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Katharine Gonzales

San Marcos, California Travel Agent

An independent agent with Dugan's Travels in Los Alamos, NM, a Travel Leaders Network affiliate agency

Tropical & All-Inclusive Travel Specialist

My promise is to provide you with pristine customer service, outstanding value, and confidence in a hassle-free vacation experience.

Pristine customer service means that I am available to help you with every detail of the process and will act as your advocate should you have a problem during your trip. My motto is that "I work for you, not the supplier." I am dedicated to delivering you the vacation experience of a lifetime!

Since 2011, I have been an exclusive Travel Consultant for Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa, Sierra Lago Resort, and Villa Del Palmar Cancun - three of the most beautiful luxury resorts in Puerto Vallarta and Cancun.

Booking hundreds of packages has allowed me to develop great relationships with the hotel staff. This ensures I can provide you with exclusive deals, better prices, amenities and upgrades, and personalized assistance during your trip that would otherwise not be available to you.

Points or no points, I am available to help you maximize your budget, and will work for you to negotiate or find the best travel package that fits your needs. 

I love helping people realize their vacation dreams and providing high-quality personalized travel service before, during, and after to ensure the trip exceeds your expectations.

Travel By JK located near San Diego specializes in leisure and luxury travel to Hawaii, Mexico, the Caribbean, as well as various all-inclusive resorts.

Let me put our years of experience and relationships to work creating your next getaway.

Client Testimonials

View of Kaanapali Beach Maui taken Oct 10 2015
View of Kaanapali Beach Maui taken Oct 10 2015

The best way to really show you my level of service is to share what my clients say:

"Kathy - It is our last night in New York, the trip has been perfect! Thank you so much for the champagne surprise! The transportation to our hotel was so easy...we felt like millionaires. My husband said that he wants you to plan all of our future trips." - The Floyds, October 2014.

"TRAVEL BY JK is the best in the business! Katharine found me a great deal on my trip to Geneva, Switzerland for hundreds less than what the discount travel sites were offering! She handled all the details, from A-Z (including insurance). With every qu

My Reviews

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Best 50th birthday cruise ever!

Reviewed By Julie G - San Diego | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA
Kathy is awesome! She is very responsive, knowledgeable and organized. She takes time to listen to your needs and handles literally everything!! I felt completely stress free heading out on this vacation because Kathy is so detailed. She even came to my house to review everything. She gave me a binder with everything from tickets, itineraries, excursions. I can't say enough about how great she is!! Plus she's just really nice and fun to talk to!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Katharine Gonzales responded:
Julie it’s an honor and privilege to work with such great people! It was fun to sit down with you all to make sure I had included something for everyone. I love doing the research and seeing that all components of ones trip is stress-free! Thank you again for choosing Travel By JK and hope to work with you in the future!
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Trip of a life time

Reviewed By Lea - Escondido, California | Traveled to China ~ East and Southeast Asia
Kathy was always available to answer all of my questions. She worked with me to find the best tours for what I was intrested in period Kathy didn't mind all of the many changes my traveling partner and I had. Best of all, she brought over everything in paper form which worked out perfectly because in China my phone died and I would have had no way of knowing how to get in touch with any of the tour people.
Cathy booked my plane ticket so that I was with my friend who had already booked.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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An unforgettable trip

Reviewed By Isabel P. - San Diego, CA | Traveled to Los Cabos ~ Baja California Sur ~ Mexico
Katharine has been amazing! She took care of everything for us, answered all of our questions and provided amazing service. We absolutely loved our stay in Cabo at the Dream Resort which was recommended by her. Would definitely recommend her to anyone! Thanks so much again!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Katharine Gonzales responded:
Thank you Isabel – I am so glad you all had a wonderful time in Cabo and I look forward to working with you in the future.
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Cabo Mexico, Cheers to 40!!!

