Shannon StassenTitle: Office Manager
Agency: Lisell Travel
Shannon is the Office Manager at Lisell Travel, where she oversees the day-to-day administrative tasks of the agency, including organizing client databases, developing the website, and creating brand marketing materials. She is the mastermind behind all of the technology used by Lisell Travel.
Shannon’s knowledge of international travel started at the age of seven when she visited Europe for the first time. Since she grew up traveling the world, it was only natural for her to join the family business when her mother, LuAnn, formed Lisell Travel in 2009. Shannon has designed and built several websites for the agency over the past 10 years, organized individual and group travel (including destination weddings), and operates as a brand supervisor of Lisell Travel. She assists the ladies of Lisell Travel by providing IT support, setting goals for the business, as well as client management.
Shannon is a mother to two adorable little ones and lives with her husband in Princeton, TX. Her travel bucket list includes Tahiti, Fiji, and Australia.
ChrisTitle: Assistant Manager
Agency: Collacutt Travel
Phone: 416-225-8871 or 855-347-2068
Chris graduated from Centennial Collage with a degree in Travel & Tourism. She has been with Collacutt Travel since 1999. Her passion is custom made itineraries with a special interest in the South Pacific and Africa. Her favorite destination to explore is a tie between Australia (been six times), and Southern Africa. In her spare time she enjoys photography as a hobby.
Diana FrocTitle: Travel Expert
Agency: Travel by Jack & Di
My name is Diana Froc and 2006 was the year that I entered the travel industry after the influence of my sister Jackie. In my previous life I worked in Human Resources, and lived in many places across North America with my husband and two sons; New York, Texas, and St. Croix being some of the highlights.
Our first family trip, a Christmas present to Disneyland, was my first memory of jet-setting. This was also the trip that sparked my keen interest in exploring much more of the world. My favorite way to travel has always been off the beaten path to truly experience local culture, learn new things, and see new and exciting sites. Each time I travel, I come home with fresh new eyes and a renewed appreciation of where we come from.
Some of my favorite memories of travels so far have been kayaking in the Norwegian Fjords, hiking in the Alps of Austria, snorkeling with dolphins off the beach in Kona, morning coffee on the upper deck of our B&B boat in the Boston Harbour, and cold beer in the pub on a rainy London day. Sharing these moments with family and friends is was makes them even more memorable.
If I had to pick a destination to construct an itinerary for clients, it would be Australia.
If I had one piece of advice to give to first time globetrotters it would be to plan and be prepared, but make sure you take the opportunity to seize the moment while you are there as you may not get the chance to do so again. As a travel agent, I love helping people get to where they want to go and to help them find interesting things to do in those places.
I would love to hear from you!
Jackie LunnTitle: Travel Expert
Agency: Travel by Jack & Di
My name is Jackie Lunn and I have been in the travel industry since graduating from Travel and Tourism from McEwan University in 1990. My next 10 years were spent with American Express Travel before taking a break to raise our family. In 2006 I re-entered the industry, along with my sister Diana, as a self-employed home-based agent under TravelOnly. Born and raised in small-town Alberta with an ever-growing curiosity of the world, I was inspired to pursue a career exploring and helping others to discover the world.
I’ve been fortunate to see many parts of the world; from Asia & the South Pacific to Mexico & the Caribbean and many places in between! Along with my husband and our two daughters we've experienced saunaing in Sweden, lava flowing in Hawaii, Peggy’s Cove Nova Scotia, hiking the Austrian Alps, and cruising the beautiful Baltic Sea. One of my more recent favorite travel memories would be seeing the Wallabies & koalas in the wild on Kangaroo Island, Southern Australia.
I look forward to doing more adventure travel which will include cycling in Portugal while taking in the beautiful beaches, wine region, and culinary delights.
It has been a great pleasure to see the world not only through my travels but by customizing and planning client vacations. To my wonderful clients- past, present, and future…. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to work with you on experiencing the world.
It is important for a flawless, worry free holiday to put your trust into a Travel Professional. I would love to hear from you!
Breanna BrayTitle: Office Manager
Agency: Top of the World Travel
Years of industry experience: Started in 2009
Years with TOTW Travel: 9+
Places Travelled: Belize, Mexico (Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Cozumel, San Miguel de Allende), Maui, Las Vegas, Orlando, Italy, Bahamas, Antigua, St. Kitts, Jamaica, Cuba, Costa Rica, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Shanghai
Travel Tip: Always purchase travel insurance - even when travelling within Canada. Take pictures, but remember to experience the moment too.
Favourite Place to Travel: Maui – such a beautiful and relaxing island. There’s something to do for everyone and it’s easy to navigate.
Best Travel Moment: Getting to experience a game-park drive through Udawalawe National Park in Sri Lanka. Seeing elephants in the wild was so special.
Favourite Type of Cuisine: I love food and trying new dishes. I recently did a food tour in Shanghai and tried rabbit heads - maybe not my favourite cuisine, but definitely an experience.
Are mashed potatoes a cuisine?!
Favourite Staff Party Location: Christmas magic at Jasper Park Lodge. My favourite.
