Sharon Howell CTC, DS, MCC

Tyler, TX United States
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Travel Specialties
Interests
  • Adventure
  • Family Travel
  • Destination Weddings
  • Ocean Cruising
  • River Cruising


Destinations
  • No Destinations
Selling Travel Since
1984
Languages
  • English

My Background

 My calling to the travel industry came from a strong desire to assist people with life-long memories and their return on life.

My expertise is group travel and the myriad of details that must be handled correctly for a successful event. I've handled groups as large as 425 people to New York and 235 traveling internationally to Thailand. Likewise, I enjoy working with the affluent traveler who is also concerned about all the particular details for their trip. In 30 years of owning my agency, I've certainly learned the importance of attention to detail.

Places I Have Traveled


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By: steve


Reviewed on: 18 Sep 2013

Good work as usual. Attention to details. Follows up.

She's the best!

By: Reedy52


Reviewed on: 07 Oct 2013

Sharon in intuitive when she helps us plan trips -- she knows what we will enjoy better than we do!

The best around!

By: jennih


Reviewed on: 11 Oct 2013

Sharon has never let us down- she makes every detail of the trip perfect and unique- we will continue to use her for every trip we take!

By: PM


Reviewed on: 14 Oct 2013

Sharon is the ultimate professional. Every detail was attended to and then some. She even helped us with a baggage problem during the trip.

Have used Travel Masters for years.

By: Robbie


Reviewed on: 12 Dec 2013

We were very pleased with this trip and the many we have booked through Sharon in the past. They provide hints and suggestions that make the travel better and easier.

Sharon is the BEST trip planner in America!

By: dod75701


Reviewed on: 25 Nov 2013

Sharon Howell is the consummate trip planner. She works tirelessly for her clients. She not only suggests great Virtuoso trips, but she takes personal interest in all of her travelers. I cannot imagine that any travel agent could do more than she does. I am committed to her for life. She is absolutely THE BEST!!!!!!

Highly Recommended

By: Dan


Reviewed on: 15 Dec 2013

She has done an excellent job. Our group lined out our ideas and she fulfilled them fully. When there have been questions she always provided the answers either immediately our shortly after she obtained the answers. She provided good alternatives to consider and what to avoid. The cost of the trip was very reasonable as compared to our preliminary expectations.

Very Highly recommended

By: Bob


Reviewed on: 28 Dec 2013

Sharon has been our agent for many years and her advice and guidance has proven to be totally reliable, and her relationship with Virtuoso has been great.

Highly Recommended

By: RingoStarr


Reviewed on: 16 Jan 2014

The only travel agent we'll ever use since we found Sharon. She is knowledgeable, efficient with boundless energy and she'll go the miles for you to make your trip enjoyable eigher on land or sea. Thanks Sharon for all the wonderful trips you planned for us.

Sharon Howell: Simply the Best

By: David747


Reviewed on: 09 Feb 2014

Sharon Howell is the consummate trip planner. Whether she is planning a trip for just me, or planning a group tour for 12 to 500, nothing is beyond her ability to focus on every detail. I have been using Sharon for over 20 years, and she is simply the best.  These days with the myriad of booking websites, travelers are tempted to book flights and hotels themselves. Trust me, over a period of time, a great travel agent like Sharon will save you thousands of dollars.  For instance, I have had flights cancelled and the other frantic travelers have tried to call the airlines only to be put on hold. A simple text to Sharon or one of her assistants at Travel Masters gets me rebooked before the other travelers can even talk to an agent. That's the kind of personal service that only an experienced travel agent can give you. In life it's all about who you know - and you won't be disappointed if you get to know Sharon Howell or Travel Masters in Tyler, TX.  

Very highly recommended

By: Lovestotravel


Reviewed on: 16 Feb 2014

When you go on a trip planned by Sharon Howell, you can rest assured that every minute detail of your vacation has been thououghly covered. She is extremely well organized in planning trips for groups of all sizes. You can be assured that she has taken extraordinarily measures to see that everything is of the highest quality she can make it.

Our relationship with Sharon over the past years has been excellent

By: RVR


Reviewed on: 26 Feb 2014

we most definitely recommend Sharon and her Virtuoso staff for all of our trips. she and her staff cover the most intricate details and see that our every need is covered.

perfect

By: doc


Reviewed on: 06 Mar 2014

perfect recommendations,planning and service as is the norm for this agent.

