Melissa Reese 

Austin, TX United States
Melissa Reese Travel, an independent affiliate of Brownell Travel
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Travel Specialties
  • Family Travel
  • Safari
  • Independent Tours

  • Tanzania
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Botswana
  • Costa Rica
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Selling Travel Since
  • English

My Background

Melissa began her career in travel back in 1997, and has worked with the finest travel organizations in the industry. She has visited 80+ countries, and her first-hand experience is vast and varied -- from exotic safaris in Africa to the wilderness of Alaska; large cruise ships to riverboat journeys on every major waterway; across America from NYC to Napa Valley to Disney; throughout Asia, Europe and Down Under. She has carried a backpack and 'roughed it' on adventures and has escorted guests on private luxury jets, including circumnavigating the globe twice on the Concorde.

Regardless of where she is, who she is with, or how she is traveling... the goal is always the same -- to be part of the destination and 'present' with each moment. She take this personal goal and packs it into every trip for her clients. She engages clients throughout the planning process and helps them discover what it is they are seeking to create the perfect itinerary and come home with lasting memories.

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Travel Advisor Extraordinaire

By: Kim

Reviewed on: 28 May 2014

I recently took a trip to Mexico and asked Melissa to help me with the planning of the trip . I always used a Travel Advisor in the past but everyone I knew has since gone out of the business so for the last couple of years I would book all my travel. I have to say she has exceeded all my expectations. She is very thorough, easy to talk to and did everything she said she was going to do and more! I would highly recommend her for all your travel needs. I know I will be referring her to all my family and friends. It makes all the difference in the world when you have a good Travel Advisor like Melissa!

Amazing service from Melissa

By: Juana

Reviewed on: 14 Aug 2014

Melissa Reese recently planned a trip for my wife & me to Seattle followed by a cruise in Alaska. We were so impressed and relieved to have such a consummate professional to work with on our travel plans. She met with us in advance to do a pre-trip interview to better understand our interests, personalities, budget and 'travel bucket list' and goals. She then made some recommendations that aligned with our interests and together we narrowed the focus to just the right trip - as we decided on and finalized our trip specifics, including the providers that best aligned with our standards and preferences. From the planning process to after the trip ended, Melissa was completely involved and responsive . She went above and beyond to arrange special details and little surprises. We simply can't say enough good things. We will definitely be using Melissa for all of our future travel adventures. We highly recommend that you do the same!



Reviewed on: 12 Aug 2014

Everything went as planned, Good weather, good ship, good destination and good plan. Everything was takencare of, not bad for less than a weeks notice. Thanks Ken

Fantastic Anniversary Trip

By: Smitty

Reviewed on: 04 Nov 2014

Perfectly planned trip. Went off with out a hitch. Great trip when you do not have to worry about anything. Great recomendations for side trips and activities.


By: Joe43

Reviewed on: 14 Nov 2014

Greatest trip of our lives! She will be planning every trip we ever go on again!

Great Getaway

By: Fango

Reviewed on: 29 Nov 2014

This was an off-season getaway to the great Canadian cities of Montreal and Quebec City. Melissa did a great job of taking care of everything for me ahead of time. The location of the Queen Elizabeth in Montreal is perfect. Easy walk to Old Town and the metro. Buffet breakfast was great. Rooms and bathrooms are a little on the cozy side, but very comfortable and elegant. Quebec City really was awesome. What a great place to visit. The Le Chateau Frontenac is amazing! The hotel has recently had a major renovation and the rooms are gorgeous. Breakfast buffet was outstanding, as were both of my dinners at the Sam restaurant. Walking through Old Quebec City is like walking through a movie set. There are so many great shops and restaurants within a very short walk, and at this time of year there were very, very few people visiting. I'll definitely head back here - perhaps in a different season when things are greener and days are longer.

Thoughtful and thorough customer service!


Reviewed on: 10 Dec 2014

Melissa's knowledge and passion for the area was bar none! She expertly put together a fabulous itinerary for our romantic trip to the rainforest. I am so glad I turned to her for guidance and look forward to using her services again in the future!


