Meet Lori Ann Marinaccio:
Travel Designer

A little background:
I was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, spending my early years focusing on the world of theatre and dance. As I could not handle the cold winters in Chi-town I went to Rollins College in Winter Park, FL for my undergrad work, however, I ended up back north for my post-grad studies at NYU. After graduation, I certainly explored a few professions, as I have many passions and interests. I have been a Cast Member at Walt Disney World, taught theatre at the high school level, spent time working in a Broadway theatre, and worked as an Assistant Stage Manager at a few theatres. My love of culture and always wanting to learn more inspired me to begin traveling to experience firsthand the beauty of our world. I know get the opportunity to share this passion as I help others discover their dreams of travel.
Why did you choose to work in this industry?
I had the opportunity to travel with Admiral and when I saw and experienced the amazing trips Malaka and Ryan create, I knew I had to be a part of it. The best part is I get to combine my love of travel with my passion for customer service and organization!
What’s your approach to customer service?
Listen, provide timely, attentive service. Communicate effectively & thoroughly. Make sure the customer’s needs are met and then strive to exceed the customer’s expectations. I often put myself in the customers’ shoes. Listening and communicating are the key to great customer service.
What would your pet say about you if we asked for a reference?
My dogs would say: Lori Ann is always on time, makes sure all our needs are met, and is great at non-verbal communication. My cats would say: Not much to say, Lori Ann is human and we feel that explains all of her inadequacies. However, we will say that she does try her best.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
It is more of a quote “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot
Describe yourself using only film titles.
Say Anything
The Truth About Cats and Dogs
Lost in Translation
What is your favorite/most recommended travel movie/documentary or book?
In a Sunburnt Country by Bill Bryson
Describe the most incredible view you’ve ever seen.
Pretty much every view on safari, never disappoints, a pile of lions sleeping is always a favorite. Another view was when I was on a river cruise on the Danube. I had been waiting for this moment for years, I really wanted to go to Budapest. As we come around the bend before my eyes I see the Parliament building in all its famous glory. I won’t lie…I teared up. I couldn’t believe it was real and I was there… Amazing!
What is your favorite travel memory?
Egypt – I was looking enough to join a trip with Admiral and we had the opportunity to go to an active dig site. This was not a tourist attraction but a team of archeologists working on ancient ruins. It was one that Dr. Zahi Hawass was leading and we meet him there as he explained what they were finding. Want a wonderful experience.
Finally, what is your ultimate dream/bucket list adventure?
So so many!! Africa, Africa, and more Africa. Sri Lanka, India. Create a tour that follows the path of ancient Roman and Greek playwrights. I am thankful that with this career I will have a chance to hit my bucket list…I am living the dream.