I’m a guide who leads private jet trips that can cost up to $130,000

  • Susan Cegavske is Expedition Manager for luxury travel agency TCS World Travel.
  • She guides private jet tours that start at $69,950 per person for nine nights.
  • This is what her work looks like, as writer Molly O’Brien put it.

I have been working on TCS World Travel Jet Expeditions for 15 years now and have loved every minute of it. As a Travel Expedition Guide, it helps to be extremely curious about the world and willing to be fully “at the service” of our travelers.

Prior to this job, I lived for 20 years in San Francisco and worked in the insurance industry selling employee benefit programs. But I knew I wanted to do something that involved traveling, so I ended up quitting my insurance job, selling my house, and using the proceeds to roam for about six years.

I’ve done everything from working in bush lodges in Alaska, to earning my yoga teaching degree at an ashram in India, to trekking in Nepal and traveling all over Mongolia, to by studying art in Florence and road tripping through Australia.

In 2007, after six years of exploration, I was ready to return to the world of work and decided to turn to the tourism industry

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Cegavske says an ad she saw for a TCS expedition prompted her to ask the company for a job.

Susan Cegavske

I saw an ad for TCS World Travel’s Around the World Private Jet Expedition and thought, “Wow, focusing on endangered languages ​​and cultures is definitely my thing. .

So I gave them a cold call and got hired as an assistant expedition leader. After five years, I was one of five TCS Expedition Leaders in 2012. As Expedition Leader, it is my responsibility to ensure that all of our customers have the time of their lives when they travel with us.

At TCS, we take our clients to remote places around the world on private jets

Susan Cegavske TCS travels the world

Cegavske can be responsible for up to 78 travelers on large group expeditions.

Susan Cegavske

Our group jet expeditions circumnavigate the globe or explore a continent aboard a custom private plane with 48-52 first class flat seats.

Customers visit eight to 12 destinations in a single trip without interruptions and save time by flying directly between stops. It’s an efficient and luxurious way to see many amazing places in one trip. We also specialize in curating unique experiences at each destination, including special events and private access that guests couldn’t create on their own.

We offer two types of trips: Group Jet Expeditions and Private Jet Expeditions

Group Expeditions have established itineraries led by TCS travel experts that explore diverse destinations with like-minded travelers aboard private jets. These trips are customizable based on what you do at the destination, but the destinations are fixed.

We also offer fully customizable private trips. We create personalized trips for you and your family or friends wherever you want to go using private or commercial flights.

Our trips start at $69,950 per person for an eight-person, nine-day group expedition to US National Parks and range up to $130,000 per person for a 24-night, 52-day group jet expedition. people traveling around the world. .

For larger jet trips, the price varies depending on whether it is a five-stop or eight-stop route. These start at around $85,000 per person and go up from there. One of my favorite routes is called “Less Traveled World”. It’s a trip to Ghana, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Brazil that’s made for people who think they’ve “been everywhere”. I also love our “Around the World” trip which covers 28,000 miles around the world.

At the end of the day, I think these multi-country trips are the best of what we offer.

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Cegavske says one of his favorite TCS routes includes stops in Ghana, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Brazil.

Susan Cegavske

It’s exciting to go from country to country and see the world change around you.

The expedition team on these trips consists of the expedition leader, assistant expedition leaders, a doctor and an “attendant” who travels ahead of the jet to ensure all details are perfect for the arrival of our guests.

As a trip leader, I am responsible for overseeing everything, down to the smallest requests, and making sure that we keep our promises. It takes a village because our trips are so intricately planned.

Still, you can’t drive 28,000 miles and visit eight different countries without something going wrong sometimes, at least slightly.

The most difficult situations I have had to deal with relate to the health of our customers, from strokes to people having accidents or falling ill on the road.

Other times, something happens like the government decides to take away our landing privileges out of this country. Even if all our plans fail, we do whatever it takes to find a solution.

I used to be really stressed when the trips started. Knowing that I was responsible for 50 to 78 travelers, I worried about what would happen if something went wrong. But when I realized something was most likely going to go wrong, I was able to relax into my role. Also, if everything went perfectly as planned, we wouldn’t need an expedition leader.

Considering the intensity and duration of the trips, my love of travel and pure adrenaline is what keeps me happily going.

Susan Cegavske TCS travels the world

When things go wrong while traveling, Cegavske says she’s learned to stay calm to resolve issues more effectively.

Susan Cegavske

We had an experience where we were preparing to land in Agra, India, and the captain came in and said a bird had hit and cracked the windshield of the plane. We had to land in Jaipur instead and were worried that we would have to skip the Taj Mahal visit which is mostly what we were advertising for this trip.

But instead of accepting defeat, we ended up chartering small private jets to get to the Taj Mahal during the day. While the original jet was waiting on a special windscreen dispatched from the UK which had to pass through Indian customs, we hired another jet to pick us up in Jaipur and take us to Jordan to continue the route of the travel.

My favorite thing about my job is when we’re at the end of the trip and the guests are so grateful for the life-changing experience. We bring our guests as close to a country’s culture as possible, and they leave the expeditions saying they’ve learned a lot and expanded their mindset. I like to see people moved by their experiences. Travel really makes the world a better place.

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