Biographies

Janie Bullard – Owner – Travel Advisor

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Janie has worked in Leisure Travel for 32 years. In June 2000 she founded Distinctive Journeys, and was immediately accepted into Virtuoso a consortium for very select Travel Advisers. Janie has been named for 10 Consecutive Years as one of the Top Travel Advisers in the USA by Travel + Leisure Magazine. Janie is one of the original Accredited Space Agents, working with Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Galactic to sell the first Commercial Space Flights! Janie’s favorite destinations are Africa (she has been there 20 times), New Zealand, Japan, India, South America, The Galapagos Islands, and Patagonia.

Janie is a passionate nature photographer and has worked with the world’s most renowned photographers, David Muench, Jack Dykinga, Thomas D Mangelsen and Jim Brandenburg, among others. Janie loves Italy and cruises in Europe. Our talented advisers, Janie, Suzy, Michael,Kenneth, and Jessica have traveled the globe and one of us has been Virtually everywhere!

Custom trips are Janie’s passion. Her goal is to use her expertise and connections to plan special adventures for couples and families traveling together, creating the dreams and memories of a lifetime! .

 

Doug Holstein – Director of Marketing and Sales

DougDoug spent many years in the food business that included executive positions in management, sales and marketing. After retiring, Doug and his wife Mary settled in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. He has been photographing for 16 years and has a special interest in nature photography, which has inspired him to travel to many pristine places throughout the world. They include Iceland, Antarctica,  Falkland Islands,SouthGeorgia, Patagonia, The Galapagos Islands, Italy, Africa and numerous destinations within the United States. He has encountered wonderful people in his travels that have contributed to his personal growth as well as developing his skills in digital photography. Doug has written a book on  Bird Encounters and Travels to Antartica.

Doug was President of Carolinas’ Nature Photographers Association from 2002 – 2008. In 2010 he joined Distinctive Journeys, an international travel advisory organization that planned all of his trips throughout the world.


 Rachael Bissett – Suport Specialist

rachAfter  working in the insurance and real estate industries for many years, Rachael decided to join the Distinctive Journeys team as a Support Specialist in 2015. Her goal is to provide exceptional customer service and ensure client satisfaction with each planned trip. She is an experienced traveler as she has been to Germany, Netherlands, Morocco, Spain and various popular destinations within the USA. She is a proud mother of a beautiful baby girl named Olivia and currently resides in Suwanee, GA with her husband Nathan.  Rachael looks forward to assisting you with your special travel plans!

 

Kittina Powers – Italy Specialist

Kittina Powers can arrange your dream trip to Italy. She travels to Italy every year, sometimes two or three times a year. Kittina has been a travel consultant for sixteen years – a second career after many years as a cooking teacher.

Each itinerary is unique, designed to fit the client’s interests and budget. Among the services Kittina offers are apartment and villa rentals, hotel accommodations, arrangements such as flights, rail and car rental.

Once the itinerary is established, the interesting aspects of the trip are proposed – an early visit to the Sistine Chapel before it opens to the public, a walk through the Vasari corridor in Florence where Lorenzo the Magnificent once walked, private walking tours in most Italian cities, winery visits, cooking classes, advance museum reservations and restaurant reservations. One of the reasons to go to Italy is to eat and “Kittina’s Favorite Restaurant” lists of every city and region visited have become gastronomically indispensable to her clients. Some clients say they only have a bad meal when they eat off her list.

Although Italy is her first love, Kittina also arranges trips to France, Spain and Australia.


Suzy Oberlin

SuzySuzy has over 30 years experience in selling worldwide leisure travel and is a former agency owner.  She has a  special affinity for hotels; particularly those which are privately owned and lovingly kept!  The details of a specific trip are of particular interest to this veteran planner whether it be a honeymoon, special small ship voyage or a plan for several friends or family travelling together.

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