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I am a Virtuoso travel advisor based in the Washington DC area.
According to my parents, I have been traveling since I was an infant, logging about 10,000 air miles before I was six months old, due to an employment transfer from Cincinnati to Duluth. My family always took a summer trip around the United States, so I caught the travel bug at an early age. I can remember visiting many cities as a child, and one year when I was in junior high we took a trip to Europe, where we even had the opportunity to stay with my mother’s childhood pen pal. Thus started my passion for travel, learning about different cultures, foods, history and art. I continued my overseas learning in college with three study abroads to England, France and Italy. I continue my learning through trips, as I have been fortunate to visit almost every Western European country and several Eastern Countries, over 30 US states, Mexico, Canada and Hong Kong. I have personally visited over 20 countries
My clients say I communicate well, listen, am detail orientated and am passionate about what I do.
I love to help clients' travel dreams become reality. As a Virtuoso travel advisor, I have access to our global network of hotels, tour operators, cruise lines, private guides and more to create personalized, customized trips tailored just for you. If you book through me, I can access Virtuoso exclusive experiences such as private shore excursions or behind-the-scenes tours, plus lots of hotel perks, such as room upgrades, spa and dining credits and free breakfast. I look forward to hearing from you!
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