I am a native New Yorker who has lived in Atlanta, Georgia, since 1999. My passion for travel started at very early age when my parents would send me south from New York City to Savannah or Memphis for the summer.
I personally enjoy cruising for my personal vacation but I will do beach Vacation for some fun in the sun. I am also not opposed to a city stay for great food, museums, shopping and live music.
My favorite cruise destinations to suggest to clients are Alaska, Europe ,South Pacific and Asia. If you do not have much time a cruise will allow you to see many destinations in one trip. Plus you only unpack once you get on board. I have sailed on over 25 cruises personally.
One of my favorite destinations to send clients to is Italy. There is so much rich history, culture & food in Italy you really cannot see it all in just one 10 day program .
I curate travel experiences for honeymooners and milestone anniversaries, birthdays and special occasions. I also curate custom vacations to Italy, Spain, South Africa and Thailand. It is wonderful to be able to take client's ideas and make them a reality. Whether for a weekend escape or more complex itinerary , it would be my privilege to work with you.
My curiosity and wonder became my guides in my early 30's. I said goodbye to corporate life and embarked on a whirlwind global adventure. My insatiable wonderlust (yes, wonder!) spurred deep-sea diving in Australia and Thailand, Annapurna peak ascents in Nepal, belly dancing in Morocco, wine tasting in Italy and France and tracking the Big Five in Kenya. This life-changing journey sparked an unshakable passion for roaming our planet, immersing in all its diverse cultures and marveling at Mother Nature’s inspiring wonders and mankind’s mystifying architectural feats. I returned home to Atlanta with an awakened sense of self and my mission to help others embark on their own transformative quest.
I have helped people with their leisure and corporate travel for the past 30 years.
My father flew me and my mother to visit my grandparents at 30 days old. At age 10 I joined an eight-week US tour and at 18 went on a three-month European Tour. As an adult I have traveled by group tour, chauffeur driven tour, private car, rail, ocean and river cruise ships.
My travels include the 50 United States, Europe, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Costa Rica and the Caribbean Islands.
My favorite thing about travel is creating wonderful memories to last a lifetime. I love to help make travel dreams become a reality. Through Virtuoso, my clients have access to the world’s best luxury hotels, cruise lines and tour operators, complete with exclusive amenities they can’t get anywhere else. I do my very best to help you fulfill travel dreams and create wonderful lifetime memories!
Markie is an independent travel agent and consultant with more than 30 years of experience providing the full range of worldwide corporate travel services including chartered & commercial air travel, train travel, car & limousine services, and full-range hotel / event planning support. Clients include the top-producing corporations in the event production, entertainment and medical sciences industries (among others). Markie is a dedicated professional whose services are provided across the corporate spectrum; from A, B & C level executives (including owners and CEO’s) to sales professionals and tradecraft specialists. Her specialties include time and cost efficient itineraries, hotel venue rate negotiation and management of large-scale group travel requirements. Markie is a prime resource devoted to guiding her clientele through the most demanding travel schedules with high efficiency, devotion and particularly good humor.
My initiation to travel was through a regional airline, doing reservations and ticketing. After a decade, I felt the need to experience the other side of the industry, helping coordinate travel to a world of delightful destinations. I founded Prestige Travel in 1985 with the idea to provide superior customer service to both leisure and corporate travelers. I create travel itineraries all over the world with favorite destinations to Australia and New Zealand. I've been working with clients for so long now that I don’t consciously think about the process anymore; it’s all about asking the right questions and building trust with customers. The Hawaiian Islands and the Caribbean are great places for a relaxing getaway, and I’m a huge fan of Europe. Italy and France are favorites especially the wine areas of Tuscany or Provence. By air, boat, rail, and land, I make sure we create a superb travel experience that provides memories to last a lifetime.
My fascination with travel and different cultures led me to want to be a part of the travel industry and vacation planning.Some of my favorite destinations are the Caribbean and Mexico.
My attention to detail and customer service allows me to create unforgettable vacation experiences. Whether it be a group of 100 or a family of 2, it would be my pleasure to help make your vacation dreams a reality.
Here's where my "travel bug" story started: After attending my brother's wedding in Scotland in the early 90's, I was travel smitten and knew I had to learn more. For twenty plus years now, I focus on multi-generational (my family is large so I "get it"), but love groups of any kind. I'm a specialist for Hawaii, traveled almost the entire Caribbean (LOVE St. Lucia), lots of Europe too.Cruising is a passion as well. I have traveled with my large family to Alaska, the Med (more than once), and recently a Danube river cruise shopping the Christmas Markets. My travel bug has taken me to a plethora of destinations including Nova Scotia and St. Petersburg Russia. I have been blessed to make a few client connections through my church, through referrals, and even old high school friends, but no matter where they come from, the process is typically pretty similar: I like to build up a relationship using collaborative planning and really get to know the person. My goal is to provide value to every trip planned and make travel dreams reality.