Reviewed By Anita and Jeremy - San Marcos CA | Traveled to Cabo San Lucas ~ Baja California Sur ~ Mexico
Katharine made everything so easy and simple for us. We travel a lot but never used an agent before, this was our first time and I have to say it was the best experience and most STRESS FREE time for us! she got us the best price, printed, hand delivered us our whole itinerary hotel info, boarding passes, recommended activities and even checked us in to our flights the day before there and back (AWESOME!!) she does it all and she thinks of everything. I would recommend her to to all my friends and family. thank you for everything Kathy, we really appreciate you!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Katharine Gonzales responded:
Anita - That’s the part I love the most-researching various destinations & properties to best suite my client’s needs, requests, and do my best to see you have a stress-free vacation. Your pictures were beautiful! Now that you are familiar with the various services Travel By JK can provide, I look forward to working with you in the future. Thank you again for taking the time to review my services!
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Great vacation

Reviewed By Ro - Carlsbad, california | Traveled to Hawaii Island ~ Hawaii ~ USA
Katherine helped out family book a wonderful Hawaain vacation. She was efficient and very responsive. She hand delivered our travel packet and answeredall our questions. I would recommend her
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Katharine Gonzales responded:
Miller Family - It was an honor and privilege to work with such great people! Thank you again for choosing Travel By JK and hope to work with you in the future!
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Best trip ever!

Reviewed By Gonzo - San Marcos Ca | Traveled to Cabo San Lucas ~ Baja California Sur ~ Mexico
Our trip to Dreams in Cabo was amazing! Kathy made it so easy she handled all the arrangements from booking flights,checking us in, transportation from airport to resort and back and all paperwork delivered to us days before departure. Kathy was also very knowledgeable about the resort giving us tons of info and what to expect upon arrival. It was so easy thanks to Kathy and her personal touches! We will always use Kathy when planning trips in the future!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Katharine Gonzales responded:
Lisa - it was my pleasure working with you both! I'm so glad everyone had a fantastic time- loved the pictures! Thank you for taking the time to review my services! I appreciate the wonderful review and I hope to work with you again soon.
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Gorgeous Beaches!

Reviewed By Kristin - San Marcos, CA | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
I love working with Kathy when planning vacations and trips! She provides several options for accommodations and timing and then works through the details with me until we have the best plan in place for the best price.

I like that she checks me into my flights before we leave and the return flights while we are on vacation - that's a huge stress relief!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Katharine Gonzales responded:
Hi Kristin, It was my pleasure arranging your Cancun Getaway and hope to work with you again! From the pictures you shared, looks like the three of you had a great time exploring Cancun and surrounding areas.
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Gorgeous view

Reviewed By Brian - San Diego, California | Traveled to Cabo San Lucas ~ Baja California Sur ~ Mexico
From checking into the airport to the beautiful suite, we were very pleased with the service and understanding Katherine gave us. She knows the Cabo area very well and gave us a wonderful experience.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Honeymoon

Reviewed By Ramirez - San Marcos CA | Traveled to Hawaii Island ~ Hawaii ~ USA
I would recommend Kathy to anyone that wants a hassle free vacation. She definitely made my honeymoon a memorable experience.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Katharine Gonzales responded:
I am so glad you enjoyed your honeymoon and I look forward to working with you in the future
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trouble free

Reviewed By tony t - mountain home , arkansas | Traveled to San Diego ~ California ~ USA
personal service, pleasant, professional. great experience
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Katharine Gonzales responded:
Thank you Tony for the kind words. I am so glad you enjoyed your vacation and I look forward to working with you in the future
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Spontaneous trip 5 stars

Reviewed By CK - Escondido, California | Traveled to San Diego ~ California ~ USA
Kathy was awesome booking our stay cation. She listened to our needs to where exactly where we wanted to be in downtown San Diego. All the hotels were booked due to a convention. We called Kathy the night before we were going down there. She found us a great hotel. My husband & I were completely satisfied. I recommend Kathy to everyone. We are currently booking another trip to Belize with her. She is always very pleasant & personable.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Katharine Gonzales responded:
Christina it's always a pleasure working with you! Look forward to your next adventure. Great job at the "Bubble Run!
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Simple and informative.

