Travel + Leisure magazine honors American Express Travel Insiders.
Explore the world like a local with rare insights into global destinations.
Our Travel Insiders are the designers of unforgettable vacations. Leave your trip in their skilled hands so you can save time, discover new places and unlock a unique itinerary tailor-made with your passions and personal interests top of mind.
A Travel Insider must live and breathe the areas they specialize in. Not only will they introduce you to the world of the locals, they can help insure you experience the authentic and the unexpected, all while staying within your budget.
Travel like a local not a tourist. Get insider access to unique events, offbeat excursions, and unconventional itineraries. And if you're an American Express Card Member, you can enjoy valuable offers, travel programs, and other benefits when you book with one of our Travel Insiders.
Choose your travel InsiderBrowse our roster of expert Insiders and choose your perfect match. You can even choose an Insider who shares the same interests as you.
Tell us about your dream getawayYour travel dreams do not come on a checklist. They come to life through a one-on-one conversation with a Travel Insider. Your conversation will then give our Insider a sense of your unique travel expectations and desires. You will learn how the program works and which planning fees may apply. Then, with your approval, our Insiders will roll up their sleeves and begin designing your one-of-a-kind trip.
Approve your itineraryIt is your vacation to enjoy and you have the final say in everything. Your Travel Insider will send your proposed itinerary directly to you. Review it, make changes and if it satisfies and impresses you, you can be on your way. If not, our Insider will work with you to fine-tune the details to perfection.
Our vacations are made to be remembered for a lifetime. To achieve this requires years of experience in travel planning. And that is why being an American Express Travel Insider is a distinction reserved for only a select few.
To qualify, we require all our Insiders to become fully immersed in the local knowledge of their area of specialization. This is not information you will find by browsing the web or skimming travel books. Our Insiders must feast on the customs of the area, in addition to regularly visiting and actively planning trips. This keeps them up with the latest on all fronts. From relaxing accommodations and thrilling adventures to trendy restaurants and classic museums and everything between, our Insiders have you covered.
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“Once upon a time, all Americans traveled to Europe via England - and I was one of them. I was 20 years old the first time I laid eyes on the United Kingdom, and over 30 trips later I'm still in love with England, Scotland, Wales and N. Ireland. From individual garden tours to unique house rentals, theater tours, golf outings, escorted vacations and independent self-drives - if it's happening across the pond, I will help you get there. I've seen a sheep being born on a quiet country night in the Scottish Highlands and toured country pubs throughout the British Isles. I even spent my own honeymoon here! As a history buff, I'll show you that the U.K. is one of the best countries at cherishing and sustaining their remarkable roots. Eager to see some of the country's world-famous theatre? I have a BA in Theater and am intimate with the West End offerings as well as the Globe and National Theatres. In nearly 30 years of booking travel, I haven't found a dull moment talking England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Call me today to chat about YOUR trip to the United Kingdom.”Read more
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“To truly understand a place as diverse and unique as Japan, you need nothing short of a local. Born and raised in this wonderful country, I am eager to share my understanding of Japan's rich history, language and culture. I'll make sure you see more than your average tourist (and then some) while traveling this exotic island. With 25 years of professional travel counseling under my belt, I can customize the trip to your specific needs -recommending the best museums, sightseeing, hotels and restaurants in each area. I'll take you past Tokyo and Kyoto, introducing you to less-traveled locations like Nara, Nikko or Kyushu. Call or email me today, and let me show you what I've known all of my life - that with a little planning and forethought, almost anything is possible in Japan.”Read more
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“I lived in Tanzania for several years and now I visit almost annually. While there is so much to love about this destination, it's the hospitality of its people that makes an impression on my clients again and again. I speak a little Swahili, in part because I learned that if you make even a small attempt to converse with your hosts, you are rewarded with Karibu! and a gracious welcome into their homes. In fact, I can arrange a visit to a Masaai boma, a local village, where you can tour a school or one of the residents' mud dwellings and get a glimpse of daily life; many clients have formed enduring ties with the friends they've made here. Of course spectacular wildlife is East Africa's most prominent draw; I can guide you off the beaten path to a birdwatcher's paradise or set up a walking safari with a private guide for an intimate encounter with the beasts of the wild. To visit East Africa is to experience a whole different world-call today to discover just what you've been missing.”Read more
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“I've been to France more than 30 times, and because my best friend lives there, I've got Insider tips that are truly local. I'll debunk myths about how the French perceive Americans and have you calling it your second home in no time. After all, what's not to love about the unhurried quality of the French way of life, devoid of calorie counters and filled instead with delectable wine and cuisine? Experience the country's flavors for yourself at invitation-only culinary festivals-I've got the inside scoop. With my guidance, you can visit ruins that few tourists even know exist or climb to one of the most spectacular locales for viewing Paris in all its glory. Photo buffs will love the postcard-perfect opportunities waiting around every corner and no one can resist the colorful landscapes of Provence that once charmed the likes Cezanne and Van Gogh. All this is only a small fraction of the wonders that await you-just contact me today to discover how much about France there is to love.”Read more
