135

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Areas of Expertise
Group Travel, Luxury Concierge Travel, Luxury Villas, Caribbean, Mexico, Italy, England, Maui, Beijing, Thailand, Singapore, Canada, USA.

My Travel Bag
Large scarf, Beats wireless earbuds with my backup airpods, my favorite healthy snacks, cleansing kit - sanitizer, hand wipes, clorox wipes, mini ipad, chargers.

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A Remarkable Memory
Having a private tour guide through Rome! But the topper was being able to see areas of Rome that the general public is not able to see. From restaurants off the beaten path, areas of the Vatican not open to the public, taking pics of the Colosseum and learning specific details that you won't find in the history books! I could go on for days...

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I love seeing the sights and learning the culture and history of any destination that I travel to. The one destination that everyone has to see is the Great Wall of China. I was fortunate enough to be able to tour the Forbidden City and the Imperial Palace as well. But the Great Wall ... that honestly took my breath away. The wall goes on for miles and has so much history behind it. Don't miss the opportunity to take the toboggan down to the bottom of the Great Wall entrance.

On My List
Safari, Alaska Tour, Australia, Northern Lights

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I am a natural planner at heart. I have always been the “go-to” to plan events, gatherings, trips, etc. My love for travel and my talent for planning go hand in hand. Travel planning, whether it’s for myself or for my clients, is more than just booking a beautiful resort in a different country. It’s designing an experience that gives you moments to reflect, enjoy, be present, and truly experience the culture.

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Lauren Johnson

Independent Travel Advisor

(405) 314-7621

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Areas of Expertise
French Polynesia, Cayman Islands, Europe, family travel.

My Travel Bag
A change of clothes or a swimsuit, headphones, music, a portable phone charger & power cord.

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A Remarkable Memory
My wedding day on a beautiful beach in the Caribbean. As wedding time approached clouds rolled in and it began to pour down rain. Our wedding coordinator asked if we wanted to move the ceremony inside. No way! I came to get married on the beach. Right on time the clouds moved on, the sun came out over the aqua water and we had our dream wedding with a beautiful sunset.

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While traveling in Germany we had several activities scheduled, one being the BMW Driving Experience just outside of Munich. Honestly, I wasn't sure what to expect and had given it little thought compared to some of our other activities. That day we arrived at the BMW location and instructors taught us how to better handle our driving style using 3 different models of BMWs. We drifted, we slalomed, we raced. It was a blast!

On My List
Greece and Ireland

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I am a travel enthusiast and found my place as a Travel Advisor helping create new memories and adventures for others. I was married on a beautiful beach in the Caribbean and now swim with my children in the aqua water of that same beach. Some of my most memorable experiences have been swimming with beautiful sea life in French Polynesia, ziplining over the Munich Olympic Stadium, cruising the Meditteranean sea, waltzing in Vienna, seeing the history of Normandy and taking in the sights of Rome by horse drawn carriage. Whether a romantic getaway for two, that bucket list trip you have been dreaming of, or a place to enjoy time with family & friends I enjoy using my experience and resources to create the perfect trip for you.

Personal Website: http://fromlaurenwithadventure.com
Personal Blog: https://fromlaurenwithadventure.com/blog/
Social Media links: https://www.instagram.com/fromlaurenwithadventure/

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Sarah Lyon

Independent Travel Advisor

(215) 738-6175

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Areas of Expertise
Weddings & Group Travel, Europe, Africa, Caribbean, Mexico, Fiji, French Polynesia, Australia, South East Asia

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My Travel Bag
I never leave home without my Kindle E-Reader- international travel especially can produce a lot of down time so I want to make sure I have something to do. I highly recommend carrying extra gallon zip-top plastic bags- they have saved me (and my luggage) more times than I can count! The last thing would be a bathing suit- you just never know when an opportunity might present itself- swimming the freezing-cold North Sea anyone?

A Remarkable Memory
My husband and I were in Ireland in 2013 and just south of Dublin in Greystones is an 8-Mile hike to the Bray Head Point along the seaside. As we walked along the cliff edges and through rolling fields we were almost speechless. The water in the Irish Sea was as blue as the Caribbean, the grasses technicolor green and alongside the water's edge were dozens of seals! The hike took the better part of a whole day because we kept having to stop and take in the views and just breathe. It was as much a spiritual experience as a physical challenge- as these things so often are. We ended our day back at the pub in Greystones with obligatory Guiness and a good hearty meal- it was one of the most spectacular travel days I have experienced to this point.

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Fiji- a trip you will never forget! With 333 islands, the Fijian archipelago is rich with unique experiences. The Fijiian people are warm and friendly- always ready to welcome you as family wherever you go- it's really true! Swimming with giant rays off a private island retreat, insanely clear waters in the Mamanuca Islands or world class diving from Gamea Island Resort are just *some* of the once-in-a-lifetime adventures that await. If you've ever dreamed of waking up in your own private tropical treehouse, spending your day snorkeling or diving on some of the world's richest reefs and ending your day with new friends by a fire, Fiji is the place for you! Don't forget to join in on an authentic Kava Ceremony!

On My List
Scandinavia and Svalbard in the Arctic Circle are high on my list. The winter landscape and unique art, design and culinary influences are fascinating and exciting to me. Also, who wouldn't want to see a polar bear in the wild (from a safe distance)? The other destination I am really excited to see is Japan- I think walking the famous Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo or seeing the island dotted waters of the Matsushima Bay sound unlike anything I have experienced to this point and I am all in!

