“My passion for travel began as a child and finally evidenced itself in high school when I was an exchange student in Mallorca, Spain. In college I was a student on Semester at Sea, sailing around the World in 100 days and visiting ten different countries.These two experiences really ignited my love for travel which I am happy to work in on a daily basis as a travel advisor. Some of my favorite travel experiences have been island hopping in the Bahamas, tracking leopards and lions on safari in Southern Africa, taking in an opera at the Sydney opera house and sharing tales with locals over pints in Ireland. With six continents under my belt, I’m hopeful to reach Antarctica soon!”
Stemming from a lifelong passion for the world, Laura iseager to help others realize their dreams of travel through her work as atravel advisor and was named one of 2010’s top “30 Under 30” travel agents inthe country by Travel Agent Magazine. Laura is continuously inspired throughher travels, with her ultimate goal being to have her clients return home witha greater cultural understanding, as well as memories that will last alifetime. Laura is passionate about educating clients, especially those among ayounger generation, about the advantages of using a travel advisor. She hasplanned such trips for clients’ as honeymoons to the Maldives and the BritishVirgin Islands, long weekend getaways to California wine country and AmeliaIsland and three week tours Europe and South America.
Laura was recently namedas one of Conde Nast Traveler's Top Travel Specialists for 2013 as the specialist for the Southeast United States.
Wine Country & Culinary Travel, Active Travel
“I often joked that my mother would starve the family if it meant we could travel together, but I don’t think my assumption was too far off. Traveling abroad became my family’s way of growing together, and I learned at a young age that I wanted to prioritize my life around exploring the globe. One of my favorite memories was watching the sunset from the top of a ruin in Tikal, Guatemala with my mother and my aunt, and I am grateful for my family’s insistence that I experience new cultures”.
Christie has traveled extensively through Europe, most recently exploring the south of France. She studied abroad while attending the University of Georgia, and traveled through western Europe with a large group for 4 weeks before studying at Oxford University for 6 weeks. She’s traveled extensively through Central America and Mexico, and is passionate about the great wine regions of France, Italy, Spain, Chile, South Africa, Argentina, and New Zealand. She bases her personal travel around local food and exploring cities by foot, and is excited to help her clients experience new cultures.
Luxury Leisure Travel
Bobbi has been passionate about travel since her grandmother began taking her on trips around the country as a young girl. From youth camps, to traveling the country playing tennis tournaments, to a summer study program in Europe in her early teens! Her love of learning about people, places, cultures, history, food and wine have kept her focused on making travel a priority in her life. She brings the same enthusiasm and commitment to her luxury travel clientele, going over and above the norm to create vacations of a lifetime.
Bobbi has traveled extensively herself, including a 3 ½month “Around the World” trip which incorporated lengthy stays in Europe, Hong Kong, Bali, New Zealand & Hawaii. More recently, Bobbi has traveled to Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, Greece, Western Europe and a 5 week trip to Italy last year to research hotels, villas, spas and culinary events for her luxury clients. Bobbi has also sailed on many of the finest cruise ships in the world, dining with Celebrity Chefs and Winemakers. All of these personal experiences have made Bobbi sensitive to the needs of luxury travelers and insightful about the best choices of destinations and accommodations.
Bobbi is fun loving, vivacious, and her enthusiasm for travel is contagious. Let Bobbi put her extensive travel experiences and worldwide connections through the Virtuoso network to work booking your vacation of a lifetime and creating unforgettable, life changing experiences, all tailor-made for each traveler. Her intent is to bring extraordinary value to her clients through her services.
“I knew I wanted to be in travel after being a merchandise buyer for J. L. Hudson Co., traveling 16 weeks a year. I have been a leader in the travel industry since 1988 and love my work every day! I am an Aussie Premier Specialist, one of three in Georgia; a New Zealand specialist; and a Pacific Rim destination specialist. I have thoroughly enjoyed many educational trips there and thrive on selling these areas with my depth of knowledge and love of both Australia and New Zealand!” Reta has been an agency owner and leader in the travel industry for over 20 years, and her professional enthusiasm and will enhance and enrich your travel experiences. She is Atlanta’s only Premier Aussie specialist, but she has also traveled extensively to Europe, South Africa, New Zealand, Tahiti, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, and all over the United States including Hawaii and Alaska. She routinely visits Australia to enhance her expertise and recently returned from an educational trip to Tasmania. She has received numerous industry awards for her Australian focus, including most recently earning the title of #1 Producer for a Virtuoso Australian competition. Reta’s goal is to provide personalized luxury, upscale, indelible experiences on land and sea-- and exceed your expectations for any destination worldwide. She specializes in custom trips fitted to your precise needs, be that multi-generational travel family groups or a party of two. Please contact Reta Monday through Fridays 9am to 5pm. She looks forward to hearing from you!
Born and raised in Southern Germany Elisabeth's travel career started with American Express Travel in Munich. Her first visit to the United States impressed her with the diversity and beauty of the country and the friendliness of the people. This experience encouraged her to pursue her own dream for travel and adventure - which she has done for over 30 years.
