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Meet Our Team of Specialists - Virtuoso | McCabe World Travel
Damian McCabe - Meet Our Team of Specialists - Virtuoso | McCabe World Travel
Damian McCabe - Meet Our Team of Specialists - Virtuoso | McCabe World Travel
Damian McCabe - Meet Our Team of Specialists - Virtuoso | McCabe World Travel

I have two young adult daughters in whom I’ve instilled a love of travel; traveling as a family to 6 continents. They are now starting to take trips together and on their own. Travel is the very best education you can give to your children.

My husband and I love to cruise, it’s the easiest possible vacation to take. McCabe World Travel is a true representation of my love for the industry and what our agency provides for our clients.

Thank you for taking the time to be here. Now, let’s travel!

Damian McCabe - Meet Our Team of Specialists - Virtuoso | McCabe World Travel

Welcome to McCabe Online.

I have been in the travel industry for 33 years, 30 of them as an agency owner. My passion is Africa, I have been 20 times! I love the people, culture, animals, scenery, everything!

I have two young adult daughters in whom I’ve instilled a love of travel; traveling as a family to 6 continents. They are now starting to take trips together and on their own. Travel is the very best education you can give to your children. My husband and I love to cruise, it’s the easiest possible vacation to take. McCabe World Travel is a true representation of my love for the industry and what our agency provides for our clients.

Thank you for taking the time to be here. Now, let’s travel!

Meet Our Team - Damian McCabe, CEO

Damian McCabe

CTC, CEO

African Safaris, Multi-generational Family Vacations, and Small Ship Cruising.

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Damian founded McCabe World Travel, Inc. in 1988 on the principles of excellence in service and value. In the 29 years since, the company has enjoyed steady growth, primarily through client referrals, which speaks to the company’s ability to deliver as promised. McCabe World Travel enjoys a beautiful location in downtown McLean, Virginia.

Damian is most proud of her staff of amazing advisors, who have traveled all of the 7 continents and explored all of the corners of the world. Their passion for creating extraordinary trips for their clients is the company’s strongest asset.

Damian specializes in family travel with two young adult daughters who have caught the travel bug! She has a passion for creating trips where a family can spend time together learning, whether it is on a Disney cruise or an expedition ship in the Galapagos Islands or a safari in Africa.

Damian specializes in African Safaris, multi-generational family vacations, and small ship cruising.

 

 

703-762-5040 office
703-639-1825 fax
damian@mccabeworld.com

Meet Our Team - Anne Morgan Scully, CTC, President

Anne Morgan Scully

CTC, President

Luxury Cruises, Independent Tours, Private Villas, Yachts and Jet Tours

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Luxury leisure travel is today, a thing of knowledge, access, and instincts, combining the familiar with the unusual, the charming with the sublime. While the “mechanics” of luxury travel become easier each day, with each advance in technology; the art of luxury travel continues to be composed solely from the palette of knowledge, access & instinct possessed by few.

Anne currently serves on the following advisory boards & committees:

  • Travel + Leisure Magazine
  • Starwood Hotels
  • Ritz Carlton Hotels
  • Park Hyatt
  • Luxury Travel Advisor Magazine
  • Virtuoso Hotel Committee
  • Virtuoso Marketing Committee
  • Chair, Virtuoso Trust

Anne is consistently named to the Travel + Leisure A-List of the World’s Super Agents. In 2014, she was one of eleven travel advisors to make the list.

703-762-5055 office
anne@mccabeworld.com
Meet Our Team - Karen White, Vice President, Finance and Operations

Karen White

Vice President, Finance and Operations

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Growing up an Army brat, I have been fortunate enough to live in Berlin, Germany (6 years) and Misawa, Japan (18 months). With my extensive travels abroad during this period, I had developed an insatiable desire to travel the world so I can experience its beauty, diverse culture, and exquisite cuisine and have passed this same love of travel on to my children.

I came to McCabe World Travel in 1997 with a degree in Finance. I manage the Accounting, Human Capital, Information Technology, and the day to day Operations of the Company.

Karen’s favorite travel quote:

We travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us.

703-762-5058 office
703-905-9056 fax

karen@mccabeworld.com
Meet Our Team - Beth Washington, Director of Development

Beth Washington

Director of Development

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Never lose your sense of wonder…

No matter how many countries I have checked off my list, traveling never ceases to make me feel like a kid again.  I am giddy over seeing a leopard on safari, I am intrigued by the tobacco farmer in Cuba, and mesmerized by the infinite landscapes of the Atacama Desert.  Every trip should be filled with little “wow” moments.

What is the one place you could go back to a hundred times?

Madrid. Living and studying here made Madrid my European “home away from home” and I can never get enough of the Spanish lifestyle.

Best purchase while travelling?

Does it have to be non-perishable? I always have to try the local food, and I keep a list of “best bites” during each trip.

For the Record…

I visited the two most southerly points outside Antarctica within 3 months…Ushuaia, Argentina and Cape Point, South Africa.

Awards & Accolades:

About Me:
My passion for travel was fostered at a young age, discovering new places with my family, using travel as an extended classroom. As a young adult, I fell in love with seeing the world, living and studying in Spain and traveling Europe with friends. My most recent trips have taken me to Mexico, Central and South America, allowing me to apply my education in international development and Latin American studies with my passion for travel.

Whether it’s a few hours’ drive or a trip halfway across the globe, traveling is about learning your destination’s culture, history, cuisine and its people. Through travel you learn about yourself as well as about destinations in our ever-smaller world. I can’t imagine a more enriching experience!

Specializing in: Latin America, Spain & Western Europe, Africa, and Honeymoons

 

CUSTOMER REVIEWS …

One week before I was scheduled to fly to Antigua, Guatemala (where I had planned to study Spanish for four weeks — my first real vacation in four years), the school there inexplicably stopped returning my emails. Meanwhile, I was stuck with the plane tickets in the midst of the worst deadline of my life. I didn’t want to stay in Guatemala for a month if I wasn’t taking classes, but I had no time to plan anything, so I googled “best travel specialists Latin America” and found Beth Washington of McCabe World Travel. I told her that I needed a four-week itinerary in Central and South America but that I needed it within days and didn’t want to think about anything: “Just tell me what to do,” I said. Well, she worked out a fabulous, elaborate itinerary in less than a week—over a holiday weekend, no less. She was still scheduling future legs of the trip while I was climbing volcanoes in Lake Atitlán. The trip went off without a hitch and, no, it wasn’t cheap, but it was priceless. Thanks, Beth! – J.I. Baker, journalist, author of the novel THE EMPTY GLASS, and former executive editor of Condé Nast Traveler – June 2017

I worked with Beth Washington on my honeymoon last year for a five-month period. She was very nice and super knowledgeable about the area I was traveling to (Costa Rica). She was able to give us some great guidance based on her personal experience at the resort we stayed at. I would definitely recommend her, and already have. Beth was a pleasure to work with, and I will never forget how thrilled my wife was to receive a bag of coffee from the resort we had booked in Costa Rica a few months before the actual honeymoon as part of the welcome package. It was a really great and meaningful touch. – J.D. 2017

When we decided to take a special trip for our 40th wedding anniversary the first person we called was Beth Washington. Beth had previously planned our trip to Paris and handled both our children’s honeymoon trips. We told her we wanted some unique hotel experiences and she hit a home run. What stands out about dealing with Beth is that she takes care of all the details including, hotel reservations, check in times, car reservations, travel insurance, etc. Then everything is put on her mobile app so that we didn’t have to carry around a lot of paper. Thanks Beth. We are already planning our next trip and look forward to working with you again. – J & K, Sept 2018

 
Lake Como by Ic Bellagio

 

 

703-762-5048 office
beth@mccabeworld.com

Meet Our Team - Jessica Griscavage, Director of Marketing

Jessica Griscavage

Director of Marketing

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About me:

My passion for travel inspires me to experience all different ways to travel, so I can truly find the best fit for my clients. In 2017 I had such a wide range of travel: a dude ranch, a group tour of the National Parks, a villa vacation in Italy, island hopping in Hawaii, European cities of Paris and Barcelona, and Disney World & Disney Cruise.  There are reasons to love all different types of travel: I loved the freedom of exploring Italy with no set schedule on my villa vacation, but I also loved organization and stress-free nature of seeing the National Parks with a group. It’s my goal to match the perfect destination and product with my client.

What makes you happy?

My favorite moments in life are traveling with my family. My son had his passport at four months and has traveled everywhere with me and my family. Throughout the years I love watching his craving for adventure grow. He loved skiing in Deer Valley and is now begging to go to Paris. I’m so thrilled to be giving him the opportunity to travel while spending quality time with family, and I can’t wait to continue to show him the world. If I could give a young family advice, I would tell them not to give up travel with your kids: from infant to adulthood. I want to be an example to my clients that travel can remain a part of life with children of all ages.

What travel trends are you seeing?

Celebratory travel! Over the past years I have worked on dozens of milestone birthdays starting from 30s, 40s, 50s+

I am also seeing more and more getaways of couples and friends; I think the long weekend getaways have been key to keeping a healthy balance in life and recharging.

Multi-generation travel continues to be a growing trend and one of my favorite types of trip to work on. I love seeing generations come together to experience quality time and lifelong memories.

Most Memorable Trip?

I treasure all of my adventures, but Africa, Tahiti, Italy and the Galapagos will always hold a special place in my heart.

Awards & Accolades:

  • A List Travel+Leisure: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Travel Agent Magazines All Stars: 2015
  • Top 25 Agents: 2012
  • Virtuoso Rising Star: 2009

Publications:

CUSTOMER REVIEWS …

Jessica Griscavage has been our go-to travel adviser for years beginning with our honeymoon in 2010. It could not have been a more perfect stay. We were greeted at each location with a little welcome package from Jess and it really made us feel personally welcomed! I really can’t imagine ever booking a vacation without using my trusty adviser – not only because I get frequent upgrades, but I always know that the stay is going to be a fabulous one because she takes the time to check them all out personally! – Jess and Mark – April 2015

When a travel agent as good as Jessica Griscavage is found (and none will be found that is better), he/she will have learned the trade from Jessica. We have been relying on her for many years and have never been disappointed. Long ago she took the time to get to know us, adapted her suggestions to our interests and, once chosen, she always made good things happen. Even better, she has helped us in hard-to-get situations, always ending up with a plan that was at least as good as the one we had in mind. And as often as not, when we got where we were going, there would be a nice, meaningful present from her and McCabe awaiting us. Through it all, while she has had great ideas, she has not been a pushy salesman, choosing to suggest and adapt rather than try to squeeze us for more costly options. To the Nelsons, Jessica is not just a travel agent, she is our friend.

