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Vessela Smith

Sugar Land, Texas Travel Agent
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Vessela Smith

Vessela Smith

Sugar Land, Texas Travel Agent
AM/FM Leisure & Adventure Travel, a Travel Leaders Network Affiliate Agency
12 Reviews | 100% Recommended
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Adventure & Luxury Travel Specialist

View of Petit Piton in St. Lucia
View of Petit Piton in St. Lucia

Hi, I'm Vessy. I was born and raised in Bulgaria, a small but beautiful Eastern European country. I came to the US when I was 18 years old for college and ended up staying. Currently, my family and I live in Sugar Land, Texas, which is a lovely suburb of Houston.

My original career path was in music, and I have both a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in classical piano performance. After playing concerts and teaching for quite a few years, I went back to school, and became a registered nurse. Yes, this was quite a change ... But I absolutely love helping and working with people, so I thought it was my calling in life.

During all these endeavors, I realized there was always one constant, my great passion for travel. So, I got certified as a travel consultant with The Travel Institute, and I haven't looked back since. Nothing makes me happier than researching new destinations, designing dream itineraries for my clients, or exploring the world myself.

PERSONAL TRAVEL EXPERIENCE

My personal travels include trips to China, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Colombia, Tahiti and French Polynesia, most of Europe, including numerous visits to Italy, France, Ireland, Switzerland, Turkey, and Greece. I've also explored quite a few of the Caribbean Islands and destinations in Mexico, Canada, and most of the United States. My husband, two daughters, and I are avid hikers and skiers. We have hiked in well over half of the US National Parks and skied in a number of resorts throughout the US and Canada.

I'm so excited to hear your travel wishes, and I can't wait to help you plan that trip of a lifetime!

CERTIFICATES & AWARDS

Certified ASTA Travel Agent
Book with Confidence
CTA (Certified Travel Associate)
FRENCH POLYNESIA / TAHITI Specialist
THAILAND Specialist

My Travel Stories

Horses at Gallon Jug Estate
Journey to the Belizean Rainforest
Moorea, The Warm Heart of French Polynesia
Beautiful Santa Marta, Colombia

Belize: In the Heart of the Maya Civilization

The Central American country of Belize is sometimes overlooked as tourists head to the sunny coasts of Mexico and lovely Costa Rica instead. But make no mistake! Belize definitely holds its own when it comes to unique travel experiences.

For those who enjoy sustainable eco-adventures and don't mind a bit of humidity and... Read more from my Belize: In the Heart of the Maya Civilization story.

Moorea, The Warm Heart of French Polynesia

Located in the South Pacific Ocean, French Polynesia is a dream destination for people all over the world. The famous over-water bungalows and pristine turquoise-blue lagoons of Bora Bora are the ultimate beach vacation experience for many sun and sea lovers. And without question, Bora Bora is Paradise on Earth that's hard... Read more from my Moorea, The Warm Heart of French Polynesia story.

Caribbean Bliss in Santa Marta, Colombia

Colombia is a colorful destination that offers incredible cultural experiences and natural beauty. Unfortunately, it is often overlooked by tourists, who are unfamiliar with the country and its people.

After spending some time in Colombia, I am here to tell you, that it is a fantastic choice for your next vacation, whether you like a... Read more from my Caribbean Bliss in Santa Marta, Colombia story.

My Reviews

Rating: 5 12 Reviews | 100% Recommended

The Most Amazing Ski Trip...Period!