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Experiencing new places and people from my childhood as a Air Force kid all the way to today has opened my eyes to a bigger better world and shaped who I am as a travel professional. I want to help my clients experience something new! An exotic destination, a unique experience and the chance to meet different and exciting people — these are the kinds of adventures that change you. Let me be a part of making your journeys not only smooth and easy, but an experience you will carry with you long after you return home.

Instagram: @SarahOnTheGo

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Sandy Pullen

Independent Travel Advisor

(571) 426-3580

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Areas of Expertise
Wedding, Honeymoon and Wellness Travel, French Polynesia, Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii, Fiji, Europe

My Travel Bag
Snacks (Nuts and Protein Bars), Ipad and Reading Materials, Noise-cancelling Earbuds, Scarf for warmth or pillow, makeup and one day of clothing in case luggage is delayed.

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A Remarkable Memory
Private tour swimming with the sharks and feeding manta rays in the gorgeous waters of French Polynesia. Being in the water with these amazing creatures in this beautiful destination will always be a special memory.

Don't Miss This
When traveling to Kauai, only 20% of the island is accessible by vehicle. One of the greatest ways to see the entire island ~ the Napili Coast, Waimea Canyon, fly into Kilauea Volcano and all of the beaches and waterfalls in between is by Helicopter. And to add excitement, you even have the option to fly with the "doors off". There is something exhilarating about flying through the open air ~ literally. It is an amazing way to see the beauty of the island and truly a once in a lifetime experience!

On My List
Scuba Dive in the Great Barrier Reef, Visiting Israel--the land of the Bible, Caves and Temples in Vietnam, Polar Bear Expedition in Alaska or Norway.

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My zeal for travel started as I was going on mission trips with my church. Helping others find their dream location for their honeymoon, destination wedding or family trip brings me joy. I love creating memories for my children and grandchildren that will last forever--let me help you create your own lasting memories.

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Carolyn Vaught

Independent Travel Advisor

(775) 354-9243

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Areas of Expertise
Europe--Northern, Mediterranean, Central, and Central/Eastern, United Kingdom, Ireland, Iceland, Canada, Mexico, Central America, U.S., Caribbean, French Polynesia & Fiji, Turkey, Israel, Egypt, Tanzania

My Travel Bag
A good book for the plane and an open mind.

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A Remarkable Memory
Nn amazing anniversary dinner at a six-table restaurant in Wales overlooking the River Dee. For excitement: landing in a four-passenger plane on an athletic field in the Yasawa Islands of Fiji. For sheer beauty: standing at edge of Iceland’s stunning Gullfoss waterfall.

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Any opportunity to visit with locals. Attending the Oberammergau Passion Play in Bavaria, a once-a-decade performance. The Wieliczka Salt Mine outside of Krakow, Poland, with its underground chapel and sculptures carved from salt.

  

On My List
Iguazu Falls in Argentina/Brazil, the Azores, the Faroe Islands, and Antarctica.

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While my own travels tend to be spontaneous and less structured—starting with a summer in Europe at age 19, with no set itinerary, no arrival plans or accommodations, no local currency and way too many bags –I’ve learned so much over the years, and now appreciate the value of careful planning and flexibility. Collaborating with clients lets me design the perfect experience for each, whether that’s lots of sun and surf, taking in historical sites, exploring local cuisine, getting off the beaten path, or maybe trying out challenging adventures. There are so many ways to see the world, and those can change over time. I love sending young couples on their honeymoons, only to later plan birthday or anniversary trips, or family adventures. I’m not just coordinating arrangements, I’m helping them create lifetime memories.

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Sara Hollander

Independent Travel Advisor

(702) 885-8881

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Areas of Expertise
US (Las Vegas, New York, Seattle, Florida), Bora Bora, family travel, wine tours.

My Travel Bag
Phone charger, lip balm, ergo baby carrier if I’m traveling with my son, Starbucks gift cards - I love giving these to flight attendants or airline staff I meet during my travel day.

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A Remarkable Memory
My most remarkable memory is on a trip to Hawaii with my then boyfriend (now husband). We were staying in Kauai and it was nearing the end of our trip. We decided to take a walk on the beach to catch the sunset. As I opened a little wooden door that brought us on to the beach I saw a large roaring campfire on the beach near the shore. We sat in the sand and watched the most spectacular sunset I had ever seen. As day began to fade into night my boyfriend pulled out a ring and proposed. After enjoying some champagne on the beach we ended the night with a private 10 course dinner cooked by a local chef.

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The Four Season Resort Bora Bora has and incredible spa that is not to be missed. After a day on the beach spend some time in the infinity pool overlooking the lush resort and then enjoy the relaxation room before heading out for dinner.

  

On My List
Maldives, Portugal, Iceland, New Hampshire in the Autumn.

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My love of travel began when I was a teenager and took my first trip abroad to Italy. Since then I have explored Europe with friends, traveled to Asia and Australia for work, and enjoyed exotic beaches with my husband. I hope to pass on my love of travel to my son as we continue to explore the world and meet my goal of traveling with him to all 50 states by the time he turns 18.

When planning a trip the details matter! Having the small details correct ensures you can relax and fully enjoy your vacation. Whether you are traveling close to home or flying overseas I work with you to create an experience that you will remember forever.

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