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Bettie Harding 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




Bettie Harding Linda de Sosa
Email: 
lindad@woodlaketravel.com 

Certifications
  • Certified Travel Consultant (CTC)
  • 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
  • Custom Travel
  • Singles travel
  • History, including architecture, battlefields, lifestyles and events
Honors
Expert Bio
  • Linda has traveled to 126 countries on six continents, plus all 50 states
  • 19 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 28 times on ocean and rivers
  • All major ski resorts in the Western North America
Recent Trips

Just explored Cambodia and Vietnam on an AMA Waterway cruise. Fascinating countries. Also enjoyed South Korea.

Recently visited Wales to explore my ancestry and castles, which were real fixer-uppers!

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




Bettie Harding 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




Bettie Harding 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.

Contact Sandra at 713-499-7107 or sandra@woodlaketravel.com




Sheilah Benoit
Email: 
Sheilah@Woodlaketravel.com

Certifications
  • Certified Travel Consultant
  • 3 time Hyatt Hawaii Five-0 agent
Interests & Specialties
  • Leisure travel, including cruises, guided tours and custom travel
  • Hawaii
  • Honeymoon and Destination Weddings
  • Family Travel
Expert Bio
  • Over 34 years in the travel industry
  • Expert in Travel to Hawaii
  • Family Travel 
  • Extensive cruise travel, Sheilah has cruised over 25 times on 12 different cruise lines
  • Extensive Travel in Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean, Canada, and the United State
Recent Trips

I cruised the enchanting Danube on a river cruise from Passau to Budapest, stopping at breathtaking Vienna, delightful Salzburg. the Old Town of Linz, the charming village of Durnstein and enjoyed wine tasting in the Wachau Valley.

I went back for my 6th visit to the Garden Island of Kauai. I explored the Napali coast on a catamaran trip, planned a full day at the stunning Waimea Canyon and enjoyed the beauty of the island by helicopter. Dined at local restaurants in both Poipu and Princeville.

Contact Sheilah at 713-499-7114 or Sheilah@Woodlaketravel.com




Bettie Harding 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
  • Also able to book your personal leisure travel as well
Recent Trips

Contact Donna at 713-499-7117 or donna@woodlaketravel.com





Bettie Harding Beverly Fish *Independent Travel Advisor
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.
  • Hablo Espanol
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.

Contact Beverly at 713-499-7106 or beverlyf@woodlaketravel.com




Bettie Harding Marta Medina *Independent Travel Advisor
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.

Contact Marta at 713-499-7111 or marta@woodlaketravel.com




Natilee DaCosta *Independent Travel Advisor
Email: 
natilee@woodlaketravel.com  

Interests & Specialties
  • Caribbean
  • Wedding and Honeymoon
  • Cruises
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.

Recent Trips

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

Contact Natilee at 713-499-7103 or natilee@woodlaketravel.com




Joe Galloway *Independent Travel Advisor
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.

Contact Joe at 713-499-7102 or jgalloway@woodlaketravel.comm




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

*Each Independent Travel Advisor is an independently owned and operated business totally separate from Woodlake Travel Services, Inc.



 
 
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