Michelle Cowell 

Pacific Palisades, CA United States
Cowell Travel, an independent affiliate of Brownell Travel
Travel Specialties
  • Adventure
  • Beach & Sun
  • Family Travel
  • Sports & Outdoors
  • Independent Tours

  • Peru
  • South Africa
  • New Zealand
  • Turks And Caicos Islands
  • Costa Rica
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Selling Travel Since
  • English

My Background

After growing up in San Diego near the border of Mexico, I gained an appreciation and awareness of different cultures at an early age and yearned to see more of the world. Road trips in California, shopping in markets in Morocco, and adventures through Southeast Asia confirmed that travel truly enhances your life. My family—including the dog—moved to New Zealand for two years and have traveled around the world together. I am a lifelong student and have studied and taught yoga since I was 16.

My attention to detail, resourcefulness, and desire to help others translates into planning custom trips for travelers. I listen carefully to my clients’ needs and wants so that I can create a trip that they will enjoy and reminisce about for years to come. I believe that the more one sees and experiences, the more one’s life is enriched. Travel opens the eyes, hearts, and minds of people, and I hope to create amazing trips for my clients. Why do you travel? Let me help you answer that question.

Places I Have Traveled

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Hard working, friendly, knowledgable and diligent


Reviewed on: 13 Apr 2016

Michelle is hard working, knowledgeable, diligent, always available and very personable. We had the distinct impression that she cared as much about our trip as we did. She spent untold hours researching options and activities, talking to local providers and organizing schedules. Our trip was quite complex with six people, intercontinental flights, two countries, three locations, two arrival dates and three separate departure dates. Michelle organized everything quite well and presented everything to us in a professional manner. One of the key flights was cancelled at the last minute causing a missed connection for one of our travelers. Michelle and her team quickly altered the arrangements and minimized the interruption to the trip. We had a truly wonderful trip and can't wait to book another big one through Michelle.

Outstanding travel planning

By: Anne

Reviewed on: 05 Sep 2016

I highly recommend Michelle to do your travel planning. Michelle planned a fun, adventurous travel package for us in Costa Rica. The trip was flawless. She recommended wonderful hotels which were exactly what we wanted, from level to activities to food, and had many activities from which we were able to choose. Her network of resources was also a great asset, as anything she did not have an answer to, she was quickly able to find within her network. I will most definitely be using Michelle for my next trip!

Really a good advisor!

By: asd

Reviewed on: 04 Dec 2016

We met Michelle through our daughter. She is working on a trip for Christmas for our entire family. I just happened to mention that if she could find us a room at the Casa de Sierra Nevada in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, we would go for Thanksgiving. Only minutes passed when we received a call from Michelle with a room for Thanksgiving. She was very thorough and gave good advice. She is now our travel advisor! asd

Comprehensive Service and Advice


Reviewed on: 09 Jan 2017

This was our second trip that Michelle planned for us : 18 days in Patagonia! Every detail of the trip was well thought through from timing of transfers to precise clothing requirements. There was even a cake presented to our son on his birthday. When the airlines fouled up the outbound connection, I was required to do very little to adjust the trip (we arrived 3 days late). It was all handled behind the scenes by Michelle.

Grand Cayman


Reviewed on: 27 Mar 2017

Michelle is always "on top" of things and works hard to make sure we have a fun vacation.

Baja California and the Sea of Cortez: Among the Great Whales

By: Barbara

Reviewed on: 28 Apr 2017

Michelle was amazing to work with. She was a great resource of information about the Lindblad company, answered all of my questions, thought of things that never occurred to me to ask, related to me her experience of traveling in the same area, set up an online app that made the travel almost effortless - the list of what she did as my travel agent could go on and on. Michelle made a fantastic and life changing trip/experience that much more enjoyable. I look forward to having Michelle book my next Lindblad adventure.

Michelle is a gem!

By: Charman

Reviewed on: 20 Apr 2017

Michelle is efficient, knowledgeable and listens to your needs. She went above and beyond to make sure we were making the right choice for our family with regards to location. We went to a pretty small and remote resort in Costa Rica and we have an only child. I was worried she'd be the only kid there! Michelle called the hotel to make sure there would be other children staying at the same time before we made a final decision. Turns out there were nine kids under the age of ten scheduled to be there. We loved the resort and our 9 year old daughter had a blast and met new friends. I've already recommended Cowell Travel to many people and will definitely utilize Michelle for all my travel needs.

costa rica

By: kim

Reviewed on: 02 May 2017

Michelle was great offering a variety of lodging options and really listened to what our family needs were. She was responsive and quick to put together our trip.

