Hello! In case we haven’t met, I’m Cassie, a travel advisor and self-confessed travel addict in a long-term love affair with Europe. I consider myself a citizen of the world; I’m based in Atlanta, was born in New York and my application is in process to become an Italian citizen (thanks to my great grandfather who was born there!). And every time I travel, I can’t help but feel like a part of me belongs to that destination too.
As a travel consultant, it’s my job (and passion!) to build personalized itineraries to anyone looking to make the most out of their European vacations, based on their own interests, needs and travel style.
Montage Travel is the result of both a lifetime of daydreaming and passion for traveling and, oddly enough, a frustrating experience. I’ll get to that in a bit – but first, you need to know a bit more about me.
You see, I’ve always been a very methodical and detail-oriented person. I like to keep things organized and every decision I make is based on research, detailed comparisons, and benchmarking.
Now, back to my frustrating experience.
Years ago, I went to Paris for the first time. It was a 7-day trip to one of the top cities on any tourist’s bucket list. Based on what I just told you about me, you could guess how I’ve spent all of my free time in the months before traveling abroad.
That’s right… Research, research, and more research!
After all, I was going to the City of Light! Top destination to the hopeless romantics and home to the Musée du Louvre, the fabled Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Eiffel Tower, and so much more!
So, over the duration of months, I had soaked in all the information I could and made a list of all the top attractions and activities I wanted to visit and experience. In my head I had become a top-notch travel expert…
…only to realize I had failed.
On my very first trip to Paris, I didn’t do the #1 thing on my list: go up the Eiffel Tower. I kept putting it off to a “clearer day”, a “less busy day”… Before I knew it, it was our last day in Paris and we didn’t have time.
The feeling of missed opportunity invaded my thoughts.
My family of 6 adults took a 15-day trip to southern Italy (Rome, Amalfi Coast, Naples, and Capri). We were overwhelmed and hesitant to plan a European vacation on our own (it felt so foreign to us)! We hired Cassie and I’m so glad we did! We referred to the itinerary for specifics on when and where to go, our transit options, and our private tour schedule. She also included back-up ideas/options just in case we strayed a bit off schedule. This trip went so smoothly - there is no way we could have planned it better on our own!
Cassie helped my husband and I plan our honeymoon in Italy. Having Cassie as a resource to help us make an itinerary was immensely helpful. We knew what cities we wanted to visit, but there is so much history and things to see that we were completely lost as to how to prioritize our time. She was able to give us recommendations on when to see what, lesser-known sites that weren’t highlighted in the travel guides, and generally gave us a good idea of what to expect on our trip. Our honeymoon ended up being amazing. We appreciated every bit of help that Cassie gave us, and it helped us to enjoy and experience our trip to a fuller extent!
I needed the getaway of all getaways and Cassie came to my rescue. She recommended a 10-day vacation in the French Loire and Dordogne River Valleys. She described tours of chateaus, beautiful gardens, small towns, and prehistoric cave tours. It was exactly what I was looking for and I'm so glad I said 'yes'. Cassie planned the whole thing, as I have a very busy work schedule. She took care of every detail; I didn't have to worry one bit before or during my dream vacation. I will definitely work with Cassie for my future travel planning; she built a culturally rich, relaxing, and scenic vacation. And the best part was that she made all of this effortless for me. Thanks, Cassie!
My adult daughter and I spent 11 days traveling in Italy. Cassie provided a thorough itinerary that flowed incredibly well. It included transportation schedules, costs, and different options we could choose from based on our pace. Having this information at our fingertips made it all stress-free. What I enjoyed most about this trip was that we had our independence the whole time (something I hadn’t experienced on group tours). We had our own personalized tours most of the trip, traveled at our leisure, and had the flexibility to modify our day. We didn’t feel rushed. I highly recommend Cassie’s thoroughness and logistical acumen if you want to experience a tour your way!
Though we had been to Europe before, this time we decided to try having a professional travel service plan our Belgium and The Netherlands trip. From day one to the day we arrived home, Cassie had every detail of our trip planned with options to choose alternatives at any time. From transportation with schedules and private drivers as guides to recommended restaurants with reservations, -it was all covered. We enjoyed city highlights and relaxing walks through the countryside. Cassie provided spot on reviews for every stop. It was so well organized and stress-free, I don’t think we will ever take a trip to Europe again without using Montage Travel.