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Elaine Upton

Bethesda, Maryland Travel Agent

Leisure Travel Consultant

I joined the travel agency community in 1978 and became a Certified Travel Consultant 1983. I studied French and Spanish in college, and enjoy traveling in Europe where I can attempt to utilize my language skills. As a graduate of the College of Disney Knowledge, I am certified as a “Disney Specialist”. What this doesn’t indicate is that I LOVE everything Disney! I have traveled to 3 Disney resort areas (Florida, California, France) for a total of over 20 visits and have sailed on 2 Disney cruises.

I also work with some of our corporate travelers and enjoy the challenge of developing complicated international flight itineraries.

My favorite places to travel and to help others visit include Walt Disney World (of course!), the National Parks of the U.S., the Caribbean, and Europe (especially France and Great Britain). I'm also a Certified Cruise Counselor and enjoy cruising and planning cruise vacations – anything from 5 days on the St Lawrence River to 110 days around the world.

In my free time, I bake fabulous homemade cookies and have a reputation throughout the Travel Place community and beyond for these special treats, especially during the holidays.

From a happy and loyal customer...

We have had very good experiences with Travel Place and recommend it highly. Elaine Upton, who has been our contact, is a lovely person and has patiently sat with me planning at least two trips with very complicated travel planning. She is conscientious and professional and very concerned when anything has gone awry (not her fault)! It took us a while to find Travel Place but we are not going anywhere else.
Diana J.

Customer Testimonials

"Could not have been better"

I wanted to send you a note to thank you for all your help and wonderful insights in planning our family vacation. Our trip could not have been better! Your hotel choices, transport arrangements and all the little details really were fantastic. I certainly would not have been able to plan nor book the locations and travel with the expertise and knowledge that you did. We’ll very much look forward to having you plan our next adventure! Thank you again,

Provided by Eric H, Chevy Chase MD

Amazing Holland and the Netherlands

I wanted to thank you very much for our trip. We had an amazing time and can't wait to go back! We look forward to working with you again for our next adventure.

Provided by S + S, Bethesda, MD

River cruise perfection

I want to thank you for doing such a great job in putting together our trip! I fell in love with Paris which I wasn't expecting and the Moulin Rouge was amazing! The river cruise couldn't have been more perfect... impeccable service, food and accommodations. Everything was so well organized I didn't have to think for 2 weeks. I also loved all the port towns we visited and Prague was so lovely and fun to walk. Thanks for holding my hand and getting me there!!!

Provided by BW, Delaware

My Reviews

6 of 13 people found this review helpful

Elaine is the best!

Reviewed By Bud M. - Coronado, CA | Traveled to Europe
Elaine has been and is the most competent, professional and caring travel consultant we have ever dealt with. Her assistance and advice throughout many small ship cruises and hotel accommodations over the years has been nothing but superb. Elaine is the best!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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4 of 11 people found this review helpful

Beyond the call of duty

Reviewed By ilanafog - Washington, DC | Traveled to Rio de Janeiro ~ Brazil ~ South America
In 2015, Elaine helped us identify and purchase an elaborate triangular itinerary—flights from Washington to Europe and then straight to Rio to attend the Olympics in August 2016.

We were pleased with the affordable price she was able to secure for the flights, which made our trip viable. However, we were even more pleased with how she helped us undo those tickets last week, when we came to the sad decision of not attending the Olympics due to the many problems Brazil is facing right now.

In addition to dealing with our kids’ disappointment of missing the games, we were very concerned about the financial implications of changing flights at this point. Luckily for us, Elaine went out of her way to figure out how to reroute our tickets and still ensure that part of the money will be refunded by the airlines.

We are extremely grateful for her effort and time, and will consider Elaine our go-to travel agent for years to come!

Ilana
Washington, DC
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Elaine Upton responded:
Thanks very much, Ilana. I'm sorry circumstances forced you to cancel your trip to the Olympics, but I am glad we were able to keep it from costing you money to change the airline tickets. I will be happy to help you with future travel. Elaine
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3 of 11 people found this review helpful

Trip of a Lifetime

Reviewed By CeCe - Bethesda, MD | Traveled to Southern Africa
Elaine is top-notch. Her care is personal and her investment is thorough. I would never do a large trip without her guidance and care. She helped us create an unforgettable journey through Southern Africa which included curating and footing the bill for a very special evening treat in Cape Town. This was a dream come true.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Elaine Upton responded:
Thank you so much for this review. It was a joy to plan your trip, with the help of a good Africa tour operator, and I am so pleased it was a trip of a lifetime! Elaine
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2 of 11 people found this review helpful

Honeymoon

Reviewed By Elana - Washington DC | Traveled to South Africa ~ Africa
Elaine was wonderful! I called her 4 months before my honeymoon with nothing booked and a long list of things I wanted to do, and she made it all happen! Our trip was wonderful and everything ran smoothly. A few weather dependent activities were cancelled, but we had great alternatives and that was of course out of anyone's control. Thank you Elaine for a wonderful and memorable trip!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Elaine Upton responded:
Thank you for your review. I am so glad you had a wonderful and memorable trip; I enjoyed working on it with you. We'll have to try again sometime for those "weather-dependent activities"! Elaine
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