Elisabeth is now located in the US, and she draws on her own vast travel experiences in Europe and specializes in customized trips to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Italy. To accommodate the travel dreams of her many clients, she also plans customized trips to Russia, India,Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia,Thailand, Nepal, Bhutan, New Zealand, and most South American countries. Whether you are a first-time international traveler or not, Elisabeth is able to create the trip of your dreams - whether it is a honeymoon, a family vacation, a cruise, or a unique adventure you're seeking.
For each of the past 10 years Elisabeth has been recognized as one of the top 125 Super Agents by Travel and Leisure Magazine.
I believe Susan Sontag summed it up best: “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list”.
With a Masters degree in the History of Art and Connoisseurship from Christie’s in London, Katherine has long had a passion for travel and the arts. Having lived in London, England for three years and studying abroad in Florence, Italy and throughout Spain, she has been fortunate to travel extensively in the UK and continental Europe with an eye for beautiful places and things. Katherine has become enamored with the European lifestyle, as well as the ability to see the world through the eyes of other people and the cultures of which they are a part. Katherine recently spent two years living in New York and has enjoyed travelling to many regions of the US.
“My love of travel began when I started to experience different cultures and countries in North America and Europe. My first trip was when I was five with my mother to Germany. When traveling I love to explore the side streets and little out of the way places and towns, that is where you find adventure. While there are still many places I would like to see, my favorite places are Florence, Rome, Montreal, Quebec City. My passion is to taste as many different culinary cuisines as possible, particularly Italian and French. I have many hours of research on culinary classes offered in Italy, France and North America...and I love to prepare excellent fresh food. Follow me on Twitter @gourmettravels. Ask me to help you plan a culinary adventure in Italy!
Heide's past travels have included the majority of the continental US, as well as Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico,Canada, Caribbean, Ireland, and Europe. She has visited Quebec City, Montreal,and parts of Italy multiple times... Heide also specializes in both domestic and international corporatetravel. She can assist you with all aspects ofmeeting planning.
"I moved to New York in 1968 to become an international flight attendant with Pan Am. Life was never the same as this experience instilled in me a zeal for world-wide travel and for learning about other cultures and people. I subsequently lived in Europe for several years, and have come to know it intimately, especially France and Italy.” Diane loves sharing with her clients the all-important details necessary for a great and highly customized trip - from the most scenic countryside drives and markets, to the best rooms to book in her favorite inns, to the best private guides. Whether she’s planning a nearby getaway weekend, a theatre jaunt to New York, a week in Tuscany, an African Safari or sailing the Aegean on her favorite cruise ship or a private sailing ship, Diane’s detailed knowledge and enthusiasm can turn any ordinary trip into an extraordinary experience. She’s an expert on all matters culinary, having studied at the Paris Cordon Bleu. As a scuba diver, she knows islands from St. Barts to Fiji. And as a lover of ‘soft’ adventure, she has explored the world from Morocco and Botswana to Bhutan and Vietnam.
"I developed my passion for travel when I entered university in Shanghai China, which is located far from my hometown. Every year I chose a different destination to visit during my vacation and I became fascinated by different people, diverse local cultures,and all of the fascinating regional foods. My desire to travel is never satiated. The exotic flavors of foreign lands appeal to me, and I never tire of exploring and discovering the wonders of this world."
After a 25 year career teaching English at a university in Kunming China, Tina is now part of the Century Travel and Timeforchina.com Team. She has traveled extensively in China, and has visited many other countries in Asia, as well as the United States and Canada. Her rich travel experiences enable her to confidently and competently help you to plan your dream vacation. She will patiently and professionally walk you through your entire travel experience from inception to completion.
Luxury Lifestyle Expert
Curtis Greenwood is the Founder & CEO of LuxuryLogistics® (www.luxurylogistics.com), a full-service travel and concierge firm based in Beverly Hills, California, serving ultra-high-net-worth individuals worldwide.
“An expatriate.” From the time I was nine years old, that was the answer I gave when asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. This early wanderlust was inspired by tales told by a favorite teacher about her years spent living in Indonesia. Since then, I have lived in four different countries outside of the U.S. and have traveled to more than 40 others spanning six continents. I am a food and wine aficionado and enjoy searching out the best examples of local cuisines. Though not quite as intrepid as Andrew Zimmern, I have enjoyed such delicacies as fermented mare’s milk in Mongolia and gooseneck barnacles in Spain.
Jane’s professional history with hospitality and tourism is long, rich, and multi-cultured. She began her hospitality career at the historic Stoneleigh Hotel in Dallas and the Dallas Hilton Inn (now the Palomar). Jane acquired in-depth knowledge of Mexico's resort destinations while working as a sales representative for wholesale tour operators; she also led numerous familiarization trips for travel agents to destinations throughout Mexico. Most recently, Jane traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean as a real estate appraiser and hotel consultant. Jane earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin and has completed graduate work at Texas Woman's University. She is fluent in English and proficient in Spanish and French.