A-List Agents

Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler name the best of the West

By: Irma Widjojo

Both Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler have selected their choices of top travel agents across the nation, as well as the world, for 2007.

Travel + Leisure released its sixth annual A-List of 125 Travel Super-Agents after interviewing hundreds of agents “to pick the ones who always deliver." Out of the 125 agents listed, 46 were from the West.

Similarly, Conde Nast Traveler Wendy Perrin’s eighth annual 130 Top Travel Specialists also weeded out hundreds of applicants to pick out the creme de la creme of the travel industry. Forty-seven of the magazine’s top agents were from the West.

All of these agents have what it takes to create dream vacations for their clients and have proven to always deliver. Below are the Western-based agents that have been chosen and their specialties.

Travel + Leisure’s 2007 A-List of 125 Travel Super-Agents


Karen Benson Camelback Odyssey Travel, Phoenix (Spas)

Betsy Donley Camelback Odyssey Travel, Phoenix (Fly-Fishing)

Karen Harris Protravel International, Phoenix (Southern Africa)

Miryam Salter American Express Travel, Phoenix (Israel)


Catharina Apodac Carefree Vacations, San Diego (Australia)

Carol Arklind Travel Dynamics Group, Inc., La Jolla (Scandinavia)

Marianne Braly Now Voyager Travel, Huntington Beach (Mexico)

Carolyne Brandon American Express Travel Services, Palo Alto (Hawaii)

Laurette de Moro Worldview Travel, Santa Ana (France)

Tom de Rose Friends of Dorothy Travel, San Francisco (Gay/Lesbian Travel)

Elayne Edelman Protravel International, Regent Group, Beverly Hills (Hotels)

Diane Embree Michael’s Travel Centre, Westlake Village (Southeast Asia)

Maggie Eskicioglu American Express Travel Related Services, San Francisco (Europe Family Travel)

Lynda Turley Garrett Alpine Travel of Saratoga, Saratoga (Food/Wine)

Jerry Greenberg Cassis Travel Services, Los Angeles (Chile)

Anne Halsey-Smith Gayle Gillies Travel, Rancho Santa Fe (Luxury Cruises)

Susanne Hamer Travel Store Platinum, Los Angeles (French Polynesia)

Deborah Hyte Altour, Los Angeles (Italy)

Ilene Koenig Let’s Travel, Santa Monica (Switzerland)

Sandee Litwin Litwin Travel, Los Angeles (Indonesia)

Tracy Lonsdale Altour, Los Angeles (Spas)

Merrill, Kay Are We There Yet? Family Adventures, Larkspur (Active Family Travel)

Janet Moore Distant Horizons, Long Beach (Middle East)

Carol Peterson TravelBride, Corte Madera (Honeymoons/Weddings)

Wido Schaefer Travel Stores USA, Los Angeles (Chile/Argentina)

Bernard Streiff Rancho San Diego Travel, Inc., La Mesa (France)

Doris White Travel Dynamics, La Jolla (Hiking/Walking)


Jo Ellen Cohen Polk Majestic Travel, Denver (Southeast Asia)

Melissa Harrison Hiatt Belize & Costa Rica Travelpoints, Boulder (Central America)

Darlene Ravin Andavo Independent Elite, Greenwood Village (Southeast Asia)

Noriko Townsend Aggie Travel Points/American Express, Fort Collins (Japan)

Dana Welch Travel Society, Denver (Safaris)


Matt Tadvick Off the Beaten Path, Bozeman (Western U.S.)


Paul Niskanen Cruise Masters, Portland (Culture/Education)


Bonnie Habel Fuller Travel Agency, San Antonio (Expeditionary Cruises)

Kathy Hannon American Express Travel, Dallas (Active Family Travel)

F. Peter Herf II Herff Travel, Inc., San Antonia (England)

Margery Hunter Rudy Steele Travel. Dallas (Culture/History)

Jim and Nancy Strong Strong Travel Services, Dallas (Ultra-Luxury)

Ruth Turpin Cruises Etc. Travel, Fort Worth (Luxury Cruises)

Sally Watkins Century Travel & Cruises, Austin (Italy)

Laura Woo West University Travel, Houston (Hong Kong)


Carlos Fida PanAmerican Travel Services, Salt Lake City (Galápagos/Peru)
Douglas B. Wren PanAmerican Travel Services, Salt Lake City (South America)


Tammi R. Van Volkinburgh Gayle Gillies Travel, Vancouver (England)

Condé Nast Traveler’s Wendy Perrin’s 130 Top Travel Specialists 2007


Betsey Donley Camelback Odyssey Travel, Phoenix (Southwest U.S.)


