what we do
Are you and your family so busy you rarely have time to take a vacation, let alone plan it? Are you finally ready to take that dream trip but overwhelmed by all the information out there and not sure where to start?
Let us take the pressure off and do what we love to do: research the ideal vacation destinations for you and your family.
Why use a travel planner?
We not only have lots of experience traveling ourselves (just take a look at our travel blog posts!), but we have tons of connections in the travel community so if we don’t know the answer, we can find it quickly, from reliable sources who really know the place.
We don’t work on commission, so you can be confident that we are recommending the activities and places we think will work best for you, not the ones that pay us.
We get to know you and your family to be sure every member of the family has a vacation to remember.
How does it work?
First, you tell us your requirements. For example: I need to go somewhere warm for a long weekend in January with my kids who don’t swim. Or: We want to take our kids on a grand tour of Europe for 2 weeks next summer. Or: I have a week off in December, where should I go?
Then, we work with you either in person, by email, or by phone or Skype to get to know you and your family and what sorts of things you like and don’t like. Do you want an all-inclusive resort stay? Or will a hammock on the beach with an outdoor shower suffice? A castle stay or a reliable chain hotel? A day of shopping or a day exploring museums? A bike tour or a rental car?
In short, we will listen to your needs, research your destination and come up with an itinerary just for you.
Our clients love our services
What a great trip!
The hotel you booked for us was perfect - exactly what we were looking for.
K. S. - Custom 3-day itinerary for the Jurassic Coast of England
Your patience and care were FABULOUS!!!
Loved the unique suggestions -- so much worked well: for example: the theatre, kids activities that adults also enjoyed, the bike rides.
C. A. - Custom itinerary for a 3-week trip to Ireland, London, and Amsterdam
The best vacation we have ever taken as a family.
My husband and I both work full time and are busy with our kids’ activities, so it was difficult for us to find the time to book our summer vacation and focus on the necessary details. Vero and Paige worked with us to plan a perfect summer vacation to Northern California. Our trip was the best that I have taken and I know that our daughters will always remember this vacation. Thanks Vero and Paige!
M.L. - Custom 7-day trip to San Francisco, California and Yosemite National Park
We all had a really nice time. Would love to have you both help us plan some more trips.
S. A. - Custom 7-day New England road trip itinerary
We'll design the perfect vacation,
with something special for everyone.
Not yet sure where you want to go? Have questions about how to decide? Contact us for one-on-one travel advice sessions by phone, Skype or email.
Custom Trip Design
All Over the Map trip designers get to know you and your travel preferences so we can create custom itineraries that offer something special for each traveler.
Do you like surprises? Our trip designers will plan a surprise trip of a lifetime for you. We'll tell you what to pack and send you on your way to adventure!
Paige Conner Totaro
became fascinated with travel and cultures as a child, when her parents took her to see travelogues at a local theater. A high school exchange program to Italy sealed the deal.
Paige took an 11-month trip around the world with her husband and twin 13-year-old daughters in 2012-13 and is always planning the next adventure.
Paige was a founder of Misra Records, a founding board member of Transformer in Washington, DC, and a longtime board member and director of Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts.
Paige is a fan of Scandinavian design, Ethiopian food, Canadian hospitality, Japanese vintage stores, Brazilian music and Thai beaches, but also American craft beer, garage rock and roller derby.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost?
We will book all of the activities and lodgings (but not flights) for you, in addition to developing a daily itinerary, for a fixed rate depending on the length of your trip and other factors. Contact us for rates.
Will you book our flights for us?
No. We are not travel agents, and we do not book transportation for you. These days, the tools for purchasing airfare are available to everyone. We can advise you of some of our favorite sites to use for booking airfare if you like.
Do you get a commission from the hotels and activities you book for us?
No. When we are planning custom itineraries, we are not receiving a commission from any destination or activity that we are recommending. This way we can be completely unbiased in our planning and we can provide you with exactly the vacation that works best for you. Wherever possible, we pass commissions and discounts on to our clients.
Couldn’t I do this myself?
Our clients generally want us to book their vacations because they are too busy to sort through the thousands of travel resources out there to find the vacation that is perfect for their family. We love working with you to understand your family’s needs, and then researching the best vacation for you.
If you enjoy planning your own vacations, you might find some inspiration on our blog, All Over the Map
Can I just hire you by the hour for advice?
Yes, we are happy to answer general travel questions by phone. The fee is $50 for a 30-minute call. Contact us for details.
Can you come with us?
We will have to check with our families to see if the schedule works, but let's just give it a big fat "Maybe."