Geordie McDonald 

Calgary, AB Canada
Encompass Travel, an independent affiliate of Vision Travel Solutions - Calgary offices
Travel Specialties
  • Adventure
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Safari
  • Independent Tours
  • LGBTQ Travel

Selling Travel Since
  • English

My Background

I am a Travel Advisor specializing in custom planned itineraries, working with my clients to create journeys that offer unique, personal and authentic experiences.

I strive to exceed your expectations through professional, personalized service that allows me to discover what is truly important to you on your trip. My personal travel experience and 20 years in the industry have allowed me to develop a worldwide network of trusted travel partners to create your unforgettable journey. This network, with global leaders like Butterfield & Robinson, Quark Expeditions, Wilderness Safaris, and Big Five Travel, allows for insider expertise and confidence that the investment of your vacation and your time is cared for.

I love a good adventure and a great hotel! Through my memberships with the Virtuoso Adventure Travel program and the Virtuoso Hotels Collection, this is a perfect combination. I’ve personally travelled on expedition ships with Lindblad Expeditions and Un-Cruise Adventures, cycled through Californian wine valleys with Backroads, explored the streets of Cartagena with Big Five and spotted African wildlife with Wilderness Safaris.

Before, during and after these adventures, I also experience the Virtuoso hotel difference in each destination. Being a preferred partner with most of the luxury hotel brands around the world, you'll enjoy all the privileges and amenities this partnership allows for, with hotels like the Mandarin Oriental, Ritz Carlton, Relais & Chateaux and Four Seasons, among many others.

When the authenticity of adventure travel meets the comfort of luxury, you have an unforgettable trip to some of the most special places in the world. Put your trust in me to make your next trip truly memorable!

Places I Have Traveled

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By: Ezzy

Reviewed on: 28 Jul 2016

We had a great trip to Newfoundland and it wouldn't have happened without the organization and attention to detail that Geordie gave us. His advice, connections, knowledge and ability to make adjustments last minute (because of our sudden last minute changes) was truly appreciated.

Indonesian Adventure

By: Lloyd and Ally

Reviewed on: 14 Nov 2016

My wife has always wanted to visit with the orangutans in Borneo and this year we finally got our chance. Since we were going to be there anyway, we decided to expand our visit to include more of the Indonesian islands. Geordie organized a wonderful adventure for us. We visited four islands (Borneo, Java, Sumba and Bali). On each island, Geordie found just the right excursions for us, our guides were tremendously friendly and informative, and our accommodation on each island was unique and memorable. Geordie has also taken the time to understand what we like and what we don't like and incorporates that knowledge into everything he books for us. We don't waste time on activities or excursions that don't interest us and maximize our time doing the things we like to do. Thank you, Geordie!

Georide is the best

By: Lloyd V

Reviewed on: 04 Feb 2017

Geordie is always responsive to our specific needs and desires. He understands what we like and what we don't like so we don't waste time discussing itineraries or ideas in which we have no interest. We are always confident that when Geordie says something is going to happen, it happens the right way, the first time, every time.


By: traveller

Reviewed on: 13 Jul 2017

Excellent, responsive to my questions. Gave excellent suggestions. Documents all in order.

Exceptional Travel Advisor

By: Neets

Reviewed on: 19 Sep 2017

Working with Geordie McDonald was an absolute pleasure. He made sure he understood our travel style and our likes and dislikes and he put together a package that vastly exceeded our expectations. He is truly an exceptional travel professional who cares deeply that his clients get the best travel experience possible and have lasting memories of their travel adventure. We felt as if Geordie was in the shadows at every leg of our travel itinerary as he had personally contacted each of the (5) accommodations managers to make sure they provided their best hospitality. We were very impressed with his attention to detail and the little extras that made us feel very special. We will definitely use "Amazing Geordie" in the future as we have in the past and will recommend him to any of our friends and family who may be planning a trip. This guy knows what you expect and exceeds those expectations. A rare gem.
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recent trip

By: Angus

Reviewed on: 02 Sep 2017

Great, very response to questions and clarifications.

Iceland Tour

By: Luke

Reviewed on: 21 Feb 2018

Geordie took care of booking everything for our trip to Iceland through Iceland Travel. Geordie helped us modify our tour to meet the time constraints that we had. He was very helpful in working through the details with us and quick to respond to any questions we had. I would certainly recommend Geordie as a travel advisor to anyone!

Morocco and Spain

By: PH

Reviewed on: 17 Mar 2018

Excellent. He understood what I wanted and was responsive to my questions etc. He is a great trip advisor..... for my third experience with him.

Great Experience!

By: Nepal 2018

Reviewed on: 08 May 2018

I loved my trip to Nepal! Geordie set everything up and made sure I had all the information I needed in a neat little package. He upgraded my seat for my longest flight at no extra cost to me. The trip would not have been the same without his help!

Geordie is the best!

By: Lloyd

Reviewed on: 05 Oct 2018

Working with Geordie is always seamless and painless. He takes the stress out of the planning process and is always on top of all the details.

Date Changes

By: Bali

Reviewed on: 04 Nov 2018

Geordie was so helpful. My departure date was uncertain and then changed again after flights etc booked. Geordie handled everything, even adjusting the start date for insurance - something I would never have remembered. Thanks.

Trekking in Nepal

By: Lloyd V

Reviewed on: 26 Nov 2018

Working with Geordie is always a pleasure. He understands us and he understands what kind of travel we like, and what we don't like.

Rose Bowl 2019

By: Lloyd and Ally

Reviewed on: 16 Jan 2019

As always, Geordie was a dream to work with. He knows us, he knows what we like and what we don't like, and he plans our trips accordingly.

Australia/New Zealand

By: Andy

Reviewed on: 10 Jan 2019

Fantastic. I had a million questions and he was soooo helpful!

Working with Geordie McDonald, 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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