 
Jessica’s Blog

 

 

703-762-5056 office
jessica@mccabeworld.com

Travel Specialists

Meet Our Team - Beth Washington - Travel Specialist

Beth Washington

Latin America, Spain & Western Europe, Africa, and Honeymoons

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It’s party time!

Some of my favorite recent trips have been traveling for special events: from Kentucky Derby, to Oktoberfest in Munich, to the World Cup in Russia.  It is invigorating to visit a destination that is all dressed up and spirited for a big event!  These types of trips can be overwhelming to plan, so let me take that off your plate with my experience and our local relationships.

Best purchase while travelling?
Does it have to be non-perishable? I always have to try the local food.

For the Record…

I visited the two most southerly points outside Antarctica within 3 months…Ushuaia, Argentina and Cape Point, South Africa.

Awards & Accolades:

About Me: My passion for travel was fostered at a young age, discovering new places with my family, using travel as an extended classroom. As a young adult, I fell in love with seeing the world, living and studying in Spain and traveling Europe with friends. My most recent trips have taken me to Mexico, Central and South America, allowing me to apply my education in international development and Latin American studies with my passion for travel.

Whether it’s a few hours’ drive or a trip halfway across the globe, traveling is about learning your destination’s culture, history, cuisine and its people. Through travel you learn about yourself as well as about destinations in our ever-smaller world. I can’t imagine a more enriching experience!

Specializing in: Latin America, Spain & Western Europe, Africa, and Honeymoons

CUSTOMER REVIEWS …

One week before I was scheduled to fly to Antigua, Guatemala (where I had planned to study Spanish for four weeks — my first real vacation in four years), the school there inexplicably stopped returning my emails. Meanwhile, I was stuck with the plane tickets in the midst of the worst deadline of my life. I didn’t want to stay in Guatemala for a month if I wasn’t taking classes, but I had no time to plan anything, so I googled “best travel specialists Latin America” and found Beth Washington of McCabe World Travel. I told her that I needed a four-week itinerary in Central and South America but that I needed it within days and didn’t want to think about anything: “Just tell me what to do,” I said. Well, she worked out a fabulous, elaborate itinerary in less than a week—over a holiday weekend, no less. She was still scheduling future legs of the trip while I was climbing volcanoes in Lake Atitlán. The trip went off without a hitch and, no, it wasn’t cheap, but it was priceless. Thanks, Beth! – J.I. Baker, journalist, author of the novel THE EMPTY GLASS, and former executive editor of Condé Nast Traveler – June 2017

I worked with Beth Washington on my honeymoon last year for a five-month period. She was very nice and super knowledgeable about the area I was traveling to (Costa Rica). She was able to give us some great guidance based on her personal experience at the resort we stayed at. I would definitely recommend her, and already have. Beth was a pleasure to work with, and I will never forget how thrilled my wife was to receive a bag of coffee from the resort we had booked in Costa Rica a few months before the actual honeymoon as part of the welcome package. It was a really great and meaningful touch. – J.D. 2017

When we decided to take a special trip for our 40th wedding anniversary the first person we called was Beth Washington. Beth had previously planned our trip to Paris and handled both our children’s honeymoon trips. We told her we wanted some unique hotel experiences and she hit a home run. What stands out about dealing with Beth is that she takes care of all the details including, hotel reservations, check in times, car reservations, travel insurance, etc. Then everything is put on her mobile app so that we didn’t have to carry around a lot of paper. Thanks Beth. We are already planning our next trip and look forward to working with you again. – J & K, Sept 2018

 
Lake Como by Ic Bellagio

 

 

703-762-5048 office
beth@mccabeworld.com

Meet Our Team - Birgit Navarre, CTC - Travel Specialist

Birgit Navarre, CTC

Europe, Independent Tours, Polynesia, Australia

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What is your favorite place you have visited?

The Taj Mahal in Agra/India, such a magical place!

Trip of a lifetime.

It is a tie between India and Egypt.

What is your greatest indulgence?

Flowers, I always have fresh flowers in my house.

What is the one place you could go back to a hundred times?

Italy, I love the beauty and energy.  It is all about the art, food, history and in general how passionate the Italians are.

Recent Travels:

Bali, Singapore, Hong Kong, cruising the Rhine River in Germany, Abu Dhabi, Oman

Bali, January 2014

 

CUSTOMER REVIEWS …

Birgit Navarre is the best! Makes great recommendations and takes care of all the planning details. We had a dozen people traveling and she managed to get us a group table on New Years Eve in a very popular and busy resturant. She has booked many trips for us in the past and has already booked a few trips for us in the future. – Jan 2019

It usually is good to get home but this trip was so amazing, I hated for it to end. There were so many highlights! Greece was a great choice for our first big trip and it was so wonderful to be able to have the whole family together. I am still struggling to catch up and readjust to “reality”.
Everything went nearly flawlessly down to the last detail. You did an amazing job!!

703-762-5057 office
birgit@mccabeworld.com

Meet Our Team - CJ White - Travel Specialist

CJ White

Milestone and Bucket List Adventures, Luxury Cruises, Multi-Generational and Family Travel, Italy and Western Europe, Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii, South Pacific, Asia

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About me-

I have been on an incredible journey creating celebrations with unique experiences resulting in lifelong long memories for 20 plus years in travel.  In doing so, long term relationships have been formed and I am excited to say I began planning travel for my third generation this year with an engagement trip.  My personal passion for travel keeps me searching for that next adventure to share.  The question I get asked most is “What’s on your bucket list?”   This year the top on my list is Japan and the Patagonia region.

Accolades

Travel & Lifestyles Top Agent Award 18 years

Pacesetter Mentorship Award

Publications

Destination Travel MSNBC on Mexico

Travel & Leisure Honor’s Travel Insiders

What is the most noticeable travel trend change?

My clients are requesting travel that is a perfect fit for who they are with a larger focus on unique cultural experiences designed especially for them.

Favorite Trip?

This is always difficult to answer but most memorable was Sydney, Australia with the Hunter Valley Wine region. Sydney is fresh, vibrant and exciting and Hunter Valley is extremely beautiful with its vineyards. Who knew Wallabies enjoy the moist vineyards to keep cool!  On this trip I was able to attend a Barbara Streisand concert in Sydney as well as a Shirley Bassey concert in Hunter Valley. Simply magical!

What are my clients most requested journeys?

Fully independent travel is becoming the most requested mode of travel whether you’re a solo adventurer, couple or a multi-generational family.

Luxury cruises continue to be the most popular, no surprises here.   Luxury cruising captures the essence of a bygone era and also attracting those who want more activity.  It’s all about the mode of transportation and personalized service topped off with beautiful locations to explore. I myself have enjoyed over 60 plus cruises and currently planning my next voyage.

Favorite hobby?

I love to cook for my family and friends. So wherever I travel I make sure there is a cooking class I can sign up for nearby. How else can you get familiar with a culture than by learning what nourishes their body and soul. I have meet some wonderful chefs and foodies along the way who share my passion.  As for my family and friends, they know there is a dinner party being planned on my return.

Greatest indulgence?

Spa days!  Everyone needs a tune up after a day of touring or golfing and what better way to get your body, soul and mind in sync for your next adventure.

Best unplanned event?

Hands down it has to be receiving complimentary tickets to the FC Bayern Munich against Manchester United game during Octoberfest!  This was my introduction to European football and certainly a lifelong memory had been made with such an exciting event.

CUSTOMER REVIEWS …

CJ White was awesome. For the budget we gave him, there is no way for us to replicate the trip he provided for us. The hotel management loved him and by extension they gave us so many upgrades. Not just tangible items, they treated us like we were part of CJ’s family. The wife was concerned about travelling to another country, but CJ had someone there for us every step of the way. From early check in at the hotel, to tour guides showing up at our hotel lobby. Just a wonderful experience. I’m in the process of begging him to setup a Hawaii trip for my daughter’s high school graduation. – April 2019

703-762-5051 office
cj@mccabeworld.com

Meet Our Team - Daniela Flythe - Travel Specialist

Daniela Flythe

Western Europe, Family Travel, Honeymoons

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What is your favorite place you have visited?
I was able to spend 6 months in Bolivia when I was 14 years old. I was able to get to know the culture, people and language on a deeper level since I was there for an extended period of time. I created lots of great memories when I was there and therefore it will always have a special place in my heart.

What is your favorite hobby?
Planning my next travel adventure. While on  a trip I am already thinking about the next destination I want to visit.

What is your greatest indulgence?
My greatest indulgence has to be food. I love trying new things and getting ideas from different cultures on how to cook and bringing those ideas back home. I also love to go into local grocery stores and buy the typical candy of the region I am traveling in.

Favorite mode of transportation
I love to just wander around and get lost in a city on foot. In my experience it is the best way to get familiar and find hidden gems that you might not see when following a guide.

Most recent trip
I had the chance to travel to Tokyo, which was amazing. It was my first trip to Asia but definitely not my last. I was amazed by the cleanliness of the country as well as how organized, friendly and welcoming everybody was.

What is the one place you could go back to a hundred times?
That would have to be Germany. I left Germany when I was 19 to become an Au Pair in the US and have been here ever since. Needless to say since my entire family is still in Germany it will always be my first stop on every European trip. My favorite time to visit Germany is during Christmas time because of the Christmas Markets.

 

CUSTOMER REVIEWS …

Daniela provided phenomenal service to us. She found a great deal on a gorgeous Kempinski hotel near Berchtesgaden where we stayed for two nights. Dani identified an affordable hotel near the center of Munich that enabled us to save $$$ on lodging while still having a quality place to stay. She was also extremely flexible. She significantly revised her initial itinerary when I clarified that our family wanted to do all of our own driving around Bavaria. Dani shared insights and recommendations several times on ways for us to maximize our vacation, from flight itineraries to a longer stay near Salzburg.

We will definitely work with Dani and McCabe World Travel again in the future because of the huge role she played in improving our trip. Thank you again, R.G.

 

571-499-5939 office
daniela@mccabeworld.com

Meet Our Team - Deborah Jett - Travel Specialist

Deborah Jett

Independent tours, Family and multi-generational travel, Cruises, Italy, England, Scotland, Ireland, Switzerland, Western Canada, Costa Rica, Spain, Caribbean, Mexico, France, Greece

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What are your favorite places you have visited? 

Italy: It is full of unexpectedly memorable moments, such as watching the sun set over the domes of the Eternal City from a rooftop restaurant in Rome.

Ireland: Watching the seagulls soar on the over Cliffs of Moher.

South of France: Wandering through ancient cobble stone streets in cliff side villages commanding amazing views over the Mediterranean.

