Cate Caruso 

Albany, OR United States
True Places Travels, an independent affiliate of CADENCE
Travel Specialties
  • River Cruising
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Food & Wine
  • Independent Tours
  • Safari

  • United States - All
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Ireland
  • Italy
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Selling Travel Since
  • English

My Background

My favorite travel quote comes from Confucius – “Wherever you go, go with all your heart”. I deeply believe in the power of travel to change lives and my obsession for travel began early, descending from a long line of gypsies and having a father as an officer in the Navy.

Growing up in London gave me the chance to explore the United Kingdom and Europe in depth. Later I launched an adventure on a sailboat that allowed me to immerse myself in many international cultures for 5 glorious years.

Prior to becoming a Virtuoso advisor, my professional life focused on project management in a variety of industries including enterprise technology systems, integrated architectural design systems and corporate media management for public broadcasting. My professional skills fit perfectly with my work as a travel advisor and I couldn't dream of a more rewarding career at this stage of my life!

Traveling is more than a passing interest for me and my clients - it is a way of life. It is a way to enrich and deepen one's understanding of oneself and the world. If you feel this way, too, I look forward to working with you, to create not just a trip, but a transformative lifetime experience!

Visit my website at True Places Travels... ... to find out more about me and my travel planning process.

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Best Travel Agent Ever!

By: Sherry

Reviewed on: 07 Apr 2015

After dealing with many travel agents over the years, I feel qualified to pronounce Cate in a class by herself. Her knowledge, general sense of courtesy, and her Willingness to always go the extra mile for her clients make her an absolute Pleasure to interact with.
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Great Overal lExperience

By: Stuart

Reviewed on: 10 Jul 2015

Our family recently returned from a great trip to Peru. The success of the trip was in large part attributable to the efforts of our travel advisor. Cate makes great effort to understand our family dynamics and then schedules and plans events suited for our family style. In fact, it was Cate that offered Peru as one of several choices for this summer's journey. It was Cate that put us in the right spot in Costa Rica last summer as well.
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By: GreatTime

Reviewed on: 18 Sep 2015

With Cate's help my wife and I truly had a trip of a lifetime. We stayed a week in Scotland and a week in Ireland. All of the accomodations met or exceeded our expectations. The auto rentals were also a perfect fir for us. I highly recommend Cate for any travel planning.
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Attention to Detail!

By: Lia

Reviewed on: 18 Jun 2016

Cate Caruso is the epitome of what we want in a travel advisor. Her attention to detail is amazing. If there is a change in travel arrangements she is on top of it. Our trip was wonderful and we would certainly call on Ms. Caruso for our future travel plans.
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Dream Creator

By: Debbie09

Reviewed on: 08 Sep 2016

We just returned from a magical trip to Maui, HI and never have had such a rewarding, relaxing experience and this was due to Cate Caruso's trip planning for us. The hotel, The Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort was beyond fabulous and because we came in as Cate's clients we were treated to an upgrade(only when available) as well as other special amenities. Cate worked with us to find out what we wanted in a vacation and planned the perfect trip. We found that Cate communicated well and her responses to any questions we had were always timely. In the future all our trips will be arranged by Cate. Thank you to Cate for creating our much needed break from reality! Debbie
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Creates a Tailor-Made Vacation!

By: LTM87

Reviewed on: 29 Sep 2016

I appreciated Cate from the first time I spoke with her. My daughter and I had a vision to visit the lakes and mountain regions of Austria before my daughter began studying in Vienna. Cate listened to our dreams for the trip, and our preferences for transportation and lodging, and pointed us in the right direction for every decision. From making the hotel reservations, the airline reservations (including seat assignments!!), booking a car rental, and even introducing us electronically to the concierge at the hotel, no detail was forgotten, and yet there was plenty of room in the itinerary for us to explore and move at our own pace. During the planning stages, we had frequent phone conversations, and Cate was always on time, answered all questions, and made sure we had all of the documents we needed. I felt very safe, and traveled with the confidence that if we did encounter a problem, help was a phone call away. Thanks, Cate, for making our dreams a reality!
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Great service and attention to detail!

By: Mark W.

Reviewed on: 07 Oct 2016

Cate is great to work with and always goes above and beyond to make sure everything is perfect. This was a special trip for our 35th wedding anniversary and we were not disappointed. Cate also helped us plan a Scotland/Ireland trip last year that exceeded our expectations. We rely on Cate for all of our travel plans.
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Amazing Customer Service


Reviewed on: 29 Dec 2016

My husband and I worked with Cate for our first anniversary trip to Bermuda. She was simply amazing. Arranged a sweet surprise for us when we arrived, got us better rates than any deal I could find online, and even checked in with us when our trip was at risk of being disrupted by a hurricane. She was always super responsive and lovely to talk to. Can't recommend her enough!
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An Outstanding Travel Experience

