American Express has recently awarded the prestigious title of Travel Insider to two of the consultants in our Bethesda office – Barbara Dove, for her expertise in travel to the United Kingdom, and Lisa Burton VanAlstine for her vast knowledge about travel in France. If you are traveling to England, Scotland or France this summer, these are the ladies you want to know!
Once upon a time, all Americans traveled to Europe via England – and I was one of them. I was 20 years old the first time I laid eyes on the United Kingdom, and over 30 trips later I’m still in love with England. From individual garden tours to unique house rentals, theater tours, golf outings, escorted vacations and independent self-drives- if it’s happening across the pond, I will help you get there. I’ve seen a sheep being born in the quiet country night and toured country pubs throughout the British Isles. I even spent my own honeymoon here! As a history buff, I’ll show you that England is one of the best countries at cherishing and sustaining their remarkable roots. Eager to see some of the country’s world-famous theatre? I have a BA in Theater and am intimate with the West End offerings as well as the Globe and National Theatres. In nearly 30 years of booking travel, I haven’t found a dull moment talking England. Call me today to chat about YOUR trip to England.
Barbara Dove: 301-656-4060 x23
A year in Provence? How about a decade-and-a-half love affair with France. In my 15 years booking travel, I’ve seen 70 countries every which way from backpacking to luxury-fueled extravaganzas, but nothing sends me like stunning, romantic France. I visit the country at least once a year, seeking out new regions to explore every time. I love the people, the food, the culture – from Paris and Bordeaux to Burgundy, Provence, Alsace, and Normandy. I know all the nooks and crannies as well as the must-see haunts. I stay up-to-date with all the current travel periodicals (both professional and commercial) and receive constant updates from the French National Tourism Office. Got some offbeat requests? I’ve had clients who need to know the brand of hair dryer in the hotel they’ll be staying at! Nothing is impossible!
Lisa Burton VanAlstine: 301-656-4060 x22