Favourite Staff Party Moment: So many wonderful memories! Horse-drawn carriage rides in Jasper, winter-wonderland hot-springs visit in Banff, road trip playlists and much much more. Team TOP knows how to have a staff party.
Gosia MikusekTitle: CTC Travel Consultant
Agency: Flair Travel Planners
Phone: 403 329 1030
I am a certified travel counselor and have been helping clients in Lethbridge since 1992. I was born in Poland and I am fluent in Polish. I specialize in international airfares, European tours, cruises and leisure travel packages to many sun destinations. I have travelled to the Caribbean, Hawaii, Alaska, Mexico, Dominican republic, Hong Kong, Greece, Costa Rica, New York and recently to sunny Italy. With my experience and dedication I will be very happy to help with all your travel needs.
Ian ElliottTitle: President
Agency: My Way Holiday
Entrepreneur. Business Consultant. Physiotherapist. Dog Lover. World Traveler.
Although all of these words accurately describe our owner and vacation consultant, he would probably put traveler at the top of the list. Early on his travels were with his family, camping and touring the Canadian provinces and US States during summer vacations.
His desire to help others caused him to pursue a career in Physiotherapy, which took him to Australia for his final residency where he really fell in love with travel and the wanderlust that comes with being in another country. After spending a year in Oz, he returned to practice but soon found that his need to build and create wasn't being fulfilled and he moved into a consulting and management role at a health care firm in Toronto.
In 2014 after working in an executive position for many years Ian decided to venture into the travel world, joining TravelOnly as a Travel Associate and creating My Way Holiday. Ian also acts as TravelOnly's Vice President of Marketing and Retail Sales.
When he travels you can usually catch him on a cruise, a Disney theme park or just spending time at the beach!
LuAnn LisellTitle: Owner - Travel Designer
Agency: Lisell Travel
LuAnn Lisell of Lisell Travel in Plano TX, started her career in travel over 20 years ago as an Independent Contractor in the travel industry. Family has always been important to LuAnn, so in 2009 when she was ready to start her own agency, it only made sense that she would call it Lisell Travel. Her 2 daughters were instrumental in supporting her in this venture of creating a family travel agency. They continue to work with her, in the agency today.
LuAnn has traveled extensively throughout the world and looks forward to exploring the many exotic destinations less traveled. While her passions include luxury and group travel, she also welcomes meeting the needs of independent travelers. She enjoys sharing her travels with friends and clients from a first- hand knowledge basis. Working with a team of travel professionals, she strives to make each client’s journey a personal, memorable and immersive travel experience.
LuAnn is a proud member of the Travel Market Report and the Affluent Traveler Collection advisory boards.
She and her husband Charles, call Plano, TX, home, where she enjoys spending time with her family. LuAnn is especially looking forward to having her grandchildren continue to accompany her as she explores the world.
Tracey LamanqueAgency: Tracey Lamanque
<p><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">I started my career as a Travel Expert in 2008.</span></p>
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<p><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">I <u>love to travel</u>, I would always arrange our travels each year with a travel expert, but the problem was I have had bad experiences with travel experts, when something went wrong they were not there for for me. I felt that I could bring a personalized service to my clients. I am so happy that I made the change, <u>I Love my career!</u></span></p>
<p><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">I am a <strong>Global Travel Expert</strong>, servicing clients around the world.</span></p>
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<font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Specializing</font>
<font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><span style="font-size: 16px;"> in many different products, I am </span><u style="font-size: 16px;">not your cookie cutter travel expert</u><span style="font-size: 16px;">. It's about bringing the authenticity of the destination to you while you travel across the globe. Offering new idea's, destinations, accommodations, experiences.</span></font>
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Yolanda MeadorTitle: President/Founder
Agency: You Deserve It! Vacations
Meet Yolanda Meador
Our Yolanda Meador, president and founder of You Deserve It Vacations began her career in travel over 15 years ago. The University of North Texas graduate earned a BBA in Human Resources, and later a MBA from University of Phoenix. In 1997, Yolanda attended Brook haven College, receiving her Travel Agent Certification. Shortly after, Yolanda completed Sabre courses and a host of other certifications that qualify her as a specialist in the world of travel..
Although Yolanda’s professional achievements are admirable, love for family is fundamentally the reason for her success. As a wife and mother, she understands the importance of living a quality and eventful life. Coincidentally, planning numerous family vacations and luxury getaways for friends, enabled Yolanda to discover her love for travel.
Yolanda’s love for travel and her desire to see the world, is the driving force that propelled her to launch My Worldwide Travel in 1997. One of the most pivotal moments in her career is an all girls’ trip to Hot Springs, Arkansas in October 1999. The women decided they would go and have fun saying, “We deserve it.” Both inspired and even more excited, Yolanda realized her mission. Upon returning home to Dallas, TX, Yolanda changed the name of her travel agency to You Deserve It Vacations
Yolanda is continually motivated by the mission that inspired her in 1999. When asked why the travel profession is right for her, Yolanda said, “I love making people’s dreams come true…more importantly,
“You Deserve It.”
Michelle DuncanTitle: Owner
Agency: Odyssey Travel Inc.
