Home > Find a Travel Agent > Iowa > Samantha Ritchie
https://agentprofiler.travelleaders.com/Common/Handlers/img_handler.ashx?type=agt&id=79021

Samantha Ritchie

Clive, Iowa Travel Agent
If you see the text box to the right do not fill it in
Samantha Ritchie

Samantha Ritchie

Clive, Iowa Travel Agent
Indo Bleu Travel, an independent agent with Travel Leaders Roswell, GA
Years of Experience: 4
15 Reviews | 93% Recommended
If you see the text box to the right do not fill it in
Facebook

Virgin Voyages & Sandals & Beaches

With expertise in Luxury Small Group travel in addition to Active Adventure travel. I have lived abroad and traveled extensively throughout the Caribbean and as far away as Asia and the Middle East. With these changing times, I like to promote destinations and companies that have a focus on sustainability and giving back to communities. Life is meant for living, so I enjoy helping my clients indulge in the beauty of life in the most beautiful places.

My Travel Specialties

Virigin Voyages and Denmark Specialist

Virgin Voyages Vitamin Sea deck
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... Read more from my Virigin Voyages and Denmark Specialist bio.

Qatar Luxury & Adventure Travel Specialist

Khor Al Adaid desert journey. Qatar
Doha, Qatar is one of those trips of a lifetime you will never forget. I was fortunate enough to make this trip in October 2017 and November 2018 and had the chance to experience Doha's, Katara Mosque , Souq Waqif, the Corniche,  Museum... Read more from my Qatar Luxury & Adventure Travel Specialist bio.

Thailand Travel Expert

Rooftop Infinity pool, Bangkok, Thailand
Thailand is one of my favorite places to visit. Thailand is destination for beach lovers, city go-ers, honeymooners, nature lovers... what am I saying! Thailand is a destinations suited for everyone! I have travelled here on a 5-Star luxury budget, 3-Star and on... Read more from my Thailand Travel Expert bio.

Sandals & Beaches Specialist

South Coast Hobie Cat adventure
Sandals & Beaches All Inclusive Resorts I am going on my 3rd year of certification with Sandals & Beaches AI Resorts. Why?  Because they are among the best AI out there.  There are many imitators but they can't compare. The quality of cuisine, hospitality,... Read more from my Sandals & Beaches Specialist bio.

Jordan/Palestine/Israel Destination Specialist

Petra ~The Treasury
Do you have a bucket list?  I'm sure Jordan, Palestine and Israel are on it!  These countries have everything a traveler wants.   Cultural - home stays, women's co-ops, Bedouin communities, markets, museums,  Culinary - cooking classes, harvesting, wine making, bread making, cheese... Read more from my Jordan/Palestine/Israel Destination Specialist bio.

Indonesian Travel Specialist

On motorbike somewhere in Ubud, Bali  :  )
I have always had wanderlust to travel to the far corners of the world and Indonesia was one of those corners. I have travelled, worked and lived in Indoneisa.  I love it there!  The people are friendly, the food beyond imaginable and... Read more from my Indonesian Travel Specialist bio.

CERTIFICATES & AWARDS

Certified Active and Adventure Travel Specialist
ATTA Member
Jordan Certified Speciaialist
Qatar Travel Specialist Certification
Sandals & Beaches Certified 2017, 2018 and 2019
Virgin Voyages Certified Specialist
2018 Qatar Tourism Authority Invitee
Sandals and Beaches Certified Specialist
ATTA Member

My Travel Stories

Bedouin Camp cultural adventure

The Ammarin Bedouin Camp in Wadi Musa was what I had been anticipating while in Jordan; amongst a few other other adventure activities I was about to embark upon.

When I arrived at my first Bedouin camp I was pretty exhausted to be honest.  The weather had been unusually cold and I was with a... Read more from my Bedouin Camp cultural adventure story.

Beaches Turks & Caicos Family Vacation ALL Inclus.

Hi!  I'm a 2017, 2018 and 2019 Sandals & Beaches Certified Specialist.

I recently came back from a Family Getaway at Beaches Turks & Caicos.

I love Beaches and so does my husband and two boys who are 9 and 6 years old.

Beaches is All Inclusive which means absolutely everything is included, that... Read more from my Beaches Turks & Caicos Family Vacation ALL Inclus. story.

Bedouin Camps in Wadi Rum

Little Petra, Jordan.  A vast red desert that is home to many tribes of Bedouin.  I was fortunate enough to stay at two separate Bedouin camps.  This was true experiential, cultural immersion.  The Bedouin as one would imagine are very down to earth and hospitable.  They opened their homes to me and... Read more from my Bedouin Camps in Wadi Rum story.

My Reviews

Rating: 5 15 Reviews | 93% Recommended

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
10 of 13 people found this review helpful
Was this review helpful to you? YES | NO

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.
12 of 18 people found this review helpful
Was this review helpful to you? YES | NO

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
14 of 23 people found this review helpful
Was this review helpful to you? YES | NO

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
14 of 23 people found this review helpful
Was this review helpful to you? YES | NO

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
12 of 21 people found this review helpful
Was this review helpful to you? YES | NO

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.
15 of 27 people found this review helpful
Was this review helpful to you? YES | NO

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
7 of 14 people found this review helpful
Was this review helpful to you? YES | NO

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
13 of 26 people found this review helpful
Was this review helpful to you? YES | NO

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
9 of 19 people found this review helpful
Was this review helpful to you? YES | NO

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!
17 of 35 people found this review helpful
Was this review helpful to you? YES | NO

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
10 of 22 people found this review helpful
Was this review helpful to you? YES | NO

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
17 of 36 people found this review helpful
Was this review helpful to you? YES | NO

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
7 of 17 people found this review helpful
Was this review helpful to you? YES | NO

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
5 of 14 people found this review helpful
Was this review helpful to you? YES | NO

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
7 of 20 people found this review helpful
Was this review helpful to you? YES | NO

My Travel Experience

Places I’ve personally traveled to or destinations I’ve booked for my clients.

Customer Testimonials

3-Day Stopover in Qatar

After a very tasteful breakfast, we met Saleh, our guide for a spectacular tour!! As you indicated, the staff at the hotel has taken very good care to be sure our needs are met. The suite is wonderful, and all the arrangements you made and your recommendations for us have worked out so well. Thank you so much!!!

Provided by Margaret S., Newark, New Jersey