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Tina Shands

Austin, Texas Travel Agent
An independent agent with Nexion, LLC in Irving, TX,
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CERTIFICATES & AWARDS Accredited Cruise Counsellor, Avalon Certified Specialist, Oceania Cruise Specialist, AM Resorts Specialist, Member DWHSA
Certified ASTA Travel Agent

Tina Shands

Austin, Texas Travel Agent

An independent agent with Nexion, LLC in Irving, TX

Romance, Group and Adventure Travel Specialist

My husband and I own a boutique travel consulting business in Austin, Texas providing serivce to clients throughout the USA. I pride myself on providing you with personal service.  My goal: get to know you on a personal level and understand your unique personality and style of travel. Destination Weddings, Honeymoons, Cruises, Tours and All-inclusive Resort Vacations are my focus.  

I work with you to determine the best travel package for you and those you love. You put forth valuable time and money for a your wedding, honeymoon or vacation; therefore, I want to make sure you find the right choice for you. I act as your personal travel consultant, doing the research and work on your behalf, but you always have the final decision. Together we can create moments in time that result in a lifetime of memories.

I focus on cruises, tours and all-inclusive resorts because I believe these to be the best type of travel in today's uncertain world.  Whether you seek a wedding location, a perfect honeymoon or simply a vacation for pure leisure, adventure or cultural immersion, I have knowledge of suppliers who will be a perfect fit for you.

I hope to hear from you soon.

Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Specialist

I am a member of the Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Specialist Association (DWHSA). DWHSA is North America’s largest network of Travel Planners who specialize in Destination Weddings, Honeymoons, Vow Renewals, Anniversary trips, Engagement trips, Babymoons, Familymoons, and all types of romantic getaways. By being a DWHSA member, I undergo year-round training and contribute to a network of more than 500 U.S. and Canadian travel counselors who devote their businesses to romance travel. I pledge to give you unbiased advice, the best options for your trip, and stellar customer service! I can't wait to share in the excitement of your Romance Travel.

My Reviews

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Trip of a lifetime!

Reviewed By Jordans - Austin Texas | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA
We actually worked with Stephen Shands but know them both and highly recommend them both for all your travel needs. They’re knowledge and customer service are beyond compare.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Amazing Family Adventure!

Reviewed By CTC - Austin, Texas | Traveled to Europe
Tina was attentive to my trip goals, friendly and easy to work with, and way ahead of the game when my airline travel was cancelled. She worked with me for an entire morning to get the tickets rebooked so that we could continue our trip on the same timeline. I was already grateful for her support in getting the trip planned but my gratitude was overflowing when things went wrong. She remained calm, gave me clear instructions on what to do, and helped get us back on track!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Tina Shands responded:
You did have a tricky situation. So glad I could help when you needed it most.
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1 of 3 people found this review helpful

North to Alaska!

Reviewed By Rick - Driftwood, TX | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA
Tina and her husband Stephen worked closely with us to plan an amazing and exquisite trip to Alaska in June, 2018. They took care of the details, provided personal information about excursions. We had a grand time and look forward to our next adventure with them.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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7 of 15 people found this review helpful

Fantastic Honeymoon!

Reviewed By Kareen - Austin Texas | Traveled to
Tina helped us plan our honeymoon. She was very thorough & helped us make decisions on what to plan. Our trip was amazing & we are using her to plan another. Highly recommended!
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Honeymoon Trip!

Reviewed By Tori - Austin, Texas | Traveled to Belize ~ Central America
Tina was incredible from beginning to end. She was clear, straightforward, efficient and beyond helpful. She was extremely thorough and detailed - she even sent us printed documents of our itinerary with suggested items to pack. During our trip we had absolutely no trouble at all. Everything was smooth and went exactly the way Tina described. We will definitely reach out to Tina again for future travel and would recommend her to a friend!
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8 of 18 people found this review helpful

Stress-free trip of a lifetime to Great Britain

Reviewed By Lauren - Austin, TX | Traveled to
Tina planned and executed a flawless trip for my husband and me to England, Scotland, and Wales. She tailored the trip to our personalities and budget, and she ensured we did not miss the best experiences to be had in each locale. Our trip was coordinated with a company located in the UK, and we had local contacts if there were issues while there. I have always booked my own travel via the internet, but Tina and Specially Designed Travel have spoiled me now! I am sure I could not have duplicated this experience on my own. The value she provides is priceless, and looking over the trip cost now I am so pleased with the entire process. Thank you Tina - I am sure we will work together again!!
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10 of 22 people found this review helpful

Outstanding service and care!

