Beth Bastian 

Santa Barbara, CA United States
Bastian World Travel, an independent affiliate of Montecito Village Travel
Travel Specialties
  • Independent Tours
  • Hotels
  • Adventure
  • Beach & Sun
  • Culture, History & Arts

Selling Travel Since
  • English
  • French

My Background

Beth has been passionate about travel since a young child growing up on a farm in Upstate New York. After graduating from the University of Michigan with an engineering degree, she travelled extensively working for an international construction company. These travels fed her interest and passion for exploring the world, and the desire to share her knowledge with clients, family and friends.

Beth is a result oriented business professional with 15 years experience, and awards for her teamwork, communication and the highest levels of customer satisfaction. Her expertise is founded on her travel background; traveling to 38 countries and 44 states.

Testimonials from her clients include "Beth took the time to really know what I wanted out of my trip", "She manages to find those special gems and will search relentlessly for the best the globe has to offer", "Her research made the planning fun and effortless", "I would recommend Bastian World Travel for anyone seeking a customized travel experience with the feel of a personal concierge" , and "Beth will go the extra mile so your trip is hassle free".

When you discover something for the first time, that memory will last a lifetime. Beth will help you explore the world with the ones you love and have exceptional adventures that will create happiness long after your trip ends.

Places I Have Traveled

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Superb personalized service

By: Chuck

Reviewed on: 08 Jun 2016

Beth did a fantastic job coordinating a combined business and pleasure trip to Korea. She quickly arranged our hotel accommodations and provided us with an amazing experience from start to finish. She provided a very personalized experience, having arranged all details for our stay with the hotel management. I would strongly recommend Beth for luxury overseas travel. She takes a personal interest in the client's travel experience. She is dedicated to delivering friendly, timely, personalized travel service.

Awesome service with personal flourishes

By: Greg

Reviewed on: 16 Jun 2016

Bastian World Travel helped us with arrangements for our European honeymoon. Beth was a delight to work with and looked after every detail with style and professionalism. Every detail came together perfectly and Beth was there to make sure. We could not recommend BWT more highly!

Flawless Trip

By: Matt

Reviewed on: 12 Jul 2016

Beth organized our trip to Italy this summer. From the beginning to the end of the trip everything was just flawless. Beth took all the worries of travel away and we simply sat back and enjoyed Europe to the fullest. From hotel reservations to limousine transfers we didn't have to worry about a thing. Beth confirmed our itinerary prior to our departure and even checked in via "What's App" to make sure the trip was going smoothly for us. We would use Beth again in a heartbeat!

Lovely apartment in heart of the city

By: Ron71

Reviewed on: 18 Jun 2016

Beth's idea of renting an apartment in Philly through Stay Alfred is something I would not have thought of for our stay. When the check-in time was delayed some, Beth made sure in a pleasant and courteous manner that Stay Alfred made amends for the delay. All and all a lovely nicely furnished and very clean spot on Chestnut Street with a great view from our apartment windows. Even had a deck we could use with a grill. Although parking wasn't right at the apartment building, it was close by and manned by friendly attendants and easy to access. Would use Beth Bastian and Stay Alfred again.

Goes above and beyond to accommodate!

By: Cindy44

Reviewed on: 15 Aug 2016

Beth was incredibly patient while I was in the planning a decisioning process for my vacation. She offered suggestions and variety to allow my daughters and me to have the perfect vacation. In addition to her expert knowledge, what I most appreciated about Beth was her ability to adapt the the changes we made while traveling. Although we had train tickets booked/paid/confirmed, we decided on two different occasions to rent cars and do the drive. This meant more work for her as she had to make phone calls to cancel reservations, but she handled it expeditiously and graciously. Also, when one of the tour companies was late, she insisted on a partial refund and had champagne and treats waiting for us back in our room. I would absolutely use Beth again and have already recommended her to my friends.

Beth rocks!

By: Matt

Reviewed on: 15 Aug 2016

Beth organized our recent trip to Hawaii. This was one of many trips Beth as organized. She is a wonderful resource and is simply terrific!

