Sojourning companions come and go but your travel agent, if he or she does a great job, stays with you for all your forays. That said, picking a super apt agency as well as a person in that agency who will serve you well is a big deal. To help out, following are five of the best in the City of Angels to consider for all your travel needs.
Elite Travel International
11693 San Vicente Blvd., Suite 223
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Savvy Stacy Small is the brains behind her boutique agency as founder/president of LA-based Elite Travel International, a Virtuoso-affiliated luxury firm with a global client base of CEOs, entrepreneurs, financiers, entertainment, media and business moguls. Named Virtuoso’s Most Innovative Travel Advisor in 2013, Small is on Travel + Leisure’s 2015 “A-List” and was the only travel advisor on “USA Today’s Top 10 Travel Tweeters to Follow.” Small is totally plugged into the world of travel, overseeing a team of more than 20 independent contractors from LA to London, all of whom specialize in high-end, high-level travel, serving both business and leisure clients traveling everywhere from Europe to Africa to South America, Hawaii, the South Pacific and beyond.
Excel Worldwide Travel
4383 Tujunga Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 91604
If you’re a novice traveler and want to be in the best hands for an upcoming foray, considering working with Mike at Excel to book your journey. Not only is this veteran agent one of the best in the business but he is also one of the kindest travel experts willing to help with everything, from finding you the right hotel to telling you about whether or not you’ll need to take adaptors for your gadgets in order to keep these necessary tools (from iPads to electric rollers) working at the destination property you’ll be visiting. No question is off-base for this sojourning professional.
Martin’s Travel And Tours
3415 South Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90034
Susan Tanzman, the founder and president of this Los Angeles-based travel agency, is arguably the most trusted name in the business. Many veteran travelers seek her help for regular travel needs as well as for special trips that are made for memory books. Reviews rave Tanzman for her ability to recognize all the needs of the client and choose locations that will not only satiate those needs, but exceed expectations. In a business that can often have travelers stressed from planning, Tanzman and her work shine through as an extremely valuable service.
2001 Barrington Ave., Suite 315
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Contract David Van Ness at All-Travel for extra care that is so precise that many traveling savants consider this expert their go-to guy when planning a trip of their own. He does so with care. As David claims on the agency website, “Our approach is not to hand you, our client, off to a booking engine. We want to talk with each and every one of you.” Fans of this travel planner agree that all their needs are met long before it’s time for wheels-up on that next trip to anywhere.
11601 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Offering trips to everywhere from the Middle East to Africa to Antarctica, TravelStore’s excellence is colored by their own travel experience. Headquartered out of Los Angeles, TravelStore’s agents make regular visits to their locations to ensure they are up-to-date with the current best in accommodations, deals and luxury. Sign up for anything from an excursion through southern Africa to a luxury cruise to Europe, and TravelShore’s LA agentKatie will help you make it the perfect destination. A Travel + Leisure 2013 A-List Top Agent, Katie has done everything from kayaked Bora Bora to walked alongside elephants in Zambia, meaning she can make the most out of your traveling from her own experience.
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