Reviewed By Ron - Poway, CA | Traveled to
Katharine was a great travel agent. We will definitely be using her again, and reccomend her to anyone looking to plan their next vacation. Katharine made planning our honeymoon easy and stress free. She asked us what it was we were looking for and gave us exactly what we were looking for. She is very informative and will answer any questions you have about your trip. Any thing you need for your trip, just let her know and she will help yoolu out.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Disneyland Adventure made easy by Kathy

Reviewed By LG - San Marcos Ca | Traveled to
Kathy was amazing! We let here know that my family and I wanted to attend Mickeys Halloween party and stay over night and visit California Adventure the next day. We gave her possible dates we could do, told her we wanted to stay at one of their hotels that had a pool and we could just park and walk everywhere.She contacted us quickly with dates, times and pricing! It was so easy gave her our credit card number and was all done! She delivered all the info/paperwork we needed and we were set! We all had a GREAT time! Mickeys Halloween party was a blast!! lots of rides and candy!!! Then we went back to our room at Paradise Pier and could see the Light/water show at California Adventure and it was amazing! Then the next day we were onto California Adventure! Such a great family fun vacation! We defiantly will use Kathy again and recommend her to friends and family!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Kathy made the trip planning easy.

Reviewed By Andy. - Rancho Santa Fe, CA. | Traveled to
Kathy knowledge of planning a trip is excellent. My wife and I had an enjoyable and relaxing trip. The airlines, accommodations and sight seeing adventures were perfect. We have used Kathy in the past and I will use her for future trips.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Best Family Vacation Ever!

Reviewed By The Menehune - San Diego, CA | Traveled to
Part of my vacation was letting Kathy plan the trip for us. I usually stress over all the research so it was nice to let go of that aspect and let Kathy plan our trip. By providing her with some of our basic wants and needs for our family vacation she was able to quickly provide us with multiple options and itineraries for our trip. Once our package was selected Kathy continued to provide us with information to help us plan our daily activities such as on-site restaurant options with menus, local maps, children's activities, spa options, etc. Whenever I had questions I emailed Kathy and always received a same day response, usually within an hour. Anyone who has been to the Aulani Disney Resort in Hawaii knows that the amount of options for room types, activities, rentals, restaurants, etc seems endless. Working with Kathy I was impressed with her knowledge about all the different options available to us during our stay. I feel like she really helped us maximize our vacation experience by getting the most out of our time spent there.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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She is the best!

Reviewed By vickiepf - San Diego | Traveled to
Katharine was so helpful in helping me plan my trip to Central America. I have never traveled there before and was a little gun shy about booking my own travel and she was so knowledgeable and helpful and the trip was a smooth as can be.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland was a big success!

Reviewed By Kelly Family - Escondido, Ca | Traveled to
We have been thinking about this family halloween trip for a whole year and it finally came true! We reached out to Kathy before the halloween tickets went on sale and know they sell out fast, so we were anxiously waiting. The whole process was easy...we gave her two sets of dates that worked for us and our credit card. Before we knew it we had a hotel room at Disney's Paradise Pier, admission tickets to Mickey's Party, and tickets to California Adventure. In total we had 11 in our party (5 adults, 6 kids, and 3 rooms) and everyone had a blast. Hoping that this will be our new family tradition. A big thanks to Kathy for making the process easy!
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Fabulous trip to Fall in New England

Reviewed By Joe - San Marcos, CA | Traveled to
We put ourselves completely in Katherine's competent hands and she did not dissapoint. Everything was taken care of ahead of time and all we had to do was enjoy ourselves.
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Easy Peasy!

Reviewed By Kristin - San Marcos (San Diego) CA | Traveled to
Kathy knew the in's and out's of planning our Disney trip and provided insight as to when to book and what days we should do which parks. She got our hard-to-come-by tickets for the popular Mickey's Halloween Party and booked corresponding dates for us at the Disney hotel Paradise Pier. She knew in advance that the pool was being remodeled and had given us notes that we would be able to use the Disneyland Hotel Pool (short walk, two big slides!). She alerted me that the hotel parking garage was without an elevator so to park on the first floor or drop off bags first. All of these small details made the check-in process go very smoothly! The hotel she booked for us was perfect for our vacation and our three families were able to be close to each other on the same floor in the hotel as she had requested on our behalf. As always, Kathy was diligent and timely!
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Quick and Easy!

