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Michele Friedmann

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Email: michele.friedmann@gmail.com

Phone: 610-823-9971

Hours: 8am-5pm MT

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I’m a passionate world traveler who’s visited 59 countries and counting. I’ve worked in a variety of areas in the travel field including: study abroad advisor, program leader in Europe and Fulbright scholarship program officer. As a travel advisor, I genuinely enjoy helping others craft their dream trip. I primarily book multi-city Europe vacations, Thailand excursions, central and south america getaways and lately I’ve been booking more group trips. I’m traveling with 10 clients to Antarctica in January- I can’t wait!

Karima Tannis – CTC, Destination Specialist

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Email: karitannis@gmail.com

Phone: 303-558-0014

Hours: 9am-5pm MT Mon-Fri

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Ever since I was in junior high school, I had a fascination with geography. I grew up in Canada where it is a “required” subject starting in junior high. I originally wanted to be a missionary and travel the world helping underserved children and adults. As time progressed, I had other aspirations and after 2 years of college was hired by the airlines as a flight attendant. I flew with Braniff Airlines for 8 years, until they filed bankruptcy in 1982. I loved to travel and wanted to stay in the travel business, so I decided to attend school to become a Travel agent. I graduated in 1983 and immediately started working at a Travel Agency in Boca Raton, Florida. I was put on the front lines handling constant calls and people walking in the agency. We booked travel to every part of the world for business and leisure travelers. I learned a lot very quickly. I moved into management a couple of years later and learned all I could about the day to day operations of a Travel Agency. I moved to Colorado in 1986 and continued working in the Travel Business again in a busy agency environment. I have traveled to over 80 countries and by bicycle in many European, North American and Asian countries. Karima Tannis

Client Testimonials:

“Oh my! Many, many stories! Everything you planned was fabulous! Thank you for doing so well what we LET you do. ”

Patti: “Thank you for helping us to plan a wonderful, restful vacation. I recommend you to all that ask. ”

Carol: “Thanks so much for the dinner on board the Symphony. It was an unexpected surprise. The cruise was excellent and our cabins were perfect. Thanks for all your help in arranging the details. I wasn’t sure if I would like cruising we are already talking about doing a week for the two of us in February of 2021. Blessings,

C.H. “We had an awesome time. Very laid back and we accomplished a lot in a short time. Sheridan House in Williams AZ was the way to go, lodging wise. Hosts Mark and Deb were amazing and Mark even made us (Deborah and me) vegan breakfast options, per request. The rooms were great and the beds were huge and comfy. The lack of rugrats (kids) was also a plus. My mom had a great time and we saw some great sights of the Grand Canyon. We got in a train trip one day and Canyon Dave’s tour, with driver Keaton, was educational and resulted in many photo ops. Thanks for organizing everything Kari. You do exceptional work! ”

Joe: “We can’t thank you enough for the wonderful time that we had in our travels. Everything went perfectly and connections were all smooth. We had great food, great tours, fun train rides, and a lot of nice walks. You know how to do it right girl….thanks so much.”

Rob: ” First of all, thank you SO much for arranging our trip in New Zealand last September after Worlds in Gold Coast. It was PERFECT! The transfers were all on time – and the bus drivers were like tour guides. We loved traveling in this manner because we had the security of knowing that you had everything planned, but also felt like we had freedom (unlike those we saw with tour groups). Our favorite place was Franz Josef. The little town was quaint and we LOVED hiking on the glacier. Truly breathtaking. It was an amazing trip. You are the BEST!.”

Sue: “Our trip was wonderful. Thank you for doing such a great job organizing and picking such great places.”

Diane: “What a trip! Windstar cruise was fabulous. Loved the small yacht feel. Service was excellent. All of the ports were amazing. We ended up adding Ibiza excursion and so glad we did. Barcelona was a blast – the Indigo is in a great location. We could have stayed there another day. We learned to use the hop on, hop off buses to get a good overview of the cities. The Dom Pedro hotel was very classy . Really glad we added the Sintras visit at the end. Beautiful area in Portugal. Everything turned out wonderful! Thank you for all of your help with the trip! We will definitely do one of these cruises again.”

