“I wanted to tell you how completely delighted we were with every aspect of our trip to Italy and Greece. The hotels you booked were amazing—with exemplary and friendly service. We loved how small and intimate they were and the locations were great. The guides you arranged in Rome (both of them) and for Pompeii were knowledgeable, interesting, and really worked to make sure that we were both entertained and informed and the larger tours also had guides that came across as real people who loved their corners of the world and wanted to share it with us. Our driver on the Pompeii day, Mario, was a real character and added a lot of flavor to the experience.
Finally, I have to say how valuable we found the book you compiled for us. We enjoyed many of your suggested explorations, and religiously checked for instructions like having the desk confirm our transport to the ship. “Check the book!” or “Look to see what Shelley says,” became a constant refrain. At one point, when we had consulted the book, Sue said, “I don’t know what it cost for Shelley’s services, but that book alone was worth every penny! Thank you for all of your good, concrete advice about things like credit cards and canceling mail as well as finding us all the components to make our dream trip a real dream come true.”
Private Wine Tour in Barcelona
“Shelley helped coordinate a recent trip for me and my husband to Barcelona and San Sebastian, Spain. She offered suggestions from hotels to tours to restaurants, and all were spot on. One of the highlights of the trip was a private tour Shelley arranged for us of a Penedes region winery, with a unique candle lit wine tasting in a ceramic tiled wine vat turned tasting room. Wonderful! “
Honeymoon in London and Paris
“Shelley and the My Trip Coach team helped my wife and I plan an unforgettable honeymoon to London and Paris! They made recommendations for accommodations, dining, and sight-seeing, and provided us with concise summaries of our options. On their advice, we stayed in an upscale, but affordable, hotel in London’s South Kensington neighborhood. We enjoyed walking and metro access to London’s main attractions while staying in a quiet neighborhood away from the primary tourist traps. In Paris, we booked an apartment one block from the Eiffel Tower that was ideal for navigating the city by foot or metro. Their recommendations for local markets, pubs, restaurants, and sights allowed us to see the traditional tourist landmarks while getting a flavor for each city’s unique culture. It was obvious that the staff had done their research traveling to, and in one case, living, in the cities we visited. The My Trip Coach staff was professional, knowledgeable, accessible, and patient, and helped us create a trip that we will remember fondly for years to come!”
~Ben and Amanda
Destination Wedding in Jamaica!
“All we knew was that we wanted a destination wedding, and we were extremely discouraged after trying to work with two other travel agents that would cut and paste information from resort websites and TripAdvisor every time we asked a question. After expressing our frustration, a friend recommended we talk to Shelley Knoedler. Shelley has a wealth of knowledge about travel, and was able to give us opinions based on first hand experience. Shelley also responded quickly to every one of our calls and emails, which set her apart from the other agents we tried to work with. Once we committed to our destination, she managed the entire process of coordinating our group of fifteen guests to Jamaica. Shelley even arranged special perks for our group to make the travel more comfortable. We had our own wedding website and travel registry through My Trip Coach; everything was so simple for us! Shelley showed us the value in using a travel agent in the modern world of “book it yourself”. We will not hesitate to use My Trip Coach for all of our future travel.”
~Jennel & Dean
“Perfect planning , awesome suggestions right from hotels to excursions. We would highly recommend booking travel via Shelley. She made our honeymoon trip to Hawaii really special. We loved the hotel suggestions and the “hassle-free” trip. The customized trip to fit in our budget worked out like a charm. Her suggestions for the to-do list, excursions were perfect and we loved the way Shelley planned out all our days so that we could explore the place as well as have plenty of time to sit back , relax and enjoy. We will definitely book our future trips/vacation via Shelley. She is really reasonable in pricing (found us great deals on hotels and airlines). We appreciate her effort in taking time for routine calls/updates on pricing/suggestions for excursions, hotels, airlines to ensure we get the best. ”
~Jigar & Mansi
“Shelley has been a wonderful consultant for our upcoming trip to Paris and Nice. Her love of travel has really make this process a lot of fun. In the beginning of our trip planning, Shelley took a significant amount of time to get to really know us. We feel that this gave her the ability to know what activities would be best for us based on our combined interests and narrowed down options based on those interests. She also did a wonderful job evaluating the reviews associated with activities and hotels which really helped us make an educated decision regarding what we wanted to do and where we wanted to stay.
