Westbury, New York Travel Agent
If you’re like most people planning your first safari in Africa, you may not be quite sure where you want to go or what all your options are. That’s where I can help. I know the best places to stay and the best ways to explore. I also am connected with the top tour operators and know the differences between them and the value proposition of each. Among my favorites are Kensington Tours, Wilderness Safaris and Big Five Tours and Expeditions.
Our planning might start by talking about any specific animals you want to see. For example, there are some very special but different places where you can go trekking and get close to mountain gorillas. While you can’t pet them—they’re wild—or interact directly with them, it is an amazing experience to watch these human-like creatures interact with each other. Where you choose to have this experience depends on when you’ll be traveling, your fitness level and your budget.
There also are diverse choices for those who want to see the Big Five. In some areas, like the game parks of South Africa, you’ll be able to get very close to the animals, and your guides will know each animal’s habits and quirks individually. In other areas, you may see more animals, but not as intimately. Levels of luxury and styles of accommodation also vary greatly, even within the same game park.
Additionally, while most lodges provide game drives with guides, there are many other options. You might prefer trekking, riding on horseback, or simply watching the animals come to a waterhole as you soak in the hot tub on your private deck.
Of course, Africa is a huge continent, and safaris are just one of many reasons to visit. Not to be missed are exploring the fascinating story of Nelson Mandela in Cape Town, the unusual customs of the Maasai in Kenya, the ancient heritage of Egypt, and so much more.
Logistics are very important in planning a trip around Africa. To the uninitiated, the challenges are often not obvious. The distances can be great, and sometimes the modes of transportation are not. Having the most up-to-date information possible is essential. I’ll ensure that flights and buses will be operating on the dates you want to travel and find the best connections to ensure your trip goes as smoothly and efficiently as possible. As a travel advisor, I also make it my business to check on required and recommended inoculations and any travel warnings or potential issues that might arise during your trip.
I’ve been on safaris and traveled extensively throughout Africa and have friends in most countries on the continent. That helps me keep my fingers on the pulse of what is happening there. If you’re looking for an Africa adventure that includes wonderful hotels, dining, and immersive experiences, I can help!
Most wonderful family trip
Thank you! With your extended family all over the country, it's quite a challenge. The fact is that you keep them all organized and would make a great travel agent yourself!!! A pleasure anytime!!!
Great advice; great follow through.
More than happy to rise to the occasion and provide service, especially when stuff happens ... and, it usually does! You're fun and a challenge to work with! Thanks for your comments, much appreciated!
Always a pleasure to fine tune with both of you! We're a good match when it comes to taste and attention to detail!!! Thanks for the review, I really appreciate your confidence with my recommendations.
very well managed
Thank you Peter! It's always fun to manage your reservations. You know all the ins and outs, so it makes it easier for me. I'm happy that ... you're happy!
An awe-inspiring trip to the Galapagos!
to detail exceeded my expectation. He helped make this travel experience
special and memorable.
Thank you, Irene. Yes, it's a bit more difficult planning a multi-generational experience and your input and guidance was most memorable and especially valuable. I appreciate your nice comment and look forward to hearing all about your next, all-girls, multi-generational trip to Paris! Richard
David, it's always a pleasure to fulfill your travel requirements and just as much fun for me ... assisting in planning and executing the details... as you and your family have had and enjoyed from the Protravel Select and Virtuoso perks and amenities. Thank you for your nice comment and for your continued confidence in my work.
He someone always manages to get us into top restaurants that are triple booked! This happened in Athens and in Turks and Caicos
Thank you to a great, fun couple taking the world by storm! It's a pleasure to provide you with information and secure not only reservations, but wonderful hotels and great flights! You ask good questions and I am more than pleased to dig for the right answers! Thank you for your confidence in me as your Travel Agent!
Great trip, great hotels, great everything
Richard's expertise, knowledge and genuine care of the needs and wants of his clients are unparalleled. Love him!
Love you back! Thanks for the nice note and very much appreciated. You are a delight to plan for and such fun to share time and stories and travel and and and.... Look forward to fulfilling your bucket list of wonderful experiences in the year's ahead!
That's What I Call Service!
It's always a challenge to represent the needs of a family with small children while traveling, especially when everyone has varied and different activities that require planning and extra care. Truly, you were fun and exciting to meet your standards of excellence combined with all the excitement you were determined to explore and enjoy. I'd jump through hula hoops for your family and look forward to my next assignment and the planning you'll request!
Barbara, you are such fun to plan with that you really should consider being a travel agent in your next incarnation! I've enjoyed every minute of planning and sharing with you. Knowledgeable and experienced travelers like you ... keep me sharp and make me do my homework! Your family was a joy to please and I look forward to your overworking me over and over and over!!! You're terrific!
Fantastic travel agent made our trip
Jackie, the amazing part of our story is that ... we have never met! You trusted me from my local responsibility, being Chairman of the Town of East Hampton Architectural Review Board, responded to my email marketing and local advertisements in the East Hampton Star. We had 200 + emails between us and had such fun getting to know each other, our preferences, our foibles. Of all my new accounts, you were really a pleasure to serve! I'm really happy that your family enjoyed Turks and Caicos.
