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Our team of consultants are experienced travel agents and destination experts. We have taken the time to review properties all over the world and it’s that extensive personal knowledge that makes My Trip Coach different. We put this experience to work for you to ensure that your vacation is a trip of a lifetime!

Shelley Knoedler, President

Specializing in Cuisine, Culture and Adventure Travel

Africa, Tahiti, Peru, Australia/NZ

Sarah Ellis

(757) 286-8704

Favorite Hotel: The Birkenhead House – Hermanus, South Africa
Favorite Destinations: South Africa, Hawaii, St. Lucia
Recently Visited: Hawaii, Barbados, South Africa

I truly feel alive when I travel. From sailing in the Exumas, camping in Yosemite, to shark diving in South Africa. I am truly amazed at the beauty of the world and all it has to offer. We work hard to escape the hustle and bustle of life so I feel that attention to detail and service are of the utmost importance in selecting a property. I specialize in boutique and luxury properties that truly focus on the entire experience, not just a place to stay. I enjoy helping clients create once in a lifetime experiences and conquering their vacation bucket lists, such as seeing the big 5 in South Africa or a romantic honeymoon island hopping in Greece.

Kaley McClain

(512) 228-8619

Favorite Hotels: Couples Swept Away, Jamaica, Excellence Playa Mujeres, Mexico, Jackson Lake Lodge, Grand Teton National Park, The Brando, French Polynesia, The Atlantis, Paradise Island Bahamas
Favorite Destinations: Caribbean, Mexico, Bahamas, Hawaii, North America, Canada, Tahiti, Belize
Recently Visited: Mexico, Canada, Nassau, Italy, Oahu, National Parks of the U.S, Costa Rica, Jamaica

My passion for travel began when I was a young girl taken on a trip with my parents to the magnificent Atlantis resort in Nassau, Bahamas. There, I would play with Dolphins, enjoy bahamian fresh cuisine while dining amongst their breathtaking marine exhibits, and slide down their famous thrilling water slides that ended in enclosed shark aquariums. Needless to say, after this adventure, travel would become an important part of my life.

I have traveled much throughout the United States, Canada, Hawaii and Italy; of them beautiful places that I am so glad to have experienced. However, I still consider my adventures in the Caribbean, Central America, and Mexico to be my favorite. Memories of these adventures include: riding catamarans along the coast of Jamaica where I jumped straight off of the boat and snorkeled into cliff caves; Having my morning ritual be a howler monkey alarm and a local cup of coffee in Costa Rica; and soaking up sun and time with friends at elaborate pool bars with a gulf of Mexico back drop at the many luxury resorts Mexico has to offer.

As a parent, a very important part of my personal travels is that I appreciate both vacations built around spending time with family in conjunction with trips planned for time without being a parent. I have driven the “Icefields Parkway” in the Canadian Rockies with a 16 Month old in the back seat. I have also gone away to a Mexican All inclusive adults only resort with my husband while “the baby” was back in The States with the grandparents. Each vacation serves a purpose beyond where you are going. It’s my passion to get beyond “where?” and get into “with whom?” and “why?”. Affording these questions consideration is where truly great trips come to life.

“Should I take my kids here?”, “Is this resort good for a romantic getaway?” or “is the extra travel time worth it?” are all questions I have answered with my personal experience. So the next time you plan an adventure, ask me about my experience at multiple resorts in Playa Mujeres, or about what I loved and didn’t at my time at two different Couples Resorts in Jamaica. My many experiences are your resource!

Rachel Betts

(336) 601-7745

Favorite Hotel:  Agriturismo Buranco Monterosso Italy (we loved staying there!)
Favorite Destinations: Paris, Innsbruck, Florence and Cinque Terre
Recently Visited: Rome, Cinque Terre, Florence, Venice, Innsbruck and Munich

I discovered my love for travel while planning trips for my family of five over the last 15 years.  We have been fortunate to explore England, France, Italy, Austria and Germany together.

I enjoy the challenge of preparing memorable and unique itineraries that reflect the individual interests of clients, and helping them create lasting memories.

Let me help you find that wonderful restaurant in Florence that serves Pear Ravioli, take you by cable car to the top of the Alps in Innsbruck, reserve a bedroom at a working vineyard in Cinque Terre, schedule a bike tour in Munich or plan a picnic lunch from Rue Cler under the Eiffel Tower.I am excited to be working with My Trip Coach and bringing my passion and knowledge to our clients.

European Destination Specialist

Christine Malick

(704) 942-7562

Favorite hotel:  Gstaad Palace, Gstaad Switzerland
Favortie destination: Switzerland and Iceland
Recently visited:  Paris, Rome, London and Iceland
At a very early age, I knew I had that innate yearning to travel. Growing up, we travelled throughout the United States frequently. From exploring the ruins in New Mexico and Arizona, listening to jazz in New Orleans, cross country skiing in Colorado, and going to see a Broadway show in New York. I began understanding the impact of being somewhere different and knew each time it somehow changed part of my life.
As an adult, I lived and worked in Budapest, Hungary and Gstaad, Switzerland for 3 years. I was able to travel extensively throughout Europe and soak up all of the spectacular culture and history of both eastern and western Europe. One of my favorite European cities is Prague; being the pristine city untouched by the war and deep cultural roots that flourish over the city with its arts, food and people. I also consider the Algarve in Portugal a gem in Europe. The beaches are incredible, the food is fresh from the sea and delicious and the people are kind and friendly. Most recently, I visited Iceland. WOW! What a place! The vast scenery of this country is extraordinary. Riding Icelandic horses on a beach, soaking in the Blue Lagoon, trying the Icelandic cuisine of lamb and fish while listening to the vibrant Icelandic people tell stories of their history was an experience I will never forget.
I like to work with my clients to give them a memorable experience beyond any guidebooks. I work closely with my clients to understand and customize a trip that exceeds your expectations and makes special lifetime memories.
I specialize in European travel. Whether it’s a river cruise on the Danube, having lunch on the Eiffel Tower, high tea in London or going on the underground tour in the Coliseum in Rome, I can help do all these things and more!

River Cruise Specialist, European Destination Expert.

David Wehrung
Travel Writer
Jeanne Munoz
Social Media Manager
Georges Leculee
France On Location Specialist

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