These past 3 decades that I’ve been in this travel game has afforded me the opportunity to take some of you with me to experience the rich cultures of foreign lands and to meet the people of those countries up close and personal – France, Italy, Amsterdam, Switzerland, Spain, Copenhagen, North Africa, South Africa, South America, Egypt, Vietnam, Bangkok, Singapore ,Dubai, Abu Dhabi, The Caribbean Islands and many other distant places.
My mission has been to connect people to people and to expose those who have not travelled abroad to beautiful memories that will last forever. In doing so, we’ve earned a reputation, “When Kat’s groups come, they put food on our tables”. How heartwarming is it when an African restaurant owner in Paris who speaks no English, says, ” Your groups not only make me have a good night but a good 3 weeks”. How touching is it to see a smile that lights up the City of Light on the face of an Indian doorman at our Paris hotel when he’s handed a tip envelope? Then there is the French woman in the breakfast room who knows our group will always remember her with a euro or 2 at breakfast when other folks do not and she is always so eager to serve us. One of our African maids at our Paris hotel who has been working at this same hotel for 15 years, divorced mother of 4, speaks no English, it takes her 1 hr ea way on the train to go to work, told her boss she had something for me, took her meager earnings and presented me with 2 lovely pashminas and a bottle of Chanel Allure. How special is that? I cannot forget our guides from Soweto, Rio, Cape Town, Bahia who always manage to show Kat’s groups what others never get to see because of their connections. And of course, I cannot forget all our drivers, hotel staff, restaurant owners in Jamaica who love to see us coming and take such good care of us.
To all my past travelers these 3 decades and future travelers yet to come; a big thank you from the depths of my heart for taking this journey with me. Paris 2015, Asia 2015, Montreux & North Sea Jazz Fests 2015 are now accepting reservations. We still have space for 2014 Jamaica, 2014 Italy and 2014 Dubai. There just may be another Greek Isles cruise for 2015 in the works — Stay tuned!