Experience The World Safely & Sustainably

One Bucket List Destination at a Time

As a Travel Planner, specializing in safe travel experiences for women and with an avid interest in sustainable tourism, my goal is to help women experience the world safely and sustainably, one bucket list destination at a time!

Best of Iceland Enhanced - Women's Travel Group 2022

Custom Private Tour for Women Only Spring 2022

On this 7 Day/6 Night Private Small Group Tour for Women Who Love to Travel but have no one to travel with, you will experience the Best of Iceland Enhanced in the comfort and safety of a private vehicle with a local expert guide and a maximum of 12 guests.

Details Coming Soon!

Are you female, single or with a partner who can’t or won’t travel with you, and want to experience the world safely?

Are you a female couple who both want to travel, a grandmother who wants to treat her daughter(s) and/or grand-daughter(s) to an educational, inspirational and enriching vacation, or are you part of a special interest all-female group looking for a tailor-made private group tour?

As a Travel Planner specializing in safe travel experiences for women and with an avid interest in sustainable tourism, my goal is to help you experience the world safely and sustainably. Whether travelling solo or with one or more people, I will plan and arrange everything needed for a truly memorable and enriching trip.

I have a few private women’s travel groups planned for 2022 and 2023 including to Iceland, Costa Rica, Europe and Peru. If you’re dreaming of when we can travel again, stop dreaming and contact me to start planning.

Champing at the bit to travel again? Are you missing your favourite destinations? Can’t wait to check off the next bucket list item?

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to get your daily fix as well as updates on the latest safety protocols!

Each day on Facebook, Kaz Custom Travel shares photos and/or videos of destinations that will inspire you to travel once we can travel again. We also share tips, advice and info on a variety of travel topics especially safety tips for female travellers and tips on how to roam responsibly.

On Instagram, we share photos and information about destinations on a specific travel topic, travel tips as well as featured tours from our preferred travel suppliers but our posts are less frequent.

Be in the know as soon as we announce new solo tours for women only by joining our Solo Travel Club on Facebook.

Narrow gorge along the Danube between Serbia and Romania known as the Iron Gates

The latest from my Travel Blog

Ecuador – Around the World from A to Z – E

This week’s featured destination is Ecuador. However, I am taking it easy this week so my post will be a lot shorter. When you think of Ecuador, the first thing that comes to mind is probably the Galápagos islands. But there’s more to this South American country than the volcanic archipelago made famous by Charles Dariwn. In this brief post, I will highlight just a few places on the mainland worth visiting as well as a few travel tips, fun facts and travel safety.

Dominican Republic – Around the World from A to Z – D

This week on our virtual tour Around the World from A-Z is all about the Dominican Republic. This Caribbean island probably doesn’t need an introduction for many Canadians. It has been a popular winter vacation destination for many Canadian snowbirds for a long time. However, for those that don’t know about the DR, or need a little travel inspiration, read on to find out more about this beautiful tropical island and what makes it more than just a beach destination.

Costa Rica – Around the World from A to Z – C

This week on our virtual tour Around the World from A to Z, it’s all about Costa Rica. This Central American country has been on my bucket list for a while, and I can’t wait until we can travel again to explore its volcanoes, forests, rivers and waterfalls. I’m planning a women only travel group to this lush tropical destination for when we can travel again. In the meantime, here is some inspiration for you.

British Isles – Around the World from A to Z – B

This week in our virtual tour Around the World from A to Z, the British Isles is featured. I have already written about Britain on another page, but this week I will also include differences to look out for when driving in the British Isles as well as safety tips for pedestrians, safety tips for solo female travellers. I also highlight some features in my favourite region, plus share six ways you can travel sustainably in the British Isles.

Austria – Around the World from A to Z – A

Starting with Austria, this year, Kaz Custom Travel will take you on a journey around the world from A to Z, virtually that is, until we can travel again. Throughout 2021, we will feature a different destination around the world corresponding with a letter of the alphabet. We hope to feature one destination a week, but due to time constraints and our work schedule, it may be less often. Our goal is to provide you with some travel inspiration as we share a few titbits about each destination, a few travel tips, fun facts and foodie ideas, as well as safety and sustainable tourism insights, for when we can travel again.