NYC Trip

By: buzz

Reviewed on: 08 Jun 2017

She always anticipates every need

Best Trip Ever!

By: Kathy

Reviewed on: 25 Jun 2017

My husband and I are not ones who regularly utilizes a travel agent. I decided that I would with this trip with my daughter since I was planning it on my own. I will never travel again with Michelle's help. It was so seamless. It was so hassle free and perfect. Her suggestions for both hotels/cities and add on's were spot on and made this mother/daughter adventure absolutely perfect!!

It's Not What You Know . . .

By: Reluctant Sojourner

Reviewed on: 23 Jul 2017

It's who you know. Pardon the cliche, but in my situation it couldn't be more on the money. In all seriousness, I entered the process of planning my trip to Thailand with all encompassing ignorance and crippling trepidation. (I'm a serious homebody) I was overwhelmed by the logistics of such a trip, to the point that I seriously considered scrapping it outright. Enter Michelle, who was recommended to me by a mutual friend. In the course of one phone call she moved me from anxious to excited. Michelle is everything you want in an advisor of any kind: patient, funny, responsive, knowledgable and sympathetic. Within days of that first call she formulated an itinerary for a 3 week trip that drew rave reviews from my son and old friend, both of whom live in Thailand. Justifiably so, it truly was the trip of a lifetime. I will wholeheartedly recommend Michelle to anyone I know who is planning a trip that has any "moving parts".

Above and Beyond

By: Ginny

Reviewed on: 01 Oct 2017

Working with Michelle is amazing! She takes care of details you didn't even realize needed taking care of . She made arrangements for a number of our family in hotels all over town and was in touch with each hotel and on top of everyones comings and goings over our daughters wedding weekend. She made a personal visit to the bride and groom's hotel to make sure they had everything they needed. She arranged for theater tickets as well. Everyone is so impressed with her service, they are planning on booking with her again!

Bowery Hotel

By: Shea

Reviewed on: 01 Oct 2017

Michelle went above and beyond; she made sure we had the best suite in the Bowery Hotel and notified them of our super early arrival. We were able to get right into bed after a red eye flight which made our trip so much more fruitful. She let the staff know of our wedding which we were in town for and they sent up a wonderful welcome gift, and Michelle herself delivered our favorite snacks on occasion of the event. ABOVE AND BEYOND! Everything was seamless and easy and I cannot thank Michelle enough for her communication and thoroughness.

New York visit

By: Sonja

Reviewed on: 02 Oct 2017

She was like a best friend taking care of me! We were booked at an incredible hotel that we loved. She arranged a special welcome for us upon arriving. She has a special flair for detail and wanted to be sure we were comfortable.


By: Ginny

Reviewed on: 08 Nov 2017

Michelle is amazing. She listens to exactly what you want and goes out of her way to find accommodations that fit the bill. She does copious research to make sure you have all the options and makes arrangements down to the last detail. As soon as you land, you know exactly what to expect and any special requests are taken care of ahead of time.

Beautiful Stay in Meadowood arranged by Michelle

By: Ivana

Reviewed on: 13 Nov 2017

It was so nice to work with Michelle! While I was traveling, with limited time to organise my stay in California, she was on the top of everything, arranging one of the best trips in Napa with all personal touches during our stay. She recommended us best wineries and suggested us what to do and see. Would happily recommend Michelle to anybody who would travel to Napa and Sonoma and what to experience best of the best! Thank you !

California trip

By: Christian

Reviewed on: 10 Dec 2017

Great, she is always so responsive and caring about our trips. Michelle always takes the time to find out what we are looking for and does her best to match that up with hotels, flights, and tours or things to do.

New York Trip

By: Reade

Reviewed on: 16 Dec 2017

Michelle helped us tremendously in our first trip to New York. Everything was planned out and reservations for food were spot on. She always was there to help with any questions and had great suggestions. Would absolutely use her again.

Michelle was lovely

By: Cali Traveler

Reviewed on: 06 Jan 2018

Michelle was lovely. So helpful and upbeat, and very attentive to our needs at each place we stayed on our trip. We had to make some last minute changes due to the wildfires in Southern California and she was indispensable and unflappable in her approach to re-arranging our trip. I would absolutely work with her again - she is delightful.

Great person to work with!

By: Sbm

Reviewed on: 10 Feb 2018

Super easy and efficient! She was very professional and very responsive to all of my requests and questions!

Great suggestions!

By: Charman

Reviewed on: 15 Apr 2018

Michelle is knowledgeable and if she doesn't know something, she finds out. She made great suggestions for our family and made sure our trip to multiple destinations went well.

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  • - Exclusive luxury resorts and properties
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