Monique Owen 

El Segundo, CA United States
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Travel Specialties
  • Family Travel
  • Hotels

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Selling Travel Since
  • English
  • Italian

My Background

Monique was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia so travel is in her antipodean blood. After receiving a Bachelor of Science and Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management (with the requisite Australian six month back packing trip around Europe) Monique spent ten years working for a global public accounting firm in Human Resources. Monique’s work brought her to the US, where she moved permanently in 2003.

In 2007, Monique left the corporate world to attend Le Cordon Bleu culinary school and graduated with honors. Monique has now married her passion for food and travel. Food and dining is one of the most important aspects of travel for Monique, so exploring local markets and restaurants is a high priority and something she enjoys passing on to clients.

Monique, her husband Tony and their three children live in Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles. With three children under the age of five, Monique has a particular interest and expertise in vacation planning for families….and getaways sans children.

Monique is a member of the Victoria Racing Club in Melbourne, Australia and is a board member of the Getty Research Institute Collections Council and Community Board member of ESMoA, the El Segundo Museum of Art. Monique and her husband Tony are active supporters of Teach for America.

Favorite Hotels & Resorts: Amangiri Utah, Plaza Athenee Paris, La Reserve Ramatuelle, Amankila Bali, San Ysidro Ranch ….and the Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach (which is a stone’s throw from home and affords 40 extra guest rooms for visiting family and friends!)

Best Adventures: Tiger safari in Ranthambhore, India – what better way to honeymoon?

Family Travel: Monique and her husband Tony spent 5 weeks last summer touring France with their 3 children (under the age of five!). Two weeks savoring the food and beauty of Provence followed by three weeks on the beaches of St Tropez. A surprisingly family friendly trip and an amazing time all ‘round.

Recently Visited: Provence, St Tropez, Paris, Hamilton Island, Palm Beach, Cabo, Utah, Napa Valley, Santa Barbara, Chicago, Melbourne, Puglia, New York, Sydney.

Places I Have Traveled

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By: Leah

Reviewed on: 03 Apr 2014

We had an awesome trip to Europe.  Monique made everything flow smoothly, the hotels were outstanding, and our excursions/restaurants/transfers were all terrific and easy.  THANKS!

Fantastic Trip!

By: Owen65

Reviewed on: 29 Jun 2015

Well put together and very well planned.

Found the perfect spot!

By: TexasTeri

Reviewed on: 20 Nov 2015

Monique found the perfect place for me and ten of my friends to celebrate my 40th birthday. Amanyara in Turks & Caicos was not only easy for all of us to get it, it had the perfect accommodations that allowed our large group to be together. We didn't worry about anything when we got there, because we knew Monique had taken care of all the details!


By: The Mom

Reviewed on: 22 Nov 2015

what an amazing trip to Punta Mita - all beautifully organized. I think everyone got just the rooms, connections and placements they wanted - and the St Regis team took fabulous care of us all. The wedding was fantastically beautiful! Thank you, thank you thank you!

Best travel planner ever!

By: Baba travels

Reviewed on: 27 Dec 2015

Our family has used Huffman Travel and particularly Monique Owen for several trips in the past two years. She planned my daughter's honeymoon to Italy and France, our trip to Paris this fall and most recently a family trip to NYC. Every recommendation was well thought out. The hotels she chose were excellent. Monique always responds promptly and professionally . She is a pleasure to work with and I look forward to planning many more trips through her.

Well planned

By: Footloose

Reviewed on: 23 Dec 2015

Well planned and everything came off with no hitches.


By: Leighbean

Reviewed on: 24 Feb 2016

As usual the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa did not disappoint, nor did our travel consultant Monique! We descended upon the inn from both the east and west coasts, to find out adjoining rooms complete with decadent brownies and a personalized hand written welcome note. Our rooms were conveniently located in a building with central access to all the necessities including, spa, pool and restaurant/bar. Although we booked our own spa appointments, Monique checked in with us before our arrival to make sure we were taken care of! She also confirmed our dining and resort credits which helped make our girls' getaway just a little more affordable. Overall, I highly recommend a visit to the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, as well as using Monique to book your escape!

Amazing Mexico

By: Car Man

Reviewed on: 06 Mar 2016

Such an amazing trip to Las Ventenas. The perfect mid-winter recharge. Everything was just perfect down to the weather which was ideal. Great times!

Dream vacation to Italy

By: Joe

Reviewed on: 13 Oct 2016

Monique planned a trip for my wife and I to Positano, Capri, Pompeii, and Rome. This is the 3rd trip she has organized for us. As usual, the itinerary was perfect and logistics seamless. The hotels were really nice and we were given an upgrade to a suite in all our hotels because of the Huffman Travel connection. We never get those when we plan our own trips. The restaurant recos were great and covered the top restaurants in the area. All the details were covered which makes the trip worry free. I'd highly recommend Monique and Huffman to any of my friends.

Service delivered!

By: Daisy

Reviewed on: 17 Oct 2016

Monique was fantastic about setting up the trip, suggesting where to go and what to do, and she had the inside track on what was open and closed on what day that made our trip extra special. Thanks!

Beat vacation ever!!

By: Carlson

Reviewed on: 29 Apr 2017

Monique is by far one of the most professional and gracious people I have ever done business with. She far exceeded our expectations on a dream trip to Paris with our 10 year old daughter. Truly the trip was unbelievable and completely thought out to the last detail. One of the most relaxing and truly special vacations we have ever taken. We are forver grateful for the experience!!