Costa Rica: An entire country dedicated to harmony with the environment and the simple life… “pura vida”.

What is the one place you could go back to a hundred times? Great Britain and Ireland – there are villages steeped in history and folklore, scenic byways that meander over hills and valleys, rainbows and ‘pots o’ gold’…

Best unplanned event while traveling? A volcano ash cloud which turned my two day site inspection trip to Paris into a leisurely week in  Paris with no deadlines!  I couldn’t have planned it better.
Just returned from:  Florence, Tuscany, Rome, and the Amalfi coast.

About me: To me traveling is about discovering a place for the first time, or rediscovering an old favorite. My  quest is finding a destination with history, countryside and villages, warm hospitality, and timeless beauty. Sharing travel with family and friends give moments that we will remember forever. Whether it is a celebratory event, or a multi-generational family vacation, each trip is an investment in memories.

703-762-5045 office
deborah@mccabeworld.com

Meet Our Team - Frances Sarrett - Travel Specialist

Frances Sarrett

Italy and Western Europe, Cruising, Family Travel

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Background:

I grew up traveling with my family from a young age. I studied at UVA where I graduated with a degree in Italian and also took French. I studied abroad in Siena, Italy for a semester which was when I first made my own travel plans. In college I also traveled to São Paulo, Brazil on mission trips, which introduced me to a totally different kind of trip. After graduating I lived on Lake Como in Italy and worked for a Virtuoso on-site company there. Traveling with my family instilled in me an interest in other cultures and a desire to spend my life visiting new places.

Favorite part of a trip:

Trying the cuisine of a place. After traveling, my second love is great food, and I try authentic dishes wherever I go. Sampling local food is a big part of learning about a culture for me.

Most memorable trip:

Three generations of my family took an Alaskan cruise when I was 17 years old, and it will forever be one of the most memorable trips of my life. Staying in cabins close by, having dinner all together and going on excursions as a group made the trip a great family vacation, and of course the scenery in Alaska was unbeatable.

Favorite destination:

Italy. Perhaps I’m a bit biased having lived there for more than a year of my life, but I cannot get enough of the food, sights and interactions with the Italian people. I could go back a hundred times.

Favorite way to travel:

Cruises are my favorite way to travel because you get to visit so many different places in one trip, and some of my favorite travel memories are cruising with family and friends. I’ve experienced various cruise lines and ships, from small to huge, and in various destinations, from the Caribbean to Western Europe, and there’s something so great about seeing so many places while being able to return to the comfort of the ship at the end of each day.

Most recent trip:

My family and I traveled to Morocco where we visited Marrakech, Fes and Casablanca. Weaving through souks, visiting mosques and eating tajines, we immersed ourselves in the country’s rich culture. We stayed in riads and saw huge resorts and got to experience different areas with our great local guide.

Awards & Accolades:
Travel + Leisure magazine’s Rising Star: 2016, Travel Agent magazine’s Top 30 Under 30: 2018, Virtuoso Rising Star – Cruise: 2019

CUSTOMER REVIEWS …

McCabe was an amazing travel agency to use for our honeymoon! Frances Sarrett got us all set up and in order in plenty of advance for our travel plans. McCabe provided us with a very professional travel packet a few weeks before our wedding, which was a huge relief! I would highly suggest using McCabe for your next trip, our trip went very smoothly from transportation transfers to hotel reservations. They are wonderful! – Amanda – June 2017

Frances was a pleasure to work with on our trip to France. We traveled with our two younger children and she made every detail seamless and tailored to the needs of each family member. Her suggestions were perfect for the amount of time we had and the services she recommended and reserved for our family turned out to be 1000 times more helpful then we could have imagined. All in All, Frances made our travels thoughtful and stress free. We all had a lovely time and her services were invaluable! We look forward to booking future trips with her assistance.

703-762-5059 office
frances@mccabeworld.com

Meet Our Team - Jessica Griscavage, CTA - Travel Specialist

Jessica Griscavage, CTA

Family Travel, Europe, Cruises, Hawaii & Beach destinations, Active Travel AND THE WORLD!

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About me:

My passion for travel inspires me to experience all different ways to travel, so I can truly find the best fit for my clients. In 2017 I had such a wide range of travel: a dude ranch, a group tour of the National Parks, a villa vacation in Italy, island hopping in Hawaii, European cities of Paris and Barcelona, and Disney World & Disney Cruise.  There are reasons to love all different types of travel: I loved the freedom of exploring Italy with no set schedule on my villa vacation, but I also loved organization and stress-free nature of seeing the National Parks with a group. It’s my goal to match the perfect destination and product with my client.

What makes you happy?

My favorite moments in life are traveling with my family. My son had his passport at four months and has traveled everywhere with me and my family. Throughout the years I love watching his craving for adventure grow. He loved skiing in Deer Valley and is now begging to go to Paris. I’m so thrilled to be giving him the opportunity to travel while spending quality time with family, and I can’t wait to continue to show him the world. If I could give a young family advice, I would tell them not to give up travel with your kids: from infant to adulthood. I want to be an example to my clients that travel can remain a part of life with children of all ages.

What travel trends are you seeing?

Celebratory travel! Over the past years I have worked on dozens of milestone birthdays starting from 30s, 40s, 50s+

I am also seeing more and more getaways of couples and friends; I think the long weekend getaways have been key to keeping a healthy balance in life and recharging.

Multi-generation travel continues to be a growing trend and one of my favorite types of trip to work on. I love seeing generations come together to experience quality time and lifelong memories.

Most Memorable Trip?

I treasure all of my adventures, but Africa, Tahiti, Italy and the Galapagos will always hold a special place in my heart.

Awards & Accolades:

  • A List Travel+Leisure: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Travel Agent Magazines All Stars: 2015
  • Top 25 Agents: 2012
  • Virtuoso Rising Star: 2009

Publications:

CUSTOMER REVIEWS …

Jessica Griscavage has been our go-to travel adviser for years beginning with our honeymoon in 2010. It could not have been a more perfect stay. We were greeted at each location with a little welcome package from Jess and it really made us feel personally welcomed! I really can’t imagine ever booking a vacation without using my trusty adviser – not only because I get frequent upgrades, but I always know that the stay is going to be a fabulous one because she takes the time to check them all out personally! – Jess and Mark – April 2015

When a travel agent as good as Jessica Griscavage is found (and none will be found that is better), he/she will have learned the trade from Jessica. We have been relying on her for many years and have never been disappointed. Long ago she took the time to get to know us, adapted her suggestions to our interests and, once chosen, she always made good things happen. Even better, she has helped us in hard-to-get situations, always ending up with a plan that was at least as good as the one we had in mind. And as often as not, when we got where we were going, there would be a nice, meaningful present from her and McCabe awaiting us. Through it all, while she has had great ideas, she has not been a pushy salesman, choosing to suggest and adapt rather than try to squeeze us for more costly options. To the Nelsons, Jessica is not just a travel agent, she is our friend.

 
Jessica’s Blog

 

 

703-762-5056 office
jessica@mccabeworld.com

Meet Our Team - Katie McCormack Krinkie, CTA - Travel Specialist

Katie McCormack Krinkie, CTA

Italy and Western Europe, Cruising, Family Travel

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My dreams of amazing adventures motivated me to pursue a career in the travel industry which started at a European river cruise company.  The desire to share a broader array of travel experiences around the world motivated me to move into a role as a travel advisor with McCabe World Travel. 

I take great care with creating customized vacation experiences, depending on an individual’s interests, while anticipating needs and providing exceptional customer service.  With over 20 years in the travel industry, I have developed keen attention to detail when planning itineraries. 

I feel fortunate to integrate my passion for travel while enjoying food and wine of the regions which showcases unique insight and the opportunity to truly appreciate a culture. I am particularly enthusiastic about destinations where the wildlife and the wine county meet, such as Australia, New Zealand, and Africa.  I also enjoy exotic locations throughout South Pacific and classic places throughout Europe. Getting to know my clients and creating special moments that turn into lasting memories encourages my success. 

What Makes You Proud?

Working with repeat clients over time on many trips and receiving referrals.  I love getting to know my clients and growing their world.  There is no greater compliment than my clients referring me to their friends and family.

What is a place you would go back to a hundred times?

Fortunately, I now live in Sonoma County and can enjoy the bounties of wine country without having to consider California for this question.  There are a few places that I feel will always be alluring and can have such a wide variety of experiences at, including New Zealand, Australia, Hawaii, and Greece!  But this does not mean I don’t have a long Wanderlist to explore practically any reaches of the world.

Specialties:  Luxury & Small Ship Cruising, Europe, California, South Pacific, Custom trips for individual & families, Wine & Food Experiences

Testimonial: All our hotels were perfect at each stop and we feel like we got the best rooms.  (I don’t know how you did it, but we always felt like we had the best rooms, tables, seats, drivers, etc. everywhere we went.) Our transfer from Amalfi, with the stop in Pompeii, was one of the biggest surprises of our trip as we had no idea what to expect there and were fascinated by the ruins and loved learning about all that they had discovered there. Every part of our itinerary went off without a hitch. Trains and planes ran on time and every meal, planned or spontaneous, was lovely. We can’t thank you enough for your help in planning and your wise advice about timing, etc.  We said over and over again “we have to thank Katie when we get home!

703-652-4624 office
katie@mccabeworld.com

Meet Our Team - Michelle Bemis, CTC - Travel Specialist

Michelle Bemis, CTC

Exotic Destinations, Certified Adventure, Africa, Spa & Mexico Specialist

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Best purchase while traveling?

When I was 16 I had the grand opportunity to tour Europe for 6 weeks—I bought a gold charm in every country I visited. I still make this purchase and now I have a necklace that allows me to relive each exciting adventure

What makes you proud?

Being recognized as a top agent in Virtuoso for VAST (Virtuoso Active and Specialty Travel) sales. I truly love assisting my clients satisfy their passion for exploration and discovery. Our Virtuoso partners help make all our client’s dreams come true.

What is your favorite mode of transportation?

Walking because it makes me part of this awesome planet where I can breathe the fresh air and scramble to new heights in rugged destinations where no cars can travel.

Recent travels:

LIONS in Africa. TIGERS in India. POLAR BEARS in Churchill, Canada.

CULTURE in Vietnam. MONASTERIES in Bhutan. ANTIQUITIES in China.

In addition to my love and experience with animals I want to share the culture of Southeast Asia and China that I have been able to visit and each year new places in Africa. Upcoming travels will take me to the Mediterranean to renew my knowledge of Greece, Turkey and Italy as well as to learn about Croatia.

Each year I escort the Naval Academy Class of 62 on a reunion cruise and it is so special to facilitate a group to have an amazing experience together.

