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Sofia Markovich

Travel Insider

Around The World | Expedition

Language: English | German | Arabic | French | Italian 

(760) 672 3749

[email protected] 

"Travel-it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller."


I consider myself both fortunate and blessed to have been born and raised in Germany in addition to living in Tunisia for several years. From an early age I was able to travel to many countries taking advantage of the breathtaking beauty and the long, rich diverse histories both Europe and North Africa have to offer.  When I moved to the United States I lived in San Diego and now reside in the beautiful city of Birmingham, Alabama. These experiences ignited my lifelong passion for travel. As your Travel Insider for Antarctica, Australia and Europe my ultimate goal is to create a truly unique experience that will create lifelong memories.

Imagine traveling to the bottom of the world and seeing the magnificent glaciers and frozen terrain of Antarctica! Before you depart on this chilly adventure, spend the day relaxing at an Estancia in Argentina where you can pamper yourself and learn to play polo. Maybe your adventure takes you down under to Australia to experience the great barrier reef, hanging out with the Koala’s and / or simply sitting in a quaint café by Sydney Harbor and watch the sun go down or take in the never ending beauty of the New Zealand fjords. Nothing is more romantic than walking around the streets of Europe taking in the sights, sounds and smells or drifting down one of the beautiful rivers in each region.

Let’s imagine your dreams and make them a reality…it’s time to see the world!

Angie Johnson

Travel Insider

Around The World

Language: English 

(949)  294-0988

[email protected]

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

I was born and raised on the bootstraps of my father’s military career and introduced to the world’s cultures at an early age. We lived in different parts of Germany for 7 years, including Berlin when the wall was still up. I was witness to the famous speech by President Ronald Regan at Brandenburg Gate where he challenged “Mr. Gorbachev, Tear down this wall!” This afforded me, early on, with an appreciation for history and the world’s diverse cultures. Upon graduating from college, I accepted my first job at a travel company that specialized exclusively in travel to Greece. The 10 years spent with this company gave me a wealth of knowledge for the country of Greece, which coincidentally was home to my grandfather, who was born in a small town outside of Athens. Being of Greek heritage brought a special love for helping individual clients as well as travel agents plan their trips to this beautiful country. I have been fortunate enough to vacation in Greece several times while enjoying the incredible food, culture and scenery.

I have been fortunate to have traveled extensively throughout the world to include Switzerland, Austria, United Kingdom, Italy, Poland, Australia, Egypt and Israel. I have ridden camels in the deserts of Egypt alongside the Pyramids, placed a prayer in the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, sat in the Garden of Gethsemane by 2000 year old olive trees, sampled delicious foods in the Christmas Markets of Europe to viewing the pristine beauty of Glacier Bay, Alaska. As your Travel Insider, my expertise will help you enjoy the most incredible trip of a lifetime. 

When you travel, you truly live. Your senses experience so much more than can be put into words. Every part of what you experience becomes memorable.

Maria Bello

Certified Destination Expert

South America | North America

Language: English | Spanish

(561) 865 6136

[email protected]

“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” 

I was born in Nicaragua where my passion for travel was nurtured at an early age. Experiencing the many cultures and customs of Central America opened up my imagination and sparked my lifelong love of diversity to include the various food, arts, entertainment and languages each region of the world has to offer. I have been fortunate to have lived in Central America, Mexico and both coasts of the United States which has enriched my perspective of the varying cultures even within the same country. As your Certified Travel Professional for North America & South America my ultimate goal is to create an experience unlike anything you could have imagined.

Imagine strolling through the streets and markets of Cuba or Cartagena eating and mingling with the locals as they share their enthusiasm for their own unique customs. Maybe it is a visit to Guatemala where they have 22 dialects or an adventurous trek up to Machu Picchu to visit the Inca ruins in Peru. The Mayan Pyramids though southern Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Belize are there for exploration. Maybe it’s simply enjoying the palm trees of the west coast and the evergreens of the east coast or a romantic all-inclusive in some corner of Mexico. Traveling will provide you the best education and experiences that you will share for a lifetime.

Are you ready to discover the world!

Maggie Chupa

Certified Destination Expert

Africa | North America

Language: English | Swahili | Chichewa | French

(760) 503-4572

[email protected]


“Life is not measured by the breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away.”

I was born and raised in Malawi, Africa, referred to as, “The warm heart of Africa”. I grew up experiencing the diversity of Africa from the varying authentic cultures and foods to the ever changing landscapes and overall beauty of the people and country. I moved to the United States many years ago to find the same diversity exists here as it does there and around the world. I initially landed in Missouri for over 5 years before deciding I cannot take the cold any longer and moved to San Diego, California where I have resided ever since. Having travelled throughout Africa and North America has afforded me a unique perspective of the many differences that exist in the world. As your Certified Destination Expert my ultimate goal is to help you experience a once in a lifetime adventure that you will treasure forever!

Imagine a photo safari rolling through the savannahs of Kenya as the sun is going down and the animals slow to rest for the day. Picture yourself standing at the base of the Great Pyramids in Egypt, taking a relaxing river cruise down the Nile or climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. If you prefer traveling shorter distances maybe its enjoying the beautiful cosmopolitan cities of the United States like New York or San Francisco. Maybe it’s a luxurious cruise through the islands or simply a romantic getaway to an all-inclusive tucked away in some glorious beach setting.

It's time to enjoy all of the diversity the world has to offer... Are you ready for your journey!

Charity Miller

Certified Disney Vacation Expert

 Disney Adventures | Disney Cruises | Disneyland | Disney World | Asia Disney | Euro Disney

Language: English | Disney

(205) 243-6414

[email protected] 

“Unbelievable sights, Indescribable soaring feelings, tumbling free-wheeling through an endless sky.” 


