Meet the Going Places Travel team.
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Kevin Saxe

Co-founder, Strategy Director

I have travel in my blood. Having grown up and worked in my family's travel business for nearly 23 years, I've been traveling for twice as long. This lifelong experience as a globetrotter helped me recognize how these incredible travel experiences might scale. If I could deliver the same unforgettable moments to entire groups, I would bring joy to many people all at once.

So I honed my skills in three key areas of the travel industry: Incentive/Meeting planning, Corporate Travel, and Leisure Travel Agency Management.

I've developed trusted relationships throughout my career by focusing on the needs of my clients, and making sure to meet them every time. I set strategy, business direction, and drive sales for the business — all while recruiting experts in travel to deliver something special for each and every traveler that puts their trust in us.

As Co-Founder and Strategy Director of Going Places Travel, I see the opportunity to help more companies and individuals get travel right. By rolling up smaller brick and mortar agencies into our new company, we are leveraging scale and volume to offer greater savings and more value for our Going Places travel clients.

Favorite destinations: Hawaii, Mexico, Asia, Island travel

Travel Specialty: Incentive travel, Group travel, Corporate travel, Hotel Contract Negotiations , Luxury Island Travel,  Experiential Luxury Travel

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Ting-Yi Shih

Co-founder, Operations Director

Growing up in the island country of Taiwan, if we wanted to go somewhere, we had to get on a plane. I had the good fortune of experiencing international travel with my family early in life, and that gave me an enduring love for going places.

As I continued exploring the world as an adult, I developed strong travel planning skills and was soon helping friends and family turn their travel into the experiences they'd always dreamed about having. Realizing that my career in advertising and marketing was actually getting in the way of my passion for building and planning getaways, I decided to use my talents in an industry that moved me.

Learning to find the best destinations, great values, and new opportunities changed the entire world for me — making it so small and so incredibly large all at once. I love to help others travel and make it easier for them to experience the world outside of their comfort zone.

I take great pride in our big-at-heart boutique travel agency — and treasure each time we help transform a customer into a happy traveler.

Favorite destinations: Asia, Hawaii, Europe, Australia

Travel Specialty: Group travel, Incentive travel, Family adventures, Urban explorations, Island fun.

Additional Languages: 繁體/简体 中文 / 台語

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Ken Darrow

La Jolla Branch Manager, Sr Travel Advisor

I'm a modern day hybrid in the travel business. Having lived and traveled all over the globe I truly understand how the travel world works.

Skilled in making corporate travel efficient and comfortable, and leisure travel comfortable and efficient he can meet all your travel needs.I have a BA in History from San Diego State University (Go Aztecs!) and I've lived in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France and Scotland.

I've traveled extensively all over Asia, Europe, The Caribbean, Central & South America, The South Pacific and Mexico. I'm a certified specialist in many of these destinations.

My most recent trips have been to Turkey, South Africa, Honolulu, Dominican Republic, Singapore, Vietnam, Cancun, Cabo and Puerto Vallarta.

Favorite destinations: All 7 Continents and the Islands In between...

Travel Specialty: Corporate & Leisure Travel, International Air, Land & Sea Travel Profile Manager

Additional Languages: Português / Español

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Kellee Gray

Senior Travel Advisor

I have been a travel advisor for 20+ years. Although I specialize in certain areas, I am trained in all aspects of corporate and leisure travel.

I love working with my corporate accounts and saving them time and money for all of their needs with air, cars and hotels. But I really love setting up the perfect tour, luxury cruise, or honeymoon! I specialize in customer service and tailor each trip to my clients needs.

Some of my favorite trips have been the ones with the most unique experiences. I've walked in the cave where the apostle John wrote the book of revelations and walked in the footsteps of Cleopatra & Caesar. I once got a hickey from a large stingray that stuck onto my side while snorkeling in Belize. I've walked through lava tubes on the Big Island of Hawaii and drove into a volcano in St. Lucia.

It's my wish to make travel magical for you and your family. Let me help take the stress out of the planning and maybe even suggest things you might not have thought of. You deserve to travel the world and I look forward to getting to know you!

Favorite destinations: Hawaii, Mexico, CaribbeanTravel

Specialty: Honeymoons, Luxury cruises, Island Travel, Beach destinations

Certifications/Awards: Uncruise Specialist, Outrigger Specialist, Riu Hotels Specialist, Club Med Specialist, Cayman Islands specialist, Hyatt resorts specialist, Marriott Specialist, and many more!

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Ed Klingel

Senior Travel Advisor

I bring you over 3 decades of travel advisor experience, and my number one priority is my customers! I always look out for my clients' best interest, making sure all of their travel details meet expectations — going above & beyond to ensure all of my clients are happy travelers.

I have long standing relationships with various hotels & resorts around the world, allowing me to provide you with exceptional value and exclusive amenities not found on-line.

My corporate travel experience includes arranging small to large size groups, both domestic & internationally. Negotiating group airfares, and group hotel contracts offering you special discounted rates & amenities you won't find on-line.

I have extensive group experience with many universities, including campus & athletic travel. Team athletic travel included negotiating airline & hotel group contracts, finding private charter flights, bus charters etc. Other corporate group experience includes, Aerospace and all types of incentive travel, over-looking all of the details before & during each trip.