Reviewed By The Ryans - Texas | Traveled to
Tina was an absolute pleasure to work with. She made the entire planning and purchasing process so seamless and easy for us. We gave her a general idea of where we wanted to go on a cruise to celebrate our 10th anniversary. From there, she took off and provided us with a variety of options and ideas. In addition to the cruise, she handled our flight arrangements to and from San Juan, as well as a hotel for the night before and after our cruise. We really appreciated that extra time on the front and back end of the trip, as it allowed us extra time on the ship on departure day and time to explore Old San Juan when we returned. The entire trip was such a special experience and we are so appreciative of Tina for all of her hard work, communication, and attention. We highly recommend she and her services to anyone, and we look forward to booking another trip with her soon.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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0 of 3 people found this review helpful

The most amazing trip of my life was an Alaskan Cr

Reviewed By Sharon.S - Austin, Texas | Traveled to Juneau ~ Alaska ~ USA
Amazing, Tina and Steven are so knowledgeable at their job and go above and beyond in every aspect to help their clients, we recommend Tina and Steven Shands for all your Travels !!!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Tina Shands responded:
Thank you! We are so happy you had an amazing trip.
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8 of 19 people found this review helpful

What a Great Agent!

Reviewed By Austinites - Austin, TX | Traveled to Mediterranean ~ At Sea ~ At Sea
Both my partner and I have a good bit of experience using travel agents in our work, so we know a good one when we see her, and I can say with confidence that Tina Shands is among the best.

We tasked Tina to find us a suitable Mediterranean cruise within our budget. She interviewed us extensively about our requirements, wishes, capacities, and limitations. Then, within 24 hours she came back with three options all of which seemed right up our alley. With respect to two of the options she was even able to comment about the provider from first-hand experience. Additionally, when we suggested a fourth alternative she was able, with great tact and sensitivity, to explain why it was not really suitable for persons of our wisdom and maturity (that is, for old people like us).

Unfortunately circumstances arose that required us to cancel our.travel plans, but you can be sure that the next time we do leave the U.S. it will be with Tina’s assistance.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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9 of 21 people found this review helpful

Our best ever New Years!

Reviewed By HW - Austin | Traveled to Mexico
I was recommended to Tina when we were planning a trip to Mexico on short notice. She figured out our likes very quickly, made the reservations to perfection, and we had a great get away...way overdue! It was beautiful and clean and exactly what we wanted and needed! Thanks Tina!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Tina Shands responded:
You are very welcome. I am so happy to hear your trip was a huge success. 100% satisfaction is always my desire. Have a great 2018.
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7 of 17 people found this review helpful

Great trip to Cancun

Reviewed By Amanda B - Dallas,, TX | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Tina did a great job organizing a bunch of different travelers, and making sure we had all of our questions answered before we left. I loved the pre-travel information she gave us, down to the "how to get out of the Cancun airport without having to deal with the people trying to sell you a timeshare". There were earthquakes and hurricanes in Mexico before our departure, and she kept us informed about weather and risks so we could make good decisions. The trip went flawlessly!
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6 of 15 people found this review helpful

Perfection

Reviewed By S.Shively - Austin, Texas | Traveled to Cabo San Lucas ~ Baja California Sur ~ Mexico
Working with Tina was truly a fantastic experience. I have nothing but positive thoughts having used Tina to organize my recent trip to Mexico. She went above and beyond what was asked of her to tailor my trip to suit my requirements.

Pre travel, all queries were promptly answered. My trip was hassle free which made my holiday a truly memorable experience from start to finish. Tina is kind, informative, and always available to answer any last minute questions or concerns that you may have. She works hard to uncover your interests to ensure any experience you choose will be a memorable and personal one.

I will not hesitate to use Tina in the future and will also recommend her to my friends who are looking for similar services.

I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Tina Shands responded:
Thank you! I am so happy you enjoyed your trip and look forward to the next time I can be of service.
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8 of 19 people found this review helpful

Just the beginning

Reviewed By KB - Austin, Tx | Traveled to Mexico
We have just recently started working on our destination wedding and from first contact with Tina she has been informative and helpful. She immediately met us for a consultation even on such short notice, since my parents were just here for that day. Since then has been great about asking details of our wants and needs while we will be traveling and has offered advice on topics we are unsure about based on her experience with other clients. We are looking forward to our wedding and I am certain Tina is going to help is find the perfect resort to start our journey at.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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9 of 21 people found this review helpful

1st Cruise

Reviewed By Pop - Bee Cave | Traveled to
What a wonderful travel agent and friend Tina is, and yes, even Stephen. This was my first cruise and Tina was the most gracious advisor prior to the trip with many helpful suggestions. Once underway, she was even available for questions. Tina and her guidance made this Caribbean hassle-free, enjoyable, and relaxing. I can't wait for my next adventure and the professional guidance Tina will provide!!!
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7 of 17 people found this review helpful

She help us put together a Cruise Wedding Reception, it was great.

