Rachel Dicker 

Austin, TX United States
An independent affiliate of Brownell Travel
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Travel Specialties
Interests
  • Adventure
  • Family Travel
  • Food & Wine
  • Sports & Outdoors


Destinations
Selling Travel Since
1997
Languages
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • English
  • German
  • Spanish

My Background

I took my first trip to China in 1979 and have been traveling ever since. I've lived abroad in four different countries - Germany, Spain, Taiwan and most recently 13 years in China - and I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

My children were born in Asia and lived there until we moved back to the US in 2011. Starting a family overseas led to a whole new skill set: the art of international travel with children. China was the perfect base from which to explore other far-flung destinations including Mongolia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, Korea and the Philippines.

I believe that travel is the best gift we can give our children and ourselves. Travel is about education, about pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. The world is so incredibly diverse – how can we ever expect to understand the world around us without seeing it first-hand?  

I feel privileged to be able to make a career out of travel. I  spent over 15 years working and traveling around the world for TCS Expeditions, a tour operator specializing in private jet travel. My experience working for TCS came together with my experience traveling with my own children and I started planning trips throughout Asia for families in 2007.

Although I now live in Austin, Texas my heart is still "on the road" and I channel that passion into designing itineraries that will bring the world to life for my clients. I work closely with them to understand their specific needs and desires for each trip. I utilize my meticulous attention to detail, draw on my own travel experience and the vast resources of Brownell to put together trips that my clients will remember forever. Whether my clients want to plan a girls-weekend to celebrate a birthday, a romantic get-away to reconnect or family trip to explore the world, I can take care of all of their travel needs. I specialize in China and Southeast Asia but I can bring you the world!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Places I Have Traveled


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By: Not provided


Reviewed on: 26 Nov 2013

Excellent trip--marvelous accommodations and service, probably the best digs ever.All went smoothly, air ,car rental and check in. only problem was the golf and I did that myself. We would definitely use Rachel's service again on this type of trip. Fred Heitman
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Excellent Customer Service - I would highly recommend Rachel!

By: Charla


Reviewed on: 20 Jan 2014

Rachel planned and scheduled a holiday ski trip for my family. She picked the perfect community, set up all the details, and had great follow though. She even emailed me on the day of my departure to make sure I had the appropriate check-in information. Rachel did a great job! We had an excellent vacation! I would highly recommend Rachel if you need help in planning a trip.
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Highly recommended

By: nanNC


Reviewed on: 07 Jan 2014

I cannot recommend Rachel Dicker travel enough. We recently traveled to Peru over the Christmas break. In ten days, we covered many miles and many cities from the mountains to the beach with two kids, ages 12 and 16. Our trip was planned flawlessly from the coordination of knowledgable guides, to the scheduling of amazing outings such as white water rafting and surf school, to the transfers to and from airports, hotels and trains. It was a wonderful, worry free family trip.
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Very highly recommend

By: Lisa S


Reviewed on: 10 Feb 2014

Rachel is awesome. She takes the time to understand your travel needs, goals and preferences and tailors a trip for you. Her personal, extensive travel all over the world helps immensely when trying to plan the perfect trip. She has real life and personal recommendations that make a huge difference when working with a travel planner. Love Rachel!
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Great Trip to Cambodia

By: Colleen


Reviewed on: 11 Feb 2014

Thanks so much for everything. We had a great time in Cambodia. Your team’s attention to detail was incredible. We got to see and do things that felt very exclusive and well-planned. We definitely will be using you again.Can’t thank you enough for the wonderful experience.
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Highly recommend!!

By: Sealy


Reviewed on: 16 Feb 2014

Rachel was soo attentive and helped to make our CA anny trip so special!!
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Rachel is awesome

By: European Tour


Reviewed on: 11 Mar 2014

Rachel was awesome.  I was feeling very overwhelmed with planning a month in Europe for my husband's sabbatical.  Rachel was great.  She helped me map out a strategy then find accommodation in each city.  She then helped with additional activities, cars, etc.  Rachel was great.  i would highly recommend her for any travel plans.  
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Highly recommend!

