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Kara Brown

Robbinsdale, Minnesota Travel Agent
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Kara Brown

Kara Brown

Robbinsdale, Minnesota Travel Agent
Experience Culture Travel, an independent agent with Travel Leaders Roswell, GA
Years of Experience: 7
18 Reviews | 100% Recommended
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Cultural Immersion and Adventure Travel Expert

Travel has become a necessity in my life. Growing up, I was able to experience a handful of international locales, spurring on my desire to experience cultures from all over the globe. It was only natural to extend my passion from my own personal travel, to helping others with their exciting vacations! You'll notice I have specialities in European Culture and Adventure Travel. Those are definitely my favorite types of travel, but I also enjoy helping people plan independent, solo trips and family vacations as well. I have traveled many places on my own alone and find it to be exhilarating as it demands that you interact with locals and experience the traditions and events of your destination. I also have children of my own and have brought them with on international trips - I know traveling with children has different restrictions and delights. So, whatever your desire, let me help you plan the perfect vacation for you!

My Travel Specialties

Adventure Travel Expert

Iceland is full of natural wonders!
For me, travel is about more than a break to relax from the day-to-day grind. It is about experiencing something new, breaking free from one's culture to expand and embrace new ways of thinking, doing, and simply being. Sometimes this can... Read more from my Adventure Travel Expert bio.

European Cultural Immersion Expert

A beautiful architectural piece - Neuschwanstein
I've always had ties to Europe - my grandmother had several cousins there and we visited some of them as I grew up - and as I've grown older, the ties have increased and strengthened. I've visited 9 countries there at various... Read more from my European Cultural Immersion Expert bio.

Group Adventure Travel Expert

From my family trip to France--Notre Dame, 2013
What's better than taking a culturally immersive trip? Taking one with your friends or family, of course!  One of my favorite trips that I've taken was when my whole extended family went to France and rented a château in the countryside together. Talk about family bonding! We... Read more from my Group Adventure Travel Expert bio.

Cultural Immersion & Adventure Travel Specialist

The Acropolis in Athens, Greece.
Travel has become a necessity in my life. Growing up, I was able to experience a handful of international locales, spurring on my desire to experience cultures from all over the globe. It was only natural to extend my passion from... Read more from my Cultural Immersion & Adventure Travel Specialist bio.

CERTIFICATES & AWARDS

Super Agent
Book with Confidence
Certified Active and Adventure Travel Specialist
Scotland Specialist
UnCruise Specialist
Virgin Seacademy Violet Specialist
Certified Aussie Specialist
Certified Peru Specialist
Certified Scotland Specialist
Puerto Rico Master Agent
Universal Orlando Resort Specialist

My Travel Stories

Ode to Travel Agents - Travel Agent's Got Talent :)
Sandos Caracol Eco Resort walkthrough
The Laguna of Guatavita - sacred to Muisca people
Colombia - Cultural Adventure
Neuschwanstein Castle
Mother/son trip to Czechia, Austria, & Germany
Another cenote on the resort
Sandos Caracol Eco Resort - Playa del Carmen, MX

Immersive Cultural Experience in Colombia

In fall of 2021, I had the opportunity to travel to Colombia for the first time in my life. Spoiler alert: It was AMAZING! There are so many indigenous peoples groups still living in a traditional way, who are happy to share their way of life with those interested to know more. While I was there... Read more from my Immersive Cultural Experience in Colombia story.

Mother/Daughter Weekend at Eco Resort

This year, I was able to take my 5 year old daughter on a quick weekend trip to Sandos Caracol Eco Resort near Playa del Carmen, Mexico. We had a wonderful time exploring the resort, seeing what natural wonders and wildlife we could find. Despite only having 3 nights there, we were... Read more from my Mother/Daughter Weekend at Eco Resort story.

Camping adventure in Iceland

In 2017, over the 4th of July holiday weekend, I was able to go on a short tour of the northwestern portion of Iceland. As Iceland can be very expensive (lodging and food, especially), I opted to do a G Adventures tour solo where 2 of the 4 nights we camped in... Read more from my Camping adventure in Iceland story.

