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Bettie Harding Lee
Owner of Woodlake Travel since 1980
Email:  bettiehl@woodlaketravel.com 

Certifications
Certified Travel Consultant (CTC) 

Interests & Specialties

  • Custom trips worldwide
  • Safaris
  • Villa and apartment travel 

Expert Bio

  • 35 years of experience as a leisure and corporate travel consultant
  • Travel to 106 countries and all 50 states
  • Extensive cruise travel
  • Widespread travel around Asia
  • Extended stays in many European countries
  • 7 African visits

 

Recent Trips 

Annually, I like to spend most of September in the United Kingdom.  Our latest trip includes the Ritz in London and continuing on to enjoy other Virtuoso properties in Devon and Cornwall.  The trip ends on a very high note with several days at Chewton Glen, one of the premier country house hotels in England.  It is located on the southern coast east of Bournemouth and is also a Virtuoso property. 

Africa is the very best travel experience!  We enjoyed visiting Botswana on an Abercrombie & Kent safari.  Our first two Sanctuary camps, Stanley’s and Chief’s, are both permanent tented camps.  The animal watching was suburb and so unique since many of the animals adapt themselves to the Okavango Delta flood waters that come into Botswana from Angola.  Next it was on to Chobe Chilwero, a Sanctuary lodge near Chobe National Park and the Chobe River.  This offered the best bird watching that I ever have seen with an incredible variety of species.  This trip ended at Victoria Falls with our staying on the Zambia side at the Royal Livingston Hotel.

Contact Bettie at 713-499-7108 or bettiehl@woodlaketravel.com

 

Linda de Sosa
Email:  lindad@woodlaketravel.com 

Certifications

  • Certified Travel Advisor (CTA)
  • Elite Cruise Counselor (ECC)
  • Graduate of Disney’s College of Knowledge
  • Certified Aussie Specialist
  • Certified Brit agent and London Specialist


Interests & Specialties
 

  • Australia, Europe, Africa, and Asia
  • Cruises 
  • Adventure and Ski 
  • Family Travel and Disney
  • Honeymoons & Destination Weddings
  • Spa
  • Singles travel
  • History, including architecture, battlefields, lifestyles and events 


Expert Bio
 

  • Linda has traveled to 126 countries on six continents, plus all 50 states
  • 18 plus years in the travel industry
  • Linda has traveled extensively in Europe, South America, Central America, Africa, Australia, the Middle East and Asia, everywhere in the Caribbean, Canada, Hawaii, Mexico and US. Very few places I have not been and they are on my list!
  • Linda has cruised 27 times on ocean and rivers
  • All major ski resorts in the Western North America

Recent Trips 

Getting ready to take a history tour focusing on WW2, including Normandy, Germany and Poland. Going to stop by the chateau of my friend, the Comtesse, where you can stay as well.

My most recent trip to South America led me to cultural Buenos Aires and stunning southern Patagonia. The glaciers in Torres del Paine and El Calafate were breathtaking. 

You can contact Linda at lindad@woodlaketravel.com or call 713-499-7105

Bette Prochaska
Email:bettep@woodlaketravel.com 

Certifications

  • Certified Sandals Specialist
  • Ski Specialist
  • Cruise Baltic Specialist

Interests & Specialties 

  • Bette has planned literally hundreds of honeymoons and destination weddings.  She brings professional guidance to one of the most significant events in a couple’s life.
  • By traveling extensively with her children, Bette became an expert in family travel.

Expert Bio 

With over 25 years in the travel industry, Bette has visited Ireland, Scotland, England, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Croatia, as well as Hong Kong, India, Costa Rica, Canada, Hawaii, Caribbean and most of the United States.

Recent Trips 

On a recent trip to incredible India, Bette experienced firsthand the royal treatment that our clients receive from our luxury hotel and tour partners – magnificent palace hotels in Mumbai, Udaipur and Jodhpur, as well as a luxurious safari lodge in the Pench National Park where she photographed a leopard.

An oceanfront luxury villa with a private chef and butler was home for a few days in June 2010 in fabulous Los Cabos.  This destination is convenient, safe and a great value for luxury travel in Mexico.  

You can contact Bette at bettep@woodlaketravel.com or call 713-499-7116

Sandra Ortiz 
Email: sandra@woodlaketravel.com

Certifications

  • Graduate of Disney’s College of Knowledge
  • Commodore cruise agent for Princess Cruise Lines & Cunard Cruise Lines
  • Travel Agent Academy Family Travel Specialist

Interests & Specialties 

  • Leisure travel, including cruises, guided tours and custom travel utilizing our wonderful Virtuoso partners all over the world
  • Family Travel
  • Spa and Honeymoon Vacations

 Expert Bio 

  • Over 20 years experience
  • Extensive travel in Europe, Australia, Fiji, Mexico, Caribbean and the United States
  • An expert travel planner for leisure and corporate travel
  • Hablo Espanol

Recent Trips

At the end of 2009, my family and I enjoyed a Christmas like no other as we set sail on the Disney Wonder. Both Disney World and the Disney Wonder were filled with the Yuletide spirit, from the beautiful decorations to the attentive crew members who tended to our every need. A stop-over at Disney's Castaway Cay was a wonderful opportunity for some beachside R&R.  At the park, the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights was an unbelievable experience that we will never forget. The incomparable Natalie Cole serenaded a capacity crowd at Universal Studios' Music Plaza with a wide selection of Natalie's many hits and holiday classics. Through the miracles of technology, Natalie joined her father for a rendition of their timeless classic; this was the crown jewel of a truly "Unforgettable" show. 

