(28 Reviews)
100% Recommended

Carolyn Sandgren (Kempf)

Cape Girardeau, MO

Awarded Top 25 Travel Advisor in the Nation

Your dreams, my decades of world travel complimented by my hospitality and tourism degree to map out the perfect adventure together.

My Travel Specialties

You Can't Google Experience

In 1992, I  combined my  love of travel, the arts, and entertainment to opened Elite Travel Inc. I knew there was a niche opportunity to excel my business by implementing a concrete philosophy of top-notch customer service, acts of charity, combined with the most knowledgeable team mates to truly...
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Nothing like going back Home - Mt. Hood Oregon

Bespoke Itineraries

Bespoke “Trip Designers”what I do best

  • Bespoken Travel is like a finely tailored piece of clothing
  • Pre-populated online vacations are not a perfect fit as they are mass produced
  • Investing in a great vacation takes time to tailor make something...
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Wayne Newton retired plane

Unique & Unusual Accommodations

Unique and Unusual Accommodations

  • Yurts
  • Geodomes
  • Casitas
  • Glamping
  • Cabins
  • Treehouses

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Unique & Unusual Accommodations


Foodie Culinary touring is perfect for those who love to:

  • Views food as art
  • Love sampling authentic global cuisine
  • Enjoy to see how food is grown and harvest
  • Enjoys lending a hand in meal preparation
  • Savor...
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Lets grab Gastro-tourism with both hands

Equestrian Dude Ranch Specialist

There is something majestic yet tender about a  horse.  I have loved horses my entire life.  Spending summers in Montana and both of the Dakota's gave me exposure to a deep love of both mountain life and survival on the prairie.  In fact I loved the Dakota's so much I named my first horse Dakota. ...
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Saddle up - Lets Ride

R.V. Rentals in American and Canada

My love for America started at a young age camping, rafting and fishing with my father.  I have traveled across the world, but one of my favorite past times is road trips across the United states.  Most of my childhood was a summer vacation which started in Portland Oregon with stops to see family...
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Let me help you take a bite out of the Big Apple

  • New York is more than Times Square
  • Secrets Spots you won't find in a book or on your own
  • Best "Foodie" spots
  • Most scenic walk
  • NYC certified
  • Location Location Location - ask me where to stay it might surprise you


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Ground Zero area train station
Beach Lovers

Croatia - Be a Traveler NOT a Tourist

Croatia is famed for its scenic pebbled beaches, which are beautifully lapped by crystal-clear waters.  I LOVE  s Brac's Zlatni Rat, also referred to as the Golden Cape. The tip of the beach is everchanging with the wind, meaning you never know quite what shape it'll take when you visit.

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Walled City

Meetings & Incentives

Whether your organization is looking to reward your best customers or staff  I can help handcraft a travel experience to  increase  customer loyalty and build staff moral.  My corporate event strategy is designed to provide you with measurable results with in the assigned budget.  Understanding your...
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European River Cruise - Amadeus Queen

Spent 7 glorious days  traveling from  Passau German to Budapst Hungary

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Amadeus Queen

Humanitarian Travel

We are all world Citizens 
Travel is not between places it’s between people has been my motto since 1992.  What is humanitarian travel?

Painting and building a school in Haiti
Let me help you fall in love with Alaska


I help you win by planning the perfect Las Vegas experience
I  started in service industry and a high work ethic at the age of 12. The daughter of a Pastor you might question why I love what is known as the "Gambling Capitol of The World"  or Sin City. 

I help you win by planning the perfect experience

My Travel Albums

Amadeus River Cruise - Amadeus Queen
Amadeus Queen River Cruise Passau to Budapest
Our Guests love us - Jill S - Missouri
Client Trips Rob S - Missouri
Eagle Ridge View Hawk Ranch Montana
This lodge has incredible views
Saddle Up Ask about our Dude Ranches
Colorado has incredible horseback riding
Education credentials & certifications
VTA Certified
Humanitarian Travel
Teaching crafts at a local school
Wild Life I've Met on various Adventures
This furry Feller is from South Africa
Ask me about Pet Friendly - meet my furry kids
Meet Rancher - He loves to travel too!
Carolyn's Foodie Pictures
Cuisine at Sea
Juneau Alaska Mendenhall Glacier
Top of the mountain by Tram
Jamaica- Old Appleton Rum Tour www.easyislands.com
Best place to have a rum tasting
Jamaica - One Love
Jamaica's airport offers this view upon landing
New York - 30 plus years of travel
Street Art is Everywear-its part of the culture

My Travel Stories

Rafting the Martha Brae River in Jamaica

I'm a huge fan of the Jamaican Islands.  I joke and tell people I'm "Jamamerican" because I've been so many times.  Visit Jamaica describes the History of this region best.  (see below)  I found it a fun relaxing day, and something i could mark off my bucket list.  The best part for me was I made...Read more.