CUSTOMER REVIEWS …

For over 15 years, McCabe World Travel has been our primary source of travel information and bookings. Our favorite agent, Michelle Bemis, with the assistance of Damian McCabe has sent us all over the world from Ushuaia to Iceland to Istanbul to Sydney and many places in-between. They send us on the best cruise lines and the top-notch hotels. They have always had terrific suggestions for where we want to go and prompt responses to our many questions. Working with them takes the hassle out of our trips. – Bill and Pat – April 2015

We have been using the exceptional services of McCabe’s adventure travel expert, Michelle Bemis, for over 10 years. Her understanding of our requirements, coupled with an unmatched grasp of worldwide travel opportunities, and consistent attention to detail, have allowed us to focus on the overall travel experience, not the logistics of the trip. When required, she brings to bear skilled and well connected travel partners who share her extremely high level of dedication and professionalism. We simply would not consider working with anyone other than Michelle. – Judith and Ken – April 2015

We have worked with Michelle Bemis and McCabe for more than two decades, booking trips each of those years. Most recently, Michelle and McCabe, collaborating with a European partner, booked us a very high-end trip to Spain to celebrate a major life event. Michelle worked with us to customize a wonderful trip that met our objectives and obtained several nice perks to top it up. On another recent occasion, Michelle helped us put together a different European trip – fights, hotels, and other elements – quite literally in 36 hours.

Michelle always listens carefully to our desires and works hard to make them part of the trip. She provides honest and valued advice on hotels, resorts, pricing and other matters. Very important to us, Michelle and her team respond almost instantly to requests and questions, both before and during trips – and when she cannot answer right away, she always lets us know that she has received our request and has someone working on it.

We hope to continue to work with Michelle and McCabe for years to come.

703-762-5049 office
michelle@mccabeworld.com

Air Specialists

Cristina Gifuni

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Just returned from:

Argentina!  I visited Buenos Aires, a very European-like city with amazing restaurants and shopping.  Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world bordered by the last peaks of the Andes Mountains and by the Beagle Channel and the gateway to Antarctica.  El Calafate, a beautiful village-like city and the gateway to two incredible glaciers – Upsala and Perito Moreno.

What are your favorite places you have visited:

My most recent trip always becomes my favorite place!  From travelling to Dubai or to the Southernmost city in South America, there is always a sense of magic about each destination.

Something we don’t know about you:

As an International travel specialist with a focus on air,  I love a challenge especially from a discerning client…I tend to thrive when I have an opportunity to resolve the most  complicated issues and I can do this with the support of our Virtuoso partners.

Best unplanned event while travelling:

A helicopter ride to the top of the Andes Mountains while in Ushuaia!  A true adrenaline rush!

703-762-5050 office
cristina@mccabeworld.com

Helena Herzberg

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What are your favorite places you have visited?

Florence – my all-time best, is forever etched in my memory.

Florence is the epitome of Renaissance art and architecture as well as the center of the Renaissance period in history. Being a history/Renaissance enthusiast, naturally my other picks are Rome and Paris-Versailles. Medieval Castles are also my passion, needless to say, next comes Edinburgh, Sterling, Chillon Castle on Lake Geneva, Old Town Geneva and small quiet towns – Annecy in France. Wondering around the cobblestone streets and the winding stoned stairs and turrets of castles, I felt the spirit of knights, kings and queens and the palace intrigues came to life.…if only the walls could talk!

At McCabe World Travel, I “bring myself along” onto each trip I book for our valued clients.

I put myself in their shoes and asked: “What would Helena want in terms of Service, the Best Routings and the Best Fares?” This motto always works wonders for each and every Traveler of mine.

703-762-5042 office
helena@mccabeworld.com

Ritu Rajpara

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My favorite travel quote speaks volumes on what I feel travel does for the soul, “Traveling it leaves you speechless and then turns you into a storyteller.”

I love working in the leisure travel industry because I can help my clients make their dreams come true and add chapters to their life’s story. For me, that’s a great feeling.

My personal favorite travel experiences are when I can get a taste of the local culture, architecture, and history. I love to experience a new city by foot – and that sometimes means coming home to a much-needed foot massage!! But I wouldn’t do it any other way.

While I seem to fall in love with every place I visit, my most memorable journeys have been to Australia and India. In Australia, I was particularly enchanted with “Dining under the Stars” in Uluru. The visibility in this area is astonishing; I felt like I could touch the sky while enjoying the vast twinkling outback vista. India and is partly home to me, but, as a traveler, India offers something new every time I visit.

703-905-8023 office
ritu@mccabeworld.com

Travel Associates

Meet Our Team - Ali Taylor - Travel Associates

Ali Taylor

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About me:

My first trip alone was when I went to study abroad in Japan while I was in high school. After that, I was determined to see more of Japan and the world, and after graduating college, I moved to Japan to teach English to elementary school students. During my 6 years there, I traveled extensively throughout Asia and Japan, visiting every prefecture, while supplementing my income with freelance travel writing. Now that I’m back in the Western hemisphere, I’m looking forward to exploring more of the Americas

Favorite Destination:

Obviously Japan holds a special place in my heart, and there are so many other amazing places to see besides Tokyo and Kyoto such as the desert-like sand dunes near Hiroshima, the wild horse reserve to the north, or the southern subtropical islands with 2000 year old cedar forests. Outside of Asia though, I really enjoyed Prague and Helsinki. Both are beautiful cities, albeit very different ones, but I didn’t want to leave either!

Favorite Part of a Trip

I love being able to learn about or experience a new culture, whether it’s listening to locals practice opera in a park in Beijing, hunting for the best egg coffee or pho in Hanoi with a student guide, or learning a traditional dance at a festival in Japan.  While I am someone who likes to get up early to ensure as much sightseeing as possible, I also love getting lost in a new city and just wandering around and seeing where I end up; often you can find amazing things purely by accident!

571-499-5942 office
ali@mccabeworld.com

Meet Our Team - Amanda Cavanaugh - Travel Associates

Amanda Cavanaugh

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About Me:

When I was a child, my family always took me on trips and encouraged me to travel to try new things, meet new people, and explore the world. Now as an adult, my husband and I are always looking for new places to experience and see! I love learning about new cities, countries, and researching different activities to do in the local areas.  I am always planning our next adventures! My bucklist of places to visit continues to grow and even though I keep checking off countries, it will never be completed!

Most Memorable Trip?

My honeymoon was, by far, my favorite and most memorable trip; It is actually how I was introduced to McCabe World Travel! In 13 days, we were able to cover four countries including: England, South Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe. Exploring the top of Table Mountain in Cape Town was unforgettable and had the most breathtaking views I have ever seen. We then traveled to the Okavango Delta in Botswana where we stayed at two different camps and went on many game drives! As a huge animal lover, being on Safari was the most incredible experience of my life! After Botswana, we made our way up to Zimbabwe to see One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World… Victoria Falls! This Africa trip was the trip of a lifetime and one I will never forget!

Best purchase while travelling?

When I was in Cape Town, the boutique bed & breakfast we stayed at had THE BEST throw blankets! I researched the company and found they were local to South Africa and had a store a couple blocks from where we were staying. Needless to say, I purchased a blanket to bring home and now every time we use it, it takes us back to Cape Town and our memories of Africa!

Dream Destination:

Where do I start?! There is no way I could pick just one dream destination, but at the top of my list are: Switzerland, Antarctica, Galápagos Islands, Egypt, Alaska, and the Maldives … to name a few!

571-499-5945 office
amanda@mccabeworld.com

Meet Our Team - Anjana Pringle - Travel Associates

Anjana Pringle

Reception

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​I have spent most of my life traveling and enjoying new experiences. Having lived in eight different countries spanning five different continents I always look forward to my next adventure. I love the variety of people, food and culture that traveling brings as well as learning about history.

I grew up in Uganda, rich in traditions and customs it was difficult to leave behind when we moved to India but that was when I realized a whole new way of life. After finishing university in Baroda I flew to England​ ​settling for a while before jetting off again with a husband and children. I have since called Bangladesh, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Kenya and now the ​ ​US home. ​ ​I have had the good fortune to travel widely from the driest savanna of the Serengeti to the stunning scenery of Alaska, taking in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the temples of Mynanmar along the way. Most recently, the family and I came back from St Lucia. Not only was it absolutely gorgeous but it was quality relaxing time with those we loved.

I have also been close up to some wonderful animals. I will never forget cuddling a husky puppy in the ​A​rctic, stroking a tiger in Thailand,​ ​watching whales and dolphins feed in the ocean and seeing turtles from a
glass bottomed boat. I have some fantastic memories of ​s​afaris seeing the lions, leopards and many other animals in the wild. I hope I will have many more ​ ​memories come.

703-762-5046 office
anjana@mccabeworld.com

Meet Our Team - Madison Morrow - Travel Associates

Madison Morrow

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I have loved travelling since I was young. I enjoy being able to go to new places, having new experiences, seeing the sights, and trying new food. Having a background in art history, the most exciting part of travelling to a new destination for me is getting to visit historic sites or visiting well-known museums and experiencing the art. My favorite place that I have visited is Sorrento, Italy where I was lucky enough to study abroad. It was absolutely gorgeous and a great excuse to eat amazing food.

571-499-5946 office
madison@mccabeworld.com

Meet Our Team - Maureen Christ - Travel Associates

Maureen Christ

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Favorite Destination:

I love to travel to new places, see different landscapes, and experience new cultures.  I enjoy all types of travel whether exploring old European cities or camping out West.  However, my absolute favorite place to be is on a beach with white sand and clear blue water!

Some favorite beaches:  Bora Bora, Santorini, Boracay, and the Caribbean.
Some favorite cities:  Prague, Rome, and Tokyo.

Favorite Part of a Trip:

I enjoy researching a new destination, planning that new trip and then experiencing what evolves. Some of my favorite things to do when visiting a place for the first time are sampling the local food and catching a local performing arts show or cultural event.

About me:

My father worked in international policy so I grew up traveling from a young age.  Some of the best memories I carry from my childhood are from the trips we took together as a family. Today, I cherish traveling with my husband and teenage son, and lately have especially enjoyed planning multigenerational trips with extended family and friends.

571-499-5941 office

maureen@mccabeworld.com

Meet Our Team - Megan McNulty - Travel Associates

Megan McNulty

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I grew up traveling with my immediate and extended family. One of my favorite parts about traveling is being able to share the amazing experiences and sights with the people who mean the most to me and creating memories to share with each other that will last a lifetime.