 

Carol Jaffe

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Email: travelwithvat@gmail.com

Phone: 303-888-7950

Hours: Vista Travel Adventures open 8:00 am - 6:00 pm MT

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Travel, planning travel and introducing others to travel is my passion! Some highlights of my experience include – Former flight attendant with American Airlines; Personal travel throughout the USA plus 36 countries; Researching, planning and booking trips to ensure easy, worry-free travel with special sights and experiences. My husband, Jon, and I formed “Travel with Jon & Carol” as part of Vista Adventure Travel, LLC. We have found that travel can be intimidating, so our focus is to provide even less-experienced travelers with a small, private guided tour together with us. We focus on incredible food, culture and history and provide local guide specialists to experience both USA and world-wide destinations. As an example, we recently completed an all-inclusive guided tour, 10-days, to three Asian countries – Singapore, Siem Reap, Cambodia and Hong Kong. There is still room to book and be part of our next trip! I would love to be your travel consultant whether you need my services for planning, booking, and coordinating your future trips or you will join us on one of our tours. What new adventure is calling to you?

Howie Rappaport

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Email: howie@rewardsmith.com

Phone: 508-963-3922

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Travel for me is all about the experience. The experience of planning, the anticipation of the trip, getting to a destination and then immersing myself. Every aspect is important and every detail is important to me; even which exact seat on the plane is likely to give me the best experience. I’m all about goals and goal setting. I love working with clients to help them figure out what is most important for them. When they’re not sure, being able to use my own experience and network is where it gets fun as no two people are the same. I’m also an expert when it comes to using points and miles and am happy to help you get the most out of them.

Vanessa Genger

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Email: vanessa@gengertravel.com

Phone: 847.902.2564

Hours: 8:00am - 5:00pm CST

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My fascination with travel began while growing up in Venezuela and Thailand. As a member of the Bangkok Aquatic swim team, I traveled throughout Europe and the Far East with my family, falling in love with cities such as Athens, Rome, and Vienna. After a career in customer relations and logistics, I launched my career as a travel advisor, and have found true passion in helping my clients immerse themselves in local culture. My goal is to make sure my clients’ trips are the right fit for them. I enjoy booking travel to New Zealand and Spain, and travel often to Prague, where my daughter is a teacher. I’ve cruised Sydney Harbour in Australia, explored both islands of New Zealand, toured Italy with my three daughters during the Xmas holidays, attended Easter Mass in the Cordoba Mosque-Cathedral in Spain, and driven the northern coast of Ireland from Galway to Dublin. I’ve been lucky to experience several trips of a lifetime, and my goal is to create similar experiences for my clients!

Addie Aynes

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Email: susiem@travelsociety.com

Phone: 303.381.7420

Hours: 9am to 5pm Mountain Time

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In 2011, I officially joined Susie McKenney to become Travel with Susie and Addie; an independently owned and operated travel agency in association with The Travel Society. Growing up I spent countless hours at the travel agency where my mother, Susie McKenney, established herself as a corporate and leisure travel consultant within the Boulder community. After over 20 years of travel influence and experiences, I graduated college with a business degree and joined The Travel Society. Together we specialize in Luxury, Leisure and Spa destination travel, as well as International and Domestic Corporate travel. Thanks in large part to our affiliation with Virtuoso®, an organization of the top travel agencies, the finest travel providers, and premier destinations in the world; we have the resources to above and beyond to customize your travel down to the tiniest detail. Through our membership with Virtuoso, we are able to add additional amenities for the personalized service that makes all the difference in the way you experience travel. Additional amenities and personalize service could take the form of room upgrades, thank-you notes, breakfasts, resort credits, surprise welcome gifts in your room or cruise cabin and much more. In addition to Virtuoso, we are also affiliated with Starwood Pro, Ritz-Carlton Stars, Four Season Preferred Partners, Melia Specialist, AM Master Agent association, and many more.

Sarah Bender

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Email: sarahb@travelsociety.com

Phone: 303.469.1668

Hours: M-F 9am-5pm, Mountain Time

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I have been a Travel Agent since 1993.  I book both corporate and leisure travel and have extensive experience booking domestic as well as international travel, including air, hotels and cars, rail, packages, tours and cruises.  I also have valuable experience booking groups for a variety of purposes and to various destinations.  I am a certified Aussie Specialist (Australia) and Kiwi Specialist (New Zealand) as well as an Accredited Cruise Counselor.  I have also obtained my “College of Disney Knowledge” certification, identifying me as a Disney Specialist.  African safaris have become a passion as well, after having gone on one myself in Kenya in 2011.  My very favorite destination, for personal travel as well as booking for clients, is the South Pacific, particularly Australia and New Zealand.  I backpacked through Australia and NZ for a year back in 1990/91 and have returned to Australia three times since.  I returned to New Zealand most recently in April 2009.  I have also attended numerous Aussie & Kiwi Specialist Conventions.  I am very familiar with these countries and am comfortable creating any personalized itinerary there.  I also have an excellent relationship with a wholesaler for Down Under.

