Our Mission

To design a vacation that never ends for you

Of course, your plane has to land back home at some point. But our ultimate goal is to craft a single travel experience that reverberates throughout your life, long after you unpack your bags.

It becomes the spark of a new passion. It fosters the deepening of an old relationship. It allows you to approach your old life with new eyes—as you bring home attitudes and customs that shift your understanding of what it means to live well.

Hi, I'm Katie DeShano

I’m a mom to four, lover of all things Europe, and a travel planner who’s all about perfecting the details. 

My Story

For all my enneagram obsessives out there, I’m a mix between a 7 & 8. That means I crave spontaneity … but I also like to be in control. Yes, I know that sounds like a total contradiction—but combining my two “split personalities” has given me my best travel experiences!

I’ve found that having a plan actually expands your possibilities. And maybe it’s the mom in me, but having a plan allows me to relax into my vacation—rather than having my brain whirring at every moment trying to get ahead of what we’re going to do next.

Case in point: I planned a whirlwind cycling trip around Lake Constance, which took my family through Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Instead of just hitting the big (and way-too-crowded) tourist spots, we cycled through tiny lakeside towns and lesser-known cities where we got a real feel for an authentic way of life. Doing the research and mapping out a plan ahead of time gave my family the freedom to steer away from the beaten path—and what a rich reward we found.

Plan for freedom

I call this “structured freedom”—and it’s exactly the approach I take to planning my clients’ travels. Because winging your vacation is just a recipe for missing out on the really special experiences that require a little digging.

So let me “dig” for you. My job as your expert travel advisor is to craft a detailed vacation plan that’s tailored to what interests you most, that works for your family, and that sets a pace that’s exhilarating without being exhausting.

My team and I work directly with our vetted travel partners to bring it all to life (before founding TFT, I worked in contract negotiations for 15+ years—so you can also trust that I’m eking out all the value I can in these partner relationships).

If you’re ready for more freedom, and less overwhelm, on your next escape, I invite you to trust it all to Thirsty for Travel Designs.    


favorite travel adventures


Augsburg, Germany

Where I studied abroad in college, and where I first fell in love with travel!



St. Lucia (Windward Islands)


This stunning island was the perfect romantic backdrop for our honeymoon! 

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California Wine Country

Great wine + great friends = perfection!

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Cruising Down the Danube

On my first-ever river cruise getting to explore the lesser known towns and regions!

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Vancouver, B.C.

From ziplining through the Whistler Mountains to whale watching out on the Pacific, this region makes my adventure-seeking heart happy!

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We make the plan.
You take the trip.

However—and wherever—you want to travel, we have a one-on-one planning service that’ll make it happen with ease. Discover our different planning packages to find the vacation creation approach that’s a perfect fit for you: 

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