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Barb Ortiz

New York, New York Travel Agent

Travel Designer

I organize itineraries for groups, I arrange logistics for destination weddings and I book luxury boutique getaways for those who want something tailored to their desires alone. I've lived in Italy and Amsterdam and whenever I travel I always set aside time to get lost in wherever I am, because every wrong turn uncovers some truly special attraction which I can share with my clients, who are always looking for those hidden gems.

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Travel Specialties

The Right Places and Companions

I started forming custom travel groups through the Meetup.com website, and at first I expected to attract 30 or 40 people, for whom I could create custom packages. I called the group “I'll Take You There,” and it has exceeded my ... Read more from my The Right Places and Companions bio.

Destination Weddings and Exotic Honeymoons

I have arranged multiple destination weddings, and all have had special attributes my clients loved. If I had to pick my favorite, I would choose a trip I booked to Bali. It involved a party of 80 who flew first class ... Read more from my Destination Weddings and Exotic Honeymoons bio.

A Little Bit of Corporate Travel

The majority of my clients come to me to book leisure getaways, but my first experience in the travel industry was booking travel for corporate clients. I still do this today.  

There is a big difference between corporate and leisure bookings, ... Read more from my A Little Bit of Corporate Travel bio.

My Travel Agent Life

My inspiration for becoming a travel agent was my high school math teacher. I was 16 years old and he said that when school let out, he planned to travel all over Europe.  So I asked him to send me one ... Read more from my My Travel Agent Life bio.

Travel Experiences

Mali
My World Travels

Greece and The Little Mermaid

Greece is one of my favorite destinations. I have been there on several occasions and every time, the experience has been unforgettable. I had avoided it for a period, because I wanted to save it for something which could include a little romance, but I finally ended up going with my ... Read more from my Greece and The Little Mermaid story.

Client Testimonials

With Love from Portugal

"Barb booked my recent trip to Portugal. After I told her what interests me, she came up with suggestions for my trip. She put me in an amazing hotel in Porto and Lisbon. I told her I can’t wait to try Portuguese food and wine. She understood that I like wine, so she suggested a tour of Douro Valley. It is famous for the Port Wine, but not only, as Barb mentioned. Ohhh and she was so right!! She booked me and my friend this amazing tour of Douro Valley with a cruise on the river. We had an amazing time. Then suggested tours and activities for Lisbon. Thank to her I have done, seen and experienced so much this trip. I wouldn’t think to go to Douro Valley by myself. And it was the highlight of my trip. I’m so happy I have her as my travel agent! And more important I trust her planning my trip and booking my accommodations."

Provided by Andreia (NY,NY)

Creating Memories Of A Lifetime

"Barb, Just a quick little note to say thank you for helping us plan an awesome family trip. Everything went perfectly and your suggestions were perfect. We made memories of a lifetime. Thank you again for always being in such great communication and dealing with our ever changing needs. You are the best!"

Provided by Nicole (NY, NY)