My favorite hobby is soccer, I started playing when I was 7 years old and still do… I can’t stop playing! Since soccer is my favorite sport, London has been my favorite place that I have traveled to. While I was in London I was given the opportunity to do a private backstage tour of Chelsea’s Football Stadium…it was a dream come true! Now I just need to go back and go to a match!

703-762-5047 office
megan@mccabeworld.com

Meet Our Team - Nancy Nguyen - Travel Associates

Nancy Nguyen

Accounting Associate

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About me:

I was born and grew up in Hanoi, Vietnam. I came to the United States for the first time in 2007, never thought I would settle down here permanently 6 years later. I worked in international cooperation for a government agency in Vietnam for 5 years, during which time I had the opportunities to travel to a few countries including the United States, Switzerland, South Korea, Malaysia, and Thailand. The country I traveled to the most was the United States, 7 times in total within a few years. I’ve now switched my career to accounting, which requires less business travelling but provides the stability that I need now that I have a young kid.

My goal is to travel for leisure more. I want to see more of Europe and Japan. And of course there are so many places in the United States that I haven’t been to and want to visit.

703-762-5044 office
nancy@mccabeworld.com

Meet Our Team - Victoria Spence - Travel Associates

Victoria Spence

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What is your favorite destination?

I really love travelling.  You could say my joy in life is ‘a desert island in the sea’. I’m a big fan of Aruba and Curacao. The water along the coast of Aruba and Curacao in the Caribbean is completely clear and blue. You can see so many fabulous things under the water there.

I am a real world traveler. I grew up outside the United States, so I’ve had the chance to live and see a lot of this world. I’ve been exotic places such as Thailand, Israel and Egypt, but some of my favorite places include old cities in Europe such as Barcelona and Prague. These cities have such a magical charm to them, and when I go to Europe, I can feel the history of this amazing continent under my feet as I walk around these cities. All the little romantic corners and coble-stoned streets, old buildings, stained-glass windows: it makes you really feel and experience the past periods of history.

About me:

I am an avid reader, and I’m trilingual. I also like to draw, and I love dancing. Books and paintings are my way of opening my mind’s eye to the world.  I’m also a real animal lover. When I have free time, I like to take long walks in the park or go swimming. I really like to stay active and learn something new every day.

703-762-5043 office

victoria@mccabeworld.com

Independent Affiliates

Adriana Serritella

Arlington, VA

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In my early 20’s, I fell in love with the quote “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that ‘I had to see the World’, experience new cultures and see all the beautiful sights that I had been reading about since my early teens.

With over 15 years of experience in the travel industry, I remain thrilled to share my passion for travel with clients.

What is the favorite place you have visited?

The impossible question! The beauty I have found in every country is worth mentioning but “some of my favorites have been the South African safari, Machu Picchu Peru, Amalfi Coast Italy and all of the Caribbean and Hawaiian Islands.

What is your favorite mode of transportation?

Whatever it takes to see all there is to see! Flights, cruising, helicopters, and my own two feet walking the cities of Europe or hiking a glacier in Alaska.

What makes you proud?

I’m proud to have chosen a career that allows me to fulfill my desire to see the World and in return share this knowledge with my clients.

 

CUSTOMER REVIEWS …

We have worked with Adriana for many years in planning our 10-member family vacations. She has always been very pleasant, cooperative, and resourceful with any thoughts or requests we have made. She is an experienced traveler herself, and has made wonderful recommendations for trip destinations and accommodations once we indicated our area of interest; most recently Hawaii (Oahu and Maui), and previously South Africa (safari), the Caribbean (USVI St. Johns), and the Florida Keys. Adriana’s interest in her client’s satisfaction and her attention to ALL details can’t be beat. We would recommend her highly; you won’t be disappointed!

 

Anita Becker, CTC, MCC

Bethesda, MD

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Australia, New Zealand, Alaska, Cruise Specialist with emphasis on small ship and luxury cruising, Independent tours for couples, families and groups.

Favorite Trip

My cruise to Antarctica was absolutely the most spectacular trip..floating in the sea, with nothing but white all around.. the icebergs were overwhelming.. the stillness was enchanting..  All the countries of the Orient are special.. Their existence between the wonders of their past, and their entrance to the the modern day life, makes their lives so special.From the Great Wall, to the soldiers of Xian, to bustiling Tokyo.. Be it Korea, or Indonesia or Thailand.. I find these cultures fascinating, and my favorite places to visit.

Favorite Mode of Transportation

Cruising is my favorite form of transportation. Without having to pack and unpack, cruising gives me the opportunity to see cities and towns around the world. And if someplace is especially enticing to me.. I have the opportunity to go back and visit, to delve even more into their life and culture.  River cruising is one of my favorites. This gives me the opportunity to visit interesting cities and towns along the rivers. All inclusive packages and fine cuisine enhance the journey. All leads to a cultural enrichment in ports as you travel on very special itineraries

Favorite Hobby

My favorite hobby is needlework. I can always find threads and yarns in small shops around the world, that I can stitch or knit into my artwork…giving me great memories of my travels with each completed project.

 

CUSTOMER REVIEWS …

Anita is a gem to work with, we have been working with her for at least 15 years. We always do everything via email and phone calls. She is always quick to respond. This trip was a bucket list trip for us and it turned out to be one of the best trips we have ever taken.

703-762-5041 office
anita@mccabeworld.com

Anne Tasch

Ridgefield, CT

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What place would you go back to a hundred times? Tuscany. I will never get tired of the amazing views, the food and wine, or the sunsets. Better than all of that are the people and the love of their country. It is a very special place.

What is your greatest indulgence when it comes to travel? Upgrading to first class. Whether its Delta One to Europe or a 45 min flight my time is worth every penny.  Its the experience of it that you remember: the very first thing or the very last thing you do on a trip.

Favorite Hobby: Showing American Saddlebred Horses. My daughter is the 5th generation in our family to ride and show at a national level. One may say t’s in our blood. You have a very special bond with the people you meet through a sport like that.

Favorite way of cruising: I have to say the River Cruises are my favorite. You feel like you are part of the cities and towns you travel through and stop in. Instead of miles of water, you see peoples, homes, and animals. I love that you can get on and off the boat easily. It’s like a floating hotel. You eat dinner, then you can get off and go to a local bar for a nightcap. Its a very “local” way to cruise.

 

CUSTOMER REVIEWS …

Working with Anne was a truly incredible experience and she is so conscientious with every thoughtful detail. On our trip to Italy, we didn’t have to do a thing, just who up as every reservation was made and our itinerary was highlighted so methodically. The quality of tours was impeccable and couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful vacation from beginning to end. We had access to people 24/7 and Anne put together unbelieve restaurants that she knew we’d love and picked the best spots,” Wendy, Lifelong Client.

203-561-5980 office
annetasch@mccabeworld.com

Bonnie Dunayer

Naples, FL

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As your luxury Wellness and Adventure Travel Advisor, I have spent 25 years in the travel industry specializing in the health/spa space. I am experienced, passionate, and believe in vacation options that are limitless, customized, and relaxing . I would love to help plan your next rejuvenating journey somewhere on the globe.

*In addition to planning luxury travel getaways, I also enjoy planning girlfriends group trips, bachelorette destination weekends and honeymoons.

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301-440-7634 office
bonnieg64@mac.com

Carol Flax

Winchester, VA

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What are your favorite places and experiences?
A few things that stand out in my mind…trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru with my husband and teen sons; being on safari in South Africa; enjoying all things Italy; the beauty of Santorini, Greece; experiencing the wonder of India; cruising the Mediterranean; river cruising through Provence; hiking in Patagonia; and relaxing anyplace with a white sand beach, blue water, and a good book.

What are your hobbies?
In addition to traveling (of course), I like to read, work out, hike, enjoy good food and wine, and spend time with family and friends.

Must pack item?
Lightweight cashmere pashmina – it can be a blanket, pillow, accessory with almost any outfit, or cover my shoulders at a religious or holy site.

What do you love about being a travel professional, and what are your strengths and interests?
I love sharing my passion for experiential travel with others, especially families, honeymoon & anniversary couples, active travelers, and those looking for a luxury experience on a small ship or private tour. My vision and attention to detail combined with the support of our many travel partners allow me to fulfill the travel desires of my clients. What better feeling can there be than knowing I’ve provided opportunities for people to spend their precious time experiencing new cultures, marveling at nature’s beauty, learning about history, relishing new foods, or simply relaxing? Would you like to rappel down a waterfall in Costa Rica, witness the Great Migration in Tanzania, fly over Cappadocia in a hot air balloon, stand atop the Great Wall in China, savor a cooking class in Tuscany, or glide into a small Caribbean port to dine under the stars with the sound of water lapping gently beside you? Whatever your travel dream, live it.

CUSTOMER REVIEWS …

Carol Flax is an outstanding travel advisor. From planning to sending documents before the trip launches, Carol is always available, positive, and totally supportive. Carol has helped me plan many trips, and each one has been superb! I would recommend her wholeheartedly to anyone looking for a person who loves people, travel, and helping to make a trip memorable!

 

540-665-0909 office
carol@mccabeworld.com

Hillary Smith

Philadelphia, PA

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​In our busy world, I feel that travel is great way to help us gain a fresh perspective, be present in the moment, and to explore the richness of life.

Starting out with many years in the corporate travel world, I am now enjoying the opportunity to help create memories and adventures in leisure travel. My travels have taken me to Australia, Hawaii, South America, the Caribbean, and many destinations in Europe. Two recent trips with my family were a European river cruise and a European ocean cruise with our two grown daughters.

610-470-0695 office
hillary@mccabeworld.com

Janet Cugini

Burke, VA

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Travel is so much more than taking a trip. It’s a lesson in history and a taste of unfamiliar foods. It’s an immersion into a foreign culture and new activity tried. It’s an exploration of new areas or a return to a favorite place. And most important, it’s quality time spent with family, friends, and loved ones.

Family travel is a particular passion for me. I understand the special requirements of traveling with children having done so with my now young adult girls since they were little. From road trips across the United States to train trips across Italy; from cruises to Alaska and the Mediterranean to white water rafting in Costa Rica; from island hopping in Hawaii and Greece to safaris in Africa, I have a world of experience behind me. Combining these experiences with our Virtuoso travel network allows me to plan the travel adventure of your dreams!

703-597-8636 office
janet@mccabeworld.com

Jen Mitchell

Naples, FL

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Visit Jen’s website here!

Jen began her career in travel in 2003 after graduating from Florida State University with a degree in Social Work. Having spent a year in Israel at the age of 16, she realized shortly after graduating that she had the travel bug and wanted to travel and explore the world professionally. So she took a position at a cruise-focused travel agency, and over the span of her ten years as a travel consultant, she has earned the industry’s highest designation as an Elite Cruise Counselor. Jen is proud of her position on the Saveur Travel Advisory in which she was appointed in 2012. Additionally she has been named top 30 under 30 by Travel Agent Magazine.

