The following travel agents and advisors (listed here in alphabetical order) are members of the Wellness Tourism Association and have met the basic requirement of membership. We believe that any one of them can help you incorporate elements of wellness into your next trip, help you find the “perfect fit” wellness retreat or plan the ideal wellness vacation. Tell them Travel to Wellness sent you. And, if you are looking to become a wellness travel specialist, check out this Wellness Travel Specialist Course from The Travel Institute.
Based in Bronxville, NY, Barbara Nichuals has been President & CEO of Bayside Travel for over 30 years and has embraced Wellness Travel for the power it has to heal mind, body and spirit. As a dancer, Barbara has found the activity to bring inner peace and well-being. She understands that the path to wellness can look different for each person. To fulfill each client’s individual needs and wants, she actively pursues personalized wellness experiences with the help of countless partnerships. She also runs a yearly writing workshop at the Bereavement Center of Westchester called Healing Words-The Positive Power of Writing.
The founder of Suite Dreams Travel and a travel advisor for over 20 years, Barbara Tuckett loves to help people create wellness and connection in their lives. If you wish you were better at living in the moment with those you care about, if you wish you could immerse yourself in a healing, adventure-based, or weight loss travel experience, if you have always wanted a travel experience just for you, Barbara can make that vision become your next vacation. If you need less stress, more digital detox, and more focus on what really matters, she is ready to help you.
Bonita M. Lockley
Bonita M. Lockley is a native New Yorker currently living in Texas. She worked in a stressful “essential position” for 20+ years, became an advocate for living a healthy lifestyle, and frequently traveled for mental health breaks. As a firm believer that taking “Me Time” on a regular basis to indulge in self-care is essential to one’s well-being, she launched her travel agency, VIP Wellness Getaways, in 2012. Her goal is to provide life-enriching “getaways” that nurture her clients – mind, body and spirit. VIP stands for Vibrant, Invigorating, Pampering, which reflects the rejuvenating emphasis she crafts within her clients’ wellness journeys.
Based near Calgary, Alberta in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Buffy Robblee started incorporating that lifestyle into her travels over 20 years ago and now shares those experiences with clients looking to book their own wellness vacations with the Travel Agent Next Door. Buffy achieved her Well Being Travel Specialist Designation over five years ago, and has had the pleasure of taking small groups to several destinations including Bali and Maui to participate in yoga/mindfulness retreats, organic farm to table cooking sessions, aromatherapy, spa, cycling, hiking, SUP and kayaking.
Chris Torgerson has been in the travel industry for 20 plus years and is the founder and owner of Stone Arch Travel. Chris has a passion for wellness and was instrumental in the design and launch of Travel Leaders’ Select Wellness: a specialty collection for luxury wellness travelers featuring wellness hotels, resorts and retreats around the world. Chris shares her love of wellness and travel with her clients, providing options and designing experiences to meet their objectives.
Based in Barcelona, Gia Schiffino is a travel concierge specializing in memorable and seamless travel experiences. Gia began her travel career working at Lux Voyage while completing her master’s in Entrepreneurship in Nutrition and Healthy Ageing in Barcelona. After graduating, she decided to merge both of her passions and launched Way to Well within the LV brand for clients seeking to incorporate health-minded experiences during their trips or looking to craft an entire journey around their wellbeing, Way-to-Well is meant to connect their clients with deeper and empowering experiences.
Founder of Florida-based Just Spas & Adventures, and a travel advisor for 25+ years, Jill Radin-Leeds is a travel concierge specializing in health/fitness, weight loss retreats and finding the perfect wellness experience. Jill has been privileged to personally experience many of the destinations. She combined her love of fitness and active adventure travel with starting her own company 18 years ago. Her goal is to understand what each client is seeking in an experience. Planning each client’s travel details for destinations near and far, her mission is to find the perfect fit by matching the needs and expectations of each client.