One of the most helpful things that Shelley completed on our behalf was a detailed itinerary for the trip. It has provided us with directions, time tables and even some options that allows us to choose our own adventure depending on how we are feeling on a particular day. We have been so satisfied with her personal touch and her ability to narrow the scope of everything that we have to consider quickly.”
~Alex and Belle
“Planning a foreign vacation can be stressful and disappointing if not done correctly. I was very fortunate to have hired Shelly to help us plan our trip to Tuscany. She helped us find outstanding lodgings that made us feel right at home. She also helped plan out a wonderful itinerary that included mini tours, restaurant recommendations and where needed, directions to some out of the way locations that helped make the trip very special. I could not have enjoyed this trip so much without Shelly’s help.
“We traveled through the lush jungle in the heart of the Cranbrook Flower Forest to start an unforgettable Chukka Canopy Adventure. We soared through the trees using a intricate system of harnesses and pulleys while gazing at the surrounding jungle 45 feet above the ground. There were nine traverses in all ranging from 105ft to 600 feet apart!
George of the jungle did not have anything on me…I didn’t hit any trees. Okay maybe a branch or two. What an adventure!” Teresa
“You did an outstanding job setting up the group cruise, and we can’t wait for another one!” Jennifer
“Words are not enough to say thank you! We thought of you every day on our honeymoon, and had the absolutely best week of our lives in Jamaica. Thank you so much for your hard work in making it possible.”
~Josh and Kendall
“I wanted to plan a trip that would be really special for my wife’s 50th birthday. I don’t like doing lots of research for travel and really needed help from someone who does. Shelley provided tons of help in terms of getting some ideas started and then helped me to decide just what type of vacation I wanted for this important celebration. Then once we honed in on locations, Shelley provided tons of insight on what to expect, etc. from each venue. I must say the choice was truly “above and beyond expectation” and all the logistics worked great. I strongly recommend Shelley!!!”
Married in Malcesine!
“Shelley made our “weddingmoon” the best trip ever. She found us an amazing photographer, and planned out our trip to perfection so we didn’t have to worry about a thing, and could just enjoy our ceremony and our time in Italy. She also knows the cool things each place has to offer, and gives so many wonderful suggestions of things to do, places to eat, activities to check out (like the monks chanting in Florence).She’s the best!”
~ Matt and Marci
“Thank you again for all the work you put into making our vacation perfect. We never would have had the time and energy to pull off what will be remembered forever as our best family vacation yet. We thought of you every day when we pulled out our notebook to check our itinerary or when we went to the train station with the exact numbers of the trains we needed to get to our next destination. Your tireless work and enthusiasm were truly OUR good fortune.”
~ Jim and Katherine
“Any trip advisor can give you a list of museums within walking distance of your hotel in DC. Only My Trip Coach could top off the day with a relaxing, mysterious and sensual evening at an old fashion speakeasy, The Gibson, Dinner one night at Lauriol Plaza lived up to the claim of best Tex-Mex. Our package included numerous options for tourist attractions, restaurants and clubs including directions, prices and ratings; it was flexible to our changing schedule. We told her what kind of vacation we wanted and she delivered big. Thanks Shelley“
~ Debbie and Greg
Shelley is a great travel and trip itinerary consultant! Last labor day weekend I took my girlfriend Julie on a surprise romantic 3 day weekend in New York City. I wanted to do a variety of activities for Julie to not just see the city but also experience the big apple as she had never been there before. Shelley made some great recommendations and upon consultation came up with a terrific plan. We took in two Broa“dway shows, went to several “local” restaurants in Greenwich Village, Chinatown and uptown New York. We also toured Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (could spend days in there!) and Rockefeller Center to name just a few sites. Shelley works very well with her customers to plan a trip on a pace that works best for you, whether you want a laid back vacation or one that keeps you running, just let her know and she will even provide a complete guide-book that has maps & directions, best times to go, restaurant and hotel suggestions, plan “B” weather options and even valuable tips on how to negotiate a better deal (i.e. Central Park Buggy Ride). We had a blast with Shelley’s help!”
