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Melinda Jarrell, VTA

San Marcos, California Travel Agent
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Melinda Jarrell, VTA

Melinda Jarrell, VTA

San Marcos, California Travel Agent
An independent agent with Nexion, LLC in Irving, TX, a Travel Leaders Network affiliate agency
Years of Experience: 9
17 Reviews | 100% Recommended
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Luxury Cruise Travel Expert

Luckily cruises are offered on the 7 continents and with over 400 ports of call all over the world. Cruises allow you to experience the world while only unpacking once! Cruises include your room, food and entertainment and so much more. River cruises offer a more intimate surrounding and go to those small towns and villages big ships cannot reach. Ocean cruises can vary in size and offer small groups and go up to over 3000 people on board. There is truly something for everyone, no matter what you would like to experience. It is absolutely beautiful to sail thru the glaciers in Alaska or the Greece islands or to travel on the Rhine and Danube and see castles while you are on board. I am an expert cruise specialist and can help you find the correct brand and experience for you.

My Travel Specialties

Luxury Cruise Travel Expert

Let me help you pick the correct one
I really do love cruises and think they have a special place for the perfect vacation.  There is an ideal cruise for you and I can help you find it.  Cruises are great for couples, family and big reunions.  The lodging,... Read more from my Luxury Cruise Travel Expert bio.

Luxury Cruise and Land European Travel Expert

Wow there is some serious wine tastings going on!
To be able to travel is a pleasure and being able to do it in luxury even more so.  If you would like to experience Europe via river and ocean cruise or take a land tour vacation and see as much... Read more from my Luxury Cruise and Land European Travel Expert bio.

CERTIFICATES & AWARDS

Certified ASTA Travel Agent
Book with Confidence
Princess Commodore
Virgin Voyages First Mate Specialist
Princess Cruises Commodore Specialist
Silver Sea Cruises
Celebrity Cruise Specialist
Certified Travel Advisor
AMAWaterways Cruise Specialist
Verified Travel Advisor
Celebrity Cruises
Silversea Cruise Specialist

My Reviews

Rating: 4.9 17 Reviews | 100% Recommended

Touring in Italy and beyond.

Reviewed By Chuck - San Marcos, CA | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
We are flying from San Diego to Rome, catching a cruise and a couple of weeks of other touring and then flying back to San Diego. We had been trying for a week to find AFFORDABLE airline reservations for which the layovers worked out right and weren't having much luck. We contacted Melinda and told her our situation, which was a bit complicated, and within a day she came back with great reservations. She also found us ground transportation to and from the port and a couple of weeks of very nice hotel accommodations for the non-cruise part of our trip.

Melinda is fast and efficient and we recommend her highly.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
24 of 40 people found this review helpful
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Great first trip to Europe

Reviewed By Barry - San Diego, CA | Traveled to Paris ~ France ~ Europe, Rome
Melinda listened to where we wanted visit and worked within our budget and time frame to give us a great vacation. None of the packaged tours included all of the places that we were interested in, so we found Melinda while doing searches on google for travel agents. We wanted to visit Rome, Paris, and London and it had to be within the Nov 1-21 time frame. She got us exactly what we wanted and booked all of the air, hotel, transfers, and tours we wanted. She provided choices of various hotels in each city with pros/cons on each one. She also gave us good recommendations on tours and getting around when we got there.
Overall, it was a great experience for a first time in Europe.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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Amazing trip and very responsive

Reviewed By Alex and Tanya Guerrero - Escondido, California | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA
I contacted Melinda while I was on a deployment asking about a vacation to see the northern lights. She gave multiple recommendations and provided detailed information with activities. When we were interested in one of the packages she helped to customize the trip to our exact liking. Once we locked on one of the packages that she helped customize for us, she was very helpful with making sure we had all of the information for the trip. It was all one payment and included everything that was agreed upon. All of the instructions for the trip were very clear and straight forward. During our trip, unfortunately, there was an issue with one of the flights that we had paid for due to weather. Once the company that was in charge of the flights contacted us and told us that the flight would be canceled, we contacted Melinda and she helped us get our money back. We did leave a day early but we were not able to get a refund on the last night at the hotel. Overall it was a great experience.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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An Outstanding Experience

