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Megan DeMarco

Highlands Ranch, Colorado Travel Agent
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Megan DeMarco

Megan DeMarco

Highlands Ranch, Colorado Travel Agent
The Optimists Travel, an independent agent with Travel Leaders Roswell, GA
Years of Experience: 7
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Custom Luxury Itineraries

I don't specialize in a region - I specialize in a TRAVEL STYLE. My clients want high-end authentic experiences with unique itineraries. They know the value of my expertise (70+ countries!) and connections (with luxury suppliers all over the world!). I work together with you to design the perfect trip, based on your wants, needs, and budget. I look forward to partnering with you to curate your perfect luxury adventure! "I never met anybody who was a good traveler and invested time and money in a trip and regretted it. It's a great life experience. And if you can't afford it, I understand. But remember, life is short. The good old days are here now. If you spend your whole life thinking the good old days are ahead of you, you're going to wake up with regrets that life passed you by." -Rick Steves

My Travel Specialties

Luxury Experiences and Custom Honeymoons

One of my favorite places: Bagan, Myanmar
Hi, my name is Megan and I look forward to working with you!  I have personally travelled the world extensively and use my experience and knowledge to curate memorable and exciting travel opportunities for my clients.  I am an expert in Mediterranean,... Read more from my Luxury Experiences and Custom Honeymoons bio.

Adventure Experiences

Some of my favorite itineraries to plan are adventures!  What sounds most exciting to you? Hiking Machu Picchu Sailing in the Arctic Circle Safaris in Africa Hiking in Patagonia Sand surfing in the Sahara Cruising along the Amazon River Scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef If you're done with... Read more from my Adventure Experiences bio.

Romantic European Escapes

I LOVE EUROPE! And anyone who has been there can agree - the continent is magical. Are you looking for Winter experiencing the Northern Lights in Scandinavia? Or what about Summer island-hopping in Greece? Wine-tasting in Italy? These are some of... Read more from my Romantic European Escapes bio.

Relaxing Caribbean Getaways

Are you looking for a luxury all-inclusive?  Or a private villa for all your friends and family?  These are areas I specialize in: making your dream beach trip a reality.... Read more from my Relaxing Caribbean Getaways bio.

CERTIFICATES & AWARDS

Certified ASTA Travel Agent
Book with Confidence
New Zealand Specialist
Hawaii Specialist
Karisma Boutique Resort Properties Specialist
AM Resorts Master Agent
Paul Gauguin Accredited Partner

My Travel Stories

Luxury Hawaiian escapes seeking perfect sunsets
Curated Luxury

Honeymoon in the Maldives

The Maldives are a quintessential honeymoon destination - which is exactly why I plan so many client trips there!  Crystal clear water with powder white sand... it's just dreamy.  

Something that many people do not consider when planning their Maldives trip is that essentially each resort is it's own island.  That means adventurous... Read more from my Honeymoon in the Maldives story.

My Reviews

Rating: 5 4 Reviews

Our dream honeymoon!

Reviewed By Kati - San Diego, California | Traveled to Europe
Megan truly made our dream honeymoon come true! We had a rather ambitious wish list for our first trip to Europe, but she made sure we were comfortable every step of the way. She left no detail untouched and we felt confident with every destination we visited. I even had a minor panic moment (in combination with jet lag) at our first stop when my hair straightener wouldn't work, and she responded to my text with the perfect suggestion of where to go and how to find a fix. From early stage planning to her dining recommendations and follow up once we were home, we couldn't have imagined a better experience - thank you Megan!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
17 of 28 people found this review helpful
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European getaway I’ll never forget

Reviewed By Bre - Las Vegas, NV | Traveled to Montenegro ~ Europe
Carmel Macciato with extra Carmel
Chai

Megan was a pleasure to work with! I was so impressed with great attitude & desire to help. She coordinated a beautiful European unconventional getaway... from quaint luxury boutique hotel in Montengro to hidden gem wine country stops in Bosnia! Waterfalls on the way to Croatia and assistance with vehicle rentals... she made my trip seamless! Forever grateful for the help Megan provided and would definitely recommend her! Her recommendations made the trip very memorable!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
14 of 25 people found this review helpful
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Friends Trip to Mexico - Awesome!

