When I was a child, I dreamt of becoming a travel agent so I could travel the world. Over time, my father convinced me that this career might not provide me with enough time or money to travel the way I prefer. My dad knows me well, and it was clear he hadn’t forgotten my temper tantrum at Howard Johnson’s when I was a young girl. Even then, I had an affinity for luxury family travel and, unfortunately, my vision of a vacation in California was not consistent with the family itinerary. I cringe at the memory now, but can’t deny I was my authentic self.
Fast forward to university and followed by work as an economist, negotiator, and business development director. My career afforded me unique opportunities to travel to large cities and remote locations. Although I prefer luxury travel, this wasn’t an option in many small towns, allowing me to experience the difference between five stars and one or none. Yes – zero stars. There weren’t many places like this, but they were all memorable.
My air travel experiences are as extensive and varied – private jets and the first-class cabin on overseas flights to a single propeller plane in the Yukon with one pilot I will never forget. As we boarded the plane, he announced that his right jacket pocket held the key to the emergency survival gear. He went on to mention that a compartment in the left wing contained the emergency supplies. I spent the entire flight peering over his shoulder trying to figure out how to fly the plane…just in case I needed to take over.
Over time, I have realized that travel isn’t an option; it is a necessity. Having children hasn’t changed this. In fact, the desire to travel is even greater now because I want my children to learn firsthand about other countries and cultures. My affinity for luxury family travel, along with the encouragement of a close friend lead to the creation of Luxe Travel Family. Friends and family often ask for travel advice and inspiration. Through Luxe Travel Family, I can share these stories. I hope you enjoy the adventure.
I often work with luxury travel brands, destination marketing organizations, and tourism boards. I’m honoured to be selected by Context Travel as one of their Deep Travelers, a group of bloggers and content creators who travel thoughtfully and responsibly and write stories to promote and encourage movement. I’m a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA), Travel Media Association of Canada (TMAC), Family Travel Association (FTA), Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), and the Professional Travel Bloggers Association (PTBA).
Please connect with me via hello@Luxetravelfamily.com.