Michelle Duncan, MCC, LCS, OMS, DS
President and Chief Executive Officer
Michelle Duncan is a seasoned travel professional. With almost 33 years of experience in the sales and marketing industry, she co-founded Odyssey Travel and Cruises in 1998 to bring outstanding personal service to the Internet travel industry. She is a CLIA-certified Master and Luxury Cruise Counselor and has taken more than 104 cruises and logged several hundred thousand air miles. She has traveled extensively in the Caribbean and Europe, and is dedicated to providing the personal service that is so often lacking in faceless "Dot Com" travel agencies. A proud mother of three active boys, Michelle is an expert in planning family vacations. An industry executive, she can take care of your corporate business travel needs as well. Call her today at 1-800-525-2159 and let her plan your next Epic Adventure.
Executive Vice President
Bob has the best job in the world - he's married to Michelle! That means he gets to tag along on all of her trips. He has to carry the suitcases, but every silver lining has its cloud. In all seriousness, Bob is a seasoned business professional in his own right. He has over 25 years of business experience, the last 22 in the Washington DC marketplace. Bob works to ensure that Odyssey Travel and Cruises continues to set the standard for service in the travel industry.
MartaTitle: CTC, ECC, LCS
Agency: Bon Voyage Travel
In my over 20 years in the travel Industry, I have traveled extensively throughout Europe (especially my home country of Croatia), India, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Bali, China, Brazil, Tahiti, Israel, Mexico, Honduras, the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Jamaica and many other destinations. I hold travel industry-recognized accreditations as a Certified Travel Consultant, Elite Cruise Consultant and Luxury Cruise Specialist. I efficiently book air, rail, cars, hotels etc, and my expertise is in Ocean & River Cruises, Independent Custom-built Vacations, and Escorted & Independent Tours.
Judy KarwackiTitle: Marketing Director
Agency: Jubilee Travel Destination Weddings
I am a partner in Jubilee, and our adventure, culture and religious travel expert. I am a Caribbean and Magic of Mexico specialist. As a travel expert and tourism business advisor, I travel all over the world and have worked in over 30 countries in Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean, South Pacific, Asia (Japan, Thailand) and the Middle East (Palestine, Jordan). I act as a romance scout for Jubilee Travel, visiting destinations and hotels and meeting with their romance specialists to learn about what they can offer our clients. If you have a special place in mind for your destination wedding or romantic getaway, I may have already visited and would love to share my travel experiences with you.
Jane PatrickTitle: Adventure Travel Specialist
Agency: North South Travel
Originally from Australia, Jane brings more than 25 years of adventure travel knowledge and experience to her role as Adventure travel specialist at North South Travel.
Jane’s family traveled a lot when she was young and it was from these travels that she developed a desire to see new places and truly “experience” the countries she visited.
Jane strives to make her client’s adventure dreams come true; a personal commitment to her clients ensures they experience the ultimate adventure travel experience. This dedication has quickly established Jane as leading adventure travel specialist.
Jane loves to travel and see new places for the very first time. She has traveled extensively to over 70 countries and continues to do so whenever possible.
If a Galapagos cruise, an African safari or a train journey on the Trans Siberian railway interest you, then talk to Jane.
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." Ralph Waldo Emerson
Call me today on 604 717 1751 to get your adventure quote.
Agency: Travel Our Way Inc.
Carla MacKay is a Certified Travel Counselor and Accredited Cruise Counselor. Carla graduated with Honors from Compu College Travel and Tourism Program in 1997. She immediately began working as a leisure travel consultant with Fraser & Hoyt Travel where she soon established herself as a bright light in the local travel industry. Carla's enthusiasm, work effort and commitment to success are credentials any agency would be fortunate to have. During her time in the industry she has traveled to Barbados, Jamaica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Bahamas - Nassau and Exuma, and Turks and Caicos. As a Certified Sandals Specialist, Carla has visited Sandals Royal Bahamian, Sandals Emerald Bay, & Beaches Turks & Caicos, Sandals Grande St Lucia, La Toc, and Halcyon. Carla has cruised with Carnival and Royal Caribbean to New Orleans, Grand Cayman, Key West, San Juan, St Thomas, and Grand Turks. Also vacationing in New York City & Hawaii on the islands of Oahu and Maui, as well as European destinations of Spain, Portugal, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and France. Carla is a specialist in European Travel, as well as those looking to have variety of destinations customized to suit their needs and travel time line. Carla - an experienced agent who exemplifies the Travel Our Way Motto - "Bringing you the World."
LesTitle: Change Zip Code
Agency: Ambassador Events Travel LLC
Les Hathaway has more than 30 years of operational and management experience to his credit. He has a proven track record as a senior manager with extensive experience in problem solving, skilled in designing, implementing, and improving processes. His extraordinary interpersonal skills, and excellent background in design, scheduling, and budgeting, have been credited to his success to date.
Beyond working as travel expert in support of his wife, Judy, Les also works part-time for an events management company, which is the perfect complement to planning trips and vacations for Ambassador Events Travel Clients.
An accomplished sailor for over 50 years, Les has raced throughout North America, including two Newport to Bermuda races. In his leisure moments, Les enjoys spending all his time with his wife, Judy, as they sail, travel around the world, and entertain friends. And he loves to eat, which makes him the perfect complement to Judy’s culinary skills!
