2018 – 2020: What’d I Miss?

For all you Hamilton fans – remember the scene in the beginning of Act 2, when Thomas Jefferson arrives from Paris for the first time after the Revolutionary War, singing ‘What’d I Miss?”

Spoiler Alert from your friendly travel advisor/ University of Virginia History major: it didn’t really go that way (Jefferson was definitely in Virginia when America became a country, and didn’t move to Paris until 1784). Still, it’s a great song for anyone who’s had one of those moments. Like me…right now!

Let’s address the elephant in the room. No….not that elephant (will get to that shortly). Where the heck have I, and my Blog Posts, been, since Dec 31, 2017, when I finished reviewing my top destinations of the year?

We’ll start with Exhibit A – a chart of our sales growth from 2017 to 2019, and a demonstration of my C+ Excel skills. This chart doesn’t necessarily reflect that we worked on more trips (though that’s a part of it), but rather it demonstrates our focus on longer, larger, and highly customized travel, combined with increased travel from our core client base.

In layman’s terms, we were doing what we do best: sending clients all around the world, traveling to learn the ins and outs of top hotels and hidden gems, and focusing on providing the most seamless, detail-oriented experience we can possibly provide.

We weren’t the only ones busy….the whole world was traveling, and the above chart could likely be identical for any successful high end travel consultancy in the industry.

But a funny thing happened as the airlines grew and anyone could travel:

Cruise ships were streaming into the small, cobblestoned streets of Venice.

Angkor Wat was such a zoo at sunrise that no one could enjoy its mystical beauty.

You were lucky if you could see a sliver of a mirror in the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles.

People were everywhere.

Luckily, combatting this craziness is just the sort of thing we revel in. Private, before and after hours touring, and skip the lines are our forte. Our guides know how to circumvent the buses in Normandy or take you through the Uffizi in such a way that you won’t feel poked and prodded. Our clients understand that they get what they pay for, and that that old adage rings most true when applied to high end travel.

This poor blog also suffered as a result of the past few years, and to be honest, I didn’t prioritize time to do one of my favorite things – write. But then, this terrible, horrible, no good, very bad pandemic came along. Sales across the industry took a plunge….and so did all of those overcrowded tour groups!

Exhibit B:

I’m not too proud to say that the above chart is ours – again, it could be one of any number of travel companies across the world.

But if you know me, you know this post is not meant to be a sob story.

For us, and for our colleagues across the industry, it’s given us a chance to really evaluate what makes us tick, and why we do what we do.

It’s also given me an opportunity to refine our purpose, to think about how we can amplify the parts of the business that make us happy and manage those that are draining, and yes – to write the first blog post in 2.5 years.

So, for those of you who have also reached the bottom of the internet when you’re awake at 3am thinking about how to solve life’s mysteries, consider this a new source where you can read the many thoughts I think you would love to hear.

So stay tuned ! From the current state of travel to what we think travel in the future will look like, from top travel tips and how best to work with an advisor to the good/bad/ugly from the many trips we’ve experienced over the years, here’s where you’ll be able to hear my perspective.