Travel Advisor – Jan Halderman
Jan’s #1 Travel Tip
Jan started traveling at an early age as a Navy “junior.” Those tours of duty gave her a great curiosity about the world and opened up experienced she loves to share with her clients today. Jan began her career in the travel industry working for a large U.S. airline, but when she got laid off, she knew she wanted to continue to travel and help other people take amazing trips. She’s been a travel advisor since 1968, and she uses her 50 years of experience to help her clients decide where to go next.
Choosing her favorite part of being a travel advisor is tough for Jan, but she thinks there are two aspects that are equally rewarding: meeting other people who work in the travel industry, and helping clients figure out what their travel interests are. She says many clients come to her not knowing where they want to go, but after having some initial conversations she’s able to point them in the right direction and plan experiences they’ll never forget.
Area of Specialty: Western Europe (the UK, France, Spain, Ireland & Italy)
Jan lived in Italy for several years growing up and has returned frequently as an adult, so traveling to Europe has always been an interesting to her. The best part about helping others travel to Europe is that Jan gets to learn about experiences and destinations she hasn’t heard of in her own travels. She thinks Western Europe is such a popular destination for many Americans because it feels familiar—especially because of how much we learn about Western civilization in grade-school history classes. But no matter how many times you return to Europe, chances are you’ll discover something new (or maybe even something very, very old!).
Must-Do Experiences in Western Europe
Jan says the experiences that are right for each client are different depending on their interests, but she always likes to have something special planned for the first night of a client’s trip. One experience she loves to start travelers off with in Paris is the Bateux Mouches—these floating river boats provide amazing views of the city at night, and Jan thinks it’s a special experience for clients to see buildings lit up at night that they’ll travel to in the daylight later on.
Of course, there are endless experiences for any type of traveler in Europe. Whether you’re interested in food, history, wine, art, museums, or music, Europe is the perfect place to go. Just a few examples of exciting activities and destinations in the UK, France, Spain, Ireland, and Italy are:
- La Rioja winery in Spain or the Chateau Margaux in Bordeaux
- Waterfalls in Cazorla National Park (Spain)
- Beautiful architecture in Barcelona, Toledo, and Seville, Spain
- The art of of Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci in Italy
- Hot-air balloon rides over Tuscany, seeing the region’s vineyards, centuries-old villages, and even the leaning tower of Pisa
- The ruins of Tintagel Castle—a site linked with the legend of King Arthur—in Cornwall, England
- Attending a play at The Globe theater in London
- Eating at one of the 600 Michelin-starred restaurant in France
- The Giant’s Causeway—made up of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns—and the view from the top of the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland
- And so much more