Undiscovered Sunsets

We help busy moms, overwhelmed brides, romantic husbands, solo travelers, and groups of friends plan vacations that are unique, on budget, and stress-free.

Are you ready to travel but have no idea where to go, or what to do? Do you know exactly where you would like to travel, but need some advice on where to stay and what experiences you can enjoy while you're there? Or maybe you know all the details, but you just don't have time to put it all together. When you're ready to begin planning your next trip, we'll be here to offer our experience and preferred partnerships around the world to ensure your vacation is everything it should be, and more! Our journey together will begin with planning your next vacation and it will continue throughout your travels to ensure everything goes perfectly. Once you've returned home, we'll be sure to inspire you with photos and travel articles in order for you to choose where your next adventure will take you!

D & T are just back from China! 🇨🇳

"We've both decided that the one word to best describe the trip would be "unexpected." So many of things we saw or did were just so different than we had envisioned them to be going in - and that's a good thing!...The cuisine was definitely an experience. At times a challenge, but always interesting. Dining out without the help of the guide gave us some interesting challenges for sure- but we had fun with it!"

I had a lot of fun designing this one - most especially because D & T were open to ideas. We discussed each of the major destinations in China, both the well known typical route that first time visitors take, and other areas that are super unique and different. They opted for the most unique itinerary I've ever designed for a first time visitor to China and it made me oh, so happy.

D & T, thank you for your trust and confidence in me to design your adventures in China. I can't wait to see where you'll travel next!🧡🧡🧡

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4 things you must include on your next trip

The idea of relaxing during my travels took far too long for me to understand. I always approached each of my personal trips with an excited, eager energy. I wanted to see and do as much as possible in as little time as possible. This meant that relaxation was out the door before we had even decided where we were going to travel next.

Getting a massage is one of my personal luxuries. So is curling up in my hotel room (or on top of my floating hotel!) to enjoy the view, sip my coffee, and crack open a new book.

What’s your favorite way to relax on an otherwise busy, fun-filled vacation?

Linked below is an article I wrote on 4 things you need to include in every trip you plan (edit: that we plan together!). And you guessed it, time to relax is one of those things!

https://www.undiscoveredsunsets.blog/travel-blog/4-things-you-need-for-every-trip-you-plan

undiscoveredsunsets.blog Which of your personal trips have been your favorite? And why were those trips your favorite? Was it related to who you were traveling with? Did you check off an experience that had long been on your bucket list? Did you enjoy one of the best meals of your life on that trip? When thinking back t

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How to choose: Private guide vs Small Group vs Go it alone

Are you planning future trips right now? Have you been wondering if you need a guide during your travels? Is it worth the extra $$$?

To help you decide where to invest in your upcoming trip, try to understand which sites and which areas of a city you'll benefit most from having a guide. Consider which areas you're most interested to learn about, to hear stories about, to be able to ask questions, and to be able to converse about. These are the sites you'll want to include with a private guide or a small group tour.

Other places may not merit a guide simply because there isn't a big story behind it's construction or maybe there just isn't a lot of information to be shared. Try to make sure that you're not investing in a guide to simply escort you to a place that you'll basically explore on your own.

Whether private or in a small group, you want to invest in a guide in places where you don't want to take a single step without knowing what you're looking at, why it's significant, and how it became to be what it is today.

We enjoyed a variety of small group and private guides throughout our recent travels and each one was wonderful and absolutely enhanced our overall experience in those destinations.

I’ve broken down the advantages and disadvantages to each option (private, small group, exploring on your own) in my blog post very appropriately titled “Should I Hire a Guide for My Next Trip?” Click below to help to decide how best to invest your travel savings on your next trip and for a list of my favorite companies offering small group experiences. These are my go-to for both clients and my own personal travels!

https://www.undiscoveredsunsets.blog/travel-blog/how-to-choose-private-guide-vs-small-group-vs-go-it-alone

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This experiment was a success!✨⠀

Designing itineraries for a wide range of clientele means that it’s up to me to know what’s out there and what’s possible. ⠀

You might think of me as a matchmaker as I’m always trying to create the perfect match between my clients and my partners around the world that are offering the experience they’re looking for. ⠀

Creating this match can sometimes be one of my greatest challenges - which is why it is so satisfying when the pieces fall into place. ⠀

River cruising isn’t for everyone, which is why this experiment was such a success. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience and now I have a much deeper understanding of what this experience offers so that I can match the perfect clients to this experience in the future. ⠀

