Ryan & Deena visiting the famed Chichen Itza 

Ryan & Deena visiting the famed Chichen Itza 

Deena Gainor, CTA - Owner & Travel Consultant

Ryan Gainor - Sales & Marketing

We would like to thank you for visiting our website. My name is Deena Gainor and I am the owner and founder of Global Getaways.  My husband's name is Ryan.  We have been married for 20 years and are parents to four amazing children, two girls and two boys. 

I was born on a small island off the coast of Kenya, East Africa, while Ryan was born and brought up mostly in Central Pennsylvania. While college and graduate school brought me to Central PA, Ryan was attending college at Harvard University.  Our paths finally crossed on New Year's Eve at a Christian Retreat Center.  That was the start of the best friendship I ever had.  We got married exactly two years later on New Year's Eve, so Ryan never forgets our anniversary!

We spent the first few weeks of our marriage honeymooning in Tahiti and then relocated to the West Coast for six wonderful years.  After having our children, however, family strongly encouraged us to move back "home."  Now we  are currently enjoying living in Chicago.  In June, 2014 we embarked on a Round the World" Journey for 14 months, returning in August, 2015.  To read more about our adventures, feel free to visit Six Hearts One Journey.

Our Specialties:

Our love of travel has taken us to many beautiful and exotic locations including the following: Australia, New Zealand, French Polynesia, Hawaii, Caribbean, Mexico, India, Africa, Costa Rica, Thailand, Myanmar, Africa, and Europe as well as most of the United States and Canada.  We have gotten to experience the thrill of feeding sharks and swimming with dolphins and sting rays in the crystal clear waters of Tahiti, the Great Barrier Reef, and Grand Cayman.  We've experienced the delight of staying in over water bungalows in Bora Bora and Moorea, and celebrating special family occasions in beautiful villas in Jamaica and South Africa.  We've cruised through the Bahamas, the Caribbean, and even done a transatlantic crossing following the path of the Titantic on a floating resorts.  One memorable moment in Hawaii was witnessing a rare volcanic eruption on the Big Island.  Some of our favorite family moments have been on safari in an open jeep in the middle of the Mara, watching lion cubs dance, play, and prey on each other.  We love making lifelong friends with people we meet along the way and hope to continue creating a host of other amazing adventures. We are happy to share these experiences with our friends, families, and clients. 

Deena experiencing a rare volcanic eruption - Hawaii

Deena experiencing a rare volcanic eruption - Hawaii

Global Getaways is IATAN Accredited.  In addition to our experiences and accreditation, Deena Gainor has also achieved the status of Certified Travel Associate (CTA). 

Travel is one of our great passions.  As such, Global Getaways is dedicated to making travel fun and rewarding for all of our clients. Our specialty is finding destinations that take your breath away. We have sought out the unique, the extraordinary, and the dream destinations both at home and abroad. Our favorite destinations are exclusive and amazing…some of the most beautiful places in the world. We can help you escape to an intimate romantic getaway, an adventurous African Safari, or an exotic Tahitian Honeymoon in an Over-Water Bungalow.

We realize that great travel is not about booking airline tickets and making hotel reservations, but rather about creating cherished, unforgettable lifetime memories. We recognize that your vacation is valuable to you – let us help you make it memorable as well.  Call us at 630.730.2426.  You can also email globalgetaways@att.net.  For more about how we work, please see How We Work  or Contact Us today.