Travelers have so much information at their fingertips these days that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. It takes time and insider knowledge to sift through it effectively. I am here to help! I offer several levels of support – whether you just need to get pointed in the right direction, want to go on a road trip that makes the best use of your time and discovers hidden gems or take a luxury trip abroad. No matter your budget, everyone wants to get the most for their money and time – I will help you do that. I am an affiliate of Gateway Travel, a Virtuoso® Member and was selected as a 2018 Ambassador of Change by G Adventures.
About Me. I’m Julia Slatcher. Experiencing other cultures and lands has always been an essential part of my life. I believe that travel leads to greater empathy and a kinder world, but also that it enriches one’s own life immeasurably. I grew up with a father who once hitchhiked across Africa to meet Dr. Albert Schweitzer – traveling is in my blood. In my previous career in international public health, I arranged (and went on) over 20 customized trips for over 100 VIPs, including Members of Congress and their staff, professional colleagues, philanthropists, members of the media and government officials to Central and South America, Africa and China. I am passionate about travel planning and want to help others get the very most out of their traveling.
On a personal level, my first trip overseas – six weeks in England and Ireland when I was eight – made a big impression on me. When I was 13, I lived in France for a year with a French family. In high school, I spent summers doing community service in Dominica (West Indies) and Ecuador. In college, I returned to Ecuador to strengthen my Spanish, living with a family in Quito for a semester. My husband, Rich, our kids and I have criss-crossed the United States several times and lived and traveled overseas on multiple occasions. Best of all, we were able to spend a year living in Switzerland, due to my husband’s sabbatical. We took full advantage of our central location to explore Europe with our two “tweenage” sons. And these are just the highlights.