If exploring Europe by river cruise appeals to you, I’d be more than happy to play matchmaker for your next adventure. 🧡🧡🧡

This year, a goal of mine is to blog more consistently. I love talking with friends and family and clients about travel and to share my tips and tricks with everyone who's interested, but I can only have so many conversations, hence, blogging. ⁣💬💬💬

While I'm attempting to post two blogs per month (watch out world! 🤣😅🤣), it's true that there are some fantastic travel blogs already out there and I'm not a big believer in reinventing the wheel. So, when I find an article that I can agree with, from top to bottom, I want you to know about it. 👍🏼🙌🏼👊🏼⁣

Booking hotels, for me, would be How to Travel 101 on any curriculum I offer to clients and fellow travelers. There are so many do's and don'ts and tips and tricks - and they are all valid and they all matter. I experienced this firsthand as a Director for Starwood during my time in Shanghai and I experience this on a daily basis while designing itineraries around the world. In my day to day world, hotels are what I know most about. I've worked on both sides (er, all three sides - I've worked for hotels, I work with hotels, as a travel professional, and I personally stay, as a guest, at hotels on a regular basis). ⁣Therefore, I feel I have a pretty well-rounded perspective.

While this article from The Discoverer is not comprehensive - there are of course more things I can share on this topic! 😉 - it is a very good start. 💯⁣

So, click the link below to learn some very important things about booking hotels, and stay tuned for my very own How to Travel 201 on this topic, coming at ya soon (ish). 🙈⁣

https://blog.thediscoverer.com/8-hotel-booking-mistakes-youre-making/

"I’ve never worked with a travel advisor before”

If this is you, give me a 🙋🏼‍♀️.

So many of my new inquiry phone calls start with this phrase exactly. Prior to going on the trip that inspired me to start Undiscovered Sunsets, I had never experienced the expertise of a travel advisor either. It was only when my parents decided to hire a destination specialist for a trip to Germany that I experienced the expertise of a travel advisor. (Thanks Mom & Dad!)

At first, I wasn’t too happy because I loved planning our trips each year, but this impromptu decision by my dad was such a blessing in disguise. I already had super high standards for hotels thanks to my time working in 5* hotels with Starwood and this travel advisor far exceeded my expectations. 🤩🤩🤩

It was during that trip that the seed which would blossom into Undiscovered Sunsets only 8 months later was planted. 🌱

Planning a trip to a place you’ve never been can be confusing, exhausting, and at times, quite overwhelming. Working with a travel advisor let’s you keep all the fun parts of planning (choosing your favorite hotels and activities from a curated list) while letting go of all the not-so-fun parts of planning (researching train schedules and reading hundreds of reviews for hotels).

What questions do you have about planning your next adventure with a travel advisor? Let me know in the comments below! 👇🏼

When planning your vacations, do you try to include a new experience on each trip? ⁣

While I never prioritized this previously, I’ve enjoyed this so much on our recent trips and have seen how powerful new experiences are in my client’s travels that this is now a must! For everyone! ⁣

New experiences not only give you something to look forward to leading up to your trip but they also create the most wonderful memories to look back on when retelling your favorite moments of that adventure. It might be as small and romantic as a private gondola ride on your first evening in Venice or it might something big and fear inducing like skydiving, hot air ballooning or paragliding. ⁣

I especially love this new experience element of each trip because this often includes stepping out of your comfort zone - which is almost always a good thing! ⁣

My most recent blog post includes my newfound recipe for success - the four elements which I believe should be included in each and every trip. The first one, of course, being a new experience. Click the link below to read the full post!

https://www.undiscoveredsunsets.blog/travel-blog/4-things-you-need-for-every-trip-you-plan

“I usually plan our trips myself but it’s just so much work.”⁣⁣ 😩
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So, you’ve decided where you’ll travel on your next trip. Amazing, yeah!! Let the adventure begin! ⁣⁣✈️✈️✈️
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Now, all you have to do is…⁣⁣
- Try not to have an anxiety attack while you book flights (why do prices keep changing!?)⁣⁣ ✈️

- Decide where to stay (which neighborhood should we be in?)⁣⁣ 🏨

- Figure out how to get from the airport to the hotel (which option is the fastest, least expensive, most convenient option)⁣⁣ 🚘

