Ever dream of going on a safari and taking photos of elephants in the wild or kayaking among blue whales? That’s how every travel adventure begins: first a dream, then an opportunity, and then of course, the plans. The difference between making a dream come true or turning it into a nightmare often depends on the skill of the planner and avoiding the “devil in the details.” That’s where travel agents come in. Choosing an agent who understands what you and your group hope to do, and knowing where and when to do it, can make all the difference. Here are five agents that can help you create the memories of a lifetime.
11767 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX 77094
Travel Leaders is a Houston-based company that handles all types of travel for businesses, groups or individuals. Customers rave about the company’s low prices, especially for large groups. The service offers a number of experienced, certified agents who will be able to make your trip a success, from helping you book tickets to telling you what to see once you get to your destination.
Wood Lake Travel
1800 Post Oak Blvd, Suite 6130
Houston, TX 77056
The Woodlake Travel Store is a great place to start planning your next trip and offers a broad variety of travel packages, from Disney Vacations to international excursions. One possibility is a fascinating trip in Columbia, starting in Bogata and ending in Cartegena. The agents have over 30 years experience in travel planning. They are located in the Galleria Mall area, so they are convenient for calls or office visits. They also speak Spanish and English, a major asset in planning adventures in Latin America.
Advantage Travel, Inc. AMEX
1035 Dairy Ashford Road, Suite 110
Houston, TX 77079
Advantage Travel is a service of world-famous American Express, based right here in Houston. The website offers choices of cruises, tours, etc. but also a special category for adventure travel. This agency might be a good first choice for AMEX cardholders with lots of points accumulated, which can be used for travel. They include experienced agents available for contact by phone or e-mail to plan business travel as well as personal vacations.
West University Travel
3622 University Blvd.
Houston, TX 77005
West University Travel describes itself as a luxury travel specialty service. It was founded by Ray and Cecile Shutter in 1989, and offers a staff of professional agents offering personalized, value-added services. Repeat customers rave about the way the agency’s staff goes above and beyond to make sure every trip goes smoothly. That’s a good thing because the company provides trips to many remote corners of the world where lots could go wrong. This is the site for those with an unlimited travel budget — and a strong sense of adventure.
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Detail Company Adventures
701 N. Post Oak Road, Suite 1
Houston, TX 77024
If you’re interested in a hunting trip or other off-the-beaten-track adventure, Detail Company Adventures is the place to turn. Detail Company Exchange is a 30-year-old agency that specializes in safaris, big game hunting, fishing, wing-shooting, and adventure trips worldwide. It started when the founder, Jerri Booth organized a hunting trip to Mexico for members of the Houston Safari Club. Key into the owners’ vast experience and knowledge to make your next adventure the best ever.
Marc Pembroke is a freelance writer covering all things Houston. His work can be found on Examiner.com.