I've just returned from one of the most important travel conferences in the world, Virutoso Travel Week in Las Vegas. I attended workshops, luncheons, and networked like my life depended on it. Technically, I suppose it does (the rent is too damn high in San Francisco). I met with partners I've worked with throughout the years including introductions to new hoteliers, tour companies, destination management companies, and tourism boards. I met and shared a connection with many special people who will be friends for years to come.
How do I know this? The travel industry is one of the biggest families you will ever meet. And we love to help people travel better. It's funny, the response I get when I tell people what I do. They often say (in their own non-offending way), "I didn't know travel agents still exist". Yet when I rattle off the 30+ destinations I have traveled to - and one of them happens to be an upcoming trip or on their bucket list - they don't hesitate to quiz me on what to do, where to stay, what to see, and so on.
The people I work with in the travel industry are my chosen family and choosing to follow my passions when I was 19 years old has led me here now... to Virtuoso Travel Week. Attending this conference was something I've aspired to, and now that I've attended I want to raise the bar even higher. Supplier partners shared stories of their properties, experiences and destinations, and in return I got to share my story of how I got here. Now, I'd like to share my story with you - of how Travel Sauce came to be and why you can trust me with your travel planning. As a Virtuoso Travel Advisor, I genuinely look forward to enhancing your travel experiences around the world.
Bula! Book your 2018 flight to Fiji for as low as $909 per person.* We found terrific prices if you fly February 15 - 22 with Fiji Airways. What an incredible Valentine's Day gift! Keep in mind you depart from San Francisco at 10pm and arrive in Fiji +2 days later at 5am. On your return flight, you get to enjoy a full day in paradise before catching a 10pm flight home to arrive in time for lunch in San Francisco.
This sale is valid for travel dates January 22 - June 10. You must book by August 7.
Don't forget to add travel insurance!
*seats are limited and may not be available on all flights
We always recommend a dash of unique accommodations to spice up a trip, and here are a few examples of some of our favorites. Ask us about special amenities that may be available - like daily breakfast and spa credits - only when you book with The Travel Sauce.
If you are traveling to Peru after July 1, you may want to reconfirm your visit to Machu Picchu. New rules will be enforced "to ensure the adequate flow of tourist visits to the sanctuary".
Source: Travel Weekly
This icy hot destination exceeded our expectations in every way. With non-stop service from San Francisco on low-cost carrier Wow Air, you're on your way to relaxing at the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa and exploring waterfalls, iceberg lagoons, and vast landscapes. The Travel Sauce can help you plan your trip to the land of WOW.
The old town of Porto offers plenty of eye candy but we recommend also heading to the coast (12km away) to get your green on at Parque da Cidade and get your cheese on at Castelo do Queijo Forte de São Francisco Xavier.
Just kidding about the cheese part but still, how fun to visit a 17th century fort with an oceanview. Rent a bicycle or lay a towel on Praia Internacional, a large swatch of sand that fronts a few cafes with outdoor seating. If your calling is nightlife, visit Kasa da Praia.
Did you know..... 80 percent of people who've used a travel agent within the past five years had a favorable view of them. With Fyre Island's recent shenanigans, why would you leave your vacation in the hands of an instagram influencer when you can trust a travel professional to create custom experiences and provide exclusive perks.
Calling all music festival junkies: the country's largest free music festival will take place April 6-9, 2017 in New Orleans. The Travel Sauce can help you plan your airfare, accommodations and sightseeing, so you can enjoy all the notable artists performing. The festival takes place throughout the French Quarter, with stages and events between Bourbon Street and the Mississippi Riverfront, spanning from Canal Street to Esplanade Avenue.
Travel nice when you book The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans, W New Orleans - French Quarter, The Roosevelt New Orleans, or Windsor Court Hotel and receive Virtuoso amenities like daily full breakfast for 2, food & beverage credits, complimentary wi-fi, and more. Don't miss it!
It is my pleasure to announce that effective January 1, 2017, The Travel Sauce will be affiliated with Virtuoso.
Virtuoso is a network of the best luxury travel agencies, with more than 11,400 advisors worldwide, representing the best of the best in travel, with a portfolio of nearly 1,700 preferred partners - top hotels, cruise lines, tour operators, and more.
I'm ready to help you take your vacation experience to the next level.
One trip at a time.