As noted in the 2020 Travel + Leisure A-List of top industry experts, working with a travel advisor comes with all sorts of benefits. Not only do these professionals eliminate the stress of planning by dealing with all of the details (visa requirements, bookings, etc.) but they also provide incredible insight and unparalleled access that gives you value you couldn’t get any other way. Whether it’s with a private dinner at the foot of the Pyramids at Giza, an exclusive nighttime visit to Beijing’s Temple of Heaven, or a dance lesson with a Cuban rumba master, a seasoned advisor can help turn your next vacation into the experience of a lifetime. In Travel + Leisure’s 19th annual A-List, they showcased their picks of the top travel advisors in the business. For the third consecutive year, Royal Travel was selected as part of that distinction with accolades to Melissa Lee as a Scandinavian specialist and Kendra Thornton as a distinguished member of the T+L Travel Advisory Board and family travel expert.
T+L TOP TRAVEL ADVISOR | SCANDINAVIA SPECIALIST
Lee is immersed in all things Scandinavia, with an abiding love for the Nordic countries and far north destinations like Greenland and the Faroe Islands. She is always looking for the next unique way to discover this diverse region, whether that be a private stay at the newest ultra-luxury lodge in Finnish Lapland or summering like a local in Skanör-Falsterbo, the go-to seaside destination for the Stockholm culture set.
These countries are filled to the brim with natural beauty, especially in the sparsely populated northern regions, and Lee specializes in nature experiences to help her clients get away from it all. Recent experiences she’s planned include “forest bathing” and foraging with the Sámi community in Swedish Lapland; skiing under the northern lights in the Arctic Circle; and a helicopter tour around hard-to-reach active volcanoes in Iceland.
Morocco, Peru, Adventure Travel, Family Travel, Culinary Travel
Languages Spoken: English
Minimum Daily Spend: $500
Trip Planning Fees: $100 per person
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Learn more – https://www.travelandleisure.com/a-list/melissa-lee
TRAVEL ADVISORY BOARD | FAMILY TRAVEL AND HONEYMOON SPECIALIST
Thornton, the owner of Royal Travel, started by her parents 50 years ago, makes regular appearances as a travel expert on national TV news stations. She is an advisor to the British Virgin Islands and dazzles clients with her ability to curate unique yacht charters, family adventures, and epic girls trips around the globe.
ADDITIONAL SPECIALTIES: Egypt and Morocco
Languages Spoken: English and French
Minimum Daily Spend: From $500 per person per day
Trip Planning Fees: Varies
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