News from Kristina at WinWin Vacations October 2008

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Comments from Happy Safari participants 
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Kristina Trowbridge, who has a love for and a first hand knowledge of Kenya and its indigenous people, the incredible Maasai, escorted our group on a journey of a life time. Her thoroughness made connections smooth and timely while giving every care and consideration to us as individuals. 
She knows the accommodation operators on a personal basis who then gave us 110% service and at different times lunch, dinner or cocktails with appetizers at safari locations as surprises.  Through Kristina we witnessed the heart and spirit of Kenya--its wildlife and people.  I'll never forget witnessing the three Cheetah brother's taking a zebra--wow!!

Your thoroughness in handling the accommodations and safari guides -- the Maasai people were essential to finding the game, in my view. It was a big plus that you knew these people and there was a bond of trust. You knew the territory well enough to send us by small plane--kudos. You enjoyed the experience with the enthusiasm of a first timer. You seemed to appreciate the trip as much as we did--in other words you were not a burned out tour guide. Linda T
Kristina you look after every detail of an adventure.  You know what you want your travelers to have and they get it.  I have traveled, a lot, but I never had every "T" crossed and "I" dotted.  All of the goodies you sent to us to get us acquainted and the trouble you went through for every, and I do mean every thing we did was very appreciated by me. Norma
Kristina had everything under control.  No real glitches.  The trip was very well planned and the activities were varied enough to make the trip very interesting. Jan

Kristina is so thorough in her planning that everything goes smoothly.  She has vast knowledge of the resorts and personnel and the birds and other animals.  She is a walking book of information and it is a joy to be traveling with her. Kristina is so knowledgeable and she is willing to do more research to look into other alternatives. I really appreciate that, Linda P


Kristina is the Featured Travel Agent in the July newsletter for Ker & Downey ,  a USA based luxury custom Tour Operator  to Africa, India and South America 

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Meet Kristina Trowbridge -
Not Your Average Travel Agent

As a board member for the Pacific Northwest Chapter of APTA, Kristina Trowbridge is more than just your average safari specialist.  Her long list of titles should tell you of her passion for Africa.  She is an Africa Destination Specialist from the Travel Institute, a Botswana Travel Specialist from the Botswana Tourist Board, an Egypt Specialist from the Egyptian Tourism Board, not to mention a KATS diploma holder, FUNDI expert, a Cape Town Specialist and a Tanzania Tourism Specialist! With such a long list of education, there is little doubt about the expertise of this energetic woman and even less doubt about her love for this contintent - Africa.
Kristina hails from Seattle, Washington where she runs her own agency WinWin Vacations.  Having been to Africa over 20 times, she can certainly call herself an expert, but she also specializes in destination travel to South America, Europe, the South Pacific, India and Alaska.  Perhaps it is her Swedish heritage that sparked her passion for discovery.  Having grown up in Sweden and immigrating to the USA at age 20, travel was in her blood.  Knowing 7 languages and flying as a 'stew' for TWA only fueled the passion and the fire for adventure. 

Click on this link to read the entire article about me:
Dear Safari Enthusiast,
Let me start with a BIG Thank You to all who travelled with me to Kenya last month. I sure enjoyed escorting you. Your enthusiasm and questions were a sure sign that you enjoyed your safari as much as I did. Every day is a new beginning and I never tire of going out on a game drive.
Our first two nights were spent in Nairobi at Giraffe Manor. Do I need say more?
Feeding Giraffes

Here's the group on Observation Hill
in Amboseli National Park

At Samburu Intrepids our guide was Francis and our delicious meals were all prepared and supervised by Tom, the Super Head Chef.
Francis and Tom
In the Masai Mara we witnessed Honey's 3 male cubs kill their first zebra.
Tom's video is found here:
I have posted more informatiopn about this event on my blog:
If you're not familiar with the BBC show The Big Cat Diary, you can read about Honey here: The story of Honey

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Let me set the record straight!
Many of you, my loyal clients from way, way back are confused. This is my fault, because I have not been forthcoming in telling you, so I must admit that I've neglected to make it clear lately that I DO book trips other than to Africa.
I have fallen in love with Africa, its wildlife and its people. There's no denying this. Africa is still pure and unspoilt. It surely is my passion to be able to share this with you.
BUT .... Of course you can call on me to help you book all your travel, cruises and tours to anywhere. I still keep up with what the cruise lines are doing, the new ships they are ordering, the old ships they are retiring etc. I'm still a preferred Cruise West agent and I do specialize in Niche Cruising. N C are cruises away from the mainstream on small, adventure type ships and so on.
North Cape I escorted a group on Hurtigruten in Norway last year; I escorted a group on Holland America in the Baltics the year before. I escorted a group to the Copper Canyon in Mexico. I've taken small groups to The Galapagos and Alaska.
I will escort your friends and family anywhere you like.
Right now, I'm working on a group departure to Peru for a small group and it's open to all at this time. Nothing is yet confirmed. We're thinking next October will be a great time, so I need to make the reservations soon. Let me know if you are interested in this.
My next educational trip is to Fiji on Oct 19.

I love Fiji and its people, considered the friendliest people on earth. I cannot disagree with this.
I'm very familiar with Fiji, Tahiti and the Cook Islands. I can book your land and cruise vacations to the South Pacific with expertise.
Updates from the (un)Friendly Skies
With oil hitting $130 a barrel, the airlines are raising their fees again - hitting you and me up to pay more and get less! Your ticket costs can easily go from $200 to $300 as a result of more baggage fees etc or you will be the one be left holding the bag!! To paraphrase Han Solo: I'd prefer a fair fight to all this sneaking around.
under the wing 

Airlines are now true experts at taking away: meals, drinks, magazines, checked luggage allowance, pillows and blankets, aisle seats, in-flight entertainment systems, drinkable water, yes even life-vests and then charge you for it because they can charge far more in surcharges than they can by upping the bottom line cost of the flight. Will these surcharges lower the demand? Every flight I've been on for the last couple of years have been full!!!! If ticket prices get too high, will people still fly!  Is it better to add fees than raise the prices?
These fees also pertain to your "free" mileage tickets. Did you know that these service fees are not part of the taxable base fare. The airlines save on government taxes too. The base fares are taxed at 7.5%. That's a big loss especially for the FAA. These "hidden fees" also cost the tax payers more; passengers are bringing more and larger carry-ons onboard and those bags must pass through TSA security.
My advice is to board your flight early; another fee may be coming for this privilege soon, because overhead real estate is getting scarce! Finding enough space to put your bags away properly is becoming increasingly difficult and flight attendants have to work harder to make sure they all fit. Delays are to be expected, which is also costly.
However, in the end, I want to fly on a safe airline that has enough money to run their business profitably and efficiently. I would gladly pay up to double the lowest discount economy fare for a more legroom and comfort on a 9 hour flight across the oceans, but I can't pay 15 times more. Is there a fare price to pay for this? I think the airlines need to charge the price it costs them to transport people from point A to Z and make a fair profit. Do we really want a government run airline? It's only a matter of time before airlines demand a bailout, too! This is just my opinion. 
What happened to the friendly skies? You tell me!
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Kristina Trowbridge
WinWin Vacations
call 206-297-7179 or
toll free 877-297-7179

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