Michael Distler is our destination specialist for travel focused on Africa.  He also manages our team of Independent Contractors and is Master Bellini Club Ambassador.  Mike has been recognized by Travel Agent Magazine as a rising star in their 30-under-30 special edition as well as served on panels and the Steering Committee for the annual Young Leaders Conference.

Mike has been with Admiral Travel since graduating from FSU in 2005 with two degrees: Business Management and Hospitality Administration, “Same as Malaka,” he notes parenthetically.  Mike was born in Massachusetts and grew up in Boca Raton, FL.

Michael Distler: michael@admiraltravel.com
Destination Specialist for Africa

A little background:
Born in Massachusetts, grew up mostly in South Florida, lived and studied in Switzerland for a bit and graduated from FSU as a double major in Business Management and Hospitality Administration.
What are your key accomplishments in your field/on the job?
Awards such as 30 under 30 (sigh, that was years ago now) and Virtuoso Trendsetter are an honor, but my biggest accomplishment has to be the design and execution of plans for others that I know has the ability to changes their lives and outlook on life for the better.
Why did you choose to work in this industry?
I personally value travel over the vast majority other pursuits or values so it was a natural fit. A happy set of coincidences introduced me to Admiral Travel and it has been a great fit.
What’s your approach to customer service?
Planning an intricate trip to a destination that is brand new to a traveler could prove to be a very difficult and stressful for them to start on their own from scratch.
Travel should be fun my aim is to always keep it that way. Guests can lean on my knowledge to make well informed decisions they feel confident about and focus on the excitement of what lies ahead.
What would your pet say about you if we asked for a reference?
My 125 lb Great Dane would likely ask you for food before anything. After a treat, Izzy would provide a glowing review.
Describe yourself using only film titles.
Into the Wild
The Pursuit of Happiness
Daddy Daycare
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Don’t ever stop learning.
Describe the most incredible view you’ve ever seen.
This is a tough one, but I’d have to go with the landscape in Namibia. It’s the only time I’ve ever seen something so foreign and beautiful that it seemed as if the terrain would have made more sense being on another planet.
What is your favorite travel memory?
There is nothing more memorable than your first safari experience.
What is your favorite/most recommended travel movie/documentary or book?
Whatever You Do, Don’t Run by Peter Allison
Finally, what is your ultimate dream/bucket list adventure?
Chad is up and coming, I’d like to get on safari there before the crowds. An expedition to some more remote areas of Antarctica would also be near the top of the list