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Carol Rowland

Atlanta, Georgia Travel Agent

An independent agent with Nexion, LLC in Irving, TX, a Travel Leaders Network affiliate agency

Expert in Group Travel Experiences

Hi, I’m Carol Rowland, and I plan group travel experiences for clients who appreciate the travel perks and peace of mind that comes from working with an experienced, passionate travel advisor. My background is a degree in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech and years working in technical sales and management; after many years of corporate life and seeing colleagues get sick or laid off, I realized there was so much more to life than working endlessly — so I founded my agency, Recess 4 Grownups, to help other harried professionals and luxury lovers plan travel escapes that relax, rejuvenate, and instill a sense of wonder about the incredible world around them.

Seamless Group Travel

Traveling abroad together is an incredible way to forge bonds within your group or organization — but planning the travel all by yourself is a hassle. Let me take care of the group travel planning for you. I draw on my nerdy background in industrial engineering and my love of logistics to precisely plan and coordinate group trips that go off without a hitch. You’ll appreciate my attention to detail, and also my creative side that takes over and adds in special surprises, fun experiences, and memorable moments. 

My custom group itineraries are thoroughly researched and seamlessly put together, so that each component of a group trip transitions smoothly … because I know the last thing a group needs when traveling abroad is to rush to make connections or transfers.  I also make sure to combine group activities with plenty of time for individual exploration, to give every member on the trip the chance to delve deep into what most interests them. I am also a Distinctive Voyages Host, handpicked by Travel Leaders Network to host groups of discerning travelers on board some of the finest cruise ships in the industry. 

Customized land tours, ocean cruises and river cruises each offer different ways to travel together, and I’ll help define which travel style best fits your plan or imagination. 

I enjoy the variety of working with different types of groups, so I can offer my experience in planning trips for:

  • Organizations
  • Group of friends
  • Church communities
  • Business Incentive trips
  • Alumni groups
  • Family reunions

Whether you’re traveling with a group of 10 or 200, you’ll benefit from open and clear communication, tested expertise, and a true passion for planning when you work with me.

Client Comments:

Carol at the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland
Carol at the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland

"Trust you've somewhat and/or fully recovered from the trip and all the planning and prep you did to make it an absolutely FANTASTIC experience for all of us. We have heard nothing but totally positive comments and feedback!" 

"Just wanted to let you know that we had a great time in Ireland and all the reservations were fantastic. I heard many compliments among the group about the efficiency and quality of your services. I will certainly keep you in mind if we are planning a big trip again.” 

“Thank you for all your hard work and for being so accommodating!  We had a wonderful, memorable trip; and I would not hesitate to use your services again.  Once again – thank you!”

My Reviews

Fun in Italy

Reviewed By Sue - Woodstock, GA | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
We have been on two trips with Carol and they were both great. She has a way of packing a lot in without making the trip feel too rushed. We are looking forward to our next trip with Carol!
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Best trip ever

Reviewed By thecars - Roswell, GA | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
From the very beginning, Carol was extremely helpful. We have discussed numerous times with friends and explained there is absolutely no way we could have seen all that we did on our own. Just an amazing experience all the way around. We look forward to reaching out to Carol for our next adventure.
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Cool, Calm, and Collected

Reviewed By Richard - Atlanta, GA | Traveled to Israel ~ Middle East
Jill and I are quite happy with our personal experiences with you. Not only are you exceptionally well organized and attentive to detail, your demeanor during the trip was exemplary. You never visibly showed the stress that you must have felt when the circumstances were not what you had planned. You handled the redirection in Petra without missing a beat. Those of us traveling with you never saw you get flustered or anxious. Thank You! You directed us well and we would not hesitate recommending Recess 4 Grownups for travel in the future.
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The best trip of our lives!

Reviewed By T. Stoughton - Atlanta, GA | Traveled to Tel Aviv ~ Israel ~ Middle East
This was a trip of a lifetime and your attention to detail can't be topped!!
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Transformative trip

Reviewed By Adair - Atlanta, Georgia | Traveled to Israel ~ Middle East
Carol made our trip exceptional because of her endless enthusiasm, sensitivity, and attention to detail. It was a "seamless" trip, despite the fact that she was herding 66 people in and out of numbers venues. Each of our destinations was significant and woven into the narrative of our pilgrimage, following the footsteps of Jesus. Carol provided many "extras" that either enhanced our experiences (mud at the Dead Sea!) or eased our manya travel logistics (navigating airports and borders). And Carol's genuinely friendly personality helped a bunch of strangers all mix and mingle and get to know each other.
I would go on another trip with Carol in a heartbeat!
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Awesome trip!!

Reviewed By Nickie - PEACHTREE CORNERS | Traveled to Israel ~ Middle East
Carol was amazing!!! Very detailed, very thoughtful, she added so many

little extras.. Carol made this my trip of a lifetime!!! I still think about it

every day!! She worked sooo hard....don't know how she does it..

One thing I regret is not taking the extra 2 days to go to PETRA!!

I must say....the other travelers on this trip were so nice. Could not ask for a nicer group...

