(19 Reviews)
100% Recommended

Jody Richardson

Grand Ledge, MI

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

Europe, Asia, Africa, Hawaii and Group Travel

A career in travel has many rewards, however when I began my career 19 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

15 of 26 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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6 of 9 people found this review helpful
Italy
Jody has been a life saver for us when unexpected events occurred, looking for alternative methods of completing a trip without cancellation, and helping us cancel a trip due to a family situation mandating that we stay home. She is excellent to work with in setting up multiple destinations and tips on activities and transportation.
By  The Oakleys  from  Grand Ledge MI
Traveled to  Rome ~ Italy ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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6 of 10 people found this review helpful
Best trip ever!
Jody is personable, professional and a gem at finding and coordinating trips. She has set up both an independent trip and a tour company trip for me. Both were the best without flaws.
By  Becky  from  Lansing
Traveled to  Egypt ~ Africa
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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6 of 10 people found this review helpful
Jody to the rescue
Jody is always willing to help even if you are looking for something that is not the norm and takes more effort on her part. She has helped my husband and I plan several trips and we even went on one together that she had set up. When there is a problem, she always puts it right. We enjoy working with her. Recently when she started to put together an trip for us, including a tour or two and extra time for us to explore, we had a family emergency and our plans changed. We needed to fly out of the county to help one of our children and decided we needed to can our other plans and just go with something plain and simple at a later date. She got everything set up for both trips and everything was great.
By  Travel lover  from  Grand Ledge
Traveled to  Canada
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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6 of 10 people found this review helpful
An amazing national parks vacation!
I thoroughly love working with Jody. A friend of mine referred me to Jody about 5 years ago and I wouldn't use anybody else. My husband and I traveled with our friends on a national parks tour with Trafalgar and it was amazing. The next trip was to Boston, Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard and Cape Cod with my mother on Globus. That was an equally amazing trip. Next year we are heading to Alaska and are booking through Jody.
By  5horsemen12345  from  Charlotte, MI
Traveled to  Utah ~ USA
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Destination Expert:

  • Italy
  • Europe
  • Hawaii
  • USA
  • Ireland

Travel Specialist:

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

Top Travel Partners:

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

Certifications/Awards:

  • Certified Leisure Specialist

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