Bahia Principe welcomes travel advisors on an Air Canada Vacations FAM trip

The Bahia Principe Grand Tulum, Mexico, welcomes travel advisors on an Air Canada Vacations FAM trip to experience health & safety protocols first hand. Fellow TPI travel advisor talks to OpenJaw about her experience.

Rethinking travel in a post-pandemic world

As a travel advisor, I want to encourage my clients to travel as sustainably as possible, and tend to only train with and support tour operators, cruise lines and resorts, that practice sustainable tourism. October’s social media topic is Cultural Communities. I was inspired to choose this topic and to write this blog post on Rethinking Travel in a Post-Pandemic World, after attending one of G Adventures webinars a few weeks ago, and realizing that there needs to be a real and big (as in global) change in the way we travel. This is the first of three blog posts on the subject of sustainable tourism.

Cultural Communities in Canada

The travel topic for October is Cultural Communities. Since I live in Canada, I thought I would start the month off with cultural communities in Canada, indigenous communities particularly. I’m not an expert by any means, in fact, I’m fairly new to the topic, but since becoming a travel agent, I’ve become more and more interested in learning about different indigenous cultures. Below I share a little of what I have learned about Canada’s first people plus a few other tidbits.

10 things you may not know about the Danube and Eastern Europe

I was inspired to write this blog post on 10 things you may not know about the Danube and Eastern Europe after attending AmaWaterways’ latest Webinar Wednesday (actually it started off as a social media post, but it got too long haha). The presenters were giving insights into some of the destinations visited on a cruise of the lower Danube in Eastern Europe. As I wrote some notes, I decided this would make a great topic for this week’s featured Travel Trivia post on Facebook and Instagram. Several hours of research later, I decided a blog post would be better.

New Onboard Safety Protocols by AmaWaterways

AmaWaterways has introduced new safety protocols and ship enhancements to protect guests and staff, and recently opened up cruising to the European travel market again. Soon, Canadians will be able to cruise Europe’s great rivers again. Watch this video to see how AmaWaterways will ensure you travel safely onboard with them.

Check out our Custom Travel-Inspired Face Masks and Other Travel Accessories

Dreaming about the next destination you want to cross off your bucket list?

Hi…I’m glad you stopped by.

I’m Karen Coleman and I’m a Travel Planner with Kaz Custom Travel, a Travel Professionals International (TPI) affiliate, specializing in safe and sustainable experiences for women.

I help women, couples and small groups (multi-gen adult families and gal pals) with their travel plans, providing inspiration, guidance, arranging everything needed for a truly authentic, immersive and enriching travel experience. I especially love to help solo female travellers, as well as female travel groups, experience the world safely and sustainably.

My own specific travel interests are varied, ranging from geology & landscapes, nature & wildlife, history & culture, food & drink, soft adventure & outdoor activities, so I can relate with other women who have varied travel interests too.

Cute Quokka, Rottnest Island, Western Australia

Cute Quokka, Rottnest Island, Western Australia

Geothermal lake in Rotorua, New Zealand

Geothermal lake in Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand

National Geographic Journeys with G Adventures

Bucket List Destination Specialist

Since I know you have so many destinations to check off your bucket list, I wanted to make sure I can help you to the best of my ability.

I am a certified destination specialist for Australia, New Zealand, Peru, Costa Rica, Great Britain (where I was born), Switzerland, the Visegrád Four (Central Europe), Spain, Italy and the Seychelles, as well as these volcanic islands: Hawaii & Fiji in the Pacific, the Caribbbean islands of Saint Lucia, St Kitts & Nevis and the BVI, the Spanish islands of Tenerife & Gran Canaria, and Iceland in the North Atlantic. (Yes, I love volcanic landscapes of any kind!) I’ll be adding Madagascar, the Azores, Sri Lanka, the Galapagos and more volcanic islands to my destination specialties. Since I’m from Europe, I’ll be continuing to add European destinations to better help you explore this vast and varied continent.

Canada, the USA and the Caribbean

For those who would prefer to stay this side of the pond once we can travel safely again, I can help with your domestic travel arrangements within Canada – whether by road, rail or air. I can also help you plan and arrange everything needed for a road or rail trip south of the border or in the Caribbean.

