Karen Shelton

Waxhaw, North Carolina Travel Agent

My Path Unwinding Travel, a Travel Leaders Network affiliate agency

Owner/ Professional Travel Advisor

Disney Fantasy at Disney's Castaway Cay. A simply
Disney Fantasy at Disney's Castaway Cay. A simply

As the owner of My Path Unwinding Travel, I rely on my extensive travel experience and a global network of travel suppliers to design a hassle-free, memorable vacation for my clients. 

I specialize in booking the following type of vacations for my clients:

  • Disney Destinations — I am passionate about Disney, and I love helping families book customized trips to Walt Disney World. Disneyland, Aulani, Disney Cruise Line and Adventures by Disney.  I am a College of Disney Knowledge graduate and a frequent Disney traveler by land and sea. In addition, I have traveled with Adventures by Disney guided tours, and can help my clients experience the world with the magic of Disney by their side.
  • All-inclusive resorts — This is the best way to relax and rejuvenate yourself, and I love to match my clients with the destination and resort that will meet all of their needs and wants. I have certifications with Sandals/ Beaches, Karisma (Azul, El Dorado, Generations, Nickelodeon), AMResorts (Dreams, Secrets, Now, etc) and more.
  • Cruises —Whether  you are seeking a relaxing Caribbean cruise, an Alaskan cruise adventure, a river cruise, or more, I can help you select the best cruise line, ship, and itinerary for your family. 
  • Global Destinatons- Traveling overseas can be daunting. I work with you and my worldwide suppliers to create a worry-free trip. 

Please call, email or find me on facebook! I look forward to getting to know you and designing your next vacation!

My Reviews

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

Karen was excellent!

Reviewed By KS - Indian Trail, NC | Traveled to
Karen helped us to plan a girls trip to Jamaica. She was quick to respond with answers and recommendations as we narrowed down the details of our trip. She recommended an excellent resort and arranged the details that made the stay even more enjoyable. She coordinated flights from 3 different cities to arrive at the same time and we had transportation waiting for us to go to the resort. When something wasn't right at the resort, she was able to handle it from afar. I highly recommend using Karen for any travel needs you have.
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Planned an excellent trip for a large group

Reviewed By Gerri K - Waxhaw, NC | Traveled to
Karen planned an excellent vacation for 3 families which included 6 adults and 9 teenagers/ young adults ranging in age from 13-20. We went on vacation over the Christmas holiday and she booked it a few months before the trip. She was able to find us an excellent family all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana. We were all on the same flights and flight times were ideal. Before we left on the trip, she was able to make dinner reservations for us as we had such a large group. She also followed up several times with the resort to make sure that the younger teens were placed near adults as they were staying in their own room- in fact, we had 7 rooms and all were right near each other, which was great. The vacation turned out to be fantastic- everyone loved the resort. Karen was excellent to work with, always following through and getting back to us with information that was requested. I would definitely recommend having Karen book your next trip!
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Very Knowledgeable, Very Passionate

Reviewed By Thdarragh - Lancaster, PA | Traveled to
I have known Karen for about 2 years now and I can say, without hesitation, that she is one of the most knowledgeable travel advisors I know. She is passionate and extremely helpful, and will make sure you get the absolute best deal on your vacation or travel plans. I would trust her to arrange every detail of my vacation and be completely at ease, knowing her skills and dedication would provide me with the best possible outcome. If you need help in booking your next trip or vacation, give Karen a try.
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Disney Made Easy!

Reviewed By V - Cary, NC | Traveled to Orlando ~ Florida ~ USA
Karen planned the best trip for us! She made it so easy and handled everything from hotel reservations, dining reservations and fast passes! She knew just how to schedule our days and gave great advice on how to manage Disney during one of the busiest weeks of the year! My family kept thanking me for such a great vacation but I told them it was Karen they should be thanking!
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Excellent Service

Reviewed By RH - Waxhaw, NC | Traveled to
Karen took the time to speak with us to determine exactly what we were looking for in a trip. She is conscientious and everything was set up for us perfectly. Highly recommend Karen!
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Karen is the best TA by far

Reviewed By Cruisegrandpa - Marvin, NC | Traveled to
In the past 30+ years, we sailed on over 40 cruises. We always used travel agents to book our trips with different results. Booking with Karen was by far the best experience for us. Her enthusiasm, knowledge and dedication to detail is admirable. Karen takes the time to research all options in order to achieve the ultimate travel experience for the best price.
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Meticulously planned itinerary and a PERFECT vacation!

