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Katherine Vallera

Los Angeles, California Travel Agent
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Katherine Vallera

Katherine Vallera

Los Angeles, California Travel Agent
Travel Orchestra, a Travel Leaders Network affiliate agency
18 Reviews | 100% Recommended
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World Travel Guru ~ Travel Orchestra

If you’re looking for travel agents who practice what they preach and travel the world, look no further! I've teamed up with inspiring world travelers to help orchestrate your trip. Our diverse backgrounds empower us with the valuable knowledge to advise based on our own first hand experiences. The goal is to facilitate experiences that not only reflect our love of adventure but shared values for sustainability. There are so many great reasons to play along with Travel Orchestra! My favorites include:

- Sustainability and eco-tourism

- Complex multi-stop itineraries

- Off the beaten path destinations

- Solo travel (especially women), families and groups

- Nature activities, scuba diving, wildlife safaris & expeditions

- Cultural immersion, authentic experiences, community engagement

- LGBTQ friendly!

 

Why let my ensemble of nomads orchestrate your trip?

WE SAVE YOU TIME!

Want to plan an amazing trip but don't have the time? It's said that the average consumer spends upwards of 8 hours researching and planning a trip. Most get frustrated and lose interest after the first 40 minutes. Our service does all the leg work so you don't have to, saving you time and energy.

WE OFFER INSIDE KNOWLEDGE & EXPERTISE!

Perhaps you've been meaning to plan that trip on your bucket list but don't know where to start? Travel Orchestra's team of expert advisers are dedicated to custom designing itineraries with attention to individual needs and desires. Our well-traveled agents plan fun trips to maximize your experience, helping you make the most of your time while avoiding the potential for hazards and hiccups.

WE MAKE TRAVEL PLANNING EASY!

In addition to phone and email, we're available to communicate with you via text, Whatsapp, and/or Facebook messenger. Whatever your preferred method of communication, we aim to please by making travel planning even more convenient.

WE BELIEVE IN INCLUSIVITY!

As advocates of the LGBTQ community, we believe it’s important to feel welcome and comfortable to be ourselves on vacation. The same goes for solo travelers, especially women! We also believe travel should be inclusive and understand what it means to accommodate those with special needs.

  

Kat Vallera ~ Conductor of Travel Orchestra

As a dual US/EU citizen, I've traveled nearly 60 countries and circumnavigated the globe twice. My background includes working abroad in Australia, Thailand and Indonesia, as well as study abroad in Italy. More often than not, I'm traveling solo! It's all about new friends and new experiences, adventure travel is my jam.

I'm also a freelance journalist as seen in TravelPulse, Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Herald & Review, and Seattle Times. After receiving a grant for agents of change, in 2015, I was honored to be named one of the “30 Under 30” in travel. Today, I sit on the board of the directors for the World Tourism Journalism Organization.

Learn more about my journalism at https://muckrack.com/katherine-vallera

Inspiring travel is my passion, which is why I love writing stories and producing new videos! This is also the reason I created Travel Orchestra; to encourage world travel off the beaten path and generate awareness for the core values of sustainability!

Whatsapp +17082177486 (afternoons/evenings)

 

Kelly Fleming ~ First chair of Eastern/Southern Europe, Africa, Latin America, & Caribbean

Kelly has traveled nearly 50 countries. She's also a licensed occupational therapist, has two masters degrees and studied art history. Learn more about Kelly at www.bit.ly/30bQOMX

Whatsapp +16477807099 (mornings/afternoons) kelly@travelorchestra.com 

 

Lisa Spears ~ First chair of Northern/Central Europe, Middle East, Asia, & Hawaii

Lisa has traveled nearly 50 countries. Previously employed by the United Nations, she has two masters degrees and studied international relations. Sie spricht auch fließend Deutsch! Learn more about Lisa at www.bit.ly/2N9hJFn 

Whatsapp +15309023794 (evenings/late night) lisa@travelorchestra.com 

 

Our goal is to inspire transformative experiences and lead others to embark on incredible journeys. Whether your dream is to adventure the road less traveled or to explore the world's best eco-resorts, we look forward to planning your trip! Thank you for supporting our small business and commitment to sustainability.

