How I Can Help You
There are the four main areas where I can help.
What is Virtuoso?
Virtuoso is a global network of agencies that specializes in luxury and experiential travel and partners with over 1,800 of the best hotels, cruise lines, tour operators, and more worldwide. It is how I have been booking my own travel for years. If you like hotels, you should be searching my Virtuoso site to get an idea of the available perks at no extra cost to you.
Is there a fee to use Virtuoso?
No. In fact, if you will likely save money by using it due value-added amenities that can include complimentary breakfast for two, resort credits, spa credits, room upgrades, and more.
Are you a travel agent?
Technically, yes. However, I only work with hotels and do not plan itineraries from start to finish. If you are looking for the latter, I can definitely connect you with someone. If you are the type of traveler who handles your own airfare, tours, and itinerary but needs five-star hotel advice, we’re a fit.
Can I pay a fee to speak with you by phone about my vacation?
At the moment, I am not set up for this, but I am flattered that people ask! The odds are that what I would tell you lives on this site for free anyway. You can email me at any time though as I do my best to respond personally.
What is aRes Travel?
They are a San Diego based (which is important to me) authorized ticket seller for major theme parks across the country. Through them, I sell millions of dollars worth of tickets per year, saving readers lots and lots of money without headaches. Yes, they are very legitimate otherwise I wouldn’t work with them — there are other options out there.
Do you accept sponsored content?
Yes, but in very limited quantities and, truthfully, not recently. There is some sponsored content on this site but it is only from brands that are a good fit.
Do you accept guest posts?
No. Please do not email me with guests post or link insertion requests.
Can I advertise on your site?
Yes. If you would like to run an ad on La Jolla Mom, it’s very easy to do so here. The ads on this site pay for the team of people and resources I need to keep it up and running — and, most importantly, they help keep this content FREE.
How do you choose the brands that you recommend?
It’s very simple. I have to trust and like the product or service. Some links to these products or services are affiliate links which means that if you make a purchase, I might be compensated. This doesn’t drive recommendations — life is too short to endure the hassles associated with mentioning inferior products.
Do you accept complimentary travel?
Many blogs are fueled by free or paid trips. This is not one of them. The vast majority of the hotel reviews and content on this site are from personal trips. I have in the past accepted complimentary travel but I learned that I don’t like the constraints and am more comfortable sharing what I want when I want. I like to put my money where my mouth is.
Which hotel did you live in?
We are very lucky to have called Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong home for four years. We return often and I firmly believe it’s one of the best luxury hotels in the world (people that I send there also agree). This is why we primarily stay in Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.
Top photo credit: Natalie in San Diego for Flytographer.