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What is your favorite destination?
Of the places that I’ve been, Ireland is a favorite. There is so much history there and the people are warm and friendly.
What itinerary do you enjoy planning for clients?
I love planning cruising for families. I particularly like cruises out of New York City and trips to Alaska.
What was your most memorable travel experience?
My wife and I recently did a 10-day trip to Scotland and Ireland. Although we don’t totally agree, I really enjoyed Ireland while my wife liked Scotland (I think she is a bit biased because her family is from there).
What is the most interesting/exotic locale you’ve visited?
Visiting the Campbell Castle in Inveraray, Scotland was very cool. My wife’s grandmother was a Campbell so it is was fun to visit the “family” castle.
What city could you revisit over and over again?
San Francisco, CA. We have relatives there but there are always new things to see and do in that area.
What’s on your travel "wish list"?
Rome, Greece, Africa, Machu Picchu.
What was the most memorable event that happened to you while traveling?
I was attending business meetings aboard the QM2 of the Cunard line as we travelled from Southampton to New York. Every day at 3:00 pm we had tea and scones in the Queen’s Ballroom. The main attraction during this time was ballroom dancing. The ladies were dressed to the nines and seated at the edge of the ballroom. The gentlemen hosts would come by, scoop them up and dance to the tunes that were playing. It was so elegant and the dancing was superb. We loved watching them and wish that we had the skill to join them. 3:00 tea became the highlight of the day.
What culture/experience surprised you?
The Irish culture and people surprised me greatly. While visiting, my whole understanding of the potato famine in the 1800’s and how it affected the Irish people dramatically changed. What I was taught was totally wrong. I now understand why the Irish migrated to the United States and how grateful that they were for the opportunity to relocate. I have a great respect for the Irish. We learned this as a part of a CIE bus tour. Our guide provided so much content to the trip greatly enhancing the experience.
If I had an unlimited budget, I'd...
Go on a world cruise
When traveling, what can’t you leave home without?
Gotta have my swim trunks. You never know when the opportunity to sit poolside will pop up.
What is the strangest thing you’ve ever packed for a trip?
A fishing pole. Once a year I like to take a trip into Northern Canada for a long weekend of fishing in an area that is outside of cellphones, TV’s and technology, in general.
What was your most memorable purchase while traveling?
Opal rings made by local Indians in the Southwest.
What was your most memorable meal while traveling?
Perhaps not the best meal but the most memorable meal was Haggis in Scotland. Not bad really, but definitely different. The meal starting with a song celebrating the Haggis.
Any "words of wisdom" you’ve learned along the way?
Be sure to take time to relax. Too often, we overpack each day and miss the real meaning of vacation which is to relax and enjoy the people that we are with while at amazing destinations.
What travel tips do you like to share with your clients?
Get there early so that you are not rushed and have plenty of time. The last thing that I want you to do is to start a trip stressed out. It sets a bad tone for the vacation.