New York, New York Travel Agent
LGBT Family Travel Specialist
Travel is one of my greatest joys, and I have traveled the world, both for business and for pleasure. I still have a long wish list of trips, but at this point, there probably is not a major destination I have not visited. I’ve also been on more than 100 cruises, including river cruises.
My travel planning career started when Kelli Carpenter and I formed R Family Vacations in 2004. We were the first company to offer vacations for LGBT families and friends that were not focused on only gay or only lesbian groups, but the combined LGBT community. Since we socialize together as communities, providing a way for us and our extended families to travel together made sense. We have been featured on HBO's "All Aboard!" which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won a GLAAD award. I also serve as a travel consultant for Nickelodeon and have produced five cruise charters featuring SpongeBob and Dora.
R Family Vacations got its start focusing on chartering cruises and all-inclusive resorts and then expanded into summer camp getaways and other areas. We also expanded to offer adult-only LGBT group trips. Over the years, people kept telling us that we should also operate a full-service travel agency and not just offer group trips because many of our clients were looking for an LGBT specialist to plan their individual travel as well.
In early 2016, we joined Tzell Travel Group and began arranging customized trips to our base of LGBT travelers. Because of my experience with planning group trips, I love to set up family and extended multi-generational group vacations as well as itineraries for large groups of friends traveling together. Through recommendations and referrals, our client base has expanded, and we now sell customized travel to a growing number of straight travelers as well.
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