On the Fourth of July weekend, I headed north, to beautiful Beaver Creek, Colorado and stayed at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa. There is no better place to get away from the summer heat than Colorado: the temperature never got above 65 degrees! We made the most of our short three night stay with an exciting slate of activities, including fly fishing, hiking, and white water rafting. For those who enjoy fishing, the fly fishing excursion is a must. Hiking or biking the numerous mountain trails around the hotel is a great opportunity to take in the stunning beauty of the Rocky Mountains. And the Level III white water rafting was a thrilling joy ride courtesy of the Arkansas River's speedy rapids. We capped off the weekend with Hyatt's fireworks show, a red, white and blue celebration that we enjoyed from the comfort of our room's balcony.

You can contact Sandra at 713-499-7107 or sandra@woodlaketravel.com

Donna Risner- Corporate Agent
Email: donna@woodlaketravel.com

Certifications  

  • Graduate of Disney’s College of Knowledge

Interests & Specialties 

  • Caribbean, Puerto Rico and Mexico
  • Cruises 

Expert Bio  

  • 20 plus years in the travel industry
  • Lead corporate agent at Woodlake Travel with extensive knowledge of complicated international itineraries and fares
  • Donna has traveled extensively in the Caribbean, Canada, Hawaii, Mexico as well as South America and Central America 
  • Donna has been on 10 plus cruises in the Caribbean and Alaska 

You may contact Donna at 713-499-7117 or donna@woodlaketravel.com

Beverly Fish 
Email:  beverlyf@woodlaketravel.com

Interests & Specialties
 

  • Italy, France, Switzerland, Scandinavia, the British Isles, the Middle East and the Orient
  • Luxury cruises and tours
  • Specializes in custom individual holidays, designed especially for each client’s interest

Expert Bio 

  • 30 years in the luxury leisure travel business
  • Beverly has sailed on all of the 5 star cruise lines numerous times with destinations to the seven continents, including an expedition cruise to Antarctica.  She has experienced the ultra deluxe tour operators – five Travcoa tours and three Abercrombie & Kent excursions. 
  • Beverly has visited all seven continents, with extensive traveling around the world, experiencing first hand all aspects of high end travel. In the past 3 years she has experienced touring with a mobility challenged husband, and is very familiar with how to accomplish this feat with as much ease and little difficulty as possible.

Recent Trips

Spending the holiday season in Munich, Salzburg and Lucerne was one of the magical times of my recent travel experience.  There is nothing that can top the gaiety and enchantment of this part of the world during Christmas and New Year’s…. and Paris, the City of Lights, during this season is breathtakingly beautiful and beyond description. 

You may contact Beverly at beverlyf@woodlaketravel.com or call 713-499-7106

 
Marta Medina
Email: marta@woodlaketravel.com

Interests & Specialties

  • Spain, Central America, Western Europe & Cayman Islands
  • Luxury Cruises
  • Honeymoons
  • Costa Rica travel
  • Hablo Espanol



Expert Bio


With over 20 years in the travel industry, Marta has travelled throughout Europe, Central America, Mexico, Hawaii, China, Hong Kong and Macao.

You may contact Marta at marta@woodlaketravel.com or 713-499-7111



Natilee DaCosta
Email: natilee@woodlaketravel.com

Expert Bio

My love affair with travel started over 18yrs ago as a cruise specialist for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line.

My expertise includes Leisure, Corporate, and Marine travel. I've travelled to over 11 countries.

Interest and Specialties

Caribbean, Wedding and Honeymoon ,Cruises

Recent Trip

I recently took a group of 50 Seminole Tribe of Florida seniors to Alaska on Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. The experience was unforgettable.


You may contact Natilee at natilee@woodlaketravel.com or 713-499-7103


Joe Galloway 
Email:  jgalloway@woodlaketravel.com

Interests & Specialties

  • Extensive travel including living in Santiago, Amsterdam, London, Jakarta and Mumbai as well as New York and Houston

Expert Bio 

  • Past President of the American Society of Travel Agents from 1998-2000
  • 30 years of experience in the travel industry

Recent Trips 

A recent trip to England found us at Virtuoso preferred properties – the Lucknam Park near Bath which is a grand country house with a Michelin star restaurant and a modern state of the art spa; then off to the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in London – a great hotel in a great location.

Next, a cruise around the Black Sea on Silversea’s Silver Wind which is one of the top rated small luxury cruise lines today.  After a pre-cruise stay at The Grande Bretagne in Athens, also a Virtuoso hotel, our cruise ended in Istanbul. 

Most recently, after a stay at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore, we boarded the Silversea’s Silver Whisper for a cruise to Hong Kong with stops in Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City among others.

You can contact Joe at jgalloway@woodlaketravel.com or call 713-499-7102 


Karen Bavoso - Office Manager
Call 713-499-7101 or email karenb@woodlaketravel.com 

 

 
 
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