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Melissa Cowles

Monroe, Georgia Travel Agent
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Melissa Cowles

Melissa Cowles

Monroe, Georgia Travel Agent
An independent agent with Nexion, LLC in Irving, TX, a Travel Leaders Network affiliate agency
25 Reviews | 100% Recommended
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Family Vacation Specialist

Hi! Im Melissa Cowles, a travel counselor and the owner of Make a Memory, Travel.  I thank you for taking the time to read my bio. As a "family vacation specialist" I realize that families come in all shapes and sizes. I can help you plan vacation experiences that fit yours, so you will make those memories that last a lifetime!  I love to travel- with friends, family,  for fun, and also to learn about new places and cultures! My family has a lot to do with who I am and the travel agency I continue to build!  Like most, my family seems to always be changing and growing in one direction or another.   I grew up in Buffalo, NY with my sister, parents, and grandparents close by.   My parents took a few trips but we didn't get to go.  Until high school.  My graduation gift came early. It was an EF Tour trip to Europe with some of my classmates.  The travel bug had taken root. I began college, 2 years in,  I met and married a military man.  Al of a sudden I was moving to AZ.  Although I gained a slew of in-laws, living so far away,  it felt like my family shrunk- down to just the 2 of us.  A few years later our daughter was born, and 5 years after that, our son arrived!  We had moved to MD and back to NY,  where we lived closer to family and by now, there were cousins on both sides living everywhere!  We were visiting states from the east to the west coast, up north and down south! Eventually, our life in the active duty military came to an end, and a new one came to light.  My husband transferred to the Army Reserves and became a teacher.  We moved to GA, settled in and I went back to school and also taught- for over 10 years now!   Our family was everything to us. As teachers, we couldn't give our kids everything, and never wanted to, but all that moving around and seeing new places, making new friends, left its mark.  We were determined they would get to travel.  Maybe not too exotic- but they'd see new places, make new friends!  I served as our travel agent. Before Garmins and iphones- I was pretty good with road maps, ads from magazines, and land line phone calls!  We did Disney and cruises, road trips to many states,  Bahamas, the mountains, the beach, Alaska whatever we could when we could!  Our "kids" are now 22 and 16.  There's a fiancée in the picture- and our family is changing again!

 We've passed on the love of travel to the kids.  My daughter traveled to France in high school- stayed for weeks as part of a student swap, and in recently,  spent months living in Bali, Indonesia- volunteering to help improve mental health in a 3rd world country.  I visited her there and got to see much of the country and learn a lot, first hand.  While on that side of the world, together, she and I traveled to Japan and Australia as well.  I arranged multiple cities in multiple countries.  Our flights, our ground transportation, luggage transport, planes, trains and automobiles!  It was crazy and exciting, and when I called a travel agent to check my work- he said "You should do this! Why aren't you a travel agent?  You are ALREADY doing it all!"  There was nothing left for him to help me with. It had taken weeks of planning and figuring out, but I was on my way to experience the trip of a lifetime.  

When we got home- I looked back on my life so far- the happiest times, the best of the best memories.  May of them had one thing in common- travel.  As a teenager, I got my first taste of how big and small the world really is. Then there were life events that kept me on the move- a honeymoon, moving to other states, visiting family, family visiting us, traveling as a family... My memories are best with the ones I love.  Aren't they always?  So my experiences, my family, my love for travel have helped my shape my travel agency.

 Families come in all shapes, sizes, and ages, but when it comes to travel, they all have one thing in common- they want their vacations to be memorable- in the very best sense of the word.   For some of us, family is a close-knit group of friends, for others it’s a brand new husband and wife team, in nuclear families, it’s all about the kids or even large extended family groups!  At Make a Memory Travel, I can help you define and design a vacation that fits your family perfectly!

