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Amazing gastro travel experiences for food, wine and whiskey lovers

PERSONALIZED TO YOU
UNIQUE & CURATED EXPERIENCES
IMMERSIVE DESTINATIONS

Are You "Hangry" For A Vacation

If planning your last vacation left you feeling overwhelmed and stressed, you're not alone.
How do you choose the best destination for the best cuisine?  When is the best time of year to travel for foodies, wine and whiskey lovers?  Are you looking for behind-the-scenes and exclusive experiences in amazing destinations?
Let me design your gastro travel experience, so you can be amazed while you relax, explore and enjoy.  

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8 Top Tips for Visiting Wineries and Distilleries

Is there a better time to visit a winery?  What about that spit bucket I always see, should I use it? How about tasting etiquette for whiskey? What questions should I ask at a distillery?
These are just some of the questions many travelers have.  Let me share the 8 top tips for visiting wineries & distilleries.  You can listen to them on my podcast coming soon.

Let Me Make Your Travel Unique

PERSONALIZED TO YOU

Instead of picking an itinerary that's ready-made, I love listening to my clients so I can hand pick and design itineraries for your personal travel style and time.

UNIQUE & CURATED EXPERIENCES

There are times when we really want bucket list travel experiences.  I provide exclusive and curated experiences that you won't find online or in a brochure.

IMMERSIVE DESTINATIONS

There is a destination for everyone, but not every destination is for you.  I focus on matching the right immersive destination experience to your style.

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I want your next vacation to be the best one ever

I know what it's like doing DIY travel.  I know what it feels like to vacation and miss out on the "best

cuisine ever".  

 

Or going to a place that is "supposed" to have the best food, wine or whiskey, but end up being disappointed.  

 

That's why I now work with travelers just like you.

I now am able to help travelers by:

  • Planning personalized travel for clients just like you to destinations all over the world.  

  • I have worldwide partnerships and personal relationships with the largest travel brands and industry management teams.

  • I am a certified member of  the  American Society of Travel Advisors, Cruise Line Industry Association, Bliss Travels - Europe Culinary & Wine Specialists, and The Travel Institute.

 
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FOOD LOVERS

Cruise or tour with expert chefs curating menus that feature exquisite, locally-inspired cuisine

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WINE LOVERS

Savor the bouquet and notes of an expertly paired glass of wine while touring vineyards and wineries or while cruising rivers and oceans

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WHISKEY LOVERS

Take amazing distillery tours or cruise while sampling premium and higher end spirits.

i specialize in...

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Hi There...Meet Danielle 

Here's how you can get started today:

1. Jump on a quick 15-minute meet and greet call

2.  I will send you my "Work With Me Kit",  you schedule our 60-90 minute planning call  

3.  I'll research, design, and curate your itinerary based on your input; you will review and confirm

4.  I will book your trip. You can start packing

It's time to go from feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and hangry for a vacation to excited, relaxed, and packing. 

At Catching the Sun, I know that when you visit a destination, experiencing the local cuisine is a big part of your vacation. You want a vacation that is 100% accurately designed and planned just for you to include these experiences. 

To have that, you need a professional travel advisor.

 

The problem is that while you love taking vacations and exploring the world, you do not have the planning skills, experience, or travel industry connections to make it easy.

 

Trying to DIY your travel plans leaves you feeling overwhelmed, stressed, like it's another full-time job. It's not your fault. Your busy schedule just doesn't allow time for this too.

 

You deserve to have a vacation that makes you feel amazed and excited. Before I was a certified travel advisor, I used to DIY my own travel so I know what it feels like to vacation and miss out on the "best cuisine ever", which is why now I work with travelers just like you.

 

For over twenty years, I have planned travel for 200+ clients just like you to over 100 destinations all over the world.   I have partnerships with the largest travel brands and industry management teams worldwide.   I am a certified member of the  American Society of Travel Advisors, Cruise Line Industry Association, Bliss Travels - Europe Culinary & Wine Specialists, and The Travel Institute, which means that I am a trusted and verified expert.

Danielle

What it's like to have your vacation planning done for you

– STEP 1 –
15 MINUTE MEET & GREET

Hop on a quick call with me and tell me where you'd like to travel to, your travel style and your budget.   I will explain what it's like to work with me and send you the Work with Me Kit.

– STEP 2 –
PLANNING CALL & ITINERARY DELIVERY

After you complete your travel profile form and pay the planning fee, you'll be able to schedule our planning call.  During this call, we will dive even deeper into your upcoming travel plans.  I will research and plan your itinerary based on your ideas and my expertise and then I will deliver a digital copy to you.

– STEP 3 –
REVIEW ITINERARY & CONFIRM

You will review your personalized itinerary, make any minor edits and confirm you're ready to book.

– STEP 4 –
TIME TO TRAVEL

You will receive your final documents and pack your bags because now you're ready for an amazing gastro travel experience!

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Just a few of the dreamworthy destinations that i send my clients to

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FROM THE BLOG

Travel Tips & Inspiration

 
TRAVEL TRANSFORMATIONS

What my  clients are saying

With a variety of travel ideas and destinations in mind, here are just a couple of trips that were traveled.

WHAT THEY WANTED

Bill & Jodie want to travel to New Zealand to spend the holidays with their family.  They also wanted to do a few tours while in New Zealand including Hobbiton and food/wine tours.  Then they wanted to travel to Australia for New Years Eve in Sydney along with a few tours there.  

WHAT I DID FOR THEM

I researched, planned, and booked the following:

  • Multi-country premium airline tickets

  • 4 star Apartment Hotel

  • Transfers (to/from airport, hotel, and tours)

  • Destination visa/passport requirements

  • Travel insurance

  • White glove support while traveling

  • Land Tours including Hobbiton, food and vineyards

WHAT THEY SAID...

We absolutely loved Hobbiton and Rotarua.  It was so cool.  Everything in Australia and in New Zealand was amazing.  And watching the fireworks in Sydney from the 360 Bar & Dining, you can't beat that.  It was an unbelievable experience.  Thank you!

W. & J. BAKER | SC