Andrew Simmons

Irmo, South Carolina Travel Agent

An independent agent with Nexion, LLC in Irving, TX, a Travel Leaders Network affiliate agency

Family & European Travel Specialist

A recent visit to the beautiful island of St. Maar
A recent visit to the beautiful island of St. Maar

I was bitten by the travel bug at the age of 9, when I took my first overseas family trip to Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam. Born and raised in England, my primary focus is on European travel. Having witnessed first-hand just how travel can broaden the mind, I'm keen to pass my love of travel on to others and I'm especially thrilled to see young people experiencing overseas travels and cultures. I have traveled extensively throughout Western Europe, and also worked for a number of seasons within the travel industry as a Tour Director with a major European motor coach tour operator. My three seasons working on the front lines of the tourism industry allowed me to visit and get to know many of the major destinations of Western Europe, such as Paris, Berlin, Munich, Venice and the Alpine region. I also speak fluent French and German and holds a dual honors degree in French & German from John Moores University in Liverpool, England. Since moving to the United States in 1997, I have traveled around the Caribbean, as well as to many destinations around the United States. My favorite travel destinations within the United States include Walt Disney World, Washington, DC and New York City, as well as the beaches of the southeastern seaboard.

For over 15 years, I worked as a planner and research analyst in regional government in South Carolina. As a result, I bring a thorough and detail-oriented approach to planning your vacation and I'm excited to work with you to help you plan, research and book your next travel adventure.

My Reviews

Great trip to Normandy, France

Reviewed By n/a - Columbia, South Carolina | Traveled to Normandy ~ France ~ Europe
Andy did a wonderful job of assisting my wife and me in planning a trip last spring to Normandy to see the D-Day beaches!

We had certain logistical hurdles to overcome, and Andy made sure that plane, train and rental car challenges were met whether in Paris, Normandy or upon our return journey via London. Our accommodations were excellent throughout the trip, and Andy is very knowledgeable about travel to Great Britain and Europe.

Andy is already helping us plan our next trip, and we very grateful for all of his help and expertise.

Langdon and Jessie Long
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Andrew Simmons responded:
Thank you for your kind words. We strive to make sure that each trip we help plan best meets each traveler's individual needs. I'm looking forward to helping you on your next trip too.
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0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Great Trip - Unbelievable Travel Agent

Reviewed By Eric M - Charlotte, NC | Traveled to Playa Del Carmen ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Andy helped our group of 3 couples planning our first group vacation together. When we started, we didn't even know where we wanted to go, and almost all options were on the table. Andy helped us narrow our focus, provided great insight and options, and was patient with us while we took months to make our decision. After exploring options from Europe to the Central America, we settled on the first destination Andy recommended to us.

The recommendations and options that Andy provided to us were always well thought out and matched our needs. Andy regularly checked in with us, modified recommendations based on our feedback, and continued to search until we found the perfect fit.

Even after we were booked, Andy continued to check in and provided any assistance that we requested. We had a medical issue arise, which threatened our trip, and Andy stepped in to make sure that every contingency was covered to make sure our trip was perfect.

I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Andrew Simmons responded:
Thank you, Eric! It was a pleasure to work with you and your group. Safe travels and let's plan another trip soon!!!
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3 of 7 people found this review helpful

Knowledgable Professional; Friendly & Fast Response Time!

Reviewed By Janelle - Raleigh, NC | Traveled to
I pride myself in being an extremely organized person - especially when it comes to planning. However, for our first trip "across the pond," I took the recommendation of a close friend and used a travel agency, owned by one of her former colleagues. I was not disappointed! I read through the various profiles of the travel agents represented at Outlander Travel and selected Andy based on his extensive knowledge of the UK (his having been born and raised there and also having traveled throughout Europe). Andy not only met my expectations - he exceeded them. I emailed Andy on a Wednesday. We spoke by phone that Thursday, and the entire trip for three adults was completely planned out within less than 48 hours! My family and I truly appreciated Andy's expertise, supreme organization, and quick responses to questions we had -especially while we were overseas. His kindness, professionalism, and prompt availability while abroad helped us have a smooth and lovely experience. I cannot sing Andy's praises enough. From the pre-arranged private transport services to the hotel reservations that included breakfast, to the insider suggestions and tips - it all made such a difference between us having tried to plan this trip ourselves versus using an expert. We had such a great time that we are already talking about planning our next trip to the UK! Even if you are the most organized of persons/ a great planner, I strongly recommend using Andy's services - especially if it is your first time traveling to the UK. Doing so took the guesswork out of a lot of things for us, answered questions we didn't even think to ask, and it helped us better customize our travel experience based on his suggestions. Planning a major trip overseas can quickly become overwhelming if you are not familiar with the area or the customs. From the bottom of our hearts - THANK YOU, Andy for making our first trip to the UK one of the most wonderfully memorable experiences we've had, to date.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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4 of 11 people found this review helpful

Excellent vacation planner

Reviewed By Felipe66 - Columbia, SC | Traveled to
Andy booked us a quick stay at Universal's Cabana Bay resort with tickets to Universal Studios Florida so we could visit Diagon Alley. The pricing was great, and we used the early entry to the park to spend most of our time visiting Harry Potter. Andy checked in with us before, during and after the trip to make sure everything was going well and to see if there was anything else he could do. I will use Andy to plan all of my future travels.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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3 of 13 people found this review helpful

Spot on with the planning and helpful tips.

Reviewed By TOP8 - Ridge Spring, SC | Traveled to
Life had been so busy, I really didn't have time to plan our vacation this year. We wanted to go to Universal in Orlando for a few days, but all the accommodation and ticket stuff has gotten so complicated. I contacted Andy and he took care of everything, had some great suggestions, and was able to get us a great deal. Andy had some very helpful planning tips on how to maximize our time in the parks and make sure our kids got to see all the Harry Potter stuff, which was really crowded. Everything went smoothly from the time we arrived. Thanks Andy for being so patient with helping me get the vacation planned. Your help and advice was invaluable, and your recommendations were spot on. You're the man!!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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0 of 9 people found this review helpful

Andy's the BEST...wouldn't use anyone else!

Reviewed By LoLo - Columbia, SC | Traveled to
Andy arranged a Canadian train trip for me and my mother last October. He has arranged a Panama Canal cruise for us this year. Andy knows the business and takes care of business! He asks good questions and listens, which makes him responsive to your needs. He is extremely pleasant to deal with and goes the second mile to ensure a superior experience for the customer.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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