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Anita Carson

Alexandria, Virginia Travel Agent
Villas and Voyages, a Travel Leaders Network affilliate agency
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CERTIFICATES & AWARDS Certified Travel Counselor - The Travel Institute , River Cruise Specialist, AMA Waterways Specialist, SilverSea Specialist , Rosewood Hotel Specialist

Anita Carson

Alexandria, Virginia Travel Agent

Villas and Voyages, a Travel Leaders Network affilliate agency

Expert Luxury Destination Coach

I have been in the travel industry over 20 years and have extensive knowledge in planning incredible vacations. My main focus is on destinations and unique experiences around the world.

I have now been to 72 countries to date and my passion for travel began at an early age. My favorite Christmas gift as an adolescent was an single aluminum world globe. Since starting my own family, I have emphasized to my son the importance of travel.

The services I provide as a travel professional are to listen quietly to the client regarding their travel expectations, the reason for their trip, and their budget. It's important to me to establish a relationship with each of my clients.

I believe that travel is more than seeing of sights; it is a change that happens deep and permanently in our lives!

What's my favorite destination?

Southeast Asia, 2014
Southeast Asia, 2014

Over the years I am asked "what was your favorite destination?". My reply….. "The last place I traveled". I believe there are true collections of memories from every place you visit. Last winter I traveled to Southeast Asia visiting Myanmar (formerly Burma). Throughout Myanmar there are 135 different ethnic groups. I was captivated by the Burmese people and how they thrive in an environment without conveniences; but focus on their spiritual being. The most beautiful attraction I have seen in my life is the Shwedagon Temple in Yangon which is the most soulful site for Buddhists. Rudyard Kipling wrote "Burma is unlike any place you know about". So there are always possibilities and new destinations to explore.

My Reviews

Villas and Voyages Review

Reviewed By Mandi - Portland, OR | Traveled to
My husband and I were very pleased with the service we received from Anita. She was kind and knowledgable. She found an amazing resort and excursions to Mexico, all within our budget. We loved where we stayed and was very grateful for her knowledge of the area. I look forward to working with her again on future trips.
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My Guardian Trip-Angel

Reviewed By Marsh Family - Rocky Mount, NC | Traveled to
I could never have pulled off this first European Family Vacation without Anita. From the very first day it was obvious that her knowledge not only of Europe but of travel in general AND family dynamics was a 5 star rating. Her responsiveness to every detailed question I had was always acknowledged and answered promptly. After we embarked, she never let us out of her virtual sight, tracking our flight and texting at times when she knew we'd on the move. I love technology, and I consider myself a do-it-yourselfer but having her by my side felt like I had a Guardian Angel looking over every step we made from the planning stage, during the time in Europe, and all the way back home.
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She was wonderful!

Reviewed By Donna - Oak Ridge, NC | Traveled to
Anita was SO helpful and nice every time we spoke. I completely trusted her and felt very well taken care of. We had a wonderful vacation!
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She helped make our dream a reality!

Reviewed By cmherrmann - Washington, DC | Traveled to
Anita helped up plan our dream honeymoon to beautiful Italy. All of the hotels she chose for us were lovely, stayed within our budget and were in great locations which really helped us get the most out of each city we visited. She was always prompt in returning emails when we had questions and was a true professional from start to finish -- even when we had to call her mid-trip to change around some of our reservations. I would not hesitate to use her services again for a return trip to Italy or really anywhere in the world. Grazie mille, Anita!
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Planned a great Christmas Market Trip!

Reviewed By Jessica - Washington, DC | Traveled to
Anita helped my husband and I plan a romantic getaway in Germany and Austria so that we could visit the notorious Christmas Markets. The trip was so lovely! Anita recommended some lovely towns, and some of the most amazing hotels I've ever stayed in. One particular highlight was our stay in Hohenshwangau, Germany where we relaxed at our hotel spa, toured the Neuschwanstein Castle, and ate some of the most delicious authentic German food. Having Anita coordinate our rental car and our hotels made the trip so enjoyable and stress-free! I'd highly recommend Villas and Voyages for your travel needs!
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Terrific Resource!

Reviewed By M.A.S. - Alexandria, VA | Traveled to
Anita put together a wonderful family trip and came up with opportunities that we would not have found on our own. She looked out for all the details and once on the trip, stayed in touch via text to make sure all was going well. Any questions were resolved quickly.
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She made our trip a wonderful experience.

Reviewed By Gail - Alexandria, VA | Traveled to
We had a fabulous time in NY. Anita was very helpful. Our hotel was excellent and we were able to see all Anita planned for us.
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Anita charted un-charted territory for us.