By: Jenny


Reviewed on: 28 Jun 2014

Rachel planned a perfect itinerary for our family of five to Japan and China! We were able to fit in lots of historical sights, cultural experiences, and fun / unique activities at the right pace for our children (ages 10, 9, and 6). We will definitely utilize her services for our next family vacation!
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Wonderful Experience

By: Kristine


Reviewed on: 14 May 2014

Rachel recently helped us plan an active, adventure-filled trip to China.  I can't say enough wonderful things about her- she is detailed, proactive, and delivered the custom experience we were looking for.  Truly an expert in travel planning.  We absolutely intend to use her again!
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Superstar

By: Michael S


Reviewed on: 23 May 2014

Rachel is a superstar travel agent who made our 10th anniversary trip to Seattle super special.  Great ideas, great planning, great follow up.  
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Great, perfectly planned trip

By: Shanghaisarah


Reviewed on: 22 Aug 2015

Perfectly planned trip to a perfect destination for our family. We had a fabulous trip.
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Highly Recommend

By: Jessica O.


Reviewed on: 02 Jul 2014

We have just returned from an absolutely perfect vacation in Greece.  Our family of four (including 2 children ages 11 and 7) traveled to Athens, Meteora, Delphi, Crete and Santorini. Rachel Dicker worked very closely with us to understand what type of vacation our family wanted and she made sure every last detail was taken care of.  Rachel has a great understanding of family travel. She was able to suggest what would be important when traveling with children.  Her suggestions to have guides, drivers (when necessary), taxi transfers, hotels which included breakfasts, etc. were very important in making our vacation a memorable one. Even during our vacation, Rachel always made her self available to help us with any question we had, no matter how small or big the request was.  Her dedication to ensuring we had a great vacation is what separates her from other travel agents. Our family will definitely be working with Rachel Dicker on any future travel plans.
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Thank you

By: KSD


Reviewed on: 09 Aug 2014

Thank you Rachel for booking my hotel and car rental during my trip in England. Cranage Hall was a great hotel, amazing gardens and beautiful countryside. My car rental was easy and no issues. Thank you for coordinating these items and helping make this trip such a fun experience for my son and I.
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Friendly and Professional

By: Expat Princess


Reviewed on: 20 Jan 2015

Rachel's help planning a quick get-away was invaluable. She is wealth of information, friendly, and professional. I will use her for all my travel needs!
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rachel is fabulous

By: shanghai sarah


Reviewed on: 08 Jan 2015

rachel has been planning our trips fantastically for ages, and this was no exception.
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Bali Spa vacation

By: Nat


Reviewed on: 04 Jun 2015

Fantastic trip planned by Rachel to Ubud, Bali for a spa vacation. I needed help finding the right hotel in Bali for this restful vacation and the hotel was truly amazing. Rested, walked, had massages, Pilates, deliciously healthy food. The atmosphere of the hotel was exactly what I was looking for.
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EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE

By: RYAN-ROSA


Reviewed on: 22 Mar 2015

Rachel was exceptional in her services. I was traveling with my family and bringing my baby for the first time and was unsure how to go about it. Rachel asked the appropriate questions to start and made sure she did everything she could to meet our needs. She wanted to know what was most important to us in regards to our vacation goals. Rachel made superb recommendations, timely room reservations and secured the extras such as crib. Even got us a beautiful waterfront view! She was not only exceptional but she was a delight to work with. She genuinely cared about our time away. She also followed up with us after we got home. Fantastic experience to work with Rachel. Looking forward to the next time.
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perfectly planned trip to spain!

By: shanghaisarah


Reviewed on: 03 Apr 2015

Rachel did a fabulous job planning our one of a kind trip to Spain. We had a fantastic trip, everything went smoothly and according to plan. We had great guides, fabulous food and unique experiences - perfect!
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Excellent Vacation arrangements

By: Bob


Reviewed on: 22 Jun 2015

Rachel did an excellent job of helping to arrange our trip and managed all the intricate details, and was able to accommodate our specific needs (and special family occasion/event!) and make sure that we were well taken care of...
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Smart, Friendly, and Knows her Stuff

By: Carleyk


Reviewed on: 19 Jul 2015

Rachel is a doll, and gave us expert, swift recommendations. Our trip came together in a matter of minutes, and we had the absolute best treatment at the hotel as a result of her plans in advance. We would absolutely recommend Rachel and can't wait to use her to plan our next trip!
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Wonderful family trip to Peru

By: laurenminla


Reviewed on: 27 Aug 2015

Rachel arranged a wonderful family trip for our family and our friends (with total of 6 kids ages 13 through 18) between the two families. Her advice and itinerary were excellent. She chose great local partners. We were especially impressed by the Amazonas team who handled our travel and activities between Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Our guide and driver were both excellent. We had a great selection of activities including hiking, horse back riding, rafting, and stand up paddle boarding. They also arranged great meals. We also had a one day layover in Panama City and the tour operator there was also excellent. We have previously use Rachel's services for tours of Harbin, Xian, Chengdu, Tibet, Lijiang, and Mongolia. Every trip she has arranged has been fabulous. We highly recommend her.
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Wonderful getaway in the Texas Hill Country!

