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We plan customized trips for busy professionals looking to open their minds, get out of their comfort zone, and renew their zest for life 

What we do

Customized trips from weeklong getaways to yearlong sabbaticals

Carpe Diem Traveler is a boutique travel agency that serves busy professionals that seek a break from fast-paced careers and hectic personal lives.

Our professional guidance makes travel planning fun, easy, and stress-free. 

Personalized Advice

Travel involves a lot of decisions. In order to create a trip tailored to what YOU want, you need personalized, expert advice.

Worldwide Network

Carpe Diem Traveler has partners all over the world that are experts in their destinations that can deliver ungoogleable experiences.

VIP Treatment

You can't VIP yourself, but we can! We can treat you to perks like complimentary breakfast, upgrades, spa treatments, and more.

Our Services

Destination Selection

Not sure where to go on your next trip?

Take a 5 minute survey to get a personalized answer, destination insights, and trip inspiration! 

Custom Travel Planning

Want an expert to plan your trip from beginning to end?

Simply tell us your preferences and interests and we’ll handle all the details!

Long-Term Travel Roadmap

Want to have years of trips to look forward to?

Get customized travel roadmap of your next 7-8 trips with estimated budgets, targeted timing, and much more!

Sabbatical Consulting

Looking to travel for a month or longer?

We can help you prepare personally, professionally, financially, and mentally to make the most of your time off.

why we do it

Travel is Transformative

It’s easy to lose sight of what really matters in life when you’re buried in your To Do list and running between back-to-back meetings. 

Carpe Diem Traveler believes that travel has the unique power to open your mind, push yourself outside your comfort zone, and reconnect with what - and who - is truly important in life.

Taking time off to travel is key to restoration and growth, so you can become the best version of you.

Booking travel is complicated & time-consuming - but it doesn't have to be

Ever got lost down a Google rabbit hole to end up more confused than you started?

Imagine ENJOYING the travel planning process, getting personalized advice, and an expertly planned trip just for you.

AbouT Susie

Banishing burnout

Susie Chau, owner of Carpe Diem Traveler, is passionate about helping professionals banish burnout through transformative trips.

Before starting her travel agency in 2016, she was a Management Consultant for over a decade. Eager for a change, she convinced her husband to take a yearlong sabbatical. They traveled to all 7 continents, 22 countries, including a cross-country US road trip.

After that, Susie knew she needed help others explore the world and renew their zest for life. 


What they say

Susie helped us create and seamlessly execute the TRIP OF A LIFETIME! There is no way we could have designed this trip so well without her and no way that it would have been such an incredible, fun and completely stress-free experience once there without her. She was knowledgeable, professional, understanding, organized, and always made us feel that our having an incredible travel experience mattered deeply to her. If you want to tackle a big trip and have it go off without a hitch? Tackle it with Susie!!  


Thailand, Cambodia, & Vietnam

I would highly recommend Susie for all your travel related needs. She was instrumental in helping me achieve a lifelong dream - visiting Antarctica. She handled all the communications with the expedition company, helped setup transportation, and saved me a ton of time in the process! She was also able to hook me up with credits/rates that weren't available online (huge bonus!). I had a great trip and can't wait to work with her on the next one!  


Argentina & Antarctica

I'd definitely recommend Susie for helping you plan any kind of travel. She helped us plan a sabbatical trip to Hawaii with our 2 little kids, and it was an absolutely wonderful experience! She took the ideas of what we wanted to do and ran with it, coming up with great suggestions for the whole family. Using Susie to plan this trip made every step of it so much easier, more fun, and personalized. She is organized, quick to respond, easy to work with, and so knowledgeable. 




Destination Selection

Discover where to go on your next trip



  • Personalized advice on where you should go next
  • Destination tips & insights
  • Tailored trip recommendations
  • Video walkthrough to get you excited to book
  • Want help booking? Get a $50 discount on your trip planning services!
Long-Term Travel Roadmap

Turn your bucket list into an action plan




  • Strategic roadmap of your next 7-8 trips plotted out into an actionable plan
  • Estimated budgets for each trip based on your unique travel style
  • Expert advice on how to maximize your PTO days and travel dollars
  • Discounts on travel planning services

Pricing for Sabbatical Consulting is tailored to your specific needs. Click here to get started.

Contact Us

Located In:

41 E 8th St, Chicago, IL, 60605, USA




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