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Anita Carson

Alexandria, Virginia Travel Agent
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Anita Carson

Anita Carson

Alexandria, Virginia Travel Agent
Villas and Voyages, a Travel Leaders Network affiliate agency
27 Reviews | 100% Recommended
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Destination Expert / River Cruise Specialist

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 80 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 is 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?

Taj Mahal (India) 2018
Taj Mahal (India) 2018

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.

CERTIFICATES & AWARDS

Certified ASTA Travel Agent
Certified Travel Counselor - The Travel Institute
River Cruise Specialist
AMA Waterways Specialist
SilverSea Specialist
Rosewood Hotel Specialist

My Reviews

Rating: 5 27 Reviews | 100% Recommended

One of the top trips of our lives.

Reviewed By Bernie and Sal - Chantilly, VA | Traveled to Norway ~ Europe
We absolutely love Anita and won’t work with anyone else when planning our travel.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Wonderful Time.

Reviewed By Kennedy - Lusby, MD | Traveled to Budapest ~ Hungary ~ Europe
Anita was efficient, quick, and gave us loads of options before helping us to book a fantastic trip of a lifetime.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Anita Carson responded:
Thank you for your kind review! I am delighted you experienced a "trip of a lifetime" There is no better compliment than to learn your travel plans exceeded your expectations and you had an enjoyable time. Thank you for allowing me to provide you the service you deserved and for being an ideal client. I look forward to assisting you with your future travel plans. Anita Carson
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Unforgettable Greece Trip!

Reviewed By Kristen - Fresno CA | Traveled to Greece ~ Europe
Anita was wonderful! She was thorough, detail-oriented and pleasant to work with. She got back to us so quickly with answers to our questions, and was extremely professional. We would definitely use Anita again on our next big trip!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Anita Carson responded:
Kristen - Thank you for your kind review and compliments regarding my services and attention to detail. It was such a pleasure to work with you and your family to plan your Greece Adventure and delighted the arrangements met your satisfaction. I gratefully appreciate your review and look forward to assisting you with your future travel plans! Welcome Home!
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Family vacation

Reviewed By Patricia - Alexandria | Traveled to Greece ~ Europe
Anita's attention to detail cannot be matched.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Anita Carson responded:
Thank you Patti - I appreciate your review of the services and arrangements provided for your family traveling to Greece! So delighted to hear you enjoyed your experience and the Greek hospitality. Your loyalty is greatly appreciated and I look forward to continuing to provide you travel services in the future. Anita Carson, CTC
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Amazing Trip of a Lifetime

Reviewed By KathWaugh - Alexandria, Virginia | Traveled to Europe
Anita is an exemplary travel professional and we had the trip of a lifetime traveling throughout Europe. She planned a cruise starting and ending in Rome followed by a post-cruise experience on the Amalfi Coast. She took care of every detail and planned an extraordinary trip for our family! We were so grateful for her expertise and recommendations making our trip effortless.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Anita Carson responded:
Thank you Kathy for your kind review and for allowing me the opportunity to arrange your European Adventure! So pleased to hear you enjoyed your trip and appreciated the services I provided. I look forward to our continued relationship to plan future trips for you and your family! Anita Carson, CTC
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Fantastic trip to Italy!

Reviewed By Robyn - Herndon, VA | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Anita was extremely helpful and easy to communicate with. She did a great job organizing our trip to Italy and made sure our trip went off without a hitch. We couldn’t have done it without her and will be sure to reach out to Anita for future trips.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Anita Carson responded:
Thank you for your remarks in review of the services provided to you while insuring you had the ultimate Italy Adventure! It was such a pleasure to meet you and Justin and advise you throughout the process. One of the greatest rewards in the travel industry is to receive favorable remarks from clients like you! Thank you for entrusting me to be a part of the experience and for allowing me the extraordinary opportunity to assist you with your travel plans.
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The perfect crossing!

Reviewed By Susan - Alexandria, VA | Traveled to England ~ Europe
If you are thinking about a trip, contact Anita immediately! Her knowledge of traveling in more countries than you can name and her planning expertise will allow you to simply focus on packing. We wanted to take the Queen Mary 2 to England and Anita took care of everything with Cunard and helped us select the ideally located room (aft and away from stairwells/elevators and laundry rooms). We had what we thought would be a major problem—unexpectedly needed to change trip dates and we did not have travel insurance—it never phased her. Because of her close association with Cunard, she was able to re-book us on an earlier sailing with no penalty. Now, for the most amazing service. Our son and family live in NYC and they planned to come to the pier to wave goodbye. Anita volunteered to travel to NYC and escort them onboard to tour the ship and have lunch. Needless to say, Anita goes above and beyond expectations.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Anita Carson responded:
Thank you Susan for your review regarding my attention and service to you in preparing you for your Queen Mary 2 Transatlantic Crossing! I enjoyed working with you and Bob and delighted to hear your stateroom location was ideal. It was my pleasure to provide you the service and professional travel advise you have come to expect. You are both seasoned travelers and I appreciate very much your kind remarks. I look forward to serving as your travel advisor for years to come. Welcome Home!
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A trip to remember for all the right reasons!

Reviewed By Meg - Falls Church | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Anita was an absolute pleasure! I was nervous about my first vacation in Europe, and Anita took every step to set my mind at ease. She made all of our travel and hotel arrangements for a six-city tour of Italy which went off without a hitch. Anita also suggested and arranged some excellent tour experiences that made the trip especially memorable. I will definitely use her services again and would recommend her to everyone!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Anita Carson responded:
Thank you Meg! Your review is greatly appreciated. The pleasure was all mine and I enjoyed helping you plan your European Adventure! The satisfaction of working with you was memorable for me as well. Can’t wait to hear of your next destination and thank you for choosing Villas and Voyages!
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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.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
8 of 21 people found this review helpful
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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
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
12 of 31 people found this review helpful
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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.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
11 of 30 people found this review helpful
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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!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
9 of 26 people found this review helpful
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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.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
8 of 25 people found this review helpful
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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.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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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!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
10 of 29 people found this review helpful
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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.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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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!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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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.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
7 of 24 people found this review helpful
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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.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
8 of 26 people found this review helpful
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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.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
9 of 28 people found this review helpful
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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!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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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!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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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!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
8 of 26 people found this review helpful
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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.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
9 of 30 people found this review helpful
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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!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
6 of 24 people found this review helpful
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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
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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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!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
7 of 29 people found this review helpful
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