Vana Carmona

Experience Travel*


  • Mediterranean & Europe
  • Southeast Asia
  • Cuba
  • Genealogy Travel
  • Food & Wine Trips
  • South & North America

Most Recent Trips


In my ten years with TravelStore,  I have honed my skills planning detailed, customized itineraries.  Many of these are to Europe, South America and Southeast Asia.  And I can also arrange travel to virtually all countries on the planet. 

Italy is a particular specialty of mine, as it will always be my adopted home.  I even hold dual citizenship.  I passed this fascination on to my daughter who now lives in the center of Piemonte, working in the wine industry.

France and Spain are old friends.  I am registered with each country’s tourism office as a professional on travel to these destinations.   Add Greece and Turkey and I have covered the Mediterranean east to west.  (And I must not leave out my northern favorites like the UK and Ireland and Scandinavia.)

Having ventured further afield over the years, I now plan itineraries for South America and Southeast Asia as well.    The Galapagos.  Machu Picchu.  Angkor Wat.  Halong Bay.

Recently, I have added Africa to my list of specialties.  Safari, anyone?

Closer to home, my deep roots in New England and New York are a desirable bonus.  Many are asking for travel up the coast, or a few days in the Big Apple, visiting museums and seeing shows on Broadway.  Let’s also keep in mind our fabulous Fall foliage cruises.

I am constantly looking for new destinations and specialties that would be attractive to you.  Because I am personally interested in food and wine (I cook a LOT!), I have now added culinary experiences to my repertoire.  How about cooking lessons, market tours, olive oil tasting, winery visits?  Or even a cruise with a unique food or wine theme?

Travel comes naturally to me.   As a child, I crawled over the world map looking for Paris….in China.   Even at age 6, I knew it had to be a fabulous place, wherever it was.   It took me a while to get there, even after I found out it was in France.   As I grew up, I grabbed any travel opportunities that came my way:  the class trip to Spain; the visit to friends in the Middle East; the research project in Italy.  I finally got to Paris when I was 23.  It was just as extraordinary as I had imagined.

Over the years, I have journeyed from coast to coast and back again, raising two traveling children along the way.  I learned Italian and studied French, art history and literature. I worked for the Italian press and completed my Masters in Medieval History.

It’s all about passion.  When I am planning a trip, I always feel I am creating my own next big adventure.   It is that personal. And so is my relationship with you, the traveler.  Knowing you come back happy with tales to tell is a great satisfaction for me.

If you can dream it up, I can plan it for you.  Call me. I love to chat about travel!

* An Independent Affiliate of TravelStore

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.