My Secret to Organized Travel


A main focus of mine for the past nine years has been TRAVEL. I want to create memories with my children --- you've heard "memories over stuff" or "travel over things" --- that’s our mantra.


One of my many passions is making connections between people. This website is a labor of love, and will continue to be, to show you everything that is possible for anyone with enough GRIT to stay the course.

 

One of my “dirty little secrets” to making travel successful, fun, well-planned, and organized, is my travel agent, Becky. I met Becky over seven years ago when I was in the real estate. I sold Becky a new home and sold her house. Becky is warm, fun, and outgoing. When I learned that she loves travel, I knew we had to be friends! Little did I know, Becky was starting her own business venture: helping others plan their travel. Becky truly turned her passion into a business and I could not recommend her more. Becky has helped me on the entire travel spectrum, from a business retreat for 60 to trips for our family of five.


Here’s why I love working with Becky:

1. She responds quickly (to my 97 questions AND my late night ideas and worries)

2. She triple-confirms all reservations

3. She makes sure that when you head to the airport you have everything you need, all in one spot: either online or in a binder, you don't have to look for a thing --- right down to the best beach spot for braids for little girls!

4. She’s visited MANY of these destinations and speaks from personal experience

5. She has kids and knows what works well for families (and what doesn't)



You can find Becky here: https://tap.myagentgenie.com/beckyeckenfels/

Please meet Becky, in her own words (she does a better job than I do!):


My name is Becky Eckenfels. I am a mom. I am a wife. I am a perfectionist. I am a dreamer. I am a wanderer. I am an adventurer. A lover of books. A lover of music. A lover of oceans. A lover of sunshine. A lover of food.


One thing that has always been a part of me for as long as I can remember is my fascination with travel. So much so, that seven years ago I got my certification to become a travel designer and I can honestly say, I LOVE MY JOB!! I am constantly in awe of this beautiful planet we live on and the incredible people that live on it. I want everyone to be able to explore it so we can all learn from each other and create a better world for the generations to come.  


Having my own children has just made travel all the more exciting. I love seeing the world through my daughters' eyes. I learn so much from traveling with them, and they have made every adventure that much better with their huge grins and laughs. Whether we are cliff jumping in Belize or just chilling on a Icelandic beach, we always have fun together. I can’t wait for future adventures with them!!


I can help plan every detail of your travels so that all you have to do is enjoy your time away. Whether you are just looking for a quick getaway with no plans or want everything reserved ahead of time down to your dinner reservations, I am happy to help!  


I currently specialize in Family Travel and have certifications as a Hawaiian Destination Expert, a Disney Dream Maker, a Luxury Travel Specialist, South African Travel Specialist, New Zealand Specialist, Aussie Specialist, a Breezes Super Agent, a Sandals Resort Specialist, and A Royal Caribbean Cruise line Specialist. I have had the privilege to live on the beautiful island of Maui as well as to travel to Ireland, England, Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, Iceland, Belize, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, China, Mexico, Canada and all around the United States. I am also certified to help plan business travel and corporate retreats.  


Just a few of the highlights of my travels have been flying in a helicopter, doors off, over the island of Kauai, a hilarious ride up the side of a mountain on a crazy donkey in Santorini with my husband, learning from a master potter in Turkey, the epic decision of whether to order fries or grubs in Ecuador, taking my daughter scuba diving for the first time in Belize and watching her fall in love with the ocean (even the sharks, or should I say especially the sharks), biking through Tuscany, exploring the underground cities of Cappadocia, walking the ancient streets in Rhodes where knights once protected the streets, swimming in the underground caves of Mexico with my family, soaking in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland and getting a facial with my daughter after an overnight flight, learning a Bulgarian dance in a beautiful vineyard, discovering my favorite wine in Montepulciano, dancing in the puddles with my husband to the orchestra playing in the Piazza San Marco,  Venice, and watching my very shy 2 year old come out of her shell and make friends with other kids who do not speak her language and realizing we are all the same no matter what country we call home.

NEVER MISS A THING

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