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Barbara Khan

Scottsdale, Arizona Travel Agent

Luxury Leisure, Business & Executive Specialist

Buon Appetito in Tuscany
Buon Appetito in Tuscany

Highly professional, experienced travel advisor with a demonstrated history of working in both the business and leisure sides of the travel & tourism industry for over 25 years. Skilled in Luxury Travel, Business Travel, Leisure Travel, International Airfare Expert, and Foreign Independent Travel. Strong operations professional, resourceful, a master of detail, with the knowledge and connections, to create the trips of your dreams. My clients know I have integrity, that I truly care for them, and their referrals are my reward. I am an outgoing and empathetic person who loves to experience new places and cultures. I guess one of the reasons I became a travel consultant was because, social studies was always my favorite subject in school. I am passionate about travel! Get out of your comfort zone a bit - EXPLORE!

My specialties:European independent - customized travel to Italy, France, Spain, Greece, and Portugal, including self-drive, rail, and cruise journeys

Sun & Sand - luxury resorts of St. Lucia, Anguilla, Barbados, Central America, and the Virgin Islands

Exotic Locales - I've been to Pakistan, India, Thailand, Turkey, Qatar, Bahrain, and Hong Kong. In fact, I specialize in woman-centric travel to Muslim countries

Wellness Travel - I can craft a trip to promote well-being through physical and mental activities, including yoga, massage and spa

Unique Travel - Not your run-of-the-mill destinations for honeymoons, couple's getaway, or family adventures. African safaris, Antarctic cruises, fully crewed yachts, rail journeys, expedition cruises

Niche Specialty - Literary journeys, specially curated trips for individuals and small groups to immerse you in the literary side of a destination. Journeys that allow readers to connect with authors, visit the settings of books, and enjoy unique opportunities in the literary world outside the pages of a book. These trips are perfectly suited for book clubs, friends, sisters, mothers, daughters, and book lovers of all kinds!

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Big girl trip as a newly single mom

I am newly divorced and knew I wanted to go somewhere on my own (like a big girl,lol ) but couldn't even begin to figure out where or how.. Thanks to a local mom'sgroup, I found out about Barbara Khan . I reached out to her with an idea of what I wanted and she put together an amazing trip for me in September. I am not sure I would have been brave enough to take it without her! I'm grateful to the mom's group and to Barbara!

Provided by Christine M, Tallahassee, FL

Reputation for resourcefulness and reliability

Imagine you are a traveler looking for a travel advisor with a reputation for resourcefulness, reliability, and a true customer orientation. You're a traveler looking for solid recommendations on an itinerary, hotels, flight connections, or cruise tips. You're a nervous or inexperienced traveler in need of a reassuring, organized advisor who understands her clients -- and anticipates their needs. Imagine an advisor who is delightful to work with, fast in returning calls and unflappable in dealing with custom requests, well-suited to working with any kind of traveler. Imagine no more. You've found her -- Barbara Khan, our travel advisor for over 2 decades. Our travel needs have evolved from business & active family travel, to a more gracious life of cruising & immersion travel, we have followed her in her career and been delighted at every step of the way. Journeys by the Book is the culmination of her experience so far, with much more to come. We can't wait to see what comes next.

Provided by Kathy B, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Like "A Christmas Carol" story of travel

I remember when a good friend told me he has a terrific travel agent & recommended that I contact Barbara. He and I are still close friends 25 years later and Barbara has been his and my travel advisor ever since. At the time, I was traveling on business to Europe monthly, throughout North America & occasionally to Asia. She became an essential part of my life by managing all of that travel and personal wanderlust too. I counted up that Barbara has taken me to 61 countries, some of them many times, over those 25 years. She knows & remembers my travel past, my travel preferences, & my travel future better than I. Naturally, with that much exposure to the travel industry, she and I have had to work through some challenges with airlines, cruise companies, hotels, tour guides, etc. She always come through to resolve issues and to offer good advice and recommendations. I highly recommend Barbara to family to friends to business associates and to you. Barbara is the ultimate professional.

Provided by Dennis B, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

partner in thought and action on all things travel

Barbara Khan has been my “partner” in thought & action on all things travel for the last 25 years. I cannot recommend her highly enough. Although we’ve actually never met in person, she is thoughtful, a trusted friend, a fun co-conspirator, knowledgeable advisor in whose care my family & I have always felt completely secure, even as we’ve taken some risks that require a “plan B”. Barbara has been there for us throughout: she has helped me shuttle my family across the pond over 14 years when we lived abroad; she stepped up incredibly during family medical crises; she has helped us plan ambitious itineraries to mark milestones including major birthdays and graduations. Whether it is to visit loved ones faraway or to have a new adventure, travel is an important part of my family’s happiness, and something we value most. I have deep respect and appreciation for Barbara’s talent, graciousness and professionalism; and wouldn’t so much as contemplate a journey big or small without her.

Provided by Brooke R, New York, New York

Creatively taking me around the world

My life has been a great adventure thanks to Barbara Khan and her creativity in taking me all over the world since 1991. It is the adversity you have to deal with sometimes when the Iceland Volcano forces your Delta flight to land in Madrid [ 2010] and not Paris where an organized trip to Normandy battlefields that have to be scrapped on the run. And its midnight at an airport hotel and you keep pumping Euros into a pay phone with Barbara on the other end of the phone resetting our France trip to a memorable Spain car trip to see the Alhambra, Madrid museums etc. Barbara many times has been our travel agent, travel confidant and friend with such trips as Machu Picchu to South Africa: from a Barge trip to Provence to the Acropolis in Athens...........Yasoo! Barbara Khan............is simply the Best Travel agent/Friend you could ask for!

Provided by Al S., Atlanta, Georgia

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