Michael Geraci

Cincinnati, OH

Hawaii Master Destination Specialist

I earned my Certified Travel Counselors (CTC) certificate in 2006 and my Certified Business Travel Consultant (CBTC) in 2012. My undergraduate business degree is from the University of San Diego, and will complete my MBA at Xavier University in the fall of 2019.

Interests: Hawaii, Maui, adventure, beach vacations In my 25 years as a Cincinnati travel agent, I’ve planned all kinds of trips: from simple one-way travel to complex, around-the-world itineraries spanning 6 months. And I’ve arranged travel to every continent except Antarctica; but having been to Hawai’i 50 times, I’d have to say that it’s my specialty. The best things about Hawai’i are the people and the beaches. Hawaiian people are incredibly laid back. There’s never a problem; they are never aggressive. And all the beaches in Hawai’i are public—you can’t buy them. So I just drive along and see a beach that looks particularly attractive; then I stop. The most gorgeous beaches in the world, and they are available to everyone. Maui is my all-time favorite destination; I’ve never found anything comparable. Maui offers the perfect amount of hustle and bustle, with its cities of Kahului, Kihei, and Lahaina, as well as miles of the tropical beaches that I love. The other islands are either more urban or way less developed; so they don’t have the access to convenience and culture that is available on Maui while also offering the tranquility of nearby beaches. My knowledge about all that Hawai’i has to offer allows me to plan very detailed, custom trips for my clients. They have participated in activities like parasailing, hiking on volcanoes, and zip-lining; and they’ve gone on amazing adventures, such as photography eco-tours and hiking treks in exotic tropical forests. But other clients just want to relax on the beach, and I can help with that, too. No matter what your needs or desires, I can develop the perfect Hawai’ian package for you. Whether you want a basic room to simply sleep in or a luxurious private suite overlooking the ocean, I have the resources and the knowledge to make your Hawaiian experience fit your budget while exceeding your expectations.

Over the years, I’ve honed my skills by planning various kinds of itineraries. One of the first trips I ever planned was an around-the-world honeymoon. It was a 12-month journey broken into two-six month parts, with the travelers coming back home for 30 days in between. The trip included destinations in Europe, Asia, Africa, India, the South Pacific islands, Australia, and New Zealand. My clients went to major tourist zones and to places tourists would never know about. Stays varied from two days to a month. It was a major project to arrange the massive number of details involved; but I learned so much about how to tailor a trip to my clients’ desires and about ways to research the perfect activities and accommodations.

My own travel experiences have also informed the way I plan travel for my clients. I have so enjoyed observing and learning about diverse cultures around the world, and I try to give my clients access to experiences that afford them the same kind of wonder and fascination. But I also know what it’s like when things don’t go as planned; you miss a flight or they are doing noisy construction to your hotel. While you’re on your vacation, I can be your advocate and find a way to get you what you need. My expertise in Hawaiian, foreign, and domestic travel enables me to give authoritative recommendations for accommodations and experiences. But If I don’t know the answer or if there is someone else in the office who has more experience with a destination, I defer to their expertise.

Besides my ability to admit when I don’t know something, another quality that clients appreciate about me is my laid back approach. I feel like the influence of the Hawai’ian people has rubbed off on me in that I don’t worry or get flustered when something isn’t going quite right. I keep a cool head so I can give you the best service possible. What I’ve learned from my many travel experiences is that the world does not revolve around my own little sphere. There is truly a whole universe out there to be explored. I can help you explore that universe, providing you with memories that will last a lifetime.

In June 2019 I was presented the Employee of Excellence award given to two outstanding employees from among over 50,000 within our network.  A truly humbling honor!

Recent Travels

Most recently I have been to Qatar.  I have also recently traveled to Spain and Gibraltar as well as Norway, London and Dubai. I have also traveled to South Africa, Paris, Australia, New Zealand, and Hong Kong. In March 2019 I completed my 50th trip to Hawaii as well as attained master specialist status from the Oahu Visitors Bureau.

 

My Travel Albums

Capetown, South Africa
Interior of Mandela's Cell

My Reviews

10 of 18 people found this review helpful
Helped with honeymoon.
Very helpful in helping me figure out a honeymoon trip to Hawaii when I and my now wife had no idea what to do.
By  John  from  Cincinnati, OH
Traveled to  Hawaii ~ USA
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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19 of 36 people found this review helpful
Australia-New Zealand
It has always been great working with Mike. He is very knowledgeable on many places. He puts together a travel package that eliminates most of the guess work associated with traveling to a new location. Mike has actually visited many of the cities and countries himself and provides information on what to expect in these places. His followup on questions that arise prior to the trip is prompt and accurate. He checks and confirms all reservations and we have never experienced a problem during out trips.
Mike has also coordinated travel plans with travel agents in other cities when traveling with friends.
Working with Mike is a real pleasure and we have highly recommend him to our friends and family'

J&J
By  J&J  from  Milford, Ohio
Traveled to  Australia & New Zealand
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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18 of 35 people found this review helpful
Book with Michael and you're in the Best Hands!
I have had the pleasure of working with Michael for the past almost 10 years, on both a personal and corporate travel level. He is always able to find the best deals and is a never ending source for travel tips and recommendations!
By  TCB  from  Denver, CO
Traveled to  Mexico ~ Mexico
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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40th Anniversary Surprise
As an inexperienced traveler, Michael's patience and expertise in planning our trip and explaining things in detail was much appreciated. He was always available for every question we had and guided us through what we might expect along the way. It was wonderful to have everything taken care of and all we had to do was show up and enjoy!
By  RSK  from  CINCINNATI
Traveled to  Antigua & Barbuda ~ Caribbean
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Second Trip Michael Organized for our Family
The very best travel agent we ever worked with. Attention to detail was exceptional and numerous changes in the schedule were handled with rapidity and professionalism. Michael works hard to achieve the best cost results which satisfy your objectives. We will be recommending him to all our business and family associates.
By  Extraordinary Trip to Maui  from  Avon Lake, Ohio
Traveled to  Maui Island ~ Hawaii ~ USA
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Destination Expert:

  • Kauai Island
  • Oahu Island
  • Maui Island
  • Lanai Island
  • Hawaii

Travel Specialist:

  • Groups

Certifications/Awards:

  • CTC
  • Travel Leaders Employee of Excellence

Languages I Speak:

  • English
  • Spanish

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