Countries Traveled to: 16
Favorite Quote: “The most beautiful in the world is, of course, the world itself.” – Wallace Stevens
Travel Style of Choice: Schedule transfers, trains, buses – that’s what I call an adventure!
Favorite Hobby: Cooking & Baking
How long have you been working in travel?
It has been almost two years, but it feels like yesterday when I started with Tenon Tours and met the crew! It’s such a fantastic industry to work in. You never know what tomorrow will hold and which clients you will get to meet and assist with their special trip!
If you had the chance to stay in any of our partner properties throughout our destinations, where would you want to stay for a night?
Ashford Castle without a doubt! I have stayed at different types of properties before, but experiencing a castle stay like this would probably give me a better idea on what to expect under this category and how to provide a better description and advice to clients.
How does your education connect to your career? What about personal experiences?
I actually knew at a very young age that I wanted to work in travel, as I have been traveling with family and friends since I was two months old! I have a college degree in Hospitality and Tourism from ULL (University of La Laguna) in Spain and have completed a few internships at four star hotels as well as other tourist attractions back home. I also lived in London for seven years and worked four of them at the Jumeirah Carlton Hotel, one of the five star luxury hotels in Knightsbridge.
After living in London for several years, are there any lesser known spots whether attractions or restaurants that you love to recommend to your clients?
Carnaby Street is a beautiful little side street very close to Oxford Street and probably one of those locations that many people miss even being so close to it! You will find a mix between unique boutique shops here along with more known brands-all of it sprinkled with a combination of old pubs, coffee shops and restaurants (One of my favorite ones in the area is Ping Pong Dim Sum).
A more hidden attraction for all those travelers interested in London’s history is The Monument, designed by Sir Christopher Wren to commemorate the Great Fire of London in 1666. Today, you can climb 311 steps to the top of this historic landmark (Built in 1677.) to take in spectacular views of London. As recognition of such achievement, each visitor to The Monument receives a certificate as proof of their athletic abilities!
What would be your #1 travel tip for a client who has never traveled abroad before?
For the first timers that is easy – Have a sense of adventure! Meet the locals and ask them about their favorite restaurants, museums, and experiences. They will appreciate your interest in their country and it will make for a much more interesting experience. You might even make lifelong friends, or at least a drinking buddy!
Would you have a different tip for an experienced traveler?
For the experienced travelers (And they might already know this): Invest in a good portable charger that you will be able to use to charge your phone on the go. I personally use my phone in different countries whenever I find a hotspot (Or a Starbucks!) to check specific things such as good restaurants in the area, and hidden gems…, without having to use my phone data!