By: Not provided


Reviewed on: 16 Mar 2014

Very Highly recommended!Sharon recommended the Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain for a quick getaway. It was fantastic! Everything from the accommodations to the food were amazing. What we found exceptional was the service. Everyone at the resort was polite and fully bent on making us comfortable and happy. They did! Sharon has been our travel agent for years and always comes through for us!Jeff P64

Highly reccommended

By: Lisa


Reviewed on: 18 Mar 2014

Sharon is a joy to work with and has helped us through some tight situations when our travel plans didn't work out.  She rescued us!

great planner vey knowledgeable

By: bp


Reviewed on: 18 Apr 2014

The cruise was very good.  However, we did not enjoy it as much as a we expected.  The tour to the tulips, for example, took an hour to drive to and only lasted a very short time, not nearly time enough to enjoy the beauty of the flowers.  The ship docked at each town and a guided tour was offered.  No time to go off by yourself and just look.  The Danube River tour was a once-in-a- lifetime event.  Hard to compete  The crew and staff did a great job on this tour also

By: Tyler61


Reviewed on: 05 May 2014

Sharon is an amazing woman. She is responsive & frequently knows what we need before we do! She is so kind when we need to travel for family emergencies. We value her skills & character!

The Best there is!!!

By: Celia


Reviewed on: 09 Jun 2014

There is not a better agent that Sharon Howell.  She sets up your trip as you request.  She had our cancelled flight rebooked before we knew the flight had been cancelled.

Highly Recommended

By: MIZE_C


Reviewed on: 26 Jun 2014

Great trip

By: Ed


Reviewed on: 15 Jul 2014

The highlight of this trip was a tubing excursion in Belize. Sharon arranged this with a private guide who was most outstanding, absolutely the best we have had. New Orleans is an easy location for embarkation and debarkation.  Sharon did a great job of keeping us informed as plans were made before the trip.

Sharon Howell is THE BEST

By: dod75701


Reviewed on: 15 Oct 2014

Sharon Howell and Travel Masters have planned dozens of trips for me - both for me and my wife and for groups of over 100. Her attention to detail is amazing. She is the best in the business. She truly cares for her customers and she strives for excellence in planning and service. If they gave Academy Awards for Travel Planners, Sharon Howell would be a multiple winner!

Denise was friendy

By: KWW


Reviewed on: 05 Nov 2014

We did not work with Sharon. Denise Shepard helped us with our all inclusive trip to Punta Cana. We stayed at the Catalonia Royal Bavaro. It was clean and staff was friendly. They hound you to take time share tour every time you see a rep. Beach was eroded and didn't have easy access into water from the adult only side. Good selection of restaurants. Our room was clean but never cooled off.

The best

By: VKB


Reviewed on: 03 Dec 2014

Great trips start with great planning. Sharon Howell of TravelMasters (once again) provided great ideas, suggestions, planning and execution. This led to a great trip. She is the best.

cruise counselor

By: Barbara


Reviewed on: 23 Jan 2017

Karen did a great job for us and took care of all details far in advance. No problems with paperwork or arrangements.

Sharon Howell is beyond your expectations!

By: David747


Reviewed on: 05 Jan 2015

I've led dozens of group trips organized by Sharon to countries on every continent. He is a great planner a follows through with all the details. Sharon has also recommended and planned trips for my wife and me, and we have never been disappointed. We've found all the Virtuoso facilities to be superb. There have been times of inevitable delays and flight cancellations and Sharon has always worked personally and tirelessly to fix the problem and book us on there flights. Her work is more than a job, it is a calling - and a calling to excellence.

Imnediate Response; Follow up

By: trumie


Reviewed on: 15 Jan 2015

Cruise was excellent of course. Most fun was St Barts with the ATV's. St Lucia is a mess for sure. Thanks again so much for getting me my passport. Obviously made the trip possible. Truman

Perfectly Planned Cruise

By: Paul & Kay


Reviewed on: 09 Feb 2015

Sharon planned our Crystal cruise vacation very well. She booked our pre- and post- cruise hotels and travel arrangements and gave us recommendations that proved to be very beneficial for smooth travel. Thanks, Sharon!!

Sharon Howell: Best in the Business!

