The transition from the hotel side to the agency side of the travel business has brought together Emily’s passions for planning, exploring destinations first-hand, and client services.

After over a decade as a luxury hotelier, Emily’s path career path took a turn with a relocation to Washington, D.C. where she resides with her husband and two dogs. The appeal of the “other side” had always interested her, and her knowledge of the behind-the-scenes workings of hotels allows her to craft the perfect itineraries for her clients.

Emily’s travels have taken her around the world, including a 7-day hike through Iceland and 10 days climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. She has swum with whale sharks in the Maldives and gone on safari (multiple times!) to her favorite place in the world, South Africa. She loves to plan everything from a once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon to a quick weekend getaway where clients make one of SmartFlyer’s amazing hotel partners home, even if only for just a few days.

What’s your strategy to overcome jet lag?

Plan ahead! Get on your new destination’s time zone when you are on the plane – this may involve staying up later than you want to, or sleeping when you think you should be awake. Once you arrive, don’t even think about what time it is “at home” and focus on eating and sleeping at the times that align with the local clocks. This strategy will get you sorted quickly!

Which destinations are you looking forward to visiting and why?

Funny enough, I did a report on Egypt in 4th grade and it has been on my bucket list ever since! I’m looking forward to visiting Egypt in the near future.

Travel Tip

  • Have an amenity bag ready to throw into your carry-on! Mine is an old Delta Tumi kit, and it has all of the essentials including a vitamin C mask, toothbrush and toothpaste, aspirin, melatonin, hand and face lotion – it's perfect for you to arrive fresh from those overnight flights!