About Ralph

How I work

My process is quite different from a traditional retail travel agent. Travel is personal. I operate a business model with an Annual Travel Subscription customized with my client’s specific travel needs in mind.  I believe “one size fits one”. In the unpredictable world we live, I like to deliver a very high-end concierge service from start to finish, this is not a click, book and bye transactional model. My business model allows for dedicated time to investing in the right experiences just for you. The comprehensive service includes organizing then executing your travel bucket list as well as offering guardian angel behind the scenes 24/7 emergency service while traveling. Average subscription plan starts with 20 hours from $250 per hour, ask for details.

 

New to the Agency?

I welcome the opportunity to work with new clients who seek my knowledge and expertise in active and adventure travel. I will send you a “let’s get acquainted” survey. Once I have this information returned to me, we will review and determine if my portfolio of exclusive suppliers, experiences and planning style is the right fit. We are partners in this process, working shoulder to shoulder planning an incredible first trip. If we both are happy, then we can explore the annual subscription.

 

Group departures

I organize special group departures on occasion, group attendee’s will not be required to have a subscription for their specific group departure.

 

Seeking clients who are active and adventurous.

 

My expertise is with Luxury resorts, safaris, and traditional luxury small ships.

 

Accolades and affiliations

Conde Nast Traveler, top travel specialist 2020, 2021

Travel & Leisure A-list 2003, 2004

Virtuoso Cruise Icon, top producer with Silversea

Advisory Board Butterfield & Robinson

Virtuoso Member, independent consultant with Travel Experts

Travel Institute CTA – Certified Travel Associate, LS- Lifestyle Specialist, DS- Destination Specialist

 

Read my professional bio here.

A Seasoned Travel Advisor You Can Always Count On

,I am Ralph Iantosca, I cater to the serious traveler, not the tourist. My 3 favorite ingredients when designing a trip are to be sure the trip is Authentic, Innovative and most of all Memorable.

I entered the travel industry in 1990 and have never found anything else more exciting. My career started with the International Travel academy in Vancouver, then with Horizon Air. From 1993-1998 worked for AAA Travel, 1998-2005 American Express Travel. I went independent in 2006. I have credentials from the Travel Institute; CTA (Certified Travel Associate; LS- Lifestyle Specialist; DS- Destination Specialist. Accolades I’ve won over the years, 2003, 2004 A-list by Travel and Leisure magazine for top agents in the Nation, D-Magazine top honeymoon specialist 2005. Virtuoso Member 2010 until today. Conde Nast Traveler Top travel specialist (Rwanda, Gorilla Trekking) for 2020 & 2021. Iantosca Travel is a proud affiliate with Travel Experts, one of the largest agencies in the prestigious invitation only Virtuoso Network.

World Traveler: I’ve been around the globe many times, multiple expeditions to Antarctica, African Safari Specialist for over twenty years, Gorilla Trekking Specialist (I have been many times) Galapagos specialist, and expedition specialist. Adventure lodges, trekking, Heli hiking and more.  I am a certified Virtuoso Wanderlist advisor.  (Management of your bucket list). Not only do I specialize in Active and Adventure travel, I also have knowledge in private jet expeditions, bespoke private guided itineraries worldwide and love to take my clients behind the scenes with insider access others would only dream of. I love to custom tailor itineraries, use a private airplane from place to place if the scenic drive is too long or not worth it.  My portfolio consists of very luxurious Villas, Homes, small boutique hotels, large hotel suites, incredible destinations that are very difficult to get to. I have flown FIRST class and Business class on all the luxury-focused airlines; Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Qatar etc. I understand and set up private planeside meet and greet to skip lines with custom formalities, saving time and aggravation both arriving and departing internationally. I love train travel and have been on the Venice Simplon Orient Express, Royal Scotsman, Hiram Bingham and work very close with the luxury trains around the globe. I believe that traveling is a luxury, not a commodity. Travel is about new experiences, cultures, foods, scenery and so many more things. Travel is to be cherished and enjoyed with those you love. I believe travel is the only thing that will make you richer.  In over 30 years, I have never forgotten I work for my clients. My clients' needs come first.