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Hawaii 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 am currently working on my MBA at Xavier University. 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 49 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.

Recent Travels

Most recently I have been to Spain and Gibraltar. Last year I went to Norway, London and Dubai. I have also traveled to South Africa, Paris, Australia, New Zealand, and Hong Kong. I have been to Hawaii 49 times in the past 35 years.

My Travel Albums

Capetown, South Africa
Interior of Mandela's Cell

My Reviews

15 of 28 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'

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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6 of 11 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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14 of 28 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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14 of 32 people found this review helpful
Trip of a lifetime - Michael knows his stuff!
Michael is an excellent travel agent! I was overwhelmed by all of the details of planning a big trip like this and just kept putting it off...there are a million resorts/hotels/activities to choose from and when we're flying half way across the world, I wanted it to be just right. I finally reached out to Michael and he made it a seamless experience! We had a great 10 days in Maui, thanks to Michael and his knowledge and experience. He secured hard to get reservations, our resort was nothing short of perfect for us, and gave us lots of great tips on the best places to get snorkel equipment, sunscreen, restaurants, etc... We didn't have to spend several days figuring it all out, he did that for us. If you're looking to go to Hawaii - he's the best! He really knows his stuff!
By  Lauren  from  Cincinnati, OH
Traveled to  Maui Island ~ Hawaii ~ USA
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Michael Geraci responded:
Many thanks for your kind review. I'm very happy you had a wonderful time

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11 of 29 people found this review helpful
Great trips throughout the world
Michael has planned 3 epic trips for me and all were wonderful.
Egypt, Asia and Disneyland. All were wonderful events with fantastic pricing and great itineraries.
By  Dick M  from  Cincinnati, OH
Traveled to  Egypt ~ Africa
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Destination Expert:

  • Kauai Island
  • Molokai Island
  • Maui Island
  • Lanai Island
  • Hawaii

Travel Specialist:

  • Groups


  • CTC

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  • English
  • Spanish

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