THANKS AGAIN CAROL!

Love ya,

Nickie
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Amazing trip to The Holy Land

Reviewed By CBA - Atlanta | Traveled to Israel ~ Middle East
I went on a recent trip to the Holy Land with Carol and a group from my parish. I was shocked at how smoothly and efficiently the trip unfolded. Every "t" was crossed and "i" was dotted.

Carol is the most organized and thoughtful person. I planned this trip with my sister who lives in another state and she felt so included and ready with all of the communication that Carol provided beforehand. Carol is extremely professional, makes sure the little things are already thought out, and provides an excellent experience for a great value.

I was very impressed with Carol's ability to bring everything together and I will absolutely travel under her direction again. The trip to Israel was a "10 out of 10".
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Holy Land Trip for our 25th anniversary

Reviewed By Michael - Atlanta, GA | Traveled to Israel ~ Middle East
Carol was incredibly well organized, highly communicative and a pleasure to work and travel with! Her trip was a perfect mixture of spiritual and historic sites and her choice of local guides could not have been better.

We hope to travel with her again in the future!
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The Best Trip of our Lives

Reviewed By Mary - New Orleans LA | Traveled to Israel ~ Middle East
Carol goes above and beyond in her organizational skills and efforts to do something extra every day. Her consideration for the travelers shows up in small details that have big yield (like having chilled bottled water on board the bus which is something you forget yourself; more than adequate bathroom stops, keeping track of odd details for each traveler if there was a problem with the room or the needs of an elderly traveler, etc)
Other daily small gifts and details too numerous to mention.
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Best travel agent ever!

Reviewed By COR - Atlanta, GA | Traveled to Israel ~ Middle East
Carol did a fantastic job organizing and coordinating this trip. She preplanned and took care of every possible detail - even things I would never have thought about! She is incredibly organized (and fun).
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The trip was everything I had hoped for!

Reviewed By Jeanne - Atlanta, Georgia | Traveled to Israel ~ Middle East
Thank you Carol for organizing this wonderful trip to Israel. You did an amazing job and we all had such a good time. The spiritual and informative activities you planned were just the right mix. Your attention to detail is unsurpassed! Thanks again! Jeanne
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The Holy Land Pilgrimage

Reviewed By Jan - Atlanta, GA | Traveled to Israel ~ Middle East
Carol was on top of everything from the planning, pre-trip information, to being there and on top of any unexpected event on the trip. Her personable nature made the trip a joy.
She went above and beyond to make sure that we were pleased and comfortable. I’m looking for another trip to take with her.
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Always wanted to visit Israel

Reviewed By Jim Duhig - Sandy Springs (Atlanta), Georgia | Traveled to Israel ~ Middle East
I joined the Holy Land Pilgrimage with Carol Rowland because of a Flyer with all details-Itinerary, Inclusions, Pricing, etc. Then about once a week, I received information about Israel; preparing, money, hotels, phones, packing, shopping, medical services, weather, clothing, luggage, passport, and many other tips and instructions.

Once we arrived, an Itinerary with Scripture relevant to where we will be that day was provided and nicely bound.
Comfortable buses were provided for transport from one city/hotel to the next. We took lots of pictures and after arrival at home, a Goggle service allowed picture sharing.

On the trip, I needed some extra help on some long walks beyond the bus drop. Carol and some of the others were avail to help.
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A great visit to The Holy Land

Reviewed By KPQ traveler - Alexandria , Virginia | Traveled to Jerusalem ~ Israel ~ Middle East
Carol,a trip to the Holy Land has been high on my list for years. Your trip had it all for me, from Nazareth to Bethlehem and of course Jerusalem .Planning, execution, the first class buses, the guides, the places we saw and the dine arounds. Especially enjoyed the Golan Heights and Masada. I am still talking about the Friday evening at the Western Wall and our Shabbat dinner.
I am the world’s pickiest eater and you found good food at every stop. Thank you for all the extras, especially the wine at dinner, hope we did not break the bank drinking your wine.
I came away a very happy traveler, thank you for everything.
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A great visit to The Holy Land

Reviewed By KPQ traveler - Alexandria , Virginia | Traveled to Jerusalem ~ Israel ~ Middle East
Carol,a trip to the Holy Land has been high on my list for years. Your trip had it all for me, from Nazareth to Bethlehem and of course Jerusalem .Planning, execution, the first class buses, the guides, the places we saw and the dine arounds. Especially enjoyed the Golan Heights and Masada. I am still talking about the Friday evening at the Western Wall and our Shabbat dinner.
I am the world’s pickiest eater and you found good food at every stop. Thank you for all the extras, especially the wine at dinner, hope we did not break the bank drinking your wine.
I came away a very happy traveler, thank you for everything.
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Unforgettable pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Reviewed By Thrilled traveler - Roswell, HA | Traveled to Israel ~ Middle East
We went on a pilgrimage with Carol to the Holy Land. Carol made it extra special by ensuring everything was seamless, exclusive and memorable. She spared no expense to put an extra touch on everything. She thinks of things before you even ask for them. She works very hard to ensure you have nothing to worry about except enjoying yourself. We will use Carol for all of our future trips.
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The best trip of my life

