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Shelly Baron

Roseland, New Jersey Travel Agent

Personalized Luxury Travel Agent

When I took early retirement from the corporate world, I had already traveled the globe with my husband, so I decided to turn my passion for travel into my next career. My own travels had taught me the value of a good travel agent, and I knew I had the detail- and service-oriented personality and breadth of experience to organize exceptional journeys.

I worked at Liberty Travel for about ten years. Then, I decided to move to an agency that would support the value-added amenities, pricing, and upgrades and VIP experiences that my luxury clients appreciate. I interviewed with several companies before joining Protravel International in 2006, and my clients and I have been happy ever since.

As my client, you will benefit from working with someone who has been to the places you are considering and knows them first-hand. I’ve been to practically every country in Europe, and South America. My travels have taken me to bucket list destinations from Japan and China to the Galapagos, and I have cruised with almost every major cruise line. Plus, I usually have stayed at the hotels that I recommend.  

Travel planning is not about me, though. It is about you, and if you trust me to plan your trip, you’ll find I ask a lot of questions before I start making suggestions. I want to know about you as a person, where you have been and what you’ve enjoyed on previous trips. That way, I can plan a trip and know you will be happy. 

For example, one couple came and asked me to plan a trip to Italy. It was our first time working together, and based on their culinary interests, I suggested some private cooking classes and wonderful behind-the-scenes foodie experiences that they loved. 

Another couple asked me to send them to Africa. It’s a huge continent, and since they were not sure what they wanted, I began throwing out options. The result was a trip to South Africa tailored to their interests. We included a few different safari experiences. Since they love to parachute, I arranged for them to fly off a mountain with a trusted operation in Cape Town. Another of their shared interests was wine, so I set up special private wine tastings in two of South Africa’s wine regions. 

Wherever you go, I’m there for you throughout your vacation. I know if your flights are delayed or when weather or other situations are brewing. And if there is a problem, I become the energizer bunny, so you can relax and know I will handle whatever arises. For example, I had clients in Hawaii whose itinerary was impacted by the volcanic fog. I rearranged all their fights and hotels on the spot. 

From the time you start planning until you return home, I work to ensure that your travel adventures will be all you dream of and more. As one of my long-time clients recently wrote: “When you plan my trip, I know that you’ll have thought of and taken care of every detail and that all I have to do is delight in it all.

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58 of 107 people found this review helpful

Luxury travel guidance for 10 years!

Reviewed By Suse - New Jersey | Traveled to Greece ~ Europe
I have worked with Shelly for almost 10 years as my travel advisor. She has planned multi-generational family vacations, couples getaways, mother/daughter retreats, anniversary celebrations, and adventure trips. Each and every experience was well planned and executed. The planning/brainstorming process, itineraries, accommodations, and recommendations have been beyond extraordinary. Shelly's guidance has been a valuable resource, especially for a person like me, who likes to 'do it myself.' Her knowledge, experience, direction, professionalism and kindness is much admired and greatly appreciated!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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51 of 100 people found this review helpful

Let Me Count [Some of} the Ways . . .

Reviewed By Don't have one - New York City, NY | Traveled to Paris ~ France ~ Europe
Among Shelly Baron's sterling qualities as a travel agent that I value highly are;
Her immediate availability and getting back to me promptly
Her interest and effort in finding what will suit ME (and my purse)
Her first-hand experience of places and her frankness about offering other recommendations/suggestions
Her good will (reciprocated) with her overseas professional connections
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Amazing Travels by an Amazing Agent

Reviewed By Barry G - Fort Mill, South Carlonia | Traveled to Baltic Sea ~ At Sea ~ At Sea
Shelly is beyond an amazing agent. She has done multiple trips for me. First to the Amalfi Coast, then to the Baltic via Azamara Cruise line and most recently to an upcoming trip to Portugal. The accommodation arranged have been spectacular! She has exceeded all my aspirations for my trips and reviewing her latest itinerary for Portugal, I cannot wait to experience it.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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