Donna Dowden

Somis, California Travel Agent

An independent agent with TerraMar Travel, Inc in Hemet, CA, a Travel Leaders Network affiliate agency

Aussie/South Pacific & Cruise Specialist

The quote “People don't take trips, trips take people” describes how I feel about travel. When planning a client's vacation, I keep this quote in mind and book a trip based on your vision of the perfect trip to create memories of a lifetime.

One of the benefits I bring to my clients, beyond certifications, is a fresh perspective and high level of excitement based on many years of travel experience throughout the U.S.. and abroad.

Having traveled to Europe, Australia, enjoyed cruises from Tahiti to Alaska and traveled extensively throughout the US, I use my experience to navigate clients through the many details of travel such as:

  • Passports
  • Money exchange
  • Air and ground transportation
  • Booking tours, and
  • Selecting the perfect accommodations.

Whether you are looking to see black bears in Juneau, grizzlies in Alaska, snorkel off the Napali coast of Kauai, or road trip to the National Parks in the US, you will benefit from my understanding of what is involved when it comes to booking hotels, making national park reservations, choosing the best time of year to travel, and seasonal attractions and activities.

My focus is finding exceptional travel values and sharing ideas, insights, and advice, with a personal touch to help make the planning process stress free.

Why I Am Qualified

As with any profession, continuing education is required in the travel industry to stay current with travel trends. I have completed the comprehensive Princess Cruise Academy coursework achieving the highest level of Princess Commodore. In addition, I am a Certified Freestyle Specialist with Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), which is the forerunner of "freestyle" cruising. I am able to assist you with all the layers necessary to find that dream cruise vacation.

Also, I am an Aussie Certified Specialist through the Australia Tourism Board, which consists of several courses detailing the continent of Australia. I have also traveled to th

My Reviews

Experience the best of Italy in 12 days

Reviewed By Mr Leisure - Tustin, Ca. | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
When we gave Donna the places in Italy we were interested in visiting, she gave us numerous options and recommendations? Once we had decided on our tour, Donna worked hard to get us the best tour at the lowest price. Then Donna worked very hard at getting the lowest airfares possible. We wanted to schedule our trip about 10 months in advance to take advantage of special offers and Donna provided a monthly payment plan so our tour would be paid in full before our departure. We choose a Globus tour of Italy which included Rome, Florence, Venice, Pisa, Capri and Pompeii.
The tour was fast pase, our tour director and various local tour guides were all very knowledgeable and friendly and we enjoyed every location we visited. By the way, we never stood in line at any location as Globus had preferred entrance into all of the sites including the Vatican.
We would highly recommend Donna for all aspects of travels. She's very knowledgeable and makes sure the details are covered.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Donna Dowden responded:
I'm glad you enjoyed your vacation and it was a pleasure to help you plan this wonderful journey.
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A Carefree Trip

Reviewed By Jan - Ventura, California | Traveled to France ~ Europe
From start to finish, our vacation in France was carefree and enjoyable due to Donna Dowden's excellent service and expertise as a travel planner. In the planning stage, she shared with us her personal experiences in France, and recommended various activities and places to visit. She was also open to our particular interests, and researched excursions and activities that she felt would be to our liking. She made excellent suggestions, and worked with us on all aspects of our travel arrangements and accommodations. There was not one part of our trip that she did not consider.

I highly recommend Donna to anyone who wants carefree travel.

Janet Koch
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Donna Dowden responded:
Thank you for your kind words; it was truly a pleasure helping you with your vacation in France. I look forward to assisting you in the future!
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Donna is the best!

Reviewed By Lyhn - Lakewood, CA | Traveled to
Donna was amazing to work with. She helped our group of 19 passengers have an amazing time on our 5 day cruise. She was very knowledgeable and so proactive with all the planning and paperwork. She's easy to talk to her response time was lightning quick if we had any questions. She's sweet and totally responsible for our unforgettable trip. Thank you, Donna!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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My group cruise wouldn't have been possible without Donna!

Reviewed By Stana - Campbell CA | Traveled to
Donna Dowden made my "30th Bday bash" dream come true. She was so knowledgeable and helpful about picking which cruise would be the best to accommodate me and my 19 friends, and then just took over! Booked us the best cabins on the cruise, constantly updating me and my friends about the best specials and options. Once booked, she took care of EVERYTHING! Including special decorations for certain cabins, informing us about excursions and any hidden options we didn't know about (such as faster to the fun package and local activities) Me and my entire group knew we would have fun, but coordinating this big of a group would have been impossible without her guidance. She truly made it a seamless experience from start to finish! THANK YOU and looking forward to booking out next trip!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Imagination cruise

Reviewed By Armida - Camarillo, CA | Traveled to
I went on this cruise along with about 20 other people for a friend's birthday bash and had the most positive experience seeing it all up. Donna walked us through the entire process and made everything goof proof so that we had no issues and only had to concentrate on having a great time!! Which we did!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Best Travel Agent

Reviewed By P - San Jose | Traveled to
Donna made this trip planing easy and fun. We had a very large group of people with a lot of questions and concerns. She made sure every individual was ready for this trip without a hassle. She even helped us fill out paper work and plan activities. We could not have asked for a friendlier and more helpful travel agent. Donna really went above and beyond for every singe individual. We even recommended our friends that plan to go on another trip to Donna.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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A Five Star Experience

Reviewed By Lani - Los Angeles, CA | Traveled to
I hired Donna Dowden to book a one week cruise to Mexico on Princess Cruise lines this past December. I could not have had a more positive and pleasant experience. Organizing travel details can be stressful and time consuming, but Donna made everything easy--even fun! I must say it was the most stress free vacation I have ever planned. I told her what I was looking for and she really went above and beyond to ensure I had a great experience. From arranging a fantastic mini-suite with full ammentities (complementary mini bar, welcome bottle of champagne, complimentary chocolate covered strawberries, and exclusive invitations to gatherings with the ship's captain) her attention to even the smallest detail made my trip a truly memorable experience. Aside from the room, Donna reccommended and made arrangements for some amazing shore excursions. One such recommendation was in Puerta Viarta to see the humpback whales through a group called EcoTours. This is a group of marine biologists who take small groups out to see the whales during migration season. The specialized tour was educational and offered a unique opportunity to see the whales up close and I got some great pics. This was truly a once in a lifetime experience and had it not been for Donna's knowledge and expertise I would have missed out on a great opportunity. Throughout the entire process Donna was great, patiently answering all of my questions and offering suggestions to enhance my vacation. I never had to worry about a single thing. Any issues or concerns I had I could take to her and she always followed through and took care of everything so that my week long cruise was truly relaxing and enjoyable. I will definitely hire Donna again to book my next vacation, and the one after that as well. After such a great experience, I do not think I will ever go back to the endless, anxiety inducing hours of searching online for vacation packages and deals.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Her research was so through. Excellent, useful info provided prior to trip.

Reviewed By Deeds - Fountain Valley, CA (Southern CA, the "OC") | Traveled to
I've traveled the world and our experience with Donna was great! Stress-free. The recommended property was gorgeous! . Donna frequently communicated with us to ensure we knew what to expect and took care of all the details. We appreciate her personal touches and received a gift basket of goodies before departure. We were so impressed! We have already recommended her services to friends.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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