A Testimonial or Two

Uluwatu Temple, Bali, Indonesia
Uluwatu Temple, Bali, Indonesia

From: Butch B.  May 9    If you found Melissa your search for a quality travel agent is over. She just helped us plan the perfect vacation and her knowledge of our options enhanced our experience beyond our expectations.

From Bobby K: Jun1      Our trip to Alaska was great! Melissa had done a great job of setting everything up! We didn't have to worry about anything.  We will definitely be using Melissa on our next adventure!

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Rating: 5 25 Reviews | 100% Recommended

Bali, Australia, Japan

Reviewed By Bree - Athens, GA | Traveled to Bali ~ Indonesia ~ East and Southeast Asia
Excellent!! Everything was planned and went smoothly, we had nothing to worry about. Transportation is my biggest concern, and we never had an issue. She provided us with several different options, and we were able to check everything off our list. She was easy to work with and accommodated our needs very professionally. I was interning in Bali for six weeks, and then my mother flew out to meet me and we traveled to Sydney, Melbourne, then Tokyo and Kyoto. She was extremely knowledgeable about all locations and was quick to answer all questions. Working with more than 3 countries and planning layovers in multiple cities, she was phenomenal.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Melissa Cowles responded:
Thank you for the lovely review! It was an exciting time and an amazing adventure! Many memories were made - and that's what were all about!
21 of 32 people found this review helpful
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Excellent Getaway to St Lucia! We will return!

Reviewed By Trudy - St Simons Island GA | Traveled to St. Lucia ~ Caribbean
Very easy to work with. Listened to all of our requests and made everything possible. She even went the extra mile to make special requests on out behalf for a birthday surprise. She is fantastic and very knowledgeable.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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A Trip of a Lifetime!

Reviewed By rmeeler - Savannah, GA | Traveled to Europe
Melissa is wonderful!!! I will always use her as "My" travel agent. She was there if I needed to ask a question or just wanted suggestions throughout the entire process and vacation. She had backups of documents, etc., in case something happened - which didn't. However, that was especially comforting because we were going out of the country. She planned a perfect vacation for an adult son and mother with "differing "age" interests". This was a trip of a lifetime for us.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Melissa Cowles responded:
Mothers and sons have a special relationship for sure! It was my privilege to help you both make amazing memories!
7 of 12 people found this review helpful
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Awesome Travel Agent

Reviewed By Sherri - Monroe, GA | Traveled to Jamaica ~ Caribbean
Melissa was EXCELLENT!!! Could not have asked for a better travel agent. When I was about to go out of my ever loving mind, I contacted Melissa and she took over everything. I no longer had to worry about how I was going to pull this vacation off. Even when there was a pricing issue, she went well above and beyond for me. As long as she is in business, I will NEVER use another travel agent. SHE IS TRUELY AWESOME!!! I am so grateful to have her on my side!!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Melissa Cowles responded:
Thank you Sherri! Its been a pleasure planning your journey to Jamaica!:) Cant wait to hear where you want to wander off to next!
15 of 29 people found this review helpful
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First Cruise and it was fabulous!

Reviewed By TD - Loganville, GA | Traveled to Caribbean
Melissa is so easy to work with and her response time is great! She was instrumental in helping us plan our first cruise and we loved it!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Melissa Cowles responded:
Thank you so much for the wonderful review! It is my pleasure to have you as a client!
5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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Wonderful trip!

Reviewed By RDH - Monroe ,GA | Traveled to Bahamas ~ Caribbean
She is very easy to work with. She answered any question in a timely manner.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
8 of 16 people found this review helpful
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Our PERFECT Honeymoon!!

Reviewed By Lauren&Wally - North Tonawanda, NY | Traveled to Caribbean
Melissa planned every aspect of our honeymoon for us! This was our first traveling experience as a couple alone and we had no idea where to start or what we were doing Melissa helped us every step of the way, offered choices and recommendations for every aspect of our cruise. She spend the time to ask us what we prefer before planning each and every step and was very personal throughout the process. Melissa is top notch and we would not book another vacation without her!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Melissa Cowles responded:
I'm so glad is was everything you'd imagined! You both deserve nothing but the best. Thank you for the lovely review!
2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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Magnificent Travel Journey!

