Samantha Collum 

Houston, TX United States
Travel Specialties
  • Adventure
  • Food & Wine
  • Destination Weddings
  • Honeymoons

  • New Zealand
  • French Polynesia
  • Mexico
  • Italy
  • United Kingdom
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Selling Travel Since
  • English

My Background

I believe that every trip is literally once-in-a-lifetime, and strive to ensure that your vacations are enriching and unforgettable. Growing up in a highly mobile Navy family, I quickly realized that it is only through travel that we can find and understand our place in the world. Travel transforms the exotic into the familiar, the stranger in to a friend, and should return you home forever changed.

After graduating from Texas A&M University with a degree in Biology, I briefly pursued a PhD in Biochemistry before deciding to focus on my real passion: travel. While my route to this industry was circuitous, I now have the distinct honor of turning your travel dreams into realities. To do this, I use my own expertise and my industry connections to fully customize and elevate your travel experience.

I specialize in honeymoons, destination weddings, and adventure travel, as well as trips to Hawaii, Tahiti, New Zealand, Central & South America, and Europe.

Places I Have Traveled


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Great service!

By: smithfieldwriter

Reviewed on: 22 Jan 2016

Samantha Collum found us a fantastic deal at an all-inclusive resort in Panama. We had never thought of traveling to Panama, but she was able to provide us information and such a great deal that we couldn't resist. She also found us a transfer from the airport to the resort, and recommended places to visit while in Panama. It turned out to be the perfect vacation! We hope to have her assist us in the future.


By: Aryn

Reviewed on: 24 Mar 2016

Samantha found the perfect house for our family for spring break and met every criteria we had! We had the perfect vacation and would highly recommend Samantha and the West U Travel agency to help you book a wonderful vacation. I would have never found the place myself! Thank you!

Great help, great trip

By: Nick G

Reviewed on: 17 May 2016

Samantha found the perfect trip for us, organized it perfectly, and was exceptionally patient with my constant questions. Highly recommended and will work with her again.

Expert friendly service

By: Jag13

Reviewed on: 06 Jun 2016

We loved working with Samantha! She listened to us about what we wanted and needed for our vacation trip. Samantha returned our calls in a timely manner. Most importantly, she correctly registered us on the cruise we want and was about to get us the cabin we wanted. She took the time to ensure we secured the shore excursion that was very important to us. We asked her to check on something about the cruise and she happily and successfully did it in a timely manner. We would be happy to work with Samantha again.

Wonderful, friendly service

By: InekeK5

Reviewed on: 05 Jul 2016

For our recent road trip from Houston to Orlando, Samantha booked all our accommodation for us. She did a fantastic job and we really enjoyed staying at every hotel/condo that she booked for us. We will make use of her services again in the near future! I highly recommend her!

Expert, professional service!


Reviewed on: 30 Jun 2016

I called Samantha at the very last minute and she was able to organize my trip for me. No problems whatsoever when I got to the resort, as they were expecting me. Samantha was professional and handled everything expeditiously. I will definitely use her again.

Last minute travel


Reviewed on: 06 Jul 2016

My husband and I recently traveled to Switzerland, and we requested that Samantha help with the details with 2 days notice!! She did a great job making sure we had hotel plans, a train pass, and car service to and from the airport. With more time I would have loved to have her give us little details or hidden secrets on the areas, but with a very last second vacation Samantha was able to provide peace of mind and provide for a stress free vacation. We traveled from Houston to Zurich (stop in Atlanta). One night in Zurich, to Lugano (beautiful city on a lake), to Lake Como Italy, to Lucerne (my favorite city in Switzerland) back to Zurich and home. Highlights of the trip include Bellagio at Lake Como and Mt Pilatus as a day trip from Lucerne. Switzerland was beautiful, incredibly clean and tidy, safe, and the people were warm hosts. We would certainly go back once our son is older and can hike along beside us.

Fantastic Customer Service

By: katie

Reviewed on: 18 Jul 2016

Samantha was a fantastic travel advisor! She helped me book my trip for DisneyWorld and was extremely helpful. There was an issue with the booking site, and she called in and got it resolved without me having to lift a finger! She even dropped information packets that came to her office by my work to make sure I got them before the trip! I would highly recommend Samantha for any of your travel needs!

Just the trip we were looking for!

