08 Jun Condé Nast Traveler names Craig Mungary, Owner of Elite Global Journeys, Condé Nast Top Travel Specialist for 2023
FRESNO, California – Fresno-based travel agency owner and luxury travel advisor, Craig Mungary, was named a “Top Travel Specialist for 2023” by Condé Nast Traveler in the April 2023 issue of the prestigious travel publication.
The Condé Nast Traveler annual list of Top Travel Specialists is a highly coveted accolade that recognizes the best luxury travel advisors across the globe. These advisors pull off the impossible and spare you the logistics by providing unparalleled luxury travel experiences
through their extensive knowledge, passion for travel, and dedication to the travel industry. The well-respected annual list recognizes top advisors for their experience, expertise, resourcefulness, and customer care.
“These are the pros who assemble many of the elaborate itineraries that appear in this magazine, and since the dawn of the pandemic, their up-to-the-minute insights on shifting safety protocols have made them even more essential,” the print article stated. “If you don’t rely on them yet, now is the time to start.”
In the publication’s April issue, Condé Nast Traveler gives readers all the reasons to book a trip with a travel specialist. The magazine also shares some of the most special experiences the travel experts have put together—not just to demonstrate the scope of their work, but also to remind travelers of the importance of having an advocate and line of defense when the unexpected occurs on the road.
What do you do that competing specialists can’t/won’t?
My clients appreciate the vast experience and skill I provide in many areas including one of my personal passions: Car-oriented activities for the supercar enthusiast. Luxury and specialty car rentals in Germany, Italy, and Switzerland (including a drive on Gotthard Pass) include visits to racing tracks and private tours at auto manufacturers. A recent Dubai experience included luxury vehicle rentals (Lamborghini and Ferrari), including car delivery and pick-up at client accommodations, a private guided driving tour — clients drive luxury cars, stop for photos, etc. and an F1 driving experience at Yas Marina Circuit.
What is one of your all-time favorite experiences you’ve been able to pull off for guests?
Creating an OVER-THE-TOP journey for clients on their 180-day world cruise is one of my many all-time favorite experiences. Using the world cruise as a starting point, I custom designed exclusive experiences in multiple destinations including a 15-day overland Africa journey with private jet charters, stays at safari lodges in South Africa and Kenya, shark cage diving and helicopter wine tours in Stellenbosch. They loved all of the custom experiences, especially the adventurous 18-day overland journey in Australia and New Zealand including a stay at Lizard Island and a visit to Hobbiton. At their port stops in Japan I customized 5 days of private touring in Hiroshima, Nagasaki & Kyoto that included private tea ceremonies, first class tickets on the bullet train, and stops at all the main attractions – all escorted by knowledgeable local guides. At their stop in Bali, I organized an overnight stay at the St. Regis along with private tours of central Bali and a private Komodo Dragon Tour with a guide and ranger on Komodo Island. In Hawaii the clients were off exploring again with a custom 7-day land itinerary.
Near the end of their world cruise, I arranged for a stay in Cabo San Lucas, including private scuba diving excursions. Not to mention all the private tours organized with our trusted Elite Global Journeys’ suppliers for their day stops all around the world! This journey was a favorite of mine because every week was a new destination and new experience to design and share with my client! It was both challenging and rewarding to create.
Do you think the events of recent years have permanently changed the role of the specialist/agent? Any forever pivots that you’ve made?
Yes, in my experience the role of the advisor is even more crucial than ever. My clients understand the value of having me as their agent and trust they can pick up the phone with any question or request knowing I will do everything in my power to make it happen. Since the travel disruption of COVID to the global community I have evolved to always have a back-up plan in place for clients so that should something happen, I can easily react and respond by redirecting to ensure a smooth experience for my clients. Our Elite Global Journeys Travel App has been a game changer for us and for our travelers before, during and after travel. Our custom travel app allows me to share real-time updates with our clients ensuring a smooth travel experience. Our Elite Global Journeys Travel App puts all their travel information right at their fingertips. The ability to instant message within the app allows efficient communication between my office staff and the traveler 24/7. Prior to departure they can review options and see tour details, and during travel it provides convenient access to contact information and meeting locations. Then, upon their return the itinerary is available for them to continue to reflect upon and share with friends and family.
About Elite Global Journeys
Address: 7468 N Fresno Street, Fresno, CA 93720
Elite Global Journeys is proud to be the only Virtuoso full-service agency in Central California and specializes in luxury travel — including customized land tours, upscale cruises and preferred hotel reservations. Elite Global Journey’s membership in Virtuoso brings a host of rare travel opportunities and exclusive values to our clients. Less than one percent of travel agencies in America are admitted for membership in Virtuoso. For the clients of Elite Global Journeys this translates to complimentary room upgrades, airport transfers, special dining experiences, exclusive shore excursions and custom itineraries, offered by the world’s best providers of upscale travel. Our worldwide contacts and expertise provide our Elite Global Journeys clients with a VIP gateway to the most luxurious destinations in the world.