General Inquiries ~ planmytrip@travelorchestra.com (24/7!)

Countries Traveled

From the beaches of Fiji to the mountains of Italy
From the beaches of Fiji to the mountains of Italy

Antigua & Barbuda, Albania, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan

Bahamas, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria

Canada, China, Croatia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czechia

Denmark, Dominican Republic

Ecuador, Egypt

Fiji, French Polynesia, France

Germany, Georgia, Greece, Guatemala

Hong Kong, Hungary

Iceland, India, Indonesia, Israel, Ireland, Italy

Jamaica, Jordan

Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania

Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique

Nepal, Netherlands, Norway

Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico

Romania, Russia

Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, St Lucia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland

Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Turks & Caicos

UAE, UK, Ukraine

Vanuatu, Vatican, Venezuela, Vietnam

My Areas of Expertise

DESTINATIONS
South Pacific
Caribbean
Turkey
South Africa
East and Southeast Asia
INTERESTS
Eco-Tourism
Beach Vacations
Gay & Lesbian
Women's Travel
Hiking & Backpacking
LANGUAGES
English
Spanish
SUPPLIER PARTNERS
G Adventures
Rail Europe
Iberostar
AMResorts
Funjet Vacations

My Reviews

Rating: 5 18 Reviews | 100% Recommended

All the best trips!

Reviewed By ChaylaAnn - Chicago | Traveled to Jamaica ~ Caribbean
Kat has become my #1 go-to for travel. She is a true travel professional who works tirelessly to get her clients the best price on the best vacation with all of the luxuries and inclusions possible. Since working with her I have both chosen to book vacations on my own (and sometimes despite her seasoned advice), and through her - and when I book separate or don't listen to her advice, travel is never as good! She's visited so many places that she really knows what to recommend depending on the type of trip I need, and can always find the best price. I recommend Kat to all my friends and family, and feel bad for those who don't choose to work with her!
She got us an incredible belated-honeymoon in Jamaica that we well cherish forever, and the amenities she scored at our awesomeresort in Mexico for our nabymoon really made things enjoyable for a 6 month prego! We are both #katvalleratravelagentforlife
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
19 of 36 people found this review helpful
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Perfect honeymoon!

Reviewed By Bethany - Andover, ma | Traveled to Aruba ~ Caribbean
Kat was wonderful to work with! She took the time to go over different hotels, that she had been too and work different dates so the trip would come in on budget! She is wonderful because she has been to so many different locations so she knows the best places to go!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
17 of 34 people found this review helpful
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Amazing Galapagos Adventure

Reviewed By michael - Albuquerque | Traveled to Galapagos Islands ~ Ecuador ~ South America
I worked with Kat over a number of months to plan a bucket list trip to the Galapagos Islands. We coordinated a separate booking that I made on the Aggressor live aboard dive boat. Kat was excellent to work with. Besides having a lot of energy and enthusiasm for the love of travel, she helped arrange hotels, tours, transfers, etc. I have never used a travel agent before because I always felt that I could do it on my own. For this trip, I felt like the complexity was worth it and having just recently got back, I would say I'm glad I did. There were a number of instances where I was so thankful to have the additional help that came from booking this as part of a package. I would highly recommend working with Kat on your future travel plans.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
6 of 14 people found this review helpful
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An awesome trip!

Reviewed By Sarah - Jacksonville, NC | Traveled to Jamaica ~ Caribbean
Working with Katherine was so easy and stress free. She provided prompt responses and great advice for my first trip out of country with my children.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
4 of 10 people found this review helpful
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Weekend in Panama

Reviewed By Maddie - Atlanta, GA | Traveled to Panama City ~ Panama ~ Central America
This was my second time working with Kat and it was wonderful. She is diligent, communicative, and listens to what you want. Kat helped us narrow down our trip options based on time frame and budget. Before we left for our trip, Kat wished us safe travels and asked if we had any last minute questions. I appreciated her reaching out to us right before our trip. She also reached out to us after our trip to make sure everything went smoothly. The constant communication evidenced that Kat truly cares about providing quality service. 10/10 would recommend Kat!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
8 of 18 people found this review helpful
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Kat killed it!!!