- Decide where to eat (good food - but not touristy! Where are all the locals?)⁣⁣ 🍴
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- Choose the tours and activities you want to do while you're there (should you get the city pass? Do you really want to visit this museum?) 🚎
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- Read all the reviews and comments to decide which company is best for your tours and activities⁣⁣ 📖

- Confirm all the bookings⁣⁣ ✅

- Make dinner reservations⁣⁣ ✅

- Rent a car/buy train tickets⁣⁣ 🚞
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Ok, phew! We should be good, right? ⁣⁣🤩🤗😍
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And now…repeat for each city we’re planning to visit on this trip…. (Who's idea was it to visit 4 cities in 12 days???)⁣⁣ 😶😶😶
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The good news is, I plan 100+ trips per year, so this is just my daily to-do list. Nbd. I got you. ⁣⁣👊🏼
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Call me maybe? ⁣⁣📞📞📞

This week, I'm working on some pretty epic trips to Japan, Ireland, Italy, Iceland, Barcelona, the Canadian Rockies, the Caribbean, & Israel + Jordan + Egypt.

The more itineraries I design, the more I realize how helpful it is for clients to be able to see what a destination offers and what there is to consider in destinations that are so diverse. Italy and Ireland are perfect examples - they both offer so much possibility and are almost always way too much for one trip.

So, how do we narrow it down?

I ran a little experiment of my own last month when designing an itinerary to China. The itinerary design process went so smoothly - for both me and my client - that I'm going to start working on some website updates.

Stay tuned as I launch these destination guides little by little - tell me in the comments below which destinations you're super interested to visit but feel overwhelmed by all the possibilities there are to consider!

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4 things you must include on your next trip

Which of your personal trips have been your favorite? ⁣
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Why were those trips your favorite? ⁣
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Was it related to who you were traveling with? Did you check off an experience that had long been on your bucket list? Did you enjoy one of the best meals of your life?⁣
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When thinking back to my favorite trips, I realized that there is a common theme through all of them… ⁣
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Each of these trips included a unique experience, we learned something new, we had time to connect - with each other and with the culture - and we gave ourselves time to relax and disconnect. ⁣
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In my most recent blog post, I break down each of these elements and why I believe that this is the recipe for success for each of your upcoming trips. Maybe I’ll even convince you to include these ideas in your trip planning as well!

https://www.undiscoveredsunsets.blog/travel-blog/4-things-you-need-for-every-trip-you-plan

undiscoveredsunsets.blog Which of your personal trips have been your favorite? And why were those trips your favorite? Was it related to who you were traveling with? Did you check off an experience that had long been on your bucket list? Did you enjoy one of the best meals of your life on that trip? When thinking back t

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Georgia: Feast of the Senses (Unbranded)

"We started making wine 8,000 years ago."

525 varieties of wine? Wowsers.

- Adding "Sip Georgian wine while listening to traditional folk music" to my Experiential Bucket List!

https://vimeo.com/298092612

This is "Georgia: Feast of the Senses (Unbranded)" by GLP Films on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

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Making Travel Meaningful

"What are the greatest times in your life? If you name 10 of them, probably 5 of them have something to do with a trip you've taken."

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A little dose of inspiration and Ben Bressler's take on the power travel has to conserve the most wild areas of our planet and the animal's that live there.

Happy Monday 😊

Natural Habitat Adventures Founder & President Ben Bressler explains how conservation travel has the power to protect wild places and the wild animals that d...

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Georgia: Adventure for the Soul (Unbranded)

Well this place doesn't look terrible...

"Georgia, a small yet poignant country at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, is nestled between the mountainous Caucasus region and the Black Sea. With stunning natural landscapes across various micro-climates, ancient fortress towns steeped in rich tradition, and a hip, modern capital hub, Georgia’s ethnically diverse population of over 10 million are marking the map as an absolute must-go location for the ultimate thrilling adventure, cultural experience, and gourmand’s dream—everywhere a departure and destination for discovery."

- Add "Paraglide in Georgia's Caucasus Mountains" to my experiential bucket list ✔️

https://vimeo.com/298092551

This is "Georgia: Adventure for the Soul (Unbranded)" by GLP Films on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

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The Best State Park in Each State

I see some weekend adventures on the horizon! 🧡🧡🧡

https://blog.thediscoverer.com/the-best-state-park-in-each-state/

blog.thediscoverer.com Our State Parks offer the same amount of grandeur, history, and natural beauty as any other wild place in the states. As a tribute to our beloved State Parks, we’ve put together a list of the best State Park in each of the 50 states.

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