Jean Pickard CTC, DS

Atlanta, GA United States
SmartFlyer (945)
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Travel Specialties
  • Adventure
  • Safari
  • Food & Wine
  • Ocean Cruising
  • Hotels

Selling Travel Since
  • English

My Background

I come from a family of wanderers. As a kid growing up in Florida, we spent a lot of time exploring the state from top to bottom. It was never the cities but always the state parks, the secluded beaches, the dirt roads that went who knows where. And thus began my lifelong wanderlust.

Not even a year out of college, I found myself working for a large local travel agency in Atlanta in their leisure department and I have never looked back. In 1988, it was time for a change so, with a business partner, I opened Explorations, a Travel Agency Ltd. By that time, I had honed my wanderlust to a love of third world destinations, exotic and off-the-beaten path places, which became the focus of our agency. We were at the very beginning of “adventure travel” when there was nothing at all luxurious about it. But it was awesome! I ventured to the most faraway places I could find - Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Mali, Kamchatka, Yemen, Bhutan, Malawi, Namibia, Madagascar, Malaysia - places to where, at the time, very few tourists had traveled.

When we joined Virtuoso in 2000, our client mix changed and we started focusing more on luxury travel and less on the adventure side. Since then, like my clients, I am looking for more “creature comforts” but I continue to be true to my first love and search out those destinations that are as far away from the crowds as possible.

By 2014, my husband and I were spending 5 months of the summer in Vancouver and it was time to let go. It was difficult to say good bye after 25 years but it was the right thing to do at the right time and we sold Explorations to SmartFlyer based in New York. I am proud to be affiliated with SmartFlyer as an independent contractor.

Places I Have Traveled

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Best Travel Advisor Ever

By: Alva

Reviewed on: 27 Aug 2018

Jean is incredibly organized, thorough, thoughtful, engaging and kind. She always is on top of the smallest of details. I know when she helps plan my travels, nothing will be omitted.

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By: J & J

Reviewed on: 24 Aug 2018

Amazing knowledge of the area, hotels, tours. Great attention to detail. It was a perfectly planned trip.

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By: Julie vH

Reviewed on: 25 Aug 2018

We’ve worked with Jean for years. She’s never let us down. Simply the best!

Friendly Competence

By: Peapod

Reviewed on: 12 Sep 2018

Jean instantly put me at ease as I spoke with her about a dream trip to Alaska. Rather than try to turn me in a particular direction she asked questions to determine what I truly wanted out of my trip. She worked to understand my priorities and made sure to get me to commit to a budget before she started crafting the trip. And before she finalized my itinerary she made sure I signed off on all aspects. It sure took the pressure off me. She made it so easy. And even when I messed up, by checking into a hotel whose reservation I told Jean to cancel, she scrambled to contact the other hotel and smooth out the problem. She even suggested that, rather than try to make a tight connection, I spend an extra night on my way home. That turned out to be the right call, as bad weather delayed my departure. I look forward to working with Jean again and highly recommend her to anyone looking for a true professional.

Best travel agent ever

By: Molly

Reviewed on: 30 Sep 2018

Wonderful, as always

DC trip

By: SD

Reviewed on: 07 Oct 2018

Jean is the best. She allows delivers exactly what we r looking for!!


By: Leigh

Reviewed on: 19 Oct 2018

She was excellent as always. She is attentive to details, the needs of the travelers, budget, etc.

Fabulous Jean Picard

By: Slm

Reviewed on: 12 Oct 2018

She is the absolute best! Have worked with Jean for so many years, and have had trips of a lifetime because of her suggestions and planning. Would never consider making travel plans without her.

The Best, Bar None!

By: Lawyer Mike

Reviewed on: 05 Feb 2019

Hard to believe, but Jean has planned trips for my family and me for the past thirty-five years. Throughout the entire period Jean and her team have been nothing short of professional, helpful, insightful and cooperative. Indeed, we have developed a shorthand that allows Jean to make recommendations that are always to my liking. When Jean plans a trip I know that it will be totally to my liking and accommodating of my preferences. The handful of times when we have traveled with others who planned the trip (without the assistance of Jean), the trips are never the same caliber. There is no one like Jean Pickard.
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By: Sissy McG

Reviewed on: 02 Mar 2019

It is always a pleasure working with Jean. I wouldn’t want to work with anyone else as she has been my agent/friend for probably close to 40 years. No matter where I go, all the details are covered and everything runs smoothly. She’s the BEST!