~ Skip and Julie
“Don’t want to figure out the logistics of your next trip? Don’t want to check 10 different websites and read 100 different [conflicting] reviews of where to stay, what to do and where to eat? Well don’t! Shelley Knoedler from MyTripCoach.com will do it for you! She turned what would have been a month of non-stop worrying and planning into an easy-chair-ride to a dream vacation. She did all the research, contacted all the hotels and handed us a vacation itinerary custom-fitted to our family, our interests, our destinations and our time frame. I’ll never plan a trip bigger than a long weekend without her!”
~ Jim and Katherine
“Kaley McClain at Mytripcoach did such an amazing job at booking everything for our Vikings Cruise for May 10-20th. I will be sending pictures and comments along our journey. I highly recommend Kaley for setting up all your future journeys, she is a delight to work with!!!”
“Kaley, with the My Trip Coach team has planed multiple trips for us to Mexico and Florida for fabulous beach trips. Now we are trying her hand at a Mountain Vacation to Vail, Colorado. She has found a beautiful Hotel favoring one out of Switzerland, because I had mentioned I dreamed of having my 50th Birthday there coming up in August of this year, but with my son leaving for college I could not afford the time or expense to go to Europe. I was so pleased when she sent pictures and information on the Austria Haus in Vail. She included in her gathering of information excursions, such as golf, fly fishing, Hot air Ballooning , music festivals, and shopping in picturesque villages just to name a few. The attention to detail has always been Kaley’s #1 priority and in all of the vacations she has planed for us, and each detail has made it special and stress free for me. I will always use Kaley for my personal travel coach and I will never again have a pain in my neck from sitting at a computer trying to piece together my own trip just to save, or not save a dollar. Usually working with My Trip Coach saves me a lot more than doing it on my own, so do not hesitate in using My Trip Coach and ask for Kaley!”
“I have used Kaley McClain 4 times now as my trip coach/travel agent and I will use her for all my trips to come. She is very thorough in covering all aspects of what you might need and making reservations special and unique. In Cancun she had highly recommended a water front room for a little bit more money and boy was it so worth the extra bucks. Kaley is quick to respond to your needs and seems to be always eager to please. I don’t know if it’s a coincidence or not but we seem to have no problems during our vacations when Kaley is in charge. She is the best, no doubt. She will be our lifetime trip-coach!!!! Don’t ever change your profession Kaley.. You’re forever needed by us.”
~The Trcka clan
As soon as I returned from my expertly planned two-week trip to Croatia and Italy I was sad to think that my time working with Rachel had come to an end. It would be my pleasure to be able to work with her again and I hope to do so very soon. My husband and I were given Rachel’s name from a friend who had used her before and highly recommended. We had never really used a travel agent before aside from our easy honeymoon trip and we were not exactly sure what to expect. Working with Rachel was a total breeze. She was extremely responsive, helpful and professional but in addition to that she was so excited for us and it truly felt like we were planning our trip with a friend. Rachel did not leave a single stone unturned as she and her connections in Croatia and Italy planned our trip. We didn’t want to overbook ourselves and wanted to leave plenty of time for exploration and relaxing on our own without too much of an agenda and Rachel perfectly understood that vibe and worked within our requests. That being said, every tour guide, pre-made plan and driver we had was exceptional. Our accommodations could not have been better when it came to location, comfort, beauty, amenities, etc and knowing what to expect with our handy itinerary made our trip so perfect and drama free! As I said, I am eager to plan another trip with Rachel and am so thankful for the memories from this trip that will last forever. Many thanks to you and your team, Rachel!
My daughter and I recently returned from a two week trip to France. We are so thankful we turned to Christine, she has expertise knowledge of the region and great connections with the locals. The itinerary she planned for us was exactly what we were looking for and could not have been more perfect. Each village and city she suggested was wonderful. Our accommodations exceeded our expectations and their locations were central to everything, Christine found us phenomenal rates as well. Although we were not interested in specific tours, she provided us with lists of things to do and where to eat in each destination. With Christine’s help, the trip was flawless. When we arrived home, I quickly spread the word to my friends and family about Christine’s service. We will definitely enlist her help with our next adventure. Many many thanks to Christine and My Trip Coach.