I was born in Japan at Camp Zama but grew up moving around a great deal as my father was in the Army. I have lived in Japan, Germany and all over the United States to include Massachusetts, Texas and North Carolina before settling in Alabama. I can only assume my love for everything Disney grew out of our moving because there is nothing better to break the ice with new friends in every new city than Disney. Everyone loves and can relate to Disney in some way! As your Certified Travel Disney Vacation Expert my ultimate goal is to help you and your family find a dream vacation somewhere in the world of Disney!

Disney is much, much more than just a theme park located around the world. You and the family can enjoy a magical pixie dusted vacation from Florida to Shangh​ai and Norway to Hawaii. Disney has something for everyone whether it is a theme park adventure to a resort with lazy days lying around the pool or maybe a Disney Cruise sailing to some enchanted destination on a long winding river throughout Europe or the vast or ocean to an exotic port!

There is always some place to see and something to do so where ever your heart wants to it in Disney Excellence!

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Jose Siandre

Certified Destination Expert

South America | Europe| Expedition

Language: Portuguese | Spanish | English

(201) 452-5086

[email protected]

"Take the road less traveled or you may never know the treasures you might uncover."


I am first generation born and raised American as my parents immigrated from Uruguay. Growing up in the Big Apple (NYC), where there are so many diverse cultures whose lives intermingle each day, has afforded me a unique appreciation for the diversity of the world around me. I now call New Jersey my home and love living life with my wife, Simone, and our two sons.

I remember studying history and learning about the ancient Egyptians and turning ahead in my book in anticipation of what would happen next. My book was a time machine and I became mesmerized and remember telling my mom one day I was going to become an archaeologist. While my desire to become an archaeologist passed I always had an insatiable appetite for exploration, culture, and history. I remain passionate and intellectually curious about everything on this planet and our universe. My dream is still alive and that small boy still resides in my mind tugging at me to step out to find my next adventure.

I was able to travel the world during my time in the U.S. Navy which continued long after my service. I have journeyed along the Mediterranean to Spain, Italy, France, Monaco, & Croatia. I have also enjoyed trips to Ireland, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and Uruguay. 

 My travel specialty is South America, North America and Europe and my favorite mantra is to NEVER stop exploring!

Nhuy Nguyen

Certified Destination Expert

Asia | Europe | North America

Language: Vietnamese | English 

(281) 836-3036

"Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world."

I was born and raised in Saigon (old Ho Chi Min City), Vietnam. I spent summers with my Grandparents in Cao Lanh, a central town on Dong Thap Muoi (Plain of Reeds) on the Mekong River. At 16 I immigrated to the United States and settled in Boise, Idaho before moving to Houston, Texas where I still reside today. Travel has always been an important part of my life and today I spend a great deal of time taking annual trips with my Parents. We have cruised on some magnificent ships while taking in the stunning beauty of Alaska all the way to the crystal waters of the Caribbean while enjoying stops in Grand Cayman, Mexico and Jamaica. We have enjoyed the quaint atmosphere of river cruising while sailing the rivers of Germany, France and Switzerland and of course I never miss the chance to go back home to Vietnam to see family and friends.

My specialty is Asia, the Mekong River and Europe. Imagine going back in time as far as the 12th century, lost in a land of Buddhist temples and countless sculptures at the UNESCO World Heritage site in Angor Wat, Cambodia. Envision shopping for fruit, food, flowers and vegetables on a small boat in the middle of a bustling river market in Vietnam. Instead of stores at the mall, the sellers display their product on their individual boats as customers go floating by. This redefines curbside service!

Robert Smith

Certified Destination Expert

 North America | Europe

Language: English 

(323) 285-0593

[email protected]

"The best way to sum up traveling is that it's an intangible that stays with you longer than a physical gift."

I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, a beautiful city with so much to do! I grew up travelling with my family all over the United States from Denver to Winona, Mississippi to Houston to New Orleans and many other major cities in between. I learned to appreciate the differences these cities had to offer and the beautiful people that lived there that makes up the diversity of the United States. It has been an amazing education becoming familiar with the differences and at the same time enjoying what we all have in common. That's why I feel that travel is so important in our lives, because it helps you to understand the differences in people.

My experiences travelling with my family as a child and now as an adult is what has inspired me to start a career in the travel industry. I want people to experience the diversity the world has to offer and in the process provide them with their dream vacation. My primary interest is setting up Guide European Tours where I can advise travelers on their destination where all they have to do is use their imagination on what they want to do and see. What an amazing way to learn about the area visited and its history, food, people and culture. My goal is to advise and assist you so you can get the most out of your vacation without the stress and worry of handling the details. Whether it is a stroll through the back streets of Italy or the sights and sounds of Paris, I can get you there!

Sarah Yang

Certified Destination Expert

 Asia | Europe | North America

Language: Chinese | English 

(832) 558-1589

[email protected]

"Traveling thousands of miles is better than reading thousands of books."

I, like most travel advisors, spent a great deal of time traveling while growing up. I was born in the beautiful city of Kunming, China and my most cherished memories were visiting the many diverse cities of China with my family. In addition we journeyed to the beautiful countries of Thailand, Vietnam, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands and Spain where we experienced different cultures, delicious foods and amazing people.

I got my start in the travel industry working for Cathay Pacific Airlines where I enjoyed working with many different people that would further shape my knowledge of this industry. I moved to the United States in 2000 where I continued to travel this country visiting the east and west coasts, Disney, National Parks and I even learned how to ski in New Mexico. I have cruised and enjoyed the quiet relaxation of snorkeling and the peace of mind one gets when lost in your thoughts while sailing on the oceans. 

 It is such a wonderful world out there, what are you waiting for? Let’s go…