Your travel partner.
Dirk could describe himself in many different ways – accomplished traveler, musician, band director’s son, travel researcher. His professional title of Travel Consultant allows him to combine all of those descriptions into one career, which he’s spent his life developing. Dirk has worked in student travel since 1996, personally tour directing over 160 student tours in the U.S. and abroad. He sees performance travel as an opportunity for the lessons of both music education and travel to intersect, helping students to grow and expand their horizons.
My favorite book
I have to say “So Big” by Edna Ferber. It is a historical fiction novel that follows the family of Dirk DeJong as he grows up in the south suburbs of Chicago. My ancestors founded South Holland, Illinois and a number of the characters in the book are real people that were family members or family friends generations deep. I was named for the main character.
My hobbies and pastimes
My passion is Jeeps, off-road travel, and shade-tree mechanic work. I purpose built a Jeep Cherokee to take on the mountainous trails of Tennessee, Alabama, and Kentucky. My current goal is to take it west for a tour that includes Big Bend State Park, southwest Colorado, Moab Utah, Death Valley and Anzo Borrega Parks, and the Rubicon Trail. Ultimately, I’d like to ship it to Australia to drive the Old Telegraph Track, the Simpson Desert, and the Kimberly Track.
My favorite travel memory
On my birthday, many moons ago, I was tour directing a group that was cruising the Bahamas. That morning we were scheduled to be in Freeport. I was up early and was on the deck watching the ship dock and I noticed a little cove that we passed. Upon debarkation for the day, I walked about a mile to that cove. It was clear blue water and a large beach. I sat and swam there for hours and never saw another soul. I had my own private beach that day.
He makes a well-rounded trip plan way ahead of time and takes care of any last minute issues that may arise so that I don’t have to deal with it. Not only does he plan the best trips for us, he has a personal relationship with me, my students and parents.
Mt. Juliet High School
His attention to details and his expertise are second to none. He offers great ideas and works within budgets to custom build tours that will benefit our students.
Red Lion High School
He is a great communicator, and he always return calls quickly and handles challenges promptly. He has outstanding knowledge of our destinations, and he has always been able to recommend unique gems to include in our itineraries.
Central Bucks High School
I can state without reservation that Dirk DeYoung is second to none as a travel consultant. His organizational skills, attention to detail, and follow through are truly impressive.
Troy High School
He is sincerely interested in making the trip about the kids, and knows what they will enjoy. When there are hiccups, he is quick to solve them.
Riverdale High School