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Biography

I am your guy that makes your travel bucket list happen.

I became interested in the world and adventure travel at age 9 after my first trip outside of Canada with my family. We went to Germany and had a magical time in 1969. That was my first experience going to Christmas Markets,  visiting  relations who lived in houses with creaky stairs and cuckoo clocks and constantly being on my best behaviour.

At the age of 13, I became further inspired after my Grade 8 teacher introduced me to the many interesting aspects of world cultures and geography. I became interested specifically in the history if the British Raj in India, the beauty of South Africa, the vastness of Canada, and the opulence of Imperial Russia.

Since I started in the business 31 years ago I have always kept up with the many changes by adapting, learning new skills, and knowing that my clients will always appreciate value and honesty. My service is always top notch, and I will work with you on your schedule to make your travel bucket list dreams come true.

Nothing is too big or too small to handle – it may be a one week in the sun vacation or a two month tailor-made journey in South America or the Antarctic.

Some of my other travel specialities are ocean and river cruises, family, and luxury travel. My clients depend on me to make sure that they get the whole travel package that suits them best. I also understand that my business travellers need the best flights and the most convenient and comfortable hotels at their destination.  I make sure that all this is taken care of so that they can give their full attention to their business meetings.

My travels have taken me to many places and I love to share my experiences with my clients.  Some of my favourite adventures include trekking in the Sahara, viewing the tropical rainforest at the top of Tikal, riding a horse in Mongolia, barging on the Canal du Midi and best of all my most recent expedition to explore the North West Passage.

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Philip as you know we have just returned from the trip of a lifetime to Tahiti and the Society Islands aboard the MS Paul Gauguin. We know you twisted our arm a little to take a Paul Gauguin cruise. We found one of the main advantages of the Paul Gauguin was the small size of the ship. We could appreciate the incredible beauty of these islands because we could sail very close to land and enter small picturesque harbors. For larger ships this would be impossible. The on board services were excellent and the staff went out of their way to be sure we were comfortable and enjoying ourselves. The Paul Gauguin provided us with a much richer experience we feel than if we had gone to one island and stayed there. In addition, French Polynesia is very expensive so in the end, we feel that our trip was good value for the money. We would highly recommend the Paul Gauguin to anyone who wants to see this amazing part of the world. Thanks again Philip
Jean Hlady and Betty Gunter
Philip I would like to thank you again for the recommendations and arrangements for the tours. G-adventure was the right pace for me. The visit to Lake Titicaca was s dream come true. Local guides were marvelous; knowledgeable, considerate and helpful.
Eva Zen
The Manulife insurance policy is worth every penny. It was not me that got sick but my travelling companion. We both got our funds back from Manulife within 4 weeks.
Donald Pezzot
I could not have been on a better trip to the Artic. Thank you Philip for introducing me on this trip. I was pleased that we were shown how to appreciate the land and the treasures there …. flowers, bones, rocks. I appreciated the crew on the ship who could tell us so much about the land. They certainly took care of us, piloting the zodiacs and making certain that we weren’t surprised by a bear. It was a delightful treat to get a shot of whiskey the first time out and later a hot chocolate on sea ice. And of course seeing polar bears and whales was always a highlight. The folks I got to know all had a deep interest in the adventures of Franklin and his men, as well as those who went before them and those who came later to find the ships. Thank you again for this and I was so glad you were on the trip as well.
Margaret Motz
The Paul Gauguin cruise and your fine tuning of all the elements, the air, the stay at the overwater bungalow at Bora Bora was out of this world.Thank you for your suggestions and being so careful of all the details. The both of us were so impressed that you went out of your way to book us the special dinner that only two per sailing get. How do you find out about all these details? You work magic.
Paul Dubord
Philip, It was all a great success. We all found Myanmar more amazing than we'd expected and the arrangements and recommendations were excellent. Also very happy with the Thai component. The resort you booked on Koh Tao was great and a nice contrast to our Koh Lanta favorite as we were essentially in the jungle which we loved.
Lyle Hillaby
Philip,Our bike trip with Backroads was, once again, absolutely wonderful! The enchanting beauty of the daily bike routes along with the fabulous itinerary of outstanding resorts, exquisite meals and fascinating side tours ( ex Ojai Olive farm) firmly establishes Backroads as our first choice in cycling travel. 75% of the guests on this trip had been on a Backroads trip before and will go again! Thanks so much for arranging this trip Philip!
Mary Lou
5star - Thank you for the great insight to help us plan our trip to India, Philip. You did a great job helping to plan our trips to Myanmar/Burma and Thailand and we are very happy to have our trip planning in your hands again.
Richard Hudson
“I recently came back from a trip to the Falklands Island, South Georgia and Antarctica and it was the best trip of my life. I would like to thank Philip from Personal Travel Management, he helped me booked this trip. I had such high expectations for the trip before I left, and the trip exceed my expectations. I walked among 200,000 king penguins, I went kayaking and a whale passed below my kayak and resurfaced right beside me. If you need to book a trip I highly recommend booking with Philip. Everything was perfectly organized, I didn’t need to worry about anything.” B.D. “Thank you so much Philip for arranging our private sunset lagoon tour ( including champagne and hors d’oeuvres) followed by a superbly romantic dinner on a private deck of the ship! Wow! We felt like royalty! You have done it again Philip!” You are a treasure!
With appreciation, Mary Lou and Paul
Hi Philip, What can I say, you wow me! I have never had such personal, prompt and thorough attention from any business, I think, in my whole life!!! You have truly gone above and beyond for Andrea and me! Thank you so very much for all you have done!
Jacquie July 26th, 2016

 

Travel Specialties

Adventure Travel, Safaris, Polar Travel, Luxury Travel, Cruises, Family travel, Active trips: cycling, trekking, walking, Cultural Journeys, Private trips, Culinary trips, Corporate Travel, That oh so important beach vacation, Group Travel, Inbound Canadian Travel

Certifications

Oceania Cruise Sales Specialist
Australis Specialist
Un-Cruise Adventures Certified Adventurist
Paul Gauguin Pearls Program Certified

Most Memorable Travel Experience

Tikal at sunrise.
Annapurna views.

Phone: 604 739 3607

Toll Free: 1 800 872 9080

Fax: 604 739 3610

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