Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Personal travel planning
Organization of their travel plans
Translate if needed ( French & English) only
Hotel & restaurant reservations
Will travel with the client
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Know where you want in terms of vacations. Tours, family vacations , upscale leisure travel ( Hotels, luxury villas). Destinations such as Paris, Luberon ( Provence), Lake Como, Tuscany . Drivers, chefs....
Event planning such as a wedding, family get together, Christmas, new year.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. Being originally from France has helped me a lot, because I know France pretty well so I can access a lot of information and I always keep up to date.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. Making people happy. Being a concierge in hotels, I loved to help people who were from out of town have a great vacation in San Francisco, let it be wine tasting in Napa, horseback riding, museum, a great restaurant to try....
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. Are you a travel agent?. No I am a travel planner, tour organizer and event planner.
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. The email saying " What a great trip it was!" or you made our family reunion in Paris the best!, without you it would not have been as fantastic!. It makes me feel good whenever i get emails like that, so I want to do more. These are my favorite stories, Appreciations.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. In general they have to understand that it is a lot of work and it involves focus and creativity to make a trip a great trip.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I decided to be in the travel business because I like to fly to different destinations and I love to organize trips and plan on where to stay, visit and so on. I did a trip with a group of ladies who wanted to go to Provence and purchase antiques. I worked with an architect who wanted to redecorate her house so I took her to Paris and L'isle sur la Sorgue in Provence where she was able to buy antique furniture. I was able to travel with her & organize every day during that one week including hotel stay, restaurants, train reservation, where to go for antiques. I was really pleased with the trip and so was she. I just love to travel and organize for clients.
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. A trip to Aix en Provence with 8 ladies .
We went to a truffle farm, did wine tasting, travel all over the Luberon. The trip involved history as well as culinary arts.
We stayed in a beautiful villa , I hired a chef from the region and we also had drivers & local tour guides.
The trip was wonderful and we had a lot of fun.
Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?
A. Luxury Travel Consultant2 started with tours only but we are including Event planning ( Weddings & special occasions).