Maria Poole (@PonteVedraTravelGal) is a luxury travel advisor based in Ponte Vedra Beach.
Can you please briefly tell us about your background?
I am a Florida native, passionate travel planner and specialist in the art of travel. I have a Bachelor of Arts in fine arts. Even though I am a designer by trade, I am a traveler at heart. When I’m not traveling the globe, I reside in Ponte Vedra Beach with my husband, Mike, and my three wonderful children. I’m a mom, wander-lusting foodie, wine lover, an adventurer, travel advisor and a joyful purveyor of travel.
How did you grow to become so passionate about travel?
From an early age, I knew I was meant to travel the world. My first experience was living abroad in Spain. The sights, the sounds, the food … I got the travel bug. I’ve traveled extensively to over 25 countries, bringing back experiences and the knowledge of the destinations to friends and family. I wanted to have a career that brought the two different aspects of my life together; so, I started Maria Poole Travel. To be able to create memories for someone is wonderful.
Where is your favorite place that you've traveled to?
That is a tough question to answer! I’ve experienced so many amazing places. Italy is always at the top of my list; however, I am addicted to adventure travel and would have to say the Galapagos Islands. I just returned from a spectacular 10-day expedition trip with National Geographic. It was a life-changing journey.
What's your best advice for someone planning an upcoming trip?
Plan as early as you can. It is never too early to plan a trip. As a travel advisor, I creatively help you find where to go and what to do. Just as you might use a financial advisor, an interior designer or a personal shopper, it makes sense to trust your most valuable asset — your time — with an experienced travel advisor. I spend a lot of time on the road, scouting out the best hotels, the best tour guides and the best restaurants. Visit https://mariapooletravel.com/ for more assistance with your upcoming travel plans.
Which places are most popular to travel to right now?
Where next? That is a big question. Vacation Ideas for 2019 point your compass towards Iceland, Ireland, Scotland, Greece and Croatia.
What do you enjoy most about living in Ponte Vedra?
I love the warm, small-town feeling and the beautiful beaches.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I love having a bunch of plane tickets in my pocket; however, when I am home in Ponte Vedra Beach, I love to be with my friends, play tennis, ride bikes with my family and enjoy long walks on the beach with my new puppy, Finn.