(22 Reviews)
100% Recommended

Karen Shelton

Waxhaw, NC

Owner, Expert Advice for the Vacation You Deserve

As the owner of My Path Unwinding Travel and Luxury Travel PhD, I rely on my extensive travel experience and a global network of travel suppliers to design a hassle-free, memorable vacation for my clients. I provide individualized consultation to understand your expectations and definition of luxury to then craft your itinerary using my expertise and connections.

My Travel Specialties

Luxury Travel Specialist

As the owner of My Path Unwinding Travel and Luxury Travel PhD, I rely on my extensive travel experience and a global network of travel suppliers to design a hassle-free, memorable vacation for my clients.  I understand that travel planning can be time consuming and overwhelming....
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Luxury Cruises for Families

Cruising is a hassle free way to explore the world with your family. I have personally sailed over 20 times on cruise lines and can help you select the perfect cruise line, ship, itinerary, and accommodations. Once your cruise is booked, we can assist with all the details including transfers, pre...
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My Reviews

39 of 68 people found this review helpful
And I thought I didn't need a travel agent...
We did our own research for our trip to Disney World, and we knew pretty much where we wanted to stay on property. Why would we need a travel agent? Karen gave us info about the properties near Epcot that really helped us narrow our decision. We wound up booking concierge level at the Beach Club and loved it, but I am not sure we would have even known about that option or the value it brings if Karen had not presented it to us with some insider tidbits that she had clearly gotten first-hand. I thought we would play our days in the parks by ear according to what the wait times were, but Karen had fantastic tips for which parks to do on which days in order to minimize the crowds. The Fast Pass thing seems like it changes every time we go, but Karen was up to speed on the latest and we were able to get on all the rides the family wanted. We even scored an extra fast pass two of the days that we didn't think we could get anymore! It makes sense that now that more information is available to the average consumer, even more information is available to the travel professionals. Karen is that professional, and as Emeril Lagasse likes to say, she really "kicked our vacation up a notch!"
By  Bill L.  from  Hartford, CT
Traveled to  
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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34 of 59 people found this review helpful
Planned a dream trip - and then saved it from Winter Storm Jonas!
When my wife let me know her dream 40th birthday present was a winter trip to the Caribbean, I knew exactly who to call. Karen listened carefully to all of our "must haves" and preferences, helped us figure out exactly which island to go to (Aruba -- why would anyone go anywhere else?), found us the perfect all-inclusive beach-front resort with the exact room layout we asked for, got us the dates we wanted, and did it all at a price that blew us away. As the Passover saying goes, "That would have been enough!" But when winter storm Jonas caused our outgoing flight to be cancelled and the resort had no vacancies for us to add days, that's when Karen swung into high gear. She walked us through all of our options, at our request she found us another great resort at a great price for the added days, coached us through the travel insurance process to get us our reimbursement for the missed days at the first resort, thought through every possible snafu and made sure they wouldn't happen - and tirelessly worked to turn what could have been total disaster right back into the vacation we dreamed of. It was clear to us a every step that our vacation was as important to Karen as it was to us. That is something you can't find from an average travel agent. Simply said, Karen is the best! I couldn't recommend working with her any more highly -- and we will be calling on her for our next getaway for sure.
By  Ivan K.  from  Great Barrington, MA
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I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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36 of 65 people found this review helpful
Very Knowledgeable, Very Passionate
I have known Karen for about 2 years now and I can say, without hesitation, that she is one of the most knowledgeable travel advisors I know. She is passionate and extremely helpful, and will make sure you get the absolute best deal on your vacation or travel plans. I would trust her to arrange every detail of my vacation and be completely at ease, knowing her skills and dedication would provide me with the best possible outcome. If you need help in booking your next trip or vacation, give Karen a try.
By  Thdarragh  from  Lancaster, PA
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I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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9 of 14 people found this review helpful
Traveling to All Inclusive During Covid
We used Karen for the first time on a 5 day trip to Mexico. We had many questions about traveling during Covid and how the resorts were handling everything. Karen did a great job explaining everything she knew and heard about from other travelers. She was spot on with every detail. We decided to extend the trip a few extra days as there was no change fees with the airline. She made all of the changes very quickly. We will be using her for all future travels.
By  JLussier  from  Raleigh, NC
Traveled to  Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Five Star Recommendation
Hands down the best travel agent I have worked with! We have never had major travel issues and I contemplated trying to book everything on my own without an agent...so glad I didn't and booked through Karen. Our airline had mechanical issues causing us to miss out connecting flight. One message to Karen and she went straight to work. She helped with locating replacement flights, getting approval from resort to have our arrival and departure dates adjusted, rearranging transportation from airport to resort and resort back for return flight. If it were not for Karen I would have spent my entire vacation on the phone trying to rearrange flights, hotels etc. Karen made situations out of our control be as painless as possible and we are forever grateful for the time that we could focus on our family and not on travel details. Never skimp on travel insurance and a good agent!
By  Molly OBrien  from  Cedar Rapids, IA
Traveled to  Punta Cana ~ Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Karen Shelton responded:
Thank you for your kind words! I was so happy to be able to help you with the travel glitches! Those seem to be happening more and more these days! I appreciate your business and look foward to working with you again.

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Destination Expert:

  • At Sea
  • Caribbean
  • Hawaii
  • Worldwide
  • Riviera Maya
  • Italy
  • Europe
  • Alaska
  • Walt Disney World

Travel Specialist:

  • Luxury Cruises
  • Family Vacations
  • Luxury Hotels
  • Celebration Travel
  • Small Ship Cruises
  • Couples & Romance
  • Disney Vacations

Top Travel Partners:

  • AmaWaterways
  • Disney Cruise Line
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Royal Caribbean
  • Tauck
  • Abercrombie & Kent
  • Kensington Tours
  • UnCruise Adventures

Certifications/Awards:

  • College of Disney Knowledge
  • AmResorts Master Agent
  • Certified Sandals/ Beaches Specialist
  • Atlantis Ambassador
  • Tauck Specialist

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