Lauren Gunnels 

Atlanta, GA United States
Ortelius Travel Advisors, an independent affiliate of McCabe World Travel, Inc.
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Travel Specialties
  • Adventure
  • Beach & Sun
  • Family Travel
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Independent Tours

Selling Travel Since
  • English
  • French
  • Japanese

My Background

Lauren believes that the world is our the greatest classroom, and that experiencing new places and cultures broadens our perspectives and our understanding of ourselves and the world around us.She believes that travel recharges us; connects us; educates us; fuels our inspiration; makes us better!

Lauren has traveled extensively and has lived in France, Japan and Hong Kong. She earned her degree from Georgetown University in French & Asian Studies; then during law school, she lived and worked in Hong Kong. After a successful career in law, Lauren decided to follow her life-long passion, making her personal pursuit her professional one. As a specialist in adventure & exotic travel, multi-generational & family travel, Europe & Asia, Lauren delves into the personal preferences of her clients, and uses her expertise and extensive global connections to craft custom itineraries and provides access to exclusive, extraordinary experiences and to benefits and amenities otherwise unavailable.   

Places I Have Traveled

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Exceptional Service

By: Tbuell

Reviewed on: 06 Oct 2016

Lauren always goes one step beyond everyone else. She stops to listen to our wants and needs and provides exceptional options, great customer service, summaries of all trip wants/needs/reservations and ensures we are happy every day of the trip. She is so great I recommend her to family and friends without reservation! She is awesome.

Fantastic Trip

By: Cathy

Reviewed on: 19 Jan 2017

We recently returned from a Regent Cruise. Lauren was so helpful, arranging transportation, birthday arrangements, private excursions and most of all very generous onboard ship credit. The trip was flawless thanks to Lauren!

Panama Canal rescued cruise

By: Dr B

Reviewed on: 23 Jan 2017

Lovely lady who took care of the details

TLC travel advisor

By: Girls Spa Trip

Reviewed on: 15 Mar 2017

Great recommendation for a girls spa vacation! Thanks for all the planning (down to the small details).

Knew the right spot for us

By: Anne M. D

Reviewed on: 03 May 2017

Lauren listened to what we wanted to get out of our trip and recommend the perfect hotels for us.


By: Jill Hall

Reviewed on: 13 Apr 2017

Lauren is the best travel agent I've ever worked with. Her attention to detail is remarkable. She is efficient, timely and extremely helpful in navigating the nuances that come with planning a vacation. I highly recommend her.


By: JParrott

Reviewed on: 05 Jun 2017

Always a pleasure working with Lauren. She quickly drilled down to what my family likes and dislikes in travel. Every time she has come through with perfect hotel recommendations in the U.S. and abroad. The booking process is seamless. From trip to trip she remembers to put in special requests and preferences at hotels based on our prior requests. We will continue to use Lauren for our travel plans without hesitation.

Japan, exciting and easy

By: Anne D

Reviewed on: 08 Jul 2017

Without Lauren, we would have been lost. Lauren helped us narrow down the overwhelming number of options, listened to what we wanted to focus on (art, shopping and food) and planned an itinerary that worked. Every point of transition was seamless: guides calling or faxing to confirm, cars right were they were supposed to be, luggage delivered right on time. Her experience in the area and her ability (and time she took) to nail down the details made a huge difference.

Lauren Rocks!

By: kneill

Reviewed on: 24 Aug 2017

I love working with Lauren! She is always cheerful, customer focused and willing to help you find the best travel options. She listens to our interests, has great follow up and is always armed with a “how might we” attitude. Every place we stay, we have a note and something special waiting for us like chocolate or champagne. We have used Lauren to help us plan trips to New Zealand, Australia and Ireland. She has the "in" on all the best places and experiences, ones you could never find on the internet. I am so spoiled now, I will never go back to planning a trip by myself!

Baltic cruise

By: Rab

Reviewed on: 10 Sep 2017

Easy to work with. Pays attention to details

Southwest trip

By: Rab

Reviewed on: 16 Oct 2017

Good suggestions of vendor provide superb trip

Patagonia and the Chile Wine Country

By: Ann

Reviewed on: 21 Nov 2017

Lauren is extremely easy to work with. She has wonderful attention to detail and automatically took care of many details of the trip that I hadn't even thought about. Also, she kept apprised of our status while we were in Chile to make sure that any problems that cropped up were taken care of immediately. We also appreciated her notes when we got to Santiago and Patagonia. Those highly personal touches mean a lot!

Grove Park Inn

By: Mary Beth

Reviewed on: 21 Jan 2018

Great!!! Everything went perfectly.

Great travel advisor!

By: Keegan

Reviewed on: 29 Mar 2018

We've worked with Lauren multiple times and she's outstanding. She anticipates what we'll like/need and knows those things even better than we do. She gets great perks and we've recommended her to lots of friends and family. We hope to continue working with her for all our travel!

A week in paradise!

By: Char C

Reviewed on: 01 Sep 2018

My husband and I just returned from a fantastic week in Grenada. So much of what was special about the trip was directly because of Lauren. This is my third trip that she has planned - I can’t wait for the next one!!

Iceland April 2019

By: Greta H

Reviewed on: 17 Apr 2019

Lauren was great to work with. She guided us through the whole process and was key in helping us put together an amazing vacation. She listened to what we wanted and was responsive to questions and last minute changes. It was an incredible vacation!!

Working with Lauren Gunnels, 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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