Fantastic service

By: MartinDC

Reviewed on: 05 Sep 2016

Beth just organised an amazing trip for us to Washington DC. I thought I was able to find good hotel deals but Beth was able to track down a much better deal for us getting us a much better room and with lots of included extras. Highly recommended!!

Excellence with a personal touch

By: mvipman

Reviewed on: 18 Jan 2017

I can't say enough about the quality of service Beth provided for my trip to Japan. Her local knowledge of all aspects of the trip was unprecedented. Whether it be the nightlife, city tours, sightseeing or hotel quality, Beth knew it all. We even had access to her while we were in country. That is almost unheard of. Most importantly, she did it all with a smile and a personal touch you just don't get from other travel advisers. I plan to travel abroad again in the near future and will certainly be calling Beth to sort things out. She is a wealth of information and often knows what you want before you do! Thank you, Beth. I'll be reaching out soon!

Great resource!

By: Steve11

Reviewed on: 13 Nov 2016

Beth has helped me on several occasions, including the most recent trip to Japan. She's always been extremely helpful, professional and courteous in planning and orchestrating my travels. I'm very happy to recommend her!

Wonderful great trip

By: Dave and shy

Reviewed on: 27 Oct 2016

This was a wonderful trip. Everything was planned wonderfully and went very smoothly.Every park was presented by guides who were truely knowledgable and helpful. The lodging was first class and Beth you did a wonderful great job from beginning to end.thank you so very much for giving us a once in a lifetime experience. Thank you again for everything.

Time of my life

By: MMed11

Reviewed on: 11 Nov 2016

Beth was recommended to me by a mutual friend and this was the first time that I worked with her. I have to say that this trip one of the best trips of my life and not only I would absolutely use her again and would recommend her to others. I planned the trip on very short notice and not only did she leave nothing to chance, she created an outstanding itinerary. I have traveled the world fairly extensively and own many fine hotels so fair to say that my expectations are pretty high and she met them in every way.

Amazing Rate in Philadelphia!

By: Chris72

Reviewed on: 26 Dec 2016

Beth got us a wonderful rate at the Sheraton Society Hill in Philadelphia. She even surprised us with a tray of delicious homemade chocolate chip cookies and beverages.Our room was large and nicely decorated, the bed most comfortable, and we had a lovely view. As we arrived at the entrance, the large Christmas tree in the circle was just the first glimpse of the festive and tasteful holiday decorations that awaited us inside. A breakfast buffet is only $15 but we would recommend the omelet, home fries and toast for $15.50 if you do not want a huge assortment of breakfast items. The omelet was delicious and not dry. Both choices were reasonable for a large city hotel. We did not realize, though, if you choose to go "green" and not have your bed changed daily as well as the towels, they do not come in and clean each day. It really isn't necessary and when we did ask the housekeeping staff to do something on the second day, not realizing this, they were more than happy to do so!

Well planned Palm Springs

By: Jb

Reviewed on: 04 Jan 2017

Beth planned my recent trip to Palm Springs staying at the Avalon hotel. Her planning And instructions were meticulous and highly professional. I would definitely use her services again.

Exceeds Expectations

By: lillypad

Reviewed on: 14 Jan 2017

Beth Bastian both set my expectations & exceeded my expectations for my holiday getaway. Running my own company, I was apprehensive with being "off the grid" for 3 days at the Yandup Lodge in San Blas Islands, a 45 min flight outside of Panama City. Yandup is a rustic tropical lodge run by the local indigenous people called the Kuna's. Each day you had activities to explore the other islands or learn more about the Kuna culture & community. Beth fully prepared me from the no wifi/cell service to bug spray. My highlight was taking the time to recharge & be present with the beauty & abundance of "mother nature". I appreciated how she planned both a tropical rustic adventure, tour of the Panama Canal & a boat tour through the jungle to watch monkeys & sloths in their natural habitat. Her hotel recommendations were aligned with my type of accommodations and budget. I found Beth's expertise and attention to detail very valuable & look forward for her booking my next adventure!