By: Angela M.


Reviewed on: 02 Oct 2015

We took Rachel's advice and spent our anniversary weekend at the La Cantera resort in San Antonio. It was an easy (and beautiful) drive from the Austin area and the resort was AMAZING! Stepping into this resort felt like we were transported to Mexico and the customer service was 5 star. With the high end 'Shops at La Cantera' a short shuttle ride away, there were many wonderful restaurants to choose from. The resort was fantastic and we will definitely be going back.
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Relax and Enjoy your Event!

By: Angela


Reviewed on: 15 Dec 2015

We worked with Rachel in planning a recent milestone birthday destination event for my father in Chicago. She helped us select the accommodations, dinner venue, and fun activities for the event, and had a great understanding of our budget and guests (who were mostly elderly). Rachel has a keen eye for the detail. She managed all of the communication for the various service providers we worked with and even took care of details such as airport transportation, valet parking, rooms for our entire party on the same floor & reservations for dinners within walking distance. She also provided the weekend's details in an easy to follow itinerary and activity plan. Most importantly, Rachel is an absolute pleasure to work with. She was incredibly proactive in identifying potential issues, responsive to all of our requests and was friendly and upbeat throughout the entire process. We look forward to working with her again on our future travel plans.
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High Recommendation

By: Gramma G


Reviewed on: 15 Dec 2015

Dear Rachel, Responding to you has been on my "to do" list and your email has prompted me to respond. My husband and I give you the highest ratings on our fabulous Chicago weekend. Our transportation to and from the airport was prompt, securing our room at the hotel was arranged for easy check in, the private tour of Chicago was interesting and informative, securing a reservation for Hugo's Frog Bar was the perfect choice for us, excellent food and waiter, and an easy walk from the hotel. We loved the iPhone promptings as the time got closer; there was no way we could have been late! The private room for Victor was a perfect venue for an 80th birthday party. Angela's touch and attention to detail was impeccable. The two of you were the dynamic duo! You are excellent at what you do Rachel! Thank you!
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AMAZING, PERFECT THE BEST

By: Ricky


Reviewed on: 02 Jan 2016

Rachel is the best. I have worked with many top notch travel agents but Rachel exceeds expectations and provides the greatest client services. I am always impressed. She is number one in her field!
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By: SeattleEastside


Reviewed on: 04 Jan 2016

Rachel did an impressive job of figuring out what kind of trip we wanted and helping us plan the location and activities to make it happen. Empress Hotel and events worked very well together and the subtle gestures she did to make it however more special caught our attention. Great start to finish experience. 5 stars.
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Imaginative, Helpful, and Understood what we needed

By: The Waltons


Reviewed on: 12 Apr 2016

This is the first big trip Rachel has planned for us and we loved it.
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Great trip planning - saw so much in nine days

By: LauraJ


Reviewed on: 20 Apr 2016

Trip went exactly according to plan. Rachel and her local partner saw to every last detail, including complicated road trips and flexible, alternative side trips. We were able to visit most of the country in nine days, and were guided by an excellent, safe, knowledgeable driver who saw to our every need. Traffic is normally awful in the country but our driver managed it well and we were able to see everything on our list. He also added some excellent recommendations for restaurants, shopping and cultural sites. So glad we went!
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Incredible travel agent

By: Bookstaver


Reviewed on: 17 Jul 2016

Rachel Dicker setup one of the great trips of my life. I wanted to have a spiritual adventure to China and Tibet, and she listened to all of my hopes and desires so meticulously. Each detail of the trip was exactly what I wanted and more. Will use her again for all of my future journeys.
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Wonderful support for our Cruise

By: Steve71


Reviewed on: 21 Oct 2016

Rachel was there for us on every detail of our recent cruise. As it had been a few years since our last cruise we had a lot of questions. Rachel was always quick with support and covered every detail. She even made our reservations for the shows and kept us up to date on Hurricane Mathew and any impact it might have on our trip. Rachel was a tremendous help on our trip and we would not hesitate to call on her again for our next adventure.
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Thank you Rachel

