Fran Nelson 

Delray Beach, FL United States
An independent affiliate of Unique Travel of Palm Beach, Inc.
Travel Specialties
  • Adventure
  • Beach & Sun
  • Family Travel
  • Food & Wine
  • Culture, History & Arts

  • Canada
  • Belize
  • China
  • Croatia
  • Dominican Republic
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Selling Travel Since
  • English

My Background

It was while studying at Long Island’s Adelphi University that Fran Nelson got her first taste of travel. As a component of the Education program, students could study abroad their junior year. With great excitement and a five-dollar-a-day budget, Fran set off to the University of Exeter.

Although her budget fell a bit short (she had to write home for more money), her travel plans did not. While based in England she was able to easily explore Europe and ventured to Norway, Sweden, France, Italy, Switzerland and the Canary Islands.

Back in the states, Fran graduated from Adelphi and taught elementary school for six years before leaving to start a family. It wasn’t until a move to South Florida in the early 90s that her love for travel could be revisited. She began working as a travel agent and in 2000 joined Unique Travel, where she has called home ever since.

In her more than twenty years as a travel consultant, Fran has developed quite a few favorite places, but her specialties continue to be the Mediterranean, Asia, and South America.  

Whether by land or sea, Fran always encourages a trip to the Med. Italy, France and Spain are the perfect coastal trifecta between the alluring French and Italian Rivieras and the enticing seaside wonders in Barcelona and beyond. If cruising, she recommends including either a pre or post exploration of your departure city to experience a deeper immersion in the culture than a port time allows. Her favorite launching city? Rome and why shouldn’t it be? With the colorful people, magnificent history and delicious food—the city is not short on offerings.

For the adventurous traveler, Fran picks Asia. Her love for the continent stems from a trip in 2007 when she hosted a cruise and was able to spend some quality time in Beijing. Given the opportunity to do some onsite private sightseeing, she gained invaluable knowledge about this gem of a city that she’s excited to share with China-bound clients. A nearby excursion to Xian, where she viewed the Terracotta Warriors proved to be monumental. Fran will tell you it’s reason enough to travel to the other side of the world, but she’s also quite fond of Shanghai and speaks fondly of Thailand’s Chang Mai and Bangkok as well.

Fran describes the Galapagos as, “nature at its most beautiful” and one of her favorite trips in South America to book. Snorkeling with sea lions or watching the mating dance of the Blue-Footed Boobies can be a life transforming experience. She shares that the “watching but no touching” policy adds to the mystique of this pristine paradise.  

Fran specializes in family travel to all of these luxurious destinations, creating picture perfect trips for any group size or age range. Her strength is creating custom trips around her clients’ individual needs and passions and always goes the extra mile to ensure each trip is catered specifically to those traveling. Her job description is, after all, making dreams become reality.

Places I Have Traveled

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By: Jules

Reviewed on: 28 Aug 2013

Fran is a wonderful agent and we will certainly use her again. She is very responsive, efficient and capable. She took very good care of us on our recent trip and followed up with us afterward.

By: Not provided

Reviewed on: 09 Sep 2013

highly recommend

By: Marsh

Reviewed on: 19 Nov 2013

Fran did a fantastic job in planning and arranging our hotel reservations in Amerstdam. She is extremely responsive to our needs. We made 3 more trips in the future with her.


By: sandy

Reviewed on: 15 Apr 2014

All my expectations were met in a timely  and efficient manner.  I appreciate Fran contacting the Cape Grace Hotel to request a room for my early arrival.  After a long trip (over 24 hours) my room was waiting for me  and as a Virtuoso guest I, also, received free mini bar for my entire stay and a $80.00 credit for the spa.  Once I joined the Tauck tour everything went as expected since I had used them approximately 17 times before. Very pleased with Unique Travel of Palm Beach and will continue to use them for future travel.


By: Not provided

Reviewed on: 09 Jun 2014

My experience with Fran has been a good one. She recently booked a cruise for my wife and myself, and it was handled very professionally and easily. She made sure we received the best pricing available and accommodated all our requests.I also inquired about a trip I am planning with my grandson and she followed up immediately with brochures and suggestions.I would recommend Fran to my friends .Richard Mirkin

Wonderful service

By: jkm

Reviewed on: 21 Apr 2015

Fran Nelson is a wonderful travel agent and she lived up to that reputation with the service we received for our recent trip to the Riviera Maya. Needless to say, we will use her again. Everything was handled promptly and efficiently.

