About Montage Travel

Cassie Tetro, founder of Montage Travel.


European Travel Specialist and Founder of Montage Travel

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.

What’s the Story Behind Montage Travel?

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.

Big time.

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.

As if that wasn’t enough, I also didn’t fully enjoy most things because of how physically and mentally exhausted I was after the first couple of days. I had packed my itinerary too tight – and that was incredibly hard on my travel stamina. Everything felt rushed; nothing was truly savored.

Since then, I have learned two things (and these may very well be my biggest tips to all the “do-it-yourself” travel planners out there):

1.  Put the “big items” closer to the front of a trip plan and not risk them from being missed completely;

2.  I’ve adopted an approach of figuring out what I really want to visit, and slow down the pace. This allows me the opportunity to recharge my batteries           and enjoy the quiet and unplanned events. The quiet moments are when you are most likely to chat with a local or stop to enjoy the scene in front of           you. And those moments are often my best memories.

But the story didn’t end there!

That unfortunate experience was the biggest lesson I could’ve wished for. My approach to trip planning changed completely. I became so much better at figuring out how I could optimize my travel itineraries based on my personality, pace, interests and other variables.

Over time and the more often I traveled, the more my friends and family would come to me asking for travel advice. The advice turned into crafting itineraries for them to follow.

And because my custom itineraries allowed them to live such memorable journeys, these friends and family members encouraged me to turn my hobby into a business – they thought plenty of people out there would really love the service and appreciate the personal commitment I put into building each and every travel plan.

And voilá!

That’s how, after a lot of researching, networking, personal commitment and time investment, a passion became a hobby; and that hobby brought Montage Travel to life.

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