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Hola! My name is Marilen and I’m a native of Chile who moved to the United States over 25 years ago. My passion for meaningful and life-changing travel experiences started in high school, when I had the opportunity to explore the beautiful landscapes and amazing local foods and people of my own country, Chile. I was in the school’s basketball team and we got to travel all over the country to play tournaments. Later on I wanted to become a foreign exchange student and go live in a different country, learn a new language and get fully immersed in a different culture. While I did not participate in an official student exchange program, I did move to the US right out of High School with my family. I was over the moon for the opportunity! Within just a year, I then fell in love with a foreigner and ended up moving to the gorgeous and amazing Canary Islands (in Spain) for 3 incredible years. After moving back to the US, it has been my happy home base since.
My first college degree was naturally in Tourism and Business, which I obtained while living in the Canary Islands in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain. I loved learning about the travel and hospitality industry and my heart was full from experiencing living in other countries and “doing what the locals do.” It was a transformational experience and I decided I would one day enable others to enjoy these travel experiences that for a living. After taking many more trips around the globe, another college degree (this time in Psychology), several other long and short-term jobs that were great for learning meaningful life skills, amazing learning opportunities, and growing a huge network of people from all walks of life who share the same passion for discovering life in the world, I am finally back to my original passion: being a Travel Planning Specialist.
I love sharing my experience and inspiring others to have the chance to truly enjoy an unforgettable journey with each and every trip. I have visited many countries in North, Central and South America, Europe and Africa and have lived in 3 different countries in different continents. I’m fluent in English and Spanish, can have friendly conversations with people speaking Portuguese and Italian, and I have friends all over the world. My main objective is to help you find trips that are a perfect match to what you are looking for, access to special add-ons, upgrades, amenities or enhancements with the best that the local destination has to offer, and for you to come back home with a unique experience that will forever live in your memory. What better gift can there be than an experience of a lifetime!
In my free time I enjoy being active, spending time outdoors, quality time with my family, reconnecting with old friends or making new ones, knitting, networking, enjoying live music and festivals, going on wine tasting escapades, cooking, constantly learning more about health and wellness, designing and planning life-changing experiences and retreats for my business, and I’ve been known to play tennis and basketball when the opportunity presents itself.
Let’s talk about the travel experience you desire and start making it happen! My favorite trips to plan are expeditions and adventures, unique local experiences, family reunions and special celebrations, wine and bike experiences and tours, transformational retreats, snow and mountain sports, weddings and elopements, honeymoons, women trips, men trips, learning from the source trips (cooking, cycling, survival, motorcycle, wine-making, sustainability, homesteading, etc.) My favorite destinations to send travelers to are Patagonia, Iceland, Spain, Italy, Norway, UK, North, Central and South America (emphasis on Chile, Mexico and all the Spanish-speaking countries.) I am a Virtuoso Family Travel member and certified Australis Cruise Specialist (Patagonia region.)
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