Stacie Cordell has had a passion for traveling and other cultures for as long as she can remember. As a child, her family often went on snow skiing trips in the winter and beach trips in the summer, planting the travel seed at a very young age! There was always a trip to look forward to!
One of Stacie’s earliest memories is meeting a family friend from El Salvador who taught her words in Spanish – a completely new and incredible concept for a 5 year old! She believes that encounter is the first realization of her love for other cultures. Over the years, the joy of travel and the passion for other cultures grew and by her early 20s, she was living in Mexico and traveling throughout the world.
Stacie is fluent in Spanish, having lived and traveled extensively in Latin America. Mexico, Panama, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador… they all have beautiful geography and people. During those many years, she had the privilege of planning and organizing international travel for different occasions and various groups. She also has been fortunate to travel personally to many beach resorts throughout Mexico and knows what to look for when it comes to beach vacations!
As a former Spanish instructor at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Stacie encouraged students to travel abroad during their college careers, and insisted that traveling should be ongoing throughout a lifetime. She says, “Traveling to a foreign country is one of the most eye-opening opportunities. It is unmatched as a resource to expand worldviews, understand cultures (including one’s own culture), and developing a well rounded perspective that helps foster compassion and insight into people and customs that are different from our own.”
Having spent much of her adult life planning events and traveling (personally and professionally), it is no surprise that her travel expertise shines in group trips, whether it’s a wedding, anniversary, a girls’ getaway, or anything in between! She also specializes in beach vacations, particularly to Mexico and Latin America, but has traveled or planned group travel in South America, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Europe, as well.
Originally from Arkansas, but a gypsy at heart, Stacie currently resides in Texas.
Stacie’s Top 3 Attractions:
- The Beach – relaxation & adventure
- Europe, Middle East – history, seeing new sights, culture
- Mexico, Central America – adventure, history, beauty, culture
Stacie’s Top 3 Travel Tips:
- Don’t drink the water – the locals don’t even drink the water!
- Take a picture of your passport to have on your phone and also make a copy of it to stash in a different place away from your phone and passport.
- Expect the unexpected and roll with it! Some of the most precious moments come from the most least likely places when you’re open to they way life unfolds in a foreign country.
- Bonus Tip: Utilize the services of a travel agent! (Me!)