Kay Merrill, CTA
My passion for seeing the world began when I attended a college program abroad. I lived in a 13th century convent in Fiesole, Italy . With the opportunity to travel all over Europe, I enjoyed adventurous trips by ferry, yacht and train. That was the start of a lifetime of wanderlust. I have always experienced the excitement and joy of direct, personal contact with other people, other lands and other cultures.
Once I married and had a family, I found new ways of doing what I love. In 1994 I created Are We There Yet? Family Travel. My years of experience, not only traveling with my own family but also planning trips for other families provided a strong foundation of knowledge and skill. Family travel can be so much more satisfying than simply reciting a list of where you went and what you saw. Ideally families will return enriched by their travel and by the memories they created as a family.
Are We There Yet ? has continued to grow. I have realized that many of my clients are interested in travel without their children. Some clients have become empty nesters. It’s Our Time was established to customize trips for couples yearning for a romantic getaway or an adventurous trip.
- CondeNast Top Specialists 2004 to 2016
- Travel & Leisure A-List 2004 to 2012
- Recipient of the 2011 Virtuoso Award Most Admired Advisor USA and Canada
Amy Ongaro, Travel Coordinator
My love for travel began at age 14, while spending a summer in the Netherlands. Even at a young age, I realized the beauty of other cultures and the education that comes with travel, and continued to explore the world as often as possible. Along with raising a family, I worked as an ICU nurse where I honed my skills in critical thinking, performing under pressure, and concise communication. Following my passion for both travel and helping others, I happily joined Kay’s Are We There Yet? Adventures team. My skills easily translate to travel advising and putting the puzzle pieces together for all aspects of client travel.
I believe that one of life’s greatest blessings is to travel with those you love and helping a client with a bucket list trip is very exciting! I begin by actively listening to what the client hopes to experience, creatively thinking about the possibilities, then use my expertise and connections to craft a custom itinerary tailored specifically to that client. I treat every trip I plan as if it were my own, and, as a result, clients trust me as their personal shopper for all things travel. From a week in Paris to an island getaway, clients always return with memories that will be treasured for a lifetime.
Tashi, Dog Extraordinare
Tashi joined the team in August, 2013. As our in-house map reader, he ensures that you reach your destination in the most efficient and timely manner. He is an invaluable consultant on pet friendly destinations and hotels. His current favorite is the Paws Up in Montana!