Reviewed By JAG - San Diego, CA | Traveled to
At the last minute I decided to take my kids and mom to Disney Land. I was very busy at work, and didn't have time to do all the research. I contacted Kathy and within a few hours she had pricing options and packages for me to review. I selected a package that included hotel and park hopper tickets. I got even more than I had expected! (Luggage tags and special 60th anniversary pins and discounts). I don't think I would had the same experience booking on my own. Plus, it saved me a lot of time. I would use Kathy again; absolutely!
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Awesome

Reviewed By Rick - Vista, Calif | Traveled to
This was a dream trip for my wife and I. I had many reservations as to how could something we had dreamed about come to reality without some bump in the road. As and architect I always planned for the unexpected. I must say all my apprehension was for not from leaving our house going to Alaska to coming home all went without the slightest bump in the road. Everything detail Kathy had planned went together without any hiccup. Our next trip I will completly leave in Kathy's hands once we determine where we're going, when we go, what we want to see and when we want to return home. With that I know I'll have another 4000 trip photos and memories to last a lifetime. Thanks Kathy, kudos for your knowledge and work on our behalf!
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Fantastic planning

Reviewed By Party of 4 - Rancho Santa Fe, CA | Traveled to
Thank You Travel by JK for organizing such a great weekend in San Francisco for us to celebrate Alex's 21st birthday and the end of my spring break and the beginning of his. Everything this weekend was perfect and on point. We could not have asked for a better weekend!
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Awesome in every way!

Reviewed By Mwotkyns - Austin, TX | Traveled to
Katharine Gonzales made planning our big family trip to Hawaii a breeze. She was extremely knowledgeable and helped with all of our family's special circumstances - (traveling with an infant and a person with a disability). She found us a perfect condo with a view of the ocean and walking distance to the beach. Best Hawaii vacation ever! Our 4 year old still talks about it - almost every day. :) If you are looking for a knowledgeable, helpful and just plain awesome travel agent - Katherine Gonzales is it!
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Disneyland adventure

Reviewed By Party of 5 - San Marcos ca | Traveled to
Kathy made our last minute trip to Disneyland/California Adventure so easy and fun! She was able to get us a room at paradise pier with an amazing view of the park, early admission to the parks, breakfast with characters with a birthday surprise for our boys. She printed all our documents so we didn't have to do anything! It was an amazing trip that we will never forget! We are planning another vacation back east and have Kathy working on that also. She is amazing!
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Last minute arrangements made with such ease!

Reviewed By Betsy - Vista, California | Traveled to
I had decided to participate in the Los Angeles Run for Her Cure for Ovarian Cancer in November 2014 at the last minute. I called Katharine Gonzales to see if she could find lodging for myself and my husband. She did it with such ease, she suggested several properties explaining what amenities they had and price range and the distance from the race venue. With all the information that I now had at my finger tips she was able to book our hotel so close to the main event that we could just walk over there!! She suggested several restaurants in the area and pointed out the famous Farmers Market to us along with the Holocaust Museum. We had such a good time that I plan on participating in the Run for Her again next year. Thank you :)
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Helped plan a trip to the bay area which was a blast

Reviewed By Moosh - United States | Traveled to
Very knowledgeable and got great rates and service would definitely book again with Kathy again.
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Helpful and easy

Reviewed By Trimble Family - San Marcos, Ca. | Traveled to
Kathy made our trip to Hawaii even better! Having been to Hawaii numerous times before, I really wasn't sure what Kathy could help us with other then the chore of having to do the booking ourself but the upgrade to the Ocean view room was breathtaking (we had only had an ocean view room in the past if we paid a lot extra for it) and the shuttle to and from the airport made things so much easier and stress free. When the hotel made a mistake with our room, Kathy had the problem fixed right away and even got them to waive the resort fee for our trouble. Now, just a month after our trip, we are already using her again to book our next trip!
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Great servive

Reviewed By tony - Oceanside, Ca. | Traveled to
The personal attention was over the top. From hand delivering my boarding passes to personally calling the rental car place, the hotel, they all treated me special. Five Star service. Will absolutely use Katherine again.
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