Reviewed By Lankford - Lawrenceville, Georgia | Traveled to Los Angeles ~ California ~ USA
Melissa is professional and dedicated to managing the best travel experience. She is knowlegeable and gives great ideas concerning: tours, sights, and just how to have the best possible time. I will of course use her when I am ready to book my next trip.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Melissa Cowles responded:
Thank you! Im happy to hear you had a wonderful experience!
5 of 11 people found this review helpful
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Destination Wedding - Travel Review

Reviewed By Emily and Matt - Statham, GA | Traveled to Ocho Rios ~ Jamaica ~ Caribbean
Melissa exceeded every expectation we had for a travel agent. My (now) husband and I got married in Jamaica and had 16 guests join us. She was able to arrange accomodations for every single guest, including stay and travel, as well as make our stay special and unforgettable. I was in graduate school during the wedding planning process so without Melissa, I can't imagine the disaster of a wedding we would have had. She is organized, prompt, and knowledgeable. We are customers for life!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Melissa Cowles responded:
Weddings are special and deserve to be treated as such! I'm so honored to have played a pat in your special day and the honeymoon afterward!
5 of 11 people found this review helpful
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Fun Times at Sea

Reviewed By LA - Monroe, GA | Traveled to Nassau ~ Bahamas ~ Caribbean
Melissa made planning our trip easy which is not an easy task with a large group. She was knowledgeable, friendly, and quick to respond to questions. I can't wait to plan my next trip!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
7 of 15 people found this review helpful
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Almost Paradise

Reviewed By Debbie - Loganville , Georgia | Traveled to Paris ~ France ~ Europe
Melissa is the best travel agent that I have ever worked with. She truly listens to your wants and needs and goes above and beyond to make sure that our trip was going to be wonderful. Unfortunately we had to cancel our trip because of health issues but Melissa has been with us every step of the way.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
11 of 23 people found this review helpful
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Fantastic voyage

Reviewed By Hollyberries - Covington, GA | Traveled to Bahamas ~ Caribbean
Melissa was easy to work with and she was knowledgeable about all of the details of the cruise
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Melissa Cowles responded:
Thank you!
5 of 12 people found this review helpful
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Cruise

Reviewed By Maemae - Loganville , Ga | Traveled to Bahamas ~ Caribbean
Melissa was very professional and done exactly what I asked for. I would definitely use her again.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
5 of 12 people found this review helpful
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So much fun with the WCCC friends! Such a blast!

Reviewed By Trudy - Monroe, GA | Traveled to Nassau ~ Bahamas ~ Caribbean
Melissa is wonderful & made every part of booking my trip so so easy. She is very detailed & doesn’t miss a thing when planning your vacation.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
5 of 12 people found this review helpful
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One of the best trips!!

Reviewed By Kay - Kathy | Traveled to Bahamas ~ Caribbean
Melissa was great!! She was always willing to help you and answer any questions you had even the most dumb ones which in my case where often. Melissa went above and beyond to help us at all times I will use her again!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
5 of 12 people found this review helpful
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AMAZING SERVICE!!

Reviewed By Sstokes - Conyers | Traveled to USA
She was absolutely amazing and on top of everything! We did not have to lift one finger. She made us feel at ease because we hate planning trips! It never works out for us! Even though we had to cancel our trip. We will definitely be using Melissa again!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Melissa Cowles responded:
Thanks so much! It was great working with you and we will take great care of you once things calm down and you are ready to travel again!
7 of 16 people found this review helpful
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First Mother and Daughter trip

