(27 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

  •  You can't Google experience
  • Life is Short
  • Make A Difference
  • Honest recommendations
  • Good Listener
  • Mutual Respect 
  • Unique experiences - No cookie cutter trips
  • Value versus price
  • 100% guest satisfaction goal 
  • Diffuse...
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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

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


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

European River Cruise - Amadeus Queen

Spent 7 glorious days  traveling from  Passau German to Budapst Hungary

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Amadeus Queen

Unique & Unusual Accommodations

Unique and Unusual Accommodations

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

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Unique & Unusual Accommodations
Let me help you fall in love with Alaska

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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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

29 of 39 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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25 of 34 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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23 of 34 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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20 of 29 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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20 of 29 people found this review helpful
Referring fiends to Carolyn
I have referred many to Carolyn and she handled with ease and professionalism.
By  JTR  from  Cape Girardeau, MO
Traveled to  Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Carolyn Sandgren (Kempf) responded:
Thank you for referring friends and family, We take your vote of confidence seriously and will always treat anyone you send our way like family.

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Destination Expert:

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

Travel Specialist:

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

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  • Bahia Prinicipe


  • 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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