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Jody Richardson

Grand Ledge, Michigan Travel Agent
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Jody Richardson

Grand Ledge, Michigan Travel Agent
A Full-Service Travel Leaders Associate Agency
19 Reviews | 100% Recommended
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Europe, Asia, Africa, Hawaii and Group Travel

Discovering Pompeii in 2008
Discovering Pompeii in 2008

A career in travel has many rewards, however when I began my career 19 years ago, I had no idea those rewards would go well beyond the specific, fantastic destinations. In Italy, for example, how would you feel at the Vatican peering up at the masterpiece of the Sistine Chapel ceiling? Is the cuisine of China better than our Americanized version? Hawaii v the Caribbean, compare and contrast? There are innumerable questions such as these my clients, friends and family have inquired about my travels. “Someday YOU will tell me”, is my recurring response. Great experiences equal great memories. I am passionate about what I do. You could say I help create memories. But to say I just book travel is a huge understatement. That is not why referrals constantly seek me out. Booking your own travel on the web seems to be all the rage, however what you don't get is a “do over” with your precious time and money. What you won’t get from the web is a relationship with an expert. Having me as your advocate is your best defense from forgetting something as small as a seat assignment to something as big as knowing which tours to reserve when visiting a city in Europe. Over the years I have broaden my experiences and knowledge base through many training courses and travels of my own. Five years ago I completed and received my certification as a Certified Leisure Travel Specialist with Travel Leaders. Because it is not enough to sit in an office and just do web based training and internet searches I have had the great opportunity to get out from behind the desk and travel to extraordinary places such as: China, Italy, Croatia, Ireland, England, Scotland, Hawaii, Mexico, the Caribbean, the Baltic Countries of Finland, Sweden, Denmark and visited many wonderful U.S. cities as well as Amsterdam and Saint Petersburg, Russia.  There is no research better than experiencing a destination on your own. In my opinion getting to know the local people in a new region has always been the best education. In 2018 and 2019 I added a few new destinations to my list of expertise; Austria, Hungary and Czech Republic just to name a few when I escorted a small group on a Viking River Cruise.  Recently I traveled with a group of 24 to the Mediterranean visiting Portugal, Spain, France and Italy.    Several years ago when I read the book EAT, PRAY, LOVE. A passage spoke to me. “Still, despite all this, traveling is the great true love of my life. I have always felt, ever since I was sixteen years old and first went to Russia with my saved-up babysitting money, that to travel is worth any cost or sacrifice.”

Testimonial

I have worked with Jody for over six years encompassing 8 trips to Europe. She is without a doubt the travel agents TRAVEL AGENT; Jody defines the words “true grit” Jim Osburn Grand Ledge MI

CERTIFICATES & AWARDS

Certified Leisure Specialist

My Reviews

Rating: 5 19 Reviews | 100% Recommended

best trip

Reviewed By cleve - florence,s.c. | Traveled to Jamaica ~ Caribbean
jody is a true professional.she is always eager to please and always responds in a timely manner to your questions and concerns.she is easy to talk with and is always willing to share her travel experiences.jody has arranged three trips for us in the past two years and i will continue to contact her with all my travel needs.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
16 of 28 people found this review helpful
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Italy

Reviewed By The Oakleys - Grand Ledge MI | Traveled to Rome ~ Italy ~ Europe
Jody has been a life saver for us when unexpected events occurred, looking for alternative methods of completing a trip without cancellation, and helping us cancel a trip due to a family situation mandating that we stay home. She is excellent to work with in setting up multiple destinations and tips on activities and transportation.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
8 of 13 people found this review helpful
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Best trip ever!

Reviewed By Becky - Lansing | Traveled to Egypt ~ Africa
Jody is personable, professional and a gem at finding and coordinating trips. She has set up both an independent trip and a tour company trip for me. Both were the best without flaws.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
8 of 14 people found this review helpful
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Jody to the rescue

Reviewed By Travel lover - Grand Ledge | Traveled to Canada
Jody is always willing to help even if you are looking for something that is not the norm and takes more effort on her part. She has helped my husband and I plan several trips and we even went on one together that she had set up. When there is a problem, she always puts it right. We enjoy working with her. Recently when she started to put together an trip for us, including a tour or two and extra time for us to explore, we had a family emergency and our plans changed. We needed to fly out of the county to help one of our children and decided we needed to can our other plans and just go with something plain and simple at a later date. She got everything set up for both trips and everything was great.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
7 of 12 people found this review helpful
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An amazing national parks vacation!

Reviewed By 5horsemen12345 - Charlotte, MI | Traveled to Utah ~ USA
I thoroughly love working with Jody. A friend of mine referred me to Jody about 5 years ago and I wouldn't use anybody else. My husband and I traveled with our friends on a national parks tour with Trafalgar and it was amazing. The next trip was to Boston, Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard and Cape Cod with my mother on Globus. That was an equally amazing trip. Next year we are heading to Alaska and are booking through Jody.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
7 of 12 people found this review helpful
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jody has been stellar, fantastic and fun !

