meet the Woodlake travel

team

 

karen bavoso

office manager

Direct line: 713-499-7101

I started my career in the Travel Industry working on Long Island for a tour company called Gogo Tours. I moved to Texas July 1997 and quickly became office manager of the Gogo branch in Houston. I left them and started working for Woodlake Travel in March 2007, I became the office manager in June 2012. I have been in the travel industry for over 32 years. I still love to help my clients with their vacations and love to do groups! 

Specialty: Family travel,  Honeymoons, Groups, Incentive Groups
Interests: Caribbean, Mexico, Disney, USA

bette prochaska

Luxury Travel Specialist

Direct line: 713-499-7116

 

I’ve been a travel advisor for over 30 years, offering detailed service so that my clients can enjoy flawless and memorable trips.  I have extensive experience planning itineraries to a wide variety of destinations, including off the beaten path areas of Europe and many other parts of the world not often traveled by Americans. Because I have personally explored the world with my children and now have the pleasure to enjoy adventuring with my grandchildren, I love planning multigenerational trips for other families. The bonds formed and precious memories you get while traveling together are priceless. I specialize in personalizing trips so that each traveler in the group has their own unique and unforgettable experiences. Whether the family wants to stay close to home at a resort or adventure to a far away place, I can find that perfect destination and plan a trip with memories to cherish forever.

 

 

 Most importantly, I am there for my clients from the beginning planning stage until after they return, assisting with emergencies as well as offering advice. This is my mission and my passion. 

 

 Over the years I've been lucky to travel extensively through Europe and North America, as well as Africa,India, Asia, South and Central America. 

Specialty: History, Culture, Adventure, Family Travel, Cruises, Wellness and Unique Journeys.

Interests: Virtuoso Adventure, Virtuoso Voyages and Wellness Communities

 
 

Sandra ortiz

Luxury Travel Specialist

Direct line: 713-499-7107

 

My goal is delivering customized travel experiences that create unforgettable memories for my clients. Whether it’s an African safari, a trek to Machu Picchu or just a weekend getaway, my desire is to fully understand my clients’ wishes and expectations so I can deliver the most impactful travel experiences.

Planning unforgettable experiences goes beyond making reservations and arranging logistics. By leveraging my experience as a seasoned traveler and Virtuoso Advisor,  I frequently suggest experiences my clients may not have previously considered. There is no greater joy than listening to clients excitedly tell me about their travel adventure stories.

Over my thirty plus years in the industry, I have travelled extensively throughout six continents including Europe, Australia, Africa, Asia, South Pacific, India, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and the United States. The relationships I have cultivated with Virtuoso travel partners worldwide are critical to handling the global luxury travel planning I specialize in, including active adventures, luxury cruises, guided tours and fully customized itineraries. 

The first step to an adventure where memories are made is to stop in for a consultation. We will work together to build the perfect itinerary to help you cross that unique item off your Wanderlist, recharge your batteries, and get in touch with your inner traveler.

Recent Destinations & Favorites:  South Africa, Botswana, South Pacific, Japan, India, Italy, New Zealand and Australia.

Specialties & Interests:  Africa Specialist, Adventure Travel, Luxury Cruises, River Cruising and Custom Itineraries ​

 

Sheilah benoit

Luxury Travel Specialist

Direct line 713-499-7114

I am a 38 year veteran in the leisure travel industry. I specialize in Ocean cruises, River Cruises, International travel, honeymoons and travel to Hawaii. I made the trip of a lifetime in 2017...traveling to South Africa and Botswana. I am happy to help you with any travel arrangements to East Africa as well. In 2018, I traveled Down Under to the beautiful and diverse destination of Australia. I snorkeled in the Great Barrier Reef, climbed the Sydney Harbor Bridge and explored the beautiful Wolgan Valley. Nothing beats taking a helicopter back to Sydney and seeing this amazing city from the air. I am now an AUSSIE SPECIALIST - let me help you plan the trip of a lifetime!

 

If you’re interested in a cruise, I have cruised over 27 times on 12 different cruise lines and I will share my knowledge and experience to help you decide which cruise is best for you. If you like small ship luxury, let me tell you about my 2 recent Regent Seven Seas cruises that I hosted for Virtuoso. The Regent Explorer was my home while I enjoyed the Baltic region and the Regent Voyager introduced me to southern Italy, Turkey and Greece! ( yes, I am the Virtuoso Voyages Host again in September of 2020 on The Regent Voyager from Rome to Monte Carlo and you can cruise with me!) Please call me for details.