Reviewed By Farting fratto - Oak brook, IL | Traveled to Riviera Maya ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Kat is awesome! Gives every possible option to any ideal vacation you could come up with.
Super easy to work with and honestly felt like I was just talking about traveling with a friend!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
16 of 34 people found this review helpful
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Amazing First Trip to Europe / Honeymoon!

Reviewed By Nicole - Los Angeles, CA | Traveled to Portugal ~ Europe
I highly recommend working with Katherine on any travel adventure. My wife and I contacted her to help us with travel to Portugal as our delayed honeymoon / first trip to Europe. She did an excellent job listening to our travel interests and staying within our budget. We had such an amazing time and everything went smoothly. The hotels and tours she set us up with exceeded our expectations and made for a very pleasant trip. We definitely will be using her for our travel needs in the future.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
4 of 11 people found this review helpful
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An Amazing Cultual Experience

Reviewed By Linda - Torrance, CA | Traveled to Cuba ~ Caribbean
Katherine did a great job planning our Cuba Vacation. She took in everything we asked for and was flexible when we asked for changes.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
7 of 17 people found this review helpful
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The best trip

Reviewed By Steve-O - L.A. | Traveled to Vietnam ~ East and Southeast Asia
First off, thank you Katherine.... My experience working with you was a cake walk. You took care of the whole trip and made it so easy. Katherine Vallera took care of my travel insurance booked my flight and hotel. Magic! Thanks .......
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
4 of 12 people found this review helpful
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Amazing trip to Cuba!

Reviewed By Becs - Los Angeles | Traveled to Cuba ~ Caribbean
I normally book all of my own travel but struggled to book domestic Cuban flights so decided to search for an agent who had travelled to Cuba and contacted Kat. From the first phone call where we discussed the itinerary she spent a lot of one on one time to plan the details to get it right. The result was we had an amazing trip to Cuba and Mexico City and the accommodation was superb. Having an agent meant I had transfers booked which made it so much easier than negotiating local transport on my own! I would highly recommend Kat if you are looking for a travel agent who has hands on experience and you can trust her to book the ideal accommodation for your budget and preferences.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
7 of 18 people found this review helpful
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Exceeded Expectations

Reviewed By Danica - Wheaton, IL | Traveled to Jamaica ~ Caribbean
Kat exceeded all expectations; pleasant, delightful, knowledgeable, attentive. I would never have even thought to consider the resort she recommended and it could not have been a more perfect spot. I will definitely use Kat for any upcoming plans.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
4 of 12 people found this review helpful
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We Could All Enjoy Mexico

Reviewed By Bee - Chicago, IL | Traveled to Playa Del Carmen ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Kat is highly professional and has a great attention for detail. She helped us book flights, transfers and was even able to help us score an upgrade at the all-inclusive resort. She was especially receptive to helping us with food allergies, dietary requests, and other special accommodations we needed during our trip. I would recommend her to anyone traveling, she knows her stuff!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
14 of 33 people found this review helpful
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Trip of a lifetime

Reviewed By Sal - CHICAGO/Connecticut | Traveled to Spain ~ Europe
I couldn't ask for a better travel agent. Kat was knowledgeable, responsive and easy to work with. I always wanted go to Spain, but was not sure how to go about planning a trip that would maximize my time there. Kat took the time to learn about me and found the perfect bike tour of Northern Spain. She stayed within my budget and follow up every step of the way. Kat is perfect example of what a great travel agent can brings to the table.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Katherine Vallera responded:
I had a lot of fun planning this trip and loved seeing your travel photos. Thanks for letting me assist with your holiday!
15 of 35 people found this review helpful
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Central Europe Extravaganza!

