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Let my experience help create your next trip and memories for a lifetime.
Discover the secrets of a new city — Go birdwatching — Explore museums — Dine on local specialties — Hike in a beautiful park — Shop local artisans — Share new experiences and learn about our world
Getting to know each other will help us both get the best results. During a complementary 30-minute meeting, we can see if working together makes sense and decide next steps for your travel plans.
Photo: Nicole (Nikki) with her girls at El Yunque in Puerto Rico
Planning a great trip involves great communication. Together we will talk about what you want from your travels, what parts of planning you like and don't like, and how best to work together to create an exceptional trip.
My initial 30-minute consultation is free and is a great way to determine what I can offer you specifically and see if we are a good fit to work together.
If we are, great! At the end of that meeting, I should be able to give you a general sense of what my trip planning fees will be, and you will be provided a breakdown when I present your initial itinerary. I will request a trip planning commitment fee of $100 at that time. Once paid that tells me you want to work together and that I should start planning.
For your budgeting purposes, my fees are typically $50/day of your trip that I plan. For a two-week trip to Europe, for example, it is usually $300-400 (plus the $100 commitment fee).
What am I especially good at? Creating a unique travel itinerary for an efficient trip. Efficiency means more time to enjoy what it is you want to enjoy, whether it means more time to relax or to experience the unexpected.
You many want to cruise (ocean or river), go on a guided land tour, or (like most of my clients) do it on your own, I am here to help you create an outstanding experience and cherished memories.
While I have (and do) travel a fair amount, I haven't been everywhere or done everything. But, as an agent with 1000 Mile Travel Group and Virtuoso, I have enormous resources at my fingertips and can tap into my network to help provide professional insights and recommendations beyond my personal experience.
You can check out some of the places I have visited at my Virtuoso profile, or read some of my travel musings about my recent travels (below).
We booked a few of our own elements, while Nicole put together lodging and most of our transportation between multiple locations in Switzerland and Italy. She kept us updated with changes, and the app we used for accessing our itinerary was so convenient. Her advice and suggestions were great! Thanks, Nicole!
My family really put her through it, and she never lost her compassion and willingness to work hard to make an amazing trip for my family! I cannot recommend her enough!
I just wanted to let you know what a terrific job you have been doing for our family and we are so so very pleased with everything you have helped us with.
Given we are new to cruising, we had so many many questions, and you never failed to follow up and did so quickly. And we changed our minds a lot, which made it rather confusing for you.
Your suggestions were really helpful and we could tell you really knew what you were doing.
We will gladly recommend you to our friends and family if they are looking for travel help.
We had SUCH a fabulous time. We both felt extremely well-prepared and still with plenty of freedom to change gears. We loved the hotel — very comfy and friendly with excellent breakfasts and the convenience of having the tube station right across the street shouldn't be minimized. Massively convenient. Thank you for all of your guidance.
We had the most amazing time and I can't thank you enough for all your help! Everything went so smoothly, it was a dream.
We can’t thank you enough for everything. We took advantage of nearly all of your recommendations and it was so great to just consult the itinerary every day, pick an option without decision fatigue, and head on out to spend the day exploring.
We will definitely share our experience working with your with friends and will be sure to hit you up for the next getaway!
My family celebrated the new year from Isla Holbox in Mexico. Isla Holbox is a beautiful island located off the northeastern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico.
The island is known for its pristine, white sandy beaches and crystal-clear turquoise waters. Holbox has a laid-back and tranquil atmosphere, making it a popular destination for those seeking a more relaxed and less crowded experience compared to some of the more developed tourist areas in the region, and we can vouch for that.
The are no paved roads, only sand and crushed shell streets that don't handle rain well. They were pretty rutted and flooded, making getting around challenging. However, the lack of cars means you usually walk or take an ATV-style taxi. But since it is only a few blocks to get anywhere, we tip-toed our way around the mini-lakes, and enjoyed glimpses of daily life as we passed women making tortillas, kids playing soccer, and people enjoying the holiday with family and friends.
Getting here, and getting around, is a bit of an adventure, but I'd come back if I was visiting the Yucatán again, perhaps to visit Chichén Itzá some day.
My sister and I embarked on a 4-day Rhine River cruise with Avalon Waterways from Frankfurt, Germany. We sailed the Rhine Gorge, filled with castles, and floated our way to Strasbourg, France.
In Ottrot, we enjoyed a wine tasting and also visited the picturesque village of Obernai. While docked in Beisach, Germany, we ventured to the charming village of Colmar, France, and the more modern city of Freiberg, Germany.
We disembarked in Basel, Switzerland, and walked the city highlights, shopping for chocolate and Christmas ornaments. We had a dinner of cheese fondue that was crazy delicious.
We returned by train to Strasbourg, where we enjoyed a slower pace of shopping, taking cafe breaks, and exploring this adorable town. Finally, we returned to Frankfurt, where we loved the cute area of Romerberg, the Staedel Museum, and the Aplelwein restaurants.
Sailing the Rhine Gorge, filled with castles
Wine tasting in Ottrot, France
Exploring the charming village of Colmar, France
Shopping for chocolate and Christmas ornaments in Basel, Switzerland
Enjoying cheese fondue in Basel, Switzerland
Exploring the adorable town of Strasbourg, France
Walking through Romerberg, visiting the Staedel Museum, and eating and drinking at the Aplelwein restaurants in Frankfurt, Germany
Travel impacts the world around us, and is profoundly impactful to us as individuals. I do my best to work with companies that have sustainability initiatives, focus on supporting local cultures and businesses, and seek greener options when possible.
I want to help others experience how a well-planned trip deepens relationships and better connects you to the world.
This handsome chap is my favorite bag. It is a Travelpro Maxlite and is easy to wrangle, holds a lot, and can hold my laptop bag on the telescoping handle.
Save money and stress by not checking a bag. You can do it!
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Having a credit card that has no foreign transaction fees is a great way to save money while traveling. But you can also get a multi-currency card that allows you to do cash withdrawals and credit card transactions in the local currency, avoiding additional conversion fees.
I love using my Revolut card at ATM machines around the world without additional fees! Plus, I can move money from different currencies on the app, such as my "leftover" Euros to Mexican Pesos. Then can transfer my "leftover" Pesos back to Euros, or any number of other currencies based on my travels.
TIP: Always select to do transactions in the local currency. Saves $!
I am always learning, whether it is traveling or through online and in-person classes.