By: First Lady

Reviewed on: 06 Jan 2015

My family and I recently returned from a trip to San Diego staying at The Hotel Del Coronado for 5 nights and we asked Melissa to book the reservation for us. Our stay at the resort was excellent, but not without the 'extra perks' that Melissa managed to secure for us during our stay. I never typically utilize an agent to book our hotel accommodations but rather do so myself online, hence I didn't know how helpful and important an agent's services can be and my husband and I were highly impressed with what Melissa did for us. Her honesty, attention to detail and communication were above our expectations. I know such 'perks' are never a guarantee, but I do believe her affiliation with Virtuoso was a huge plus in our booking. We will definitely continue to have Melissa assist us with other travel endeavors in the future.

Absolutely Wonderful!

By: Simone

Reviewed on: 20 Apr 2015

Melissa was absolutely wonderful to work with! Our Disney Cruise trip was so fun and expertly planned, and it was all due to Melissa's expertise and wonderful advice and suggestions. I highly recommend Melissa and we will be calling her for all our future travel needs!

Great with our Group!

By: Girl Scout Leader

Reviewed on: 25 Mar 2015

It was such a pleasure working with Melissa. I haven't used a travel agent in many years, but it was great to have someone to rely on for help with all the details. She was great even with all the changes we kept making with our large group. Definitely recommend her!

Super trip!

By: Bronwyn

Reviewed on: 08 May 2015

Trip was fantastic! I felt like every detailed had been well-planned and coordinated. I would definitely use Melissa again.

Perfect trip planned!

By: Melfic01

Reviewed on: 13 Jul 2015

This trip was perfect and so well planned, down to the littlest details. Our transportation details were perfect. The hotel choices and recommendations suited us perfectly. We knew nothing about our destination and had very little time to research things to do. Melissa provided us with everything we needed to know as well as recommended day trips and itineraries. This made our trip so low stress and easy to find things to do. This trip was to celebrate a very special occasion. We had zero complaints and would use Melissa again in a heartbeat!

Melissa is a gem... a true, travel experience professional!

By: Sue

Reviewed on: 31 Jul 2015

We had 25 experienced travelers ranging from 2 to 74 going to Costa Rica for the first time and everyone wanted to do everything with lots of opinions about everything. Melissa was amazing in keeping us coordinated, focused and happy during the planning process and she delivered what was a "trip of a lifetime" to our entire family. Her intimate knowledge of the region empowered us to make really good decisions about where to go, where to stay and what to see. She took into account the different ages, interests and budgets and ensured we were comfortable about our travel decisions, but also suggested a bunch of things we never thought of that really made our trip. Like golf carts for our use while staying in Tamarindo (a highlight for the kids) that took us to the beach and on early morning and late evening "game drives" to see the howler monkeys. She is so insightful! We will be booking with Melissa again..She is a gem... a true, travel experience professional!

Very helpful, insightful, and efficient

By: lhorns96

Reviewed on: 17 Jul 2015

Melissa did a great job helping provide insights, efficiently asking and following up on questions, and most important helping plan the perfect vacation! I look forward to working with her again when I have the chance for another vacation!

worry-free and easy!

By: jlc20

Reviewed on: 28 Jul 2015

Melissa listened to what was important to us and got us exactly what we wanted! She was so easy to work with and quick to respond. Our vacation went smoothly and really exceeded our expectations. I would highly recommend her for any upcoming travel plans. Thank you for a wonderful getaway!

Great attention to every detail

By: jan

Reviewed on: 27 Sep 2015

Fabulous job Melissa! Our tour guide was awesome, as was our hotel in Bourdeaux. Best lunch ever in St. Emillion!!! We also loved our cooking class. A great time was had by all. Thank you again for all the hard work planning our trip of a lifetime.

Five-Star Service!

By: Stacey N.

Reviewed on: 15 Oct 2015

Melissa did an amazing job booking our Disney World vacation! Not only did she give us additional tips, guides and suggestions, she ensured we were checked in 24 hours in advance for our flights, gave us personalized itineraries and even gifted our children with Mickey Mouse stuffed animals before we left, all making our trip magical. I would absolutely use Melissa again and will recommend her to others who are also planning a Disney vacation. She is truly the best!

