from Happy Safari participants
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
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
everything under control. No real
glitches. The trip was very well
planned and the activities were varied
enough to make the trip very interesting.
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
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
Kristina Trowbridge -
Not Your Average
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
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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
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
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
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.
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
My next educational trip is to Fiji on Oct
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
Updates from the (un)Friendly
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.
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
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
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