Becky Hayes CTC

Raleigh, NC United States
Designing Journeys, an independent affiliate of Travel Experts, Inc.
Travel Specialties
  • Adventure
  • Food & Wine
  • Safari
  • Independent Tours
  • River Cruising

  • No Destinations
Selling Travel Since
  • English

My Background

I have been so fortunate to have had many “trips of a lifetime.” From trekking in the Himalayas, to cross country skiing near the Arctic Circle, to snorkeling in the Caribbean, my passion for travel has led the way.  I have watched the sun rise over the temples of Angkor Watt in Cambodia and the sun set over ancient Etruscan walls in Tuscany. I’ve sipped wine in Parisian cafés and tea in Istanbul’s Spice Market. I’ve barged in Burgundy, been on safari in Africa, and climbed the ruins of Machu Picchu.  Each destination was captivating and made up of the most wonderful people and cultures.  Although my quest is not over, now as an independent travel consultant my desire is to put that firsthand knowledge to work for those who likewise relish all that traveling has to offer.

When I decided to strike out on my own in 2007, I chose to partner with Travel Experts, a host travel agency also located in Raleigh.  One of the most important benefits of our partnership is having direct access to Virtuoso, the industry’s leading network for leisure travel. As a member of Virtuoso, I can tap into exclusive products, services, and worldwide contacts that allow me to offer my clients a higher level of travel experiences. As a Virtuoso traveler, you are recognized as one of the most prestigious guests in the world!

So now that you know a little bit about me, let me learn about you and what type of travel experience you are looking for. The opportunities are truly endless so let’s design that perfect journey together.

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excellent and professional

By: Jan

Reviewed on: 03 Jan 2014

Becky went above and beyond in arranging our trip. I would highly recommend her.

Becky is outstanding with her level of service and expertise.

By: Alice

Reviewed on: 05 Jan 2014

Our special needs were considered

By: Raleigh66

Reviewed on: 19 Aug 2014

We recently traveled out of the country for the first time since our daughter was born 9 1/2 years ago. With two working parents and a busy life, we felt overwhelmed by the amount of research and planning it would take to put a trip in place. To further complicate things, my spouse has MS which has progressed to the point that traveling is very different for us than it was 10 years ago - many new details needed to be factored in to the decision about where to go, where to stay, what complications might we encounter, etc. At some point early on in the process of trying to figure all this out ourselves it became clear we would never actually go anywhere if left up to us to plan the trip. It was just too much. So we turned it over to Becky and could not have been more satisfied. She was warm, enthusiastic, careful, attentive, knowledgable, and reasonable. She listened. She cared. She worked hard for us. She was excited for us. And we would definitely use her again!
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By: 7 seas

Reviewed on: 10 Jun 2014

Becky worked hard and constantly to keep us informed.  She responded to any request make with efficiency and accuracy.  I will use her again when making travel plans.

Highly reccommend

By: Terry

Reviewed on: 25 Jun 2014

Becky did exactly what we asked for in setting up our hotels near the places we wanted to see and within distances we could manage each day.  All the hotels were adequate or better.. Best was Ballyseede Castle by far!  Mont Clare Hotel in Dublin was also very accommodating in all the staff did to help us, internet use, dinner in the bar, directions.We probably should have asked for smaller vans given the narrowness of the roads,  but the luxury of space in the vans we had made travelling easy.Becky did give us a suggested route and a rundown of things to see.  We didn't use that very much as our group decided each day what was most important and we often went in two directions as we had two vans. We were also very pleased with the seats Becky was able to secure for us on the airplane.  i.e. aisle seats, first row bulkhead and near each other.I will definitely continue to use Becky as my travel agent!!! 
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Highly recommended

By: Anne3330

Reviewed on: 27 Jun 2014

Becky is a true professional and has excellent knowledge of the world of travel.  She has planned several trips for me and every one of them has been superb.  She listens well to my needs and designs travel plans that meet those needs within my stated budget.   I have engaged Becky on self-directed tours as well as organized tours -- she has provided good advice when I was venturing astray to areas that might not be advisable.   Becky is a lovely person who takes care of her clients as if she were traveling with them, and I recommend her with great enthusiasm.  