By: MaryBeth

Reviewed on: 13 Aug 2016

Samantha helped us plan our trip to London, Edinburgh and the Scottish highlands from start to finish. We are picky about accommodations and knew Europe could be challenging. Each place we stayed had wonderful character, Samantha had arranged for complimentary breakfast and tea, and we were given VIP treatment. One of the highlights of Scotland was the sheepdog demonstration that Samantha had suggested to us. It was not a touristy event, but an actual sheep farm with a third generation sheep farmer. Also, Samantha found Culloden House for us, just outside of Inverness. We are all interested in Scottish history and the Battle of Culloden was pivotal in this history. The highlanders gathered at Culloden house the night before the battle. The inn felt off the beaten path and was surrounded by no commercial entities; instead, large green fields. Samantha also did a lot of the grunt work for us, reserving the hotels, cars, train tickets, etc. We could not have asked for more!

Great Family Vacation Bahamas

By: Josh

Reviewed on: 24 Aug 2016

We stayed at the Atlantis Hotel complex in the Bahamas (about 30 minutes from the Nassau airport) in August 2016. It is off season for a variety of reasons, including hurricane risk. We had great weather, with a very brief (typical) tropical shower every other day. The water is magnificent, the beaches clean with fine white sand, and the hotel comes with a variety of water park entertainments for the kids. Security is excellent, the hotel and grounds are immaculate, our room (upgraded to a mini-suite without charge) was lovely and spacious, and the halls (and neighbors) were quiet. There are an incredible number of rather expensive activities on the "campus" and off the campus, including some fabulous sea life experiences up close with dolphins, sea lions and manta rays (we did many of them, and they are simply delightful (and worth the price)). The food (compared to the customary resort fare) was very good. I recommend this place for families especially.

Great trip coordinator

By: MS

Reviewed on: 29 Aug 2016

Samantha was a pleasure to plan our trip with and made terrific hotel suggestions! She was very friendly and attentive. We would highly recommend her!!!

Jamaica Girls Trip

By: SNChapman28

Reviewed on: 27 Sep 2016

Samantha was a pleasure to work with. She was very kind and professional. At times our communications were crossed which delayed responses but otherwise I am very pleased with the service and will use again. We had a great time!

Great service and advice!


Reviewed on: 02 Nov 2016

Samantha did a great job assisting with vacation suggestions and ultimately helping plan a family trip to Cabo San Lucas. Definitely would use her services in the future!

Dream Honeymoon!


Reviewed on: 21 Nov 2016

Samantha did a wonderful job and was available at the drop of a hat! I'm usually a huge worrywart when it comes to overseas travel but didn't give any of my concerns a second thought on this trip because Sam had it covered. Would very highly recommend.

Great service!

By: Jaime

Reviewed on: 21 Nov 2016

Samantha did an outstanding job in helping coordinate our destination wedding! She was always readily available and extremely helpful in answering all of our questions. I would highly recommend her and plan to use her services in the future!!

Outstanding Service and Very Pleasant

By: Denise G

Reviewed on: 29 Nov 2016

Samantha is a superb Travel Representative. I highly recommend Samantha to anyone and everyone for your travel arrangements. I will most definitely contact Samantha at West University Travel for all of my future travel plans.

West University travel office

By: CherylC

Reviewed on: 24 Jan 2017

She was terrific! Very helpful and well-organized.


By: Old lady

Reviewed on: 12 Feb 2017

great. Got me a good deal on the ticket.

explora Patagonia/Atacama

By: ben9116

Reviewed on: 24 Mar 2017

Samantha was very responsive and planned a perfectly-executed trip on short notice. She was knowledgeable of hotels and flights and quickly mapped out a great trip.

Perfect trip planned

By: Boomer46

Reviewed on: 27 Mar 2017

She picked up on exactly what we wanted and pulled it all together.

Alaskan Cruise and Land Tour

By: Claire MacAdam

Reviewed on: 09 Jul 2017

My husband and I worked with Samantha on the plans for our Alaskan Cruise and Land Tour. She was excellent - friendly, responsive, and knowledgeable. We were very pleased with her services and will work with her again for future trips.


By: Catherine

Reviewed on: 11 Aug 2017

She was amazing! She made things happen in an orderly efficient way when the elements were difficult to bring together if not chaotic at times. I am so grateful for Samantha's gift on creating meaningful journeys from scattered elements and making them flow.


By: I J

Reviewed on: 01 Sep 2017

British Air business class seats were the worse we seen, all unhappy. The resort in Faro was fabulous, we enjoy the stay and had very good time we recommend it. Samantha had nothing to do with choosing the airline, I did. She was very helpful through out the process.

Hawaii Dreams

By: Graham

Reviewed on: 27 Aug 2017

I would thoroughly recommend Samantha and West U travel. My wife and I both work and to find the time to organise a perfect holiday with excursions takes a lot of time and effort. With Samantha this was so simple. I believe she secured overall a cheaper combination of flights and hotel than I could have arranged myself on the internet and she had all the insight to recommend the resort, room type and which snorkelling or helicopter tour to take. One thing we noticed was the tours she had selected had the finest boats and were the first to all locations. Throughout the holiday Samantha stayed in contact just to ensure everything went to plan. All in all we had a fantastic experience and we are now looking at a shorter trip to Belize with her support.