Reviewed By MamaT - Nashville, TN | Traveled to
Karen has planned several of our family vacations (4 so far) our most recent one being a Disney cruise, concierge level. It was AMAZING!! :) Her attention to detail and ability to plan the latest and greatest activities, dining and events is super impressive. She makes it so easy....we talk about what we want to do and a budget and she comes back with such fun ideas! We spent a few days in WDW after the cruise and she had all of our fast passes pre-programmed into our bracelets all we had to do was show up...and walk past all the people in line! If you want to save time, get the most value for your vacation and experience really fun and unique excursions/activities/dining, Karen is who you need to call!! If I could give her 6 stars I would!
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Shares in the excitement of planning!

Reviewed By Kim - South Carolina | Traveled to
I have been so happy to have Karen take over as my travel agent. While the job was getting done by someone else, I didn't feel like I had open communication with the agent.I love having someone I can run ideas by or gain information about trips . A consumer always wants to have their best interests taken care of and I feel like I have that with Karen. She is just as excited to help me plan a trip as I am to take it. Priceless!
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working hard

Reviewed By Janet - SWVA | Traveled to
Karen's working hard to find just the right vacation for us. We are certain she will!
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Planned a dream trip - and then saved it from Winter Storm Jonas!

Reviewed By Ivan K. - Great Barrington, MA | Traveled to
When my wife let me know her dream 40th birthday present was a winter trip to the Caribbean, I knew exactly who to call. Karen listened carefully to all of our "must haves" and preferences, helped us figure out exactly which island to go to (Aruba -- why would anyone go anywhere else?), found us the perfect all-inclusive beach-front resort with the exact room layout we asked for, got us the dates we wanted, and did it all at a price that blew us away. As the Passover saying goes, "That would have been enough!" But when winter storm Jonas caused our outgoing flight to be cancelled and the resort had no vacancies for us to add days, that's when Karen swung into high gear. She walked us through all of our options, at our request she found us another great resort at a great price for the added days, coached us through the travel insurance process to get us our reimbursement for the missed days at the first resort, thought through every possible snafu and made sure they wouldn't happen - and tirelessly worked to turn what could have been total disaster right back into the vacation we dreamed of. It was clear to us a every step that our vacation was as important to Karen as it was to us. That is something you can't find from an average travel agent. Simply said, Karen is the best! I couldn't recommend working with her any more highly -- and we will be calling on her for our next getaway for sure.
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Fantastic Experience!

Reviewed By Anna - Greenville, SC | Traveled to
Karen recently helped us plan our first no-kid vacation to the Riviera Maya, Mexico! We had been to Mexico previously and loved the resort, but were looking for something new to try. I love researching and spend lots of time on review sites, but it was Karen who found the PERFECT resort for us! She found a resort that met all of our criteria - in budget, great food and drink options, better than nice accommodations, a nice beach, etc. We booked and her recommendation was spot on - she made our vacation exactly what we were hoping for! She also arranged our shuttle to/from the resort, which was helpful. The whole process was extremely easy and Karen was fantastic to work with!
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And I thought I didn't need a travel agent...

Reviewed By Bill L. - Hartford, CT | Traveled to
We did our own research for our trip to Disney World, and we knew pretty much where we wanted to stay on property. Why would we need a travel agent? Karen gave us info about the properties near Epcot that really helped us narrow our decision. We wound up booking concierge level at the Beach Club and loved it, but I am not sure we would have even known about that option or the value it brings if Karen had not presented it to us with some insider tidbits that she had clearly gotten first-hand. I thought we would play our days in the parks by ear according to what the wait times were, but Karen had fantastic tips for which parks to do on which days in order to minimize the crowds. The Fast Pass thing seems like it changes every time we go, but Karen was up to speed on the latest and we were able to get on all the rides the family wanted. We even scored an extra fast pass two of the days that we didn't think we could get anymore! It makes sense that now that more information is available to the average consumer, even more information is available to the travel professionals. Karen is that professional, and as Emeril Lagasse likes to say, she really "kicked our vacation up a notch!"
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