By: dod75701


Reviewed on: 13 Feb 2015

Sharon Howell is an expert at planning and implanting my travel for myself, or for a group of 100 travelers. I highly recommend her without reservation - no pun intended!

service excellent

By: Bob


Reviewed on: 20 Feb 2015

Ship too large and rooms too small. Bed was excellent but very little room to move around in. Food was excellent. I would prefer a smaller ship. Departing from Houston was wonderful and very easy. Overall we had a great trip.

Good value and pleasant

By: Jerry


Reviewed on: 20 Feb 2015

The bus trip was nice except the seats were not very comfortable for a 4 hour trip, they were rather cramped and did not recline. The loading and unloading procedures for the ship at this port in Houston was very nice. Better than Galveston which we have used many times. The ship was nice but the dining rooms and were small compared to many other ships we have been on however, after the first day we did not mind. We used the specialty dining rooms most nights and enjoyed them especially the oriental ones. Our stateroom was very nice and located very well and convenient but small. Our room steward was excellent. The entertainment on the ship was excellent. The ports of call were very good, especially Belize and Honduras. We enjoyed seeing people from our tour group frequently. It was fun to go in a group, which was the first time for us. Finally, overall it was a very good trip. Jerry and Jacki

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By: Postal


Reviewed on: 01 Mar 2015

All was great with the exception of receiving travel docs, which did not arrive at original address and later required three trips to Post Office because of being sent registered mail.

Wonderful trip; Great attention to detail.

By: JGAL


Reviewed on: 12 Mar 2015

What an absolutely wonderful trip of a lifetime! Nice accommodations, meals with excellent service. A good balance of activities and down time to reflect on all that we saw. Our wonderful guide was so personable and informative. Our bus driver was friendly and professional. Our trip host was a blessing with a servant's heart!! Thank you Sharon for your assistance in my connecting flights! Kudos to all!

Fabulous Trip

By: JHJ


Reviewed on: 30 Mar 2015

Sharon planned a whirlwind trip for us- we needed a car, drivers, wine planning, hotels in 3 different places... and we had a last minute change that required re-booking a place and cancelling another. We are so blessed to have someone that makes our lives easier- she did everything in the blink of an eye. We had such a great trip- Sonoma to Seattle and back!

Normandy private tour was just perfect!

By: Paul & Kay


Reviewed on: 07 Aug 2015

We were on a school group tour and saved our private tour for the end of our trip. What a perfect tour we had to Normandy and Rouen. Our guide John -Noel was perfect and showed us just what we wanted to see. We had our high school junior along with us and he really got to see where history was made! Thanks to Sharon and Travel Masters for their expertise through Virtuoso. We never had a moment of worry.

Sharon Howell is a Rock Star Travel Agent!

By: dave


Reviewed on: 27 Aug 2015

Sharon chose and planned an Alaskan cruise for my wife and me on Regents Seven Seas Navigator. This is a luxury experience with only 490 passengers. There never seemed to be a crowd anywhere on the ship. The food, service, and amenities were all first class. Sharon also signed us up for a unique Virtuoso Voyager Excursion in Skagway. We rode the old railroad up to the White Pass, where the gold prospectors traveled. The small Virtuoso group rode in a restored club car complete with deep leather seats, food and beverages. This was truly the highlight of our trip. Sharon has planned dozens of trips for me personally and professionally and I have complete confidence in her ability.

Wonderful service

By: Puddin


Reviewed on: 02 Feb 2016

I really appreciate Denise's help for travel arrangements. I am not a computer guru so what is simple for some makes me very nervous. Denise did not hesitate to provide her service for just airline tickets! She definitely has a new client.

Sharon is the Best!

By: BravoC


Reviewed on: 17 Jun 2016

Sharon has helped us on numerous trips whether long-planned or spur of the moment, and we travel with great confidence knowing that she has every detail perfectly planned and works hard to get us the best in value. After we depart, we know that she is still there if we need her should anything unexpected arise. We also appreciate that we get the same care for short, inexpensive trips or longer trips of greater cost. She approaches both with highest professionalism. We highly recommend Sharon and are grateful she takes care of our travel needs and has for so many years.

Outstanding customer service

By: Nine


Reviewed on: 01 Aug 2016

Denise Shepard went above and beyond. I would recommend her to anybody to use as their travel agent

Sharon Howell is a travel pro!

