My Services


Let me handle all of the details!

If you've never used a travel agent before, you may be wondering what I do, and what the big deal is.

Vacations by Gretchen is different.

This isn't a call center or online booking engine.  Everything I do is designed specifically for YOU from the flights to hotels, restaurant recommendations, tours and more. You will have me dedicated and consistently working with you, from initial contact until you are home – and planning your next vacation!

So, if you've never worked with me before, here's a little overview of how the process works.

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Larry Lewis

"I have recommended "Vacations by Gretchen" to everyone I know.   Gretchen is very professional and detail-oriented. She will make sure that your vacation will be the best you've ever had.  She always has the customer's best interest at heart.

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Chris and Audrey Weatherman

“Gretchen is amazing to work with! She is responsive, detailed, and researches our trips thoroughly.  We always had the utmost in communication and creativity that really fit our personalities and lifestyle.  We won’t travel without her!"

Amazing vacations

I will design your vacation for YOU based on your preferences, interests, and the dreams you have for your vacation.

Knowledge and Expertise

I go, so you know – I LOVE to travel and have been to many destinations. I love making lasting relationships with resort teams on site, in-destination experts across the globe, and supplier partners so that you have all the information you need for your trip.

Families, couples, and groups

Whether you're traveling alone, as a couple, or with a small group of friends, I have you covered!

I will work with you to make sure everyone has a great time, and everything goes off without a hitch.

Here's how it works...

  • Consultation

    Tell me where and when you are considering traveling! Not sure but know you have to get away?  Let’s have a consultation where I can learn more about your dream vacation.

  • Get Started

    When you've decided to move forward, I'll send you a welcome packet, that includes some documents and forms for you to fill out. These include my Passenger Details Form and Professional Services Agreement. As soon as these are completed and returned to me, along with the payment of the Research and Design fee, I'll get started planning your vacation. 

  • Collaborate and Plan

    We will continue to tweak and revise as you provide your thoughts and feedback. We will do this until you have a perfectly planned vacation. Sometimes it’s the first option presented that is booked – sometimes it is decided after a few exchanges. Either way – I love the work and will keep researching for you.

    By the way, the longer we work together you'll be amazed at how quickly this process goes when I know you and your preferences!

  • Book

    After we've finalized the plan, I'll secure all of your reservations, nail down dates, confirm reservations, and finalize the details like transfers, private guides, and special activities. 

    I'll also make sure all of your deposits and final payments are made on schedule.

  • Bon Voyage!

    I've handled all of the details, now your job is to get out of here and enjoy your vacation. 

    Don't worry. If there's anything you need while traveling, I am available to assist with any concerns or questions – 24/7.

  • Post Vacation Debrief

    We'll schedule a time to chat about your vacation to discuss how everything went.

    I'll be keeping track of these preferences so that I can refer back to them every time you plan a vacation with me.