Gloria Heckenlaible, CTC


  • Hawaii
  • Tahiti & Fiji
  • Family Vacations

I am a fourth generation California girl but I've also resided in Evreux, France, South Carolina, Honolulu and Las Vegas. My step-grandfather was a member of an old Kamaaina family in Hawaii and I was fortunate to have him teach me about his Hawaiian and Chinese traditions, foods and customs which initially drew me into this field.

The world of travel became interesting to me when my grandmother, who lived in Hawaii, took me traveling with her on the mainland for 3 months one summer. I had just turned 17 and she took me on my first Caribbean cruise followed by an excursion to Tennessee and Florida. From this young age I enjoyed assisting her in planning our itineraries, and I've now been planning trips professionally since 1977.

On my own vacations, some of my most memorable experiences have been scuba diving in Bora Bora, riding in a jet boat in New Zealand, sailing on the Star Clipper ship throughout French Polynesia, visiting a dude ranch in Tucson and going for a hot air balloon ride in Arizona. I treasured seeing a turtle laying eggs on the beach in Tortuguero Costa Rica, visiting Pearl Harbor with two survivors who signed my book, ""From Fish Ponds to Warships,"" and kayaking in Monterey Bay with a harbor seal who jumped up on the boat and rode along!

I enjoy putting details and special touches together for your vacation. I'm dedicated and detail oriented and enjoy making your vacation experiences interesting and fun. I have a love for travel and get so much joy out of sharing it with others. I give advice and offer my expertise and recommendations so you're able to make informed decisions regarding your vacation plans. I use reliable and consistent travel suppliers in order to provide you with the best possible trip. Through our affiliations, I'm able to provide you with excellent value and additional amenities.

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My Travel Experiences

Please take a moment to click on the images below to see some of the enriching travel experiences and stories I would love to share with you.