Janelle Olinger CTC

Hilton Head Island, SC United States
An independent affiliate of Island Travel
Travel Specialties
  • Adventure
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Sports & Outdoors
  • Food & Wine
  • Ocean Cruising

  • Italy
  • France
  • New Zealand
  • Peru
Selling Travel Since
  • English

My Background

I've been working in the travel industry for over 25 years; it seemed like a totally natural place to land, because I've always been in love with art, history and culture. I especially love the food culture of the different places that I plan travel too.

What sets me apart? I can work with any budget and create quality experiences for any dynamic (individuals, couples, families, etc.). It's all about creating an adventure that is tailored made for my clients and creating memories of a lifetime.

I am a very active person and have many areas of interest that I can relate to and enjoy planning: food and wine experiences, health, wellness and spa experiences and active travel (hiking, biking, scuba diving, ski, golf, and tennis). I really love cruising, it's a great way to explore almost any destination! I personally have spent a lot of time in Europe and the Caribbean, but can plan travel to anywhere in the world.

Places I Have Traveled

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By: Julia

Reviewed on: 08 May 2014

Your page won't let me check No.  Janelle and Island Travel were no help with planning my trip.  I would never use her or Island Travel again.  She did not know any answers and did not communicate with me at all.  She never sent me any emails or answered my telephone calls.  Also, she did not give me our ticket number/reservation number until about 30 days before our trip.  There were only 2 seats left in economy comfort when I tried to book them and they were not together.  Also, I was not able to make reservations for a post trip where I wanted to stay because of the delay in getting a flight schedule.  She and Island Travel are worthless.  I did not know until the day of the trip what time the transport to the airport would occur.  This was a terrible experience and very unprofessional attention by a  travel consultant.Thank you, Julia
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Highly recommend

By: Eileen 1372

Reviewed on: 31 Jul 2014


By: Rick

Reviewed on: 08 Jan 2015

RICK Great facility,very friendly , service oriented. Food was outstanding As a group function there were some startup problems One glaring maintenance problem (hurry back and we can speak :-) )

Oceania Cruise

By: Peggy

Reviewed on: 02 Mar 2015

Janelle is the best! What more can I say?

The trip of a lifetime!

By: mmelvin

Reviewed on: 10 Sep 2015

We recently returned from an amazing adventure in Italy; and while there's far too much to explain in 1000 characters, I do want to express my gratitude to Janelle for all her hard work. She listened to us every step of the way, and put together our dream vacation to Italy. Her input and advice were invaluable, and she ensured every detail was covered to our trip was as stress-free as it was fun. I give Janelle an "A," and would (and already have) recommend her to my friends and family.

Easy Talkin'

By: Donna

Reviewed on: 16 Sep 2015

My husband and I enjoyed working w/Janelle while we planned our sea and land trip to Alaska and The Yukon Territory. She was very patient w/our questions and if she didn't the answer would find out for us. Her sense of humor was also a great asset. Janelle had never traveled to Alaska and The Yukon so there were a few things we learned along the way. It would have be good to know about these things ahead of time. Janelle needs to take the voyage herself so she can pass on her ideas and experiences. I'm one who likes to know what and doesn't work for people. Hopefully we will be planning another trip for next September and will definitely go to Janelle for her help and expertise.

Very friendly and helpful

By: Bill

Reviewed on: 25 Oct 2015

Janelle was very informative and very helpful and accessible in answering any and all questions we had. I hope and assume she had no idea of what we would have to put up with because of low water in the Danube. I would recommend her to anyone looking to book travel.

Always available

By: Donna82

Reviewed on: 02 Oct 2016

Janelle was an awesome planner, answering any and all inquiries I may have had no matter how insignificant. This was the second trip Janelle had planned for my husband and me. However, our trip was cut short due to breaking my ankle on the first full day of our dream cruise. I will definitely go to Janelle on any future trips that my spouse and I anticipate.

Globus France and Eastern Europe

By: JoAnne

Reviewed on: 06 Oct 2016

Globus European Trips were great. Excellent Tour Directors. Food at hotels good. Food at selected restaurants was very good. Some of the hotels were way too far from city centers. The hotel in Paris involved long Metro Rides with changes to get into Paris (the Louvre, Notre Dame), about one hour each way with walking from the hotel. The hotels in Prague and Budapest also involved much walking, resulting in less sightseeing. The hotels in Vienna, Salzburg and Munich were better located. We needed one more day in each of the eastern Europe cities. 14 days, not 10 days, would have been better. The local guides were all very good. Globus has arrangements with some of the sites to arrive before opening and receive a tour without mobs of people. This was excellent, and worth starting the day early. Globus was great value for the money.


By: Benedict and Co.

Reviewed on: 26 Feb 2017

Splendid! Janelle is kind, courteous and her skills are exceptional. Our travel companions have already utilized her services for their next trip to Europe.