A Travel Superstar

By: Petunia

Reviewed on: 02 Mar 2019

She is astoundingly competent and a delightful human being. She makes the process of planning a joy. You know, throughout that process, that she is invested in making your trip the best that it can be, and that she does her best to exceed your expectations.


By: Jan

Reviewed on: 21 Apr 2019

My husband and I have planned trips with Jean for over 20 years and continue to refer her to anyone asking for a knowledgeable travel professional. She is a delight to work with (if you want to call planning trips work) and is honest, open and very knowledgeable because she’s been everywhere! She always follows up after each and every trip. If there was ever anything not up to standards, she will not hesitate to be our advocate (which I think may have happened twice). A+++++

She is the Best

By: Vecchio Voyager

Reviewed on: 02 May 2019

I must admit to a certain bias about Jean that is maintained by good experience. She is a terrific person and the best travel advisor that ever was.

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By: Bob

Reviewed on: 21 May 2019

As usual, the very best. Fabulous trip

Portugal Douro River Valley

By: Jill and John

Reviewed on: 04 Jun 2019

We have worked with Jean on many trips and she has inevitably steered us in amazing directions. The Douro Valley and our cruise experience was a wonderful way to see one of the most beautiful parts of Portugal. We traveled with two other couples, and the trip met the expectations of all involved. Jean’s knowledge of the world is vast, but her caring attention to detail is what truly sets her apart.


By: Dave Acord

Reviewed on: 09 Jun 2019

I would highly recommend Jean!!! Our trip was perfect!!

Fabulous trip!

By: Mari

Reviewed on: 22 Jun 2019

Over a year in the planning, the trip was all that we hoped for...Jean could not have done more to help us plan a great 2 week trip for a family of 14. It was complicated, with adults, children and babies. She heRd our wants and delivered our needs.

Tauck Bridges Rome to Venice

By: leigh

Reviewed on: 22 Jul 2019

As always she was incredibly helpful and informative. She answers questions promply. The trip could not have gone more smoothly. I have used Jean for a long time and often recommend her to friends.

Another Wonderful Adventure

By: Mollyd

Reviewed on: 24 Jul 2019

Working with Jean is always the best! Jean understands our needs and helps us plan the "perfect" trip. She is knowledgeable about possible options and knows our preferences so I don't have to over explain. I' m already planning our next trip,

A True Professional

By: Julie vH

Reviewed on: 18 Aug 2019

Working with Jean Pickard is always a pleasure. Her attention to detail is beyond extraordinary.

Always Professional, Always Right

By: Lawyer Mike

Reviewed on: 14 Aug 2019

Jean was, as always, very helpful in selecting hotels for our recent California trip. Frankly, I wouldn't think of making a trip - major or minor - without her input. She's simply the best.

Our trip to Tanzania and Kenya

By: John

Reviewed on: 28 Sep 2019

Jean was great in organizing our trip and sharing her expertise about Africa. Her plan was flawless.

Another exciting adventure

By: Molly

Reviewed on: 06 Nov 2019

Always a great experience


By: Sd

Reviewed on: 10 Nov 2019

The best! sh listens to all our needs!

Crystal river cruise with extra time in Prague and Vienna.

By: Bill V

Reviewed on: 24 Nov 2019

I have been working with Jean for almost 20 years. She is extremely knowledgeable and a joy to work with. Can't imagine working with anyone else.

Down Under Awakening

By: Steve

Reviewed on: 14 Mar 2020

Jean is the best travel agent ever. We have been friends and clients more than 40 years. Our trips are always perfectly planned and executed whether a complicated safari or simple cruise. We highly recommend Jean Pickard and would never even consider another agent.

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