(25 Reviews)
100% Recommended

Carolyn Sandgren (Kempf)

Cape Girardeau, MO

Awarded Top 25 Travel Advisor in the Nation

Let's partner together to use your dreams and my decades of world travels and hospitality and tourism consulting to plan out the perfect adventure.

My Travel Specialties

You Can't Google Experience

Life is short I want to spend each day planning trips for people who enjoy my style of consulting which includes a honest recommendation of what fits you.  I love to discuss what research you have done so far, diffuse the data  and match you with a unique experience which is not cookie cutter like...
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Nothing like going back Home - Mt. Hood Oregon

Bespoke Itineraries

Bespoke “Trip Designers”what I do best.  

Think of bespoke travel like a finely tailored piece of clothing. You can, for example, grab the latest trendy item off the rack, or order something you think you will like online.  However, we all know when you try these on they are not usually a perfect...
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Wayne Newton retired plane

Humanitarian Travel

We are all world Citizens Travel is not between places…it’s between people. Carolyn Sandgren (Kempf) 1992.  Supporting you if your travel has  the goal of giving back to your community, the world or any humanitarian purposes is one of my primary goals.  We also have a brand called Humanity In Travel,...
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Painting and building a school in Haiti

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 fall in love with Alaska

gastro-tourism

Gastro-tourism Foodie Culinary touring. I know I am not the only one who views food as art. I love sampling authentic, global cuisine. I love to see how food is grown and harvested, I even love to lend a hand in the meal preparation. Even if you love to simply simply travel to enjoy the wealth of...
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Lets grab Gastro-tourism with both hands

Let me help you take a bite out of the Big Apple

The first time I went to New York was in 1988 - I was working as a travel expert in Portland Oregon and I and one of my co workers actually flew from the west coast to the east coast on a red eye flight.  I was in my 20's and had dreamed of seeing what all the fuss about this city was.  Now  30 plus...
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Ground Zero area train station

Visa and Passport Assistance

It is important you start off on the right foot and know what citizenship you need to have.  You do not have to work on getting your Visa alone,  and if you suddenly realize you do not have the proper amount of pages or validity months in your passport I can help you.  We offer a 35% discount just...
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Beach Lovers

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

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I help you win by planning the perfect Las Vegas experience

If you have landed here you have started your journey to find someone to partner with you to have the best experience possible in the city of lights.   

Before we get started you probably want to know a little about me and then...
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I help you win by planning the perfect experience

My Travel Albums

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
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

17 of 22 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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15 of 20 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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13 of 18 people found this review helpful
To Rome/Tuscany Sustainable Food Tour.
Our family appreciates Carolyn SANDGREN (Kempf) as a travel expert for many reasons, but the main reason is because she is a Travel Expert. She seeks out the best options for her clients, she will do research by travelling to these destinations as a research-work related fact finder to make sure they actually stand by what they offer her clients. She listened to us if we had any concerns about our trip, the location, the political concerns we have now days, the best bang for the buck and most of all, for our health and welfare while travelling. She and her staff are absolutely the best travel group we have used.
By  SAS  from  Damascus, OR
Traveled to  Rome ~ Italy ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Carolyn Sandgren (Kempf) responded:
Thank you for letting us partner with you on your trip to Italy. I loved being with you every step of the way.

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14 of 20 people found this review helpful
Wouldn’t trust anyone!
Carolyn and her team have always taken excellent care of my family when we travel. I wouldn’t trust just anyone with the most special people in my life and the most special moments of traveling together with just anyone. She is absolutely wonderful and I would highly recommend her.
By  Tripp  from  Jackson, MO
Traveled to  Mexico
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Carolyn Sandgren (Kempf) responded:
Thanks for letting us care for your family, they are the most valuable thing on the planet for sure!

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16 of 24 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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Destination Expert:

  • Haiti
  • Alaska
  • New York
  • Cancun
  • Big Sky
  • Las Vegas
  • Worldwide
  • Jamaica
  • Cozumel
  • Denali National Park
  • Glacier Bay
  • Kauai Island
  • Glacier National Park
  • Scotland
  • Playa Del Carmen
  • Juneau
  • Hawaii Island
  • Israel
  • Puerto Vallarta
  • Ketchikan
  • Walt Disney World
  • Kalispell
  • Yucatan
  • Jordan
  • Riviera Maya
  • Sitka
  • Whitefish

Travel Specialist:

  • All Inclusive
  • Animals & Wildlife
  • Arts & Culture
  • Bird Watching
  • Destination Weddings
  • Global Travel
  • Photography
  • Adventure
  • Car Travel
  • Casinos & Gambling
  • Culinary & Foodie
  • Dude Ranches
  • National Parks
  • Religious
  • Women's Travel
  • Beach Vacations
  • Historical Sites
  • Luxury Hotels
  • Honeymoons
  • Theatre & Music
  • Wine Country Vacations
  • Couples & Romance
  • Heritage
  • Luxury

Top Travel Partners:

  • Globus
  • Royal Caribbean
  • Funjet Vacations
  • Delta Vacations
  • Bahia Prinicipe

Certifications/Awards:

  • Top 25 Travel Agent in the Nation
  • Top Producing Cancujn Agent - MLT Vacations
  • Jamaican Touris Board Top Producer
  • 500 Club - Silver Status
  • Peoples Choice Travel Agency 14 years in a Row

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