Hello, my name is Karen Coleman, and I’m here to help you experience the world one bucket list destination at a time!
I’m not just any old Travel Agent…I am a Destination Specialist on a mission to help female travellers, especially women 50+ who are either single or have a partner who can’t or won’t travel with them, check off bucket list destinations they’ve been dreaming about and create memories that last a lifetime.
If this sounds like you, I would love to help you plan your next trip of a lifetime.
Unique Travel Experiences
My goal is to create unique authentic, immersive and enriching travel experiences for adventure-seeking solo female travellers and small groups, including couples, family groups (mother, daughter, granddaughter), gal pals and special interest groups, who have a variety of interests from history & culture, food & drink to geology & landscapes, wildlife & nature as well as soft adventure and outdoor activities.
I’ve always had a passion for travel and a curiosity about the world especially geology, natural history, culture, architecture and languages. If I could travel all the time, exploring different destinations around the globe, I’d be a happy camper (so to speak). At around age 15, I wanted to be a travel agent and that dream never went away. After 4 decades, I am finally pursuing my passion, and I’m now helping clients create travel experiences and lasting memories.
To help me provide you with the ultimate bucket list experience, I’ve recently partnered with a local tour operator with over 30 years in the travel industry to bring you a selection of custom curated and specialized Women Only Tours each year.
Create Lasting Memories
If you’re in the second half of your life, like me, you may be thinking it’s time to stop dreaming about your bucket list of destinations and time to start checking them off before it’s too late. But what if you don’t have a travel companion? It’s my mission to help women 50+ who want to experience the world, especially female solo travellers, make their travel dreams a reality. If this is you, I can help you create lasting memories by providing you with immersive and enriching travel experiences, so you can check off your bucket list one destination at a time.
No Destination is out of reach
While it may seem that destinations like Hawaii, Fiji, Australia, New Zealand and Iceland are out of reach, both in distance and in cost, it’s not always the case. They are often easier to get to than you think and can actually be quite affordable if you plan your trip properly ahead of time.
Making the right choices when it comes to accommodation selection, pre-booking transportation and excursions and creating a savings plan will help you keep costs down and ensure you don’t go over your budget. As your Destination Specialist, I can make recommendations to match both your wish-list and your pocket book. You can even pay for future trips in installment to make paying for your investment easier.
Also, by travelling with a small group, whether as a solo-traveller on an escorted group tour, as a family group on a rail trip or cruise, or with a group of friends on a road trip or safari, the cost of your trip becomes more affordable.
Specializing in Destinations You Want to Experience
While my focus is primarily solo female travellers, I specialize in destinations that many people want to experience for the first time or on special occasions. Whether you’re single, married, about to get married or you’ve been together forever, if you’re looking for a unique travel experience, I’m glad to help you with your travel plans too. Read the below testimonial to see how being an Iceland Destination Specialist meant I was recently able to help create an immersive experience for a couple on their honeymoon in Iceland.
Karen went out of her way to research lots of interesting things for us to do on our honeymoon to Iceland. She even found out my favourite band was having a concert there and contacted them so I could buy pre-sale tickets! She did a great job finding accommodations and tours that fit with our budget. Karen checked in with us multiple times before, during and after our trip to ensure everything was going as planned. I would definitely recommend Karen as an outstanding travel agent! Thanks again, Karen, for making our honeymoon stress-free and loaded with fun!
Your Destination Specialist for
Australia is such a large, unique and diverse country that choosing which region to explore on your first trip, as well as how long to stay, is the hardest part of your decision making process. As your certified Aussie Specialist, not only can I help you determine which regions, cities, landmarks and activities best match your interests, I will help you plan a tailor-made itinerary that will ensure you fully-immerse yourself in and learn about the Australian heritage, culture and way of life. No matter how long you decide to stay, your Australian experience is a trip of a life time.
Have you dreamed of travelling to New Zealand, but you weren’t sure when the best time of year to go is, which island you should visit or how you’ll get around the country to see the different hot spots? As a New Zealand Travel Specialist, I can point you in the right direction for visiting popular attrations as well as those you may not be quite as familiar with. If you’re looking to immersive yourself in New Zealand I can arrange a tailor-made tour that includes all your transportation, accommodations and excursions. All that’s left for you to do, is enjoy your trip.
If you’re thinking of visiting the United Kingdom, either as a standalone vacation or as part of a European adventure, you’re probably wondering when and where is best to visit. Having spent the first 35 years of my life in the UK, returning home every year, as your Brit Agent, I am your gal for helping you plan your UK trip. Whether you’re looking for a short city break in London, a coastal walking tour in Cornwall, a fully independent road-trip in England, Scotland and Wales, or even an escorted group tour in Ireland, I can arrange everything that will ensure you love the country I grew up in (but I cannot change the weather).
And These Volcanic Islands
I love the ocean, beautiful beaches, mountain views and the transformational power of volcanoes. I find volcanic islands that offer all of these breathtaking features even more fascinating, especially as it means I don’t have to travel far once at my destination to experience everything I love during one vacation. Add in unique culture, heritage, wildlife and cuisine, and you have a vacation paradise. As a Destination Specialist focusing on women only travel and volcanic islands, my goal is to help female solo travellers, who share the same love of the ocean, beaches, mountain views and volcanoes as me, experience volcanic island destinations safely. Below are my volcanic island destination specialties, but I will be expanding on these as time goes by.
This volcanic archipelago in the South Pacific is home to some of the happiest people in the world. Fiji is also an ideal vacation destination, with its stunning beaches, incredible wildlife, range of adventure activities and accommodation options, , especially on a layover to Australia or New Zealand.
Hike a volcanic crater, take a helicopter ride through canyons and ancient caldera, walk through a lava tube or on some of the youngest lava and black sand beaches in the world, You can do it all in Hawaii. With a wealth of other activities and attractions, the question is which island will you visit first?
What makes Iceland’s volcanic landscape so unique and inviting is the high number of thermal hot springs. Despite its northerly latitude on the arctic circle, you’ll enjoy an outdoors swim in one of the many thermally fed lagoons any time of year! Visit in winter, and you’ll also get to see the northern lights.
If you’re looking for a beach vacation with a difference, the small Caribbean island of St. Kitts, and its sister island, Nevis, has it all. Historic landmarks from the colonial slave trade era, spectacular volcanic scenery to explore and stunning beaches to relax on. You can even take a tour of the island on a train.
For a small island, Tenerife in the Canaries, packs a whole lot in. Adventurous vacationers can circumnavigate the island in a day, or hike Mount Teide, a 3,718 m high active volcano and take a cable car to its summit. But beware. It may feel like summer at the shores, but feel like winter on the summit.