LENE H. MINYARD Owner & International Travel Advisor
I was born in Norway, but lived in numerous countries in Europe before moving to the United States. I have a diverse background in marketing, event planning and business development.
Travel has always been an important part of my life, and from the time I was a young child I was fortunate to be exposed to foreign cultures, important historic sites, renowned world famous art and music, as well as delicious international cuisine. I realized how important and truly life changing being immersed in another culture is. I strongly believe that there is no better education than travel, and I am a big advocate of traveling with children/grandchildren. " it truly is one of the best gifts you can ever give them and yourself". My husband and I have traveled with our twin boys in Europe, the Caribbean, Japan and China.
When my boys were in middle school I decided to purchase a Cruise Planners franchise which I owned for 6 years. In 2017 I decided to take the plunge and start my own company.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, entertaining, photography, hiking, cooking, arts & crafts and learning about wine - and of course travel!
LISE B. BAKIR International Travel Manager & Guide
Lise is one of the most popular guides in Oslo, giving each of her clients a very personal experience while sharing her in-depth knowledge in an engaging, illuminating and entertaining way. Lise's passion and enthusiasm is contagious and she makes every site she visits with her clients come alive enhancing the overall understanding and experience.
Lise has lived in Abidjan, Ivory Coast in addition to Norway. She also owns a property in Southern Spain with her husband. Lise is fluent in English, French and Norwegian.
PERFECTLY PLANNED JOURNEYS
Perfectly Planned Journeys was founded with the purpose of making sure that when you take your hard earned vacations they are “Perfectly Planned”.
Yes! anyone can go on the internet and book a trip on Expedia or book a cruise from a cruise line, but are you familiar with the options out there? do you always know if you are booking with financially sound, quality suppliers? or do you select your “dream vacation” based on beautiful pictures and advice from Trip Advisor?
Are you looking for authentic, unique travel experiences? Do you want to immerse yourself in the destination you visit through its people, food, wine, culture, music and art? then please contact us! Our goal is to ensure that you have an experience that you will want to live with you for the rest of your life.
We invest a significant amount of time in getting to know our clients. After all, when we understand who you are and what your likes and dislikes are we are better equipped to put together an experience that will give you wonderful lifelong memories . We then turn to our reputable suppliers, many who only work with travel agents, and together we create a journey designed around you!
We encourage surfing the internet for inspiration and ideas, look at Trip Advisor! honestly, even most travel agents check Trip Advisor once in a while, BUT it can be dangerous to base your decisions on this information! Know that anyone can have a beautiful website with gorgeous pictures! or post raving reviews. It does NOT guarantee a high quality, financially sound supplier! Using a travel professional is especially important when traveling to foreign countries. Sometimes the supplier may be fine, but unforeseen circumstances may arise causing you to need assistance. This is where the internet falls short! they will not be there to offer assistance.
Perfectly Planned Journeys is an independent travel agency affiliated with Nexion / Travel Leaders Network. Our affiliation with Nexion enables us to give you the benefits of a large company which includes special promotions not available to the general public, the ability to make special arrangements, we can often accept payment plans and put vacations on a complimentary hold. Furthermore, it gives us the power to accomplish things, and resolve problems on our clients behalf because we are part of a large company, and our suppliers depend on our business.
Our identity however is that of a small company where personalized service is the key to taking your vacation from ordinary to amazing. Our clients know who they deal with - they deal with us! This means your vacation receives personal care and is not handled by an “order taker” who works strictly on volume, and whose clients are just numbers. We take time to get to know our clients! Our business is built on the personal service we provide and we are accessible when our clients needs us.
With the combination of a personal relationship with our clients and the connections we have with our vetted hand picked travel suppliers we are able to make every vacation a wonderful, unique and personalized journey.
Whether you are interested in one of the journeys we have put together for a small group or you have a special destination or experience in mind we would love to work with you. We offer exceptional personal service, something that is impossible to receive from booking on the internet or from a wholesale club. We work with you through the planning process, we stay in touch while you travel and we follow up with you upon your return.
Perfectly Planned Journeys is a member of OSSN Travel Commerce Network.
We look forward to working with you to plan your next journey. Call us today at 703-791-2944 to schedule your free consultation to discuss what we can do for you.