If you’re booking summer travel plans to get a jump on airfare, hotel and car deals, your options for simplifying the process have never been better. If you have time to surf the Web to do your own research, or you enjoy calling hotels and car rental companies, the Internet and telephone are great. If personal assistance provided by a brick and mortar agency is more in line with your idea of booking travel, agencies are still out there. The good news is they usually also offer Internet service, so you can have the best of both worlds. Whether the travel you seek is to luxurious exotic locations or a road trip around the country, here are some choices.
3715 Northside Parkway, Building 100, Suite 305
Atlanta, GA 30327
Do your travel dreams include exotic luxury vacations, out-of-the-way destinations and even outer space travel? If so, Explorations is your agency. With agents each specializing in specific global destinations, food experiences and even Virgin Galactic flights, Explorations has the staff to plan your most customized, unique and adventurous trip yet. Agent Jean Pickard, who can take you from Timbuktu to London, has been named a “Best Travel Consultant in America” by Conde’ Nast Traveler. If you want to hike regions of the Himalayas and explore Nepal, Anila Patel can put it together for you. Francophile Caitlin Greene will design your French food and wine travel. If what you’re really in search of is otherworldly, “Accredited Space Agent” Jennifer will reserve your seat on a flight into space.
Sterling Brownell Travel Agency
Atlanta, GA 30305
A top southern luxury travel consultant for years, Sterling Travel was acquired by Brownell Travel in 2004 and continues to be the leader in luxury travel services in Atlanta. Considered the first leisure travel agency in America, Brownell is still going strong, taking its clients to every corner of the globe. An October 2012 article by Arnie Weissmann in Travel Weekly describes how the agency believes in designing an experience for its customers, not just an itinerary. “Documents are delivered in a red box, wrapped in tissue that’s sealed with a gold sticker,” he writes. If you feel like retracing Oprah’s steps through Australia or taking a luxury cruise to Antarctica, Brownell will create a personalized trip for you.
2330 Scenic Highway, Suite 218
Snellville, GA 30078
Robert McCormick’s travel influence can be seen throughout the Atlanta area with his four agency locations. Happy client comments include evidence of long-term relationships with his agents, including one patron who attests to a 16-year association. McCormick books family packages specializing in Disney attractions, cruises and beaches; destination weddings and honeymoons; and river cruises and tours. His travel deals include packages for all of the above. If you’re looking for something more exclusive, McCormick offers the Signature Collection for “by-invitation-only” culinary packages and hotel experiences.
4060 Johns Creek Parkway, Building D
Suwanee, GA 30024
If your idea of travel involves grabbing your ticket and hitting the road with all of the details mapped out and ready to go, Travel Leaders will handle it all down to every restaurant reservation along the way. With 24-hour service every day, Travel Leaders is on call to help if you need to get to point A from point B in the aftermath of a flight cancellation or bump in the road. “Vacation time should not be spent on logistics,” says Barbara Torjussen, Travel Leaders agent. Travel Leaders offers certified specialists who have training in specific areas of travel, helping you with choices for cruises, individual countries, resorts and destination weddings.
4540B Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA 30342
This agency, affiliated with the eponimous auto club, gives you all of the bells and whistles for every kind of travel. Whether your idea of the perfect vacation is a guided tour of our National Parks or of European history, or a cultural expedition of Asia, AAA has been leading the charge for decades. The company’s boots on the ground ,such as this Sandy Springs-area location, has been fulfilling customer travel dreams for over 10 years.
Di Chapman has been writing professionally for trade journals, audiobooks and a global business clientele since her early 20s. A coauthor of four books and a regular contributor to numerous blogs, she currently lives in the historic district of Roswell, Georgia, in the greater Atlanta area. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.