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Discovering Pompeii in 2008
Discovering Pompeii in 2008

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 of China better than our Americanized version? Hawaii v the Caribbean, compare and contrast? There are innumerable questions such as these my clients, friends and family have inquired about my travels. “Someday YOU will tell me”, is my recurring response. Great experiences equal great memories. I am passionate about what I do. You could say I help create memories. But to say I just book travel is a huge understatement. That is not why referrals constantly seek me out. Booking your own travel on the web seems to be all the rage, however what you don't get is a “do over” with your precious time and money. What you won’t get from the web is a relationship with an expert. Having me as your advocate is your best defense from forgetting something as small as a seat assignment to something as big as knowing which tours to reserve when visiting a city in Europe. Over the years I have broaden my experiences and knowledge base through many training courses and travels of my own. Two years ago I completed and received my certification as a Certified Leisure Travel Specialist with Travel Leaders. Because it is not enough to sit in an office and just do web based training and internet searches I have had the great opportunity to get out from behind the desk and travel to extraordinary places such as: China, Italy, Croatia, Ireland, England, Scotland, Hawaii, Mexico, the Caribbean, the Baltic Countries of Finland, Sweden, Denmark and visited many wonderful U.S. cities as well as Amsterdam and Saint Petersburg, Russia.  There is no research better than experiencing a destination on your own. In my opinion getting to know the local people in a new region has always been the best education. In 2018 I will be adding a few new destinations to my list of expertise; Austria, Hungary and Czech Republic just to name a few when I escort a small group on a Viking River Cruise.  Several years ago when I read the book EAT, PRAY, LOVE. A passage spoke to me. “Still, despite all this, traveling is the great true love of my life. I have always felt, ever since I was sixteen years old and first went to Russia with my saved-up babysitting money, that to travel is worth any cost or sacrifice.”


I have worked with Jody for over six years encompassing 8 trips to Europe. She is without a doubt the travel agents TRAVEL AGENT; Jody defines the words “true grit” Jim Osburn Grand Ledge MI

My Reviews

10 of 14 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 25 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 18 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 17 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 19 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:

  • Hawaii
  • Europe
  • Italy
  • USA
  • Ireland

Travel Specialist:

  • Historical Sites
  • River Cruises
  • Honeymoons
  • Cruises
  • All Inclusive

Top Travel Partners:

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


  • Certified Leisure Specialist

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