Escaping the Everyday

Hi. I'm Cassandra!

I'm a Brooklyn-based writer, tour leader, travel planner, and solo adventurer extraordinaire. When I'm not climbing volcanoes, jumping off waterfalls, zip lining through the jungle, biking the Andes, or scuba diving in the Red Sea, you can find me salsa dancing and cycling through New York City.

As enjoyable and fulfilling as bespoke travel can be, travel planning can also be time-consuming and exhausting. Whether it's staying in all-inclusive beach resorts or hostel hoping and camping in the forest, I craft personalized trips customized to each person or group's interests, goals, budget, and travel schedule. 

I specialize in group travel and itinerary planning services for curious and active travelers interested in authentic, off-the-beaten-track experiences.

You can also find me on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube!

EscapingNY helped me plan my own solo trip to Cuba, providing great tips for staying within my budget, and narrowing down the worthwhile places to visit based on my interests. As a result, I felt a lot more confident traveling alone and had a successful trip because of it. I recommend EscapingNY to anyone needing a trustworthy guide outside of a travel book.
— Marissa Stern, Detroit, MI
We had an amazing time in Egypt. It’s not often that you look forward to a trip so much and it actually lives up to it’s expectations like this did. It was the trip of a lifetime.
— Josh S., New York City

Sample travel services offered

Plan Your Own Trip - Mexico

Want to plan your own trip to Mexico but not sure where to go? Let me know your interests (Mayan ruins, art galleries, beaches, and whale watching) and I'll recommend certain cities, routes, and activities and give you the information you need to build your own dream vacation.

Planned Yet Flexible Trip - Egypt

Do you want to keep your options open but need help finalizing the itinerary and securing guides? I can help you plan your trip (pyramids, Nubian village, scuba diving in the Red Sea, etc. ), reserve trusted on-the-ground guides and hard-to-secure reservations (Nile River cruise and a hot air balloon ride over the Valley of the Kings!) and leave the rest to you so you can stay flexible on the ground.

Every Detail Covered Trip - Cuba

Heading to paradise and want someone else to handle all the details? Based on your interests (scuba diving, rock climbing, cycling, live music) and travel style, I will craft a personalized itinerary, arrange transportation, lodging, guides, and activities. I can also set you up with a "Friend for a Day", a friendly local who will accompany you to the hottest clubs, art galleries, and cultural events.

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