It is almost impossible for me to comprehend how any trip can be planned without knowing a lot about the travelers and their travel-style, and without this data, the trip becomes cookie-cutter and bland.
What I came to understand as a Travel Architect, were two key things 1st: that your vacation time is precious, and 2nd: that our design and logistics efforts make a huge difference in the experience. So over the past 25 years I developed 3 merging routes: destinations, accommodations and special interests. Using these important elements we are able to design a comprehensive experience that is sure to WOW. When designing your trip, I may begin working with a destination, (say Italy or Ireland) or I may begin with the place to stay, (like a unique lodge or castle) or I may begin with your hobby or passion—if you love fly fishing, history or wine. In the end all three routes merge into a one-of-a-kind trip.
Almost every day there is a caller requesting a trip–they might say something like, “I want to go to Italy for a 10 nights, what do you have?” I am certain that people are surprised when I begin asking them a list of questions. The conversation might go something like this…
- What is the reason for this trip? Anniversary, Honeymoon?
- What do you enjoy doing when not at work
- Do you enjoy driving and watching the scenery or prefer to get to your destination
- Are you active and like to hike, bike and kayak or do you prefer gardens and museums
- Who is traveling with you, what are the ages and temperaments
- Do you have any “must see” places or “absolutely must NOT have” services—
- Are their family ties or genealogy to discover
- What about bed and room configurations
- Do you have any health or dietary issues?
Booking a flight and hotel is one thing, but weaving in our experience and global knowledge with our personally chosen guides and drivers is the difference between a scrambled egg and a soufflé. Our most successful trips are when our travelers become partners together we custom-build a once-in-a-lifetime experience.