I work, so I can travel.
I caught the travel bug when I planned my very first backpacking trip to nine countries in Western Europe at 15 years old. I have since travelled to more than 50 countries, covering all seven continents. My final frontier is outer space.
Some of my most memorable travel experiences include standing in front of millions of penguins in South Georgia, kayaking in Antarctica, horseback riding in El Calafate in Argentina, gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda, climbing Africa’s highest mountain Kilimanjaro, getting up close and personal with polar bears in Arctic Canada and every sunny day in Iceland.
One of my most shared travel tales was sitting in a car with a giant baboon munching on our potato chips in the driver’s seat at Cape Point Nature Reserve.
Ask me about the best cocktails in Hong Kong, climbing Kili, trekking with gorillas and luxury lodge bathrooms.
Everything was wonderfully planned and executed. The only hiccup was the yacht in Phuket but Joyce quickly found us an alternative.
Our Iceland trip was amazing! Another piece of travel design art! As a result, Iceland got a sweet spot in our hearts. We will go back there for sure, may be even not once. So, more work for Jacada! Thank you, Joyce!
Experience like no other! Everything was planned perfectly and incredibly personal and exclusive. From airport transfer drivers to tour guides it was impecable. Can't wait to take another trip with Jacada. Thank you! Taras and Laura
Our trip to South Africa in October was absolutely amazing. It was not just a trip, it was a piece of art of our emotions and memories created or , may be better to say, " designed" by Joyce. Everything was beyond and above our expectations! Thank you, Jacada! We are looking forward to our new experience with you - Christmas and New Year in Iceland!
the tour was arranged very well, a good mix of activities and tours and the local guides are in general very knowledgeable and entertaining
My partner and I were utterly delighted with the fantastic trip around Malaysia that Jacada put together for us. The planning was above and beyond, all our guides and drivers were wonderful, the hotels were blissful and the schedule was evenly paced with a perfect balance of activities and relaxation. The attention to detail was noticeable, right down to the coffee birthday cake I received on my big day (along with a rendition of Happy Birthday from the fantastic staff at Cameron Highlands Resort). I would have no hesitation in recommending Jacada's services. I just wish I didn't have to do any of that boring work stuff in between trips...
Great experience, with each aspect of the trip carefully and thoughtfully composed. Favorite of all the cities was definitely Udaipur.
Great service. Absolutely no need to plan and worry-free to travel to exotic places. It is all sorted out and the local guide is excellent. From pick-up to departure, we feel well looked after! Thanks.
Joyce did an excellent job of arranging all the logistics for our 3.5 week holiday to Vietnam and Cambodia, to such an extent that after day one, I didn't worry about where I was going or how I was going to get there as I knew we were going to be well looked after. Our holiday was a mixture of both cultural and military history experiences, and Joyce was able to satisfy both requirements, even engaging guides who were well versed in the more subtle aspects of military history. Joyce identified some fun and different experiences for us to do, so we obtained a good cross section of the culture and the people. We stayed in very good quality hotels both of a more boutique nature as well as those of a more main stream nature - having gone with Jacada once and understanding how they select and test out the hotels their guests are to stay in - I would probably use more boutique hotels next time. Joyce also provided some excellent suggestions for evening meals and made our reservations before we left so that we didn't even have to think about at the end of a very busy day - "where are we going to eat". Even when a two night side trip had to be cancelled because of bad weather conditions (fog) that was set in, the Jacada team with our guide came up with a new arrangement for a different location within a few hours - seamlessly and very well executed. I have no hesitation in recommending Joyce and the Jacada Travel team - my husband and I had a really wonderful holiday.
This review is for our latest trip booked through [email protected] to Namibia. Jacada Travel has been there behind us from the start of our very first honeymoon/safari in Tanzania, and has grown along the way as we developed an interest in wildlife photography. They have learnt our new preferences along the way, and has planned and delivered a travel experience that STILL manages to impress and amaze us. We have tried another safari company in between, but in our experience it has only made too clear the competency and thoughtfulness of Jacada Travel is far above the rest. For example, on long car transfers, they always make sure they have little snacks and drinks in the vehicle prepared for us - it's a very minor detail that we took for granted. They also book us the best rooms/tents possible - we were so grateful for the awesome waterhole view at one of the camps we stayed at that wasn't visible from all the tents - Jacada really took the time and effort to look into the details (including campsite layouts) to get us the best. Their planning is meticulous and full of little personalized surprises that really make you smile - thank you Joyce for the surprise baked cookie + ice cream!!! Above all, we feel SAFE planning with Jacada - safe that our experience will be smooth from beginning to end, safe that any problems will be looked into promptly, safe that we're getting the best rooms and service from the lodges, safe that we're getting the most compatible guides for our interests... it's why we come back again and again to Jacada Travel.
