Tara Hyland ASA, MCC

League City, TX United States
Tara Hyland Travel, LLC, an independent affiliate of Travel Edge
Travel Specialties
  • Independent Tours
  • Adventure
  • River Cruising
  • Family Travel
  • Ocean Cruising

Selling Travel Since
  • English

My Background

My 39-year career in the travel agency industry is diverse with a background in marketing, management, supplier relations and luxury leisure sales. I have had many unique opportunities travelling the world far and wide to expand my destination and product knowledge. I have made valuable connections with hotel managers, tour companies, private guides and cruise line executives which enhance my ability to extend VIP treatment to my clients worldwide.

I take great pride in crafting unique and exciting itineraries and creating memorable trips for couples and multi-generational families. I delight in designing vacation experiences which exceed my client's expectations.

The key to my success is the way I approach each client's vacation based on my personal knowledge of their objectives and an understanding of their interests, past travel experiences and how they prefer to travel. It is a process of developing a professional relationship based on mutual trust and collaboration.

Amazing trips I have previously planned for my clients include African safaris, romantic vacations in Tuscany, yachting on the Great Barrier Reef , private dinners on the Great Wall of China, cooking classes in Paris, expedition cruises in the Galapagos and out of this world experiences on Virgin Galactic's sub-orbital space flights!

It would be my pleasure to design your next vacation.

Places I Have Traveled


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  • Virgin Galactic Space Program

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Highly recommended

By: Natreg

Reviewed on: 06 Feb 2014

Excellent to work with and provided all the planning so we could have an enjoyable trip. Any issues were quickly and satisfactorily addressed. Look forward to Tara's assistance planning our next trip.

Indeed, highly recommended

By: Geoff

Reviewed on: 10 Mar 2014

A unique travel specialist who comes up with wonderful ideas.  I recommend highly her travel advisory services

trip to Egypt

By: dcn3

Reviewed on: 24 Mar 2014

My wife and I were extraordinarily pleased with our recent trip to Egypt.  This was the second trip that Tara Hyland set up for us, and we remain highly pleased with her professionalism, knowledge, and individual attention.  Tara is first-class and we will return to her in the near future.

Highly recommend

By: Geoff

Reviewed on: 26 Jun 2014

most important she is attentive to details and follow up

Normandy Guide recommendation was excellent!

By: Houston Traveler

Reviewed on: 30 Jun 2015

Tara arranged for us to tour the Normandy, France area with a guide whom Universal Travel has used on numerous occasions. John was fabulous. His knowledge of the events of D-Day and of the Normandy area were excellent. Tara was very prompt in following through on all details of the trip.

GREAT Service!

By: Jeannie

Reviewed on: 08 Sep 2015

Tara planned my Bucket List trip superbly! I asked for a SPA Resort, and she suggested The Miraval and it was by far, better than expected. Everything about the Resort was done well from entering the grounds, checking in, my casita, classes, exercises, tasty and well balanced menu, smoothie bar, gift shop, SPA & treatment center, artwork throughout the property including the person who met me at the Airport upon arrival! Everything about the trip was well planned & executed along with keeping me and the other guest engaged. The communing with nature and the meandering stream that flows through the property was lovely to watch and listen to as you sat and read whatever materials you had with you. OR you could do nothing and just sit and listen to the water lull you into a relaxed state! Many of the guest were repeat patrons and I'd like to share that experience and become a repeat customer. Wonderful 65th BDay gift to myself. Thanks TARA for making it happen! All my BEST!


By: Richard

Reviewed on: 18 Dec 2015

Great detail in the planning. Quality vendors (drivers, guides, etc). Excellent restaurant choices. Hotel was even better than expected. Very happy!

Very professional superb job

By: Dick

Reviewed on: 13 Feb 2016

She reacted exceptionally well to a bit of a crisis that was not caused by her, but a change of plans by one of my children. She is a great communicator.

Expert friendly service

By: Richard 46

Reviewed on: 30 May 2016

This was the second time Tara had assisted us with planning a vacation and on both occasions she has done an excellent job for us. She planned well and gave good advise which enabled us to thoroughly enjoy our vacation.We would always seek her assistance when it is time for us to go somewhere.

Experineced guidance and perfect arrangements!

By: MAHx2

Reviewed on: 19 Jul 2016

Tara was very helpful. Her advise to us was based on knowledge and personal experience. She understood what we hoped for in our trip, and suggested the perfect balance of excursions and exploration. The arrangements she made for our airfair, ferries and hotels worked very well. We are most appreciative.

Outstanding travel service by a real pro!

