Katie Schmit 

Kuna, ID United States
Travel by Katie LLC, an independent affiliate of Largay Travel
Travel Specialties
  • Adventure
  • Beach & Sun
  • Family Travel
  • Sports & Outdoors
  • Independent Tours

Selling Travel Since
  • English

My Background

I believe the key to a better world lies in travel. Bias, misunderstandings, differences - they are better understood when first hand experiences are gained. The more you travel, the more your soul is healed.

This belief is the reason I switched careers from being a professional mechanical engineer to a travel advisor.

As a mom of two toddlers, I have experienced many types of travel and understand the complexity they both present. Whether an adults only retreat or a family vacation, each trip is unique and I will build an itinerary to fit your needs, wishes, and desires.

I can book trips all over the world, but there are a few places I have a little more knowledge and context around including Sweden, Germany, Canada, and two of my favorites, Australia and New Zealand.

When working with clients, I like to provide the best experience possible - remembering value and price are not always the same thing - and think of myself as meticulous, earnest and excited about every possibility.

Places I Have Traveled


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By: dkuhlman

Reviewed on: 10 Mar 2015

Katie did a fantastic job of arranging our vacation, and I would use her again for our next. Our trip was a ski trip planned to Keystone, CO. Our family has taken this trip in the past, but I wanted to try and avoid the hassle of arranging it myself. She set up everything for our family after getting our information. The different services showed up on time and as expected. The condo we stayed at met every expectation. The ski trip was a blast and my family was very complementary. The only downside we really experienced was that the foothills got a foot of snow the night we were supposed to get out there and we ended up staying the first night in Golden. Katie was available by phone and made sure everything turned out ok. The costs were as expected and not any more than I would have expected had I arranged it myself. It took a lot of stress out of my life to have her set everything up.

My new vacation expert

By: bkl99

Reviewed on: 08 Jul 2015

Katie was very helpful and responsive from the moment I asked her about booking a family cruise. She took the time to talk with me about our previous cruise experiences and what we wanted from this cruise. We figured out the dates and booked the perfect package. Katie always followed up on my questions and gave me ample time to process the cruise payments. I am so glad I have Katie to help me through the vacation planning process.

Island Paradise

By: bkl99

Reviewed on: 17 Sep 2015

Really enjoyed our getaway to the One&Only on Hayman Island during our trip to Australia. It was a short flight from Sydney and the attentive service started as soon as we arrived at the One&Only airport desk. The resort has been open just over 1 year but everything runs very smooth. The only delays we encountered where at breakfast and dinner when we would have to ask multiple times for drinks and wait up to 30 minutes in-between courses. We took it in stride since we were relaxing on vacation and understood that the staff was overwhelmed. All rooms face the ocean and have views of either pool. The hotel is very large but we never saw large crowds during the day. Katie with Virtuoso flawlessly setup our accommodations and helped arrange two excursions. We took a seaplane to the Great Barrier reef and landed in a huge circular reef to snorkel with only 2 other guests. All equipment was provided and they had champagne waiting for us after we finished.

Detailed Friendly Agent!

By: Laura

Reviewed on: 02 Mar 2016

I love using Katie as our travel agent. Not only is she friendly, but she is super detailed, resourceful and proactive. Our hotels have been on amazing properties and our travels have ran smoothly. She is very knowledgeable about many locations all around the world, and I'm looking forward to where she will send us next!

Excellent, personalized service

By: Mick & Gaylene

Reviewed on: 15 Mar 2016

Katie did an excellent job of coordinating our amazing "bucket list" trip to New Zealand. It was just the way we wanted it, many thanks to her. Everything went according to plan. All of the tours, transports, cars, and rooms were high quality, and met our expectations. The vouchers were handy and always accepted without question. We also really appreciated the extra personal touches she added. It was reassuring to have her check in with us during our trip, and a very nice feeling to know Katie and our Southern World local contact were there for us. We have already recommended her to friends and will definitely use her services in future travels.