Reviewed By Bruce - Farmington Hills, MI | Traveled to Jackson Hole ~ Wyoming ~ USA
Each year I plan a ski trip with family and friends out west. Sometimes my plans go smoothly, but often it turns out to be a hassle. This year I wanted to go skiing in Jackson Hole (Wyoming), and I decided to ask Vessy to help me plan the trip. All I can say is: Why didn't I do this before?! Not only did Vessy plan our trip down to the last detail, but she also found a great deal on an amazing hotel right in Teton Village. Vessy took care of everything, from our airline tickets and airport transfers to accommodations and discounted lift tickets...She even recommended restaurants for us to try while in town. So, I’ve decided…I'm never planning another ski trip by myself again! From now on, I'll let Vessy do all the work, and I'll just go and enjoy my time skiing with family and friends!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Vessela Smith responded:
This truly makes my day! Thank you so much! I had the best time planning your ski trip to Jackson Hole! What a beautiful destination to ski!
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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The Best Beach Getaway Ever!

Reviewed By Natalia - Houston, TX | Traveled to Jamaica ~ Caribbean
I had a great experience booking my vacation to Jamaica with Vessy. She listened carefully to all my requests and ended up getting me exactly what I wanted and needed - a peaceful beach getaway and plenty of authentic food options. I love the fact that Vessy has a huge amount of knowledge about so many destinations, and she is a passionate traveler herself. She truly has a gift when it comes to vacation planning, and her enthusiasm is sure to get you super excited about your trip!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Vessela Smith responded:
Thank you for the kind words, Natalia. I had so much fun planning your dream Jamaican getaway, and I'm really looking forward to working with you again!
6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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Best Caribbean Trip Ever!

Reviewed By Matt - Houston, TX | Traveled to St. Lucia ~ Caribbean
Vessy is the absolute best! She is super enthusiastic about travel, and went above and beyond to plan us an incredible trip! Highly recommend!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Vessela Smith responded:
I am so thrilled you enjoyed your experience, Matt. It was a pleasure working with you and obsessing over all the details of your Caribbean getaway! Looking forward to planning many more adventures and happy times for you and your family!
8 of 13 people found this review helpful
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Vessy is so helpful for your travels!

Reviewed By T. Brennan - Klamath Falls, OR | Traveled to Istanbul ~ Turkey ~ Middle East
Vessy was fantastic, detail oriented, and went above and beyond to make sure every detail of our trip was addressed and taken care of. She helped us with things we didn't even know we needed help with, and thank Goodness for that. I would highly recommend her for all your travel needs, no question!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Vessela Smith responded:
Thank you so much! It was my pleasure to help plan your fun trip to Istanbul! Looking forward to working with you again soon! :-)
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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Best family vacation ever!

Reviewed By Omar H. A. - Houston, TX | Traveled to Playa Del Carmen ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Before working with Vessy, our experiences going to the beach and staying in resorts were pretty average - too noisy, bad room, waiting too long to check in, bad food, lack of good activities for children, etc. Not to mention, figuring out and arranging all the details ourselves was so overwhelming and daunting.
Working with Vessy has completely changed our concept of a family vacation. She always asked us the right questions and understood exactly what we needed. She went above and beyond to arrange every detail (like making sure we had a proper child seat in the shuttle from the airport). Unlike our previous vacations, everything went so smoothly this time around, and we are looking forward to getting Vessy’s help again for our next vacation!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Vessela Smith responded:
Dear Omar, I'm so happy everything went as planned ... And I'm very excited to help you put together your next family vacation!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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Italy

Reviewed By Sunshine - Oregon | Traveled to Bari ~ Italy ~ Europe
She was a delight to work with and so very helpful and responsive ! She made things so easy for us. Couldn't be happier with her service!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Vessela Smith responded:
Thank you so much! So glad I was able to help you out! :)
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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Bari Italy

Reviewed By LLC - Oregon | Traveled to Bari ~ Italy ~ Europe
She was wonderful. Very prompt to respond abs so gracious in helping us work through our travels for the first time to Europe. In these questionable times of travel she made us feel like we were in good hands and we so appreciated it !
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Vessela Smith responded:
Thank you so much for these kind words! It was a pleasure working with you on this incredible trip to beautiful Italy!
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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A Travel Agent Who Listens and Cares