Great service!

By: Joe108

Reviewed on: 02 Dec 2015

Melissa planned our honeymoon in Bora Bora and it was the greatest trip ever! She took care of every detail, set up all activities, made all the reservations and was absolutely wonderful to work with. We will be using her again for all the trips we take!

Incredible Experience

By: schroedermom

Reviewed on: 07 Dec 2015

This was the best trip a family could book! Melissa was awesome from the start. She shared her knowledge while listening to our million questions. We went into this trip knowing we were in good hands and felt confident with booking our off ship excursions. Melissa is your go to gal for any travel needs. Looking forward to our next adventure. Thank you for the memories, Melissa

Amazing attention- start to finish!

By: Pegs

Reviewed on: 07 Jan 2016

Thank you Melissa for helping us with our recent trip to Colorado. Your guidance & suggestions were truly helpful, and the location you were able to get us set up with was AMAZING! (with the nice bonus of the heated underground parking!!) Extremely detailed...every step of the way, and never had us searching for the answers since everything was planned out and right at our fingertips! I don't know how we will ever plan a trip again without using your services!?! (or why we ever WOULD!) Thank you, thank you!

Great family trip!

By: Smittyken

Reviewed on: 09 Mar 2016

Melissa had everything planned to the smallest detail. No worries at all. She suggested the use of outside excursions which provided us with a lot smaller group and personal care by the tour guides. Will use her again next week, next month and next year.

The Best Travel agent Ever!

By: 1Pop

Reviewed on: 04 Mar 2016

No one on our cruise could believe the trip planned for us by Melissa! The knowledge and details were better than we could imagine. Flawless trip!

Great Family Trip

By: Smittyken

Reviewed on: 23 May 2016

Just finished a week in Disney World that Melissa arraigned. Great trip, kids had a great time and everything was as easy as could be, except the walking, may have to try the scooters next time. Hotel was great with easy access to the parks. And the kids got to see a real Prince, Harry was at out Hotel! Once again everything was planned to the last activity. Thanks again for a great trip.

More then pleased

By: Esty

Reviewed on: 19 Jun 2016

Flawless execution of our entire trip

Outstanding service & very responsive

By: Big family traveler

Reviewed on: 01 Jul 2016

Melissa did an outstanding job arranging our large family cruise trip to the Caribbean with multiple departure cities, some in coach some in First, four different rooms on the cruise and a variety of shore excursions. Would highly recommend her services to friends !!

Amazing Customer Service!

By: Courtney27

Reviewed on: 01 Jul 2016

Our trip to Paris was absolutely perfect. Melissa nailed the details of a fabulous mother/daughter weekend. The Esprit St Germain was incredible and the tour Melissa suggested was a highlight. Melissa was friendly, detailed and super easy to work with. She completely understood what we wanted from our trip and nailed it. I am already planning the next one with her!

What a lifesaver!

By: Betsyred

Reviewed on: 08 Jul 2016

Melissa did an amazing job at planning our trip to Greece. We even planned it last minute and she went above and beyond to find us the best spot. She knows her stuff and she is so organized and resourceful. We love using her!

International Travel Expert

By: Victor

Reviewed on: 04 Aug 2016

Our vacation was magical. The itinerary was planned with the ideal balance for our family of four. We have two teenagers and my husband likes to be on the go all the time, but I like to have time to pause and sit in a cafe and people watch. Melissa was able to create a trip that felt seamless to us, there were no glitches from the details of our car transfers and car rentals, to the hotels, private tours and activities we booked. We especially loved our cooking class in Siena, Italy! Each hotel was excellent location and conditions. The rooms were ideal for us, and also happen to have been in the best locations and the price honored our budget. We had the trip of a lifetime and memories to share together always. Thank you Melissa for creating a trip for our family vacation that had it all, and more than we could have wished for !!!!