Of-course I book many other destinations besides Down Under, particularly Mexico, Hawaii, the Caribbean, Disney vacations and cruises.  I also enjoy working with groups such as family reunions, clubs/common interest groups and destination weddings.  I find working with a travel advisor is especially beneficial for groups, having one point of contact and an experienced advisor familiar with group needs and procedures.

Client Quotes:

” Sarah Bender has been the best travel agent I’ve had in a long time. I travel extensively and using her services has been a “no-brainer” for me. Sarah was very quick to pick up on my habits and has always been very thorough in her research of great deals given my expectations of flight times, destinations and pricing. She is very personable, always recommends the best package, while respecting my requirements. Above all, she is

extremely patient in dealing with clients like myself, as I make plans at the very last minute and change itineraries frequently—never once did I ever sense her annoyance. She is my travel agent for both personal and work travels. I have recommended her services to the company I work for and they are extremely happy with her services. Her fees are inexpensive compared to the amount of leg work she does for you. Each time Sarah comes back with a price, I am confident she has done her homework—and that’s what matters—the bottom line!” — Samantha F. Melbourne IT

“ Since April 2000, I have relied on Sarah to make my travel arrangements. She always responds quickly to my questions and requests and is fantastic at keeping all my idiosyncrasies in mind so my itineraries help me to stay sane during my travels.  In complicated trips, she is adept at finding a

reasonable plan that fits my requirements and is at a low price. She is always professional, thorough, and easy to work with. In conclusion, I can highly recommend her to anyone looking for a reliable, friendly, and extremely competent travel agent.” — Edward K. Dept. Nuclear Physics at University of Colorado

Carmen Colicchio

Carmen Colicchio

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Email: carmen@suntastichoneymoons.com

Phone: 973.887.7441

Hours: Mon-Fri 10am - 6pm EST. Evenings and Saturdays by appointment

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Travel is my passion and planning it to perfection for my clients is what I strive for every day. Whether you are looking for a beach vacation with a flair of local culture or a multi-city tour of Europe or South America. I get down to the details so you can enjoy your vacation rather than planning it while there.

Honeymoons are my favorite! My own to Greece has served as my inspiration. And when couples return again and again asking me to plan their family getaways I know I’ve done my job right.

Destination Weddings can be overwhelming for couples but I alleviate the guess work and manage everyone’s travel arrangements.

Family vacations are close and dear to my heart. As a mother of teenagers I understand the challenges and the rewards of taking time away as a family. The memories you make together are priceless and the kids walk away with a learning experience when you throw some culture and fun into the mix.
Call or email me today and let’s make your dream trip a reality!

Susie McKenney

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Email: susiem@travelsociety.com

Phone: 303.381.7420

Hours: 9am - 5pm Mountain Time

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Travel with Susie and Addie is an independently owned and operated travel agency in association with the Travel Society. I have established myself as a corporate and leisure travel consultant within the Boulder community for over 28 years. After many years of travel influence and a obtaining a business degree, Addie (my daughter) joined the business to become Travel with Susie and Addie in 2011. Together we specialize in Luxury, Leisure, Corporate and Spa destination travel. Thanks in large part to our affiliation with Virtuoso®, an organization of the top travel agencies, the finest travel providers, and premier destinations in the world; we have a world of resources at our fingertips. Through Virtuoso, we’re able to offer amenities, experiences, and access not available to the general public, yet that make all the difference in the way you experience travel. By taking the time to get to know your individual interests and preferences, we’re able to design vacations that offer you the greatest Return on Life™. In addition to Virtuoso, we are also affiliated with Starwood Pro, Ritz-Carlton Stars, Four Season Preferred Partners and AM Master Agent associations.

Jeanne Rosania

Jeanne Rosania

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Email: jeanner@travelsociety.com

Phone: 303.444.4236

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I have over 35 years in the travel industry. Starting my career in New Jersey with AAA World Wide Travel, I arranged all types of travel from road trips to air and cruises. My desire to travel led me to Colorado to ski and attend the University of Colorado. I remained in the travel industry and worked for Boulder Travel for many years booking both leisure travel and specializing in corporate travel working on the IBM account