Anniversary Trip

By: Tennisman

Reviewed on: 30 May 2017

She was delightful. Told her what we wanted and she was able to take care of us and our trip was perfect.

South America Adventure

By: Larry

Reviewed on: 02 Jul 2017

This was the trip of a lifetime for a family group of 6- Lima, Sacred Valley, Cisco and Machu Picchu in Peru, and then Quito and The Galápagos Islands in Ecuador. Janelle did an outstanding job of organizing the trip, selecting lodging and accommodations, recommending and selecting excursions that helped immerse us in the culture and history of the countries. She was instrumental in making certain that we were well prepared for the significant weather, cultural changes and the physical challenges we would face. The transportation and guides selected for our trip were all outstanding, and they were flexible and understanding about some physical challenges that we experienced and changes that we requested. This is the second adventure that I have booked through Janelle, and her performance and attention to detail has just been outstanding. She gets my highest recommendation!

South American Adventure

By: Les

Reviewed on: 31 Jan 2018

Very dedicated and detail oriented. Listens well and responds quickly. Very thorough in her planning!

Value of a Travel Ageny

By: Les

Reviewed on: 12 Jun 2018

The true measure of a great trip is returning from it with an abundance of wonderful memories, and no bad memories to spoil that experience. The true measure of a great travel agent is an individual that thoroughly plans the trip in such detail that you can fully appreciate that travel experience without hassles or stress, and if there are unexpected challenges during the trip(as there often are), you are well prepared to deal with them quickly and easily. Janelle Olinger is just that kind of travel agent. She understands that travel is more than a trip; it is a life experience.

Janelle knows her clients

By: Mark M

Reviewed on: 07 Sep 2018

This is the second time we've worked with Janelle (one Italy trip; one Croatia trip), and both holidays she's helped us plan have been incredible. We basically go to her with an idea, and perhaps a few specific considerations, and she takes it from there. After she puts together a basic outline/itinerary, she actively works with us to tweak and refine our travels; and uses her knowledge of the areas - and of us - to craft a final product. Ultimately we feel very comfortable putting our travel goals in her capable hands.

Azamara Jewels of the Mediterranean

By: Jamie

Reviewed on: 01 Oct 2018

Always a pleasure to work with Janelle. She has taken the time to get to know me personally and that helps in making vacation selections. She had many good cruise tips which proved useful on the cruise. (i.e. Don't wait to do laundry at end of trip or day at sea!!!, make your dinner reservations at the specialty restaurants as soon as you check in to name a few). I look forward to planning our next trip with her.

Christmas in the Caribbean

By: Les

Reviewed on: 13 Jan 2019

Janelle is an excellent travel advisor. She fully understands the concept of worry free travel, and is diligent about working through all of the many details so that the travel experience can be fully appreciated. She is also diligent about meeting her travel customer’s objectives, working within their budget, and recommending outstanding venues and excursions. She takes her responsibility as a travel advisor very seriously, and as such, is a real value. Janelle is a pleasure to work with and does an outstanding job of providing great recommendations and customer service. I highly recommend her.

Cuba Immersion

By: Les

Reviewed on: 27 Feb 2019

Janelle is thorough and detailed oriented which provides an adventure without unpleasant surprises. She also challenges you to get the maximum out of your trip without it being overwhelming or tiresome. A real pleasure to work with!


By: Peggy

Reviewed on: 13 Mar 2019

Wonderful as usual. She is on top of every detail

Very Professional

By: BW411

Reviewed on: 26 May 2019

Janelle had been to Italy and was very helpful. She listened to us and our goals for the trip. She explained things and gave us many tips. She was very good at follow up as we made the trip plans.

Italy, Montenegro and Croatia

By: Larry

Reviewed on: 27 Jun 2019

Janelle understands that travel can and should be an amazing life adventure. She also understands the complexity of putting together that adventure- the challenges, the confusion, the potential pitfalls, etc. She also understands that the traveler often doesn’t really know exactly what they want in a trip, and she must understand as best as possible, the underlying desires and sometimes the obvious limitations of the traveler(s). Often the desires and the ability are at odds. And she does a great job of communicating and recommending how to best maximize the adventure experience. She has a deep personal desire for the traveler to have an exhilarating and seamless trip, and she works hard to cover all of the many details required to make that happen.

Regent Seven Seas Baltic Cruise

By: Carol and John

Reviewed on: 09 Jul 2019

Janelle did an excellent job. She was very knowledgeable about cruising and several good suggestions. For example she suggested booking a room near the elevator. She kept us well informed of things we needed to do to get ready for the cruise like make our dinner reservations, etc.

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  • - An experienced travel guide whom you can rely on before, during, and after the trip
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  • - Once in a lifetime experiences

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