Fran Nelson-Outstanding travel agent

By: JulianM

Reviewed on: 10 Dec 2015

Fran is a wonderful agent and is very good at follow up before and after the travel. She responds quickly to questions and is very available. I recommend her highly.

terrific travel agent

By: marsh

Reviewed on: 01 Mar 2016

fran is very responsive and handles my questions and concern very proptly. i would not hesitate to recoomend her to freinds.

Always professional, knowledgeable and accessible


Reviewed on: 02 Nov 2016

I highly recommend Fran Nelson who is always professional, knowledgeable and accessible. Fran Nelson has been a wonderful, well informed, helpful travel advisor for my past and future trips. I appreciate her help and know that she is always there to help in any situation.

Best Vacation!!

By: Terri Yilmaz

Reviewed on: 23 Jan 2017

Working with Fran was a lovely experience! She listened to what my family and I were looking for, within our budget, and ended up exceeding our expectations! Fran was easy to talk to, the process of paper work was simple and our final documents were full of informative travel tips! This was my first time working with Fran, and compared to past family vacations were I was disappointed, this was definitely our best vacation!!!

Leave the Worry at Home

By: Caroline

Reviewed on: 16 Apr 2017

Working with Fran is always a pleasure. Her passion for travel is equal to mine, so we enjoy talking about upcoming trips. She always has excellent and up-to-date information, and shares upcoming adventures to whet my appetite! (It works!) She is a total professional as well as someone very easy with whom to work/plan a trip.
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By: Carol L

Reviewed on: 19 Apr 2017

Fabulous! Fran made the planning of this trip easy and fun! She is a gem-- a true joy to work with. And I'm not even related to her.

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By: Mel

Reviewed on: 09 Jul 2017

Excellent. In over 10 years booking with her, we have never had a problem she could not rectify.

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By: Marsh

Reviewed on: 18 Jul 2017

Always great. Very helpful and responsive. She follows up promptly

Croatia cruise


Reviewed on: 30 Aug 2017

Very easy. She seems to be very knowledgeable and considerately helpful

Great travel advisor

By: Melissa

Reviewed on: 22 Aug 2017

I stumbled upon Fran who has assisted me with 2 trips so far and we are in the process of arranging future vacations. She always responds to emails quickly even on weekends and holidays and I have been very happy with her arrangements.

Multigenerational family trip

By: Lolo

Reviewed on: 08 Jan 2018

We have worked with Fran on many occasions. She planned an unbelievable multigenerational trip to the Galapagos for us four years ago. We called on her to plan another family trip. Shenunderstood our needs and organized the trip from start to finish. We were having a difficult a difficult time findng dates that would work for everyone within our time constraints. She managed to find a cruise which worked on a ship we love. From air to,pick up,to the staterooms and an special cocktail party Fran organized a seamless,experience.

Travel agent

By: Marsh

Reviewed on: 06 Mar 2018

Very helpful and responsive

Great Trip

By: Asian Odyssey

Reviewed on: 17 Mar 2018

We have traveled extensively and previously worked with an advisor at a different agency. We wanted to travel independently to Thailand and Cambodia on a custom itinerary. Fran did a great job of lining up air, luxury hotels and local guides for each segment of the trip. Everything element of the trip was fabulous and we enjoyed ourselves immensely. We plan on using Fran for our travel plans in the future and would recommend her without hesitation

Amazing cruise vacation!

By: iMelissy

Reviewed on: 14 May 2018

Fran helped us plan our second wonderful cruise and her assistance and experience is an essential to ensure a well planned trip. We were very organized and were able to make the most of our vacation with well thought out, advance planning. We loved our suite and the beautiful ship Harmony of the Seas. Great speciality dining and decor in general. Loved our vacation and can't wait to plan the next one with Fran's assistance!

Amalfi coast trip

By: Gwyn

Reviewed on: 11 Jun 2018

Working with Fran was a breeze. She was always prompt and responsive. Her ideas were great and she was well informed. Her bubbly personality added a lot to our interactions. Even to the last minute before the trip she was emailing us with info and on top of events at locations that could effect our touring. Bravo Fran.


