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Biography

I am a prime example of how travel can change the course of a person’s life. Over 22 years ago, I took a leave of absence from an accounting position and traveled for a few months. I had always been a wanderer and explorer and upon my return home, I decided to change my career path and the rest is history.

My favourite question to ask anyone is, “What are the top five places you would like to visit in the world and what would you like to do there?” Learning what a person wants to do is equally important as knowing where a person wants to go and I am always intrigued by the answers. Outside of anything ocean and boat related (I love being in and on the water!), I have a personal passion for textiles and motorbikes. Experiencing a culture through its’ textile tradition and hands-on workshops is a great way to have in depth conversations that otherwise would not happen. Exploring anywhere while riding a motorbike is an exhilarating experience and I am unable to contain my excitement when I think of all the roads that are calling to be discovered – no matter where they are!  When planning your next trip, think about the activities and hobbies that you enjoy and make them a part of your itinerary.

I’ve had some amazing experiences while travelling: snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef, hiking the Great Wall of China, riding on a mule through the Valley of the Kings in Egypt, soaking in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland, standing in awe of Gaudi’s magnificent architectural wonders in Barcelona, smelling the “aroma” of the famous Fez tanneries in Morocco and talking with Garifuna people in the Cayos Cochinos in Honduras to name a few. I’m passionate about exploring the world we live in and I want to share it with others. The more we travel and learn about other cultures, the more we will understand the similarities and differences that make us all unique.

I have had the privilege of assisting 350+ groups make their travel ideas, goals and dreams come to life. A large portion of these groups have been student music, language and educational tours. I thoroughly enjoy being involved in making a positive impact on the lives of young people and the people that they come in contact with. It is so important for young people to engage with and learn from others in different cultures. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said, “Music is the universal language of Mankind” and it is very true. I recently travelled with a community band to Morocco and it was amazing to see people who cannot communicate via words share a special time together because of their mutual love of music.  (It was hilarious that a certain donkey in a village enjoyed the sound of a tenor saxophone and wanted to bray along with the tenor saxophone!)

Do you want to travel on your own or with a group? Would you like to incorporate your hobbies into your next trip?   Are you a motorcyclist that wants to explore the world on two wheels? Or are you a teacher or a music director for a community group that is looking for a unique experience for your students or musicians?   I have a vast amount of knowledge from my personal travel experiences, experiences my wonderful clients have shared with me, and from my colleagues.  Whatever your desired destination or activities, let me assist you!

I love to share my travel knowledge and I would love to talk to your group. Contact me at yvette @ptm.cc for further information or to arrange a presentation.

Presentations and Trade Shows:

Love to Sew Expo Vendor, Vancouver, November 18-19, 2016

Knit City Vendor, Vancouver October 1 -2, 2016

February 2016   – Abbotsford Community Services  – Aging Together Conference

February 2016 – Canadian Tourism College – Group Travel  & Design / Hospitality programs 

October 2015 – Personal Travel Management – Morocco Textile Tour Presentation

September 2015 – Tapestry at Westbrook Village – Active Aging event

June 2015 – Canadian Tourism College – Graduation ceremony

Escorted Textile Trips

Morocco May 2016

Morocco October 2016

Guatemala February 2017

Morocco May 2017

 

                                                  

 

                           

                       

Travel Specialties

Textile Tours,
Group Travel, Student Groups, Music Groups,
Women's only Travel,
Adventure Travel,
Motorcycle Trips

Certifications

- Licensed Travel Insurance Agent
- Certified Ensemble Cruise Host
- Peru Travel Agent Specialist
- Outrigger Specialist
- Oceania Cruise Sales Specialist

Most Memorable Travel Experience

It's difficult to choose one but I'll give you two:
1 - While travelling in Egypt with my husband, we rode donkeys into the Valley of the Kings. After visiting a number of tombs, we walked up the hillside climbed onto our donkeys and rode them past the site where the builders of the tombs lived and to the hilltop above Queen Hatshepsuts temple. There were no roads back there, only a small trail that we were riding on. It was absolutely the best way to experience this particular area of Egypt - it could have been 3000 years ago. We were the only 7 people "back there". As we rode down the hill to Queen Hatshepsuts temple, many of the people on buses were taking pictures of us and asking us how we were able to go into the hills.

2 - This experience is related more to my work. Every year I try to travel with one or two of the groups that I organize. A few years ago, I was on a plane returning from Cuba with a high school music group. I was talking with the teenage music student that was sitting beside me as she was looking at the pictures that she had taken on the trip. She said that she had a new appreciation for living in Canada and the home that she was able to live in and that she would not take these things for granted again. It is wonderful to be able to be a part of a young persons education, especially in a way that opens their eyes to the world outside of where they live.

Phone: 604 739 3692

Toll Free: 1 800 872 9080 ext 343

Fax: 604 739 3610

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