Your personal travel designer for tailor-made sustainable trips

For the journey of a lifetime to Canada, Japan, Singapore or
the United States

Want to truly experience a country? Get to know the real people, culture and nature? Like to make a positive contribution and discover something extraordinary? But either don’t have the time or the desire to put together that kind of trip for yourself? Personal travel designer SparkLing One has got you covered.

Your new adventure starts here

Let me take the logistic puzzle and hours of research off your hands. After all, your time is better spent on positive anticipation. With a tailor-made trip, I ensure your specific plans fit together seamlessly. So you can kick back and just enjoy your fully arranged trip:

  • Hidden gems and well-known highlights
  • Inspiring meetings with the locals
  • Indigenous dishes and customs
  • Breathtaking locations
  • Fascinating stories and history

My aim is to submerge you in another world. Create the difference between ‘being’ somewhere and just ‘visiting’. This extra effort helps a trip to live on in your memory for years to come.

Unforgettable encounters

Local experiences that stimulate your senses

As your personal travel designer, SparkLing One has the connections to turn your travel plans into a one-of-a-kind experience. For the ultimate travel experience, if you like, I can add small-scale accommodations and unusual activities to your travel plans. When you choose to visit less well-known places over commercial locations, you create your own travel highlights. You form a connection with that new place and return fulfilled from your travels.

Captivating stories

A local guide can turn an ordinary trip to a place like the French Quarter in New Orleans into an extraordinary adventure. Fascinating stories about former residents and their neighbourhoods come to life. Your guide helps you see the city through different eyes.

Pick tea leaves in the countryside

Experience a homestay in the countryside of Japan’s Higashi-Sonogi. During your stay on a farm, you get to help pick tea leaves in the vast tea fields. When you’ve gathered enough tea leaves, you learn how to prepare a pot of satisfying green tea, following the Japanese tea tradition.

Eat with the locals

Share a meal with a Singaporean family at their home and see how people go about their lives in a typical social HDB flat. Taste mouth-watering traditional dishes, made especially for you. You’ll most likely exchange personal stories and receive insider tips about the best ways to get around in the city.

These are the kinds of unforgettable experiences and memories I want to give you when I design your travel plan.

Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world, you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life and travel leaves marks on you.

Anthony Bourdain

Trips to Canada, Japan, Singapore and the United States

Travel the world with SparkLing One

At SparkLing One, I offer you only the best tailor-made trips. That’s why I only arrange trips to Canada, Japan, Singapore and the United States. I travel regularly to these places and keep a sharp eye out for the latest developments there. Because of my own varied travel experiences, I can design and/or advise you about a truly personal travel plan that works best for you.
I lived in Singapore and Japan as a child. These places still hold a special place in my heart and in my head. I have travelled numerous times to Canada and America and have many local connections in both countries. These countries continue to fascinate with their endless plains, impressive mountain ranges and bizarre valleys. Then it’s fun to switch gears and visit the cool cities like New York, San Francisco, Vancouver, Atlanta en Las Vegas. Now that’s one exciting trip!

Discover street art cities: hidden artworks around every corner

“A world of images: a language without rules”. That’s street art! I am a huge fan of this and have visited many street art cities including Bristol, London, New York City, Atlanta, Reykjavik, Berlin, Lisbon, Singapore and more. Every city I visit, I engage a local guide – best is when a local street artist is my guide – to take me to places where I can take in graffiti, murals and other forms of street art.
Let me help you discover these street art cities!

Sustainable choices and slow travel

An essential part of your travel experience

Travel brings us closer to some of our planet’s most stunning natural wonders and connects us with cultures around the globe. What a privilege it is to be able to travel and see this amazing world. By choosing to travel more responsibly, we reduce our impact on the environment and we give something back to the communities we visit. I help you to make sustainably conscious choices. Wherever I’m able, I choose to work with local partners who are passionate about the service they provide, those who place great importance on local well-being. Your money streams flow back into the community. And you get more personal attention and memories that last a lifetime.

In addition to all the adventures, I also feel it’s important that you get some rest. By slowing down, you learn about the local surroundings at a leisurely pace, as opposed to ploughing through various crowded tourist attractions at rapid speed. You have room for unexpected and more authentic experiences, and time for yourself to process all you’ve encountered. What do you know! Your trip has become even more enriching.

Let’s put the person back in personal!

As a seasoned traveller and client, I understand how important it is to receive adequate and friendly travel assistance and planning. Customised travel takes more than just slapping together a transport, accommodations and attractions plan. It’s about collaborating with a travel designer who can put themselves in your shoes. Someone who sees things from your perspective and helps you to form a stronger connection to the place you’re visiting.

That’s the link some people of the travel world miss, but SparkLing One has your back! I give you commitment, genuine interest and inspiration. I reinforce my words with real and well-thought-out action, to help make your journey a truly personal experience. Let’s put the person back in personal!

How SparkLing One helps you realise your ideal trip - your personal travel designer

To design the best travel plan for you, it’s important that we get to know each other first. In your first (free) consultation via telephone or video call, you can tell me all about where you want to go and what you want to see and experience. I listen, think with you, ask you questions and apply my knowledge and expertise to your travel wishes and needs. Because I can make the best choices for you, you save valuable time. Eventually, I present you with your unique travel plan that takes into account your wishes, interests and personality. As we have planned your trip together, I am your point of contact before, during and after your trip.

Preparation

Designing a trip abroad requires the necessary preparation. I get that, which is why you can come to me for advice about:

  • travel and cancellation insurance
  • vaccination
  • visa
  • pocket WiFi rental
  • private transfers and airport parking service

During your trip

For an optimal experience, I ensure your travel plans are not jam-packed. So you have room to take your own unexpected adventures and make spontaneous local encounters.

I work with trustworthy partners at all the locations I book for you. In case of emergency, I’m available to you 24 hours a day. So you can stay confident and relaxed during your travels.

Personal service and aftercare

After you have returned home, I contact you to discuss your trip and listen to your fascinating stories. This is also the time you can tell me about any improvements or adjustments I need to make – your suggestions are always welcome.

My goal is that you come home from your travels with a fantastic feeling. A special experience that will stay with you.

Together we’ll turn your trip into an awesome, long-lasting memory!

Like SparkLing One to design your dream trip?

Your first consultation is free of charge. Have you decided to collaborate with me? My fee for the trip design is Euro 200 inclusive 21% VAT.

When the trip design is ready, we will go through it together and tweak it to your liking. Have you decided to book your trip through me? I’ll apply a Euro 50 inclusive 21% VAT discount to the booking fees.

Travelling is seeing in Japan

Take an Evening Walk in Gion, Kyoto, where a local guide shows you that extra bit more. This traditional neighbourhood in Kyoto reveals the ever-mysterious and still lively world of the geikos (geishas). You listen to stories about their strict upbringing and why they choose to follow that lifestyle. When you’re lucky, an actual geiko or maiko (a geiko-in-training) will glide past you in her colourful kimono on her way to an appointment in an ochaya (teahouse). An unusual sighting that gives you a glimpse into a culture that is typically closed off to outsiders.

Tip

Ever watched the movie Memoirs of a Geisha? On your walking tour of Kyoto you’ll see those same locations: the Gion district, Fushimi-Inari Shrine, Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Kiyomizudera temple and Heian-Jingu shrine.