Wendy Snider

Banner Elk, North Carolina Travel Agent

Encore Travel - Luxury Travel Concierge, a Travel Leaders Network affiliate agency

Custom Group, Honeymoon and Luxury Travel Expert

My love for traveling began at 17 when I spent a year in South Africa. As an exchange student, I got to dive deep into the culture and learn all about the Xhosa, Afrikaans, and English people who make up this interesting country. It was such an eye-opening experience, and it made me want to explore other world cultures immediately!

Once I returned from South Africa, I kept traveling and haven’t stopped since! As a military wife, I started helping other wives plan their own vacations around the world. My first major booking was a woman’s outdoor clinic for over 50 wives. That was my first time booking on such a large scale, and I knew instantly that I had found my calling! I soon joined a ski resort as the director of group sales, and I helped roughly 400 groups a year experience an awesome time.

Today, with over 15 years of experience in the travel industry, I continue to love helping people go on amazing vacations! I focus on group and family travel, adventure tours, honeymoons, destination weddings, and vacations to numerous countries around the world.

Some of my favorite destinations to book are Hawaii, Italy, and South Africa, and I continue to research new destinations to give my clients the best information before their trip. I am certified with a number of destinations and groups, and this includes being a:

  • South African Specialist
  • Hawaiian Specialist
  • Sandals Certified Specialist
  • Luxury Travel Specialist
  • River Cruise & Waterways Specialist
  • And more!

I listen to my clients and try to visualize their trip before booking. This way, I can ensure that everyone gets a personalized vacation that they’re guaranteed to love. I love knowing that I help people have the best trip possible, and I remain available at all times to ease worries and provide helpful tips. My parents started a tradition of bringing their grandkids to new destinations each year, and I’m always excited to book for them!

I have created trips to Turkey, France, Spain, Croatia, and beyond. I love how these vacations bring our family closer together, and I want to bring the same joy to all of my clients! My goal is to provide you with the confidence and knowledge necessary to explore the world.

Talk with me today to book your best vacation yet!

Why I love my job!

Budapest from a river cruise
Budapest from a river cruise

Everyday I get to explore new countries, cultures and people as I create amazing itineraries for my clients. I enjoy the challenge of finding the hidden "wow" factor that excites people to journey to new destinations, expand horizons and taste amazing foods. I believe my job is like an author, that each new client contributes to the next chapter.  My favorite quote, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine.  Just like a book, travel is a learning experience filled with a journey through cultures, history, people, ideas and just plain fun.  Join me in writing the next chapter of the never ending book of travel.

My Reviews

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First (and Wonderful) Experience Together Abroad

Reviewed By Erin - Boston, MA | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Wendy was wonderful to work with! We used her for planning our honeymoon to Rome and Sorrento this summer, and we had an amazing time. She made sure all the i's were dotted and t's crossed before we left, even calling us on our way to the airport. Her travel expertise ensured that we had stays at great hotels, skipped long lines (which was very helpful during our 2 1/2 day stay in Rome), and a smooth travelling experience overall. She also had helpful suggestions for traveling and adjusting to time difference; we needed this since it has been a while since either of us have been abroad. My husband had never been to Europe before and, thanks to Wendy, this trip instilled a love of travelling in him and encouraged us to take trips like this more often.
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Sandals Antigua

Reviewed By Don and Bailey - Hoboken, NJ | Traveled to Antigua ~ Antigua & Barbuda ~ Caribbean
My girlfriend and I went on a 6 days/5 nights vacation at Sandals Grande Antigua and had an amazing time. We loved the immaculate beaches and incredible standard Sandals holds there resort to. One of the best parts of this vacation was not having to plan and handing the reigns over to an experienced travel agent. Wendy Snider deserves an all-inclusive vacation for how well she took care of us. The extent of my planning came down to a budget and what we were looking for in using our valuable time away. Wendy provided options, explained them well and was very enthusiastic. Not to mention, one of the most important - she is patient. We really enjoyed working with her and will again next year for another Sandals excursion. Thanks again!
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Wendy Snider responded:
Thanks Don and I am so happy you had the "time of your life"! I actually just returned from Beaches Turks & Caicos for my personal getaway. As you know, Sandals & Beaches Resorts are really a wonderful experience combined with relaxation and adventure. Looking forward to your next Sandals vacation. Wendy
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Destination Wedding Group trip to Italy

