Sondra Allen, Travel Designer
I guess I can say that my Mom instilled a love of exploring new places in me. As a young child my family always took road trips at every chance we got. Granted they weren’t to an all-inclusive to the Caribbean – who did that in 1950’s? She did however make sure that my brother and I got to experience life outside of Bronx, New York.
When I grew up, finished school and moved into Manhattan on my own, my first job was with Americana Hotels which was owned by American Airlines, specifically for the Americana of San Juan (now known as the Intercontinental San Juan) and I was officially hooked on travel.
I have since been in the position as an administrative assistant in the marketing department of TWA and then subsequently, worked as an outside agent for a local travel agency who taught me the back end workings of a travel agency. In addition, some years later, I also worked at a Cruise Only Agency as an outside independent contractor and earned my MCC (master cruise counselor) designation.
Part of learning my trade was to experience travel to the destinations I was selling and I have never stopped enjoying traveling to destinations all over the globe.
I have a genuine passion for travel and I greatly enjoy seeing my clients enjoy their travels as well. Planning a trip can be stressful. There are so many options and details to worry about. This is where I come in – leave all the planning to me.I look forward to making all your vacations memorable.
Why Work with Sondra?
Expert guidance - Sondra knows the ins and outs of the travel industry; she can create a variety of vacation options that most people never would have dreamed possible.
Convenient One-Stop Shopping - Sondra can handle every aspect of your trip including lodging, transportation, activities, tours and much more.
Travel Documentation - Sondra can help you prepare and organize any necessary documents that you may need in order to travel outside of the country.
Consumer Advocate - If you should have a problem or need to make a change during your trip, Sondra can act on your behalf to see that proper resolutions are made.
Save Time - Avoid the headaches and let Sondra call around and do all the time consuming work of planning a complex itinerary.
Less Stress - Planning a trip can be stressful. There are so many options and details to worry about. Let Sondra do the work, resulting in less stress for you.
Savings and Special Promotions - Booking your trip through Sondra costs you no more than booking it yourself. In fact, there may be special promotions, discounts, or package savings that can add value or reduce your cost when Sondra books your trip.
Julie Allen, Marketing Director
The travel bug bit me hard! Together with my mom, since age 8, we made a tradition of annual trips to Disney World and for good measure we also took road trips to other theme parks closer to New Jersey, up until I went away to college. I tested the waters of international travel by studying abroad in Rome, Italy, before pursuing a Master’s Degree in Tourism and Marketing from Cornell University, in Singapore of all places. It was my first trip to Asia but would not be my last—I returned to Asia to work with Starwood Hotels in China; I traveled East again for fun to visit Japan, and most recently I spent two months backpacking throughout Southeast Asia, visiting some of my familiar favorites and brand new places, too. My Asian voyages are bookends to my three years living in Mexico and working as the director of brand standards for a Caribbean luxury all-inclusive resort chain, frequenting major destinations throughout Mexico, as well as the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Curacao. I’ve had adventures in other parts of the world and throughout USA, and I hope you’ll excuse the cliché, but travel really IS one of few things in this world that you can buy that leaves you richer!
As The Suite Traveler’s marketing director, I promote the joys of travel through a diverse social media campaign, contests & events, and reaching out on a more personal level to interested travelers.
As an experienced traveler who has gone way off the beaten path to traveling in luxury and virtually everything in between, I gladly offer my expertise in destinations, hotels, tour groups, and more to take the hassles and headaches out of travel planning. I’m grateful for an extensive network of international friends and colleagues throughout the world who can offer authentic local insights, adding a layer of cultural nuance to your travels.
Whether planning your family’s annual sun & fun getaway, your honeymoon, or the bucket-list trip of a lifetime, when you work with Sondra & myself at The Suite Traveler, you’re getting a guarantee of great service & attention to detail to take the unforgettable trip that you deserve!