We could not have experienced such a phenomenal 2 weeks in Italy without the help of Rachel, Shelley and the My Trip Coach team. Our group of six had a rough idea of our itinerary… where we would fly into, the number of days and areas/towns we wanted to visit, things we wanted to experience, but we were not 100% confident that we were going about it in the best way. We had many questions- like exactly what is the best way to get from Florence to Sorrento, and then once we got there, how would we manage to get to our dream villa, located up winding roads in the middle of nowhere- whose best address was a church across the road? Is it best to see Pompeii while traveling from Florence to Naples or best to make a separate trip? Could someone be arranged to pick us up at our various hotels, train stations and airports and get six exhausted tourists and a growing number of suitcases and souvenirs wherever they needed to go? How can I squeeze in a quick Vatican tour before our checkout time of 11 AM? Then, there was the issue of my birthday, on the day we were to depart… just how much fun could a 56-year-old squeeze into a morning before heading by car and train back to Rome?
Rachel and her team handled these many challenges and more and our trip went off exactly as planned, with no major hitches or problems. My Trip Coach really went the extra mile, even calling to check on us during our trip to make sure things were ok. The printed itinerary that the provided with pictures, notes and links was very helpful, as was the online version that was always as close as our cell phones. We were very pleased with the hotels they recommended as they always met our needs. Our Florence hotel was charming, located in a central area with a great breakfast and a courteous staff. Our hotel near the Rome airport could not have been more conveniently located, comfortable and quiet for our early morning departure. On my birthday, I received a lovely bottle of wine to share with our group. How thoughtful! Thank you so much to Rachel and the gang!
Our Trip Coach gave us the confidence in finalizing plans for our trip and the satisfaction of having experienced a truly wonderful, custom- tailored experience. We highly recommend using their services for the value, peace of mind and the exceptional service they provide.
Thanks again My Trip Coach!
Rachel was great, really brought out trip together. Worked out the kinks and made it super easy to relax and enjoy Italy! Thank you for your great organization and prep work.
I have used Kaley McClain 4 times now as my trip coach/travel agent and I will use her for all my trips to come. She is very thorough in covering all aspects of what you might need and making reservations special and unique. In Cancun she had highly recommended a water front room for a little bit more money and boy was it so worth the extra bucks. Kaley is quick to respond to your needs and seems to be always eager to please. I don’t know if it’s a coincidence or not but we seem to have no problems during our vacations when Kaley is in charge. She is the best, no doubt. She will be our lifetime trip-coach!!!! Don’t ever change your profession Kaley.. You’re forever needed by us.
The Trcka clan.
Kaley, with the My Trip Coach team has planed multiple trips for us to Mexico and Florida for fabulous beach trips. Now we are trying her hand at a Mountain Vacation to Vail, Colorado. She has found a beautiful Hotel favoring one out of Switzerland, because I had mentioned I dreamed of having my 50th Birthday there coming up in August of this year, but with my son leaving for college I could not afford the time or expense to go to Europe. I was so pleased when she sent pictures and information on the Austria Haus in Vail. She included in her gathering of information excursions, such as golf, fly fishing, Hot air Ballooning , music festivals, and shopping in picturesque villages just to name a few. The attention to detail has always been Kaley’s #1 priority and in all of the vacations she has planed for us, and each detail has made it special and stress free for me. I will always use Kaley for my personal travel coach and I will never again have a pain in my neck from sitting at a computer trying to piece together my own trip just to save, or not save a dollar. Usually working with My Trip Coach saves me a lot more than doing it on my own, so do not hesitate in using My Trip Coach and ask for Kaley!
Kaley McClain at Mytripcoach did such an amazing job at booking everything for our Vikings Cruise for May 10-20th. I will be sending pictures and comments along our journey. I highly recommend Kaley for setting up all your future journeys, she is a delight to work with!!!