Reviewed By rusty - Portland | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
jody has been a wealth of knowlege on any travel question ever, she will find the answer and get back with you if she dont have it right then and there. she is very concerned that you know all you can beford you go on your trip to her best ability, she will always give you her phone number incase you have any problems while on the trip or before, she wants you to get thde most out of your travels !!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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Awesome family vacation!

Reviewed By GrandmaG - Boca Raton, FL | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Jody was beyond generous with her time and help in planning every detail of our multigeneration trip to Italy.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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We have had some wonderful trips as couple.

Reviewed By End - Arizona Casa Grande | Traveled to Jamaica ~ Caribbean
She is just awesome everything about her I love.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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Up to Jody's usual standards.

Reviewed By Bob & Jane - DEWITT, MI | Traveled to Ireland ~ Europe
Jody's expertise proved invaluable for suggestions for destinations well as side adventures. She kept tabs on us and was able to re-book a cancelled international flight that we didn't yet know about.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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Scottish Highlands

Reviewed By Teresa - Charlotte | Traveled to Scotland ~ Europe
Jody has worked with me on several trips. She has been great in letting me know what to expect when we arrive with arrangements to hotels.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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Best family ttips ever. So organized and fun!

Reviewed By Tammy T. - Norton Shores | Traveled to Disneyland ~ California ~ USA
Jody is professional, knowledgeable, kind, friendly and honest. We would not book with anyone else.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
6 of 12 people found this review helpful
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Exceptional traveling experiences

Reviewed By Mindy - Charlotte Mi | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA
She has a lot of great advice on traveling. She follows through with what you ask for.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
6 of 12 people found this review helpful
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Ireland, Italy, Greece, Peru . . . to name a few

Reviewed By Argo3 - Grand Ledge, Michigan | Traveled to Ireland ~ Europe
We have worked with Jody for several years and have never been disappointed with her direction and support.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
5 of 11 people found this review helpful
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Best trip of our lives.

Reviewed By SAW - East Lansing, MI | Traveled to Iceland ~ Europe
Very easy to work with and meets expectations.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
5 of 12 people found this review helpful
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Excellent, Personalized Service

Reviewed By Alissa and Dave B - Augusta, GA | Traveled to Australia & New Zealand
We have had the pleasure of working with Jody for many years. During that time, she has set up numerous, sometimes complex trips for us. This has included working with many international hotels, and negotiating with the airlines over the use of frequent flyer miles for International travel involving multiple destinations.

Jody is always great to talk to, and very available. She is extremely knowledgeable about the travel industry.

Based on our recommendation, our daughters and their husbands have used Jody's services as well, with complete satisfaction.

There is true "value added" to what Jody does, and we give her an unqualified recommendation.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
16 of 35 people found this review helpful
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Family Cruise

Reviewed By Mary K. - Lansing, Michigan | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA
Jodi booked out first cruise. We chose Alaska and spread the word. It was the best cruise ever. 22 family and friends cruised together and Jodi took care of all of us from across the country. We are on our third cruise through Jodi and could not be more pleased.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
18 of 41 people found this review helpful
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Happy Sailors!

Reviewed By Jo - Lansing | Traveled to Caribbean
Jody has been a pleasure to work with. We have booked 5 cruises through her, 2 of which were back to back, and have never been disappointed. She is always available to discuss the details, make changes, etc. Jody is wonderful at keeping on top of the process and reminding us when something is due, needs to be signed, payment needs processed. She makes the whole planning process stress free. We are very happy with the excellent service we receive from her.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
14 of 34 people found this review helpful
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The Best of the best!

Reviewed By Joyce and Bob - St. Petersburg florida | Traveled to Brasilia ~ Brazil ~ South America
A wonderful and the best travel agent we have ever worked with. Jody has worked with us,our family and friends for 10-15 years. She is professional in every way,always goes the extra mile,loves her job and her clients,doublechecks everything,and makes you know all is under control. She always quickly respons and answers your questions. Jody is a gold medalist winner. When you want the best ask for Jody Carpenter
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
13 of 33 people found this review helpful
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Our travel has consisted of cruises, so it is dif

Reviewed By Sam - Lansing, Michigan | Traveled to Caribbean
My wife, family and friends have worked with Jody for several years. She has always been willing to help, and has quickly answered our questions, or concerns . Jody has given us her cell phone number, and has provided valuable information, when she has been away from the office.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
13 of 34 people found this review helpful
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My Travel Experience

Places I’ve personally traveled to or destinations I’ve booked for my clients.