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What's Your Dream Vacation?

March 19, 2007 By: Edward Pearson Travel Agent

We turned the tables and asked agents for their notion of the ultimate dream trip

Edward Pearson

Six Senses Soneva Fushi in the MaldivesTravel Counsellors "I am lucky enough to be
going on my dream trip in July," says Edward Pearson, Travel Counsellors
PLC's top-producing agent, based on the Isle
of Man
, where he's getting married this
summer. "It is Bora
, in a water bungalow on a turtle
reserve; the idea of the only thing to worry about for three weeks is the
thought of whether the turtle I tagged the day before is still swimming about.
The French Polynesian island
of Bora
is a place that I have
wanted to visit for a very long time, and I think the Maldives
is a runner up. This to me is a trip that can only be done once in a lifetime
as it is such a long way and I don't think it is the sort of place you would
return to, as it would lose its attraction, to me."

Lisa Prosk

Altour/Classic Cruise & Travel Lisa Prosak of
Altour and Classic Cruise and Travel was fortunate enough to have just taken
her dream trip. "I recently was in the Maldives," she says, "and
after 32 years in the travel industry, I can honestly say: If there is a
heaven, it begins there. I am a very anxious and high strung individual, and
would never go anywhere without a TV, radio or phone in my room. I need
excitement and planned things to do. But I also love the water and the beach,
so I was willing to go on this fantastic trip.

"Once I arrived, I was a changed person from the moment
I jumped off of a sea plane onto a floating landing, where a motorboat picked
me up to take me to the Six Senses Soneva Fushi, a resort and spa in the North
Baa Atoll region of the Maldives—where they collected my shoes, never to be
seen again until I left. I was in heaven," she says.

"The island is all one property, where the villas are
on the beach with a private pool. It's very private and each villa has its own
personality, including outdoor bathrooms and showers. Everyone has their own
private bicycle and butler, who will picks you up in a little golf cart to take
you to the spa, to the yoga class, to dining, or to your own private tour of
their underground winery," she says.

"The food is fresh and brought in every day; they have
their own gardens for fresh fruit and vegetables. You cross over a shaky bridge
to get to the dining room where the tables all have lounging sofas rather than
tables. You can live in your bathing suit every day. You swim in front of your
villa every day and take sunset cruises, or have a private picnic on a small
private island."

Trudy Lagerman

Trudy Lagerman

Liberty Travel For
Trudy Lagerman, a travel consultant with Liberty Travel in Selinsgrove,
PA, her wish-list vacation is to the Seychelles.
"I just like its remoteness and uniqueness," says the self-professed
beach lover. "I would like to combine it with Dubai, just because of how remote and quiet
it is." When? "I'm not sure how soon," she says, "but I
will get there."

Florence, Italy

Klaus Billep

Universal Travel Systems "I would take off to
southern Italy, fly into Rome and drive to Positano on the Amalfi Coast," says Klaus Billep,
president of Universal Travel Systems in Santa
, CA

"I would check into one of the fine hotels there, with
beautiful views of the isle of Capri."
Billep would then take a day trip to Capri on
the hydrofoil. "I speak the language a little and I enjoy the food, which
is important if you're traveling to Italy," says Billep.

He would then head up the coast to Florence, to wine country, and stay overnight
in one of the country farms. "These have four or five bedrooms," he
says. "It's like staying in a private home; you have as much privacy as
you desire. But when you want service, all you do is ring a bell and they come
with cappuccino or prosciutto—whatever you want."

Billep notes that the hotels in Positano aren't cheap; they
average about $900 to a $1,000 a night, and the country farms cost $350 a
night, breakfast and dinner included.

As for getting around, "You can drive if you like, and
make like a race car driver," says Billep. "Or opt for a private car
and driver, which will run you about $500 to $600 a day."

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