ABOUT LUXURY VENTURES TRAVEL
Luxury Ventures Travel combines personalized service with dedication and passion to create tailor made travel plans that exceed your expectations. Our exclusive access and partnerships around the globe allow us to specialize in exceptional experiences.
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Currently Resides In: Irvine, CA
Previous Places Lived: Chicago, IL & Scottsdale, AZ
Must Have Items in My Travel Bag: Pashmina, eye mask, journal, a good book, Smith’s lip balm, Repechage hydrating facial mist, portable charger, Belvita granola bars and wintergreen Altoids.
Top Travel Reads: Virtuoso Life, AFAR, Peter Greenbergs ‘Travel Detective’ & Forbes Travel.
Favorite Travel Apps: Axus, WhatsApp, Uber, XE currency, Zagat, All Trails, Speak & Translate.
Most Memorable Travel Experience: Sleeping in Nelson Mandela’s previous bedroom at The Nelson Mandela Reconciliation Center at the Shambala Private Game Reserve in South Africa.
Favorite International Hotels: Velaa Private Island in Maldives, Four Seasons Bali at Sayan & Singita Lebombo in Kruger National Park.
Favorite US Hotels: Baccarat Hotel in Manhattan, NY, Rancho Valencia in Rancho Santa Fe, CA, Enchantment Resort in Sedona, AZ & The Resort at Paws Up in Greenough, MT.
When Traveling Domestically: I bring my little travel companion when I can, Skyla Monroe, my maltese poodle, she does very well on the plane & easily adapts to being in new places. I can be a great resource when it comes to traveling with your pet and knowing the right pet friendly places.
Preferred Cuisine: Any local and authentic cuisine, I have a broad palate and feel it is important to try things at least once. I prefer a place with an energetic atmosphere, open kitchen, communal tables and shared plates. I think this is the most unique way to experience food in a destination while immersing yourself in the food culture. I love Mediterranean & my favorite local dining spot is Cleo at The Redbury Hotel in Hollywood.
Favorite Trip: Paris, France (My Fiancé proposed here)
What’s Next: Whistler- British Columbia, Cuba, Peru, Marrakesh…
Top of My Bucket List: Galapagos Islands. The thought of snorkeling with sea lions, visiting hidden beach coves, hiking dormant volcanoes, strolling alongside penguins and blue footed boobies is incredibly intriguing to me. This is a destination that combines my love for animals, wildlife and nature.
Words That Describe the Affect Travel Has on Me: Enlightens, Ignites, Purpose, Gratitude, & Pure Happiness
“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”
ABOUT VICTORIA ZINDELL – LUXURY TRAVEL ADVISOR & ENTHUSIAST
Victoria grew up in Chicago, IL & later moved west to Scottsdale, AZ to begin her undergrad at Arizona State University. Here she began her career in the travel industry as a hotelier, representing some of the finest & most highly acclaimed hotels in the world. Through these unique experiences Victoria was led to her ultimate career path as a Luxury Travel Advisor. With her passion for travel & incredible attention to detail, planning tailor-made travel for others as her livelihood seem to be a natural fit.
As a woman who loves to travel near & afar, Victoria feels that travel opens us up to new perspective, provides personal growth and offers individuals an enriched life that includes much needed balance in our everyday busy lives. She takes incredible pride in her work & believes it is a distinct honor to be a meaningful part of the unforgettable adventures her clients and their loved ones embark on together.
Ms. Zindell began the Millennials in Travel chapter in Phoenix/Scottsdale which has helped to bring likeminded professionals together. This group has had an impact on a global level & has helped to drive tourism through the creative thinking of its members & the groups confidence about the future of the travel industry.
Victoria loves to spend her free time hiking and enjoys adventure. Despite her fear of heights, she has skydived, zip-lined & most recently bungee jumped off of the Kawarau Bridge in New Zealand. Needless to say, some of her personal favorite places to travel are more active destinations with exotic journeys and sightseeing.
As an Advisor who is focused on taking ordinary to extraordinary, Victoria lives by the following phrase “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” This is the motto she uses when planning itineraries for her clients, all of whom are extremely special to her. She attributes her success to her strong relationships with her clients along with her partnerships with her suppliers. Victoria is overly optimistic about the future and excited to share her love for travel with others.
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Kimberly Ngo – VIP Travel Coordinator
Kimberly’s first experience traveling afar was studying abroad at King’s College in London. After graduating from University of California in Santa Barbara, she traveled solo and spent time discovering more than 15 countries throughout Europe. Whenever she explores a new place, she loves to discover the city by foot while stopping to enjoy as spots along the way to enjoy the local cuisine. Some of her most memorable experiences include paragliding over the Swiss Alps, driving an ATV through the streets of Mykonos, and enjoying aperitivo at Nessun Dorma Cinque Terre.
Whenever Kimberly returns home from her travels, she is already beginning to plan her next adventure! Her upcoming travels include: Iceland, Canada, Patagonia, and Bali.
Sarah Pakula –Luxury Travel Advisor
Sarah has always had an incurable wanderlust and love of adventure. She was born and raised in Northern Virginia and have always believed that life is not meant to be lived in one place. In 2005, she relocated to Southern California and enjoyed many years living by the beach and exploring the state as well as many other destinations and as much as her occupation at the time would allow her to travel.
Prior to becoming a travel advisor she had a long career in medical/dental sales and always felt there was something else she was meant to do. Something that she would have a passion for…and she found it! She has always enjoyed planning trips for herself and friends and her many years in sales taught her to be organized and detail oriented.
When planning a trip for her clients she is doing more than just planning a vacation, she is helping you create memories that will last a lifetime. She takes pride in tailoring every trip for her clients based on how they like to travel and making your journey seamless from start to finish.
Currently she is residing in the Scottsdale Arizona area with her husband and four rescue dogs. When she is not designing custom travel for her clients she travels as much as possible to learn about new destinations, cultures and adventures so she can better serve you. Her interests include photography, animal lover, hiking, horseback riding, wine lover and foodie. She likes a combination of adventure off the beaten path travel but also can appreciate a nice luxury resort and lounging on a beach.
Scott Strubbe – Adventure Travel Specialist
I love the entire travel experience… the fun of planning, that wonderful feeling of anticipation, the excitement of venturing to new and special places, and the countless memories that we cherish as a result of those amazing journeys. I have traveled extensively across the United States, am a master road-tripper, and have spent countless vacations exploring the brilliance of our U.S. National Parks.
While so many destinations hold a special place in my heart, I am partial to the sheer wonder and majesty of Glacier National Park, as well as the diversity of ecosystems on display at Olympic National Park, and am amazed by the awe-inspiring landscapes throughout Alaska. Additional areas of interest include Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Machu Picchu, New Zealand, Patagonia, The Dolomites, and much more.
Vacation time spent with family and friends, or by ourselves, is so valuable and important, and it is my #1 goal to help create vacation experiences that will result in a lifetime of smiles and memories for you and your loved ones. I look forward to getting to know you and learning about your travel goals and dreams and am excited to help develop and plan the next adventure on YOUR bucket list.