Reviewed By Jason - Indianapolis | Traveled to Amsterdam ~ Netherlands ~ Europe
Kat will work hard to get you to where you want to go and make certain the experience you want to have will happen. She is hard working, friendly, and knows what she is doing because she has travels frequently herself and can give first hand guidance to the travel experience you desire. We traveled to Amsterdam, Vienna, Prague, and Berlin. Our hotels were fantastic, exactly what we needed and close to any transportation or places we wanted to go in these cities. We were in change of our own schedule (other than an AMAZING beer tour in Prague that kat recommended) and it worked out fabulously thanks to Kat!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
11 of 29 people found this review helpful
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The honeymoon of our dreams!!

Reviewed By kwill32 - Orland Hills, IL | Traveled to Aruba ~ Caribbean
Kat helped us plan our honeymoon and made it a perfect trip. We were unsure of the location we wanted to go since it was the heart of hurricane season and we wanted a beach vacation. We also wanted to make sure we went to a LGBT friendly location. From the beginning Kat had several suggestions and ended up planning the perfect trip, complete with a snorkeling excursion and a romantic dinner on the beach. She also gave us several good tips about Aruba and travel hacks to make the trip easy and fun.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
16 of 40 people found this review helpful
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Costa Rica - Pura Vida!

Reviewed By MrJustinK - Chicago, IL | Traveled to Costa Rica ~ Central America
We wanted to get out of town over the Christmas holidays but didn't know where, but after picking our brains Kat recommended the perfect getaway to Costa Rica. In addition to knowing her customer's needs, she's prompt in responding to questions and she has first-hand experience with the destinations and accommodations. I'd definitely use her services again
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Katherine Vallera responded:
Thank you, Justin! It was a pleasure assisting with your vacation to the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica. I'm so happy you enjoyed taking the road less traveled!
14 of 37 people found this review helpful
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Scuba... Monkeys... Volcanoes... OH MY!!!

Reviewed By Dave Peterson - Brooklyn, NY | Traveled to Bali ~ Indonesia ~ East and Southeast Asia
I had only 10 days to plan my trip, and Kat was spectacular at asking me the right questions about what I really valued and wanted on the trip. She then gave some great (and really unexpected!) suggestions on what to do and what to avoid. She helped to steer me clear of the crusty/dusty bus tours and the places that were over-run with tourists. On my Asia trip, I had also planned a visit to Tokyo, but she informed me that the cherry blossom festival going on at the time would have made my entire trip cost prohibitive. (I'll do Tokyo next time) She made sure that my dollar went far! My trip included visiting a monkey forest, a semi-active volcano crater, ancient Hindu temples, white water rafting and getting my 4-day scuba diving certification at a little-known dive resort on a tiny island near Bali! I can tell she genuinely enjoys her job and was constantly keeping tabs with me on the trip to make sure everything went smoothly. I can't say enough good things! Kat is the BEST!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
10 of 30 people found this review helpful
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The best honeymoon possible.

Reviewed By Joel Siegel - Chicago, IL | Traveled to Mexico
Kat is nothing short of exceptional. She really goes above and beyond the call of duty to understand the wants and needs we have and to make sure they are met on the trip she helps us book. There was an issue with the hotels (not Kat's fault) and she handled it like a trooper and made sure that we were compensated for the trouble. Kat helped us find incredible places, tours, and flights. Kat went out of her way to be in great communication with us, to make sure we knew where our money was going, and she walked us through all of her steps of putting it together for us as the trip came together. This trip was our honeymoon and so it was special to us, and Kat knew that, and she made sure it was special. We will remember this trip forever and are forever indebted to Kat for all the help, effort, dedication, and hard work she puts in. If she did this for us, then I am sure she does the same for everyone else. Kat deserves a lot more than a pat on the back or a thank you.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
12 of 35 people found this review helpful
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