Reviewed By Suzanne, Ida and Bob - Sugar Land, TX | Traveled to Rapid City ~ South Dakota ~ USA
Vessy immediately addressed our needs regarding round trip flights and car rental. She took extra efforts to modify our plans to make them even more flexible, financially reasonable, and logical than we originally envisioned. She was always accessible, patient, and efficient in answering all of our numerous questions and always offered helpful alternatives when appropriate. We would definitely recommend Vessy for future travelers, whether they be novices or seasoned veterans. She relieved all the stress inherent in planning our trip, and we will gladly consult her again for future travels.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Vessela Smith responded:
Dear Suzanne, Ida and Bob, It was truly a pleasure working with you. Thank you for trusting me with your travel plans! You are always welcome to call, text, and e-mail whenever you need me...Or just to say "hi."
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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Holiday Disney- From Overwhelming to AWESOME

Reviewed By Andrea - Houston, Texas | Traveled to Orlando ~ Florida ~ USA
Vessy was amazing and went above and beyond in helping us plan a Disney trip over the holidays! The ever-changing protocols and even a rollout of the new Disney app didn’t stop her from flawlessly arranging our trip and getting all the answers we needed from Disney. Our lodging, flights, transportation, and experiences are expertly planned and now we can relax and enjoy!! Thank you Vessy! Will post amazing pictures when we get back!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Vessela Smith responded:
Thank you so much, dear Andrea! I had the best time planning and putting together your fun family trip to Disney World. I am so looking forward to hearing all about it and seeing the special moments you have captured!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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Best trip of our lives :)

Reviewed By Deni - Pittsford, NY | Traveled to Punta Cana ~ Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
We had a great experience working with Vessy. She suggested a wonderful all-inclusive resort she had personally visited. She booked our flights for our requested dates, a great suite in the hotel, transportation to and from the hotel, as well as insurance. She called the hotel with special notes and requests. When our return flight time was changed to a later time, she was the first one to know and found an even better alternative for our return - she got us to an airport closer to home arriving still at the original time. Vessy gave us information on travelling during Covid and all the forms we needed to fill. She also gave suggestion on things to do around the resort. The experience with her was great! All we had to do was provide her with a credit card, and she took care of everything. The prices that she provided for the resort for us were better than any prices we could have found by ourselves. We were happy customers and had the best spring break. We will work with her again!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Vessela Smith responded:
I am beyond thrilled you all had a great spring break, Deni! Thank you for taking the time to write this amazing review. I can't wait to start working on your next vacation! :-)
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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Punta Cana - Majestic Colonial

Reviewed By Happy Vacationer - Rochester, NY | Traveled to Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
This was the most relaxing vacation I've ever been on. A lot of that has to do with the Majestic Colonial resort in Punta Cana. And a lot has to do with Vessi planning every aspect of our trip. I could not have been happier with this trip, Vessi planned every last detail for us, as well as the suggesting this fabulous resort. We can't wait to go again next year. I can't recommend her enough! Thank you so much Vessi for creating a great vacation and a great family memory for us...... ON TO THE NEXT VACATION!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Vessela Smith responded:
Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your experience! It will be my great pleasure to work with all of you again! Onto the next adventure! :-)
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A Life Changing Trip

Reviewed By Audrey - Asheville, NC | Traveled to Kenya ~ Africa
Vessy is an amazing human being and she is so good at what she does. She made my upcoming trip almost stress free and she took care of everything. She always responded right away, even late at night and even tried to help complete my visas. She is 100% trustworthy and will take all the stress away for you to be able to go on your trip with no worries. I will be using her services for every trip from now on and she is very affordable for what she does. I would pay her more since she spends so much time planning and helping book everything for her clients. Thank you so much Vessy! We leave in a week and I am so pumped????
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Vessela Smith responded:
Thank you so much, dear Audrey! I had a lot of fun working with you on this amazing trip! I'm definitely looking forward to doing it again soon! :-)
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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