Carpe Diem Traveler

Travel Outside Your Comfort Zone


What Inspires YOU to Travel?

Have you been thinking about exploring a new corner of the world, but you don’t have the time or don’t know how make that happen?

It’s so easy to get lost in the daily hustle and endless To Do lists that you push your dreams aside and delay them until “some other time.”

But life is short…and trips don’t plan themselves.

NOW is the time to live out your travel dreams. Bonus points if there is a part of you that is a little scared of going to an unfamiliar place. The good stuff in life always happens outside your comfort zone.

If you’re brave enough to step outside your comfort zone, then that’s where travel has the power to…

Open your mind to new possibilities and ways of life
Challenge & show you what you are able to accomplish
(Re)discover a passion or skill
Connect deeper to who you are traveling with

Carpe Diem Traveler’s mission is to help people travel outside their comfort zones and in a way that is as unique as they are. The more people explore new destinations, the more minds will be opened and cultural boundaries will be broken down, creating a more compassionate and understanding world.

If you’re looking to discover and explore the world in a way that is personal to your passions and preferences, take the first step by filling out the Trip Inquiry form below. Even if you aren’t sure where you want to go or what you want to do. I’m here to help step you through the process!

Click one of the buttons below to learn more about how I can serve you.

Let's Get Started!

Interested in getting started on planning your ideal trip? Here's how the process works:


Let's Talk



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.


Let's Plan



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. 


Let's Book



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.

Let's Go



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.

Trip Inquiry Form


Hi, I’m Susie. I created Carpe Diem Traveler to motivate and help curious global explorers that are stuck in the 9-5 (or let’s be honest, easily 8-6) bust out of the cubicle and take their much needed PAID time off.

I’ve been there, I get it. I was a Management Consultant for 13 years. The struggle is real. The people that need a vacation the most don’t have the time to plan one. It’s a vicious cycle that I’m passionate about breaking.

I can take a personal approach to getting to know you, your travel style, and what you want to get out of your trip. I specialize in creating fully customized trips that allow you to really experience a place and not just check the sights off their list.

You can’t VIP yourself, but I can VIP you!

Carpe Diem Traveler is an affiliate of Tafari Travel, one of the country’s leading travel companies and a member of the Virtuoso consortia, the travel industry’s most exclusive travel network that you need to be invited to join.

What that means to you is that I have access to all sorts of perks and exclusive amenities not available to the public online that I can offer you to enhance your next trip!

Take a look at a few highlights of how I can upgrade your travel experiences:

Even if you aren’t sure about working with me or don’t even know where you want to go, I offer a FREE 15 minute Discovery Session via phone/Skype/FaceTime to get you started. There is zero obligation to work with me after our conversation. I’m happy to help you explore the world any way I can!

Fill out the form above and we can chat to see what makes sense for you.

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