Guide Me Away’s Travel Experts
Guide Me Away is a private travel agency that centers the wants and needs of our clients. We are proud to be growing a diverse team with a wide breadth of lived experience. Our connections within the travel industry allows us to connect you with the best service for the best price.
Meet Our Team
Welcome to Guide Me Away! I’m Lia Hershkovitz and the founder of Guide Me Away, a company focused on helping people explore the world. Originally from Israel (feel free to contact us in Hebrew!), living in Vancouver, Canada for the past 12 years.
Like many of you, I have an enormous passion for travel. It is something that I truly believe opens doors, expands the mind, and brings meaning to life unlike anything else. Because of this, I chose to dedicate much of my life to traveling and learning more about our incredible planet.
Throughout my life, I’ve explored countless countries across Asia, The Americas, Europe, Africa, and The Middle East, discovering some life-changing places and people along the way. Over the last 12 years, I also helped travelers experience the joy of travel through Guide Me Away.
My philosophy is that travel should be a personal, unique, and eye-opening adventure. In addition, opening doors to other cultures and diverse ways of life. As a member of the gay community, I understand first-hand the importance of being open and accepting of others, and how it can benefit you, as well as those around you. In addition, I always make sure that our tours are tailored to you, and our travelers get to see a real representation of the places they visit – something easily be missed on more mainstream vacations.
Through my passion for travel, I have built strong relationships with some world-class suppliers and gained the industry certificates* to help me build your perfect trip, every time.
In the end, my goal is simply to make people happy, so that’s what Guide Me Away is all about. Above all, I and the team look forward to helping you enjoy the experience of a lifetime.
TRAVEL AGENT/DISABILITY TRAVEL SPECIALIST
My name is Aaron Busch, I am a licensed Travel Agent through Guide Me Away with a supplemental specialty in accessible travel for individuals with mobility challenges.
Prior to becoming a Travel Agent, I booked my trips through reputable Travel Agencies in British Columbia. While the bulk of these Travel Agents claimed to be proficient in booking these itineraries, the repercussions from not making adequate inquiries resulted in (1) partial or irreparable damage to my wheelchair on multiple occasions or (2) the awkward disembarkation from the plane because they could not load the wheelchair into cargo. This primarily happens when the mobility device is too large to be enplaned and is a direct result of the booking party’s inadequate communication with the client and the Airline.
As time progressed, I became more self-sufficient in the travel planning process. I began to transition from booking through third parties upon recognizing that certain Travel Agents would book the itinerary but neglected to collect or relay any relevant information that might disrupt my travel plans. Concurrently, the Airline would be waiting on specific information relative to the specifications of my wheelchair (at the responsibility of such Travel Agents) which I had to rectify. This is a prerequisite in the stipulations of booking a traveler with a disability and the result of such carelessness can be catastrophic.
In 2019, I graduated from the Canadian Tourism College and joined the team at Guide Me Away as a licensed Travel Agent / Disability Travel Specialist, proudly accommodating travelers from all walks of life.