The best experience ever

By: Les and Joan

Reviewed on: 31 May 2016

We gave Katie a challenge to put together a five week trip to New Zealand and one week trip to Australia and gave her ten days to do it. We have never used a travel agent before while traveling. Katie made a believer out of us. Katie set up an itinerary which was easy to follow, exciting to experience and met every expectation we had and even more. The trip was an unique experience of a lifetime because of Katie. During our trip, Katie was always in touch with us to be sure everything was going to plan. Katie went out of her way to find out what we liked and wanted to see and experience on our vacation and then delivered!! When we decided literally at the last minute to go to Australia before going back to the USA, Katie was able to get us a wonderful hotel in Melburne, set us up with two fantastic tours and even arranged for us visas at the last moment which we needed for travel. Every place Katie arranged for us to stay was spectacular. We highly recommend Katie!! She is the best!!

Katie is the ultimate dream maker!

By: Giants101

Reviewed on: 01 Jul 2016

Katie did an outstanding job in recently planning a birthday surprise trip for me and my son at the Four Seasons Hong Kong. There was a surprise cake for us and a card signed by the staff. In addition to these surprises, she made sure that we took advantage of all the virtuoso amenities such as arranging a complimentary daily breakfast and confirming a late checkout. In short, she is my go to travel advisor who goes to great lengths to make things happen.

Great advice before and during

By: Alex

Reviewed on: 29 Aug 2016

Katie was awesome to work with from the time of our first introductions all the way through the planning process and the trip itself. She was able to incorporate all of our "must-do" places and activities within a great itinerary, and her expertise/knowledge of New Zealand really came through in her recommendations. The reputation and partnership she had with some of the local vendors came through as well during our trip. What really stood out was that her service and care continued on throughout our entire trip. From little things like personal notes at our destination to timely emails with extra restaurant recommendations along the way, we came home feeling like Katie hadn't just helped plan our trip, but she was absolutely attentive to making sure all of our experiences were as great as they could be along the way, as well!

Expert Personalize Service, Goes the Extra Mile!

By: Traveling Family

Reviewed on: 12 Oct 2016

We are a very well traveled family, just having completed our second around the world trip. We have high standards for travel planning and Katie exceeded our expectations in every way. She is knowledgeable and thoughtful, understanding not just what class of accommodation or experience we were looking for, but getting to know us well enough to pick the right option among similar offerings. We look forward to our next Katie-curated family adventure.


By: Ron

Reviewed on: 04 Nov 2016

I just received my credit card invoice that included 3 separate charges. 9/30/16 Wild China for $640.00 10/10/16 Wild China for $2,350.00 10/18/16 Agent fee for $150.00 Total $3,140.00 I feel this is pretty steep for 2 tour days and 4 airport transfers. The hotels were great!
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Another Perfect Trip

By: Family Traveler

Reviewed on: 07 Nov 2016

Another wonderful trip thanks to Katie's expertise and attention to detail.

Always Amazing!

By: Nick

Reviewed on: 30 Nov 2016

Katie does a great job for us! She's prompt and professional, and does her best to make sure everything is perfect!

Friendly travel expert!

By: AshleyMichele

Reviewed on: 05 Dec 2016

Katie has arranged travel for us numerous times and each time I'm still amazed at her thoroughness, attention to every detail, and friendly happy deminor. She knows her stuff and her suggestions and resort knowledge are second to none. She goes above and beyond to make sure our trips are wonderful. She takes the time to patiently answer all of my questions. We appreciate Katie and always look forward to booking trips through her. She gets 5 stars from me!

Excellent, comprehensive assistance

By: bgriff

Reviewed on: 14 Dec 2016

Katie helped me book several hotels for my honeymoon and went above and beyond to make sure the stays were perfect -- she worked with the properties to ensure that we received excellent treatment on site and that everything was fully in order (and that all Virtuoso benefits were honored). Everything came through perfectly at the hotels and the trip was really great. I will definitely work with Katie again in the future.

