Relaxation. Rejuvenation. Reconnection.
Three of the positive experiences travel offers.
Travel makes us happier, healthier, more productive, more creative, and it relieves stress. It also gives us the opportunity to experience new places, cultures, cuisines, music, traditions, and more.... Why not travel?
I fell in love with travel when I was a child and my family went on adventurous road trips to visit relatives who lived in other states. I loved the scenery, visiting historical sites, learning about the history and culture of the places we visited, eating local food, listening to local music, and meeting local people. When I was barely a teenager, I started reading travel magazines and dreaming of faraway places. My first job was working for an airline, which gave me the opportunity to visit some of those places. Eventually, my career path led me in a different direction, but I always knew that I would end up working in the travel industry again.
In 2001, I started Lighthouse Travel in order to help discerning leisure travelers fulfill their travel needs and desires. In the beginning. I specialized in travel to Europe, but shortly thereafter I decided it was time to “spread my wings” and learn more about other destinations that piqued my interest. Since I grew up in Florida, I had visited some of the Caribbean islands, and after moving to California and marrying a well-traveled musician from New Zealand, I became interested in visiting other island destinations. I started by doing on-island training in French Polynesia and Hawai'i. In 2004, I was certified as a Tahiti Specialist and by 2010 I was certified as a Master Specialist by all six of the major Hawaiian Islands. I demonstrated my commitment to Hawai'i tourism even further by completing the "Ambassadors of Aloha" hospitality program with the University of Hawai'i and I visit the islands a number of times each year to keep up to date with new and improved hotels, activities, restaurants, etc. Since I have a passion for cruising as well, I am also a Certified Luxury Cruise Specialist. My focus is on adventure, culinary, cultural, and wellness travel; honeymoons; and sustainable tourism.
By providing superior quality travel products, great value and personalized service, I have earned repeat business, referrals, and recognition; including being selected by Travel + Leisure magazine for their A-List of the World's Top Travel Advisors every year since 2014. My affiliations, my travel supplier relationships, my insider connections, and the expertise I have acquired through education, certification, and my personal travels, enable me to design unique, customized and memorable travel experiences that exceed my clients' expectations.
“We travel initially to lose ourselves; and we travel next to find ourselves” _ Pico Iyer
In today’s travel environment, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed due to the number of travel information resources that are available for your use. As Travel Advisors, we are experienced in researching and distilling the information; finding the best values; making travel recommendations based on your needs, tastes and dreams; clarifying the fine print; and serving as your advocate to achieve a satisfactory resolution to any travel issues.
Why spend your time and risk your money making travel arrangements through “self-service” methods that don’t have the ability and/or time to personalize your trip, find the best values, provide the best service, resolve issues; or, in the case of a computer, care about you? When all is said and done, you can't return a bad vacation.
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