Reviewed By Shelby - Tonganoxie, KS | Traveled to Puerto Vallarta ~ Jalisco ~ Mexico
Megan’s attention to detail and care for planning our trip was incredible. She is easy to work with and provides honest suggestions to make the trip great. We were traveling with friends and I’m sure at times it felt like herding cats. She was patient and quick to pivot when our plans changed. Couldn’t have done it without her!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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One of my best trips ever!

Reviewed By Linda M. - Roseville, Ca | Traveled to Scotland ~ Europe
Recently, after having done my dna with Ancestry.com and finding out my heritage was NOT 3/4 Italian like I had always been told, I decided to embark on a journey into the countries of Wales and Scotland from whence I came.
And, I thought, being an avid reader/fan of the Outlander series, why not incorporate that adventure into my own.
Megan planned a fabulous entertaining and informative tour of my ancestors homelands. And, I also got to follow Jamie and Claire’s lust in the 1700’s.
Megan was able to put together a trip of a lifetime for me that I could not have done without her contacts and expertise. From sleeping in a castle, to a photo shoot at the entrance to Lallybrach and traipsing through the Scottish muck ( literally up to my ankles) to see Loech castle ruins from the shore, this trip was something I will never forget.
Thank you Megan and Smart and Savvy travel!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
17 of 34 people found this review helpful
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My Travel Experience

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

Customer Testimonials

Many more to come!

Megan has planned multiple trips for me and I know that I’ll have her plan many more. I work a lot and the idea of searching through hotels and flights on the side kept me from using my vacation time for years. In steps Megan who takes the time to understand what you want in a vacation, researches the coolest places to go, and also what you would like most that may be off the beaten path. If you’re wondering if you should go on that vacation, the answer is yes, but do less, and have Megan help! Trips Megan has planned for me: Thailand, Croatia, Mexico, Iceland, Utah, Nashville, Denver, Vegas, and even to Hangout Fest. Thank you in advance Megan for helping with my future trips! Many more to come!

Provided by Lauren, UT

Family Emergency

Megan and Molly at Smart & Savvy Travel were amazing to work with. At first I was I was skeptical as to why using a travel agent for personal vacations was necessary, but then I quickly changed to wonder why I hadn’t used them before! They were extremely responsive, professional, knowledgeable and provided destinations within our request but also alternatives that fit our parameters but that we hadn’t considered. Upon arriving in DR we received news that we had a family emergency and needed to return home immediately. She had strongly recommended we get travel insurance (which we never get!) and we did, so she was able to successfully recoup the majority of our trip fees. We are forever grateful for her responsiveness, communication and compassion – she made, what was a tough day for us, a lot easier to manage. We would highly recommend using Megan and Smart & Savvy Travel. We look forward to rebooking our trip vacation with them in the near future.

Provided by Maggie, MN

Moroccan Adventure

I worked with Megan for our trip to Morocco and she was wonderful. She set us up the perfect trip with lots of attention to detail and exactly what we were looking for. She was quick to respond when we had questions and was on top of all of the travel details and changes. Great communication and she really listened to what we were wanting and planned the perfect custom trip just for us. I highly recommend Optimist travel and Megan for all your trip planning needs!

Provided by Angela H, Atlanta, GA

European River Cruise

Megan helped my son and I plan our first trip to Europe this December. She treated our travel planning as if it were her own and helped us navigating travel during Covid; I realized how prepared we were as I saw other travelers being pulled aside and trying to get all docs in order in airport! During our layover I see an announcement on news that the country we were flying into was going in lockdown. I contacted Megan at the airport moments before we were to board our flight in a little bit of a panic. She assured me she would take care of everything and for us and to trust her. By the time we landed she had updated everything on our electronic itinerary with explicit instructions on our next steps. We ended up having an amazing detour in Brussels which actually ended up being one of our favorite destinations! Megan is detail oriented and an experienced traveler. I won't plan another trip without her! Highly recommend! Thank you Megan...can't wait for our next adventure!

Provided by Michelle M, Sarasota FL