James HillTitle: Owner/Cruise Specialist
Agency: James Hill Travel
After a 37-year career in aviation, where I served as both a military pilot and civilian air traffic controller, I decided to turn my passion for travel and my love of cruising into a business. I have always been part of a high-performance team where focus, planning, and attention to detail were critical to getting the job done.
After undertaking extensive cruise industry training, I have been certified by at least a dozen cruise lines as a specialist. I received my “Certified Cruise Counsellor” designation from Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA); the industry’s leading professional association.
My desire to serve others is rooted in everything I do. From serving my country, my fellow airmen, or the flying public, I am ready to serve the needs of my clients as they prepare for, and embark on their own voyages.
My client’s needs are not my top priority. They are my only priority!
Margie SchwartzTitle: Travel Advisor
Agency: Travel Experts
I've been a travel agent since 1995 & am thoroughly enjoying the experience!
I've traveled to many wonderful destinations that I can revisit vicariously through my clients!!!
Some of my favorite vacations have been Alaska, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Spain, Germany,England,Austria, France, Italy, Majorca, Africa, the Caribbean, Mexico & various wonderful places in the US.
For land based or cruise travel, I will give you a vacation to remember!!
Sarin RajTitle: Travel Expert
Growing up, my first international trip was to Australia and then the 2nd one when I migrated to Vancouver, Canada. The world of luxury travel (ie hotels that enhance a travel experience, private guides, and a professionally designed itinerary) only crossed my radar when I took on travelling with my husband 13 years ago. He came with a passion for travel and an eagerness to experience a new country each year. Being an accountant and a stickler for details, my task was to ensure that everything was planned to perfection on our trips.
With my growing passion for travel and love for the finer luxuries in life – I saw an opportunity to help leisure travelers that are looking for something special when they travel, but they may not have the time or connections to make it happen on their own. I want to share my knowledge and expertise with my clients and deliver unforgettable experiences with impeccable execution and hassle-free planning.
As a travel advisor, it is up to me to know what’s out there, to understand all the different opportunities we must consider when designing a trip. Professionally, I consider it my responsibility to open myself up to new travel styles and to new experiences that I may never have considered personally. I am always travelling and learning about the next best destination and experiences, these experiences will make me a better travel advisor.
Mallory JonesTitle: Travel Consultant
Agency: You Deserve It! Vacations
Meet Mallory Jones
Mallory was bitten by the travel bug on her first trip to see the ocean at the tender age of 9. Ever since, she has craved to see the world even better! Behind this passion, Mallory also had the hidden desire to become a Travel Professional, dedicated to bringing the world to people.
Her passion and love for travel are seen through her dedication to helping people fulfill their dreams of exploring new cultures through amazing travel adventures. Having travelled extensively around the world, she uses her garnered experience to plan vacations for her clients.
Before becoming a qualified and certified agent, Mallory began planning and coordinating group trips as a student at the Texas Christian University. In her capacity as a professional, she is Certified in Destination Weddings, AM Resorts, and Karisma. She fascinates her clients with unparalleled knowledge of the world’s finest travel destinations, planning skills, attention-to-detail, and most importantly ethics. Mallory specializes in Europe, romance, and group gateways giving her travelling clients a memorable and unforgettable trip.
Mallory’s thoughtful and adventurous personality helps her to imbibe the spirit of creativity in her planning processes. She is capable of orchestrating trips for couples, individuals, and also a large group of people. An avid traveler herself, Mallory is cognizant with some of the world’s most fascinating resorts. Upon request, she painstakingly seeks the best destinations tailored to suit their needs. Her clients find her to be incredibly knowledgeable of both the professional and fun aspect of her work. Mallory is a delight to work with because she believes wholeheartedly in the power of Travel.
Dianne BoggsAgency: Peacock Travel Group
Dianne has 28 years of experience in the travel industry. She has actively been involved in all areas of travel agency operations. Having been a front line agent, an agency manager and a trainer for travel agency accounting and CRM software, it has provided her with the knowledge for her current position as assistant to Tricia Peacock, Owner/CEO. Dianne has traveled extensively around the globe including Australia, South Pacific, Europe and the Caribbean. She has also cruised on several different cruise lines and destinations.
Dawn Gray: OwnerTitle: Owner
Agency: 4 Moons Travel
Our Owner Dawn, has a strong passion for traveling and has done so extensively for the past 25 years. This experience has allowed her to offer clients first hand knowledge of many destinations throughout the world. Although she prefers the warm weather and the breathtaking waters of the Caribbean over the colder destinations, she still finds the time to visit them and bring this knowledge back for her customers' benefit. She still loves to take her client's idea of the dream vacation and match it to the perfect destination for them. The highlight for her is exceeding their expectations and hearing this upon their return. Dawn is a Master Cruise Certified (MCC) and a member of IATAN and travel professionals.
Christine HillisTitle: Client Services
Agency: McTavish Travel
Italy, Germany, Switzerland, UK, Holland, Dominican Republic, Antigua, Bahamas, Mexico, St. Lucia, Canada, USA.
Most Important Travel Accessory:
A GPS - because I have no sense of direction.
