Elite Global Journeys, LLC
According to one of Craig Mungary’s clients, he is the “best-kept travel secret;” another calls him “an angel miracle-worker of a travel planning professional.” The Elite Global Journey agent started selling cruises in 1996, but quickly realized he enjoyed creating custom land excursions for his clients more. “From helicopter experiences to shooting Russian tanks to private visits to museums or unique sites, it became a standard to create a ‘Wow!’ factor in every trip I planned,” he says.
Mungary joined Virtuoso in 2010, and he calls it a key to his recent success, which includes $1.5 million in sales last year. He says the membership has given him credibility among suppliers, helping him put together trips such as birthday journey across 10 stops in Africa, spanning 22 days. Mungary booked more than 30 services, including flights, transfers, accommodations and tours such as a walk with the rhinos, a Devil’s Pool swim, an elephant safari sunrise, a hot air balloon ride over the Maasai Mara and a helicopter flight over Victoria Falls.
With regards to Mungary’s character, he is an active committee member with the local chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters’ 300 Club. Fundraising events raise around $250,000, which accounts for roughly half of the chapter’s operating budget. Mungary has been appointed chairperson for the event in 2018 and aims to top $300,000.
Looking for the next hot destination? Mungary suggests Japan. Travel to the country may pose its challenges to an independent traveler, making the use of a professional all the more important, Mungary tells us.
Although Mungary is focusing more and more on land excursions, he remains both an AmaWaterways and Scenic Specialist. He was also ranked No. 1 in sales in Central California for GoGo Worldwide Vacations.