Having travelled to five provinces (and much of Ontario, where I live), I am familiar with much of Canada. In addition, I have completed various Destination Canada specialist certifications (including Ontario, Alberta, Vancouver) as well as for The Rocky Mountaineer and Niagara Falls.

I have also travelled to or through 20 US states (including four islands in Hawaii), and am familiar with much of the USA. When it’s safe to travel to the USA again, I’d be glad to help you plan a road or rail trip, weekend getaway or extended vacation south of the border.

And if it’s the Caribbean you’re hankering after, I have experience planning trips to a number of islands and have certifications in several Caribbean destinations (including Costa Rica, St. Lucia, BVI, St Kitts & Nevis, and soon Dominican Republic).

My goal: Helping women experience the world safely

My goal, and why I became a travel agent later on in life, is to create tailor-made, immersive, authentic, enriching and safe travel experiences for women who have the freedom (and money) to travel but have no one to go with them.

 

My ultimate goal is to help women experience the world safely – one bucket list destination at a time!

Want to experience the world safely and check off a bucket list destination?

Koala Bear - Australia
Maori mural at a lakeside in New Zealand
Kuata Island, Fiji
Road to Hana, Maui, Hawaii
St Kitts
Mount Teide, Tenerife, Canary Islands
Castle ruins in Snowdonia, Wales
Puffins in Iceland

Vacation Planning for Couples & Families

Custom Vacations, Cruises & Tours

Although my main focus is helping solo female travellers experience the world safely, I do also help couples and multi-generational families who are looking for a special and memorable trip.

Are you a couple wanting to honeymoon in Fiji or celebrate an anniversary in Saint Lucia? Have you always wanted to go on an island hopping adventure in Hawaii or an ocean cruise along the Mediterranean coast? Maybe a European river cruise on the Danube or a rail journey in Switzerland is more your style?

Perhaps you’re looking for an all-inclusive annual vacation to the Caribbean somewhere off the beaten track? Have you finally decided to take that once-in-a-lifetime trip to Australia and New Zealand? Is hiking the Inca Trail in Peru the next item to check off your bucket list? Or is a National Geographic style adventure something you want to take your kids on?

These are just some of the trip ideas I can help you with. As a specialist in a variety of bucket list destinations, no matter what you’re looking for I’d be glad to help you plan your next trip. My goal is to ensure you have everything needed to meet all your travel expectations and more.

Caribbean Luxury All-inclusive

For the ultimate in luxury all-inclusive Caribbean vacations for couples and families, I’m proud to include Sandals (and Beaches by Sandals) as one of my preferred travel partners.

Why the Sandals Group?

Not only does Sandals offer more quality inclusions than any other resorts in the world but all Sandals & Beaches by Sandals resorts participate in the EarthCheck benchmarking and certification program.

The all-inclusive company is committed to providing quality vacation experiences while working to minimize their environmental and social impacts.

Is it any wonder Sandals has been voted the world’s leading all-inclusive company for 23 years? 

PREFER TO BOOK YOUR OWN TOURS & EXCURSIONS?

Book tours and other activities in advance to avoid missing out or having to line up!

Sometimes you just want to wing it while on vacation…I get it. Or maybe you heard about a tour your friend went on after you booked your trip but want to experience it too. Whether you prefer the freedom of booking your own excursions as and when you feel like it, you forgot to book a tour you really want to experience or you would like to add a last-minute tour, you can search and book online from anywhere – including while you’re on vacation!

Important: The earlier you book, the less likely that you’ll be disappointed!

What's on your bucket list?

Hiking the Inca Trail in Peru? Biking the Camino de Santiago in Spain? Bush walking in Australia? A rail trip in New Zealand? Island hopping in Hawaii or the Caribbean? A European river cruise or an ocean cruise on the Mediterranean. Sightseeeing in London and a stroll through Royal Parks in England?

Have no one to travel with or want to travel with your  friends or family?

Looking for safe travel options for female travellers?

Whether you're looking for an off the rack  or a tailor-made private group tour, a relaxing stay at a beach resort or spa retreat, a river cruise or a fully-independent trip, Europe, Kaz Custom Travel can help plan, create and arrange everything needed for a travel experience that is truly authentic, immersive and enriching, and provide you with tips, advice and guides to help you experience the world safely!

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