Maui done right

By: Seattle Traveler

Reviewed on: 14 Dec 2016

Katie helped plan our accommodations in Maui @ The Fairmont. Beautiful property but when we got there the hotel placed us in a non optimal room (right over the cafe and pool) with a blocked view. Katie got right on the case and made sure that the hotel took care of her clients. They moved us the very next day to a much better room with a killer room. I really appreciate how Katie jumped into action (even on her birthday!) and simply handled things for us. This isn't the first time we've booked with Katie and she has always done a great job. We will definitely utilize her skills again.

Katie plans the most amazing vacations!

By: Giants101

Reviewed on: 03 Jan 2017

Katie is one of the most amazing trip planners, bar none! About one year ago, I inquired with Katie about securing a hotel in Sydney with a prime view of the New Year's Eve Fireworks over Sydney Harbor. She spent countless hours researching, checking with her contacts and doing her due diligence. Ultimately, she came up with the Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney. When we arrived at the hotel. we were absolutely blown away by the room she obtained for us. We had local family in Sydney who saw the fireworks with us in the room and they too were blown away. Katie has a knack in making details of a trip perfect. Additionally, Katie also planned the rest of our Australia trip with a stopover in Melbourne. All of our Australian tours went well without any hitches. Plus, she is absolutely a joy to work with. All in all, this is one trip we will never forget, thanks in large part to Katie.

great travel advsior

By: shihfan

Reviewed on: 27 Jan 2017

Great. Very efficient and responsive. Also able to answer all the small detailed questions for me.

Katie is awesome!

By: Gene

Reviewed on: 30 Jan 2017

Working with Katie is always pleasant and efficient. She knows exactly what I need, and gets it right on the first try. She always follows up and makes sure I am well taken care of during my travels.

Excellent Travel Advisor - Highly Recommended

By: Shah

Reviewed on: 13 Feb 2017

I was recommended to Katie by another of her client. I am very glad that he recommended her to me because she is very knowledgeable and was able to guide me to the best hotels. She has been very patient and answered all my questions without hesitation. I highly recommend Katie if you have any kind of travel coming up and want to find the best location and recommendations by an expert.

Great advisor

By: Ben

Reviewed on: 16 Feb 2017

From the first time I spoke to Katie, I knew that she was very knowledgeable and detail oriented. She sent me a great explanation of the property's amenities and follow up with all my requests over the next few days.

Patagonia trip

By: Ganda

Reviewed on: 22 Feb 2017

She put together an excellent itinerary for Argentina and Chile in a very short amount of time and was very easy to work with. I will recommend her to friends.

Great Service

By: Jason

Reviewed on: 14 Mar 2017

Katie was very well organized and extremely responsive to our needs. I would highly recommend her.

Fabulous; exceeded expectations

By: Jiaotze

Reviewed on: 18 Mar 2017

Katie went over and above in the process of ironing out reservations and pricing, and following up a couple of days before arrival at our various properties. Throughout the entire reservation process, Katie was extremely responsive and courteous. She certainly has my business going forward.

Happy repeat customer

By: Shah

Reviewed on: 28 Mar 2017

Always love working with Katie. She is highly knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with. Highly recommended.


By: T

Reviewed on: 06 May 2017

We have worked with Katie before and had a great experience! However, due to unforeseen circumstances we had to cancel our recent trip to London. Katie kept suggesting we should still go, but we ultimately decided to postpone for a later time to be determined. She was professional in assisting with helping us make the necessary cancellations.

Fantastic Stay at RC Singapore

By: JC

Reviewed on: 25 Apr 2017

Katie provided personalized service to our family of 4 traveling to Singapore. Her attention to details enabled us to have a wonderful stay at the Ritz Carlton. Her service is highly recommended!

great travel advsior

By: shihfan

Reviewed on: 10 May 2017

Katie is knowledgeable, thoughtful, and quick to respond. It was a pleasure working with her

Short Babymoon Getaway

By: ManiJuhi

Reviewed on: 22 May 2017

It was really a pleasure to work with Katie. She took care of last minute request very efficiently. I have another trip planned through her (bigger one this time) and I cannot wait to experience that. Recommend 100%!! Thank you Katie!!


