My entrée into travel planning came at the age of seventeen when I organized a graduation trip to Cancun, an easy tropical getaway I had visited often with my parents. Some seniors (dreaming of debauchery south of the border) misled their parents into believing the trip was sanctioned by the school and I narrowly missed expulsion. Thankfully all ended well and after graduating with honors I led my first group to Mexico for a memorable week of fun in the sun.

In the years since, I've shared tips and tricks gleaned from my extensive global explorations as well as detailed itineraries with friends and family. Now, as a Virtuoso advisor with Valerie Wilson Travel, I'm thrilled to leverage the Power of Access® to ensure you and yours travel well.

 Gulfoss waterfall | Golden Circle, Iceland

Gulfoss waterfall | Golden Circle, Iceland

As a professional Virtuoso travel advisor with Valerie Wilson Travel, I collaborate with clients to create bespoke holidays that are customized to meet their needs and preferences. My relationships with the finest travel providers across the globe translate to added value for my clients through VIP treatment, upgrades, welcome gifts, and credits for food, beverages, and spa services. Through insider knowledge and access to exclusive 'ungoogleable' experiences, I orchestrate unforgettable getaways that unfold effortlessly and elegantly for my travelers. My job is to take care of the minutiae so my discerning clients can simply relax into the adventure of travel.

ready to snorkel across the Continental Divide | Iceland

the Jordaan neighborhood | Amsterdam

My degree in Art History and decade of experience running Florida's lauded J. Johnson Gallery have provided a unique perspective on art and culture that informs my approach to luxury travel design. Additionally, as a member of the City of Jacksonville, Florida's Mayoral-appointed Art in Public Places Committee I have a special interest in expanding access to the arts.

Would your family like a private viewing of the Sistine Chapel in the height of tourist season? Or perhaps prefer wandering the Metropolitan Museum of Art before it opens to the public? Maybe visiting an artist's New York City studio or lunch in St. Petersburg with a former KGB agent are more your style? Consider it done.

 making friends at an elephant sanctuary | Sukhothai, Thailand

making friends at an elephant sanctuary | Sukhothai, Thailand

As a VAST (Virtuoso Active & Specialty Travel) advisor I especially enjoy inspiring clients to step off the beaten path and dive into the diverse beauty around us. Whether snorkeling in Iceland (even in a dry suit I can assure you it's cold!), sharing meals with elephants in Thailand, or cycling in Peru's Sacred Valley, there are exciting ways to discover every corner of the globe.

with my co-workers at J. Johnson Gallery | Jacksonville Beach, Florida
image: Jessie Preza