Reviewed By Mili - Austin, TX | Traveled to
We had to coordinate a group of people with different wants and needs. She manage to connect with everybody and take care of everything. The Cruise Wedding Reception was Great, all she could control was as per requested. We recommend Tina to coordinate your next trip.
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7 of 17 people found this review helpful

Canadian Rocky Mountain Train Trip

Reviewed By Sharon - East Texas | Traveled to
This is the second trip Tina has planned for me and she is wonderful!! She is very thorough and checks out every detail so there are no surprises when you get to the destination. Everything is organized with calendars and detailed instructions on what and how to do every step. She has very good suggestions and can give insight as to what will make the trip more enjoyable. She takes the work out of it and allows us to just enjoy the travel!! I will use her again and again!!
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8 of 19 people found this review helpful

Great planning and accomodatons

Reviewed By Lori - Austin, TX | Traveled to
Tina is always on the ball and finding the best accomodations for the person. She works to find the right price, and arrangements for all my trips. I am very happy with her service. She has booked several trips without a problem. She is also great when there is a late change to your plans or you need to add another person. I would recommend her (and have) to all my friends.
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5 of 14 people found this review helpful

Cannot be topped

Reviewed By Elizabeth - Austin Texas | Traveled to Galapagos Islands ~ Ecuador ~ South America
Tina thought of absolutely everything and anticipated every question or concern. She is organized, efficient and personable. I cannot imagine any trip, ever, topping this one. But I am already thinking of another trip and of course will rely on Tina's expertise.
A wonderful experience from beginning to end!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Tina Shands responded:
Thank you for your trust in me. Making sure things go off without a problem is important to me. I appreciate your business and look forward to working with you again.
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7 of 18 people found this review helpful

Stress-free trip of a lifetime to Great Britain

Reviewed By Lauren - Austin, TX | Traveled to
Tina planned and executed a flawless trip for my husband and me to England, Scotland, and Wales. She tailored the trip to our personalities and budget, and she ensured we did not miss the best experiences to be had in each locale. Our trip was coordinated with a company located in the UK, and we had local contacts if there were issues while there. I have always booked my own travel via the internet, but Tina and Specially Designed Travel have spoiled me now! I am sure I could not have duplicated this experience on my own. The value she provides is priceless, and looking over the trip cost now I am so pleased with the entire process. Thank you Tina - I am sure we will work together again!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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8 of 20 people found this review helpful

Providing the Personal Touch

Reviewed By Brian - Austin, Texas | Traveled to
Tina is doing an amazing job of planning our honeymoon cruise trip around the Mediterranean (July 2016). She is providing us with lots of options and opinions as we are still fine-tuning our trip (hotel recommendations, shore excursion options, etc). I have no doubt if something last minute pops up, she will have a helpful advice on how to deal with the issue.
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7 of 18 people found this review helpful

She listened carefully to what we wanted.

Reviewed By John - Austin, Texas | Traveled to
My wife and I usually planned our trips, but getting older made it more difficult. Tina was a Godsend. She listened carefully to our wishes, then fully explored the alternatives, She made it easy for us to settle on a plan for a great vacation.
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8 of 21 people found this review helpful

A glimpse of Heaven!

Reviewed By Sherry and Roger - San Antonio, Texas | Traveled to Fiji ~ South Pacific
Tina deserves a medal for my beyond the normal itinerary! I wanted total seclusion on a 10 acre Fiji island which took 3 methods of transportation to get there. A lot was involved to make sure my expectations for my honeymoon/anniversary were a guaranteed perfect delivery, and it was indeed! Heaven must have dripped and formed the island of Royal Davui because it was beauty we both have never experienced! Our private open villa with our private heated infinity pool overlooking the most beautiful see-through oceanic landscape was so surreal! My husband and I are definitely going back in another 5 years!
Thank you Tina for working with my craziness in making sure there was no disappointment!
Great job!
We will definitely use Tina's services again!
Sherry and Roger
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Tina Shands responded:
I am so thrilled that your time was amazing. It is exactly what I strive for with all my clients. Can't wait to help you on your next magical vacation.
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6 of 17 people found this review helpful

Great Destination Wedding and Family Trip

Reviewed By SRB - Austin, TX | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Tina is great. She coordinated travel for 40+ of our family and guest. Would highly recommend her. Everyone had a similar enjoyable experience with her. Will use her again in the future.
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9 of 23 people found this review helpful