By: R & C

Reviewed on: 20 Dec 2016

My wife and I recently had a very memorable travel experience in Maui. We've visited all of the Hawaiian islands multiple times, but what really made this experience much more worthwhile than the others was working with our travel advisor, Cate Caruso. Through a series of great questions and dialogue, Cate uncovered what was truly important to us as travelers. As a result , Cate created an exciting itinerary and selected an outstanding hotel , the Andaz Maui. Upon arrival, we had VIP treatment at the Andaz from room category upgrades and exclusive perks. You were absolutely correct, Cate; this is now our favorite hotel on Maui. The rest of our trip was customized based on our interests. This included the selection of various restaurants, activities and "off the beaten path " treasures that Maui has to offer. Cate, we can't wait for you to help us plan our spring-2017 trip! We are telling all of our traveler friends that truly want an "experience" all about you.
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Another Fantastic Trip

By: Mark

Reviewed on: 29 Mar 2017

Cate is fabulous to work with and has a keen attention to detail. My wife and I headed to Las Vegas for her birthday and a break from the winter weather. It was perfect; a fabulous strip-view suite, dinner, show, and spa reservations were all in order as well as the Virtuoso amenities. She has helped us plan several trips now and never disappoints.
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Arizona- Spring Break

By: Chris

Reviewed on: 18 Apr 2017

Cate is awesome! She took the time to get to know our family and how we like to travel before making any recommendations. She made sure our accommodations at the Fairmont were perfect and that we were completely satisfied. We can't wait until the next adventure that Cate plans for us as we know it will be a great fit!
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Our dream trip to Bora Bora

By: Termite

Reviewed on: 06 Jul 2017

Cate Caruso did a fabulous job on our trip to Bora Bora. Because it is an area of the world with which we are not familiar, it was comforting to know we had a "pro" coordinating our hotel, dinner reservations, and activities. Cate also provided a nice phone app named Axus that was helpful in keeping us on schedule while on the trip. Typically we have done most of our own travel planning, but having Cate as our planning advisor took all the stress out of our busy lives. I am certain our trip would not have been as coordinated or enjoyable if we had not had Cate doing the leg work. Thank you Cate, for all your hard work to help make this trip truly our "dream vacation" of a lifetime!
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Dreaming about what is next!

By: Chris & Asia

Reviewed on: 22 Jul 2017

If it weren't for Cate we would not have had an anniversary get away at all... let alone leave the country and experience a whole new word together! We are so busy between our business and our five children, and we unfortunately think of vacation after it's too late--celebrating our anniversary is no different. Starting with proactive outreach months earlier, asking a lot of questions to learn about who we are, and LISTENING, she built us the perfect simple get away! We loved the excursions and exploring restaurants (and the car waiting for us when we landed!). But what we loved most was a total surprise... the hotel was beautiful and Cate surprised us with a few "Virtuoso Upgrades." Because of Cate and her Virtuoso upgrade, we woke up each morning in a select suite and sat on an exclusive deck at the Fairmont overlooking the water, eating, drinking and just talking about life... and our next vacation!! Thank you Cate! We can't wait to see what she has in store for us next!
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Adventure of a Lifetime - Thanks to Cate!

By: Triathlete93

Reviewed on: 18 Sep 2017

My parents organized a last hurrah trip as a family, and we decided to do Egypt and Jordan. They met frequently with Cate, who I could never meet personally, since I lived somewhere else. However, she was so great at communicating with my sister and I on what exactly we would want to do in those countries. She organized an amazing trip and kept tabs on us the whole time, which was incredibly nice. She had our itinerary all laid out and updated electronically when necessary changes were made. If you are new to travel or new to a country, you will regret not meeting with her first.

Creating Family Memories

By: travel lover

Reviewed on: 16 Aug 2017

Working with Cate was great. She understand my family vacation needs and found the right combination of outdoor activity, culture and leisure time. The AXUS travel app that Cate loaded with all the itineraries, reservations, and maps was invaluable. Thank you Cate for helping create wonderful family memories.

Amazing Two Weeks in Scotland

By: Mark W.

Reviewed on: 03 Oct 2017

This is the second trip to Scotland in two years that Cate has helped my wife and I plan. The first trip was fantastic, but this trip was truly a trip of a lifetime. She is always a pleasure to work with. Her passion, expertise, and Virtuoso connections will not disappoint!

Las Vegas Birthday

By: Mark W.

Reviewed on: 21 Mar 2018

Cate helped us plan another fantastic weekend getaway in Las Vegas to celebrate my wife's birthday. As always, all of our reservations were in order and we received a nice room upgrade. Cate's our go-to travel advisor for all of our travel planning.

Cate's the best!

By: Bill S

Reviewed on: 25 Mar 2018

Cate is a wonderful person to work with who knows her stuff. She's was very attentive to our wishes as well as mindful of details that made a difference. She took the time and patience to get to know us well enough to understand our preferences for every aspect of our trip.

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