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Samantha Ritchie

Des Moines, Iowa Travel Agent
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Samantha Ritchie

Des Moines, Iowa Travel Agent
An independent agent with Travel Leaders in Albertville, MN,
15 Reviews | 93% Recommended
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Adventure & Luxury Travel Specialist

Lighting my way to the Bedouin Camp in Wadi Rum
Lighting my way to the Bedouin Camp in Wadi Rum

Hello, My name is Samantha Ritchie and I am happy to be here as a consultant for your travelling needs.  I would like to get you started on experiencing the best time of your life! Travelling is priceless and there is no better time than now to start.

I began my travel career over 20 years ago.  My first memories of travel come from visiting western Europe.  Spain, Italy, Switzerland and France gave me the first glimpse of what my future would hold, but even before then I knew I would explore the far corners of the world.

I became a Certified Travel Agent after graduating from McConnell travel school in 1994.  A few years later I received my BOA at Northern Arizona University in International Relations, with a minor in Asian Studies.  SE and SW Asia were my focus.

I have lived, studied and traveled in Asia.  I have also had my adventures in Europe and the Middle East, but Asia is where I made my home for almost a decade. 

A few of my homes have been Japan, Taiwan,  Jakarta, Indonesia, Bali  and China.  When I had free time I traveled to Thailand, Okinawa, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam.   I really enjoyed getting to know the natives of each country.  I ate street food, shopped the night markets and tried my best to live as a local.  I enjoy soft and hard adventure,  ethnic food and languages which is probably why I have such a travel bug.  I love experiencing what the world has to offer and I  hold some of the most memorable adventures of my life in Asia and the Middle East. Culture which includes language, food, religion and music, amongst a few others, have been my passion!  

I am an experienced destination specialist in Asia, the Middle East, Ireland and Scotland. I have lived, worked and travelled throughout Asia and have travelled to the Middle East numerous time, as well as many other countries. I graduated from McConnell Travel School with a certificate in Travel & Tourism and a degree in International Relations with an emphasis on Asian studies. I research and plan active adventure trips to Qatar, Jordan, Palestine, Egypt, Asia, Ireland & Scotland. I provide authentic, experiential journeys that are unique to each destination. I work with trusted suppliers that are in-country and know the ins and outs, so you'll get the most unique and satisfying experience possible and because I have first-hand experience in these destinations, I can offer invaluable information that might have go amiss elsewhere. Myself and my suppliers promote sustainable travel and well-being, so future travelers will also be able to enjoy these destination’s wonders. I'll engage as much as needed in order to find out your true travel passions and desires. I’m not looking for a sale. I’m looking to build relationships, so you'll remain loyal and refer active newcomers to Indo Bleu Travel. In addition, I will be your advocate before, during and after you return from your journey.

My destination expertise makes me a great resource for you. I understand if you have never traveled overseas to a far away country where people don't speak the same language; however,  I can provide professional guidance and safety.  I can also assist in making your vacation seamless, efficient and worth your time and money.

 

"Curiosity makes life so much fun.  Once you lose that, all the joy diminishes."

~ Ethan Hawke

 

Keep Traveling!

Samantha Ritchie

 

CERTIFICATES & AWARDS

Certified Active and Adventure Travel Specialist
Qatar Specialist
Jordan Specialist
Palestine & Israel Specialist
Thailand Specialist
Indonesia & Bali Specialist

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My Reviews

Rating: 5 15 Reviews | 93% Recommended

Incredible Destination Wedding!

Reviewed By Joey Sue - Leon, IA | Traveled to Jamaica ~ Caribbean
Samantha Ritchie was awesome to work with! She was able to get me on a flight at the last minute with my daughters who had bought their tickets months earlier and I even got to sit next to them! Samantha was also able to get me in the same resort in the adjacent building to my daughters. ALL IN AN HOUR!!! Thank you Samantha!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Samantha Ritchie responded:
Thank you for the great review Joey. I am truly happy you were able to attend your friend's destination wedding in Jamaica! Please don't hesitate to contact me again for your future travel needs.
6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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Holiday Getaway

Reviewed By Lees - Walnut Creek, CA | Traveled to Kansas City ~ Missouri ~ USA
Diligent listener, understood what my needs with teenagers were and provided the travel lodging, car rental and flights within my budget for a wonderful getaway during the Holidays.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Samantha Ritchie responded:
Leesa, I'm always happy to help you and your family with any travel plans you have or my need in the future. Thank you for choosing Indo Bleu Travel!
10 of 18 people found this review helpful
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18 in Greece!

