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20 Years Experience in International Travel

My clients have the benefit of my twenty years experience in the travel industry, five of which were while living in Paris. Attention to detail, working with local destination and hotel contacts give me the ability to add the personal touch to trips that I plan. I have a love of travel, particularly European travel, and a love of exploring new places and people which I use to create special and memorable vacations for my clients. Adventures await. Let me help make your dreams come true.

My Travel Specialties

River Cruise Specialist

River Cruising has become extremely popular in the last several years, having grown from a just a few vessels to entire fleets literally around the world. It's cruising, yes, but it's very different from the ocean cruising that most people are familiar with. Seeing a destination by river provides an...
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Australia Specialist

Australia is a vast country that almost everyone says they want to visit. Because it is so far away and because it is so large and spread out, it takes some serious planning to create the best itinerary at the best price. I've been fortunate to travel to Australia and I use my own experiences to help...
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Sydney Harbor Bridge

Tailor Made Europe and Beyond

Having lived in Europe allows me to help my clients navigate the multitude of choices that confront them when planning European travel. In addition to deciding where they want to go, they are also confronted by a huge amount of internet information that is often overwhelming, confusing and conflicting....
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My Travel Albums

Australia - New Zealand
Sydney Opera House at Night
European Sights
Paris - The Latin Quarter
River Cruising
Nighttime from River Cruise

My Travel Stories

European Adventures

Some of my adventures while traveling in Europe: A candlelight dinner in a small bistro in the shadow of Notre Dame, taking the Bernina Express through the mountains of Switzerland into Italy, walking in the footsteps of the Kings and Queens of France, England, and Scotland, lunch on the beach on the...Read more.

My Reviews

24 of 45 people found this review helpful
Vietnam and Cambodia
Valerie always takes the time and energy required to make sure we are happy with our travel choices. She goes beyond the required effort to take care of us. She has come to our rescue many times, has booked many wonderful vacations and I have recommended her to many friends who always report back with glowing reviews on their experience with her.

She never loses her patience with us and we have tested that. I have used Valerie for 15 years and she continues to treat me like a valued customer.

She is GREAT

Love her

Steve and Jackie Wasson
Traveled toVietnam ~ East and Southeast Asia
I wouldrecommend this agent to my family and friends
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19 of 40 people found this review helpful
The Dream Trip of our lives!!
Valerie was an amazing travel agent from the first stages of planning our trip to France, to the details of choices on what we wanted to do and where we wanted to go, guiding us with her expert advice and giving us suggestions and ideas, to some incredible recommendations she had for us as she had lived in France for 5 years. She was invaluable to my husband and I, and our trip was at a whole other level because of her. I would recommend her to anyone, and have actually recommended her to friends for the future as they are planning trips. She was always attentive to my phone calls, input, and questions. I couldn't have asked for more in a travel agent, and will definitely ask Valerie's help for future destinations! I loved Valerie!
ByKaren and TimfromChanhassen, Minnesota
Traveled toParis ~ France ~ Europe
I wouldrecommend this agent to my family and friends
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17 of 36 people found this review helpful
The Most Memorable Cruise of our lives!!
Valerie was exceptional to say the least! Besides guiding us for months of intensive planning for our 50th anniversary cruise, with 17 other family members (children and grand children), she came to our rescue at the dock in Seattle. My wife had been sick and the cruise line actually took our luggage off of the ship, and were cancelling our year-long planned cruise. However, with Valerie's incredible voracity, she found our doctor in Fort Worth (on a late Friday afternoon) and got him directly in phone contact with cruise ship doctor, resulting in our being able to take the cruise with the rest of family. It was the most stressful 4 hours of our lives, but we got to take the cruise with our family.

She was just so helpful as we planned the cruise and travel to and from, and gave us excellent advice and service. We were overwhelmed with her ability to assist us at every point and with every question!
ByYoLynnYofromHurst, TX
Traveled toAlaska ~ USA
I wouldrecommend this agent to my family and friends
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21 of 44 people found this review helpful
Greatest Travel Agent every
I have used Valerie, many, many times she is fantastic!!
She not only plans everything but also recommends things we would never think about or knew about.
Valerie, planned our 30th anniversary trip to England,France,Scotland and Ireland. We were gone for 20 days and it all went off with out a hitch. She walked us through everything and gave us a detailed account of everything. It was like having our own private guide.
We are planing a trip to Italy in spring and would only have Valerie help us.
ByErin CarterfromTx
Traveled toEngland ~ Europe
I wouldrecommend this agent to my family and friends
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16 of 36 people found this review helpful
Hanging Out in Europe

Valerie, just wanted to reach out and say thank you for all your TLC towards our family on our European jaunt. Your bookings, your notes, and your emergency help at the start were so appreciated and have not gone unnoticed. Thank you again. We are not sure where we go next but we will keep you in our book. Sybil and Barry
ByNonefromDallas, TX
Traveled toEurope
I wouldrecommend this agent to my family and friends
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Destination Expert:

  • Australia
  • Paris
  • England
  • Florence
  • Scotland
  • Rome
  • Nice

Travel Specialist:

  • Cruises
  • European Culture
  • Luxury

Top Travel Partners:

  • Globus
  • TravelBound
  • Viking River Cruises
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises
  • Tauck
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • SITA World Tours
  • Azamara Club Cruises
  • Monograms
  • Holland America Line


  • Crystal Cruise Specialist
  • Rail Europe Expert
  • Regent Cruise Line Specialist
  • Viking River Cruise Specialist
  • Australia Specialist

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