By: Annie

Reviewed on: 22 May 2017

Katie had detailed knowledge and first hand experience of the hotels I was interested in staying at. She was able to make great recommendations and reach the hotels on my behalf to ensure that we received the best possible care and service. She was also very responsive to questions I had and I would recommend Katie to any traveler looking to have a flawless and wonderful trip.

Katie is fantastic to work with!

By: Julie

Reviewed on: 17 Jun 2017

Katie aided me with my international travel plans and was extremely helpful. She gave me options and continueously followed up with me regarding various aspects of my travels. I love her Facebook and Instagram pages, as they are both inspirational and informative. Thank you, Katie!! Can't wait to work with you again!

Katie takes the time to learn about you

By: Les

Reviewed on: 07 Jul 2017

Katie takes ttime to learn about you as an individual and then takes that knowledge to put together a vacation that is just perfect. Working with Katie is pleasurable and exciting. She always comes up with fantastic places to stay and great things to do. I love working with her.

Excellent Service

By: Sockie Winkie

Reviewed on: 27 Jul 2017

I loved working with Katie. She did everything to make the trip wonderful, from the time we arrived the hotel through our departure. Upgrade was AMAZING!

Katie delivers

By: mhallren

Reviewed on: 23 Aug 2017

Katies was a delight to work with,She does what she says.And I'm sure she could provide any type vacation you wanted.

August Dublin Trip

By: PattiC

Reviewed on: 18 Aug 2017

Katie was very easy to work with. She shared her expert advice, was very efficient meeting all requests, and responsive to all questions in short order. I had done some research on my own and she followed through advising me with pros and cons. I made our vacation decisions in planning all activities with her advice in mind. We flew on Aer Lingus and stayed at The Merrion Hotel. Katie made all the arrangements, made sure we had our vouchers, and double-checked with us before we left. She also checked with us during our trip and made sure all our needs were met. We were a party of five adults and we had a great time. I highly recommend Katie and Virtuoso.

Exploring Asia

By: bkl99

Reviewed on: 18 Sep 2017

Enjoyed another relaxing trip to Asia this month thanks to Katie's help planning our hotel stay. She is very responsive and always willing to help customize our stay. We are very lucky to have Katie on our side!

Best Vacation Ever

By: Kyle

Reviewed on: 07 Oct 2017

Katie was fantastic with planning my trip to London, Paris and northern France. The hotels, experiences and more were exactly what my wife and I were looking for. The highlight was the guided tours to Mont St Michel and the Normandy landing beaches. The guides were excellent. Katie also helped us schedule trains. She left us enough time to easily make our way around the station. I couldn't be happier with my experience.

highly recommend

By: MyNeighborTotoro

Reviewed on: 27 Oct 2017

I've worked with Katie twice now and each time she's listened, asked thoughtful questions, and delivered. We needed to do safari on a more limited budget than people usually do, and she found an amazing place for us. I highly recommend working with Katie!

Beach vacay in Laguna

By: Jimmi

Reviewed on: 02 Nov 2017

Katie was great to work with and the communication was top notch. We'll definitely book with her in the future.

Very helpful and well organized travel advisor

By: Ratna

Reviewed on: 24 Nov 2017

Katie was very helpful and got us a good deal at the hotel. She paid great attention to detail—we enjoyed the benefits of the virtuoso property very much and got upgraded to a wonderful suite.


By: Sue

Reviewed on: 26 Nov 2017

Katie is always very responsive. I look forward to the day when I use Katie's services more fully than I currently do.

