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Melissa Becker-Plymouth,MI

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Expertise in UK, general Europe, Adventure travel

I love to travel and really am happiest when I'm planning trips to explore England and all it's history and gardens, or Italy and all it's beauty and art. I was recently on a river cruise and I'd love to share that experience with you. However, maybe you really want to explore something off the beaten path, like Croatia! Want to have a full vacation package with everything you desire included? You prefer something more unscheduled, with free days to spend as you please? I can help. Let's go.

My Travel Specialties

British Isles travel expert

Over many years of traveling, I've been to nearly every corner of England and can help you plan the vacation you want including every destination, big and small. I'm a big fan of London, having been there over a dozen times, and yet I STILL haven't had a chance to ride the London Eye. However, I have...
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London Bridge

I love Italy and I want to send you there

I LOVE ITALY. I want to tell you about the Amalfi Coast - no. I want to send you to the Amalfi Coast - a stunningly beautiful area of Italy, just south of Rome. This is the Italy in your mind when you picture sidewalk cafe's, ancient cobblestone streets, and impeccably dressed Italians. We can visit...
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Lovely statue in Sorrento, Italy

Active and Adventure Specialist

I recently realized I am an adventure traveler, and you might be too. You just might not realize it. Do you like to get out into nature when you travel? Do you enjoy learning about other cultures? Do you enjoy maybe a good hike, or bicycle ride? That IS adventure travel, my happy globe trotter! It...
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After hiking around Lake Louise in Canada

Croatia, Tahoe and River Cruising!

Let me tell you about where I've recently been! I can help send you there, too!

In April 2018, I traveled to Croatia. You have GOT to see this place. It's a gorgeous mixture of turquoise water and a backdrop of craggy hills spotted with palm trees and olive groves for definite Mediterranean...
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Hello, Croatia!

My Travel and Work Experience

I have been an avid traveler for many years, and bring more than 17 years experience in building, selling and escorting family and group vacations. I have always loved to travel. When I was 17 I got a job so I could travel on my own for the first time to Phoenix. I was sold. All extra money I had...
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Lunchtime at the Giraffe Sanctuary, Nairobi Kenya

My Travel Albums

Kenya & Tanzania
Saying goodbye too soon.
Italy's Jewels
Pure Italy
England's best
Warwick Castle

Customer Testimonials

Successful first trip to Europe

Hi Melissa, My daughter and I had a great trip to Vienna, Prague and Berlin. We really enjoyed the Monograms Tour company and agree with you that its a great way to have the benefit of a tour company while giving us flexibility when we reach a city. We ended up going on some of the optional tours through Monograms but also found some on our own as well. The local guide was very helpful particularly since it was my first time in Europe. We met briefly with the local guide the first day in Vienna and Prague and then took a 1/2 day tour the next day with the local guide and group. Both were very informative and gave us a great understanding of the city and its history. Since we stayed at the same hotel in Berlin as the Monograms group we ended up hanging out with several of the monograms couples from the prior cities. Thanks again for all your help with getting this put together. My daughter and I have many great memories from my first trip to Europe!
Mary Z, Livonia MI

Fun trip to London, Paris and Edinburgh

Thanks so much for helping us plan such a wonderful trip. We really had a fantastic time overall. The scenery was wonderful in England, so green. We got to see Stratford, Stonehenge and Bath. Normandy was very cool and a very long day, but very worthwhile. We took at bike tour to Versailles, saw the palace, rode around the grand canal, had a great picnic lunch on the canal. We bought our lunch at an open air market in Versailles prior to starting our ride. This was our best tour. We saw so many wonderful things, so much history, we had wonderful weather overall. Each and every day we spent walking the city, using the metro systems, touring the various sites. We walked miles on this trip, so we didn’t gain weight with all the good food we were eating. We took 600 pictures of everything, and I mean everything. It was fun. I so look forward to you helping us do another trip in the future. Don't know when that might be, but we'll be back.
Bret J, Northville Michigan

Wonderful custom Italian exploration

Hi Melissa, Our trip was absolutely wonderful. The tour was a bit exhausting, but we saw and did a lot. Our tour director, Jane, was the best and very knowledgable. Our train experience was just that -- quite an experience. The only one thing we would have changed, we would not have left Monterosso. We would have taken the train to Santa Margherita. But, as it was we enjoyed it. Portifino was beautiful. Cinque Terre was everything we had hoped. We took the train to Vernazza and Corniglia and loved it. I don't think I need to tell you about the Amalfi coast. Spectacular! Our extra night in Sorrento was just what the doctor ordered after the tour. We loved it. Driving south to Calabria was nothing short of amazing. The two nights we spent in Paola was a true Italian experience, not to mention the time we spent with my family. The food we ate in the south as well as Cinque Terre was to die for. In Paola we literally had a woman who cooked for us. I could go on and on...
Frank Y, Plymouth Michigan

Smooth trip to London for the Tower Poppies

Hello Melissa, I am back from London and wanted you to know that everything went smoothly. Thank you! Transportation to and from Heathrow to the hotel was very good and did not take nearly as long as I anticipated. Threadneedles Hotel was definitely business guest oriented but suited my needs well. It was only a little more than a block from the tube station so that I was able to get around very easily. Thank you very much for the excellent planning!
Maryanne Z, Plymouth Michigan

Truly Memorable trip to France

First, let me thank you for all your work that resulted in a truly memorable trip to France. I’m still dreaming about it at night!! Also, a BIG thank you for the limo service to and from the airport that I understand from Doug was a gift from you. That made things soooo much easier, especially on the way home when we were all tired. The private tour of Normandy was phenomenal! Our guide was very knowledgeable and the lunch stop was incredible! Thank you! You made travel planning for a big trip effortless on our part, and made it seem effortless on yours. You responded promptly to phone calls or e-mails, even on days when you were not in the office, and when you returned the call you always had answers to questions previously asked or had researched options in response to our queries. You have spoiled us for ever attempting big-trip planning on our own, and we will use you again without question, even though we live 200 miles north of Plymouth.
Sandy F, Gaylord Michigan

Italian Family Vacation Success!

