a travel agency for intellectuals

Get the mind-expanding, heart-happying, & soul-satisfying experiences you desire...with the peace of mind you deserve

No Worries

 You don't have to waste time or deal with frustrating call centers.  I do all the work so you can just pack and show up (and I'll have your back all the way until your return home). 

No Extra Fees

Every cruise & tour price includes commission for me to personally take care of you. You're not paying more, you're just getting more. (You give that up booking any other way). 

No Guilt

 I donate $25 per person to your favorite charity or nonprofit after travel so your travel is always a force for good. (I also do my best to partner with the more responsible lines in the industry.)

River Cruises | Luxury Cruises | Special Interest Tours

"Why go to a machine when you can go to a human being?" - Ray Bradbury


There is nothing better than travel to make us happier. We get out of our comfort zone, literally...learning new things, having new experiences, making new friends, and returning home smarter, more creative and more confident.


Are you feeling stressed trying to find what you really want? (The option overload is real in travel).

Do you hate the frustration of anonymous call centers? (Does anyone actually enjoy them?).

Do you enjoy being treated well? (Who doesn't? Well, besides those people who book online and get those call centers of course).

I'm Stef Katz, the friendly "neighborhood" travel agent for my fellow history buffs, book lovers, museum fans and thinkers who enjoy travel that's as stress-free and disappointment-free as possible. My daughter's Make-A-Wish trip showed me just how much better working with a caring and connected travel professional was than the "DIY & hope for the best" method most Americans use, and I now bring that old-school personal service, support and peace of mind back to my clients.

Whether you were referred to me by a happy client or found me searching "best travel agent near me", let's find out if you've found the travel agent you're looking for... 

Traveling is Different Than Just Vacationing

Vacationing is just getting away but traveling can be life-changing. When done right, it's full of learning new things, having new experiences, and meeting new people. Life is short, and we need to collect as much fun and fascination and as many friends and memories as we can, while we can.

Trafalgar Square in London
Trafalgar Square in London
Afternoon Antique Shopping in Strasbourg, France
Afternoon Antique Shopping in Strasbourg, France

Your Peace of Mind, Especially While Traveling is Priceless

You deserve to work with a caring and connected professional rather than the random call center clerks of your other booking options, freeing you to just learn, laugh & luxuriate.

Your Travels Can Thrill, Teach & Transform

Travel, true travel is crucial to a life well lived. You simply cannot walk the same paths as your ancestors or figures from history, touching the same walls, seeing the same vistas, and learning destinations' stories without returning home a better version of yourself.

Cruising the Rhine Gorge in Germany
Cruising the Rhine Gorge in Germany
Vatican Museums Ceiling in Vatican City, Italy
Vatican Museums Ceiling in Vatican City, Italy

Your Travels Should Do Some Good

Travel can be helpful rather than harmful to our world and there are better options than just those found with DIY online. It's my duty to bring those to you and I'm also going to be personally donating $25/person to your favorite nonprofit or charity after you travel. (I've got some amazing childhood cancer ones that helped us if you don't have one).

"The only source of knowledge is experience.” ― Albert Einstein


"It has been a pleasure working with you. I love that you get the answers to all my questions, look at all the details for the trip and that I have you if there are any issues when on the trip. I'm looking forward to next time!!!" -Liz P.

"As you can imagine, we did have a fabulous time. We know what to expect on the Queen Mary 2, but even so, the Christmas and New Year's Celebrations were just fantastic. We appreciate all that you did for us, the arrangements were seamless." -Marion M.

"Awesome job setting up our trip Stef. I'm amazed at how much you did for us and we will surely use you again in the future. Thank you!" -Steve C.

"There is a kind of magicness about going far away and then coming back all changed." - Kate Douglas Wiggin

3 Steps to the Enriching Travel Experiences You Want and the Elevated Ones Your Deserve


We Talk

It's your dreams, likes, interests, and tastes that matter. You let me know what you'd like, however's most comfortable for you. Zoom, phone, text or email are the most popular).

See options here (to come) for chances to travel with me for even more peace of mind. 



I Present & You Decide

We'll collaborate and tweak it to get it just right for you, (or your group of friends/family/fellow club members-group travel is more fun). 

Then I make the arrangements, saving you time, stress & frustration. 



You Enjoy

Have the time of your life because every trip IS once-in-a-lifetime.

Meet new people, learn new things, have new experiences, make great memories, and return home a bit better.

It's as close as you can get to your own Make-A-Wish trip.  


Just like the good old-fashioned travel agencies of old, I've got a brochure rack for you to peruse to fuel those travel dreams!

Keep scrolling for some sample itineraries and find my Join Me Journeys here (to come).

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