Above and Beyond

By: Alex

Reviewed on: 10 Dec 2017

Katie was excellent, and went above and beyond to make our honeymoon special. Between coordinating with the hotels, working to get us the best deals and experiences, to working with her contacts to figure out logistics with respect to transfers, Katie did it all. She was always responsive, and quick to help out when needed. Katie was amazing and I would recommend her to everyone I know!

Ecuadorian Cooking Tour

By: Jackie Ramdin Johnson

Reviewed on: 11 Dec 2017

Katie is amazing and catered to all of my wishes. I was not planning on traveling to Ecuador, but she suggested it and made sure that everything was attended to. From the moment Ecuador, every aspect was taken care of. I couldn't have asked for a better experience in an AMAZING country and people. I can't say enough about Katie and look forward to the next adventure. Bring it on Katie!

trusted travel agent

By: shihfan

Reviewed on: 16 Dec 2017

Katie is always timely, thoughtful, and detail oriented in her planning and bookings. She is a pleasure to work with

Another wonderful booking

By: Jason

Reviewed on: 17 Dec 2017

It was a quick stay and Katie ensured everything went flawlessly as always.

What can I say!! She's the best!

By: ManiJuhi

Reviewed on: 03 Jan 2018

Already booked couple of vacations with her help now. And I am so glad I found her. Very patient. Very Flexible. Very Prompt. Very Caring. Our last holiday was our's first with 5 months old baby, and she made sure we do not come across any issues. Absolutely fantastic.

Nicaragua Winter Trip

By: Eileen & Parker

Reviewed on: 04 Jan 2018

Katie was fantastic to work with - thorough, thoughtful, and insightful! Because we were too late to book our original trip to New Zealand, Katie recommended Nicaragua and it was the most relaxing vacation my husband and I have been on in years. She recommended the best eco lodge that had amazing amenities, service, and food! We can't wait to work with Katie again for our next trip. We highly recommend working with Katie with any and all folks if you want an amazing vacation!

Trip to Victoria, BC

By: Joni

Reviewed on: 03 Jan 2018

Working with Katie was great! She answered all my questions right away and made the whole vacation easy!

Cost Rica 2017

By: Miller-Costa Rica

Reviewed on: 11 Jan 2018

Planning our trip with Katie was awesome!! She was so great to work with and made everything so easy! Very organized and well planned! Katie checked in with me throughout the trip and was so accommodating to all our needs. I can’t wait to plan another trip with her!

Fantastic Experience

By: Jacy

Reviewed on: 25 Jan 2018

Katie is a wonderful advisor and detail-oriented planner. Throughout the whole process, I felt as though she was very invested in personalizing my trip to myself and my girlfriend's preferences and desires. I never felt forgotten or neglected, and our trip turned out perfectly. Highly recommended!


By: chip

Reviewed on: 07 Feb 2018

Katie is an excellent travel agent very knowledgeable. She listened to our needs, wants and delivered a great vacation.

peninsula booking

By: pam

Reviewed on: 28 Feb 2018

fabulous! she got us tripe upgrades and superior check in service. Just a wonderful experience from the booking thru the stay

great travel advisor

By: shihfan

Reviewed on: 06 Mar 2018

Katie is thoughtful and knowledgeable. She is also detail oriented and will make sure you feel special and taken care of on your vacation =)

My Firsit Virtuoso Booking - Superb!

By: rapidtravelchai

Reviewed on: 09 Mar 2018

A long-time client of Katie recommended her for my trip - the grand opening of the Fours Reasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island. I have not previously worked with any Virtuoso agent. Katie liaised with the property for all the details including the charter flights required to reach the island. The package she made was not only the best price anywhere, it featured a village upgrade, a lavish dinner, breakfast, and spa experience at a price other channels charged for just a standard bungalow. I felt like a celebrity at the opening and much credit is due to Katie for her efforts to put this together.

Absolutely Amazing!