I Travel Because:
I value experiences over possessions.
They last forever and I don't have to dust them :-)
25 year industry professional
- Managing corporate, group, leisure and non profit travel.
- Account Management
- Client Services
Gretchen CoteTitle: Travel Consultant
Agency: Four Seasons Travel
- Dream vacation/destination – I would have to say traveling around Italy, doing a food tour.
- 1 item you never travel without – deep relief essential oil
- Favorite property you have visited – Actually stayed at, Finest Playa Mujeres, visited Royalton Negril
- Favorite musical artist/band - Thomas Rhett
- Best concert – Thomas Rhett
- Favorite food – Crab legs
- Favorite movie – Dirty Dancing
- Favorite place to shop - Buckle
- First concert you attended - Sweetstock
- I’m happiest when… I’m snuggling with my kids
Jon BrennemanTitle: President
Agency: Brennco Travel Services
Jon is a long-term travel industry veteran with a wealth of experience in operations, marketing and client relations. His career in travel began back in 1997 when he was hired as the Director of Marketing for the Great American Automobile & Travel Club for Kansas and Missouri.
Jon is the face of Brennco as he travels the country speaking at National, State and Local events and meetings. Since 2008, Jon has spoken at over 500 events. When he is not traveling the country, Jon is the primary contact at Brennco for two very important programs that benefit our travel members. Both of which rely heavily on the relationship Jon has formed with cruise and tour company executives after three decades in the business. As you are hopefully aware, Brennco offers an array of special pricing and amenity programs for travel members and their guests. All of these exclusive offer programs like free onboard credit, additional dollars off or value-added amenities, have been negotiated by Jon through his various contacts. He also works with travelers should they have any problem or issue before, during or after their cruise or tour, leveraging his relationships to get members a quick and satisfactory resolution. This includes any problems with trip insurance questions and claims as Jon is currently licensed to sell insurance in all 50 states.
During his career Jon has been asked to serve on numerous travel industry advisory boards. His work on the Disney Travel Agent Counsel earned him the prestigious Disney Award of Excellence for his assistance in developing Disney Cruise Line.
Shiela LimTitle: Travel Agent
Agency: trip-U-go Travels
Phone: 403 404 4800
My passion is learning and travelling. My love for learning and travelling leads me to become a homeschool mom and a travel agent.
As a mom of two lower elementary kids, I know how challenging it is to plan travel with your family. Allow me to help you make your dream travel happen. I want to learn about your interests, your travel goals, your bucket lists and I will do my best to create a memorable experience for you and your family. Let's connect and explore the endless possibilities a travel expert can bring to your family.
I am very passionate about family vacation, for the reason that it provides my family a life long memories that we will cherish forever. This is one way we connect and build much deeper relationship with each other. Not to mention it's the best way to teach my kids about life. It's amazing how a vacation and a change of environment can positively change the mood for my entire family. I want you to experience the same joy of travelling. Be inspired to learn and discover new culture, people, food and places.
I can help you book everything from family-friendly all-inclusive trips, cruise, flights or even just hotel
Tasha HaightTitle: Travel Consultant
Agency: Oasis Travel
Tasha Haight is excited to join the Oasis Travel team! Before the age of 20 she had already traveled to North America and South America, Asia, Australia, and Europe. Prior to joining Oasis, Tasha worked as a Business Development Manager for Sandals and Beaches resorts. She holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Loyola University Maryland where she was part of the Caribbean Student Union and studied abroad in New Zealand and Vietnam. Many of her studies included research on various cruise lines and hotel chains, including the Carnival Corporation and Marriott International. Her favorite places to travel are Australia and Cozumel.
Current travel certifications:
Globus & Cosmos
Viking River Cruise
Jamaican Weddings & Honeymoons
Terry DeclareTitle: Travel Advisor
Agency: TravelOnly with Terry Declare
I have a passion for travel, specifically cruising, that started in 1991! My first cruise was aboard the MTS Pegasus. This ship held 865 people, including staff. We thought it was HUGE! There were 9 of us and we had a great time!! I have cruised 60 plus times since and hope to enjoy many more!I have and continue to enjoy the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Hawaii and Alaska.
Although 2012 started off as a very rough year for me and my family, losing many loved ones in a very short period of time to joining TravelOnly in October. I quickly learned that LIFE IS TOO SHORT, not to take anything for granted and not to miss out on the joys of travel and life experiences. It was my Uncle Marvin who really encouraged me into following my passion in becoming a Travel Advisor and will always be grateful to him.
TravelOnly is the host agency for over 700 travel advisors, for which I have been in the top 100 for the past 3 years! I have my Elite Cruise Counselor status which is the highest designation that can be achieved. I consider myself to be a cruise expert but that is not all that I do! I have sent many clients all over the world including, but not limited to, Asia, Australia, Caribbean, New Zealand, Europe, Galapagos and both North and South America. I can help with car rentals, hotel bookings, all-inclusive packages, excursions, transfers, transportation and of course everything to do with cruising!
I am here for YOU! Contact me today so I can make your dreams come true and help to create more memories!