By: Leni13

Reviewed on: 31 Jul 2016

Melissa did it again! We had a wonderful time at Blackberry Farm and booking through Melissa could not have been easier. We look forward to working with her for our future vacations!!

All over the details

By: Courtney

Reviewed on: 03 Aug 2016

Melissa recently planned our trip to Barcelona and Mallorca and it was incredible. She was extremely detail oriented and did not leave anything to chance - she even reorganized several activities just before we left because a coveted dinner reservation opened up last minute. The hotels were amazing and the activities were exactly what we were looking for. Melissa is an asset when planning any trip!

Grand European Tour

By: Smittyken

Reviewed on: 14 Nov 2016

Another completely fulfilling trip from Melissa, the Brownell Group, and the Virtuoso Community. Over three weeks of one great activity after another. Three days in London at the Egerton House with all the upgrades, Tea, Martini lessons, and room. It was late in the season, ever thing was like a private tour, Hampton Court Palace, Les Miserable, Blenheim Palace and the Royal Albert Hall - Best of Broadway. Then three days in Budapest with everyday a couple of Viatours to keep us moving, Night river cruise, Parliament House, Wine country Tour, "Urban adventure" to the "Ruin Bars" for a Wine Culture Tour ending up with a great tour of the Central Market and another wine tasting after sampling everything at the market. Strolled over to the river from the Market and there was the MS Esprit, the Tauck ship that we were to spend the next two weeks on traveling up the Danube across the Main and down the Rhine to Amsterdam. What a trip, Thanks everyone!

Best travel planner

By: Shammy

Reviewed on: 26 Mar 2017

Working with Melissa is always a pleasure. Whether it be planning a family trip to the Amazon, a girls weekend in London, business travel, or helping my elderly parents tackle a cruise, Melissa ALWAYS makes the planning fun and the trip effortless on our part - no small feat for a family of 7!!!! I cannot say enough positive things about working with Melissa. My only hesitation in writing this review is that I don't want to share her!!!!

Eastern Caribbean Cruise

By: Smittyken

Reviewed on: 04 Apr 2017

Once again everything went off with out a hitch. The room in San Juan was in a perfect location, and the trip selections were great. Even the fishing trip that was canceled because the Captain retired worked out to be a great day. Melissa is always ahead of the trip with suggestions and planning.

The Best!

By: King

Reviewed on: 03 Apr 2017

We were the envy of the ship because of the trip Melissa set up. All tours, activities, hotels and restaurants were excellent.

Mike & Sue E

By: Mike & Sue's Rhine River Cruise

Reviewed on: 15 May 2017

Absolutely outstanding. Melissa's advice was perfect in all respects. She handled us in a timely and professional manner, and all the cruise details worked out as planned ... or even better than anticipated. Great job by Melissa. Mike & Sue English

Melissa is Amazing!

By: Kc

Reviewed on: 25 May 2017

Could not be happier with her recommendations! She is professional, thorough, and extremely timely. I cannot wait to work with her again! Great trip.

Amazing job

By: John Heffington

Reviewed on: 15 Jun 2017

Melissa did any amazing job with out gamut trip to Disney. It was impeccably planned with every detail thought out. We had no stress related to the trip due to her preparation. I highly recommend her.

Kenya 2017

By: Courtney

Reviewed on: 10 Jul 2017

Melissa was amazing to work with for our ten day trip to Kenya. Every detail was perfect and she made sure we had the time of our lives. Melissa is very thorough and also understands what clients are looking for, therefore we didn't need to do anything but relax and enjoy our trip with our children. I would recommend Melissa Reese for anyone planning a trip, big or small Melissa can do it all!

St. Lucia, Body Holiday

By: obi

Reviewed on: 19 Jul 2017

Melissa was really great. She was available, very pleasant, and knew the right strategies to help us maximize our vacation. Although we made last-minute plans, with Melissa's help, the vacation felt like we'd been planning for months. THANKS!

Fabulous Vacation!