What a great trip to Peru!

By: John

Reviewed on: 14 Oct 2017

We really enjoyed working with Samantha. She did an excellent job of planning a trip for us to Peru. Working with Abercrombie & Kent, she put together a custom trip that included only the places we wanted to go. She sat down at the beginning of our planning process and listened intently to what we wanted. She heard what we had to say since the initial itinerary she proposed was almost exactly what we wanted. After a few tweaks, we got the trip we wanted. Samantha stayed in touch with us and was always available for questions/concerns. We definitely will work with Samantha again.

Honeymoon in Maui

By: Yuli

Reviewed on: 22 Feb 2018

Working with Samantha was an absolute joy. She was incredibly knowledgeable and detail oriented. I came to her with a vision and she turned my ideas into the honeymoon of our dreams. There was never a point I did not feel confident in her work - we were in the best of hands every step of the way. Our trip was planned with a focus on my now husband and I - our interests and taste evident at every point. Once we arrived in Maui - Samantha continued to surprise us. From detailed instructions for the staff at our resort to welcome notes in our villa. I cannot thank her enough for the work and guidance she provided. Our honeymoon was perfect and we were so excited to celebrate the start of our marriage in this way.

Annual winter vacation

By: Eldar Alasgarov

Reviewed on: 04 Jan 2018

as always, Sam was very professional and accommodating. I have a very demanding job and don't have a time or patience to plan and reserve a trips for my family and that is where Sam comes to help! I recommend Sam for any of you travel needs!

New Years in Costa Rica

By: Jackie

Reviewed on: 17 Jan 2018

She was very professional, fast and efficient. she put together exactly what I was looking for. She was a great listener to discern preferred hotel type and class of travel I am accustomed to. She even arranged the airport transfers without me asking. I would recommend her and will definitely use her again. Everything went perfect!

Great Advisor + Great Guides = Great Trip!

By: Mimi

Reviewed on: 23 Feb 2018

Samantha was a wonderful listener, and customized our trip to include the all the activities we requested. I would recommend her to family and friends.

A month in NZ/Australia

By: Talhoiston

Reviewed on: 31 Jan 2018

Professional, knowledge and provided excellent customer service for our trip to New Zealand and Australia. We were very happy with her and definitely give her a big thumbs up.

Amazing trip!

By: Ck-antique

Reviewed on: 06 Mar 2018

Samantha was fantastic! We found a resort in Tulum, Mexico, that we were considering visiting, but unsure if we could afford. Samantha was able to find us a package with airfare, transfers and the all-inclusive resort that actually fell under our budget. We had an incredible time! Can’t wait to use Samantha’s services again soon!

First Cruise

By: LB

Reviewed on: 08 Mar 2018

Samantha was responsive to my needs and questions. The trip was well planned and I was very happy with the stateroom with balcony she reserved for me.
Not Recommended

Hard to reach

By: Meg

Reviewed on: 04 Mar 2018

It is very hard to work with someone who does not respond to my emails. The last email I sent was not answered and so far it has been a week
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Not Recommended

Samantha Collum

By: Cathy

Reviewed on: 06 Mar 2018

She was difficult to reach through e-mail or phone. We never met with her in person. Special perks which I have received from other travel agents were not obtained from Samantha.
Not Recommended

Poor service

By: Cruiser

Reviewed on: 04 Mar 2018

Not good, poor service
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Aboard the Liberty

By: PJ

Reviewed on: 04 Mar 2018

I enjoyed working w/Samantha. She was very informed and kept my party abreast of payments made. She also got a perfect stateroom for us. It was my first cruise and she was very patient and understanding.

Wonderful Cruise!

By: Thirdtimecruiser

Reviewed on: 07 Mar 2018

Working with Samantha was wonderful! My wife and I found out about the cruise through a local area YMCA that we are members of. We hadn't cruised in a while, and we were able to afford it without a struggle, so we decided to go. Our payments were processed efficiently. When she connected us with the Y that actually coordinated the cruise, we were cordially treated by the cruise coordinator. We attended a non-mandatory pre-cruise meeting at that Y which was helpful in making friends prior to the cruise and sharing previous cruise experiences. Having arrived at Galveston late due to heavy fog, the cruise actually got started late, but that had nothing to do with Samantha. Our onboard accounts were credited $25 for the trouble. We went on only one excursion, in Cozumel, which went off without a hitch. The activities onboard were varied and fun. The restaurants, food, and entertainment were all A+. I would highly recommend Samantha based on our experience without hesitation.

Working with Samantha Collum, 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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