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Traveling to Italy has been one of the highlights of my career. From the cobble stone streets of Rome to the magnificent waterways of Venice, Italy will not disappoint. It feels like it was yesterday when I stood in the Vatican and looked up at the Sistine Chapel. Even if you don't know much about art or the Renaissance Period you will be in complete amazement when you discover Italy and it's many hidden treasures.

My Travel Specialties

Ireland, Italy, Hawaii, Alaska, and Group Travel

A career in travel has many rewards, however when I began my career 17 years ago, I had no idea those rewards would go well beyond the specific, fantastic destinations. In Italy, for example, how would you feel at the Vatican peering up at the masterpiece of the Sistine Chapel ceiling? Is the cuisine...
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Discovering Pompeii in 2008

Italy Testimonial

Capital Area Travel Leaders Jody Carpenter Jody was an ideal Travel Agent for our group of Baby Boomers and Millennials as we planned our trip to Italy – the first for all of us. She listened to all of our requests and considered our unique needs as she planned our itinerary. Every suggestion Jody...
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Customer Testimonials

Alaska Group Travel

It began with an idea to extend an existing trip to the U.S. Open in Seattle. My husband and I decided to add a cruise to Alaska. We knew that Travel Leaders specialized in cruises. When we walked into the Grand Ledge office we were greeted by Jody Carpenter. We hoped we might have 2 or 3 more couples interested in going, but Jody suggested spreading the word. As it turned out, we had 20 additional family members and close friends that joined us. Pleasing a group of 22 people is no small task. After about a year of planning, many telephone calls and e-mails (as most of our group was not from the Grand Ledge area, and a few even out of state), we set sail for an Inside Passage cruise to Alaska! All of the details, including shore excursions, were handled expertly and efficiently by Jody. Everyone was thrilled with the quick and timely responses to all of our questions and concerns. We all will travel in the future, and will not hesitate to call upon Jody again.
Mary and Bob Keller, Grand Ledge MI

From Florida to Europe

Working with Jody has been an incredible experience, she is truly passionate about what she does. As a travel agent, she goes above and beyond to ensure you have the best vacation. She's very caring and very thorough down to the last detail; whether I am flying to Florida or to Europe. She's the best!
Rita Klopfenstein, Parma MI

My Reviews

8 of 10 people found this review helpful
best trip
jody is a true professional.she is always eager to please and always responds in a timely manner to your questions and concerns.she is easy to talk with and is always willing to share her travel experiences.jody has arranged three trips for us in the past two years and i will continue to contact her with all my travel needs.
By  cleve  from  florence,s.c.
Traveled to  Jamaica ~ Caribbean
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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12 of 23 people found this review helpful
Family Cruise
Jodi booked out first cruise. We chose Alaska and spread the word. It was the best cruise ever. 22 family and friends cruised together and Jodi took care of all of us from across the country. We are on our third cruise through Jodi and could not be more pleased.
By  Mary K.  from  Lansing, Michigan
Traveled to  Alaska ~ USA
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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8 of 16 people found this review helpful
Happy Sailors!
Jody has been a pleasure to work with. We have booked 5 cruises through her, 2 of which were back to back, and have never been disappointed. She is always available to discuss the details, make changes, etc. Jody is wonderful at keeping on top of the process and reminding us when something is due, needs to be signed, payment needs processed. She makes the whole planning process stress free. We are very happy with the excellent service we receive from her.
By  Jo  from  Lansing
Traveled to  Caribbean
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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6 of 15 people found this review helpful
The Best of the best!
A wonderful and the best travel agent we have ever worked with. Jody has worked with us,our family and friends for 10-15 years. She is professional in every way,always goes the extra mile,loves her job and her clients,doublechecks everything,and makes you know all is under control. She always quickly respons and answers your questions. Jody is a gold medalist winner. When you want the best ask for Jody Carpenter
By  Joyce and Bob  from  St. Petersburg florida
Traveled to  Brasilia ~ Brazil ~ South America
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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7 of 17 people found this review helpful
Excellent, Personalized Service
We have had the pleasure of working with Jody for many years. During that time, she has set up numerous, sometimes complex trips for us. This has included working with many international hotels, and negotiating with the airlines over the use of frequent flyer miles for International travel involving multiple destinations.

Jody is always great to talk to, and very available. She is extremely knowledgeable about the travel industry.

Based on our recommendation, our daughters and their husbands have used Jody's services as well, with complete satisfaction.

There is true "value added" to what Jody does, and we give her an unqualified recommendation.
By  Alissa and Dave B  from  Augusta, GA
Traveled to  Australia & New Zealand
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Destination Expert:

  • Italy
  • Hawaii
  • Europe
  • USA
  • Ireland

Travel Specialist:

  • Historical Sites
  • River Cruises
  • Wine Country Vacations
  • Honeymoons
  • Cruises
  • All Inclusive

Top Travel Partners:

  • Globus
  • Monograms
  • Princess Cruises®
  • Royal Caribbean International
  • Delta Vacations
  • Viking River Cruises
  • Avalon Waterways

Certifications/Awards:

  • Certified Leisure Specialist

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