Above and Beyond

By: hrlesser

Reviewed on: 20 Jan 2017

Beth planned our recent winter vacation and with nine of us traveling and going to three different destinations there was a lot of planning involved. Beth did it all expertly and with great attention to every detail. Her suggestions were all very helpful and when we had a problem at one of the hotels Beth went above and beyond to get the issue resolved and we were extremely happy with the result thanks to her. We can't wait to go away again so we can have Beth plan it for us!.

Last minute, relaxing trip to Martinique in the French Caribbean

By: Nicole Knobloch

Reviewed on: 12 Apr 2017

We have been subscribers of Bastian World Travel's fresh and thoughtful blog for some time, but it was when we had two weeks to plan a trip to Martinique that we decided to give Beth a try. She really set us up! She was soooo thoughtful about our needs, determining when to give us luxurious relaxing time and when to plan an adventure. In just a few days and for a very reasonable fee, she attended to every detail -- communicating with the (mostly French-speaking) hotel owners, planning and recommending meals, helping us find a car, recommending travel insurance, and giving us tips on places to visit, things to do, and what to pack. She also reminded us of everything we needed to remember for international travel. And perhaps the best part is the deals she gets with boutique and luxury hotels -- she definitely helped us afford a more upscale vacation. I hadn't used a travel agent before, but I will again. She provides so much more than you can find on the internet, planning on your own.

Beth is the Consummate Professional

By: Lisa VdV

Reviewed on: 03 Aug 2017

We travel extensively, all over the world. I typically don't use a travel agent, as I enjoy the trip planning. However, we used Beth to help plan our 2017 Morocco trip and she was amazing. From beginning to end, the trip was flawlessly planned and executed. The driver and tour guide she found for us were top notch and we felt completely safe and well cared for by them. She also got us a very good price at a hotel I had concluded was outside our budget, and it turned out to be one of my top 3 favorite hotels in all of our travels. She even got us an upgrade. She made herself available to us at all times during our travels and, given that we were off the grid for part of our trip, she confirmed that our return flights would be on time (this was important given the complicated logistics of land transfers). Beth was amazing to work with and we will be working with her again on future trips. Thanks Beth!

Weekend in La Jolla


Reviewed on: 08 Apr 2017

Beth recently planned a wonderful weekend in La Jolla for 10 of us. Everything was perfect down to the weather. Every detail from hotel selection to dinner recommendations to things to do was spot on.

Excellent Exuberance

By: Bob

Reviewed on: 16 Jun 2017

Beth Bastian assisted with our recent vacation and was a great asset. We stayed at multiple properties during our trip and she saw to it that the logistics were seamless. Her attention to detail is superb and she was a great resource to go to for all of our questions. I highly recommend her services and plan to reach out to her in the future.

European Vacation

By: lauren

Reviewed on: 10 Jul 2017

We asked Beth to help us plan a two week vacation after our son's wedding in Spain. We were very busy in the months leading up to our trip, so it was really a huge help to have Beth provide some knowledgable and interesting options in terms of places to visit and stay and then handle all the details. She was very quick to understand what might be enjoyable for us, and I found her extremely easy and fun to work with.

Italy! Ten Year Wedding Anniversary Trip of a Lifetime!

By: Tara

Reviewed on: 27 Jul 2017

My husband Rob and I contacted Beth to help us plan and put together an itinerary for our ten year wedding anniversary trip to Italy. It was our first time in Italy and we were looking for a relaxing, immersive experience. We wanted to capitalize on the food, wine, art, and relaxation quality of Italy & the Tuscan countryside. Beth suggested kicking off our trip in the city of Florence and then traveling to the Tuscany area for the majority of our trip and then ending with 2 days in Siena. Beth found us some incredible hotels. The hotel we stayed in - in Florence was beautiful and accommodating. The villa in Tuscany was so welcoming & relaxing, & the hotel in the city of Siena was very modern with an old world quality. Beth also suggested some tour ideas and booked us a special dinner for our first night in Florence. Our trip was everything we were looking for & more! It is now 3 weeks later and we are both still on a vacation high! I would highly recommend Beth!

Trip to Amalfi and mykonos

By: Nino

Reviewed on: 18 Jul 2017

Working with Beth took all the stresses out of planning. She has a real talent to ask the correct questions to find out exactly what my needs and visions are and match it with her suggestions. A pleasure to work with and I most definitely will work with her again and again.

