Do you want to…
Learn to make your favorite Thai dish in Thailand?
Accomplish a physical feat, like summiting Mt Kilimanjaro?
Learn to Tango in Argentina?
Spot a lion pride on a South African safari?
Get your adrenaline running in New Zealand?
Sip wine among the vines in Tuscany?
Achieve Zen in a yoga retreat in Costa Rica?
Do the polar plunge in Antarctica?
Hang 10 in Hawaii?
Go hot air ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey?
Life is short; dream big, seize the day, and step out of your comfort zone!
I bring to the table extensive travel experiences, including traveling for a year to all 7 continents with my husband, and visiting almost 50 countries around the world. I pair that expertise with relationships I’ve built with travel suppliers that are based in the country that you would like to travel to and therefore have the local knowledge, expertise, and connections to make your trip truly special.
I provide the below services to all of my clients to help them throughout the planning process and all the way through their travels to turn your travel dreams into a reality.
How I Serve All My Clients
I take time to get to know you and your preferences throughout the planning process
I research and curate all of the desired components to create a trip personalized just for you
I provide guidance to help you make well-informed decisions
I booking your desired trip components so you don’t have to
I create a customized itinerary with all the details/confirmations/vouchers you’ll need for your trip
I provide support throughout the planning process and while you are traveling
Carpe Diem Traveler serves individuals or small groups (less than 10 people) in two ways:
- Customized Trips – Best for those looking for the full end to end trip planning experience for an independent trip tailored just for you
- A La Carte Trips – Best for those looking to join a group tour, cruise, or looking for select services (e.g. hotel booking only)
I specialize in customized independent trips, where you call the shots of everything you do. It’s fully tailored to suit your interests and preferences so you can explore a destination YOUR way.
This is ideal for individuals or small groups that don’t want “canned” travel experiences, that way to get off the beaten path and have some truly unique experiences.
Due to my connections with travel partners all over the world, I have the ability to coordinate experiences that you simply cannot find online such as a cooking class with the chef of a Michelin starred restaurant or a behind the scenes visit at Gucci’s offices in Florence, to name a couple examples.
Because no two trips are the same and I take a highly personalized approach to each trip, I charge up front Trip Design fees.
My Trip Design fees are based on the duration and complexity of the trip (i.e. number of destinations, logistics, etc.). All customized trips I plan include the following Full End-to-End Services with optional Add-On Services depending on your needs.
Full End-to-End Services
I’ll work with you to determine the ideal itinerary based on your interests and preferences
I’ll research flights to get you the best schedule and pricing for your itinerary
I’ll research and book your accommodations based on your preferences
I’ll curate tours/activities/experiences that would be of interest to you and make the bookings for you
I’ll research and book ground transportation based on your preferences
I’ll provide quotes and secure travel insurance for you (purchasing insurance is optional).
I’ll book your flights and manage any changes or issues with the flight. Regular airline fees apply to any changes or cancellations.
Research and provide recommendations for the best use of your miles/points to apply towards your trip
Providing an elevated level of service by adding extra special touches to your trip (e.g. restaurant reservations, spa appointments)
A La Carte Trips
If you are interested in joining a multi-day guided group tour, cruise, or simply want help with individual hotel/resort research and bookings, I would love to serve you.
I recommend booking individuals components with me because oftentimes I can get you access to extra perks as noted on my Services page that you couldn’t get when booking online. Plus, my expertise will ensure you are making well-informed decisions.
I work with you to find the right tour/cruise/hotel to fit your needs and process your bookings for you. The Trip Design fees for these types of services are less expensive since there is significantly less customization.
Let's Get Started!
Interested in getting started on planning your ideal trip? Here's how the process works:
1. Getting to Know You
After you fill out the Trip Inquiry form below, I will reach out to you to schedule a meeting to get to know you, your interests, your preferences, and travel style.
If you are in Chicago, I’d love to meet up over coffee or a drink to discuss your trip. If not (or if you’re short on time), we can talk over the phone/Google Hangouts/FaceTime.
2. Planning Out the Details
After our meeting, I will provide you with re-cap along with a personalized Trip Design Fee quote based on the services you desire and the duration and complexity of your trip.
Once the Trip Design Fee has been paid, I will pull together and present to you a proposed itinerary including accommodations, experiences, logistics, and any other components we agreed upon in our initial meeting. My goal is to make this part as easy and stress-free as possible for you.
3. Making the Final Touches
Once we finalize the trip itinerary, I will book the components we agree upon and the necessary payments will be made to confirm your bookings.
I will consolidate all of your booking confirmations, vouchers, and daily itinerary together so you have all the information you need packaged up to have a stress-free trip. I am here to help with any questions you have as you prepare for your trip.
4. Carpe Diem!
Enjoy the trip of your dreams!
I'll be there for you in case you have questions or need assistance on your trip, so you can rest easy that you are in good hands.