Reviewed By Aleta - Vista, CA | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Melinda listens and understands our preferences and tailors our trips accordingly. Whether it be a request for an escorted tour, independent exploration, or a combination, she figures out how to put it all together and delivers! As a somewhat experienced traveler, I expect the unexpected; however, thanks to Melinda, our trips have gone exceedingly smoothly!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
12 of 24 people found this review helpful
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Champagne Adventure in France

Reviewed By Kay - Big Sky, MT | Traveled to Reims ~ France ~ Europe
Melinda is easy to work with and promptly answered all of my pre-trip questions. Most importantly, she planned an excellent Champagne adventure for our small group prior to our AmaWaterways cruise.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
9 of 19 people found this review helpful
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Best trip ever!

Reviewed By Tommy Tucker - Taylor County, Georgia | Traveled to Las Vegas ~ Nevada ~ USA
Excellent, just the best, I’d never used a travel agent before and I’m so glad that I did, Melinda covered all the details even those that I hadn’t thought of, all of the additional services like pick up from the airport and excursions were with very good companies, I would recommend Melinda to all of my friends and family.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
14 of 29 people found this review helpful
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Our Dream Trip "Down Under"

Reviewed By Robin - Escondido, Calif. | Traveled to Australia & New Zealand
Melinda was always helpful and paid close attention to detail. She followed up with our every request. Having been to Australia herself, she knew what sights would be important for us to see. She told us about Goway Tours and the trip was just what we had desired. We were very happy to have found Melinda!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
9 of 20 people found this review helpful
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Smooth sailing!

Reviewed By Rose - San Francisco Bay Area | Traveled to Caribbean
Melinda took care of every detail and was always available to answer questions and make helpful suggestions. This made for a relaxed, stress-free vacation.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
9 of 21 people found this review helpful
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Travels down under

Reviewed By Evy - Newbury Park, CA | Traveled to New Zealand ~ Australia & New Zealand
Melinda helped organize a trip to New Zealand for me. I told her all the things I wanted to see and do and she was able to put it all together and recommend timing and places to go and stay. The trip went perfectly and all the B&Bs that we stayed at were excellent.
She also coordinated a wine cruise in France and helped us set up side trips, and went out of her way to meet with our group and explain all the activities that would occur on the cruise.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
19 of 41 people found this review helpful
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Exceeded expectations.

Reviewed By Kay - Big Sky, MT | Traveled to France ~ Europe
We were first time river-cruisers and happened into Melinda's realm based on the recommendations of friends. Melinda stayed on top of all trip details, helped us pick a cabin, answered my questions promptly and emailed regularly as deadlines approached. We loved our AmaWaterways cruise, plan to travel again with them, and Melinda will be our go-to agent.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
19 of 41 people found this review helpful
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Our trip to Costa Rica was seamless

Reviewed By Sandy - San Diego, CA | Traveled to
We were extremely happy with the trip Melinda scheduled for us. We were able to see the sites we requested, she scheduled our activities, from hanging bridge walk tour, hiking Arenal volcano tour, river tours in Tortuguero, zip lining, Baldi hot springs spa, white water rafting and the banana plantation tour. Melinda booked all of our activities for us, arranged for transportation van/buses; the drivers were on time, friendly and very informative. Melinda booked our hotels accommodations at 4-5 star hotels, we really felt pampered. She sent us the itinerary for our 10 day stay and everyday we knew what was planned, names of hotels and transportation used, the pick up times, how long the activity would last, and the meals that were included. We will use Melinda again, when we plan our trip.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
22 of 47 people found this review helpful
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An Outstanding Experience

Reviewed By Aleta - Vista, CA | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Melinda listens and understands our preferences and tailors our trips accordingly. Whether it be a request for an escorted tour, independent exploration, or a combination, she figures out how to put it all together and delivers! As a somewhat experienced traveler, I expect the unexpected; however, thanks to Melinda, our trips have gone exceedingly smoothly!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
9 of 22 people found this review helpful
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Great resource for any vacation

Reviewed By Martha - Autin, TX | Traveled to Maui Island ~ Hawaii ~ USA
Melinda is good. She is also patient with changing requests. I like the feeling that everything is taken care of, with very little effort on my part.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
17 of 39 people found this review helpful
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She helped with all details and made planning a pleasure.

