Hi! I'm Ellie
Like many, my love for travel was born on one of my family trips when I was younger. For me, it was in 2010 on a multi-gen trip to Germany; the homeland of my fathers side and beloved Grandparents. It wasn't until 2017 that I was officially bitten with the Travel Bug and first experienced the undeniable sense of freedom you gain when traveling unknown territory. I was smitten with the idea of traveling the world.
“Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life"
1. vigor and spirit or enthusiasm:
"Travel with verve"
Joining an industry that I had no experience in other than my own personal travels was exciting and challenging. In the ways that a good meal can bring people together, I have begun mastering the craft of bringing people together through worldly experiences. The lessons and skills I learned in running and managing a restaurant, serving customers, and preparing food, has taught me a plethora of skills I have now learned to implement in my own business.
As an avid history and architecture lover and self-proclaimed adventurer, I love to travel for the connections I get to make through the different cultures I’m honored enough to witness and experience. Having the privilege of connecting with the people I meet and travel with through conversation and laughs, to even overcoming the obstacles travel hiccups can throw your way. I craft my client’s itineraries with the same amount of verve I have when planning my own adventures.
From traveling for leisure, planning friends and families travels, building and converting a van to road trip the U.S., to now traveling Europe full time with my husband and dog - a lot of what I do and love is rooted in my wanderlust. Outside of travel, you can find me between conversations with friends, reading history books, and currently, nerd-ing out over any kind of viking movie or TV show I can come across.
Ellie's Travel Bug was founded on the thirst for adventure and built to serve YOU
“Ellie’s Travel Bug’s Mission is to provide a gateway for adventure, connection, and memory making that enhances your experience with seamless, fulfilling, veracious, and uniquely curated travel.”
My travelers notebook
My husband and I and our traveling sidekick, Mogli, stayed 4 weeks in Portugal. We explored Lisbon from top to bottom with day trips to Belem, Cascais, and Sintra. We had a lovely weekend in Porto and a visit to the Douro Valley as well! We loved Lisbon for the people and beautiful views. It is a place we can't wait to get back to!