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Thinking about taking a trip?  No matter if it’s a quick weekend getaway, an international family vacation, or a trip of a lifetime, we can help you create an itinerary for your family’s ideal trip.

We would love to help you book travel your way without the hassles or large costs of big tours.  We will help you get the best value from your trip, but will distill down the options so that they are not quite so overwhelming.

We can help with:

  • Itinerary selection – where do you want to go and for how long
  • Air travel booking optimized for cost and schedule, tailored to your desires for the trip and level of flexibility.
  • Ground transportation – weighing the cost-benefit of renting a car vs. using public transit, arranging airport transfers
  • Lodging selection – hotels, B&Bs and vacation rentals.
  • Family-friendly recommendations of sights to see, places to explore, food to try, and useful information at your destination.
  • Advice on using points instead of cash and help with award booking
  • Guidance on taking advantage of loyalty program promotions
  • How to plan a trip while considering the needs of young kids.
  • Unlimited iterations to determine what works best for you.
  • …and more!

Here’s what some of our clients had to say:

Katie E ~

Working with you has been the best experience… Excellent start to finish. Thorough, knowledgeable and went above and beyond my expectations! We also went from nervous-but-determined to travel with babies to excited and decently confident! Hope to use [you] again soon!

Emily M ~

Amy booked our vacation for us during the largest yearly human migration in the world – Chinese New Year.  We’d started looking but the options were just overwhelming, plus everything is really expensive at that time.  The only thing that we’d decided was where to go.  Our group consisted of grandparents who were flying to China from the US and then onto Vietnam, and our family, which included a 2-year-old and a 4-month-old to Vietnam and back.

Family Travel on Korean Air
Amy took all of the hassle out of travel for us.  She booked the grandparents on open-jaw tickets so that they didn’t have to backtrack.  She booked on an amazing airline [Korean Air] to Vietnam that handed out toys to the kids on every flight, had real silverware, and the flight attendants would come and pick up and hold any kid that was fussing!  It was amazing.  On the way back, they saw we didn’t have a bassinet booked (our choice so we could all sit together) so they blocked an empty seat for us so we could lay the baby down.

Family Travel to Vietnam

She always gave us a few options, but I’m so happy that I just asked, “what would you do?” I followed all of her recommendations and they were spot on.  She made it easy for us and helped us realize we didn’t have to do an expensive, package deal with jam-packed uncomfortable flights and basic hotel rooms.  It was such a relief to have someone else do all of the research and make recommendations based on our needs, instead of trying to fit into a one-size-fits-all travel deal or spending hours and hours trying to decide what to do ourselves.  I’m sure she also saved us thousands of dollars – I know she saved us at least $900 on the US to China leg, $600 per ticket from Vietnam to US, hundreds on lodging and even a couple hundred dollars by providing the visa advice to us, plus about $300 per ticket for our family of four from China to Vietnam.

~Emily Minor, Shanghai, China

Pick My Brain Session

$75

A one-shot in-depth consultation to discuss your travel needs and desires.  This can be over phone, Skype, or email, according to your preference.  After understanding your objectives and budget from our initial email contacts, I will perform initial analysis and make suggestions on any topic where you need advice from the list above. You can also ask any new questions that come up.  I will provide written or audio documentation of our session for your reference.

Concierge Travel Arranging Services

From $250

I provide US domestic and international travel assistance and booking.  I will help you determine destination, best trip dates, and itineraries.  I will help determine and book best value airfare, ground transportation and lodging.  I will also help with any visas and convey relevant country information and recommendations, if applicable.  Package cost is dependent upon trip complexity – contact me with your needs for a quote!

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For more information on our travel arranging services and for contact information, check out our travel consulting page at Pine Hill Travel, or fill out the contact form below.

In the comments section, please be sure to include the following, if available:

  • Number of travelers (adults, children, lap infants)
  • Potential travel dates
  • Potential destinations
  • How flexible are you in dates and location?
  • Tell me a little bit about you and your family
  • In a few words, what do you want to get out of this trip?