Feel free to each out to me:
Bancroft Office - Kim CrawfordTitle: Travel Consultant
Agency: Trent Travel
Phone: (613) 332-3447
A group generally consists of 10 Adults, and five rooms. The group members can be anyone, friends, family, co-workers, getting together for any reason, or no reason at all. All you need is 10 people who want to go to the same place at the same time. This is not as easy as it sounds, and why you need a Travel Agent. Our job is to be your Group Coordinator, to work out all of the details, and pull everyone together. We can help you find the right destination and resort, tell you how to get the best price, and when to book.
I have been specially trained to handle Groups of all shapes and sizes to all destinations. Want to go to Costa Rica or Alaska; I can help your group. Call me, let set up a Free Consultation and talk about the possibilities.
Lisa GrubaughTitle: Sales Consultant
Agency: Brennco Travel Services
Lisa has been a travel agent since 2008; and has been servicing our clients since 1998 when she worked in the Customer Support Department. We want to ensure every client receives the personal attention they deserve.
Mike TyrellTitle: Vice President
Agency: Brennco Travel Services
Mike has also been working in the Travel Industry since 1997. Mike’s career in travel began in 1997 after he graduated from Vancouver Community College with a Travel Agency degree and an internship at Cruise Ship Centers. At the conclusion of his internship Mike was offered a full-time placement as a sales agent. After leading the company in sales in just his second year, Mike was promoted to manager even though he was the youngest employee at just 23 years of age.
Mike also has ship-side experience as well. While attending college Mike worked at the Holland America cruise ship terminal gaining experience in all aspects on the embarkation and disembarkation process including baggage handling, check-in process, passport & visa requirements, and customer service/problem resolution.
In 2003, Mike was recruited to join the Brennco team and quickly became our top producing sales agent. In 2006, Mike was promoted to Regional Sales Manager with the added responsibility of recruiting and training new agents.
In 2016, Mike was promoted to Vice President with the sole function of training and managing a team of hand-picked agents to handle client requests. As a graduate from numerous cruise line and tour company educational programs, Mike uses his vast knowledge and experience as a resource for the servicing the exclusivity of clients.
Cindy BrownTitle: Travel Consultant
Agency: Brennco Travel Services
Cindy is one of the newest members of the Brennco team. She Brings a wealth of knowledge from her many years of traveling abroad to serve members. She is a Certified Specialist for many cruise lines including Celebrity Cruises, Azamara Cruises, Cunard, Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean International.
We want to ensure every client receives the personal attention they deserve.
Kitty BakerTitle: Luxury Travel Advisor
Agency: Engle Travel
Kitty has been with Protravel since the late 1990’s and enjoyed a long career in both business and leisure travel prior to that. She assisted Audrey Gould (the original owner of Protravel Chicago) full time for many years until Audrey’s retirement in 2017. Kitty focuses on culinary and adventure travel and has a special love for the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Italy. Most recently she has spent time in Greece and Colombia. When she takes a break, Kitty loves a lovely cocktail in a swanky spot or entertaining on her patio.
Jennifer GouldTitle: Independent Advisor
Agency: The Travel Store
Jennifer made her decision to go into the travel industry later in life because of her passion for customer service and her desire to explore. Although she is new in this industry she is your person to plan an A to Z dream vacation . Her expertise is details and every day she is learning more and more. She is very excited to start travelling herself and living the experiences her clients live every time she sends them on a vacation. Jennifer’s first destination was Jamaica which she absolutely loved; call her to find out more!
When she is not travelling or planning travel for her valued clients she can be found either at the beach, at the camp or at home with her two main sidekicks, Joey her fiancé and Georgia their rescue dog.
Richard EngleTitle: Luxury Travel Advisor
Agency: Engle Travel
Richard Engle started creating travel experience dreams for clients at his own boutique company before travel agencies had computers and people communicated via email or text! Through the years he’s rolled with every punch and seen every sort of obstacle to booking travel—from Desert Storm to 9/11 to COVID-19, to terrorist events, political unrest and localized virus outbreaks. He still finds organizing amazing adventures for clients a delightful adventure in and of itself and keeps in touch regularly with a large roster of clients and travel suppliers around the world. Most recently he’s been in Sicily, Bhutan, Botswana, the Maldives, Cabo and Burgundy. When he takes time off, you’ll find him in the mountains on skis or around the city on his bicycle…..or enjoying live music in one of Chicago’s many jazz clubs.
Susan ZbierskiTitle: Luxury Travel Advisor
Agency: Engle Travel
“Sue” has been sending people around our planet since the early 1990’s and enjoys seeing the world through her own eyes as well as through those of her clients. She is well-versed in all the ins and outs of corporate travel, as well as the complexities of highly customized private leisure travel. She is also placing a specialized focus on cruises and culinary exploration. During her leisure hours, Sue spends time with her 3 adult sons and their families, and also loves biking, hiking, music, and home renovation. Sue’s most recent adventures have taken her to Israel, Peru, Greece and the UAE.
Alison RamirezTitle: Luxury Travel Advisor
Agency: Engle Travel
Alison has fun with resort travel and destination weddings, as well as trips that focus on Wellness. She is also a specialist in family travel and knows all the details about traveling with small children—which she has plenty of opportunity to test out on her own 18-month old son, Julien. Alison has a marketing and business background, and her most recent travels have taken her to her native Costa Rica as well as to Colombia, the UK and Germany. When she’s not putting together adventures for her clients, Alison loves spending time with her family and exploring one of the world’s most fascinating destinations: our own city of Chicago.
