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Carolyn Sandgren (Kempf)

Cape Girardeau, Missouri Travel Agent
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Carolyn Sandgren (Kempf)

Cape Girardeau, Missouri Travel Agent
A Full-Service Travel Leaders Associate Agency
21 Reviews | 100% Recommended
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You Can't Google Experience

Nothing like going back Home - Mt. Hood Oregon
Nothing like going back Home - Mt. Hood Oregon

I started in service industry and a high work ethic at the age of 12.  The daughter of a Pastor the life lesson was instilled my work ethic is a direct reflection of my character and belief system.  I received a degree in Hospitality and Tourism and began my career in the Hotel industry working for Hilton Hotels in Portland Oregon, The Adolphus Hotel in Dallas Texas while getting a second degree in Theology from Christ for the Nations.  After graduating from CFNI.org I moved to Hawaii where I expanded my skill set to include management in the hospitality and tourism field. I always had the travel bug so my career as a consultant with a Hawaiian Wholesale company who trained retail travel agents in selling Hawaiian products was the perfect fit.  Life took me to the Midwest where I found a real void in travel consulting companies, thus Elite Travel Inc. was born in 1992. 

But this is not really about me it is about you and what you want and need.  My goal is to select guests who appreciate my over 40 years of travel experience and want a long term friendship and relationship and someone who will guide them with expert advice.

I know there is a real trend in consulting to charge fees,  but I still like the traditional way of doing consulting free for the consumer and allow the reputable vendors compensate our agency for the time and recommendation.  I invest 70+ hours a week servicing my travel friends because I love what I do. Along with my team of 12 staff members to ensure everything is flawless. And I love being there with you every step of the way.

AWARDS: I have won almost every award there is in the travel industry. It is nice to be recognized my your peers and clients.  But non of these matter if at the end of the day the people I plan vacations for have not had a unique and special memory from the trip I recommended.  But if you want to know the awards I have won I'll list a few: Top 25 travel agent in the Nation, Peoples Choice awards 13 years, Delta Airlines Diamond, AP Leisure Group Gold, Mark TVL Gold, Silver and Bronze.  Top 50 selected Jamaican Specialist and honestly top awards from most major travel vendors in the industry.  However, I am most proud of the A+ Better Business Bureau rating and receiving the BBB Torch award as President/Travel Expert  of Elite Travel Inc  www.elite-trips.com 

Life is short I want to spend each day planning trips for people who enjoy my style of consulting which includes a honest recommendation of what fits what they are looking for and a mutual respect of returning phone calls, and honest feed back of likes and dislikes and discussion about fair and honest pricing and value.

I try and always explain the difference between value and price.  I feel great about my track record with a 99% customer satisfaction..

So there it is.  Am I the right fit for you?  I don't know but I would love to meet you and chat about what is important to you in vacation planning and if my style does not fit- I have some great team mates each with their own distinct personalities who may be the perfect match.

  • Hobbies: Travel - duh! I work really hard but also travel to stay current
  • Wine and Foodie (yes I like to take pictures of my food and post it)
  • Theater  (I'm an addict from Kinky Boots to Phantom to Avenue Q)
  • Watching House Hunters international and Travel Channel
  • Avid pet lover from fish, hermit crabs and dogs and cats I adopt for life
  • Art Galleries with a love for wine without all the drama
  • Photography I'm wicked good with an I phone
  • History especially if it ties into a faith based story
  • Collecting cheap art and trinkets from my travel abroad

 Destination List:

  • Jamaica- Probably 70+ times
  • Mexico Various Destinations - Most tourist cities 100+times
  • Cancun, Alcapulco,Xtapa,Hutulco,Cabo San Lucas, Sea of Cortez, Cozumel, Mayan Riviera,
  • Hawaii - Lived there - additional Visits 15+ times
  • Costa Rica  3 times
  • Ireland  2 times
  • Scotland 1 time -Certification program
  • Las Vegas 30+ times
  • New York  20+ times
  • Chicago  7+ times
  • Minneapolis & Mall of Americas 7+
  • Mt. Rushmore area - 20+
  • Cruises- too many to count
  • Disney World 15+ times
  • Iceland
  • Canada - Vancouver, Victoria, Niagara on the Lake, all along the Us. Canada Border 
  • 42 of the States
  • Grand Canyon 5+ times, Lake Tahoe, Grand Canyon 5+, Phoenix, Reno
  • San Francisco - Alcatrez  then to the Sequoias
  • Belize Aruba Antigua St. Lucia Barbados Curacao Lesser Antilles  Puerto Rico Honduras  Panama
  • Wales
  • Lets not forget Galveston Texas

