My Mission

I will take the time to get to know you and what you want from your vacation. This is your time, your money, your travel dreams, and I take that very seriously. I will work diligently to match you with the right resort, hotel, cruise, or tour mixed in with unique experiences and special perks.

I believe travel is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves. 

Meet Starr

Hi! I’m Starr, your history-obsessed, pasta-loving, wanderlust-filled boutique travel designer.

I’ve been involved in the travel industry for the past 25 years. After having attended travel agent school in the ‘90s, I’ve worked at a travel agency specializing in Western U.S.A. travel and ski trips, designed and escorted small groups through Europe, and offered walking tours in Italy.

But my love affair with travel—that is deeply immersive, eye-opening travel—began long before then. 

Your boutique travel desginer

As an Air Force Brat, I was lucky enough to call Ramstein AFB in Germany home for part of my childhood. Living in Europe meant I grew up on German schnitzel, French cheese, and Belgian chocolates. I spent vacations marveling at the Marienplatz in Munich, climbing up the steps of the Eiffel tower, and learning to ski in Austria.

Nearly every weekend my parents would plan trips to discover the most fascinating sites in Europe. My favorite was attending local village festivals, where we learned about traditional customs and fascinating local lore. I soaked up every single minute of it—and I was heartbroken when we had to move back to the states.

But my love of travel was firmly cemented. Fast forward to 2014, when I moved to the charming Tuscan hill town of Cortona with my own son and daughter in tow, to introduce them to a new way of life. I was so excited to share the thrill of discovering someplace new—that heady mix of history, culture, and curious culinary delights that lights up all your senses.

Now that my children are grown, and are off creating their own adventures, I have returned to where my love of travel began. In 2022 I moved to a Bavarian village just south of Munich.

Now, through Travels by Starr, I do the same for my clients, who are hungry to explore outside the lines.

Because, after living in eight different states and three countries, I know that every destination has delights to offer—you just have to know where (and how) to look. My extensive travel experience, global industry connections, and finely honed research skills result in custom itineraries that immerse you in wonder at every turn—no matter where your travels take you.

Yes, you’ll get up close to the big, iconic sites—but my goal is to get you off the beaten path, as well. I want you to stop in the little village passed over by the guidebooks, eat off the menu that doesn’t have a word of English on it (food is a universal language, after all!), and rub elbows with locals, whose family ties to a place stretch back centuries.

So if you yearn to travel differently—more deeply—I would love to help. Click below to schedule your complimentary consultation call with me to get started, so we can design a journey that opens your eyes to the real wonders this world holds.

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A few of my favorite destinations

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Wine tasting across Europe


Hiking in the Süd Tirol


Oktoberfest (Wiesn) in Munich


Long road trips across the USA


Après-ski in the Alps

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