Ciao Melissa, Our efforts paid off big time. Everyone loved Italy-the sights, the food, the wine, the people, the hotels and, yes, the gelato exceeded our expectations. Our kids regretted not booking additional days. The best trip ever!!! Insight Vacations, the Italian Intermezzo and our Tour Director, Gloria Marchena were phenomenal. I would highly recommend them to your clients. My entire family would like to say to you, Melissa, and Travel Leaders "Grazie mille" Without your help, advice and patience this trip would not have been such a success. I will not consider anyone but you when planning our next trip. I am looking forward in working with you in the future. Have a great day!
Mike S. Plymouth, Michigan

My Reviews

38 of 67 people found this review helpful
First Overseas Trip was fabulous because of Melis
From the initial planning stages to the final execution all interactions with Melissa were fabulous. This was my first ever overseas trip. To say I was a little nervous was an understatement and to make me even more nervous I was doing the trip by myself but Melissa made sure everything was taken care of down to the finest detail.

I thought it was going to be a problem when the tour company changed the dates of my tour because the one I originally signed up for did not have enough travelers. Melissa not only sent me the notification to let me know of the change but she also contacted the company who I bought Travel Insurance thru to inform them of the change.

The only thing I had to do was go on my trip and enjoy it. Melissa took care of everything else.

I think my next tour will be a domestic one but I will definitely be needing Melissa's help again.
By  Travel Bug  from  Canton, Michigan
Traveled to  Denmark ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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12 of 18 people found this review helpful
First Family Trip To Europe!
Melissa was very helpful with planning our family vacation to Europe. We had never visited Europe before, so she was able to provide hotel and flight recommendations to ensure we had a great location and enough time for activities. Melissa was very attentive to our needs as a family and helped make sure we had a great flight (regarding time) and private transportation to and from the airport. I will definitely work with Melissa in the future!
By  Gilliam   from  West Bloomfield, MI
Traveled to  Paris ~ France ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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7 of 10 people found this review helpful
One of our best family vacations!
She was very nice, professional and informative. I was very pleased with the tips and suggestions she gave me. Our whole trip went so smooth. From the airport to our hotel it was wonderful.
By  NYC EXPERIENCE   from  Canton MI
Traveled to  New York City ~ New York ~ USA
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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6 of 9 people found this review helpful
Congenial Professional, Juggling Lots of Detail!!!
Melissa was very enjoyable to work with. She is knowledgeable and professional. She listened very carefully for our wants and needs, and made some fairly complex arrangements to suit us. She was available to meet at our convenience, and kept us totally informed of progress via email, even when she was not in the office. Our 3 week trip covered Edinburgh, Highlands of Scotland, Newcastle/Hartlepool/York/London/Cornwall, England.
By  Bob & Anita  from  Wayne, MI
Traveled to  Scotland ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Melissa Becker responded:
It was definitely one of the more complicated itineraries and I'm happy you came home happy! Thank you for working with me!

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3 of 4 people found this review helpful
Best trip EVER!
As a couple who has never been to Europe before, we tried to plan our anniversary trip ourselves but were easily overwhelmed. I contacted multiple travel agencies to get their help, but no one responded. Then I found Travel Leaders. I contacted them via message online late at night about going to Rome and Athens and got an immediate response from Melissa. She said she would start helping us with out trip right away. Throughout the planning period, my boyfriend and I had many questions that we threw at Melissa, and she was willing and able to answer all of them quickly and in a way that was easy for us to understand. Even while we were on our trip, I had questions about coming back, and she answered me right away. She was beyond helpful and made our trip a blast. She listened to everything we wanted to do and made it happen! I will definitely be coming back to Travel Leaders and Melissa for all of our future travel plans.
By  caseysstorm  from  Westland, MI
Traveled to  Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Melissa Becker responded:
I'm really happy we were able to make it work! Thank you so much!!

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Destination Expert:

  • Croatia
  • England
  • Italy
  • Canada
  • Prague
  • London
  • Rome
  • Africa
  • Ireland
  • Scotland
  • Alaska
  • Vienna
  • Florence
  • Hawaii
  • Budapest
  • Venice
  • Costa Rica
  • Europe

Travel Specialist:

  • Adventure
  • Escorted Tours
  • Historical Sites
  • River Cruises
  • European Culture
  • Luxury
  • Family Vacations
  • Safari
  • Castles & Cathedrals

Top Travel Partners:

  • Avalon Waterways
  • CIE Tours International
  • G Adventures
  • Globus
  • Monograms
  • Delta Vacations
  • Rocky Mountaineer Rail Tours
  • Kensington Tours
  • UnCruise Adventures
  • Rail Europe

Certifications/Awards:

  • B.S. in Journalism - Eastern Michigan University
  • Minor in Travel and Tourism - EMU
  • Monograms Booking Agent
  • Globus Tours Booking Specialist
  • CIE Tours Ireland Specialist

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