My wife and I had to plan the trip of a lifetime, a month in Australia and New Zealand. We had never been to either, so we were starting with a blank page. We had never used a travel agent before because always plan our own trips. This was not feasible on a trip of this length and cost. We found Rosie at Holliday on her website – no referral – so we had some concerns. Those concerns turned out to be totally unfounded. Let me summarize what we experienced with Rosie and Holliday Adventures.
- Extensive Knowledge – Being from that part of the world, Rosie’s knowledge was second to none. She had complete knowledge of regions, cities, hotels, restaurants, and things to do. This is knowledge that you cannot get from a website or books, and was critical to the success of our trip.
- Matching Styles – Rosie is a great listener. She interviewed my wife and I extensively to understand what we wanted (e.g., locations, budget, things to do, things we did not want to do, etc…) She also showed flexibility in working us through the planning process. I never got the impression that she was pushing us to do something that she would benefit from.
- Quality of Bookings – Our lodging, restaurants and tours were first rate based on the budget we provided her.
- Ability to Deal with Variations – We experienced a 100 year rain/flood in New Zealand while we were there. This is something you just cannot plan for. Rosie and her local connections were able to help us to alter our plans as necessary. Where we were had to cancel scheduled activities, we were able to get timely refunds when we returned.
All said, we were extremely pleased with the Package we put together with Rosie and our overall experience. We would not hesitate to work with Rosie for any trip in the future.
– Kevin and Janice Stout. Dillon Colorado
“I had a fantastic time in Australia and owe all the credit to Rosie at Holliday Adventures! She provided great advice regarding locations to visit, how long I should stay in each location, which attractions to visit, and what activities to partake in. Her advice was right on and she covered every detail. This was something I could not have done as efficiently or as cost effective myself. Her experience and prompt attention to all of my requests and questions made the planning process almost as enjoyable as the trip. I had the best vacation of my life and plan on using Rosie again in the near future!“
– Angela Terry Fresno CA
Our family had wanted to take a trip to New Zealand for years and we decided in early 2012 that this was the year to go there over Christmas. I was unsure where to start my planning and in March of 2012, I happened to read an article about New Zealand in the Vail Daily newspaper written by Rosie Holliday.
After an email exchange with Rosie we had a phone call where I basically gave her our parameters of dates and preferences (condos vs. hotel). I told her we wanted to see as much as we could during our 2 weeks there and told her we are an active family up for some adventure.
With that information, and Rosie’s first hand experiences, she put together an incredible itinerary which looked just about perfect for what we were hoping to experience.
After a couple tweaks to the schedule, we gave her to “go ahead” to book us.
Our trip was amazing. We would not have changed a thing that Rosie set up. The accommodations and excursions were wonderful for our whole family.
I won’t hesitate to have her set up an African trip for us when the time is right for our family. She was very responsive, professional and incredibly knowledgeable of this part of the world.
– Doug and Debbie Ackerman and family; Wilmette, IL
“Rosie at Holliday Adventures tailored the perfect trip for us through the Northern Territory. We were extremely satisfied with the options and adventures.“
– Ellen Interlandi and Brian Moore Albuquerque N.M
“As someone in the hospitality business, I understand the ins and outs of travel, from both sides. I can’t wait to go back to Australia, but there’s NO WAY I would do it again without making sure that Rosie booked everything for me.“
– Rob Le Vine Vail, CO
“Thanks, Rosie for your help with our 9th vacation(in last 10 years) to Argentina!!! Photos are in Las Lenas, where no matter the season’s snow, we can always find super exciting skiing. We love our time in Buenos Aires, too, where Hotel Pestana is a great place to start and a backyard Asado is a delicious way to end our trip!!! We’ve never had a hitch in all the transport/hotel arrangements you’ve set up for our group, and that’s made all 9 vacations really easy fun. We’re thinking about #10 already.“
– Joe and Lauraine Skolasinski Vail, CO
We would like to tell everyone what a wonderful experience we had on our trip to Kenya. It was in fact, so wonderful, we went a second time. We were so lucky to have had Rosie Holliday to help us with everything. From the very start she got to know exactly what we were looking for. All of the things we hoped for, including the camps, animals, and our budget, she made happen. When people say “it’s a trip of a lifetime” it is so true.
