Hope everyone has had a terrific summer. Did you know that fall is one of our favorite travel seasons? Fewer crowds, price drops and pleasant weather! It’s a perfect excuse to explore some of our glorious US cities – including NYC! In this issue, we also help you plan for the holidays with gorgeous villa options. And we share thanks for a big industry award.
Erika Reategui and Fernando Gonzalez
Karina Martinez loves to travel in style. It’s all part of her job. As a luxury leisure travel consultant, she creates dream trips for her clients. It is paying off. In August she was recognized as one of the top “30Under30” agents in the country by Travel Agent magazine.
This honor coincides with her new role at the agency. With the recent alliance between F1S and Luxury Attaché, the world’s leading luxury concierge company, Karina now curates travel for thousands of Luxury Attaché clients.
One minute she is sending buyers to Art Basel in Miami, while the next she is crafting one-of-a-kind honeymoon plans to the Greek Islands and Bali. “I just had one client book her next 4 vacations all at once with me,” she shares. It’s this diversity of clientele that keeps her excited.
“To me travel never gets old. I am constantly learning since traveling is part of my job,” the millennial travel specialist explains. An advertising major, Karina decided to move to New York City after graduation and was introduced to First in Service soon after. She began working for F1S president Erika Reategui, who became her mentor.
The Ventnor, New Jersey, native grew up in a family of travelers. Her father studied in the Ukraine and would recount tales of his adventures to Karina and her younger sister. At 18, Karina bought her first plane ticket to Brazil so she could “explore her passion for capoeira,” the Afro-Brazilian martial art.
Her interests involve exploring her world – food, hiking, biking, art history, and photography. This summer she spent time in St. Tropez, London and her new favorite destination, Nicaragua.
“Nicaragua is so undiscovered, an amazing step back in time.” She elaborates, “I traveled with a tour operator that specializes in having a professional lifestyle photographer document your journey. We could all step away from the camera and know the shots of our trip would be incredible – and they were. Each morning we would wake up to proofs that looked like the pages of glossy magazine.”
Next on her list? Bali, Turkey and Peru.