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“My birthplace and home for 17 years, Greece is my favorite destination to visit, which I do often. I speak the language fluently so I'll do what it takes to get your needs met. Whether you seek the historical wonder of the Acropolis, the serenity of Corfu's beaches, or the incredible sunsets of Santorini, who better to guide you than an agent who has lived all of it? Ours is a culture of hospitality and fellowship: treat locals well and you will always be welcomed as a friend. I can prepare you for the cultural differences like no other agent can, highlighting important philosophies like how in Greece, we drink life in-slowly-just as we savor our wine. Do as the locals do and immerse yourself in the moment, and you will experience fully the miracle of this country. My expert advice translates to the most authentic encounter for you, from the must-see sights to the finest local cuisine. A life-changing journey is just a phone call away-so contact me today!”Read more
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“Welcome to the wonderful world of river cruising! I have sailed on many river cruises and I'd love to share my knowledge, passion and expertise with you. I am a hands-on travel insider advisor with a staff of over 40 counselors backing me. I earned my reputation in the travel community through hard work and precision. I do business the old fashioned way and offer clients a high level of personal service while taking care of all their details. I am as comfortable arranging one room as I am working with groups. I have been in the travel business for 20 years and I am a certified CLIA Elite Cruise Counselor Scholar and Luxury Cruise Specialist. I work for my clients not only as their travel insider - but more importantly, as their advocate. I am there for you every step of the way and I will plan your vacation as though it's my own. What are you waiting for? Your dream cruise awaits so let's get started!”Read more
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“Oahu has it all and I have been planning trips for people to this fabulous island since 1991. I have toured hotels, experienced excursions, museums and many of the beaches. I went through the masters program to become a Oahu Destination Specialist. Do you want to know where to have a plate lunch or where the best look out point is? Oahu is "Waikiki" and so much more. You can hike in the rain forest, go to the art museum, walk in the gardens at Senator Fong's Plantation to pick your flowers for lei making. On a rainy day you can drive and see the many water waterfalls that arrive at Ho'Omaluhia Botanical Gardens. When the rain stops it is a wonderful picnic spot with a 32 acre lake and lush hillsides. There are beaches good for surfing, kayaking or floating. Hawaii has the feeling of "Ohana" which means family. It is paradise with the Hawaiian culture and warmness to make you feel at home. Whether it is romance, family fun, or a little history, Oahu has it all. Let me help you plan your next trip to Oahu. I will be sure to have you stop at Matsumoto's for shaved ice!”Read more
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“It is said that once a person sets foot on African soil, the land, the wildlife and its people become part of your soul, and will draw you back over and over again. Africa has done that to me. I have been to East Africa - Kenya & Tanzania - several times. To experience a true safari, Kenya is the best! It is famous for the Masai Mara, a huge game reserve that is part of the Serengeti, home to the "Big Five" - elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos and Cape buffalo. Zimbabwe's main attraction is Victoria Falls while Botswana has the Okavango Delta which is full of hippos, exotic birds & elephants. I've also explored South Africa's Kruger National Park & visited Cape Town. An awe-inspiring wildlife experience I recently had was gorilla tracking in Uganda. I highly recommend adding this on to a Kenya safari. Outstanding lodges & tents I would recommend are Kenya's Olonana, located on the banks of the Mara River, Cape Grace in Cape Town, the Singita in South Africa & the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge in Tanzania. I am an active traveler with a large repeat following of clients. I would love to add you to my list of satisfied travelers.”Read more
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“River cruising has become a very popular way to vacation today. It is so exciting to walk off your ship and be right in town to be able to roam around the nooks and crannies of old historical river towns. And with my river cruising experience, I can help you choose the best ship and itinerary to meet your expectations. Travelling on a river cruise, allows you to be up close and personal with small towns and villages around the world. Please note, most shore excursions are included in the price of the cruise. The shore excursions are wonderful. And depending on which country you are in, may include: chocolate tasting at a Verona chocolate factory, dinner at Paul Bocuse Restaurant in France, or attending a Romanian folk wedding performance at a popular Black Sea Resort on a Danube river cruise. And best of all, I will plan your entire river cruise vacation for you including pre and post hotels stays. I will also arrange your air transportation, including mileage tickets, transfers, unique and unusual private tours, free mileage tickets, AMEX Pay with Points. Please call me so I can start planning your amazing river cruise vacation today!”Read more
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“Looking to tee up at a tropical beach resort or perhaps you would prefer a course that sits one mile above sea level, in either case please give me a call to plan your next golf vacation. I started playing golf in the early 70's and have been privileged to play championship courses and have even traveled with golf pros to Bermuda to play on such courses as the Mid Ocean Club. Perhaps you're longing to play that 18 hole championship course that tests your long irons, woods and skill or you would rather try a 9 hole course while you're on vacation with your family. There are golf course destinations to suit every taste and skill level. If you are traveling with a significant other who does not play golf, I can also arrange activities for them such as tennis, horseback riding, shopping, boating and of course world class spas. Call me today to book your dream golf vacation.”Read more
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