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River Oaks Travel Agency: Conde Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialists 2021

Our travel agency has exciting news! We are proud to announce that River Oaks Travel has been named Top Travel Specialists by Conde Nast Traveler!

This highly selective list recognizes the top travel experts around the world, highlighting those with the highest degree of personal expertise, knowledge, and global connections needed to create exceptional travel experiences. As stated on the Conde Nast Traveler’s website, specialists (like those at River Oaks Travel!) are the ones to call to pull off the impossible and spare you the logistics.

To be named to the Conde Nast Traveler’s Top Travel Specialists 2021 List is an incredible honor, one that means even more to us this year as we help our travelers navigate planning in the age of COVID-19. We’ve always believed that our expert travel agency team is the best in Houston, and we’re thrilled to receive this recognition!

What sets our offerings apart from those of other travel specialists?

While every advisor at our travel agency is an expert in creating custom vacations, we are proud to have two in particular featured as Conde Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialists for 2021!

Daria Westerfield

“In terms of tangibles, I offer my clients negotiated rates and additional perks, ranging from breakfast included to unique complimentary excursions. Some are a result of my membership with the Virtuoso consortia, while others I’ve personally negotiated with long-term travel partners around the world.

However, it’s the intangibles that I feel set me and my company apart. When designing a trip, I can offer clients superb travel guides (most personally vetted by myself and my team) and insider experiences, ranging from sold-out event tickets and sought-after dining reservations to after-hours tours at museums and exclusive access to fashion hours.

More than that, I also try to combine iconic sightseeing with experiences unique to the destination. Anyone can check a city off their bucket list, but life-changing trips come when travelers allow me to take them to spots off-the-beaten-path where they can truly experience the local lifestyle.”

Samantha Collum

“Before entering this industry, my background was in biochemistry and scientific research – while very different from travel planning on the surface, the analytical, meticulous and curiosity-driven skills translate surprisingly well to my role as advisor. For example, two couples could reach out with identical trip requests for a Hawaii honeymoon, but my methodical discovery phase allows me to dive into their interests to produce two very different vacations.

Wherever possible, I also like to split stays across different hotels and islands and add a unique spin to a classic activity – like turning a Kauai day hike request into an overnight glamping experience with visits to Hawaiian ruins and petroglyphs. I’ve seen many advisors and tour operators force requests into “cookie cutter”-like itineraries, but I’d rather expend the extra time and effort to create an experience that is one-of-a-kind.”

Start Planning Your Trip

Ready to work with the best of the best in travel? Our travel specialists are here to help you make your next trip unforgettable, from a quick weekend getaway in Texas to a bucket list African safari. Contact us below or fill out our Let Us Plan Your Trip form, and a member of our Houston travel agency will be in touch!

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