By: Deniva

Reviewed on: 27 Jul 2017

Melissa was great to work with during the planning of our recent vacation. She was very knowledgeable and helped us book a fabulous trip with another family and our 18 year old children. The AXUS app was very helpful throughout our travels. Melissa not only booked our resort stay, but she booked our ground transfers as well as our excursions during our stay. She made a lot of suggestions and answered our questions before we left as well as during our stay. She was very accessible and responded quickly to questions and requests. She also followed up with us when we returned. I would highly recommend her freindly, first class level of service!


By: MD

Reviewed on: 10 Aug 2017

Melissa was amazing!

Highly Recommend

By: Alexia D.

Reviewed on: 16 Aug 2017

This was my first time working with Melissa to plan our family's summer vacation. Melissa was very knowledgeable about the different countries and hotels we were considering and ended up booking us at a fabulous hotel. This was one of the best hotels we have ever stayed at. When a tropical storm started heading our way towards the end of our vacation, we were so glad that Melissa was able to get us out of the country a day early. She worked with us to find an alternate flight on another airline and stayed in constant contact with us until we got checked in to the fight. It was very reassuring to know that we had a personal assistant helping us navigate that difficult process in a foreign country. I highly recommend Melissa to anyone who is considering traveling abroad as she definitely knows the ins and outs and pluses and minuses of the airlines, airports, and hotels. We will be using her again to plan our next vacation.

Always a pleasure

By: McShammy

Reviewed on: 30 Sep 2017

Working with Melissa Reese, whether the trip be big or small, is ALWAYS a pleasure. She is super accommodating, always available and just seems to "get it" regardless of whether the trip us for business or pleasure. We have a large family with a lot of people to please and she always manages to steer us in the right direction. Given the number of moving parts associated with getting 7 people to a destination, I am continually amazed at how she can roll with whatever we throw at her. I can't say enough about working with Melissa.

There is no one better

By: Amcshammy

Reviewed on: 02 Jan 2018

My favorite thing about working with Melissa is that just when you think she has topped herself, she goes over and above yet again. Her attention to detail is unparalleled. From short overnights to lengthy, complex adventures, Melissa patiently breathes life into my vague trip ideas-“I want a Christmassy vibe-could be warm, cold, near, far”-and manages to make it happen for my large family that ranges from 13-87. She researches all of my tangents and then helps us focus in on what will work for us. Once the destination has been chosen-no small feat-she then sees to it that we can travel without a care in the world. She has thought ten steps ahead and is prepared for anything and everything. Once we arrive at the destination, she still manages to keep tabs on us and make suggestions-often before we anticipate the need ourselves. I can’t say enough about the level of service Melissa provides. My only hesitation in sharing this review is that I want to keep her to myself!!!


By: MD

Reviewed on: 15 Jan 2018

She is amazing. So professional and detail Oriented.


By: Joe

Reviewed on: 28 Jan 2018

Melissa has always been awesome! She makes every trip we plan amazing!


By: Ryan

Reviewed on: 20 Jan 2018

Our experience with Melissa has been over the top! She has delivered on every request my fiancé and I throw at her. Anything we have booked through her has turned out to be higher class service and experience than we could even imagine.


By: Blair

Reviewed on: 29 Jan 2018

She was awesome!

Mediterranean cruise

By: Becky

Reviewed on: 01 Mar 2018

Melissa is a consummate professional who shares her vast experience and knowledge with her clients.

Advisor who knows her stuff

By: Harv

Reviewed on: 04 Mar 2018

Melissa crafted a trip to meet our wants and desires. Without her knowledge we would still be in line several places. Kept in touch was us as needed but not over done. She was with us from start to finish is we needed her guidance.

Fantastic Agent, Fantastic Trip

By: Denise

Reviewed on: 18 Mar 2018

In a word, outstanding. Melissa is simply the best travel advisor I have ever worked with. After the first trip she planned for us, we knew we'd never travel again without her. She is a delight to work with and incredibly knowledgeable. She thinks of every detail and is always available. Her recommendations (hotels, dates, transportation, cabin locations for cruises, restaurants, activities, etc.) are perfect for our family. She really takes the time to know her clients and what their needs and wants are for each individual trip. I couldn't recommend her more highly.

Working with Melissa Reese, 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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