My Reviews

Rating: 4.9 18 Reviews | 100% Recommended

Drive through Iceland

Reviewed By Vanessa R. - New Hope, MN | Traveled to Iceland ~ Europe
Kara is so wonderful to work with! She helped us plan our trip to Iceland earlier this month. I highly recommend using Kara when you book your travel. She is a trusted resource. We will use her again!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kara Brown responded:
I enjoyed hearing about your trip, Vanessa! So happy you had a good experience.
12 of 19 people found this review helpful
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Mother-Daughter trip to Tennessee

Reviewed By April I. - New Ulm, MN | Traveled to Nashville ~ Tennessee ~ USA
Kara does an excellent job of giving options without overwhelming you with too many. I really enjoy working with her and she makes it much less stressful to travel!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kara Brown responded:
Tennessee is so fun and I'm glad you had a great time!
5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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Amazing Iceland Trip

Reviewed By Gary B. - Robbinsdale, MN | Traveled to Iceland ~ Europe
Kara was with us from the planning stage up to the day we departed for Iceland. She provided us with all the information we needed to plan the trip as well as take precautionary measures regarding travel insurance and COVID-19 testing requirements. She encouraged us to ask questions and was prompt to answer them. I would highly recommend her to anyone who was wanting to take a trip and needed assistance in arranging that trip. You can't go wrong by going to Kara.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Myrtle Beach - Relaxation trip

Reviewed By Laura F. - Minneapolis, MN | Traveled to Myrtle Beach ~ South Carolina ~ USA
She listened to all our requests and asked the appropriate questions to recommend the best destination to fit our needs!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kara Brown responded:
Thank you for the review, Laura! I am glad I was able to help you narrow down your choices for your vacation and plan it for you!
4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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Family trip to Jamaica

Reviewed By Kyle B. - Robbinsdale, MN | Traveled to Montego Bay ~ Jamaica ~ Caribbean
Overall great experience. More communication at the beginning, meaning a face to face meeting, would be a good thing.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kara Brown responded:
Thank you for the feedback, I will definitely take that into account and adjust my meeting options earlier!
5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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Best self-drive vacation!

Reviewed By Joy R. - Minneapolis, MN | Traveled to Scotland ~ Europe
Recently returned from a trip to Scotland. Kara took care of all our travel arrangements and we couldn't be more pleased! It was an amazing trip.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kara Brown responded:
It was wonderful to see your amazing photos and to follow your choir experience too!
6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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Family trip to Mexico

Reviewed By Jody B - Stoughton, WI | Traveled to Riviera Maya ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Just returned from a trip to Azul Beach Resort Riviera Maya outside Cancun, Mexico. It was a wonderful trip made so much easier because Kara handed all travel plans and reservations. She was great at anticipating questions and taking care of details I hadn't even thought about. And you really appreciate her reminders and pack list! Will be going with her again for sure.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kara Brown responded:
So glad to have been able to help with the tips and packing list and that you had a great time!
7 of 13 people found this review helpful
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Hawaiian adventure

Reviewed By Christine D - Champlin, MN | Traveled to Hawaii ~ USA
We had a great time....the hotel was the best pick ever...very homey and the "last true Hawaiian" resort according to the guests we met. We had great weather and saw a lot of whales daily! Loved it!! We got in on the ground floor which was the best, as it was a patio with a table and chairs facing the pool....lots of room to chill out and take a break from the sun, while still enjoying the scenery. Thank you so much...
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kara Brown responded:
Loved seeing your photos and hearing about the great time you had!
9 of 17 people found this review helpful
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Florida trip brought me life and was seamless

Reviewed By Chelsea D. - Inver Grove Heights, MN | Traveled to Orlando ~ Florida ~ USA
It was fantastic to just "show up" and still make the most of my time in Florida. Kara was realistic with time frames and considerate of costs, yet I still felt like I had some of the best food and experiences I could possibly have.
It was also comforting with how knowledgeable she was when it came to covid guidelines/restrictions. I felt so prepared and it was so seamless.
If you are looking to travel I would recommend two things. Do it soon (everyone is antsy to travel again!) and work with Kara! You won't regret it.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kara Brown responded:
I'm so glad you had such a great time!
4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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Wonderful extended family trip!

Reviewed By Julie F. - Chicago, IL | Traveled to Mazatlan ~ Sinaloa ~ Mexico
Kara made everything easy for our first family vacation out of the country.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kara Brown responded:
I'm so glad to have been able to help with this trip, and especially help you through all the COVID-19 protocols!
3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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Barbados Girls Trip

Reviewed By Charity - Minneapolis, MN | Traveled to Barbados ~ Caribbean
Working with you guys was amazing , I really enjoyed your service and I will definitely be coming back to work with you again.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kara Brown responded:
Thank you for using us for your girls trip!
7 of 14 people found this review helpful
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Just the right options for me!

