Growing up with parents and grandparents in the travel industry and traveling extensively as a child sparked Frances’ interest in travel at a young age. Caribbean cruises and family vacations to France and Italy first whet her appetite. Traveling instilled in her an appreciation for other cultures, leading her to develop a love for cooking and international cuisines, to take mission trips abroad and to study languages. She spent a semester abroad in Siena, Italy and graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Italian Studies.
Frances began her travel career working in Italy for IC Bellagio, one of Brownell’s top travel partners, crafting itineraries for clients around Italy before becoming a travel advisor in 2015. Her knack for details and enthusiasm for her work are apparent in the custom itineraries she creates with the utmost care. She especially loves planning adventures in Western Europe and cruise vacations and handling all logistics of her clients’ travels so they can relax and enjoy the journey, making memories along the way. Her favorite travel experiences are learning to saber a Champagne bottle at a small, family-owned and run Champagne House in France and lunching on oysters fresh from the bay while admiring the stunning views in Ston, Croatia.
She has been honored with many awards and recognitions including Travel & Leisure Rising Star in 2016, Travel Agent magazine’s Top 30 Under 30 in 2018, and Virtuoso Rising Star – Cruise in 2019.