Wonderful 50th Anniversary
Logistics! Your management - of your troops - made this trip possible! You did a great job and made this agent's life much more bearable by understanding every detail of your itinerary. From air to transfers to hotels and to the cruise, your organization was incredible and greatly appreciated. Let's do it again for your 60th!
Planning a successful trip.
Thank you! We've known each other so long that planning with you and for you ... was a pleasure! Thanks for your trust!!!
You've been everywhere these past few years! I can't imagine how many miles and points you've accrued! Galapagos, Europe, Caribbean, all over the States from Massachusetts to California with nights in Dallas and Scottsdale, Chicago ... everywhere. You are the consummate "if it's Tuesday ... it must be Belgium" traveler and a pleasure to share all your travel ups and downs and sideways. Great traveler, Great person! Thanks for the review!
Great Trips from a Great Agent
Ellen and Rob, that was an incredible note, so beautifully crafted and written, thoughtful, kind and sincere, For someone who has been everywhere, there is little that I can guide you or advise, yet you gave me an opportunity to perform and ... even booked another adventure - to Iceland! You'll probably be my first Elon Musk booking, no!!! Truly, thank you for your nice words and constant encouragement to do research and share stories and information with both of you!
A pleasure to advise you, even though you are the greatest of all world travelers! From cruises to hotels and air, you are so well organized. It's been fun having you on board Regent Seven Seas in Tahiti and a great trip to Honolulu with Classic vacations. Now, you've just returned from a fun trip with family through Delta Vacations to the Caribbean. Pretty soon your boat will be back in the water in Sag Harbor and all the fun of summer in the Hamptons starts all over!
It's easy ... when I'm planning for someone as well organized as you are! Always a pleasure to be there for your travel needs!
Wonderful trip to Paris & Lisbon, even in January!
Thank you Audrey and Steve. It's your personalities that I can attribute to all the services and amenities you received - nothing to do with my connections or efforts! Your entire family was a delight to plan for and fortunately, everything went according to Hoyle! Am looking forward to really being tested!
Thank you Susan ... you are a delight and a pleasure to represent for your wonderful and extraordinary travels!
I have memories that will last a lifetime
Superb and confident client, knowing and understanding travel and what needs to get done. Efficient, fun, and interesting to guide and refer, and make quick, good decisions. A pleasure to represent!
Am thrilled that Aruba worked out so well and that Mr. Van der Google was so responsive. The difficulties encountered with your European trip were a challenge, but your Virtuoso amenities and Marriott points made up for the problems encountered at the museums. You presented me with quite a challenge with your desire to travel to 7 continents within the next 10 years. I'm excited and ready to fulfill your dreams!
A trip Italy
How could anybody not be pleasant to your family! Your family is soooo special and soooo nice. It was my privilege to be your agent. Tom, I thoroughly enjoyed our repartee and although we've never met, we have a nice kinship! I wish you the very best of everything for a wonderful 2019!
Fabulous Mediterranean cruise
You've been a delight to represent and have faced the travel challenges presented with great patience and understanding. It has been a pleasure to be your travel advisor!
Your growing family presents lots of challenges that I've enjoyed delivering the promises made by resorts and airlines - never an easy task! You've been so co-operative and interesting to share thoughts and establish your preferences and special needs and I've been really happy to be there for you. Thanks for your confidence!
A lively trip to Italy and Sicily
Victoria, that was an extraordinary trip through Sicily. Minute to minute planning. I thought you were amazing driving to all those destinations, planning for restaurants in the smallest of villages, finding hotels way off the beaten path ... you were so co-operative and easy to share ideas and it was such a pleasure to do this trip for you. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to learn on the fly and also utilize my past knowledge of the country. Not even a hiccup for you! Wow!!
Luxurious Italian Villa!
Eloise, you are a delight! No one is more professional than you or more knowledgeable about travel and the fact that you gave me an opportunity to send Julia to Australia on what turned out to be an endurance trip ... and all worked out ... was an amazing learning experience. I look forward to the next challenge!!!
Excellence in travel
Val, you and your wife Sue are the consummate professionals. Your attention to detail and your determination to please is such a great trait. Thank you for sharing and being such a new and fun friend and compatriot!
Always a pleasure to find the right place for your adventures. Easy is good and makes for ahppy campers! Welcome home!!!
Travel in style with no worries
For someone who has been everywhere, that's the ultimate compliment! However, you do have the ability to keep me on my toes and make sure I know my stuff! It's fun delving into your planning for future travel and not something I can accomplish overnight. Japan was amazing with Tauck, the Caribbean a challenge taking the Windjammer. Turks and Caicos at the Gansevoort was a pleasure. Whereever you go, I'm with you viariously!
Fabulous trip to Turks and Caicos
This was an easy one! I guess we've worked together planning a half dozen trips for you and your family and they're always a challenge and to interesting places. It's nice that you do such research and make my job even that much easier. Your dotting i's is important and I've improved my skills because of you! Thanks for your trust!!!
Wow! That's terrific! Kind of hard to top perfect ... but, let's do it again! Am awfully glad the girls did well and the R&R timing for you came a really good time. Loved the planning process with you and your daughters!
What a pleasure to have travel experiences to plan and reserve for you and Hannah. You're a delight to communicate with and I've enjoyed all our repartee's. Am there for you for your travels whenever needed!