Customer Testimonials

Surprise Trip to Holland - Treated Like Royalty

When I finally had the chance to surprise my wife with the trip that she said was the only big trip she would ever want to take (Amsterdam during the famous Tulip Festival) I knew that Carolyn and her crew at Elite Travel was the only way to go. I grew up in a military family, so travel is no big deal to me, but to my wife who had never really been out of the country, the trip to Amsterdam was going to be a REAL CHALLENGE! Carolyn’s staff really went out of their way to explain all of the details to her. They planned all of the excursions, hotels and other details, which really helped her to worry less before the trip and let her just enjoy her “dream trip”. She loved the trip and it really was all because of the special way Elite Travel treated her. Rob S. Missouri
Rob S. Missouri

Great Family Vacations Experience

We have used Elite Travel for many of our family vacations. The team at Elite Travel helped us plan our Disney World Vacation when our kids were younger and they helped us with our Flights & Rental Cars on our trips out to California and Oregon. Both of those trips had us flying into one airport and flying back out of a different airport in a different state and the team at Elite Travel made it all work for us. I would highly recommend that people utilize their services whenever they are planning their trips - Mike H. Missouri
Mike H Missouri

Completely wonderful to work with

I have booked 3 trips with Carolyn and the gang at Elite Travel. All of the travel specialists that I have dealt with have been completely wonderful to work with! They are very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. They gave me a wonderful recommendation last summer for our first Mexico family vacation. My kids fell in love with Mexico and had the best vacation ever! Staying at an all-inclusive with my kids made it a very enjoyable vacation for mom too:) Jill S - Missouri
Jill S - Missouri

My Reviews

36 of 54 people found this review helpful
Carolyn and Elite —our travel agency for 19 years
We met Carolyn when searching for a travel agency. We have used her services for many trips over 19 years and plan many more
By  Luv2travel  from  Cape Girardeau Missouri
Traveled to  Scotland ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Carolyn Sandgren (Kempf) responded:
Wow - Long time - thanks for the 5 stars!

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32 of 48 people found this review helpful
Great family trip!
Carolyn and her team are very detailed and make every effort to make sure that your trip is everything you expect it to be and more. They are accessible to help with any question that you would have.
By  Whitey  from  Senath, Missouri
Traveled to  New York City ~ New York ~ USA
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Carolyn Sandgren (Kempf) responded:
I do have an incredible team - they make me look great every day. We have worked together for over a decade and so I'm thankful you mentioned them. Much Thanks! Carolyn

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36 of 58 people found this review helpful
Don't leave home without elite travel!
Simply amazing. Carolyn and her team give the best advice tailored to our preferences and help us each step of the way.
By  Thomas family  from  Cape girardeau mo
Traveled to  New York (La Guardia) ~ New York ~ USA
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Carolyn Sandgren (Kempf) responded:
Wow great review- thanks so much - the team and I are so grateful for your kind words and vote of confidence.

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32 of 50 people found this review helpful
Carolyn SAVED us!
Carolyn is very attentive to detail and will work at any hour of the day or night to help you when you need it most! We lost a suitcase resulting in missing a flight on our way back from Europe. Carolyn was up with us at 5 am MO time on the phone helping us resolve the issue!
By  Jacob  from  Cape Girardeau, MO
Traveled to  Amsterdam ~ Netherlands ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Carolyn Sandgren (Kempf) responded:
Thanks for the kind words - I was happy to do it - This is what sets our team apart from a point and click experience. Thank you

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32 of 50 people found this review helpful
Fun and relaxing!!
Very good experience. Had a great trip
By  IL  from  Steeleville, IL
Traveled to  Lexington ~ Kentucky ~ USA
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Carolyn Sandgren (Kempf) responded:
Glad your experience was a good one...and I love the word GREAT!

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Destination Expert:

  • Haiti
  • Alaska
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Munich
  • Cancun
  • Big Sky
  • Glacier National Park
  • Las Vegas
  • Europe
  • USA
  • At Sea
  • Jamaica
  • Montana
  • Budapest
  • Cozumel
  • Denali National Park
  • Glacier Bay
  • Kauai Island
  • Worldwide
  • Scotland
  • Regensburg
  • Amsterdam
  • Playa Del Carmen
  • Riviera Maya
  • Juneau
  • Hawaii Island
  • Israel
  • Hawaii
  • Vienna
  • Puerto Vallarta
  • Ketchikan
  • Walt Disney World
  • Kalispell
  • Yucatan
  • Dubrovnik
  • Sitka
  • Whitefish

Travel Specialist:

  • Adult Only
  • Adventure
  • All Inclusive
  • Animals & Wildlife
  • Arts & Culture
  • Bird Watching
  • Global Travel
  • Photography
  • Women's Travel
  • Beach Vacations
  • Bespoke Travel
  • Car Travel
  • Casinos & Gambling
  • Culinary & Foodie
  • Dude Ranches
  • National Parks
  • Religious
  • Castles & Cathedrals
  • Cruises
  • Historical Sites
  • Luxury Hotels
  • Nature
  • Business Travel
  • Celebration Travel
  • Destination Weddings
  • Honeymoons
  • Luxury
  • Theatre & Music
  • Wine Country Vacations
  • Couples & Romance
  • European Culture
  • Heritage
  • Yacht Charter

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  • Top 25 Travel Agent in the Nation
  • ASTA - VTA
  • MPI-Meeting planners International
  • 500 Club - Elite Status
  • Peoples Choice Travel Agency 15 years in a Row

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