Natasha Ellis RuessTitle: Travel Expert
Agency: Ellis Travel House
Interests & Specialties
Corporate and Personal travel. Natasha is an expert on family travel, and luxurious vacations. Hawaiian expert.
Natasha Ruess has been in the travel industry for 19 years giving her a wealth of knowledge. Natasha has had the opportunity of traveling to several places throughout the world. These travels have given Natasha the expertise to relate to clients what would best suit their needs. Natasha is well educated in the finer properties and locations around the world. Traveling with her two children has allowed her to experience each property as a family would experience. This valuable knowledge is ideal when recommending family properties and areas of the world. Natasha has extensive knowledge on the Villas in Italy and the fabulous shopping available.
Melissa LafleurTitle: Branch Manager
Agency: Ottawa Travel & Cruise Centre
I began my career in the travel industry 20 years ago and have loved helping my clients create memorable travel experiences ever since!
Favorite Destinations: It’s hard to pick just one! Peru, Morocco, South Africa are my top 3!
A highlight of my travels was the wonderful Scenic Danube River Cruise I took from Budapest to Nuremberg. There is nothing like watching castles and villages go by from your cabin.
Another highlight of my travels would be the Insight Tour of Ireland I went on where we kissed the Blarney Stone and spent the night at the Dromoland Castle.
I was lucky enough to take an adventure based tour to Peru where we stayed in the Amazon jungle and visited Machu Picchu. Peru is such a beautiful country and there is nothing more surreal than seeing Machu Picchu for the first time.
Taking camels into the desert in Morocco and sleeping under the stars was a pretty cool experience as well!
This fall I travelled to South Africa with Just You. The Solo Travel Specialists! Together we did a safari at Kruger park and travelled around breathtaking Cape Town. I highly recommend Just You if you want to travel Solo yet make new friends!
I have been so lucky to see so many amazing things and I love helping my clients experience them too!
Areas of Specialty Include:
"My favorite thing is to go where I've never been" - Diane Arbus
Rose - Anne KupiakTitle: Founder
Agency: Embassy Tours
Fascinated with travel I perused this interest by first working as a travel agent and then ventured on my own starting Embassy Tours. Embassy Tours was built on hard work, attention to detail and love for travel. In 2017 we are proud to have celebrated our Silver Anniversary. We owe our success to our frequent travelers who have helped us to grow from our humble beginnings and expand our market to include escorted stress-free getaways by motorcoach, cruise, and land vacations. The greatest reward I have received is having travelers return with their expectations exceeded!
Jackie BiroTitle: VCTA
Agency: LXR Leisure Travel
Phone: +1 (716) 204-2745 Direct Toll Free (866) 520-7340 ext.322
I chose a career in travel because nothing is more exciting and rewarding than planning a vacation, anticipating the upcoming trip and then enjoying every minute of it to make memories that last forever. For over 25 years I have traveled extensively and love sharing my knowledge and varied experiences with my clients and travelers. Being a lifelong Florida resident, I know Sun and Beach, Cruise ports, Golf, Resorts and all things fun to do in the great state. Vacations have taken me around the world and include cruises, adventure, culture, history and VIP personalization. I love consulting with travelers to plan and execute their own personalized trip with my expertise and support door to door.
Specialties and Interests:
Sun and Beach
Ocean and River Cruises
Donna FioreTitle: Travel Consultant
Agency: Superior Travel Consultants LLC
Phone: 516 852-9201
I have always had a passion for travel, so turning my passion into a career has been a wonderful opportunity. Whether you are looking for a family vacation to the islands, a romantic anniversary trip to Hawaii or planning your honeymoon, I will make
every effort to ensure you have the best experience.
Specialists Courses Completed
Marriott Preferred Travel Agent
Sandy Karwacki-FarberTitle: Jennifer & Patrick
Agency: Jubilee Travel Destination Weddings
I am the manager and a partner in Jubilee Travel. Travel is my passion. I have been in the travel industry since 1983 and have journeyed all over the world. I have been doing destination weddings before destination weddings were fashionable. Things can go wrong, life gets in the way, family dynamics can be tricky. I know how to make your future life together start with a dream come true… loving family and friends, and happy memories to share for a life time. This is the most important day of your life, so why leave it to someone who has not had over 25 years’ of experience? Contact me now to make planning your special day a joyous and carefree experience!
George AballiTitle: Owner
Agency: Connection To Cruise
It's a privilege and honor to work with a team of such dedicated and knowledgeable Travel professionals. We host 15+ independent professional travel advisors.
- Cruised on 65 + cruises
- Graduate Carnival Cruise Lines University
- Groups Specialist
- Celebrity Cruise Line Specialist
- Tahiti Specialist
- Princess Commodore
- Cruised 67 times - including several Europe River Cruises, Luxury Cruises, Sailing Clipper ships and extensive world travel! For close to 25 years we’ve helped thousands of customers plan their dream vacations.