Very positive experience!!

By: KathleenB

Reviewed on: 14 Jul 2014

We had the pleasure of working with Becky to plan our honeymoon.  The experience working with Becky and the trip were both wonderful.  We will be working with Becky again!!

Fantastic Agent and Fantastic Trip

By: Jan

Reviewed on: 06 Oct 2014

Becky planned our 24 day trip to Africa and I must say, her itinerary for us was absolutely fantastic. She diligently worked with us through out the entire process and made sure that we had everything in order before we left on our trip. Once in Africa, everything worked like clock work and we enjoyed all of her recommendations for resorts and guides. For us, Becky is a dream come true since she makes sure any of our trips become a most memorable experience. Thank you Becky for all you do!!!!! We highly recommend Becky for any travel plans!!!!

Really Listened...

By: Ann and Ellen

Reviewed on: 19 Sep 2014

Our trip was the best it could be. Becky was our brain and our cheerleader . She met with us several times just to clarify details to relieve our stress.. Her knowledge really made our trip a success! Saving our money to go again!
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Awesome Travel Agent

By: Jan

Reviewed on: 06 Jul 2015

As usual, Becky always goes the extra mile to make every trip a truly rewarding experience. We have continued to book all of our vacations with Becky and because of her attention to detail, each trip has been wonderful. I would highly recommend her to anyone!!!

Excellent service and care

By: Frank

Reviewed on: 18 Jul 2015

Becky planned our wonderful trip to Amangani and we were very happy with her personal involvement and recommendations throughout our stay. Thank you Becky

Over the top customer service!

By: Carole555

Reviewed on: 31 Dec 2015

Becky was the most accommodating agent that I have ever dealt with. She was there for us from the very beginning and on the day of the first flight. She kept our party of four updated on all the weather and water conditions since we were taking a river cruise. I will not hesitate to enlist her help in the future.

Great Beach

By: Jan16

Reviewed on: 12 Jan 2016

Point Grace in Turks and Caicos was wonderful. As always, Becky did an outstanding job with this trip including some last minute additions of people and dinner reservations. Only downfall was the concierge at Point Grace who did not follow through with changing some of our dinner reservations.

Perfectly planned

By: FT 1455

Reviewed on: 12 Jan 2016

Thank you Becky for setting this trip up for us. As a previous guest of Anantara Golden Triangle, you were able to inform and assist us with our questions and goals. Thank you so much

Well planed and communicated

By: Bill67

Reviewed on: 04 Mar 2016

Great trip with everything well organized.

Wonderful trip to India

By: Frank

Reviewed on: 13 Jan 2017

Becky designed a great 2 week trip to India for my 2 children and me. From cities to tigers, we gained great insight into the culture and social aspects of the country. We have used Becky in the past and look forward to employing her services again

Rhine River

By: Byrd

Reviewed on: 09 Jul 2017

Becky responded quickly to inquiries and was easy to work with. She made great suggestions as well.

Working with Becky Hayes

By: Mike

Reviewed on: 14 Oct 2017

Working with Becky is superb. In the past year she has helped us plan and schedule 3 major trips each of which was trouble free in all aspects.

Becky is the BEST


Reviewed on: 22 Nov 2017

I have worked with Becky for 10 years including many international trips. In every case she has focused on providing me with the best trip within my budget and in every case she has succeeded. She is a professional who understands the travel business and is a pleasure to work with.

Great Work

By: PorkChop

Reviewed on: 15 Dec 2017

Becky is helpful and efficient and a pleasure to work with.

Netherlands River Cruise

By: Marjorie

Reviewed on: 11 May 2018

Love working with Becky. She is the best!

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