Joyce at Jacada travel was exceptional. She was professional, organised, paid great attention to detail, and gave everything a personal touch. We really felt looked after on our trip and were able to completely relax because everything was taken care of. I highly highly recommend this company, and we will certainly travel with them again.
Everything, including small details, was excellent. We especially remember the attention in the service and the dedication of teams to always make us satisfied.
I am glad to choose Jacada Travel to set up my first Safari trip，a most enjoyable stay filled with unforgettable memories.
Jacada was very helpful in planning and taking care of our first trip to Iceland. We didn't know what to expect from this country so it was great that they were very informative from the beginning. They even made sure we felt at home by having our local snacks at the hotel when we arrived. Our accommodations and our guides at Iceland were also excellent. Definitely would use Jacada again in the future!
I would give Jacada Travel the BEST of the BEST that I could! I and my wife took a 2 months around the world trip with Jacada travel in February - April 2015. We spent one month in South America and Antarctica and the rest in Europe. S.America Chile - Torres Del Paine. Ecuardor - Quito - The Galapagos. Peru - Lima - Cusco - Machu Picchu. and And Antarctica! Then we go to Switzerland. Iceland Chasing the Northern Light with our private plane!!! And continue to Norway before arrive home in Bangkok! Everything was ince perfect and you could not feel the JACADISM feelings anywhere else!!!! That is what so special about JACADA! You feel safe and at the same time you feel so privileged. And our travel designer Jobi, and Joyce, there are so thoughtful and always think ahead for what we need and what would make it more special for us!!! I declared to be their life long clients! We love Jacada! And if you want a life time experience give them a call!!
Our private tour of Vietnam arranged by our travel agent Joyce Choi at Jacada Travel was excellent. We did a 3-day 2-night cruise at Halong Bay, followed by a 3-day private tour of Hanoi. Joyce helped us arrange a private cooking class with a local chef at his home. He brought us to the local market and demonstrated the cooking of several popular local dishes. Everything was pre-arranged for us before we arrived the cruise and the hotels. Both before and after the trip, there was close communication between the agent and us to make sure everything went smoothly. I would definitely recommend Jacada Travel to my family and friends.
Jacada has been so easy to work with, we felt they arranged a very personalised 11 night trip. We are first time Safari tourists and are not accustomed to outdoor environments for long periods of time. Pretrip: [email protected] quickly assessed the type of accommodation we should be best paired with within our budget, and the order we should visit the camps, to give us the smoothest entry into the Safari life. I am now so grateful the bulk of the trip was not the bucket shower type of camp (I previously thought "no problem"!). -She personally visited these camps so if I had a particular question about the camp she could answer me almost immediately based on her experience. She also had a lot of little traveller tips for us to ask for/try at the camps to make the most of our stay. During the trip: -Jacada arranged for someone to meet us inside the airport and take us through the customs. -Joyce left us greeting notes at every camp, it was a very thoughtful touch. Also thank you Jacada for the little gift bag at the beginning of the trip, the fleece scarf was so handy, my husband used it every day on game drive as he underestimated how cold it would be and didn't pack one. Somehow you thought one step ahead and guessed we might need it but forgot it?! -Joyce especially arranged alot of "extras", we felt like special guests at all the lodges. e.g. private game drives at private concessions/camps that run shared game drives, upgraded rooms, we were always allocated the rooms with the best views, honeymoon dinners - there was another couple on honeymoon at the Crater Lodge, but their dinner table was not fancily decorated and by the fireplace like ours. - Zero logistic problems despite a hectic schedule - Assigning the very best guides who were funny, charming, and very experienced. We caught some spectacular moments, and we shared some very funny stories that will remain in our hearts forever. Post trip: -A very welcome back email, and a followup lunch to ensure the trip was what we expected!! It WAS, and so much more. Thank you to Joyce and the Jacada team for the professional and personalised adventure.
Going into our first safari to South Africa, my husband and I were a little intimidated. Throughout the planning phases, Jacada was very accommodating and made us feel at ease. Once we arrived to South Africa, everything was an absolute delight. From the transportation to the accommodation, everything went according to plan and flowed so smoothly. Traveling with Jacada gave us peace of mind throughout our entire trip and we were definitely pleasantly surprised. I would like to use them again in the future and will highly recommend it to others.
We have great trip to South Africa, all aspects of our travel were carefully thought out by Jacada. Information sent prior to the trip was very useful and the staff in South Africa were knowledgeable and friendly.
The Travel Designer, Joyce Choi, is really knowledgeable, helpful and patiently answered all my questions for my first ever climbing trip. The best Travel Designer that I ever dealt with. On the ground, the arrangement was perfect. The local trekking company that Jacada chose is also one of the best. Their crews are professional, knowledgeable and friendly. We spent 8 days in the mountain and it went so fast because we had so much fun with the crews. Definitely one of the best trip in my life.