Reviewed By Jenny - davenport, iowa | Traveled to Rhodes Island ~ Greece ~ Europe
Every step of the way Samantha was there to help us. She was very patient and so kindl! She made sure all our needs were met.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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Amazing Honeymoon

Reviewed By Tyler - Indianola, IA | Traveled to Ocho Rios ~ Jamaica ~ Caribbean
Samantha was a breeze to work with from start to finish, even though our entire experience was via email. She set up everything we needed to get from Des Moines to Sandals Royal Plantation in Jamaica. She was responsive to emails and answered any questions we had. Would highly recommend working with Samantha!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Home Trip

Reviewed By Leesa - Walnut Creek | Traveled to Iowa ~ USA
My 4th time working with her. Always a friendly pleasurable experience. Makes my life a lot easier!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Awesome Educational Tour

Reviewed By Tonya - Louisville, KY | Traveled to Qatar ~ Middle East
Samantha was wonderful! She was very attentive to our needs, responded quickly, was professional, gave great advice and recommendations and put together a great group trip for us. All of the restaurants, activities and the hotel that she booked for us were awesome and we loved our tour guide that she arranged!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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Seattle -UW Trip

Reviewed By Lees - Walnut Creek, CA | Traveled to Seattle ~ Washington ~ USA
Excellent listening skills and worked within my budget, perfect central location and within walking distance of many amenities and the University District
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
7 of 14 people found this review helpful
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Excellent trip to Southeast Asia

Reviewed By Paul - Des Moines, IA | Traveled to East and Southeast Asia
Samantha helped us from the early planning stages through reservations, then problems during the trip and reimbursement for expenses which should have been prepaid by another travel company. She was very responsive to e-mails, phone calls and requests.

She was able to suggest better alternatives to some of our initial requests flexible in making reservations for hotels, guides and internal flights. She worked effectively with Borden Travel to make local arrangements and follow through on two issues that arose.

I would certainly use her services again.
Samantha Ritchie responded:
Thank you Paul & Gloria! I am so thrilled you had a wonderful time and I hope that I can assist you again with your travels abroad. The pleasure was mine.
7 of 14 people found this review helpful
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Great relaxing ?? experience ever

Reviewed By Grandpa H - Des Moines, IA | Traveled to Washington D.C. ~ District of Columbia ~ USA
Rewarding & fun & will do it again
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
6 of 13 people found this review helpful
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Exploring the Middle East

Reviewed By Jess - Los Angeles, CA | Traveled to Qatar ~ Middle East
Samantha was a pleasure to work with, everything was seamless.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
4 of 10 people found this review helpful
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HOLIDAY TRIP

Reviewed By Lees - Lafayette, CA | Traveled to Iowa City ~ Iowa ~ USA
I've worked with Samantha multiple times. I will continue to work with her on future trips as she listens, has valuable knowledge of places to stay and stays within my budget.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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Above and Beyond

Reviewed By AM - Louisville | Traveled to Qatar ~ Middle East
She put together a fantastic trip and helped us revise our schedule when we had issues with our flight.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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Best trip I’ve ever been on!

Reviewed By Isha - LaGrange, KY | Traveled to Qatar ~ Middle East
Had an amazing trip as she coordinated everything even in stressful times! Lovely!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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Trip of a Lifetime

Reviewed By Jersey Travelers - Morristown New Jersey | Traveled to Thailand ~ East and Southeast Asia
We worked with Samantha when planning our travel to and from Thailand. We have family in Bangkok who handeled the travel arrangements for us in Thailand, Cambodia and Laos. We chose Samantha because of her knowledge about Doha Qatar. We wanted to spend a couple of days there on our flight to Thailand.
Her knowledge of the city, culture, and things to do was invaluable. From arranging flights, hotel and transfers, and a 1/2 day city tour, to answering all our questions, she was wonderful. Her responses were always prompt, and she even checked in with us when we arrived in Qatar.
We truly appreciate all that she did to make this a trip of a lifetime!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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Carlsbad - Best Western Oceanside Plus

Reviewed By Lees - Walnut Creek, CA | Traveled to Carlsbad ~ California ~ USA
Visited Southern California for a Soccer I.D Camp and for pleasure. Samantha found us a reasonable nice hotel within the constraints of Budget and location. She listened and I was super picky, she did a great job.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
6 of 18 people found this review helpful
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