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Michelle Cowell

Independent Travel Advisor



Open QuoteMichelle, I have been trying to find a quiet time to let you know what a fabulous time every single one of us had at Pelican Hill! Every generation had the time of their lives! Lots of free food and drinks! Ha. Rooms and service were awesome. Wait staff friendly and ever attentive. And you, my dear friend, went the extra mile for us. The fruit, chocolates, wine, and the discounts you arranged for were much appreciated! The cabañas were fun and the food in all the restaurants 5-star. Our rooms were luxurious and most comfortable. I really hate to have to go back home to the “real world”. I already have a couple of friends who are interested in taking their families and will put them in touch with you. Many thanks again for making my 80th birthday a fabulous experience. I’ll never forget the memorable time we spent together.End Quote – S. F. Pelican Hill, Southern California

Open QuoteEverything was Perfect!End Quote – Ginny F. Southern California


Open QuoteYou are amazing thank you for taking such good care of us!End Quote – S.F. New York City


Open QuoteMichelle is fantastic! She made sure everything was taken care of, was great to work with, and ensured that we had a wonderful time! She was very patient with me, as I can be hard to get a hold of with my schedule, and she was exhibited flexibility working with me. She really looks out for her clients. I highly recommend her and will be using her services again in the future!End Quote – Jennifer Alaska


Open QuoteMichelle is knowledgeable and if she doesn’t know something, she finds out. She made great suggestions for our family and made sure our trip to multiple destinations went well.End Quote – C.D.


SOpen Quoteuper easy and efficient! She was very professional and very responsive to all of my requests and questions.End Quote – Stephanie Palm Springs, CA


Open QuoteMichelle was lovely. So helpful and upbeat, and very attentive to our needs at each place we stayed on our trip. We had to make some last minute changes due to the wildfires in Southern California and she was indispensable and unflappable in her approach to re-arranging our trip. I would absolutely work with her again – she is delightful.End Quote – Rachel California


Open QuoteMichelle helped us tremendously in our first trip to New York. Everything was planned out and reservations for food were spot on. She always was there to help with any questions and had great suggestions. Would absolutely use her again.End Quote – RD NYC


Open QuoteGreat, she is always so responsive and caring about our trips. Michelle always takes the time to find out what we are looking for and does her best to match that up with hotels, flights, and tours or things to do.End Quote – CW California


Open QuoteShe was like a best friend taking care of me! We were booked at an incredible hotel that we loved. She arranged a special welcome for us upon arriving. She has a special flair for detail and wanted to be sure we were comfortable.End Quote  – SF NYC


Open QuoteMichelle went above and beyond; she made sure we had the best suite in the Bowery Hotel and notified them of our super early arrival. We were able to get right into bed after a red eye flight which made our trip so much more fruitful. She let the staff know of our wedding which we were in town for and they sent up a wonderful welcome gift, and Michelle herself delivered our favorite snacks on occasion of the event. ABOVE AND BEYOND! Everything was seamless and easy and I cannot thank Michelle enough for her communication and thoroughness.End Quote – SF NYC


Open QuoteIt’s who you know. Pardon the cliche, but in my situation it couldn’t be more on the money. In all seriousness, I entered the process of planning my trip to Thailand with all encompassing ignorance and crippling trepidation. (I’m a serious homebody) I was overwhelmed by the logistics of such a trip, to the point that I seriously considered scrapping it outright. Enter Michelle, who was recommended to me by a mutual friend. In the course of one phone call she moved me from anxious to excited. Michelle is everything you want in an advisor of any kind: patient, funny, responsive, knowledgable and sympathetic. Within days of that first call she formulated an itinerary for a 3 week trip that drew rave reviews from my son and old friend, both of whom live in Thailand. Justifiably so, it truly was the trip of a lifetime. I will wholeheartedly recommend Michelle to anyone I know who is planning a trip that has any “moving parts”.End Quote  – John Thailand & Cambodia


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My trip to Baja was the fulfillment of a dream of a lifetime and Michelle is certainly responsible in large part for a wonderful trip. She answered the innumerable questions I asked and gave such helpful trip advice that I was prepared for every eventuality. No one could have had a better advisor and I hope to take advantage of her expertise on my next adventure. End Quote– Barbara S

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Really, you made the trip so easy, thought of so many things that never even occurred to me, answered 1,000 questions from us and related your experience from your travels to the Sea of Cortez — all amazing and so above and beyond. I will continue to thank you and let other people know what a great experience I had working with you. I knew you would be good at this job and now have my own experience with just HOW good you are at it. End Quote– Barbara H

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…and it isn’t even over!! Thank you for ALL of your effort and attention to detail! We are having a wonderful time!End Quote – Jennifer

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Our trip to Coronado was wonderful and memorable, and made even more so because of your efforts! We got a wonderfully upgraded room (suite!) upon arrival, enjoyed an incredible breakfast for two complimentary, and received a lovely historic book about the Del as we left. The trip was terrific!End Quote – Jennifer

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What a home run! Merci Beaucoup!!! Everyone’s question today was: Where are we going next?
We will do a survey and a debrief to capture feedback! For now huge and heartfelt thanks! End Quote– Gab

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Everything was fabulous! I can’t thank you enough. Everything was perfect. 🙂 End Quote– Marjorie

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I highly recommend Michelle to do your travel planning. Michelle planned a fun, adventurous travel package for us in Costa Rica. The trip was flawless. She recommended wonderful hotels which were exactly what we wanted, from level to activities to food, and had many activities from which we were able to choose. Her network of resources was also a great asset, as anything she did not have an answer to, she was quickly able to find within her network. I will most definitely be using Michelle for my next trip! End Quote– Anne

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Michelle is hard working, knowledgeable, diligent, always available and very personable. We had the distinct impression that she cared as much about our trip as we did. She spent untold hours researching options and activities, talking to local providers and organizing schedules. Our trip was quite complex with six people, intercontinental flights, two countries, three locations, two arrival dates and three separate departure dates. Michelle organized everything quite well and presented everything to us in a professional manner. One of the key flights was cancelled at the last minute causing a missed connection for one of our travelers. Michelle and her team quickly altered the arrangements and minimized the interruption to the trip. We had a truly wonderful trip and can’t wait to book another big one through Michelle. End Quote– Robert

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It was truly epic! Everybody loved everything!End Quote– Richard

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What a great vacation!!!!  We all agreed it was one for the ages. Too many highlights to list right now but it was truly fantastic. Thanks for all of your hard work! End Quote– R & A

Open QuoteAll of it was fabulous, You scored again!End Quote– A

Open QuoteI’m overwhelmed,stoked ,knocked out – it’s over the top cool! We’re in a stateroom with our own private deck and a shuffle board court nearby. Food is great, drink is great, all is well!End Quote – Mike

Open QuoteAmazing! You are a rock star.End Quote – Alice

Open QuoteThanks again for all your help!End Quote – Sang

Open QuoteParis is treating us well, thanks to you! The hotel staff was the best I have experienced.  They could not have been more helpful and attentive. The location was excellent too. The food was fantastic, specifically Pierre Gagnaire, L’Arpège, and Le Bon Georges. We are experiencing food overload! The walking tour was fun and educational. The tour to the Loire was great!  We deviated from the program from the start and visited Amboise for pastries and a tour of Francois 1st castle.  Anna and I enjoyed the authentic small town life and Mdm Bigot’s patisserie.  Fun and educational. Thanks again for all of your help!End Quote – Ross