Lindblad NatGeo Iceland


Reviewed on: 14 Aug 2017

I worked with Beth starting in Novenber 2016. Beth was helpful answering any questions. If she did not know the answer, she found out for me. I would recommend Beth to a friend.

Europe 2017

By: randy

Reviewed on: 19 Aug 2017

fantastic! Spectacular!

Ireland Trip

By: Andrea

Reviewed on: 21 Aug 2017

Beth is an amazing advisor. This was my first trip abroad and she walked me through all the necessary steps. She was excellent in providing me various options of hotels and fun/exciting activities along each stop. Who would have thought I would have ever done Falconry!!! She made a mother-daughter trip all that more special for me. Her knowledge of all things travel related was superb. I would definitely use Beth again and again!

Outstanding attention to detail

By: Michael

Reviewed on: 28 Aug 2017

Beth was fantastic! Booked the specific level of room we desired and got us club access. Follow up is outstanding. Will be booking more travel with Beth in the future...

Italy Trip

By: Robie

Reviewed on: 29 Sep 2017

She was a delight. Very responsive - always got back to us when she said she would with thorough answers to our questions. Often suggested places to go and different ways of doing travel planning that we hadn't thought of.

Italian holiday

By: cristina

Reviewed on: 21 Sep 2017

Beth was wonderful to work with because she listened to every need and want that we had. She gave wonderful suggestions and ideas outside of what we knew. We took her recommendations, and with her experience and knowledge we had a wonderful trip that was both easy, fun and perfectly planned. We plan to utilize Beth for our future adventures as well as recommend her to all and any friends/clients wanting an experience similar to what we had. Thank you beth for taking the hard, annoying and tedious workout of travel for us. Your the best!

Professional, knowledgeable, friendly, wonderful

By: SantaMonicans

Reviewed on: 14 Oct 2017

Beth was recommended to us by a friend, who had worked with her and raved about her. We were planning a trip to Australia for our anniversary. We had never been to Australia before, and wanted the trip to be really special. Beth was just wonderful to work with. She asked smart questions, and got to know our tastes and how we like to travel. From there, she put together a series of suggestions on everything from lodging to food to sightseeing. She steered us toward some out-of-the-way gems we might have overlooked. And she opened our eyes to just how special the trip could be. In the end, the trip was incredible. Everything we could have hoped for. And we are singing Beth’s praises to anyone who asks.

Venice Insider Experience

By: Shannon B

Reviewed on: 09 Oct 2017

Beth was extraordinarily helpful in connecting us to local tour guides who gave us a deeper understanding of the various aspects of Venice we were curious to learn more about: history, architecture, food and wine. Her personal passion for the destination and firsthand experience as an expert traveler with impeccable taste helped us narrow down our top choices so we could make the most of our holiday time. She made the booking process seamless for us, too. Beth also made sure we got VIP treatment at a high-end restaurant where a "surprise and delight" moment created by the staff helped make a special occasion that much more memorable. I'm already looking forward to working with Beth again!


By: Randy

Reviewed on: 27 Oct 2017

Outstanding! Highly recommended!


By: Kevin

Reviewed on: 06 Nov 2017

A real pleasure. She made all the coordination of many different activities and places to stay simple and affordable.

Hawaiian Trip

By: Matt

Reviewed on: 08 Jan 2018

Beth did a wonderful job organizing our trip. She is the best!

Trip to Santo Domingo

By: Marge

Reviewed on: 14 Jan 2018

She was very helpful and called me back whenever I had a question .


By: Feline

Reviewed on: 10 Mar 2018

Beth is an efficient and caring travel coordinator. She responded quickly to my questions. I found her very professional. I would definitely call on her for future travel arrangements. Thank you

Great Hawaii Vacation

By: Jeremy

Reviewed on: 18 Mar 2018

Beth planned our vacation wonderfully. She gave us great recommendations for activities and places to stay in Hawaii. Beth made the planning process easy and provided us with an itinerary that organized all our plans. I plan on using her services in the future.

Working with Beth Bastian, 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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