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Laura Capitani

Beverly Hills, California Travel Agent

Personalized Service

Most first-time clients are surprised at the types of things I can arrange. For example, if you are interested in food, I may arrange for you to take a private cooking class that begins with shopping at the local market. If you are an art-lover, you might enjoy having a local art professor guide you through a museum. I have also arranged for privately guided bicycling tours as well as guided food and wine tastings.

Experiencing new destinations and using my knowledge to help others enjoy them is my passion. When I plan your trip, I put my lifetime of experience to work for you. If we haven’t worked together, I will probably ask you about where you have traveled, what you have liked and what has not been to your liking. That will give me a sense of the way you like to travel. I will also want to know what your dreams are for your current trip. 

I often suggest private guides as a way to enrich a trip. I recently sent a multi-generational family to Japan. Japan has a very rich culture but it can be hard to know what you are seeing unless someone explains, for example, that those white pieces of paper strung around the temple are wishes or that each movement in the tea ceremony ritual has a specific symbolic meaning. The family still talks about how great their guide was, how much they learned, and how they have so much respect for the Japanese people.

Small-ship and river cruising is another thing I find clients often enjoy. In recent years, ships have been adding more active options, both onboard and in port, so they are appealing to a wider age range. These ships are nothing like the mega-ships; they tend to focus on the destinations they visit and offer an intimacy that is both sophisticated and friendly. Cruising also makes it easy to explore relatively inaccessible areas like the Norwegian fjords or Alaska’s Inside Passage and Glacier Bay. Plus, you can visit many places in a single trip without the hassle of taking trains or planes and changing hotels.

As your travel agent, I will ensure that you experience the style of travel you enjoy. Some lines travel with their own fleet of bicycles and offer active adventures ashore as well as yoga and fitness classes on board; others tend to attract people a more sedentary crowd. There are also special sailings that cater to specific interests. I recently sent a group on a cruise where there were golfing excursions in almost every port. 

I am also seeing more travelers headed for adventurous destinations such as Patagonia, New Zealand, and even Antarctica. In addition to my experience and knowledge of the travel industry, one of my most important traits is my attention to detail. From the moment you leave your home to your return, I think through every step of your trip and make sure the arrangements are set. Plus, as your travel agent, I am there to back you up every step of the way. 

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