Reviewed By Ann Marie - Decatur,GA | Traveled to Israel ~ Middle East
Several months before the trip she helped us to prepare.She suggested the essentials that will be needed.Prepared us for the Mediterranean foods and lifestyle,customs of the people living there.She thought of the last little bitty thing for us to make us comfortable and for us to enjoy this pilgrimage,making our spiritual paths stronger.I really will like to go on the next pilgrimage wirh her.She is a detailed, dedicated, loving and caring person.She did awesone.I am still glowing from all the inspirations,graces I received on this pilgrimage and Carol made this possible.She is the best.
Thank you Carol.
Ann-marie
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Outstanding Trip !

Reviewed By Dave - Atlanta | Traveled to Israel ~ Middle East
We had a very good experience in all areas of our trip to Israel.
From planning,to the day to day travel and site visits, everything was first class !
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We saw it all!

Reviewed By Deb and Dan - ALPHARETTA, GA | Traveled to Israel ~ Middle East
Carol was wonderful to work with before, during and after our trip. She provided us with a lot of very useful information starting several months before we left. Because of her organization and research of the places we saw, we felt totally prepared for the trip. She had every stop on our itinerary planned to a tee and included several cool surprises like a bucket of mud at the Dead Sea, a vow renewal ceremony at the site of the wedding at Cana and little tokens for us as reminders of the places we had been. She packed so much sight seeing into our days, I can't imagine it being any better! She also took tons of pictures along the way. I would recommend her to anyone planning a trip!
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Loved every minute

Reviewed By Meg Valz - Atlanta | Traveled to Israel ~ Middle East
This trip far exceeded our expectations. We feel that every day we said was the highlight of the trip, but then the next day was just as fabulous

The trip was filled with so many exciting destinations, that, when we got home, we felt that we had not missed out on one thing.

It appeared that every single detail had been covered. We would definitely consider another trip with Carol if the destination was on our bucket list.
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Fascinating trip

Reviewed By ? - Smyrna, ga | Traveled to Israel ~ Middle East
Carol is a delightful and thoughtful leader. She filled our trip with special, thoughtful gestures and was so tuned in to details. When (seldom) something was slightly off iternaey, she rolled with the punches, did not panic and got the mix-up fixed! Our guides were wonderful and filled with great historical facts. The scheduling must have been very involved on our Israel trip yet it worked like a charm. I would recommend Carol as both a trip planner and leader and would love to be in her company again.

B. Hanson
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One of our best trips

Reviewed By Ray - PEACHTREE COUNERS, GEORGIA | Traveled to Israel ~ Middle East
This was a once in a lifetime experience that Carol put together. I feel we saw
most everything in Israel and the guides were exceptional. If we were to do another trip I would hope Carol would make the arrangements because I feel she left nothing out.
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Great Travel Experience

Reviewed By Chris - Atlanta, GA | Traveled to Israel ~ Middle East
Carol did a great job organizing and escorting our group of over 65 on our Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. See made sure our requests were honored and wad available anytime. Her proactive communication skills made for a stress-free trip.

I highly recommend Carol.
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Exception job!

Reviewed By JWD - Atlanta | Traveled to
Carol did an exceptional job with our trip. She was incredibly organized in terms of pre trip info and emails as well as keeping us informed while we were in Ireland. I would definitely travel with Carol again
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She was awesome

Reviewed By L. Berg - Atlanta | Traveled to
Carol could not have been a better person to plan our wonderful trip to Ireland. She did everything perfectly down to adding in a few fun surprises. Would definitely use her again.
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Pilgrimage to Ireland

Reviewed By Roses - Atlanta, GA | Traveled to
Her information prior to the trip was very helpful;. Fortunately her prediction of rain did not pan out!! She stayed in touch with us to meet up with the group in Dublin since we came in on a different flight!
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Ireland came alive with Carol's tour!

Reviewed By Marcia - Atlanta, GA | Traveled to
From a pre-planning party to telling us goodbye at the airport, Carol was helpful, informative, cheerful, and made sure our trip went seamlessly. She met us at the airport with a smile on her face and off we went in a luxury bus. Hotels were great and food was superb. She planned extra surprises which made our trip even more fun. We were on a pilgrimmage and all the places we stopped were meaningful and inspiring. She made sure to meet everyone and always was in a great mood. From how much money to bring to what clothes to pack to a complete itinerary, Carol was organized and detail oriented. Thank you, Carol, for a memorable journey through spectacular Ireland.
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The trip ran as smoothly as could be expected

Reviewed By A. Doyle - Atlanta, GA | Traveled to
Carol did an awesome job planning and making the trip run smoothly. She went with the flow and made adjustments when needed. She was really fun and had the right mix of planned activities and free time. Her itinerary was top notch.
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This was a terrific experience

Reviewed By Connelly's - Atlanta | Traveled to
Everything was well planned out, even with the additional spur of the moment additions. The pre trip emails and gathering was extremely helpful and gave needed guidance.
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