Jen has gained intensive theoretical and practical experience in cruising. She has taken scores of classes, visited and sailed upon many ships as a prerequisite for this rank, and relishes in sharing her insights with travelers who are new to cruising as well as those who have literally sailed all around the world. “Cruising for me is a great way to see more in shorter periods of time,” says Jen. “My clients love that they only have to pack and unpack once and that, no matter where they are in the world, they can always come back to the ship for dinner and a comfortable night’s rest.”

New Zealand is among her favorite destinations, citing the “scenery, the people, the organic food, and the uber luxurious lodges” among its top draws. She’s inspired to travel to Africa after hearing stories and viewing pictures her clients take on safari. “They not only come back talking about the animals they saw, but the feelings it created inside of them that they will take with them always.”

A busy mom with two small children, Jen understands the intricacies of multi-generational travel, and is well suited to work with individuals of all ages and backgrounds. “I can create fantastic, customized itineraries for clients all over the world. With my background in Social Work, I have developed great skills in really pulling from my clients what they desire on their trips so I can make sure they come back very happy, whether it’s a World Cruise or a custom tour of Europe.”

Each year, Jen strives to broaden her horizons by traveling to new and exotic places she has never been, while also taking advantage of the cultural riches and amazing properties within the United States. Among her favorites are the Inn at Palmetto Bluff and The Cloister at Sea Island. “My husband and I recently took a trip to Twin Farms in Barnard Vermont. The food was amazing! It’s a perfect, private location to spend quality time reconnecting, without the kids. They even delivered room service that was set up so beautifully in our room. Although the girls are great travelers, and I’m looking forward to expanding their horizons through travel as they get older.”

 

CUSTOMER REVIEWS …

This past summer we wanted to add on to our Tauck Croatia cruise which started and ended in Venice. Having been to lake Como roughly thirty years ago, my wife and I thought a second visit was in order. We contacted Jen Mitchell; a Virtuoso travel professional to set it up. As it turns out, that was a very good decision. All in all, Jen orchestrated a trip that we won’t soon forget and we’ll be sure to work with her on any future trips. We cannot recommend her enough and you won’t be sorry if you decide to use her. Thanks Jen, great job!/blockquote>

 
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239-431-6734 office
jen@jenmitchelltravel.com

Jennifer Polito Waigand, CTA

Baltimore, MD

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Hawaii, Europe, Caribbean, Honeymoons, and Multi-generation family travel.

Background:

B.S. from the Pennsylvania State University in Kinesiology, M.B.A from American University in Marketing and Finance. Spent 11 years in corporate marketing working in market research and analysis, which drove a love for spreadsheets. This, combined with a love for travel, led me to follow my passion to a new career in travel. I specialize in active, conscious, independent, and honeymoon travel all over the world.

I have traveled extensively inside the United States, including Hawaii, as well as around the Caribbean and Europe. Travel is special in all four seasons, each with its unique characteristics, and reasons to visit a destination. My dog and family join me on my adventures whenever possible and motivate me to get outside and explore wherever I am. I look forward to helping others find the joy in, and increase the value of, their travel experience!

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Get to know Jennifer!

Favorite season – Fall, closely followed by winter. These seasons are so beautiful, and are the most underrated seasons for travel in my opinion. During these months most destinations are not as crowded so you can get more out of an experience and also possibly not as expensive.

Favorite purchases to make while traveling – Local art and snacks. One of my favorite items I purchased is a painting I bought from a local artist in Sardinia who spoke very little English, but with my very little Italian and a lot of smiles and hand gestures we were able to communicate to learn more about the painting and his studio. I also love purchasing local snacks from local markets, especially chocolate! It’s a great way to learn a bit more about a destination and its people. Often times I end up taking a lot home with me!

Favorite Mobile App – Touchnote! It makes it really easy to send postcards right from your phone using your own photos. As a photo junkie, this is a lot of fun for me to send thank you notes, baby pictures, or travel postcards using my own pictures without worrying about postage and mailing.

Packing for? Hawaii!

 

CUSTOMER REVIEWS …

Jennifer is awesome – kind, knowledgeable, patient, accommodating, and prompt. We never felt pressured or rushed to make a decision on our final destination. Jennifer is detail-oriented and organized. The amount and thoroughness of information that she shared with us prior to our departure was very helpful and welcome. Her expertise led to an amazing vacation that we will remember for years to come. In short, we highly recommend Jennifer to anyone looking for a qualified and capable agent. Thank you, Jen! – Verified Virtuoso Traveler

 
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585-314-1451 office
travelreimagined@gmail.com

Jenny Yeager, VTCA

Orlando, FL

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I often take the road less traveled and thoroughly enjoy getting off the beaten path. I enjoy cruising and traveling in the Caribbean, but I always get excited about visiting somewhere new and different with the chance to meet people and experience new things. I believe travel helps us understand our world as well as our place in it.

Before I began my encore career in Travel, I spent nearly three decades in retail world, predominately with Neiman Marcus; that experience taught me to pay attention to details, look for value in everything, and to see things from different angles.

Combining my own love of travel and my past experiences, I am able to help my clients discover and create a memorable journey.

I am fortunate to work with Royal Travel Center, an independent affiliate of McCabe World Travel and proud to be a part of the Virtuoso network.  I am a VCTA Candidate and have several designations including being a graduate of Disney’s College of Knowledge, Celebrity’s 5 Star Academy, Azamara’s World Academy, Royal Caribbean’s University of Wow, and I am also an Un-Cruise Adventurist.

I have nearly three decades of experience in  retail, predominately with Neiman Marcus,​ which have taught me to pay attention to details, look for value in everything, and to see things from different angles.  I look forward to helping my clients discover and create their perfect journey and anxiously await their shared travel stories and tales; I love learning something new and seeing the world from a different point of view.

Visit one of the following to find out more about me:

Or call me: 407-230-0580

 

CUSTOMER REVIEWS …

Anita is a gem to work with, we have been working with her for at least 15 years. We always do everything via email and phone calls. She is always quick to respond. This trip was a bucket list trip for us and it turned out to be one of the best trips we have ever taken.

 

Website: Royal Travel Center, Ltd.

 

 

407-230-0580​ office
jyeager.rtc@gmail.com

Judi Glass

Phoenix, AZ

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Working as a travel advisor for 17 years with Virtuoso and McCabe World Travel has been a dream come true. I travel the world every day as I plan and vicariously experience my clients’ travels. Attention to detail, knowing what works for the unique individual, and insider Virtuoso connections gives my travelers a wonderful ‘time is precious’ vacation. As a former gym teacher, I enjoy keeping active and I am very engaged in yoga and fitness. I would love to help plan your next vacation, whether a brief overnight or extended journey.

 

CUSTOMER REVIEWS …

Judi was a total professional. Her hotel recommendations were spot-on. The staff at each hotel warmly welcomed us, and treated us to room upgrades, (rooms with spectacular views of the water), champagne, hotel credit and beautiful buffet breakfast. It made us feel like VIP’s, even though we stayed at each location one night. I am typically a DIY travel planner, but no more!

602-448-4099 office
judi@mccabeworld.com

June Misner

Edwards, CO

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PO Box 4025, Edwards, CO 81632

BACKGROUND:

I have been in the travel business since 1987 doing corporate and leisure travel, starting with my own agency and then merging with other agencies as the industry constantly changed. Travel is a personal passion and I take great pride and joy in helping people be the collectors of extraordinary experiences across the world.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PLACES AND EXPERIENCES?

I have circumnavigated the world twice and it is always difficult to pinpoint one place that has had the most impact. All places have their own unique and varied experiences. The places that come to mind and stand out have been the Galapagos, Nepal, Croatia, Italy, Argentina, Machu Picchu, Angkor Wat, Iceland, Kenya, Jordan, Alaska, Thailand and Australia to name just a few. I am most fortunate to live just outside Vail Colorado as well, enjoying all of the benefits that the mountain high country has to offer, especially skiing!

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT BEING A TRAVEL PROFESSIONAL AND WHAT ARE YOUR STRENGTHS?

Being a travel consultant has been my main career. It has taken on various forms depending on my client’s interests. I am very lucky to wake up every morning, doing what I love to do with all the people I have been working with for sometimes over 25 years. It is exciting to help people explore their own various passions and allow me to live vicariously through them when I’m unable to hop on a plane myself! Serving others in their pursuit of experiences across the globe is indescribably gratifying and I am one lucky person to have the skill and matching passion to enable others to fulfill their dreams!

970-926-0790​ office
410-991-7783 mobile
june@mccabeworld.com

Kathi Sheridan

McLean, VA

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About me:

I got my first passport when I was two and have been traveling ever since. My father’s job as a pilot took our family all over, including eight years living in Venezuela. The language, people, and spectacular views of the mountains and sea left a lasting impression.

On layovers as a flight attendant in my twenties, I learned how to see a city in less than 24 hours, which has helped tremendously in booking trips for clients who only have a short amount of time to spend. In 2012 I was featured in a Conde Nast article called “Five Perfect days in Dublin and County Clare.” I still get calls from readers requesting the exact trip.

The best part about being a travel consultant is getting to know my clients and personalizing their travel itineraries. Most of the trips I plan are for multi-generational families and small groups, and many are first time travelers to Ireland. I first fell in love with Ireland on a trip with my husband, who was researching his family tree and looking for his grandparents’ homes. I now travel to Ireland frequently and am continually captivated by the green, the charm, and the warm and welcoming Irish people.

Trip of a Lifetime:

Renting Coolclogher House, an 18th century manor home in the west of Ireland, for a mini family reunion. It was big enough for the twelve of us to spread out, make ourselves at home, and experience Irish living at its finest. We were happy relaxing on the expansive property with its sweeping views of the mountains, gardens, and pastures or walking to nearby Killarney Park with its beautiful lakes. We split up to pursue individual interests during the day— golf, horseback riding, shopping in Killarney—and met together for dinner, whether it be one we created from local markets, eaten in the stately dining room, or at one of the many restaurants in town. A driver guide took us on group excursions to the Beara Peninsula, Cork, Kenmare and the Ring of Kerry. It was a unique and memorable way to reconnect with family and experience the beauty of Ireland.

Best Purchase:

I love shopping and buying local products. My last purchase was a beautiful linen scarf at Stable in Dublin. This new shop is very popular and has some very unusual Irish linen and tweed scarfs, hats and wraps. It is located right outside the Westbury Hotel.