Zillions of other places......Not room to post them all.  But I have booked and certified in almost everyplace in the world

With over four decades in the travel industry I learned You can't Google experience. The reality is "Travel is not between places, It's between people." This ideology is how I approach each travel request, no matter how big or small. It is about the person and the experience you need for that particular trip. You cannot get that level of commitment, service or responsiveness from the Internet.

 

My moral compass i

My moral compass is founded on strict adherence to guiding principals:

  • Offer vacation products of the highest caliber
  • Never compromise superior customer service

These principals have brought national recognition for service and products, leading the way for the highest of industry recognition and awards year after year. 

In addition I and my team travel extensively so we can make expert recommendations. I learn the culture, find opportunities to enhance my clients travel experience and create custom packages which uniquely fit each interest.

Giving back to the community is paramount for me and helping other succeed.  I am active in Sponsorships, volunteerism where ever I travel. 

CERTIFICATES & AWARDS

Top 25 Travel Agent in the Nation
Top Producing Cancujn Agent - MLT Vacations
Jamaican Touris Board Top Producer
500 Club - Silver Status
Peoples Choice Travel Agency 14 years in a Row

My Reviews

Rating: 4.9 21 Reviews | 100% Recommended

Best trip ever besides Mediterranean cruise

Reviewed By Dana - Cape Girardeau , MO | Traveled to Hawaii ~ USA
Carolyn and her staff are friendly and quite knowledgeable about travel destinations. Carolyn treats you like one of her family members and always seeks out the best travel destinations for her clients. She’s available 24/7 to aid her clients if something happens on their trips.she is wonderful to work with.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Carolyn Sandgren (Kempf) responded:
How kind, thank you so much for your kind words! We appreciate your vote of confidence
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The “honeymoon” we always wanted... 25 yrs later.

Reviewed By One Happy Traveler - Fort Worth TX | Traveled to St. Thomas ~ Virgin Islands ~ Caribbean
I will never ever use another agent again! Carolyn went above and beyond in making our dream vacation a seamless perfect reality. She arranged everything from point A to Z! And added little tips of advice on our stay that I would never have thought of. I have and will continue to recommend her to all my friends and some strangers (when I overhear anyone talking of vacation).
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Carolyn Sandgren (Kempf) responded:
Thanks for spreading the word - I am so glad you finally had the delayed Honeymoon! Here is to a lifetime of love, laughter!
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To Rome/Tuscany Sustainable Food Tour.

Reviewed By SAS - Damascus, OR | Traveled to Rome ~ Italy ~ Europe
Our family appreciates Carolyn SANDGREN (Kempf) as a travel expert for many reasons, but the main reason is because she is a Travel Expert. She seeks out the best options for her clients, she will do research by travelling to these destinations as a research-work related fact finder to make sure they actually stand by what they offer her clients. She listened to us if we had any concerns about our trip, the location, the political concerns we have now days, the best bang for the buck and most of all, for our health and welfare while travelling. She and her staff are absolutely the best travel group we have used.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Carolyn Sandgren (Kempf) responded:
Thank you for letting us partner with you on your trip to Italy. I loved being with you every step of the way.
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Referring fiends to Carolyn

Reviewed By JTR - Cape Girardeau, MO | Traveled to Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
I have referred many to Carolyn and she handled with ease and professionalism.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Carolyn Sandgren (Kempf) responded:
Thank you for referring friends and family, We take your vote of confidence seriously and will always treat anyone you send our way like family.
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Connections to great places.

Reviewed By LG - Cape Girardeau | Traveled to Tennessee ~ USA
We wanted a perfect mountain chalet and Carolyn had the connections, at a great price. It wasn’t the largest trip she was working on for sure but she took the time to make it great for our family.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Wonderful restful week!