I take great pride in my work & really look over all of the travel details. Rest assured, all of your plans will be handled with great care!

Favorite destinations: Mexico, Hawaii, Caribbean, France, Italy, Spain, Greece

Travel Specialty: Ocean & River Cruises

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Tulle Watson

Senior Travel Advisor

I've been a trusted Berkeley travel agent for the last 35 years.

Raised in a small town in Northern Norway, I've lived all over the world including New Zealand, Brazil, Austria, Bulgaria, and the United Kingdom. I've traveled extensively in India, China, Southeast Asia, South America, Europe, Africa, and Eastern Europe with my family.

Nothing makes me happier than drawing on my vast experience to arrange unforgettable vacations and adventures for my clients.

Whether it's for a once in a lifetime cruise, to explore ancient cultures, roam the great cities of Europe, experience the wonders of an African Safari, or escape on a romantic beach getaway, I'd be thrilled to help get you there.

Favorite destinations: I've been everywhere, so it would be impossible to choose!

Travel Specialty: Leisure Travel — all sorts

Additional Languages: Norsk

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Carolyn Banks

Travel Advisor

I have been working in the travel industry for over 25 years. During college I strapped on a backpack and headed to Europe and my love of travel was born. After college I moved myself to Mexico to enroll in a language school and immerse myself in the culture, and later spent 3 months traveling around the country. My passion for immersive, unique and experiential travel remains strong until this day.

Some of my most cherished travel experiences include hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, trekking the jungles of the Amazon, exploring the amazing diversity of wildlife in the Galapagos and getting an up close and personal look at Cuba, the people and its history. I have traveled much of Europe, Mexico. Guatemala, Belize, Costa Rica and Panama. I have also traveled to Caribbean and Asia. I strive to keep my thumb on the pulse of what’s the next up-and-coming travel destinations and sharing those with my clients.

I enjoy working with individuals and families but also have extensive experience with groups, helping to create itineraries that are well thought out and seamlessly flow to accommodate all groups dynamics. I take great care in planning all my client’s travel as if I were traveling myself. Whether it’s a trip for two or 200, it’s not just a trip but a memory of a lifetime.

I take pride in my customer service and responsiveness. Let me take the guesswork and hassle out of planning your next travel adventure to create a tried and true travel experience!

Favorite destinations: Italy, Costa Rica, Cuba, and Galapagos

Travel Specialty: Group Travel, Experiential Travel

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Pat Plumb

Senior Travel Advisor

After several years of working in a government job, as well as in the legal field,I decided it was time to do something that I had a real passion for. After being bitten by the travel bug, I knew exactly what I wanted to do!

I began my travel career in late 2000. The next year proved to be a challenge, with the horrific attack that brought our country to its knees. Still believing in what I was meant to do, I focused on building my customer base, and now I am happy to say that I have clients who have been with me through the years, and reach out for every trip they make. It’s wonderful to have clients who have become friends along the way.

I especially enjoy creating once-in-a-lifetime dream trips, and infusing your journey with unique experiences that you might not have thought about. I also enjoy giving a gentle nudge to my clients to try going a little bit outside of their comfort zone—which can bring so many pleasant surprises and enrich life so much.

It's hard to say which is my favorite destination, as I always return home with a newly discovered sense of how diverse and interesting the world is.

I invite you to call or come by the office, so we can chat about where you'd like to go next. Let's see how we can create a wonderful adventure for you and make that dream a reality!

Favorite destinations: Italy, France, Greece, Kenya and European River cruises.

Travel Specialty: Leisure travel around the world.

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Briny Joseph

Travel Advisor

I have been a travel advisor for 10+ years. What I truly enjoy is sharing knowledge with travelers and helping them create their own travel experiences.

What inspires me the most in traveling is the cultures, the food, and the experience of interacting with people from all over the world.

My career really started when I started planning trips for my friends and family, eventually I wanted to be fully immersed in the industry and became a professional to help people travel the way they desire.

As a travel advisor, I have helped my clients experience major cruise lines, take in the culture in Europe, and book customized land/air packages—along with inclusive resorts in the Bahamas, the Caribbean, and Mexico.

Personally, Hawaii is my absolute favorite destination in the world—hands down! India (the place I grew up with an amazing culture and heritage) and Dubai are close seconds. One of the best road trips I’ve taken is driving on the Hana Highway in Maui, Hawaii.

Where would you like to go? Let’s explore some options together!

Favorite destinations: India, Hawaii, Dubai, Mexico, Bahamas

Travel Specialty: Leisure Travel, All- Inclusive Packages , Honeymoons, Luxury cruises, Island Travel

Additional Languages: Hindi, Malayalam, Punjabi

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How we're keeping you safe.

Covid-19 has impacted almost all aspects of our lives. While the travel industry is definitely the hard hit front line, as a boutique agency, we were able to navigate through the unfamiliar and sometimes difficult waters due to Covid, and we have proven successful in getting refunds and credits for our customers.

We are diligently monitoring the ever-changing regulations and guidelines for safe traveling during Covid and in the post-Covid world, and we want to assure you that our agents are fully equipped to assist you not only in your trip planning but protecting your vacation investment.

If you have any questions about traveling during Covid, feel free to reach out to us at any time!