By: Dorie


Reviewed on: 04 Dec 2016

Without a doubt one of the favorite trips ever! Three of us took the slow boat down the Mekong river in Laos not knowing what to expect just that it sounded like a great time. Rachel arranged the guide Mr. Wong who met us at the Thai / Laos border walked us through getting our visa and introduced us to our “family” for the next two days. Along with a short history and visits to a village, caves and amazing scenery he made our two-day journey fabulous. Our night in Pakbeng at the Lodge was amazing, on the top floor with two rooms we ate and watched elephants feed along the river for the night. Truly at top notch portion of our trip. Thanks so much Rachel.
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Top Notch

By: NSO


Reviewed on: 14 Dec 2016

My wife and I are grateful for the excellent service and care we receive from Rachel.
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Great college tour!

By: Shanghai Sarah


Reviewed on: 09 Jan 2017

Rachel did a great job planning our quick holiday break/college your. It was filled with great virtuous perks and lovely surprises. Great little getaway.
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Always the best!

By: RickyASAP


Reviewed on: 11 Jan 2017

Rachel consistently provides the best service in the travel industry. She is smart, refined, eager, careful, concise, and provides excellent service. Rachel takes pride in carefully curating properties for her clients and I always feel she is up to discovery and not simply relies on her own experience or "what she's heard". Rachel identifies interesting and relevant options and provides the most accurate information and stays informed and engaged until well after the trip is over. She is truly the best in the business!
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Vietnam and Cambodia

By: Red


Reviewed on: 09 Mar 2017

Rachel was recommended to us by our cousin who made a very similar trip as ours. Rachel was extremely easy to work with. She was very quick returning e-mails and prompt with telephone appointments. Rachel was very informed about the area and tours that were recommended. She was quick to adjust the itinerary when we had desires to change it. She seemed to key into our wishes as to the type of sights we wished to see. As a result our tour was a very successful one; full of education, history, and cultural insights. Plus, the pacing of the days was good. We will definitely recommend anyone to use Rachel as an adviser and will use her services again if we decide on another extended vacation. Naomi and Ramon
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Great trip

By: Sjsugs


Reviewed on: 08 Apr 2017

Well planned and organized in conjunction with the tour operator. We had a great trip!
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Peace of Mind Incarnate

By: WearOutPassport!


Reviewed on: 27 Apr 2017

Want to travel without worry? Work with Rachel! She's planned trips for us on three continents. We know KNOW that the guides, accommodations and tours she recommends will be top-notch. Our only task is selecting among the amazing ideas she presents- tough work indeed! Easy, quick communication and prompt replies to any questions or issues. Highly recommend her services.
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THANK YOU, RACHEL!!

By: Tony


Reviewed on: 26 Apr 2017

First, let me just say, I don't typically do these types of reviews. However, given what a great job Rachel did, it is important to share my experience. She was amazing. She planned a trip to Napa for my wife and I along with some friends. She nailed it down to every detail. I gave her an idea of what we were looking for and I was amazed at what a great listener she was from the get go. She quickly recapped everything (which showed she listened and had a good grasp of the type of trip I wanted to schedule). She then delivered in a major way. Through the process, at my choice, I was in communication with her a lot. She was always helpful and never made me feel like I was demanding in any way (and I probably was!). As far as actual hotel and restaurant recommendations, she took her time to do research and provided us with A+ recommendations. In short, she was as helpful as can be. I definitely recommend Rachel and look forward to hiring her for my next trip. Thank you, Rachel!
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From Mongolia to Amalfi to Morocco

By: SoloK


Reviewed on: 31 Jul 2017

Rachel is a dream to work with! I always put her to the test as this is the second trip she's flawlessly planned for me in less than a month. I always know that she'll book wonderful in market partners and every detail will be impeccably planned and executed. She introduced me to one of her favorite locations and helped me have a trip of a lifetime in Morocco.
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Dream Trip to Lanai

By: carleyk


Reviewed on: 17 Jul 2017

As usual, Rachel's great recommendations and attention to detail resulted in another fabulous summer trip. We are so glad to have you on our travel team— and can't wait for the next adventure! c
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fantastic experience

By: travel mama


Reviewed on: 10 Aug 2017

Rachel was an excellent source of ideas and help. She helped create a seamless itinerary. In fact, we already have her working on our next trip!
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Fabulous trip

By: ShanghaiSugs


Reviewed on: 23 Aug 2017

As always, Rachel did an amazing job helping plan our trip and choosing an operator who executed seamlessly. Great trip as always!