Reviewed By cinlar22 - Cape Girardeau , MO | Traveled to Montego Bay ~ Jamaica ~ Caribbean
Carolyn is wonderful to work with. She always listens to what you want and has great ideas for trips.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Well enjoyed trip

Reviewed By Lisa - CAPE GIRARDEAU | Traveled to New York City ~ New York ~ USA
Professional and caring
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Cancun

Reviewed By Traveler - Missouri | Traveled to Mexico
It has been great. She is a true professional and goes above for her clients.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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One of the best trips of our lives!!

Reviewed By JWoods - Cape Girardeau Mo | Traveled to Riviera Maya ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Carolyn took really good care of my husband and I when we came to book our trip to Mexico. She has so much experience, she gave us all the to do’s and don’ts and the must see’s! She took her time to make sure all our questions and concerns were addressed prior to our leaving her office that day!!
The process of booking our resort was easy and everything was exactly like Carolyn and her team said it would be.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Carolyn and Elite —our travel agency for 19 years

Reviewed By Luv2travel - Cape Girardeau Missouri | Traveled to Scotland ~ Europe
We met Carolyn when searching for a travel agency. We have used her services for many trips over 19 years and plan many more
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Unforgettable trip!

Reviewed By RJ - Cape Girardeau, Missouri | Traveled to Panama Canal ~ Panama ~ Central America
Carolyn does an awesome job in assisting in our travels. We have used her for 20 years now and have taken at least one trip per year. She assists us with not only a great resort or cruise but with our excursions, to get the most for our budget .
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Greatest anniversary trip ever

Reviewed By Doug - Cape Girardeau MO | Traveled to Hawaii ~ USA
Carolyn was a pleasure to work with. I have used her to plan my honeymoon, 5 year, 10 year and 15 year anniversary trips. She has helped me plan 2 trips to Cancun (one with multiple couples), a trip to Hawaii and California. She does a wonderful job making sure everything is planned out for you. All I had to do was show up.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Don't leave home without elite travel!

Reviewed By Thomas family - Cape girardeau mo | Traveled to New York (La Guardia) ~ New York ~ USA
Simply amazing. Carolyn and her team give the best advice tailored to our preferences and help us each step of the way.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Wouldn’t trust anyone!

Reviewed By Tripp - Jackson, MO | Traveled to Mexico
Carolyn and her team have always taken excellent care of my family when we travel. I wouldn’t trust just anyone with the most special people in my life and the most special moments of traveling together with just anyone. She is absolutely wonderful and I would highly recommend her.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Fantastic trip!

Reviewed By Chris C. - Cape Girardeau, MO | Traveled to Florida ~ USA
The best in the business! Super knowledgeable and makes sure no stone is left unturned for her clients! She had everything laid out for us and explained it the day before so we knew exactly what would happen!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Excellent Experience!

Reviewed By JSiebert - Cape Girardeau, MO | Traveled to Mexico
I have booked two trips with Carolyn. The experience was excellent! She and her staff were very helpful and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend Elite Travel!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Great family trip!

Reviewed By Whitey - Senath, Missouri | Traveled to New York City ~ New York ~ USA
Carolyn and her team are very detailed and make every effort to make sure that your trip is everything you expect it to be and more. They are accessible to help with any question that you would have.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Carolyn SAVED us!

Reviewed By Jacob - Cape Girardeau, MO | Traveled to Amsterdam ~ Netherlands ~ Europe
Carolyn is very attentive to detail and will work at any hour of the day or night to help you when you need it most! We lost a suitcase resulting in missing a flight on our way back from Europe. Carolyn was up with us at 5 am MO time on the phone helping us resolve the issue!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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I’ve experienced several amazing trips.

Reviewed By Mels Bells - Jackson, MO | Traveled to New York City ~ New York ~ USA
Carolyn has been doing this for years and it shows. Her experience and knowledge of travel is unbelievable!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Great experience!

Reviewed By Emily - Jackson, MO | Traveled to Louisville ~ Kentucky ~ USA
She was fun and professional and was willing to go out of her way to take care of us.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Fun and relaxing!!

Reviewed By IL - Steeleville, IL | Traveled to Lexington ~ Kentucky ~ USA
Very good experience. Had a great trip
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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