Reviewed By Loren - Hopkins, MN | Traveled to France ~ Europe
Kara was a great help in planning my trip to Iceland and France! She spent a lot of time sorting through different options to find the exact flights, hotels and attractions that I wanted.She even found a unique opportunity in Paris - private cooking lessons in an amazing 19th century apartment - that I would never in a million years have found for myself. Using Experience Culture Travel was a great decision!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kara Brown responded:
So glad you enjoyed the cooking lesson and the rest of your trip!
7 of 14 people found this review helpful
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Girls trip

Reviewed By Sarah T. - Hopkins, MN | Traveled to Puerto Rico ~ USA
We used Kara to book a girls trip to Puerto Rico and were so pleased with the service! She found a competitive rate and helped save us time of research and booking. She listened to our needs and didn't try to sell us on something we didn't want. Awesome personal touches of a mailed itinerary and personalized checklist for packing.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kara Brown responded:
Thanks Sarah, glad you enjoyed your trip!
11 of 22 people found this review helpful
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Dolphin Swim a Big Success!

Reviewed By Spidy V. - Roseville, MN | Traveled to Orlando ~ Florida ~ USA
Kara was really excellent on booking my trip to Orlando Florida. She helped me learn and understand where I'm going and what to do once I get to my destination. She's really excellent on making sure everything goes smoothly. I'd recommend using her because she gets the job done and she is very friendly with clients that wants to travel to their destination.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kara Brown responded:
I'm so glad you enjoyed your trip! I'm happy to have helped make a dream come true!
1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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Great travel agent for all kinds of trips!

Reviewed By Cecilia M. - Minneapolis, MN | Traveled to Galapagos Islands ~ Ecuador ~ South America
Kara is terrific! I’ve worked with Kara on a few different trips now, including ones to the Galapagos Island (adventure) and the Bahamas (romantic). Both trips were completely different, but she hits the nail on the nose every time. She’s super responsive and offers great info!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kara Brown responded:
Thank you and glad you've enjoyed both trips!
3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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Macchu Pichu Peru solo trip

Reviewed By Beth P. - Bloomington, MN | Traveled to Peru ~ South America
Getting to and from Peru was an adventure I do not need to repeat. Thankfully Kara was there to help meet up with my tour group after 24+ flight delay and made the process that much smoother. She was in quick contact with me and the tour group. Thank you so much!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kara Brown responded:
So glad I could help out and keep the trip a success for you!
3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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Travel Agent with personal touch!

Reviewed By Des T. - Albertville, MN | Traveled to Puerto Rico ~ Caribbean
Much more than we expected! Initially, I wasn't sure that we needed a travel agent since those sites like Travelocity seemed to do what an agent could do. I couldn't have been more wrong!

Instead of feeling overwhelmed by all the possibilities, Kara quickly narrowed down our options. As soon as we were satisfied, we booked! The cost of the flight was similar to what we would pay had we booked online ourselves.

Now for the best part-the personal touch. A week before our trip, Kara mailed us our itinerary and a very helpful travel checklist. These helped keep our stress levels low, since we didn't have to think about anything. She encouraged us to contact her if we had any problems on our trip and she checked in when we returned.

Booking through Kara elevated our trip from great to awesome! I will definitely use her services again!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kara Brown responded:
Thanks for the kind words, Des! Glad you had a great time!
8 of 19 people found this review helpful
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Mazatlan family trip

Reviewed By Jayne K. - New York Mills, MN | Traveled to Mazatlan ~ Sinaloa ~ Mexico
A bunch of us just returned from Mazatlan, had a wonderful time. Thanks Experience Culture Travel and Kara Brown for setting everything up. We had absolutely no issues during our trip. If you want to plan a trip I'd would highly recommend going through Kara for a travel agent. Thanks Kara for all you did for the 8 of us.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kara Brown responded:
So glad the family trip went well!
2 of 10 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

Lisbon trip a great success

She was so helpful with our Portugal travels on fairly short notice. Additionally, based on searches I had conducted on my own, she saved us a significant amount in flight and hotel costs!

Provided by Michaela H, Minneapolis, MN