Reviewed By Jackson - Dallas, TX | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Encrore Travel - Wendy provided an amazing service to myself and now husband. It was absolutely perfect!! Wendy was amazing, she is very responsive day or night weekend or week day she is available. If she is going to be away she is very good at communicating this. She Planned a 30+ person customized itinerary for our destination wedding. She was very patient with all the guest as well as me. She provided a very detailed webinar to all guest and went through the trip step by step. We are now in the beginning stages of planning a group trip to Hawaii with Encore Travel - Wendy, I really can't say enough about how amazing our trip was.
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Destination Wedding Group trip to Italy

Reviewed By Jackson - Dallas, TX | Traveled to
Encrore Travel - Wendy provided an amazing service to myself and now husband. It was absolutely perfect!! Wendy was amazing, she is very responsive day or night weekend or week day she is available. If she is going to be away she is very good at communicating this. She Planned a 30+ person customized itinerary for our destination wedding. She was very patient with all the guest as well as me. She provided a very detailed webinar to all guest and went through the trip step by step. We are now in the beginning stages of planning a group trip to Hawaii with Encore Travel - Wendy, I really can't say enough about how amazing our trip was.
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Came through when we had travel troubles!

Reviewed By Wolfpack81 - Northern VA | Traveled to
During a recent trip to Africa for my wife and I we encountered a nearly worst case scenario - our plane broke in mid-flight, and we ended up back at the original airport with no idea of what to do next. Even though we were 6 hours ahead of our travel agent, we were able to contact Wendy and get nearly immediate relief. She worked with another travel company to rearrange our stay for a secondary destination, and she contacted the person that was waiting to transfer us to our final destination to make alternate arrangements. When the airline finally got us to a location still 4 hours from our final destination (and 6 hours late), we were the ONLY ones to have a ride waiting for us at the terminal to take us to a nice hotel for the night. We didn't have to spend 4 hours on a bus in the middle of the night. Instead, and directly due to Wendy's help, we relaxed in a luxury hotel and had breakfast by the Indian Ocean the next morning. We will DEFINITELY use Wendy Snider for future trips, knowing that we are in good hands!
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Excellent Vacation

Reviewed By Trish - North Carolina | Traveled to
Encore, specifically Wendy Snider, listened to what I wanted in a vacation and definitely delivered! She made several suggestions that met my criteria. Ultimately, I chose one based on price. The resort was fantastic and I felt that Wendy personalized the entire trip, even down to choosing the best room possible!! The Swim Ups are worth the extra money and she got us one that had the best conveniences and views!!! I will be using Wendy for all of our future Vacation Trips!! I highly recommend that you call Wendy at Encore!!! - But wait until I get my next trip scheduled!
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Wendy plans for everything!

Reviewed By Kim - Tampa, Florida | Traveled to
Wendy is a true professional and is dedicated to her clients! I will always go to Wendy for personalized service where I know I can depend on her commitment to my plans for a great vacation get away. It is a true pleasure to know I can count on Wendy to tend to all the details when I don't have the time to plan....the bonus is her reasonable fees. I look forward to future adventures planned by Wendy!
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Honeymoon

Reviewed By Jacob - Spruce pine nc | Traveled to
Wendi took care of everything. Airfare room registration and saved us money in the process the amazing thing is she did it all free of charge to us. She booked excursions and took care of us in every way. Even planning honeymoon surprises. She certainly takes the stress out of planning the honeymoon. I hope to use her agency each year for our anniversary.
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Wendy is Amazing

Reviewed By davallpartyof2 - Barnardsville, NC | Traveled to
Wendy is extremely knowledgeable and extremely helpful when it comes to travel! We had never been out of the country until our honeymoon and she knew exactly what to do and say to help us! She helped us choose the perfect site for our honeymoon! We absolutely loved Sandals Carlyle and being able to visit Sandals Montego Bay and Sandals Royal Carribean! Our honeymoon was perfect and we are headed back to Jamaica in just 6 short days all thanks to Wendy! She truly is a blessing!
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Great Cruise

Reviewed By Joel W - Tampa, FL | Traveled to Virgin Islands ~ Caribbean
Wendy was very helpful and informative. She coordinated everything for a group cruise that I was a part of.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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