Frequently Asked Questions

What would you like to know?
For The Story Vacations offers full-package European vacation planning, tailored to your unique desires and needs.

This includes researching and booking your flights, accommodation, transportation between cities/countries/locations, excursions, tours, dinner reservations, etc.
Yes.

I have lived in Europe since 2016. Every month I travel to a new European city or country. Every week, I research new experiences, restaurants, etc.

This means that, when you work with me, you get to reap the rewards of my up-to-date, “boots on the ground” knowledge.
I work with clients a maximum of 1 year prior to their travel date to Europe.
Yes. I have an 8-day minimum to work with clients who are planning a European trip. This can include two travel days, and six days “on the ground”.
No. Over the years, I have planned vacations which ranged from weeks long… to multiple months!
I only offer full-itinerary planning to Europe because of the sheer amount of detail and research involved.
Absolutely! All I need are the details of your European flights and we can continue with planning. Please keep in mind, I have an 8 day minimum to work with clients.
The European authorities are continuously updating the rules and every country is different.

If you are unvaccinated and wish to travel, you can let me know when you are scheduling a call (along with the county/ countries you wish to travel to).

This way, I can research the latest guidelines and give you an up-to-date answer.

And if you are uncomfortable sharing this information, I recommend checking the specific countries online yourself. It should not be difficult to find.
Not at all! Although it never hurts to know how to say “Hello”, “Goodbye”, and “Thank you”. :)

I’ve lived all over Europe since 2016, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the number of Europeans who speak English fluently. This goes double for anyone working in the tourism or restaurant industries.

Anything I book for you will use guides, drivers, and accommodation hosts who speak fluent English.
This all depends on your own unique taste, traveling style, and deal-breakers.

During our phone call, we can discuss in more detail what sort of vacation you are looking for.

From your accommodation expectations and level of flight class… to whether you prefer private or small-group experiences.

Based on this information, I can tell you a realistic ballpark figure.
All year!

No matter the season, there is something breath-taking to experience. From laying out on a beach in Portugal to skiing in the Bavarian Mountains. Every season has something worth seeing.

That said, if you are looking for…

Nice temperatures without the peak season crowds:

Consider May, September, or October

Friendly months for student’s or children’s summer breaks:

Consider June, July, & August

Fewer people and lower prices than peak season:

Consider November, December, January, & February. These months give you a chance to experience Christmas markets or skiing, for example.

Weather that is “not too hot, not too cold”:

Consider March & April
No, big group tours are not something I offer.

I specialize in vacations which are customized to you and you alone… Not “catch-all” experiences with 20 or 30 others.

The larger the group, the more difficult it is to offer the unique, authentic experiences I believe make traveling so special.
My pricing is based on how long you wish to travel for and how many people I am planning the European adventure for. The best thing to do is book a phone call with me and we can go over your specific adventure and my pricing.
My planning fee is non-refundable.

Should anything arise due to continued disruptions from Covid-19, I will reschedule your adventure until we get you on a plane.

I provide you with a legal contract stating this, for your own protection and peace of mind.
Yes

This is something unique about working with me. What’s more, since I am in Europe, I will be on your time-zone!
You will be communicating exclusively with me, Rachael. Nobody else.
15-20 minutes, depending on your questions.

I want to make sure I can properly answer any questions you have, and go over what your European trip might look like using my travel planning services.
From 6:00 am-9am CST, Monday-Thursday.

If you are on the West Coast, please email me and we can find a time during morning time (PST) to chat.

The calls are during the weekday morning hours because I am based in Europe and this helps with the large time difference.

These phone calls are quick, easy-going and fun. You can sip on your morning cup of coffee while I answer all your questions!
No.

Weekends are my time to explore, research, relax, eat good food, and spend time with those I love.

That said, my clients who are traveling in Europe will always have my personal contact information in case something comes up.
For The Story Vacations was established on April 15th, 2016!
That is a really hard question!

Paris will always be my favorite because I lived there and worked as a historical bike tour guide back in 2014.

But if I had to choose some “Close Seconds”, they would be Barcelona, Rome, Lisbon, Santorini…

I could go on and on!