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For those of you who know me, particularly in my former career(s), I focused on finance, accounting and private equity. I have a very organized, detail oriented, structured way of thinking. I always thought these traits were the opposite of the spiritual side. Travel has enabled me to explore that spirituality in ways that are way different from what I have been used to and comfortable with at home.
But what I have come to learn through travel is that spirituality is founded on traditional practices. Whether it be the belief in reincarnation, the worship of Pacha Mama, the ceremonies of the shaman, the motions of the tribal dancers or the rituals of the healers, all are based on centuries old structures that provide guidance to the believers.
I am blessed to have met so many people who fully embrace life, who like each of us values family, friendship, and respect for tradition above all else.
I am also grateful to be part of an industry that can add so much enrichment through new cultural experience and people to people exchange.
As I learned years ago from the gentle people of Bali- Where we have been is just as important as where we are now, and the past provides us the foundation to be confident that we are headed in the right direction.
Namaste. Travel Well
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My first travel adventure was a journey to Mexico when I was 15, and I’ve been hooked ever since. My appetite for travel is never-ending; even before I return from one trip I am already planning the next. The best part of travel is seeking out new experiences, meeting people, and forming long-lasting friendships at home and abroad. The stories, culture, food, and history are just as important as the tangibles in a destination.
As a wildlife and nature photographer, it is important to me to have a knowledgeable guide, one who can increase my odds of getting that iconic picture, which includes making recommendations on the best destinations and times of year. Working with Latitude, I am exposed to the best operators and guides through careful vetting and exploratory journeys that enable me to provide the best advice to our clients and provide solid tour leadership for small groups.
On a recent trip to India, while at the Taj Mahal, my guide showed me the best location to photograph the reflecting pool in front of the monument, and where to best capture the shimmering beauty of the tomb. It is this attention to detail that our specialized guides deliver, not only in the areas of photography, but to all guests’ special interests that make a Latitude trip truly outstanding.
Some of my favorite destinations and experiences are ones I would like to share with fellow travelers:
East Africa- Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda- Where I served as tour leader to a small group to experience and photograph The Great Migration and Mountain Gorillas.
Fiji- Diving the incredibly colorful reefs.
Galapagos- Photographing the wildlife unique to these islands, both above and below the sea.
Turkey & Greece- Sailing the Mediterranean Sea aboard a private yacht.
Ireland- Sipping whiskey in the historic and colorful pubs of Ireland.
India- Envisioning the life of a Maharaja in the palaces of India.
Patagonia- Photographing the mountain peaks, glaciers and wildlife.
Costa Rica- Where abundant wildlife, reptiles, butterflies and amazing birds are prevalent
Peru- Most notably mysterious Machu Picchu and quaint Cuzco
My ever evolving Bucket List includes Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, and Spain. (I am checking off Egypt and Jordan this year.)
I would be pleased to share the itineraries we envision for these magical places.
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My father introduced me to the world of exploring at a young age and today my appetite for travel and discovery remains insatiable. As I have grown, my mode of travel has changed from ticking off the box to fully immersing myself in rich experiences, diving into the fabric of the locals’ everyday life. I have lived with families and artists all over the world, spent time in kitchens, gardens and tucked away villages, prayed in temples from India to Abu Dhabi and everywhere in between. My love of color and textiles has led me to some of the most amazing and inspiring people and places one can imagine, such as dying silk on the banks of the Mekong in Laos, creating batik in the rice paddies of Vietnam, and creating natural dyes with world renowned masters in the mountains of Oaxaca. I have worked with weavers and leather artisans in Guatemala and Maasai women in Tanzania to bring these beautiful crafts back home to share. These experiences have enabled me to take an insider view to best understand a place and a culture that may appeal to a traveler’s senses. Sharing my passions and love for people is my job and being part of the Latitude team enables me to deliver dreams. That is what keeps me seeking new discoveries.
Travel reminds us of who we are, how we think, why we do what we do. It is the stitch that binds us together in this beautiful tapestry of the world. My quest is to help others find deeper connections in their journeys. Try everything, share stories, share smiles. Building connections that start with something so foreign, so unfamiliar can lead to memories of the best days of your life.
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My passion for working with animals and wildlife conservation grew during my career with SeaWorld and Busch Gardens. I was fortunate to have a stage as large as national TV with shows such as Today and The Tonight Show where I was invited to share my knowledge and showcase my animal sidekicks. Representing the parks and filming with animal personality Jack Hanna provided me amazing opportunities to travel the globe, in places as remote as Antarctica, Borneo, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Once hooked on unique, experiential travel, there’s no going back.
Being on several non-government conservation boards has also given me a deep appreciation for the need to support work to preserve the places I love so much. I, and a few enthusiastic friends who traveled with me to Africa, founded Mission: Wildlife, an organization to create awareness and support for conservation. That is the impact travel can have.
I find the process of putting a trip together almost as enjoyable as going. With Latitude I found my perfect second career! Value, quality, safety, detail, and knowing the right season, people and unique experiences are the key to making a trip extraordinary. Whether it’s wildlife, culture, adventure, history, relaxation or all of the above, we’ll work together to create your dream trip and find those incredible, authentic experiences and places many travelers never discover.
Some of my favorite destinations include Uganda for gorilla trekking, song and beauty; Samburu and Northern Kenya for amazing wildlife and conservation visits, and incredible culture meeting ancient tribes practicing centuries old traditions; Brazil with brilliant bird life diverse landscapes, the Amazon, the Pantanal and fazendas (farm guest houses); Australia for unique marsupials, beaches and hospitality.
Places currently on my bucket list:
Galapagos – (scheduled 2021- group of 16)
India – (scheduled 2022- room to add more!)
Madagascar – Starting to plan!
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As an American expat living in Mexico and working in Hospitality for over sixteen years, I’ve had the opportunity to visit and explore more than 60 countries. My passion for travel and a desire to live abroad began at an early age. As an only child, I experienced relocation often with my mother; the general manager of a West Coast hotel chain. Every city was a new experience. The diversity of people and a constantly changing landscape instilled in me a strong desire to explore. Staying in one place was not an option so I thrived on anything that was different. At the age of fourteen I traveled to Europe for the first time on a High School sponsored trip. We spent ten days backpacking through France and Spain. I was completely in awe of the beauty, history and culture. I couldn’t wait to return. Two years later I applied for foreign exchange student status and found myself back in Dijon, France, the capital city of the historical Burgundy region. My year in Europe was enlightening. I knew then that I would not only continue to travel but would also make it my career choice. I realized that education was more than information found in the pages of a book. Understanding people and culture required immersion. Nevertheless, I attended Arizona State University and earned a bachelors degree in Travel and Tourism. I learned the business management principals of tourism in all forms, such as ecotourism, adventure and luxury as well as sustainable business practices. After graduation, I confirmed my belief that the “real world” and I didn’t click so I chose to create my own reality. I moved to Puerto Vallarta in 2004 and secured a management position with the largest resort hotel operator in Mexico. After almost two decades, I have had the opportunity to meet with a multitude of travelers with diverse interests and expectations. Without my experience, passion, education and understanding I could not have accommodated their needs. I believe travel is good for the mind, body and soul. It expands our appreciation for other cultures and their beliefs. Saint Augustin once said “the world is a book, and those that do not travel read only one page.”
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