By: Mel

Reviewed on: 28 Jun 2018

Excellent agent.

Travel agent

By: Spilky

Reviewed on: 14 Jul 2018

Very helpful and responsive to all details. Pleasure working with her

Perfect resort vacation!

By: Melissa

Reviewed on: 27 Jul 2018

My husband & I just returned from an incredible week long stay at the One & Only Palmilla recommended by Fran. It was our first time to Cabo & I was nervous with what to expect. Fran arranged everything from flights, airport transfers, our accommodation as well as our perks we have come to love like the fabulous couples massage we enjoyed. We were in an ocean front villa which was absolutely gorgeous. Everything was arranged easily, quickly and efficiently and her knowledge about the area, resort and weather was most valuable. Very glad I made use of her expertise again!

Our Bar Mitzvah gift

By: Judy

Reviewed on: 01 Aug 2018

Fran was able to suggest Tauck Bridges to us since we were taking our grandson on a vacation as a gift to him. We were able to spend a very special week bonding with him. This was a perfect tour for us. Fran made the arrangements and helped us with any issues that arose which made for a stress less vacation. We were very happy with her services.

Outstanding Travel Agent

By: Happy Travelers

Reviewed on: 14 Aug 2018

Fran Nelson was outstanding to work with. She is very professional,knowledgable and willing to go the extra mile to insure complete client satisfaction. The hotels she booked were fabulous and they had champagne and chocolates waiting in the room inhonor of our wedding anniversary. Our phone calls and emails were answered very promptly and she made sure every aspect of our trip was planned perfectly! Fran is very detail oriented and when we contacted her last minute about a taxi strike in Barcelona,she was able to arrange private transfers right away. We would be happy to recommend Fran Nelson to our friends,family and business associates without any hesitation.

New Mexico

By: Lauren

Reviewed on: 14 Oct 2018

Love Fran! She's the best. So accommodating and helpful. Would highly recommend her to my friends


By: Mel

Reviewed on: 16 Oct 2018

Fantastic. She always comes through for us:

The best travel agent

By: Colleen

Reviewed on: 20 Oct 2018

Fran is great. She is very detailed and patient. She listens closely to what you are looking for and comes up with tons of options and ideas. She truly is the best! I trust her 100% and would recommend her highly to anyone!

Italian trip and cruise

By: Marcus aurelius

Reviewed on: 20 Nov 2018

Fran is a total professional, and a pleasure to work with. She has a wealth of knowledge and expertise, and ensures that the client is totally satisfied. I found that Fran was always accessible, and very flexible in dealing with changes and new ideas.I would highly recommend Fran to all.


By: Mel

Reviewed on: 05 Dec 2018

Excellent. Always on top of things.


By: lehaven

Reviewed on: 09 Jan 2019

always a pleasure working with Fran. she's responsive and attentive to our likes and needs. she makes excellent suggestions and is a joy to work with,

Great trip to India

By: Retired

Reviewed on: 28 Jan 2019

Fran Nelson did a fantastic job working with Cox and Kings as well as Virtuoso air to plan and execute this trip. All questions were answered immediately and everything went exactly according to plan. With Fran's help we had an absolutely great trip through India by train. It surpassed our expectations. The accommodations, food, service, etc. were all top notch. Couldn't be happier

My A-1 Travel Agent

By: CPTompkins

Reviewed on: 27 Feb 2019

Fran is so good at what she does: listen, recommend, inform. She has become essential in not only my travel planning but also in the travel plan of others in my family. She knows our likes and dislikes, and helps in such a timely manner in answering any questions we have regarding our plans. She is patient, and an excellent listener and problem solver for all the travels, from "dream" to conclusion. Thank you, Fran!

Unique travel

By: Marsh

Reviewed on: 16 Mar 2019

She’s very helpful. Stays on top of things. Has good knowledge and very responsive.

Working with Fran Nelson, you will have access to:

  • - Special perks and extra amenities
  • - An experienced travel guide whom you can rely on before, during, and after the trip
  • - Exclusive luxury resorts and properties
  • - Once in a lifetime experiences

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