 

I would love to help you plan a special trip to the islands or your next romantic getaway. I also have experience planning family trips and multi-generational travel. I am a Tauck Certified Agent and a 4 time Hyatt Hawaii Five-O recipient.

 

I can also help you with guided tours or custom travel plans. We have wonderful Virtuoso partners that allow us to help you plan that perfect itinerary. Whether it’s for one person or a large family, I find it incredibly satisfying to plan trips that will be unique experiences for my clients.

 

Please contact me and I will help bring your travel dreams to life!

Interests: Family Travel, Africa, Ocean and River Cruises, Escorted tours

Specialty: South Africa, Cruising, France, French Polynesia

 

 

Peggy sue taylor

Luxury Travel Specialist

Direct line: 713-499-7110

I fell in love with the travel industry after helping a friend who was an agency owner, run her business while she re-cooperated from an illness. I sold my own business and after some time off, I enrolled in travel school and never looked back. 

Two favorite memories are the first time I walked into the Vatican or taking a local bus to the fifteenth century village of Eze nestled in the mountains between Nice, France and Monte Carlo, Monaco.

This is my dream job! I love helping people plan and arrange their trips. I’ve booked everything from world cruises to an African safari. Many clients become friends, because I truly want to design the trip that they’ve always dreamed of taking. 

I just returned (June 17, 2019) from an amazing trip to Paws Up in Montana. Where I participated in activities like skeet shooting, river rafting, fly fishing and ATV riding. I stayed in luxury tent with a tile bathroom, air conditioning and a butler. Ask me all about it!

I recently met and had lunch with the director Christian Stuckl and the lead actor playing Jesus in Oberammergau 2020. Call me to find out more about the Passion Play.

In November 2019, I was invited to be on board with the news media for the maiden voyage of the newest Royal Caribbean's ship the Symphony of the Seas (November 2018) visiting Miami, Nassau the Bahamas . This ship and the new port are truly amazing! Ask me all about it! 

April 2017 I was in London and Paris before boarding a Tauck River Cruise from Paris to Normandy and back to Paris. Amazing !!! I would love to tell you all about it. I am a certified agent with Tauck Tours and Cruises, a Aussie Specialist and a Japan Certified Agent.

Call me so I can start planning your next adventure!

Specialty: Ocean and River Cruises, Escorted tours, Yacht Charters, Custom Independent Travel

 

Interests/focus is in Italy, France, Ireland, Scotland, England, Spain, USA, Caribbean, Mexico, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand.

 

lourdes corona

Luxury Travel Specialist

I have had the opportunity to travel extensively and reside throughout Europe, Mexico, Central and South America, Japan, Egypt, Greece, Israel, Russia, Canada and the United States, which has enabled me to gain global perspective regarding customs, traditions and lifestyles. I am forever interested in traveling and would love to pass along my knowledge to plan your bucket list trips or amazing getaways.

Born and raised in Mexico, I am trilingual: English, Spanish and French which helps in all of yours and my travel adventures.

Interests: Family Travel, Culture, Ocean and River Cruises, Food & wine tours, Destination weddings.

Specialties: Japan, Spain, France, Mexico, Italy, Russia, Greece, Germany

 

beverly fish

independent travel consultant

Direct line: 713-499-7106

 

I began my career in the travel business 38 years ago and since then I have had the good fortune to have traveled to all 7 continents, including an expedition cruise to the Antarctic. My husband and I have visited Europe on many occasions, concentrating on one country at a time. Recently I have had experiences vacationing with my walking challenged husband, which is a task not quite as daunting as it may appear. I am happy to share with you the pre-planning that is required, which is really not as difficult as might be imagined. We have sailed on Crystal, Silverseas, Seabourn, Windstar, and Regent.. In addition we have been delighted to join Abercrombie & Kent five times and Travcoa six times to the four corners of the globe on their small group journeys.

My specialty is putting together an unforgettable vacation for my clients, asking pertinent questions about their preferences, and thus tailoring their trip to those qualifications and desires. We engage the very best guide services in each destination making the journey and sightseeing both memorable and enlightening. I try to leave no stone unturned when it comes to even the most minute details of a clients itinerary.

Specialty: Cruises, Independent travel, Escorted Tours

 

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