Reviewed By Kinsey - Social Circle, Ga | Traveled to St. Thomas ~ Virgin Islands ~ Caribbean
A very incredible experience !
She took care of us !
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Melissa Cowles responded:
Mothers and daughters have an incredible bond and this was a fabulous way to nurture that and make some incredible memories! Thank you for allowing me to be a small part of that!
5 of 13 people found this review helpful
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Best spring break for 16 year old teens

Reviewed By Kim - Snellville | Traveled to Nassau ~ Bahamas ~ Caribbean
She was wonderful and answered any questions that we had to prepare for the cruise.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Melissa Cowles responded:
Thank you!
5 of 13 people found this review helpful
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St. Patrick's Day Adventure

Reviewed By Weston-Farrow Family - Lagrange, Georgia | Traveled to Savannah ~ Georgia ~ USA
Melissa is absolutely amazing, she is extremely courteous and professional. Within minutes of providing our destination and budget, she provide multiple packages for us to choose from. I loved the convenience of it all. Previously it would take me hours upon hours searching for the best rate and availability. Reaching out of Melissa is now preferred method when traveling. I highly recommend using her to book all your vacation travels.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Melissa Cowles responded:
Thank you so much for your kind review! It was my pleasure:)
5 of 13 people found this review helpful
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My first cruise

Reviewed By Oh Carolina - Dacula, Georgia | Traveled to Bahamas ~ Caribbean
She was wonderful, this was my first cruise and it was very organized and I had no problems at all.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
5 of 13 people found this review helpful
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Carnival Fun!

Reviewed By Jane T. - Social Circle, GA | Traveled to Bahamas ~ Caribbean
Easy to work with; answers "stupid" questions with grace!! Will definitely use her in the future.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
5 of 14 people found this review helpful
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Was able to get much needed relaxation! Wonderful!

Reviewed By Sharon - Monroe, GA | Traveled to Bahamas ~ Caribbean
Awesome! Helped keep me on track to make sure I took advantage of all the benefits (discounts, gifts, etc) of booking through Make a Memory Travel.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
5 of 14 people found this review helpful
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European Adventure

Reviewed By Adventurous - Monroe, GA | Traveled to Germany ~ Europe
Melissa did a fantastic job booking our trip. We met to discuss places of interests and what we enjoyed doing while vacationing. She listened to what we liked and planned a perfect trip for us! Melissa managed to book our hotels near the train stations because we opted not to rent a car. Trains were scheduled perfectly allowing us to sleep in some, but still arrive in the next city in time to explore prior to sunset. All tours scheduled were fabulous and easy to locate because she also planned those near our hotels. Melissa did a great job and I would highly recommend her!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Melissa Cowles responded:
Thank you for the lovely review! It was a pleasure working with you!
5 of 14 people found this review helpful
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A super fun trip!!

Reviewed By Dianne - Bishop, GA | Traveled to Walt Disney World ~ Florida ~ USA
Wow!! Melissa is FABULOUS to work with! She thinks of everything, and gives pointers all the way up to the day you leave. She even texted us during trip to not only make sure we were having a fabulous time, she reminded us about seeing to airport shuttles. In a panic, I even contacted her about some dining reservations we were running late for. She was able to calm me down and provide me with a phone number to use. If a deal is to be found, Melissa WILL find it. I will be utilizing her services again. I HIGHLY recommend her to anyone!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Melissa Cowles responded:
Thank you for the review, the referrals and for your loyalty! I cant wait to hear about your next adventure, this time at sea!
13 of 31 people found this review helpful
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Amazing First Anniversary

Reviewed By Elisa G. - Columbia SC | Traveled to Bahamas ~ Caribbean
Melissa was absolutely exceptional! I told her exactly what I wanted for our 1 year Anniversary and she hit it right on the head. She spent an entire evening searching and comparing what would be a perfect way to celebrate a very special occasion. Our cruise was a very unique experience and we will be using her again!!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Melissa Cowles responded:
So glad you enjoyed your anniversary trip! Our military deserves the best!
2 of 10 people found this review helpful
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