It was through working in the travel industry for a tour operator that led Laura Adams, founder of San Diego-based Telamon Travel, to discover the benefits of yoga and focusing on self-care. Through yoga and meditation, she was able to make the necessary changes to improve her mental well-being in the workplace. A decade’s worth of industry experience coupled with an appreciation for self-care benefits prompted Laura to develop the luxury and wellness focus that is Telamon Travel.
Based in St. Louis, Missouri Lauren Pronger is a mom, a wife, a luxury and wellness travel consultant, and the co-founder of Well Inspired Travels official launched in mid-2019, but working with friends and family in the athletic network for the last decade. Lauren plans travel around the world but specializes in the Western Hemisphere. Lauren’s wellness activities include meditation twice daily, yoga, strength training, healthy cooking, and so much more. She continues her studying, reading and embracing new forms of wellness for the mind, body, and spirit.
Chief Travel Guru of Book Here Give Here, Loulu Lima focuses on curated travel experiences around the globe. With 25+ yrs experience in travel, she keeps traveling sustainable and equitable by working with small business owners, like herself, to guide travel dollars into local economies so social wellness can grow. On the itinerary front, the curated experiences focus on four main pillars: 1. Wellness: mind, body and spirit – taking care of ALL of you 2. Gastronomy – the fastest way to local cultural immersion 3. Off the beaten path – exploring places only locals know 4. Travel as a living classroom – walk in history and learn about our ancestors and ourselves. Connect with Loulu via Book Here Give Here or text the word TRAVEL to 21000
After 20+ years of designing corporate learning programs for employees and customers, Lynn Lee eased into travel, and in 2008 decided to create the U.S.-based Grab Your Bag Travel. As a certified wellness and group travel specialist and lover of food, wine, active adventures, and spiritual retreats, she now designs wellness and culinary travel experiences for vacationers and groups. Her mission is to cultivate joy, connection, cultural understanding, and enduring well-being through meaningful travel experiences that awaken the senses and stir the soul.
As the founder of Journeys That Fit, as well as a yoga instructor, hiking-lover and active traveler, Colorado-based Mary Funkhouser designs wellness journeys for affinity groups. It’s a recipe that finds energetic group leaders/business owners who inspire their followers to explore the world with them. Mary’s career in human resources taught her that those who thrive belong to communities that support each other’s purpose and aspirations. The unique combination of affinity groups and wellness travel affords individual enrichment, enhanced through connections made with like-minded people sharing experiences.
New York-based Marjorie Sanchez is the founder of Lotus Escapes, the Fitness, and Wellness division of Easy Escapes Travel, Inc. Marjorie has been a Travel Consultant for 18+ years and has had her own personal experiences with growth and transformation over the year and felt it was important for her to share the passion behind her journeys. She shares this passion by curating and organizing wellness & fitness vacations or retreats around the world for coaches, leaders, and their clients.
A Certified Wellness Travel Specialist, Pennsylvania-based Roberta Klein CTA, MCC, ECC, and founder of Gifts from Above is also a licensed chiropractor, licensed nutritionist, and registered dietitian with a passion for incorporating wellness and fitness into travel. With personal and vast travel experience, Roberta has invested more than 20 years in customizing life-changing travel adventures. Her other travel venues of expertise include Rome and Pompeii, Athens, Corinth, Egypt, the Greek islands, and Ephesus. She holds destination specialties in Israel [Holy Land], Hawaii, Alaska and European River cruising.
As a retired, full-time nurse and a part-time travel agent for 20-plus years, Shayne Messina found a way to combine her two passions into one as a full-time wellness travel advisor and Well-Being Travel Specialist with the belief that travel, truly does heal the body and soul. She is president of Florida-based Sunmasters Elite Travel
Stacy Luks, the founder of Virginia-based boutique agency, Flourish Travel, has been a Virtuoso agency affiliate for 13 years. Living and working for 10 years in Australia and traveling extensively throughout Asia. Whether travel is 100% focused on wellness or has a broader purpose, she partners with clients to integrate physical, mental, and spiritual well-being goals into every trip, ensuring treasured moments of stillness, reflection, and memory-making.
You might also want to check out this list of considerations and questions to ask yourself when planning your wellness-focused travels.