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Jessica Bollinger-Carmel,IN

Europe Vacation Specialist

Wanderlust
Wanderlust

"Travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer."

Ever since I was a child, and knew that planes existed and there were other countries out there besides my own, I have wanted to travel. I'm pretty sure my first words were 'Big Ben', and I think I knew how to make crêpes before I knew how to make toast. I developed a special interest in Europe and the United Kingdom, and grew up watching “Passport to Europe with Samantha Brown” every Saturday morning, instead of normal cartoons.

Fast forward to college, and I found myself in a study abroad program that truly changed my life. I had the opportunity to live and study in Liverpool, England for a summer and it only fueled my passion for travel. While abroad, I was lucky enough to visit nine European countries and five distinct cities in England. I saw everything I could manage: the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Sagrada Família in Barcelona, the Sistene Chapel in Vatican City, Edinburgh Castle in Scotland, the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, and more. And after I’d returned home from this life-changing experience, I only craved more.

I graduated from Ball State University in 2015 with my bachelor’s degree feeling excited and proud, and wanting to travel more. But how could I follow my dreams of traveling, while make a living doing it? What career existed that would perfectly fit my detail-oriented, type A personality, but would give me license to immerse myself in my love for travel?

After a lot of research, I decided that becoming a Travel Consultant was the right choice for me. Now, I cannot imagine having any other career. Every day I get to create itineraries for my clients that make their travel dreams come true. I am passionate about what I do because I know the feeling of standing in front of the Colosseum and seeing what you’ve only seen on TV come to life. I know the feeling of having my toes in the sand, feeling your worries melt away. I know the feeling of walking through the vineyards and rolling hills of Tuscany, sipping on Chianti. I work every day to make sure my clients can have these unique experiences, too.  

My specialty and area of expertise is definitely European travel. I can create custom-designed itineraries for clients or find a tour that will fit their needs just right. Want to stay at a castle in the Scottish highlands? I’ve prepared an itinerary for that. Want to do a week-long tour that includes London and Rome? I’ve also been able to do that for my clients. I am here to create a trip that suits your unique needs and desires. I also provide assistance to those that do not travel internationally very often. I can teach you how to use the Métro in Paris, or provide you with common Swedish phrases so you can communicate with locals on your Nordic adventure.

Another kind of travel I am passionate about is river cruising. River cruising combines the relaxation that comes with cruising with the adventure of touring new places and sites. With European river cruising, you could start in Budapest, and see Bratislava, Vienna, and Dürnstein without ever having to unpack, repack, and switch hotels. Tour castles, cathedrals, and historic sites, then hop back on your ship to continue cruising along the Danube. River cruising can be efficient, relaxing, and a truly rewarding experience.

Now that you have dreams of castles, cobbled streets, fine wine, and river cruising in your head, it might be time to let me help you with your upcoming travels. I can give you a one-on-one consultation and match your unique interests, needs, and desires with an itinerary that will fit you perfectly. Then, once you’ve booked, I will be there every step of the way to guide you through the preparation process. From packing lists, to travel documents, to passport applications, I can provide the assistance you need to make the process go smoothly. I think about these details so you don’t have to, and the only thing you have to worry about is what drink to order on the plane while you’re on the way to your destination!

Destination Expert:

  • Europe
  • England
  • Scotland
  • Mexico
  • Caribbean

Travel Specialist:

  • European Culture
  • Museums
  • Arts & Culture
  • River Cruises
  • Honeymoons

Top Travel Partners:

  • Globus
  • Monograms
  • GOGO Vacations
  • Avalon Waterways
  • Delta Vacations

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