Reviewed By ladyretired - Pickerington, OH | Traveled to
Melinda has planned four different trips for my husband and me. The first three were done in every detail and with information that had we not used Melinda as our consultant we no doubt would have missed some of the attractions and sites that are some of our most memorable times. Currently we have a cruise that starts in Fort Lauderdale and winds up in Copenhagen; however, since she knew we wanted to visit Norway and Sweden while in the area she found a cruise that did just what we wanted to do and we don't even have to change ships or rooms. Melinda has taken care of all the details including tours and the sites she would recommend that we see while on our trip. Since there are physical limitations on walking and the like she has taken that into consideration when scheduling tours and what we would be able to do. She planned our first three and they were fantastic so we feel certain that our upcoming trip will be just as wonderful. Melinda not only has planned our cruises but has given the full service with travel arrangements, hotels and any other needs we may have while on our trip. Melinda has always kept us up to date on our itinerary which is great so we can let our family know where and when we are going to be in certain places.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
17 of 39 people found this review helpful
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Transatlantic & Northern European Adventure

Reviewed By Flyer75 - Atlanta, GA | Traveled to
Melinda asked the probing questions to ascertain our wishes/desires for this trip. With our goals and physical limitations in mind, Melinda charged "Full Speed Ahead" locating the cruise, cabin class cost/availability, pre-cruise hotels, shore excursions for our evaluation and selection. The broad range of choices provided by Melinda was outstanding - the really difficult problem was making a decision on which ones to choose. The only logical option is to let Melinda schedule another cruise so we may experience some of the other opportunities she presented.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
17 of 41 people found this review helpful
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Amazing Trip

Reviewed By Sibyl - Reno | Traveled to Scotland ~ Europe
Melinda went above and beyond to meet our travel needs. Her expertise allowed us to save a great deal of time and money - and to have a terrific vacation.

We would highly recommend utilizing Melinda for any travel you are contemplating. She will save you money and exceed your expectations.

It was a pleasure working with such a serious professional.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
15 of 39 people found this review helpful
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Worry free Travel with Melinda!

Reviewed By A.S. - Vista, California | Traveled to
In this day of online booking, many people forgo a travel agent but after my wonderful experience with Melinda as my travel agent, I will never again bother with trying to figure travel arrangements out myself. She took care of everything. The hotel she booked for us was not only well within budget but perfectly situated and much nicer than expected near the port the night before our cruise. Our flight arrangements were comfortable and there was no rushing around desperate not to miss any connecting flights. The cruise arrangements were also so marvelous and she was always touching base along the way to make sure everything went off without a hitch. It was one of the most relaxing vacations I have taken and to know all the details were promptly and skillfully handled was such a relief. I will certainly be using Melinda and Winner Destinations for all my future travel needs!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
17 of 43 people found this review helpful
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My Travel Experience

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Customer Testimonials

Great trip to Italy!

Oh my gosh the trip was everything we could have ever wished! We are so grateful for all the time you put into planning this for us. We would always talk about how nice it was to have everything already set up for us. It kept so much unwanted stress away. And the rooms you chose for us were awesome! Completely different from US hotels but so nice! Thank you for choosing such great locations. We would have not been able to find our room in Rome if you didn’t set up the ride for us the driver knew exactly where to go. And the ride to the airport in Venice was a little weird but it got straightened out. The trash boats were parked in the spot where we had to get picked up but they were able to move for us lol so no actual problems everything was great! We definitely love Italy and are excited to take more trips. My husband and I appreciate you so much for making our honeymoon something to remember always! Best adventure yet! :) And the tours were awesome too!

Provided by Mr and Mrs Ochoa