- Our consultants offer expertise it would take the average person years to acquire.
- We have made travel our lifestyle and chances are we have been to the places you want to go and share with you how to have the best experiences there.
- Using our expertise ensures that each of our customers arrives at their destination informed and prepared.
- We have built relationships with Cruise Lines, Resorts, Executive Partners and the travel community to provide you, with the best vacation possible.
- We understand that it seems easy enough to book your vacation online. Perhaps you found some incredibly amazing deals online. We've learned that anybody can post anything online, true or not. Our question to you is how do you really know what you're getting?
- One vacation seems to be a dream come true.
- The other a nightmare!
- Do you know which is which?
- When you trust Connection To Cruise Travel to book your well-deserved vacation, we'll make sure your vacations is seamless, tailored, and cared for!
- Our success has been built on customer referrals. When planning your trip with Connection To Cruise Travel, you can travel with confidence knowing that we always look out for your best interest!
Gina Clark (no Relation to George Clark)Title: Travel Counsellor
Agency: Elan Travel
Gina has been with Elan Travel since 2015. She has travelled to Tijuana, Mexico, numerous destinations in the United States, including Los Angeles, Disneyland, San Francisco, Las Vegas and New York City, and various locations throughout Canada, including most recently Newfoundland and the Maritimes with Globus Tours. In the last few years, she has also travelled to Europe with Trafalgar Tours and Japan with G Adventures. Her next adventure will take her to New Zealand, Australia and Fiji, also with Globus.
“I have learned a lot at Elan during my time here and have enjoyed being a part of people’s travel experiences. Whether our clients are going on a tour or package vacation, or simply a flight to Vancouver, I want to help make their trip a pleasant one.”
RebeccaAgency: Rebecca Penner- TPI
Rebecca's main focus is to deliver the best possible personal service, taking the time to understand exactly what the client's wants and needs are. Whether it's a quiet beach vacation or an adventurous mountain climbing expedition, Exotic Honeymoon or a flight from Vancouver to Toronto, Rebecca will help make it all go smoothly.
Rebecca has been to over 70 countries, most extensively in Europe, but Asian, African and South American countries included as well as many Caribbean Islands and Mexico.
One integral key to Rebecca's success is her enthusiasm and absolute passion. "I totally love my career! It's so exciting! Practically every day, I'm sending people all around the world! What could be better?"
Group Travel is her specialty! Rebecca travels with her groups all over the world, Egypt, South America, Europe, Panama, China, India, South Africa are some of the places her group travels have taken her.
So plan your next trip with an experienced traveller and an experienced VIRTUOSO Travel Advisor. Rebecca can offer essential expertise for your ultimate travel experience!
Rebecca Penner is a Certified Travel Cousellor, in good standing with the Canadian Institute of Travel Counsellors.
Theresa HayesTitle: Travel Advisor
Agency: Ambassador Travel
Phone: 812-479-8687 ext #212
Theresa received her travel degree from Southeastern Academy in Kissimmee, FL, along with a few business classes at USI. She is a Certified Cruise Counselor and a certified Sandals Representative. She's been in the travel industry for over thirty years.
Theresa has sailed on several cruise lines and has traveled to the outer points of the U.S.; such as, Alaska, Hawaii, California, New York and Florida. She has enjoyed skiing in Denver and zip lining in Costa Rica. Her travels have also taken her to other islands in the Caribbean, Canada, London and Europe.
She enjoys working with her clients and sending them on special trips to relax, to seek adventure, to explore and discover, to enjoy family time or just enjoying the history and cultures of the world.
Theresa also works with airline employees, military and cargo personnel around the United States who receive special discounts on cruises and land packages. Her favorite quote is, "Dream, Explore and Discover."
Linda TerrillTitle: President and Travel Advisor
Agency: The Luxury Travel Group
Exceptional luxury travel experiences are what you can expect when working with Linda Terrill at The Luxury Travel Group. You will receive personalized service that is tailored to your tastes and travel goals.
If you are considering an Ocean, River or Expedition Cruise, our vast experience will match you to the cruise that fits your interests and budget. In addition to our knowledge, networks and planning skills, you will also receive Virtuoso Voyages and Virtuoso group benefits on many cruise itineraries. We also assist with flights, pre- and/or post-cruise hotels and touring, transfers, and private shore excursions.
Booking luxury Hotels and Resorts through us gives you the benefit of our strong relationships with top hotel management throughout the world, our personal service, and complimentary amenities. Amenities include: daily breakfast for two; upgrades on arrival when available (sometime at time of booking); VIP welcomes; and a value-added bonus selected by each hotel. Value-added benefits range from $100 food and beverage or spa credits to airport transfers, wine and cheese, or locally-sourced products.
We do not charge booking fees for luxury hotel-only reservations.
Planning a trip of a lifetime? Are you dreaming of exploring the Galapagos Islands? Have you always wanted to take an African Safari to see the Big Five? Do you want to search for the gentle mountain gorillas in Rwanda?
Whether your dreams include a safari or kayaking in the Baja Peninsula, biking the backroads of Tuscany or riding horses in Chile's Atacama desert, we are here to help you fulfill your dreams. You can count on Linda and her team to make it happen!