U.K. Trip

By: The Fooch

Reviewed on: 12 May 2017

This is the second time we've worked with Monique. She's fantastic and takes all the stress away of planning a trip. Everyone works hard everyday and having time to plan or stress about an upcoming trip isn't worth it. Monique takes our ideas and makes them come true.

Hawaiian vacation

By: Steve McDannold

Reviewed on: 27 Aug 2017

My daughter worked directly with her . She did an excellent job planning our trip.

Wonderful Trip planned by Monique

By: Amanda

Reviewed on: 24 Oct 2017

Monique was extremely organized and responsive. She was fantastic at anticipating our needs and making sure our trip was stress-free. We loved her hotel and restaurant recommendations, especially our special anniversary dinner in Paris. Additionally, we loved the travel app. My husband and I found it easy and very useful to not have to look through our emails to find our itinerary. We cannot wait to book our next trip with Monique and Huffman Travel!


By: Teresa C

Reviewed on: 01 Dec 2017

Monique is simply outstanding. Is professional and provides a level of customer service that is humble and genuine. No matter where or what level of trip she is planning for you she always makes it feel "First Class" We are so grateful for always making us feel incredibly special. Excellent trip, excellent resort and excellent service. Thank you Monique!

Paris with Teen

By: Jamie

Reviewed on: 23 Apr 2018

Great, she was direct and had great information and advise on Paris and where to eat, stay and what to do!! She got us a much better room than we would have booked ourselves, and that was much appreciated!!!


By: Andrika

Reviewed on: 14 Apr 2018

She is wonderful always follows up and takes care of her clients . Very organized and lovely to work with

Memorable Mallorca

By: Tracey and Chris

Reviewed on: 13 Jul 2018

Monique is an absolute delight to work with for travel planning and I would highly recommend her for your travel needs. In my experience (we have booked multiple vacations with her), she has an expansive travel IQ and is able to design a variety of seamless and memorable vacation itineraries. Mallorca and the Belmond were both her recommendations and we could only have been happier if we were able to stay longer!! We had THE perfect vacation. Thanks Monique!


By: Douglass

Reviewed on: 29 Jul 2018

Monique was amazing! She designed the perfect itinerary for our family vacation in Italy and also for an extended trip for my husband and me in Cote d'Azur France. She took the time to get to know our family and how we travel. Her choices for hotels, restaurants, excursions, etc. were first class. The logistics were not easy, especially since we were late planning our trip, but Monique flawlessly created a personal experience that our family will remember for a lifetime. The Axus App had all of our travel information on it and was incredibly helpful during our trip. I have already recommended her to several of my friends.


By: Mary

Reviewed on: 24 Aug 2018

Monique was fabulous and prompt and provided creative ideas for our family!!

Best Travel Advisor Ever!!

By: Molly L.

Reviewed on: 07 Oct 2018

I have planned a number of trips with Monique, and her suggestions are always on point. I always experience something new and unexpected, and feel as if I have the inside track wherever I go. Monique is always accessible via phone, text or email. She and her team truly make every experience first class and smooth as silk for an incredible travel experience. I’m looking forward to my next Huffman travel trip!


By: Caroline Liuzzi

Reviewed on: 29 Oct 2018

Monique is: Professional Prompt Knowledgable Always "Spot on" NEVER lets us down Gets the wow factor

Detailed directions to paradise

By: SoCalSohnShine

Reviewed on: 18 Oct 2018

Monique was helpful and responsive. Her suggestions were spot on! We loved our vacation in Mallorca! We debated about multiple ways to plan our trip and based on Monique's recommendations we came up with the perfect plan!


By: sal

Reviewed on: 03 Dec 2018

Fabulous, easy and fun Monique was quick and responsive and understood our travel needs


By: JMCarlson

Reviewed on: 20 Nov 2018

Monique was amazing! I cannot say enough how great she was. She helped my now husband and I plan our honeymoon. From the start, Monique wanted to know exactly what we wanted for our honeymoon and made sure we had the honeymoon we wanted and it was perfect! She made sure all the details were taken care of throughout the honeymoon where my husband and I did not have to worry about anything during our honeymoon which made it even more amazing. Monique is amazing and she will make sure your trip is perfect.

Deer Valley Montage

By: Jen

Reviewed on: 24 Jan 2019

Absolutely wonderful! So knowledgable, warm, professional and communicative! I would highly recommend and can't wait to work with her again!

Fantastic Service


Reviewed on: 02 Jan 2019

A dear friend referred me to Monique, who exceeded expectations. I had a specific set of criteria and a short window - neither of which impeded the quick and quality service that she supplied. I received a menu of options, recommendations that spoke to my concerns and a convenient app that kept me updated. I had a fabulous vacation, and I owe her tremendous gratitude. I heartily recommend Monique Owen for the highest level of service.

Morocco and Spain

By: Jamie

Reviewed on: 09 Jan 2019

Great! Responsive and flexible to my family requests and needs plus always makes sure we are well taken care of on every step of the way!

Great advisor

By: Jay Sr

Reviewed on: 20 Mar 2019

All of our reservations were perfect and the information before the trip helped us find our driver in CABO.

Excellent Experience Always

By: Lara Francis

Reviewed on: 22 May 2019

We have been working with Monique for our travel needs for several years and she continues to produce extraordinary experiences and provide excellent service. She is very attentive to detail and makes every experience better than we could expect.

The Montage, Cabo San Lucas

By: Carol

Reviewed on: 18 May 2019

Monique was incredibly accommodating with all facets of our trip. She (and staff member Andrew) took details to a whole new level. Our expectations were exceeded beyond !

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