We owe our fabulous experience’s to Rosie. From the very start, leaving Denver, all the way to the very first camp, and all the way back, was perfect!! We have asked her to look into a third trip, if we can pull it off financially, hopefully in October. If anyone can get us there, Rosie can.
– Janice Cetera and Jim Carlton Gypsum CO
Over the past 10 years we have had the good fortune to have Rosie provide planning and travel arrangements for 3 major international trips for our family.Costa Rica: We had heard good things about Costa Rica but had never been there and didn’t know where to go, what to see, how to get around, etc. Rosie came to our rescue and gave us all the guidance and knowledge to make our trip extraordinary. I will never forget that only a few days before our trip the FedEx representative didn’t find us home and left our travel documents at the front door.
We came home to find our driveway littered with confetti like strands of paper – our new puppy had shredded our documents almost beyond recognition and strewed them everywhere. We immediately called Rosie, who calmed our panic, assembled a duplicate set and had them to us the very next day. Our trip went beautifully with ever voucher and ticket in the order of our travel and every accommodation and side adventure to our delight.Africa: A few years after the Costa Rica adventure we decided we wanted to see Africa and again we turned to our trusted travel agent Rosie Holliday. Rosie conferred with us on the things we wanted to see and do within our budget and lined us up with a 3 major destination itinerary in Kenya.
We went on fabulous safari trips and saw all the amazing wildlife, had a fantastic cultural experience in a Masai village and ended our trip by relaxing on an island and snorkeling in the Indian Ocean. It was truly the trip of a lifetime and Rosie made it comfortable and easy.Great Britain: Our latest trip was an ambitious tour of Ireland, Scotland and England, so once again we turned to Rosie who guided with an itinerary, lodging, travel connections, event tickets, etc. to make our trip a fun and memorable experience.Thank you Rosie for all your great planning and support.
– The Berschinski Family, Bainbridge Island, WA
“I found several travel agents on the Internet that specialized in Australian travel. After speaking with three of them, it was clear that Rosie was both the most knowledgeable (as an Australian herself) and the most responsive.
Rosie was asked to face the daunting challenge of putting a three week trip together with only a few weeks advance notice and during a relatively busy season for Australian travel. After spending a lot of time with me on multiple phone calls to find out my and my wife’s interests and budgetary constraints, Rosie sprang into action. Because of already fully booked flights and hotels, she was unable to arrange the trip in the originally contemplated sequence. Undeterred, she was able to put it all together by reversing the sequence. It all ended up working seamlessly. We were very happy with the hotels, the pre-arranged tours and, most importantly, with the chosen sites we visited. And we came in relatively close to our budget!
It was one of the best vacations we ever had. Australia is a wonderful country, with exciting cities and exciting natural venues and unusual wildlife. And we owe so much to Rosie’s diligence, creativity and persistence in putting it all together on short notice.
I could not recommend her more highly or enthusiastically”
– Cliff Schoenberg
We are so pleased to hear from you and even more thrilled to hear your son had a wonderful experience. Rosie is a true professional and expert in her field and we can not thank her and Prime Sports enough for helping us put this package together and the continued support in seeing it through to fruition. I will certainly pass on your correspondence with our team – Rosie deserves a huge round of applause! It sounds like the only thing not coordinated was a Bronco win.
My husband, Rick, and I were the winners of the live auction item of a trip to the Super Bowl. Due to my Parkinson’s, we felt it best to pass it along to our son and son-in-law. Yesterday, they returned with great stories of how wonderful the experience was. The additional events provided by Prime Sport made the day even better. Every transition went smoothly, the gift items were wonderful, the only disappointment was that the Broncos lost.
Please extend my praise and appreciation to all who were involved in the planning of this trip and in helping me pass it on to two men who were thrilled to be there.
– Claire McCarty