By: David747


Reviewed on: 06 Oct 2016

Sharon Howell and her company, Travel Masters, planned a great golf/shopping trip to the Monterrey Peninsula for six of us recently. It was a perfect trip in every way because Sharon took care of all the details from Flight Reservations, Rental Cars, Hotel, and golf tee times. She chose the amazing Casa Palmero on the property of Pebble Beach Golf course. It is an intimate hotel located in what was once a private villa. It was the most luxurious, quiet, service-oriented facility that we've ever visited. You can't go wrong if you call on Sharon Howell to plan your dream vacation!

Fantastic trip!

By: Holmanj


Reviewed on: 06 Oct 2016

Wonderful trip- we love being able to trust Sharon to always choose places that we will love and be pampered. Great golf, fantastic boutique hotel at Pebble Beach- thanks, Sharon!

hiking

By: nurse


Reviewed on: 06 Oct 2016

sharon is the best

great service!!!

By: travel


Reviewed on: 10 Oct 2016

Travelmasters did a great job. i really appreciate the great work that they do for my trips

Always perfect

By: dbc


Reviewed on: 05 Dec 2016

Every trip Sharon lines up for us goes perfectly smoothly as to her details and the reservations she makes for us. We have had her assist us over many years to many places and she is the best!

Valentine Voyage Cruise Group

By: Katie


Reviewed on: 24 Feb 2017

Excellent in making all group cruise arrangements! This was our 8th cruise planned by Sharon & Travel Masters. They give the best service!!

We went to Cuba!

By: JTylerTX


Reviewed on: 05 Jun 2017

Best travel agency ever! Never travel without them.

Sharon's Plan

By: Shari


Reviewed on: 27 Jun 2017

Very pleasant, thorough, and she "followed through."

Life saver

By: Dunc


Reviewed on: 25 Jul 2017

We missed our flight and an hour later she had us on the next flight. She went above and beyond on a Friday afternoon to get us where we needed to be. The airlines told us we would be lucky if we got on the 7am flight the next day.

France Normandy

By: Sidney


Reviewed on: 15 Oct 2017

Very good guides knowledgeable and all transfers on time

Cruise travel arrangements

By: Cruisers


Reviewed on: 17 Oct 2017

Easy to work with!

We love Sharon

By: Lovetotravel


Reviewed on: 27 Oct 2017

She’s absolutely the best. She look after us & made traveling so easy & fun.

Fun!

By: WJKB


Reviewed on: 07 Dec 2017

Our trip to Whistler was FANTASTIC! Peak to Peak in the Gondola was AMAZING! The food was EXCELLENT! It was COLD!🤤🤤🤤

Great Help

By: Jerome


Reviewed on: 13 Dec 2017

I have had nothing but success with Travel Masters and Ms Howell. To say she has been helpful is a gross understatement. She has been with us all the way from the beginning to the end. I highly recommend Sharon Howell and Travel Masters.

recent trip

By: john


Reviewed on: 31 Jan 2018

She is always completely professional and responsive to customer needs!!

Winter Wedding Utah

By: Rupert


Reviewed on: 28 Feb 2018

Travel went off with out a hitch from the planning side. As is too often the case we experienced a problem with American Airlines on the return leg of the trip. Travel Masters is great to work with.

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By: rbg


Reviewed on: 26 Feb 2018

very good....she takes good care of here travelers

Aren't we the lucky ones!!

By: MIMI


Reviewed on: 04 Mar 2018

Sharon has been our travel adviser for over 30 years and her attention to our personal desires and needs has always been a priority. She is patient and accommodating no matter how many questions or concerns we present . We cannot say enough wonderful things about Sharon and her level of service. After all of these years she can pretty much pull it together just knowing what we want in the way of flights, hotels and personal attention. We cannot imagine working with anyone but her.

Israel

By: Bruce


Reviewed on: 08 Mar 2018

Great trip. All went as planned

You Don't Know What You're Missing

By: Debby


Reviewed on: 23 Mar 2018

I have been working with Sharon Howell for years booking our family vacations. In the age of "do it yourself" travel plans, I tell friends and colleagues often that they are missing the benefits of an experienced and connected travel advisor like Sharon. I don't think travelers realize the great benefit a travel advisor like Sharon offers. The sound advice, upgrades and extras Sharon provides makes her the perfect part of our planning process. She is also one of the most genuine and kind people I have ever met. Her joy for travel is infectious. I rely on her expertise and advice in all of our vacation decisions, which are a priority in our family and in our lives.

Sharon

By: Mo


Reviewed on: 13 May 2018

She planned beautifully

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