By: Lil's Disney experience

Reviewed on: 17 Feb 2017

Outstanding....professional and caring! She guided the entire process with knowledge and researched all the elements of our trip so we made the best decisions! I highly recommend her for any travel advice and needs. Will absolutely use her services for my next trip! Loved the entire experience! Lil Vaughn

Another Wonderful Trip

By: TexasMom

Reviewed on: 28 May 2017

Tara is a knowledgeable, professional and extremely capable travel advisor. She has planned multiple trips for my family and I have recommended her to co-workers and friends. She is well-connected and has many resources available to ensure an exceptional travel experience. She is very easy to work with and responsive to her client's needs and wishes. I highly recommend Tara and will continue to use her as my travel advisor for future vacations.

Wisconsin Trip

By: Ellington

Reviewed on: 29 Jul 2017

Outstanding. Sharp, responsive, focused on my satisfaction.

Amazing Trip

By: Lola

Reviewed on: 08 Nov 2017

Tara works your trip as though she were going to be with you and wants the same quality for you that she would expect for herself. She was always available to discuss, answer questions and give advise on anything we were not sure of. I will always use Tara for those blessed times I get to go abroad and see the world. She is the consummate of travel agent and friend.


By: Fishman

Reviewed on: 30 Nov 2017

Tara has planned several trips for us and has one for us in March, 2018. She is excellent in planning, followup and communication. She has also worked for others in our family. Recommend her highly.

Amazing trip to the Galapagos

By: Shelley416

Reviewed on: 12 Jan 2018

Tara Hyland is the consummate travel professional. She makes sure that all of the details are taking care of and that your trip runs smoothly from beginning to end. Her standards are very high....and so are mine! For excellent luxury travel, I would highly recommend Tara.

What a trip!

By: Love to travel

Reviewed on: 23 Feb 2018

Working with Tara is always great. Not only is she well traveled and well versed on several areas in the world, her sense of humor is tops! Love her.

Exceptional Service

By: Jane

Reviewed on: 04 Mar 2018

Tara is so pleasant to work with! She knows her product(s) and always takes the time to explain all the options to best fit my preferences!

Best, mist efficient excellent tour advisor in the business

By: Tom

Reviewed on: 19 Mar 2018

As always excellent. Attention to all details. Whatever is committed to happens.


By: Sherry

Reviewed on: 16 May 2018

It's always a pleasure working with Tara. She did a terrific job with our trip. Everything went like clockwork Thanks to her follow through. She was so thoughtful in setting up a surprise luncheon for my birthday. It was a big hit. We look forward to working with Tara on our next trip.

Fantastic in all respects

By: greg

Reviewed on: 08 Jul 2018

There is no one else I would have plan my trips. She is excellent in every way. From suggestions/options for trips to last minute changes. She listens to you and picks up on subtle cues and makes your trip the best ever. I have had her plan multiple trips for me and have never been disappointed. On my last trip, she was able to arrange a special outing in less than 1 day after I texted her during my trip. During the trips she keeps up with your trip and she genuinely cares that you have a good experience. After the trip, she contacts you and likes to get updates how the trip went and suggestions for what you liked and for restaurant suggestions for others. She follows up on individual guides also. Due to her contacts she got as an upgrade at a hotel in Vienna that was unbelievable. She makes traveling easy.

Great Trip

By: Bob

Reviewed on: 07 Jul 2018

All was well. We had a great trip. Tara went out of her way to make everything run smoothly. We were well informed and prepared for the journey.


By: auntbee

Reviewed on: 10 Jul 2018

Tara was a dream to work with. She is knowledgeable, professional, and kind. She gave us great advice on booking our cruise, and we had a wonderfully stress free experience. Thank you Tara!

Top Notch Service

By: Buckeye Jim

Reviewed on: 16 Jul 2018

Everything about this booking was terrific. Tara handled all aspects of this for us and communicated where things stood and what actions we needed to take every step of the way. The entire process went smoothly. She handled any questions we had in a timely matter and got us our cruise documents, after reviewing them to ensure they were proper. All in all, a pleasurable experience. I would certainly ask her to handle our next trip for us.

Exceptional Service

By: Jane C

Reviewed on: 23 Jul 2018

We had a wonderful experience working with Tara as our travel advisor. From the very beginning she was on top of everything and made certain we were totally taken care of! She discussed the airfare schedules with us, kept all the details organized, and offered up ideas and changes when appropriate! My husband and I will definitely plan our next vacation with Tara!

Thank you

By: Cindy

Reviewed on: 20 Jul 2018

Tara was excellent in taking a bad situation that we had gotten into with direct booking with the cruise line and turning it into a pleasurable experience

The best!!

By: GiGi

Reviewed on: 28 Jul 2018

So easy to work with her. Knowledgeable, listens, and tailors our trips to our wishes. Goes out of her way to make it happen!!

Happy trip

By: Fr jum

Reviewed on: 31 Aug 2018

Wonderful! Couldn’t be better!

Review Your Advisor

By: Kath

Reviewed on: 29 Sep 2018

Tara did an extraordinary job for us. She listened to all our wants and needs and was able to find the best cruise for us! Tara was very knowledgeable about the ship and the destinations, which made it so much easier for us to decide what would work for us. Tara truly went the extra mile for us and I would recommend her to anyone! She went out of her was to help make this a trip we will always remember!

