Last Update: 08/14/05
How many times have you said to yourself, "I would love to get out of this house and see the world, if only..."
IF ONLY... I wasn't uncomfortable traveling where I don't speak the language.
IF ONLY... I didn't need assistance to move around or carry my luggage.
IF ONLY... I knew how to arrange travel without getting ripped off or taken advantage of.
IF ONLY... I could have the assistance I need without having to join a tour group and be treated like part of the herd.
Does any of this sound familiar? A Chinese proverb says that all journeys begin with a single step, and today is the day for you to take your first step towards safe, worry-free independent travel.
Our names are Kyle & Angela Roesler. We have visited all seven continents and still find ourselves addicted to going new places, meeting new people, and seeking new experiences. Through our years of experience in planning and conducting our own trips, we've learned how to go wherever we want and however we want without undo risk or worry. Now, we want to pass on that experience to you.
We have assisted our parents, we can assist you.
We had the idea to start this service when traveling with Angela's parents. They are in their 70s, now, and their inability to speak fluent English and her father's difficulty walking long distances were dooming them to pre-packaged tours, the type where you see five cities in two days and spend 30 minutes at the Louvre Museum for a bathroom and snack break before being rushed back to the bus. We realized that we could easily plan trips that include all of us, and then we would rent a wheelchair to convey her father while carrying all the luggage. This basic blueprint has allowed the four of us to visit Germany, England, Switzerland, Mexico and various places in the United States. Since we've already done this, we are confident we can make a trip work for you, too, whatever your concerns or abilities.
What You Do.
Here is what you need to do to take a trip with us:
1) Decide where you want to go. We'll happily go to someplace we've been before or go somewhere new. You can pick a country, a region, or establish a complete itinerary; we're happy to offer suggestions or create what you're dreaming of. Want to hike up Kilimanjaro? Take a cruise to Antarctica to see penguins? Visit the pyramids of Egypt? No problem, we've done 'em all. Want to trek to the top of Mt. Everest? I'm afraid you're on your own. We're adventurous, sure, but not that adventurous.
2) Decide how long you want to stay.
3) Either establish a budget or give us an idea of how you want to travel. If you want Five Star hotels or youth hostels, it's fine with us, we just need to know so we can plan accordingly. We've traveled business class and coach, ridden on the Shinkansen in Japan and the saddest little microbuses in Africa and South American, so how we get where we're going is entirely up to you.
4) That's it. When we're in country, what we see and do is up to you. If you want to stay extra days somewhere and want us to replan, that's fine, too. All we ask is for a start and end date that are constant so we can plan our lives at home; once we're on the road, you are in charge.
What We Do.
1) Make the reservations for flights, hotels, rental cars, trains, etc.
2) Provide you with itineraries far enough before we depart for you to provide feedback and alter what we're planning.
3) We'll come pick you up at your house or meet you at the airport where we'll depart on our adventure.
4) When we're traveling, we're your personal assistants and intellectual companions. We will carry your luggage, drive any and all rental cars, and otherwise ensure you are focused on the sights and sounds that surround you. We are both 40-something ex-engineers with masters degrees who have a love of travel and a desire to know as much as possible about everywhere we visit. We'll bring novels set in the countries we're visiting, guide books that tell you the history and significance of the sights, and we'll share all that with you until you say to stop. We play bridge, poker, golf, tennis, backgammon, chess, and otherwise will do everything we can to make your trip everything you ever dreamed it would be. We'll also be carrying a very nice digital camera with us, and will share our pictures with you when we get home.
What It Costs
Well, here we have good news and bad news. The good news: we want to take you on the trip of a lifetime on a completely non-profit basis. The bad news: We expect you to pay all your own expenses in addition to ours. In other words, you pay for your trip and our trip. at least as far as transportation costs, lodging costs, and food are concerned. Now, that being said, we're certainly realistic. If you fly first class, we're happy to be in coach. If you're staying in the penthouse, we are ready to sleep in the basement room. And, meals are your option. If you want us to accompany you to the restaurant of your choice to help with the menu, we will. If not, you're welcome to tell us to fend for ourselves so you can have some private time. This is not a business for us, in the traditional sense. It's a way to minimize our expenses while still traveling as often as we possibly can. We understand our services are expensive, and we will do all we can to offer fair value in services rendered.
So, that's what we have to offer you; we hope to hear from you soon. Feel free to check out the rest of our website to see some of the pictures we've taken or words we've written to get to know us better. You can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We're accepting bookings starting in October of 2007. Until we meet, then, we say: have a nice day!
Our Travel Resumes.
Angela and Kyle Roesler have traveled to or lived in the following places: England, Germany, Greece, Spain, Switzerland, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Tunisia, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Israel, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Jordan, Singapore, Bali, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, French Polynesia, Canada, Mexico, Panama, Guatemala, Ecuador (including the Galapagos Islands), Peru, Argentina, Brazil. Within the United States we've lived in or visited every state except Arkansas, Georgia, and Louisiana. We've done several cross country trips in the US, and driven the Al-Can highway from the San Francisco Bay Area to Fairbanks, Alaska.Back to Top
This site was last updated 07/04/07