By: kiki2020

Reviewed on: 04 Apr 2018

Katie was amazing! She took care of everything from start to finish and checked in routinely during the trip to make sure everything was going smoothly. Can't imagine booking another trip without her!


By: Patti c

Reviewed on: 01 Apr 2018

Katie offers advice that makes a vacation trip memorable. I tend to do a fair amount of research on my own. Katie has recommended details that served us very well in our two recent trips to Dublin and Paris. Her suggestions have increased the opportunity to make our vacations special.

French Polynesia

By: Holly

Reviewed on: 13 Apr 2018

Katie set up a great initerary from the warm welcome at the airport to the friendly and knowledgeable tour guides and excursions. It made a magical vacation run effortlessly

Katie Schmit knows travel

By: CK

Reviewed on: 21 Apr 2018

Both hotels we stayed at in Edinburgh were very nice and off the tourist path, but still in the heart of the city and great neighborhoods to be able to walk for diner and drinks.

Very Knowledgeable & experienced travel advisor

By: World Traverler

Reviewed on: 29 Apr 2018

Katie was very knowledgeable and experienced travel advisor. In addition, she responded promptly and very patient. Because of her help, my trip to Desroches Island went very well. I enjoyed the Four Seasons Resort in the Island. I would recommend others to book their trip with Katie. You won’t disappointed.

Another Great Trip!

By: Alex

Reviewed on: 19 May 2018

This was our second trip booked through Katie, and again it was fantastic. A bit simpler of an itinerary than our first, but her advice, insight, and service were still on par. Looking forward to working with Katie on many more trips to come!

The bee's knees

By: Jiaotze

Reviewed on: 22 May 2018

Katie is an absolutely wonderful travel advisor. She is extremely personable and so responsive. I feel fortunate to have found her, and she will definitely be my go-to travel advisor when I need someone to assist with bookings.

Europe trip

By: devin

Reviewed on: 20 Jun 2018

Katie was amazing. She helped us plan a wonderful trip from Prague to Berlin to Amsterdam. We loved the hotels and tours she planned. Can’t wait to use her services again!

Great to work with Katie

By: Theresa

Reviewed on: 23 Jun 2018

It’s great to work with Katie. She is very professional and always organizes our hotel reservations perfectly.

Room upgrade

By: Pilot1234567

Reviewed on: 04 Jul 2018

Very professional. Quick in responses to any questions and requests we had. She was able to work with the sales team to secure a room upgrade even before we checked in. She always follows up prior and after our arrival.

recent trip to Germany and Poland

By: Rosie

Reviewed on: 09 Jul 2018

Katie was very thorough and clear. She planned our trip well and kept me informed. I will go thru her for future travels.


By: Eric

Reviewed on: 18 Jul 2018

Kaite was personable, timely, and responsive. She was very accommodating with customizing our trip for our special needs child. Everything went smooth and it was a once-in- a life time itinerary!

Fun in the Sun

By: Julie B

Reviewed on: 28 Aug 2018

Katie was an excellent resource when planning my few days away in the sun. She advised me of a current promotional rate which allowed me to "Stay 4 nights, pay for 3", which was a great money save for me! Katie also kindly arranged for a welcome cheese platter to be waiting for me on arrival at the hotel, as well as scoring an upgrade to a much nicer room. I'll be using her again the next time I need a hotel stay! She was very responsive to my requests, checked in with me to make sure everything was OK at the hotel after I arrived, and made herself available whenever I needed something.

travel agent

By: nina

Reviewed on: 11 Sep 2018

fantastic! Katie is very available, efficient and knowledgeable. I couldn't think of a better agent for all my travel needs. Wish I had found her earlier.


By: Devi

Reviewed on: 22 Sep 2018

Katie was so helpful Booking the best hotel in Dubrovnik :)

very helpful and resourceful

By: mamanubs

Reviewed on: 04 Oct 2018

Katie was very helpful to me. Always quick to respond with answers and information. she seems knowledgeable and actually cared about me as a client.

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  • - 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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