I have traveled extensively but my heart is always in Ireland and the United Kingdom. I recently returned from Northern Ireland and I am very excited with all the new changes that have happened in the last few years. This is a great new destination.

 

CUSTOMER REVIEWS …

The trip to Africa was AMAZING. My sister and I had a wonderful time. We loved the tour group and made some great friendships and memories. The tour was the perfect for us, and the lodges we stayed at were so much nicer than we had expected! It was such a cool experience. You were so helpful and made sure our trip was exactly what we were looking for. Thank you so much! I would love to book more trips with you in the future.

571-499-5943 office
kathi@mccabeworld.com

Kristin Wiese

Reston, VA

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Travel has always been a passion of mine, so working in this field is a natural fit for me. My travels have taken me from the Caribbean to Europe to Asia, and many places in between. Personal highlights include Napa Valley, Nantucket, Charleston, St. John (USVI), Capri, Istanbul and Kyoto. So much of a destination’s culture and identity is reflected in its culinary offerings, which is one of my favorite aspects of travel. While I love discovering hot new restaurants, I also seek out hidden gems that are frequented by locals. An excellent meal is often a trip highlight and I always enjoy sharing culinary experiences and favorite dishes from my travels. In November, I look forward to exploring Florence and Tuscany, experiencing the welcoming hospitality of Italy and of course its delicious cuisine!

703-774-5959 office
kristin@mccabeworld.com

Lauren Gunnels

Atlanta, GA

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2451 Cumberland Parkway, Suite 3309, Atlanta, GA 30339

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Embracing the mantra that the world is our greatest classroom, Lauren believes that experiencing new places and new cultures broadens our perspective and our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. Lauren believes that travel is a personal journey…that it recharges us; it connects us; it fuels our inspiration and our passion; it makes us better!

Lauren’s passion for travel began at an early age. She has lived on three different continents and traveled to dozens of countries. Lauren grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee and spent her summers exploring the coast of Maine. In 7th grade, she traveled to Japan to live with a family which not only further fueled her passion for travel, but stirred a new passion for Asia and travel to more exotic destinations. By the time she graduated from high school, Lauren had already visited nine different countries outside of North America.

Lauren earned her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University with a major in French and Asian Studies. While in college, Lauren lived in Avignon, France and traveled extensively around Europe. After graduating, she ran an internet publishing company and subsequently worked for an import/export company specializing in art and antiques from Asia and around the world and then at Bonhams & Butterfields Auction House (formerly Butterfields) in San Francisco before earning her law degree.

While in law school, Lauren lived and worked in Hong Kong, China, and she spent her personal time traveling solo across East and Southeast Asia. After a successful career practicing real estate law and civil and commercial litigation, Lauren decided to follow her life-long passion and make her personal pursuit her professional one as well. Sharing her infectious love of travel with clients from all over the United States, Lauren, her husband Damon, and their daughter Annabel live in Atlanta where Lauren runs Ortelius Travel Advisors as an independent affiliate of McCabe World Travel. As a Virtuoso Advisor and a specialist in adventure and exotic travel, multi-generational and family travel, Europe, and Asia, Lauren delves into the personal preferences, likes and dislikes of her clients to craft ideal, custom itineraries. Drawing on her extensive global network of elite travel professionals from hotel managers to local tour guides, Lauren uses her expertise and connections to provide accessibility to exclusive, authentic, extraordinary experiences, and exclusive benefits and amenities otherwise unavailable, to ensure that her clients can take advantage of the very best the travel industry has to offer.

As a busy mom, attorney, and business owner, Lauren understands that time is one of your most precious assets. Let Lauren alleviate stress, save you time and “Chart your Next Adventure.”

408-206-7147 office
lauren@orteliustravel.com

Linda Lord

Rockville, MD

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I have been in the travel industry for 35+ years. For 30 years, I traveled the world working in the airline industry. For the past 10 years I have continued my passion for travel by creating special travel memories for my clients while working for McCabe World Travel. Through my extensive contacts with McCabe and Virtuoso and my knowledge of 30+ years of being in the travel industry, I can make a client’s travel dreams a reality. To do this, I take the time to get to know my clients, their individual interests and their preferences. When you plan a trip with me, you don’t have to worry about anything except having a good time!

301-802-7564 office
linda@mccabeworld.com

Lisa Cohen-Dumani

Bethesda, MD

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Specializing in custom travel to Europe and multi-generational trips.

The Travel Fairy is a full service travel agency, specializing in making your travel dreams come true. Owner, Lisa Cohen-Dumani, is an avid traveler who has spent many years living overseas, travelling abroad and exploring new places. Affiliated as an independent contractor with McCabe World Travel & Virtuoso, the Travel Fairy is able to offer access to the top suppliers in the travel industry.

After many years in the consulting industry and raising her young family, Lisa opened The Travel Fairy in 2010. Drawing on her experiences living in both France and Switzerland, Lisa offers her clients unique perspective when planning travel. Her love of travel and exploring new places has taken her to points around the globe including Thailand, Peru and Russia to name a few.

In addition, Lisa is the mother of four, and she has loads of experience traveling with kids. Paris with kids is not only possible, but recommended when you do it right!

No request is too big or too small. The Travel Fairy is here to ensure that your next trip is magical!

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CUSTOMER REVIEWS …

Lisa is a step above any other travel advisor we’ve ever used. She was knowledgeable and insightful, so our hotels, excursions and meals exceeded our expectations. But what separates Lisa from others was her communication and problem solving. She was so on top of every detail and, as a result, we were able to focus solely on enjoying our trip.

 

 

301-325-2611 office
lisa@thetravelfairy.net

Mackenzie Peyser

Lutherville, MD

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My family had me traveling before I could even spell the word “plane” and it was through these experiences at a young age that I fell in love with discovering new places and cultures. My personal interests for art, architecture and photography all enhance my passion for travel and led me to a lifelong love affair with Europe. I have traveled from Ireland all the way to Croatia and discover something new and exciting each time that I am lucky enough to be there!

What is a view you could wake up to every morning?

Nothing compares to the view you receive from your private balcony at Blanket Bay in New Zealand. Your eyes first catch the snow-covered mountains which lead down to a field of wildflowers, which all reflect on a crystal-clear lake. It’s incredibly peaceful and unforgettable.

Do you collect anything while traveling?

Yes! I purchase artwork everywhere that I go. It’s mostly a collection of oil and watercolor paintings, and a few photographs.

Awards

  • 2019: Baltimore Sun’s Best Travel Agent
  • 2015: Travel Agent Magazine, 30 Under 30
  • 2015: Wedding Wire Couples’ Choice Award for Honeymoon Planning

 

CUSTOMER REVIEWS …

Utilizing Mackenzie’s help was one of the best decisions we could have made for our recent trip to Italy. She made all of the planning so easy and she was very patient as she answered the numerous questions we had leading up to our trip! The insights she had into all of the facets of our trip such as helping book trains, which tours to do and even which restaurants to visit were great and overall the peace of mind she gave us going into our trip knowing that our hotels and resorts were going to be fantastic, was invaluable. We received perks from each of the hotels we stayed at because we booked through her and we never would have found the places we stayed without her. I would recommend her for any and all upcoming trips.

 

443-908-1314 office
Mackenzie@mccabeworld.com

Mary Lou Yeager, CTC, MCC

Williamsburg, VA

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27 Yeardley’s Grant, Williamsburg, VA 23185

My passion for travel was ingrained forever when I turned the first page of my fourth grade geography book. National Geographic was a door to the world and Rand McNally was the source for the plotting of idyllic cross country journeys hopefully in the future. As a Navy captain’s wife, those long ago dreams of faraway places became realities. Living in Spain and the Philippines offered the opportunities of travel. A brand new world deliciously opened. Now, just what if I could help people to discover and enjoy that world? What IF I became a travel advisor? And so it was.

In 1977 I entered the industry. In 1981 I established Royal Travel Center in Williamsburg, Virginia. In 2006 I closed the store front and went home based. Soon thereafter, I made the fortuitous decision to affiliate with McCabe World Travel.

What do I enjoy most? Custom planning. In particular the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, the rest of Europe, Australia, South Pacific and all types of cruising. All right. If you get right down to it, probably anywhere.

I love finding that special cruise for that special celebration. Families. Affinity groups. Great fun were the two South America Celebrity cruises where I created tours in Buenos Aires and in Chile with Santiago and the Wine Country.

The numbers of Scotland, England, and Ireland tours I have designed for individuals and groups with all interests are countless. In 1985 I planned Voyage of the Godspeed for the Jamestown – Yorktown Foundation. One hundred of Virginia’s leading citizens spent a week in London for the event. Members of the Atlanta Old White Rugby Club still thank me for the planning of its Scotland tour. More Scotland with Clan Macfarlane’s 25th reunion. Moving across the world was Japan, with my Kiwanis International group.

I believe that training and learning never stop. There is no substitute for personal destination knowledge. My motto is “When you want something special, you see a specialist. Your vacation is no different.”

Mary Lou holds certified specialist designations from the tourist boards of Austria, Holland, Scotland, Ireland, England, Australia, and Fiji. Further she has achieved Cruise Lines International Association’s rank of Master Cruise Counsellor. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Georgia with a specialization in Radio-Television, Theater and French. Memberships include the Daughters of the American Revolution, Mayflower Society, Society of Sponsors of the US Navy (sponsored and christened USS Wichita AOR1).

Visit my website

Call me: 757-253-2700

 

CUSTOMER REVIEWS …

We have enjoyed working with Mary Lou for many years. As always, she was helpful, knowledgeable and went above and beyond. She knows after we take a river cruise we always like to go off on our own for a week or so, and she offers us wonderful virtuoso properties to consider. We have never been disappointed in her recommendations. This time – The Grand Sofitel in Amsterdam, the Hotel Amigo in Brussels and Hotel de Orangerie in Brugge were all perfect for us. Thanks again to Mary Lou for another wonderful trip.

 

Website: Royal Travel Center, Ltd.

 

 

Nadine Jackson

Salt Lake City, UT

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I’ve been in the hospitality business for over 30 years, as a travel consultant, hotel sales executive and conference/event manager. My international meetings have taken me to Europe, Rwanda for an AIDS meeting and Brazil for an international medical congress. Personal travel includes most countries in Europe, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama, Kenya, Peru, Egypt, Southeast Asia, New Zealand/Australia and French Polynesia. I’ve been to China, the first time in 1983 just after Americans were allowed to travel there, and again in 2006 – what an amazing difference! I am certified by Imperial Tours as a China Expert.

Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to some pretty exotic locales: Indonesia, Morocco, Western and Central Turkey, Cuba, India and Laos/Cambodia. I’ve loved the many cruises we’ve been on, but lately my husband and I have really enjoyed land-based tours with small groups or privately-led. The nicest part of a tour like this is the possibility of staying in charming villages or the center of a town, and especially to dine in neighborhood cafes trying local foods. Night times in foreign places are very interesting for people watching!

I really enjoy working with cruisers, first-time or seasoned. I try to customize their cruises with private shore excursions and unique pre- or post-hotels/special tours. I also love working with people who want independent custom trips. Combining my own travel experience with Virtuoso’s huge network of onsite agents in most every country of the world, planning these independent journeys is not only fun for me, but flawless due to the expertise at my fingertips. It’s a joy to arrange a once-in-a-lifetime trip for couples or family groups and have all their expectations (and dreams) met!

I have had the privilege of hosting many Virtuoso Voyager Club sailings that have taken my husband Bobby and me around the world. Plus, we have met so many wonderful Virtuoso travelers.

801-942-9011 office
nadine.jackson2@sbcglobal.net

Rhona Wendler

Baltimore, MD

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I have always had a passion for travel. I grew up in Great Britain and traveled throughout Europe as a child with my family. I moved to the USA in my late teens and eventually became an Investment Banker for Morgan Stanley and Alex Brown Associates.

Now I am living my passion and working in the travel industry. I focus on family travel and custom itineraries around the world.

 

CUSTOMER REVIEWS …

Great trip –amazing place –your attention to details and local knowledge were invaluable –we will definitely be returning to Capri! Thanks again for all your great work here – much appreciated!

 

410-262-8605 office
rhona@mccabeworld.com

Sigrid Braeckeveldt, CTC

Bedford, TX

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CTC, Destination Specialist Hawaii, Disney College of Knowledge Graduate, Certified Tahiti Specialist, Windstar Cruises Specialist.

I have been a travel consultant for over 25 exciting years!! I grew up in Belgium & traveled extensively in Europe before I moved to the US. I specialized in languages and graduated in Oriental linguistics. However my life took an unexpected turn and landed me in the US, where the travel industry became my true destiny.

I have been very fortunate to explore many parts of our globe including off the beaten path areas such as the Galapagos or the Sea of Cortez.

My love for travel stems from the philosophy of seeing it as a gift to yourself which creates lifetime memories. Realizing how little vacation time we have makes it even more important for me to know that you are spending your hard earned funds in the right destination.

My main passion is to grow along with my clients, to really get to know your likes and dislikes, to listen to what you envision and to use my personal insight & globetrotting experiences to enhance your next travel adventures!

CUSTOMER REVIEWS …

Sigrid has been planning our trips for over 15 years! She is incredibly detailed oriented, knowledgeable and well-traveled – which translates in to pure perfection when it comes to our travel. She understands our vision and anticipates every need whether it is a subtle detail or big impact activity/location etc. She continues to raise the bar …and most importantly she listens to us, knows us …and gets us. We are forever grateful for so many memories and moments over the years that she has created for us and our entire, extended family and friends. Sigrid is a jewel, a gift – and has enhanced our lives on so many levels. Thank you, Sigrid – for your professionalism, your wisdom, your heart!

843-670-3006 office
Sigrid@mccabeworld.com

Terry Flowers

Virginia Beach, VA

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My love of travel has taken me from the United States to Europe, and to Central America. I decided to get into the business side of the travel industry because I always loved creating all my travel plans and itineraries. The last 5 years have taught me so much on the art of travel, and how to design the perfect itinerary for my clients. My personal experiences help me to create custom packages for my clients from cruises, romantic getaways, and even a two-month getaway. I specialize in custom Europe packages, adventure & exploration travel, and luxury cruises.

Wayne Muhlstein

Fairfax, VA

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What is your favorite place?

Cities! Could it be I was born and raised in New York? You never ask, “are we there yet,” because you have already arrived.

At an outdoor café in the Recoleta neighborhood in Buenos Aires, I sipped my espresso and thought “How could this have all been going on my whole life and I just now find out about it?!”

Buenos Aires has the energy of New York, the sensuality of Miami South Beach, and all wrapped with European brio!

Best purchase on travel?

Lesson learned from traveling the world: When on vacation and you see something you want. Buy it or you will regret it.

Lori (my wife) and I have bragging rights to cool eyewear from Budapest and Lori found a one-of-a-kind necklace at a boutique in the Marais. But the most awesome buy – my handcrafted leather luggage bag – truth be told, I had to make a special trip back to the store before heading to the airport, because…

Something we don’t know about you.

I’ve lost 80 pounds and keeping it off for 28 years! The thought of asking for airline seat belt extenders and regularly leading Weight Watchers meetings keeps my weight maintenance in check.

I’ve traveled over 1 million miles and enjoyed memorable meals at every destination (we have the cook books for most). The opportunity to be part of your next travel experience is just a conversation away. Let me show you the world I love.

 

CUSTOMER REVIEWS …

Wayne is the ultimate professional. Knowledgeable, responsive and most of all personal. My family and I had a spectacular vacation to Spain. As first-time international travelers as a family, Wayne took the time to find out what we were interested in doing, seeing, eating and then put together a first-class trip that we will always remember. You don’t know what you don’t know. Don’t take the chance on missing out on an even better vacation experience – Talk to Wayne!

 
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Erin White

Catharpin, VA

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Background:

As far back as I can remember, I have been traveling. I grew up with the opportunity to travel a couple times a year with my family, which was how my love for travel was formed. In my adolescent years, I went on a couple of cruises, saw many states, and vacationed to many countries. I went to college at Virginia Tech and got my degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. I studied abroad in Prague, Czech Republic for a full semester. The study abroad experience opened the world of travel for me, as I visited 11 European countries in 3 months, and planned nearly all the travels myself. With travelling, I am enthralled by the cultures, the cuisines, the architecture, the languages and the people I meet along the way.

Favorite Part of Travelling:

The architecture of a different era always catches my attention. Seeing Gothic Quarters, Victorian era homes, castles from all different centuries. Just getting to see how much people’s taste in architecture style have changed over the years is enough to draw me in.

Most Memorable Trip:

When I was in grade school, my family took a cruise around the Hawaiian Islands. Each island held its own arrangement of beautiful scenery and adventurous excursions. Getting to snorkel in the flourishing reefs, take a helicopter ride around the island, attending a Luau were some examples of tours we did. That is a trip I will never forget.

Favorite Destination I Would Go Back To A Hundred Times:

Grand Cayman Island. The weather is always perfect, the water is calm and clear and warm. The snorkeling and water activities are ideal year-round. The people are so friendly and hospitable.

703-899-9396 office
erin@mccabeworld.com

Ellen Sisser

Bethesda, MD

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I have been a travel professional for more than 40 years as an agent, manager and owner. Vacation travel is my passion, with an emphasis on luxury. I regularly arrange fully independent itineraries, including air, hotels, rail, car rentals and sightseeing all over the world. I take the time to learn your interests and tailor the plan to provide you with the vacation of your dreams.

Destination Specialties:

Escorted and independent tours, Caribbean destinations and all-inclusives, cruises with special shore excursions, luxury travel, honeymoons and destinationworldwide cruises, weddings, family and multi-generational groups, specialty travel for women, spas, villas, Disney and special interests.I specialize in destinations throughout Europe (Italy, France, United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Russia); Western Hemisphere (United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, Bermuda, Aruba, Grand Cayman, Cuba, most Caribbean Islands and many countries in South America. I have been on worldwide cruises and I am an Accredited Cruise Counselor.

 

CUSTOMER REVIEWS …

Ellen is a fantastic resource for anyone planning a trip. She listensto what you want to accomplish and then creates a personalized plan for you. She is our family’s go-to agent whenever we are planning our family trips – Meredith H.

 

Website: Tiffany Travel Concierge

 

 

240-426-0388 office
estravel@yahoo.com

Maria Diego

Coral Gables, FL

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My love for travel started at a young age when I aspired to be an “international businesswoman” before I could recite the alphabet.  After a long swimming career ending at the University of Southern California, I seized the opportunity to move to Spain to live in another culture and learn a new language.  Exploring the streets of Madrid and fearfully stepping into a university classroom setting when I barely knew how to form a sentence made me feel explosively alive and challenged me to the core.  After 6 vibrant months in Spain, I moved to Miami to continue practicing Spanish and shortly after met my Mexican husband, Miguel.

In 2008, we moved to the Riviera Maya, Mexico and founded a luxury boat charter company called Marina La Bonita.  As a tour operation, we grew from 4 employees to 40+ and gained invaluable experience in working with hotels and other agencies in the tourism industry.  Over time, our customers loved our attention to detail and excellent customer service and sought us out to plan their entire vacation package.

I am wildly passionate about travel and intuitively connected to the needs of my clients.  I pay meticulous attention to every detail that goes into creating a life-changing experience that goes beyond the typical.  With my combined background as both a luxury traveler and as a tour operator – I design and deliver thoughtfully laid-out plans that create moments that turn into lifelong memories.

For my destination specialties, I have listed: Mexico, Saint Barthelemy, California, Southwest, Bahamas

 

786-525-3350 office
maria@diegotravel.com

Jeremy Gurvitch

Washington, DC

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Background:
The transformative nature of travel and its special ability to change the way we see the world has always stood out to me. A life-long traveler, I’ve visited dozens of countries and lived on three separate continents. As a reformed attorney, I utilize the same strategic planning, attention to detail, and research skills I honed practicing law to thoughtfully design a travel experience unique to you.

What are your favorite destinations?:
A few that stand out are: jungle trekking in the Amazon, the natural beauty of Switzerland and New Zealand, walking the canals of Amsterdam, the beach clubs of St. Tropez, Japan’s mix of modernity and tradition, the casual romance of Portugal, and annual ski-trips to Colorado!

Packing List:
I never travel without my AirPods, a good book, and a comfy sweatshirt.

Destination Specialties:
Israel, South America, Japan, Western Europe, Bhutan, and Australia/New Zealand.

Website: Elevated Luxury Travel

 

CUSTOMER REVIEWS …

After contacting Jeremy close to our date of travel, he made what would have felt like a last minute struggle into a seamless experience. After briefly reviewing with Jeremy what type of trip we were looking for, from travel distance to activities and amenities, he presented a number of fabulous options. From the lead up and throughout the trip, Jeremy stayed in contact to ensure any questions or tweaks to our schedule we may have wanted were satisfied. More so, Jeremy had made sure the hotel was familiar with our plans and had set up logistics for the activities that required extra planning. All in all, it was absolutely wonderful working with Jeremy and we plan to do so for our future travel. Adam S. – Los Angeles

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