- Susan Cegavske is an expedition chief for luxurious journey firm, TCS World Journey.
- She guides non-public jet excursions that begin at $69,950 per particular person for 9 nights.
- Here is what her job is like, as informed to author Molly O’Brien.
I have been engaged on TCS World Journey jet expeditions for 15 years now and have liked each minute of it. As a journey expedition information, it helps to be extraordinarily curious concerning the world and wish to be solely “in service” to our vacationers.
Earlier than this job, I lived for 20 years in San Francisco and labored within the insurance coverage enterprise promoting worker profit packages. However I knew I wished to do one thing that concerned journey, so I ended up quitting my insurance coverage job, promoting my home, and utilizing the proceeds to roam round for about six years.
I did every thing from working in bush lodges in Alaska and getting my yoga instructing credentials at an ashram in India, to trekking in Nepal and touring throughout Mongolia, to learning artistry in Florence and road-tripping by Australia.
In 2007 after six years of exploring, I used to be able to return to the working world and determined to look into the tourism trade
I noticed an advert for TCS World Journey’s “Across the World by Personal Jet” expedition and thought, “Wow — specializing in vanishing languages and vanishing cultures is certainly my factor.”
So, I gave them a chilly name and obtained employed as an assistant expedition chief. After 5 years, I used to be one in every of TCS’ 5 expedition leaders in 2012. As expedition chief, it is my accountability to verify all of our shoppers have the most effective time of their lives whereas touring with us.
At TCS, we take visitors to out-of-the-way locations across the globe on non-public jets
Our group jet expeditions circle the globe or discover a continent aboard a custom-made non-public plane custom-made with 48 to 52 first-class flatbed seats.
Company go to eight to 12 locations on a single seamless journey and save time by flying instantly between stops. It is an environment friendly and splendid strategy to see many superb locations in a single journey. We additionally focus on curating distinctive experiences at every vacation spot, together with particular occasions and personal entry that visitors could not create on their very own.
We provide two kinds of journey: group jet expeditions and personal jet expeditions
The group expeditions have set itineraries led by TCS journey consultants that discover numerous locations with like-minded vacationers onboard non-public jets. These journeys are customizable when it comes to what you do on the vacation spot, however the locations are mounted.
We additionally provide non-public journey which may be utterly custom-made. We create personalised journeys for you and your loved ones or associates for wherever you wish to go utilizing both non-public or business flights.
Our journeys begin at $69,950 per particular person for an eight-person, nine-day group expedition to the US Nationwide Parks and go all the best way as much as $130,000 per particular person for a 24-night, 52-person group jet expedition that goes around the globe.
For the bigger, huge jet journeys, the value is dependent upon whether or not it is a five-stop or eight-stop itinerary. These begin at about $85,000 per particular person and go up from there. Considered one of my favourite itineraries is known as “World Much less Traveled.” It is a journey to Ghana, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, and Brazil that is made for individuals who assume they’ve “been in every single place” already. I additionally love our “Across the World” journey which covers 28,000 miles throughout the globe.
On the finish of the day, I believe these multi-country journeys are the most effective of what we provide
It is thrilling to go from nation to nation and see the world change round you.
The expedition crew on these journeys consists of the expedition chief, the assistant expedition leaders, a doctor, and an ‘advance particular person’ who travels forward of the jet to verify all the main points are excellent for our visitors’ arrival.
Because the journey chief, I am in command of overseeing every thing, right down to the smallest requests, and ensuring we ship on what we promise. It takes a village as a result of our journeys are deliberate so intricately.
Nonetheless, you may’t fly 28,000 miles and go to eight completely different international locations and never have one thing go fallacious typically, at the least barely
Probably the most difficult conditions I’ve needed to cope with contain the well being of our visitors, from strokes to individuals having accidents or getting sick on the highway.
Different instances, one thing occurs like the federal government deciding to tug our touchdown privileges out of that nation. Even when all of our plans exit the window, we do no matter it takes to discover a answer.
I used to get actually wired when the journeys would begin. Realizing that I used to be liable for 50 to 78 vacationers, I might fear about what would occur if one thing went fallacious. However once I realized one thing will most certainly go fallacious, I used to be in a position to loosen up into my position. Plus, if every thing went completely prefer it was deliberate, then we would not want an expedition chief.
Given the depth and size of journeys, my love of journey and pure adrenaline is what retains me fortunately going
We had one expertise the place we had been on the point of land in Agra, India, and the captain got here on and stated a hen had hit and cracked the airplane’s windshield. We needed to land in Jaipur as a substitute and had been anxious about having to skip visiting the Taj Mahal, which is principally what we had been promoting for this journey.
However as a substitute of accepting defeat, we ended up chartering small, non-public jets to fly to the Taj Mahal throughout the day. As the unique jet was ready on a particular windshield shipped from the UK that needed to undergo Indian customs, we employed a distinct jet to choose us up in Jaipur and take us onward to Jordan to proceed the journey’s itinerary.
My favourite a part of my job is after we’re on the finish of the journey and the visitors are tremendous grateful for the life-changing expertise they’ve had. We take our visitors as near the tradition of a rustic as attainable, they usually depart the expeditions saying they’ve realized a lot and broadened their mindset. I really like seeing individuals moved by their experiences. Journey really makes the world a greater place.