Since 2006, I have owned and operated a travel planning company called Chimera Travel, through which I plan international, experiential travel. During my time as a travel planner, I’ve assisted clients in traveling to six different continents, on everything from honeymoons in Europe to safaris in Africa to family reunions and more.

I have traveled to six continents and over 40 countries. I love connecting with people through local culture, experiences, activities, food, festivals, history, and so much more. You can check out some of my recent personal travel experiences over on my travel blog, TraveLuxe.

If you’re interested in learning more about my travel planning services, you can email me here!

 
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Travel Photo of the Month

View of Lisbon and the Tagus River from Castelo de Sao Jorge

Did you know?

  • Lisbon was not always the capital of Portugal. The first capital was Guimarães.

  • Lisbon is considered the oldest city in Western Europe. Archaeological work at Castelo de Sao Jorge revealed that people lived in the city by 1200 B.C.

  • Lisbon is the birthplace of Fado music.


 
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Portugal, And All It Has To Offer

Image: Sintra, Portugal

People often combine Portugal with another country (like Spain, or in my case Morocco since I had a conference there), but Portugal is worthy of a whole trip in and of itself. Lisbon, its capital city, is well worth at least two to three days to explore. From there, you can take day trips to towns such as Sintra, known for its palaces and the ruins of a castle (along with its general historic charm). If the beach is your thing, head to the Portughese Riviera, with towns as close as 30KM from Lisbon. For award winning wines (and the accompanying regional scenery, head to one of Portugal’s wine regions, such as Duoro, considered to be the world’s oldest wine region. Or for natural beauty and exploration, a visit to the Azores might be in order. One could easily spend several weeks in Portugal and still not experience all it has to offer. I highly recommend visiting this country, and while a short visit as part of a longer trip is better than no visit at all, perhaps consider giving it some extra time, and yourself a chance to really explore it.