Thank you for visiting my page!
I am a Travel Designer with a huge passion for all travel related things, but especially Romance, Family & Adventure Travel.
For me Travel is:
…being prepared to experience. I do not promote traveling on a tight budget because traveling should not be an ascetic belief but a romantic practice of loving the world; so indulge whenever you can and your memories will be even sweeter.
…being exposed to different civilizations, different religions, different lifestyles, different food, different ideologies. You do not have to like them or agree with them, but trying to understand how they came about will open your soul. The differences between people and places are precisely the reason I love to travel.
… seeing and embracing the changes, not only of the places, but of yourself while you travel. Because every place I've been to, every art piece I've seen, every food I tasted, every person I spoke to, somehow became part of me.
HOW I CAN HELP YOU:
I have been in the Luxury Hotel & Travel Industry since more than 25 years, living in Dubai for more than 20. Coupled with my own travel experiences I have extensive knowledge in this industry.
For most people it can be very time-consuming, tiring and even confusing to search numerous sites in order to prepare your perfect and well-deserved holiday. Let me do the search for you and take this burden off your shoulders. I look forward to designing your personalized itinerary or parts of it if this is what you require. Your dream vacation or just a short local get-away…this can be a luxury holiday, a honeymoon, a cruise, an adventure or cultural holiday or just a beach vacation anywhere in the world; a family holiday, a couple, a group of friends or solo travellers.
As a Travel Counsellor and your personal point of contact for all travel requirements, I take care of your vacation planning while providing you with the highest possible service because your trip and holiday experience is very important to me.
I specialize in honeymoons, luxury travel, family vacations, around-the-world-trips & adventure travel.
I look forward to meeting you and designing your special vacation!
Sent in by Allison V
Dubai, 09 August 2018
Petra, has helped us on 3 occasions and all times has provided good recommendations to meet our needs and budget. Researching on different queries is never a problem and she has great patience.
Sent in by Narelle P
Dubai, 19 July 2018
Petra organisd our trip to Georgia within 3 days . She took time to book our trip which suited our family. Would highly recommend her.
Sent in by Hamzeh H
Dubai, 05 February 2018
You are the best in this and thanks for helping and doing our honeymoon better :)
Sent in by Alex Ayoub
Dubai, 25 January 2018
Petra is an outstanding professional you can blindly rely on. She has excellent knowledge of her industry. Very patient and understands well her custormer needs. Was great working with her. I will strongly recommend her services to others. Thank you dear Petra. I wish you all the best. Alex Ayoub.
Sent in by Scott Chaffin
Port-of-Spain, 27 September 2017
Petra is the absolute best. Always professional. She cares for travel situations I don't even think of. I would be lost without her.
Sent in by Amini Aline
Dubai, 19 September 2017
It was a great pleasure to have you as a travel counselor, you made our lives way easier. We liked all the hotels that we stayed in, especially that they had the best location in town. Looking forward for more trips managed by Petra :). All the best xx
Sent in by Christophe H
Yangon, 22 June 2017
Thank you Petra, you have been very helpful, professional, proactive and responsive in your assistance to us. Much appreciated!
Sent in by Aisha Asamany
London, 15 November 2016
Petra has been absolutely fabulous. She's given us exceptional service and invaluable support and guidance.
Sent in by Ghada Al Zibdeh
Dubai, 22 September 2016
Petra, thanks for organising the first and the best african safari trip ever! Unforgettable experience and best choices and organisation from the moment we stepped down in Tanzania till the end of the trip! Thanks a million and i hope we can be lucky enough to do it again!
Sent in by Laurence A
Dubai, 22 September 2016
Petra was knowledgeable, efficient and fast. my first experience with travel counsellors but very positive. thank you.
Sent in by Mark F
Dubai, 21 September 2016
Petra has been fantastic to deal with on all occasions. From chopping and changing itineraries to suite our changing requirements, working within the budgets set and providing recommendations very suitable to our likes and needs, it is always a pleasure to work with her. I highly recommend her services as I have to friends and colleagues in the past.
Sent in by Sean P
Dubai, 18 September 2016
The greatest thing Petra did for us, was to find us a destination in a shoulder period. She met our requirements perfectly Petra was patient with our questions and our requests to alter our requirements. I could have booked this holiday myself, but I'm sure it would not have been as good without Petra's experience.
Sent in by Tatyana Massey
Dubai, 13 September 2016
Fantastic service. Petra was extremely knowledgable and helpful. Very happy with the advice and service she provided.
Sent in by Margitta Branson
Dubai, 09 March 2016
Very fast, reliable and efficient service
Sent in by Sophie K
Vancouver, 09 March 2016
I recommend Petra to anyone I know who is looking for an excellent travel agent. She has made our travel planning so much easier and I really feel fortunate to have found her. In my experience, it is rare to find someone whose customer service skills are as strong as hers, which is why Petra is the only agent I've ever used consistently.
Sent in by Karin W
Germany, 04 February 2015
I recommend Petra as my Travel Counsellor to all my friends and family, because she is very fast and competent in finding the right and best flights, hotels, exhibitions and all other possibilities regarding my wishes in travelling. Good luck for Petra!
Sent in by Mireille Abdo
Dubai, 27 January 2015
Time and time again, I keep getting impressed by Petra's level of knowledge of the travel industry and her professionalism. She works hard on finding you what you need and if you don't know what you want, she is always ready with amazing suggestions. Truly a person to highly recommend and work with.
Sent in by Gert W
Munich, 15 January 2015
I was surprised how easy it is to book a holiday with Petra being in Dubai and me in Germany. I usually go to my travel agency here but they never give me as many ideas and advice as Petra did. Really great!
Sent in by Reem S.
Dubai, 15 January 2015
You did an amazing job and because of you my sister and I had an experience of a lifetime in Italy. So I put your name forward in all confidence.
Sent in by S. Edwards
Dubai, UAE, 02 September 2014
Petra was great in making our booking at the last minute. She was thorough in relation to visas and other requirements and followed up when booking was made as well as on days of travel. I'll certainly be booking with her again.
Sent in by Mireille Abdo
Dubai, 01 July 2014
I have asked for Petra's assistance with 2 hotel bookings until now and she has very much exceeded my expectations. She has gotten me better rates than I usually get and the personalized service that she provided made everything that much better. She excelled in the advice that she gave about the choices provided, thus making me very happy that I went to her for my requirements. I will definitely keep coming back for more! :-)
Sent in by Servatius Palmans
Dubai, 30 June 2014
Dear Petra, this is the first time we are using a Travel Counsellor. Our 3-week trip to Vietnam & Hong Kong starts in a few days (July 4th) and so far we have thoroughly enjoyed your interaction in reserving flights, accommodation, cruises, and day-trips. Your personal recommendations on what places to visit are great. We are looking forward to a very well-organised and relaxed vacation. So far an excellent experience and I will definite recommend your services to colleagues, friends, and family. Servee
Sent in by Karolyn van Wyk
Dubai, 25 June 2014
Petra ensured she was clear on what our requirements were and what was the purpose of the booking in order to best give us options with the best prices. Will recommend her in a heart beat. Karolyn van Wyk
Sent in by Colin S.
Addis Abeba, 11 June 2014
Petra was absolutely terrific - thorough, meticulous, creative, thoughtful, and all the right instincts. We will definitely be using her again and recommending her enthusiastically to our friends.
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