Family Reunion

Reviewed By pep - Austin, TX | Traveled to
I contacted a few travel agents in the Austin area and Tina stood out in her response. It wasn't a canned response like most big agencies. Tina was personable and requested to meet in person to get to know me, so she could plan a vacation I would enjoy. I came to Tina with a huge task of bringing multiple families from across the U.S. together with varying budgets and family sizes. Tina's knowledge of family places helped us narrow down where to travel. We wanted an all-inclusive place that had activities for children and adults. Tina kept our budgets in mind and advised some families to purchase airfare on their own when it was more economical to do so. Transportation to and from the resort was arranged for us. All I had to do was show up with my passport. I'll definitely be using Tina again as her knowledge makes planning much easier.
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8 of 21 people found this review helpful

European Tours

Reviewed By Debbie - Austin, TX | Traveled to
Tina was a joy to work with. She planned a trip for us which included flights, two river cruises around Europe, trains, and a side trip to Iceland which included tours. During the planning phase, Tina gathered information on our likes and dislikes. She then proceeded gathering information and provided us with brochures and several different itenaries. She kept in touch with us as she planned the trip. Before the trip, Tina provided us with a detailed timeline (I carried it with me everywhere as I knew if I needed information, it would be in her Itenary.) It was a joy working together with Tina. I would definitely use her services again.
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7 of 19 people found this review helpful

Our Alaska Adventure is almost here!

Reviewed By Sangrid - Kerrville, TX | Traveled to
Tina has made the planning of our Bucket List trip to Alaska so easy and fun! We get excited every time we talk with her about our options for excursions and "must see" vistas! Her attention to our personal interests, not necessarily what the "masses" do while there are very appreciated. The planning continues, but we are booked for an amazing experience! Thank you Tina! You're awesome!
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5 of 15 people found this review helpful

Tina has planned my trip of Australia and New Zealand

Reviewed By Ann - Austin, TX | Traveled to
Tina is a wonderful person to work with. The first trip I planned to Australia and New Zealand was cancelled because of health reasons. I highly recommend taking out insurance because if not for insurance I would not be taking another trip. Thanks to her, I am excited about my trip. She has worked tirelessly to make it a great trip.
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5 of 16 people found this review helpful

Travel the World!

Reviewed By BJ - Austin, Texas | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Tina was a pleasure to work with as she knew what she was talking about and could explain everything so well. Everything on the trip went smoothly because of her expertise in travel and preparing me for everything I needed



It was a wonderful vacation due to Tina's expertise in travel. She found a beautiful hotel for us and prepared us for international travel. She was always ready and willing to answer any and all questions. I highly recommend her!!!
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6 of 18 people found this review helpful

Best vacation ever!!

Reviewed By Linda B - Austin TX | Traveled to Maui Island ~ Hawaii ~ USA
My daughter and I could not be happier with our vacation to Maui! The idea of this trip hatched months ago and came to be a reality with the expert help of Tina Shands with Specially Designed Travel. Here is her website http://www.speciallydesignedtravel.com. Tina and I had two quick meetings and a handful of emails and it was a done deal. I had zero experience with Hawaii and pretty much just told her I wanted to stay somewhere nice and do fun stuff; told her our likes and dislikes and that was it. I couldn't have planned this vacation with out her. She did ALL the research, put a few choices in front of me and that was it. I had an extremely detailed packet in my hands a couple of weeks before we left with every reservation, voucher, phone number, website, contact, etc in perfect order. She was available for anything or question that came up. When we arrived in Maui my first text was from her welcoming us there!! If you need or want assistance for a special trip -do you
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5 of 17 people found this review helpful

Tina made my first cruise experience fun and easy!

Reviewed By Leisha Sanchez - Odessa Texas | Traveled to
Outstanding cruise from the ship, ports, and excursions we selected. It all happened just the way we planned it and even better!! Tina is your go to person for travel!!
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5 of 18 people found this review helpful

Travel planning was easy

Reviewed By Julia - Playa del Carmen, Mexico | Traveled to
Tina helped plan our group vacation and made it very easy. She provided all the information we needed to apply for our passports. When it was time to travel she provided an itinerary that included every detail we needed including how to navigate our way to the correct transportation service from the airport. Looking forward to working with Tina on our next group trip.
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4 of 17 people found this review helpful

Wonderful Travel Agent!

Reviewed By Taylor - Austin, TX | Traveled to
Tina was a pleasure to work with on planning our trip to South Africa. She was very thorough and thoughtful and tailored a variety of trip options to our personal wants and needs. Unfortunately, some personal things came up in our lives and we were unable to follow through with our trip, but we certainly plan on using her in the future.
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