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McAlpin Travel is owned and operated by Karen McAlpin, CTA, who has always had a passion for travel and is now turning this passion into a full-time business.  Her background includes a degree in Interior Design followed by 5 years in product development working for Saks Incorporated.  This career really heightened the travel bug for Karen because she was able to spend time in New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles as well as overseas trips to Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Taiwan.  Other favorite destinations include the Turks and Caicos, Hawaii, England, Ireland, and France.  Her bucket list includes the Galapagos, Chile, South Pacific including New Zealand and Australia, and seeing the “Big 5” in Africa.

Why use a travel advisor?

  • Preferred status – You can visit Rome and tour the Vatican with thousands of other people but how about visiting it after hours with your own personal guide.  You want to visit the Master’s in Augusta but the wait list is about 100 years long.  How about free breakfast, complimentary upgrades, resort credits, and on top of that a reduced rate?  These are just examples of preferred VIP amenities that I can get for you.
  • Convenience –  You can Google Hawaiian hotels and receive thousands of options but which one should you choose? You could spend hours or days combing each listing and finally choose one.  The website looks nice and the two pictures look nice too, but when you get there you realize the beach is across a busy highway and the pool isn’t as large as you thought.  I will not let that happen.  Through my contacts I have personal knowledge of each property and a direct line to the property manager.
  • Advocate –  I will learn about you and your family or group and what you would like to achieve on your vacation and match that with the best property.  I am there for you before, during, and after your stay.  If there is a problem I will take care of it to the best of my ability.  Not many online travel sites can provide that personal attention.
  • Experience – Especially when it comes to Disney because I have “cracked the code”.  I have dedicated countless hours, money and energy into figuring out the best time to go, where to stay, and how to plan your trip so you are in the least crowded park each day and waiting the least amount of time in line.  I will get you that breakfast with Cinderella and her friends in the Castle and will give you the best advice on everything from which stroller to rent to which food items will get you the best value while on the dining plan.

How do I work?

First of all we will start with a DISCOVERY meeting  so I can get an understand of the type of experience you are looking for and the vital information (who, what, when, where, and why).

Then we move on to the DESIGN phase where we work together to create the details of your trip.

Next will be the CONNECT phase which is between the time we book your trip until you depart where we will fine tune the details (packing lists, dining reservations, etc.) and get excited about your upcoming travel experience.

Then comes the EXPERIENCE of the trip where we will still stay in contact to discuss any issues that may have arisen and you just might receive an unexpected surprise along  the way.

Finally, when you return home we will SHARE the details of your trips and discuss your favorite experiences.

What about fees?

The planning process for custom trips takes time and is a collaborative process between the client, myself, and the vendors and this fee covers the initial consultation, planning and research, booking and managing all travel components, as well as support during travel.

Fees will be charge before the first itinerary is presented and is charged regardless of whether a client books the trip with us.

Continental US $100 and up

Theme parks $100 and up

Caribbean, Alaska, Hawaii, and Mexico $150 and up

Europe, South America, Asia, and Africa $250 and up per week

Cruise $50 per cabin ($250 max)

Airfare $75 per ticket if not booked as part of a package

We will discuss any fee charges during the DISCOVERY meeting.

So, what are you waiting for.  Contact me and I will help you plan that once-in-a-lifetime vacation.

McAlpin Travel is a proud supporter of the local community including Walnut Grove Elementary School, St. Jude’s, and YMCA.

Paris with my mom and sister - 2010

Paris in 2010 with my mom and sister