Reviewed By Kathy - Alexandria, VA | Traveled to
We were going off the beaten path at an unusual time of year but Anita planned it all out for us. We had fun and learned lots.
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Anita was a great help

Reviewed By Tom - Garner, NC | Traveled to
Anita was terrific! we told her what we wanted out of our vacation and she made sure that it was all covered...When i had trouble with one of my flights she stepped in and took care of it. Was very impressed and would definitely use her again!
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Great trip to Greece

Reviewed By Sherry - Severna park, MD | Traveled to
Anita was very helpful is planning our trip to Santorini and Athens. She was responsive and know.edgeable in helping us plan our special trip. She was very responsive when one of our flights was cancelled to get us rebooked and adjust the rest of our trip accordingly. I would definitely use her services for planning future trips.
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Very efficient and thorough travel agent.

Reviewed By CK - Long Island, New York | Traveled to
Anita was very pleasant, professional and knowledgeable throughout the whole process from beginning to end. She was in touch with us frequently since we booked the trip almost a year ago. When we reported a problem with the airline, she was very responsive.
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Great overall job. Wonderful trip. Beyond our expectations

Reviewed By Paul - Detroit MI 48226 | Traveled to
Thanks for an excellent job Anita
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Anita was great!

Reviewed By Bernie and Sal Lauro - Chantilly, VA | Traveled to
This was our second trip planned by Anita. As with the first, this trip was fantastic. Anytime we had questions, changes or just want to touch base, Anita was always available. In the unlikely event she wasn't available she would let us know way in advance. Our trip went off without a hitch; both land and sea. Can't wait to have Anita plan our next trip for next year...West Coast and Wine Country!
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Didnt need to lift a finger

Reviewed By Carl - Minneapolis, MN | Traveled to
Anita was extremely helpful and a pleasure to work with. A friend of mind recommended her after mentioning she had 30+ years in the hospitality and travel industry experience. She got the basic information she needed from me and return with multiple options along with her personal insight on what would be the best choice for my family. Overall, Anita was fast, efficient, and easy to work with. She was even able to present me with better pricing options than I was able to find on my own. I would highly recommend here to any of my friends and family members. I see myself working with her again. Very professional!
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Friendly, knowledgeable and helpful

Reviewed By David - Alexandria, VA | Traveled to
Anita and Gina helped us find just the tour as part of our self guided trip to Greece that we were looking for to see major sites like Olympia and Delphi. They were also very helpful straightening out some snafus on our ferry reservation from Crete to Santorini. They were also straightforward telling us that a fare from the U.S. to Europe that we found online was a good one and they could not save us money on that part of our trip. We appreciated their forthrightness. We would definitely consult them again on our next major trip.
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South Africa Trip 2014

Reviewed By Scott - Vienna, VA | Traveled to
Anita assisted my wife and I on a 3 week trip to South Africa. This to date, has been one of our best trips we have ever taken. Anita was extremely thorough in assisting us with Airfare, In country transfers, rental cars, daily excursions etc. We will use Anita and her company, Villa and Voyages for all future travel needs.
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Cudos to Anita

Reviewed By Mary - Pawleys Island, South Carolina | Traveled to
"So, we had been working with Anita for months planning a great 2-week vacation in Tuscany and surrounding areas. Five women traveling to Italy to celebrate life and adventure! And then 3 days before departure, Air France pilots went on strike. And of course, we were flying Air France. We could get to Paris from the US but all flights between Paris and Florence were cancelled. Air France advised us to reschedule but the villa had been rented, hotel reservations made, and vacation time from work arranged. Postponing was not an option. Anita and her crew took on the challenge of finding us alternative Delta flights, within our time frame and with no extra fees. It was a Herculean effort but they did it! We left as planned and made it to our villa on time! Cudos to Villas and Voyages! Oh, yes - and the rest of the trip was fabulous. My favorite spot ended up being a small village Anita felt fit our "trip objectives" and she nailed it. It was absolutely beautiful. But I can't share the destination - it's still a "best kept secret". However, I'll post a pic........ Thanks Anita and Villas & Voyages for an unforgettable trip!
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Extraordinary Travel Professional

Reviewed By Kathy - Alexandria, VA | Traveled to
Anita was on top of everything in helping me plan my trip. She was constantly in touch bringing me up to date on any new issues that came about and also to make sure I took care of time sensitive matters, such as visa applications, etc. She made planning my long awaited river cruise as much of an adventure as the actual cruise itself! My overall excellent rating reflects how much I value Anita as my travel professional. Anita is definitely my "go to" person for planning my next trip!
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Smooth sailing

Reviewed By CC - New York, NY | Traveled to
Anita's trip planning was excellent. a few too many e.mails from Princess Cruise Line
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