Tour of Italy ...

By: Italy tour

Reviewed on: 21 Oct 2018

Tara Hyland was a superb travel planner... she put together wonderful options and helped us shape an exceptional itinerary! She listened, she offered guidance and she found outstanding resources to insure the most amazing trip! I can highly recommend using Tara for all your travel plans...she knows travel, making this a first class experience! Never leave home without her help!

Magical Trip

By: Lola

Reviewed on: 23 Oct 2018

Tara has a keen sense of exactly what her clients want. She listens, offers suggestions, gives you choices and then takes care of it all. She is in constant contact with you down to the last minute and even while you are on your trip. Her desire is for her clients to be completely satisfied and feel they have had that magical trip they dreamed of.

Perfect Agent

By: Joe

Reviewed on: 09 Jan 2019

Easy, quick. Very responsive. Thorough. Fulls up. Couldn’t be better.

Exceptional resource

By: Gigi

Reviewed on: 28 Mar 2019

Very easy. She is knowledgeable and so accommodating. Willing to research all my questions and ideas.


By: Tom

Reviewed on: 26 May 2019

Tara is a thoroughly competent travel agent who I will always use for future trips. Plans well, communicates well and always has things on time.


By: Joe

Reviewed on: 25 Jun 2019

Great. Very responsive. Great on details.


By: maryjhof@comcast.net

Reviewed on: 04 Jul 2019

Tara was very easy to use. She followed up on all of my requests. She has always been very pleasant and helpful.

Outstanding Service

By: Ti

Reviewed on: 06 Jul 2019

Working with Tara was very easy and enjoyable. She was very knowledgeable and had many wonderful suggestions. She stayed in contact with us throughout the entire planning process and answered our many questions in a very timely manner. Our documents arrived two weeks before our departure and she wanted to ensure we understood all bookings, times, and arrangements. The trip Tara planned for us was all we wanted it to be and more. Outstanding cruise, excellent hotels, and all excursions were fabulous. We would highly recommend Tara Hyland.

Made everything perfect!

By: Brian C

Reviewed on: 13 Jul 2019

My wife and had planned this 20 year anniversary and honeymoon cruise (we never took one) for over a year. Tara walked with us every step of the way. From booking, to travel insurance, to offering ideas for excursions, to advocating on our behalf with the cruise line, Tara is an expert, a joy, and the only person we will book our vacations with moving forward. She is an excellent communicator, and made herself available for even the most basic questions. Thank you Tara! We look forward to our next adventure with your guidance!


By: Vark

Reviewed on: 09 Jul 2019

She is great and planned the perfect honeymoon! She went above and beyond! We are so happy we used Tara!!

Over the top service

By: Jane C

Reviewed on: 02 Aug 2019

Tara is such a pleasure to plan a trip with! She takes the time to look for the best deals and matches up travel ideas with our likes and dislikes. Tara always makes certain that every little detail is covered so that our trip goes smoothly!

Tara’s Review

By: Becky

Reviewed on: 02 Aug 2019

Tara was excellent at helping us with our cruise options and presented in a way that was easy to understand.


By: Gigi

Reviewed on: 08 Aug 2019

Always accommodating

Athens and Marathon Greece

By: GiGi

Reviewed on: 07 Nov 2019

I refer to and recommend Tara every time I have the chance. She knows us and never disappoints our expectations. Wonderful job always!!

Good Job

By: Fred

Reviewed on: 04 Nov 2019

excellent service


By: Penny

Reviewed on: 25 Nov 2019

Tara has helped us plan 2 wonderful trips so far, both of which had the potential for being difficult. She made the process easy, and the end result was a wonderful vacation, with all worries addressed.

Portugal Trip

By: Deb

Reviewed on: 04 Dec 2019

She was friendly, through, professional and prompt. She anticipated issues and advised us regarding them.

Christmas Markets River Cruise


Reviewed on: 07 Jan 2020

Tara was an absolute delight to work with on arranging our AMA Waterways, Danube River/Christmas Markets tour. Personable, knowledgeable, caring, prompt, enthusiastic, competent, reliable...just a few words to describe our experience with Ms. Hyland. Willing and able to go above and beyond, we highly recommend her for all one's travel needs, and we will definitely use her services for all our future adventures.

Best trip ever!

By: Allison M.

Reviewed on: 12 Jan 2020

Working with Tara was wonderful, and so easy. I told her what I wanted out of a vacation. After she asked some additional questions, she presented me with what turned out to be an incredible experience. I cannot say enough good things about how great it was to work with Tara.

Tara is the best

By: Sherry

Reviewed on: 04 Mar 2020

Working with Tara is a breeze. She takes all the stress out of the logistics. My only job is to have a wonderful trip. With Tara laying the foundation my trips have all been successful. Thank you.

Working with Tara Hyland, 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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