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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“Stay in the United States, but be a world away.”
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“I love adventure travel and nature, and with my firsthand experiences in Costa Rica, I can help you see and do so much. You can float down the Palo Verde River, swim in the hot springs, explore the rainforest in Monteverde with a private guide, stroll suspension bridges over the forest canopy and dine in a little cafe where they cook on wood fired stoves. You can also experience what the Amazon feels like as you travel down a canal in Tortuguero National Park to get to your lodge, where you may get a glimpse of a manatee. There really is something for virtually everyone in Costa Rica. Since I've personally experienced the different regions of Costa Rica, and know which travel suppliers to use to tailor a vacation package for you, I can help to ensure you're going to the right areas for what you want to do and see. Contact me for a vacation that blends culture, nature and adventure all in one visit.”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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“I lived in Athens for years and adore sharing the culture and food with my loved ones. My home on the island of Kefalonia gives me a regular excuse to visit, and has the added bonus of endowing me with a true local's perspective. From quaint, coastal villages with amazing seafood to the flea markets with the best souvenirs, I'll show you an unbeatably authentic Greek experience. After all, how many agents can ask for a local's perspective on nearby attractions in the native language? My money changing tips and ability to find you the perfect guide ensure no detail is left to chance. By day, experience the perfect beauty of white cobblestone and turquoise water in the beach town that was featured in "Captain Corelli's Mandolin." At night, let traditional dancers entertain you while dining in a rooftop garden restaurant overlooking the Acropolis. No matter what you crave, if you contact me today, you can rest assured your Greek adventure will be crafted with a genuine local's touch.”Read more
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“I have been a professional travel planner since 1969, but my love affair with Hawaii began with my first trip in 1974. I love fitness, fine dining and lively nighttime entertainment-all of which you can find among these stunning islands. From hotels and shopping to dining and water sports, I can walk you through the must-dos and coordinate all the details of your trip. If you need to arrange spa treatments, golf, or have any other special requests, I can help you book those too. I excel at seeing the big picture, meaning that when you work with me, I'll help shape your itinerary around your unique travel needs. Hawaii is my passion-contact me today and let me show you why it just might become yours.”Read more
Interests: Food, Hiking, Museums, Sports & Fitness, Theater & Concerts
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