Brady Binstandt Geographic Expeditions, San Francisco (Guatemala)

Ayse Boykin Travel Store Platinum, Los Angeles (Scuba Diving)

Astrid Breuer Michael’s Travel Centre, Inc., Agoura Hills (Seychelles)

Betty Cox Travel Concepts, Fountain Valley (Hawaii)

Mary Crowley Ocean Voyages, Sausalito (Yacht Charters: Exotic)

Diane Embree Michael’s Travel Centre, Westlake Village (Indonesia: Bali)

Leslie Fambrini Personalized Travel Consultants, Los Altos (Luxury Midsize Ship Cruises)

Mindy Gleason O.A.R.S., Angels Camp (River Rafting)

Jim Harlan Uncommon Adventures, Marina del Rey (Papua New Guinea)

Kleon Howe The Art of Travel, San Diego (French Polynesia and the Cook Islands)

Robin Kanno Landmark Travel, Orinda (Hawaii)

Howard Lewis Protravel International, Beverly Hills (France)

Kay Merril Are We There Yet, Larkspur (Family Travel: Trips with Young Children)

Brent Olson Geographic Expeditions, San Francisco (Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka)

Mary Pyle Peters Distinctive Journeys, Blairsden (Canada)

Jewell Ramos Worldview Travel, Santa Ana (Mexico)

Jackie Richmond Wine Country Concierge, Napa (California’s Napa Valley, Sierra Foothills, Sonoma Valley)

Brian T. Robertson Robertson International Travel Consultants, Santa Barbara (Private-Jet Vacations)

Monique Rodriguez Cortez Travel & Expeditions, Solana Beach (Madagascar)

Andrea Ross Journeys Within, Rancho Santa Margarita (Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam)

Jane Turner Active Downunder, San Diego (New Zealand)

Sanjay Saxena Destination Himalaya, San Rafael (India, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Tibet)

Lynette Wilson Destination World, Hermosa Beach (Australia and Fiji)

Lindsay Wallace Linara Travel, Calabasas (Maldives)


Meg Austin The Travel Society, Denver (Scuba Diving)

Cherri Briggs Explore, Steamboat Springs (Botswana, Gabon, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia)

Nancy Craft Esprit Travel & Tours, Telluride (Japan)

Tom Damon Southwind Adventures, Littleton (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Peru)

Jana Emery Ski.com, Aspen (Skiing: United States and Canada)

LaDonna Epler Colorado Springs (Frequent-Flier Miles)

Jarrod Hobson Asia Transpacific Journeys, Boulder (Indonesia)

Eric Kareus Asia Transpacific Journeys, Boulder (Myanmar)

Rebecca Mazzaro Asia Transpacific Journeys, Boulder (China & Tibet)

Harmina Mulder The Travel Society, Denver (Belgium and the Netherlands)

Kent Redding Africa Adventure Consultants, Denver (East Africa)


Richard Edwards Austin-Lehman Adventures, Billings (Costa Rica and Nicaragua)

Caroline Bach Wood Sterling Brownell, Bozeman (The Rockies, U.S.)


Sylvia and Ted Blishak Accent on Travel USA, Klamath Falls (Rail Travel: North America)

Paul Niskanen Cruise Masters, Portland (Cruises: Scandinavia and the Baltic)


Roberto Agostini Charming Italian Travel, Dallas (Italy)

James R. Berkeley Destinations & Adventures International, Nashville (Egypt, Israel, Jordan)

Leigh Ann Cloutier Rico Tours, Austin (Costa Rica and Nicaragua)

Dorothea Rasser SkiEurope/Alpine Adventures, Houston (Skiing:Europe)

Rudi Steele Rudi Steele Travel, Dallas (Western Europe and Hotels & Resorts)


Janet Lanterman Cruise Specialties, Seattle (Long Cruises)

Rita Zawaideh Caravan-Serai, Inc., Seattle (Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Tunisia)

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