Rachel's got your back

By: Beverly Hills client


Reviewed on: 01 Sep 2017

Always excellent recommendations and there in a pinch. Docked in Barcelona on the heels of the terror attack and she had arranged late in the night to get us a private driver out of the city. The train station where we were slated to go was a nightmare,
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Vietnam Honeymoon

By: Laura Krugly


Reviewed on: 31 Oct 2017

I love travel. Better yet I love planning my own trips and those for my friends and family. However, after a year of planning our wedding and every last detail I wanted to leave my honeymoon to an expert and Rachel was just what we needed. I told her we wanted to go to Vietnam and had a general idea of what we wanted to prioritize and she took the information and ran with it. Rachel was a great communicator and sent us additional information about travel advisory's (for our layover in Turkey) and the possibility of medical needs we may have before our trip. Her on the ground connections in Vietnam for our transfers, visas, travel guides by city and properties made for an amazing experience. We were enriched in each city by using a city guide for all of our touring and the travel agency there called us each night to see if we had a fun day. Bottom line, use an adviser and use Rachel! She made our honeymoon a trip of a lifetime.
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Mexico

By: Ricky


Reviewed on: 03 Jan 2018

THE BEST. ALWAYS.
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cuba libre

By: juliana


Reviewed on: 08 Jan 2018

FANTASTIC What an incredible experience in Cuba! The 9 of us enjoyed every aspect of the trip - the guides, the drivers, the accommodations, the people to people experience; it was all amazing. Thank you for an unforgetable itinerary:)
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Pacific Northwest

By: Rachel Gallagher


Reviewed on: 21 Jan 2018

Working with Rachel was fantastic, she was super organised. Rachel had thought of EVERY detail (from transfers, to how long we'd need to go somewhere, how long it would take to get there, restaurant recommendations etc, etc) we would need on our vacation and had great suggestions for things to do in all the places we visited. It was all so easy. Can't wait to plan my next trip with her.
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great job as always

By: shanghaisarah


Reviewed on: 07 Feb 2018

rachel always does an amazing job helping to put together an itinerary that is perfect for our family. i would never work with anyone else!
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Amazing service

By: n


Reviewed on: 26 Feb 2018

Rachel is responsive and very helpful. I would highly recommend her.
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Fabulously planned. and executed

By: Shanghai Sarah


Reviewed on: 05 Apr 2018

As always, Rachel helped us plan a fantastic trip. We had a number of one of a kind experiences and outstanding VIP handling everywhere we went. If only she could control the weather....
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Maui

By: Dannah


Reviewed on: 10 Apr 2018

Working with Rachel was easy and effective. She was patient and kind, and the trip was great!
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Rachel Dicker Travel ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

By: Jenny


Reviewed on: 08 Jun 2018

Our family has used Rachel many times to plan trips abroad. She is creative with itemeraries, efficient in organizing our trips, practical when choosing activities, and an expert at traveling with families. I have already recommended her to numerous friends and we will definitely use her to plan our next vacation.
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Traveling the world

By: Swiss


Reviewed on: 26 Jun 2018

Rachel is our go to travel agent. She is thoughtful in her pre-screen of our wants during our vacation and makes sure she hits all of the must do's.
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Colorado

By: DYCD


Reviewed on: 20 Jun 2018

Rachel elevates our vacations to an experience we could never pull off ourselves.
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Overwhelmingly....YES!

By: KAW


Reviewed on: 20 Jun 2018

The advice, guidance and attention to our personal and specific travel needs was met by Rachel in every possible way. She communicated her schedule to us so we were aware when she was available...and from our perspective she was always available and ready to answer questions/concerns quickly and thoroughly. If she did not have the specific answer to our question...she was successful 100% of time in obtaining the information we requested. Rachel made our recent family trip to Greece so simple. I am so happy we found her. Anyone wanting an experienced, professional, kind, funny travel adviser...she is the expert for you.
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Trip of a lifetime to Japan

By: M2


Reviewed on: 22 Jul 2018

Excellent! The trip she planned was perfect in every way. My family had a great time and from the airport transfers to our private guides in the cities we visited, it was clear a lot of work had gone into planning this trip well. Would definitely use her again!
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Destination China--Family of Four Trip

By: Rhonda Erwin


Reviewed on: 31 Jul 2018

Professional, fun, informative, delightful and educational. Our trip was over-the-top and our family voted it #1 of all our global travels. We want Rachel to plan all of our trips!
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