Abby Michaud Arnold 

Chicago, IL United States
An independent affiliate of Q Cruise + Travel
Travel Specialties
  • Adventure
  • Food & Wine
  • Safari
  • Honeymoons
  • Nightlife

  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • South Africa
  • Chile
  • Japan
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Selling Travel Since
  • English

My Background

Chicago-based Wanderer and Adventure Specialist

Dreaming of a hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia? Always wanted to see the natural beauty of Patagonia? Is going on a safari in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana or South Africa on your bucket list? These are just a few of the amazing experiences I’ve had and planned for others. I would love to help plan your dream trips for you.

A consultant by trade, I’ve had roles all over the US (Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Los Angeles), and have also lived in Sydney, Australia and Lilongwe, Malawi. In addition to extensive travel for work I have been to over 50 countries exploring the best restaurants, experiences and hotels.

Additionally, while I can can certainly help you plan trips one at a time, I'm also a certified Wanderlist travel advisor. Wanderlist is an incredible tool that helps capture your dreams and prioritize what matters most in a travel portfolio – a clear path to mapping out your future travel possibilities. Email me to learn more.

I’m excited to be working with the award-winning boutique leisure travel agency Q Cruise + Travel.

What I love in travel?

  • Adventure travel: Exploring nature and all that it has to offer from a boat through the fjords in Norway to bungee jumping in New Zealand.
  • Food & Wine: A good meal makes any trip that much better.
  • Africa and Australia: I have lived in both Sydney and Lilongwe.
  • Great hotels and fabulous resorts: As a consultant I know the importance of comfort and luxury while away from home.

Places I Have Traveled


Virtuoso Alliances
  • Saveur Advisory Board
  • Virtuoso Wanderlist Specialist

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By: Betsy

Reviewed on: 23 Apr 2018

Abby listened to our needs and booked us into a location with all of the amentities we were after. The room was already arranged as we requested upon arrival and check in was done on line.

Mexico City by Abby Michaud


Reviewed on: 01 May 2018

Abby was wonderful to work with! Her responsiveness and insight made it clear that not only was she knowledgeable about Mexico City but was also excited for our trip. Since this was a special trip for us I really wanted to have everything perfect and Abby absolutely delivered. She offered great suggestions and flexibility working with us to get everything in. I've worked with other travel professionals in the past and none of them can hold a candle to Abby. I won't go on another trip without her and would give her the highest recommendation to anyone that wants to maximize their travel and go beyond the tours, activities and suggestions of Trip Advisor. She made our trip a memorable one and can't wait to work with her again.

San Francisco

By: Pat

Reviewed on: 05 Jul 2018

Loved working with Abby. She is very customer focused and helps you find the best travel options. Abby found us a great hotel based on our long list of needs for a hotel. The pricing was excellent and our stay came with perks we wouldn't have had without Abby's help. She sent us a long list of tour options for our stay in San Francisco. We selected three of the tours and they were all wonderful. One of the tours had to change their time for our scheduled tour and Abby had quick follow up with us to select a different time that would fit our schedule. We couldn't have received better customer service and look forward to planning our next trip with Abby.

Loved working with Abby!

By: Glicks

Reviewed on: 04 Aug 2018

Abby helped plan a trip to Portugal for 6 of us! It was my first time using a travel advisor and now I won't go back. Abby is responsive, organized, and very service-oriented. She found us the most amazing place near Lagos that we wouldn't have even known existed without her. The trip was great and so was working with Abby. I highly recommend her!

Traverse City, MI

By: betsy

Reviewed on: 07 Sep 2018

Abby was so easy to work with. We gave her where and when and she took it from there. Everything was perfect when we arrived and even though the weather did not cooperate, we had a fantastic trip.

Southeast Asia Trip

By: John

Reviewed on: 13 Sep 2018

Abby was incredibly helpful and great to work with. She was extremely responsive and thoughtful in compiling our itinerary. She made it very easy for my wife and me. Abby simply collected our preferences and suggestions and then quickly came back with a full list of lodging options and potential activities - and her intuition was spot on. Given her extensive hotel and vendor relationships, she was able to secure excellent deals at top tier hotels, and she even left notes and perks for us along the way! We will definitely work with Abby on every big trip going forward, and I will recommend her to all friends looking for a thoughtful, consultative advisor in crafting the perfect vacation!

Fantastic vacation!

By: Pete F

Reviewed on: 17 Sep 2018

Abby was amazing to work with. Tailored vacation to what we asked for, while also weaving in some incredible one-of-a kind suggestions for local experiences we never would have discovered otherwise!

Abby is amazing!

By: Ernie

Reviewed on: 06 Dec 2018

Abby is fantastic. Here is why: We actually had to cancel our trip last minute (bummer), and at first I thought we were just out of the trip. I texted Abby and she informed me that we had travel insurance. I had no idea I had trip insurance because I normally do not pay extra for this, but Abby had recommended it due to circumstances and I trust her, so I did for this trip. She handled it all...from the idea of the trip based on the vague criteria I provided her, booking flight and hotel, suggested activities, and the entire cancellation/refund process. Basically, my anxiety could have been 200% and it was 0% thanks to her. I'm already talking to her about future trips because I never want to plan another trip's all up to Abby from here on out. So glad she is on this venture and I am one of her clients!

An unforgettable trip for a special celebration

By: FamilyTraveler

Reviewed on: 26 Aug 2019

We have been lucky in our life to stay at many luxury properties but Acqualina was truly the most impressive resort we have stayed at. I worked with Abby to plan a special surprise trip for my husband's 40th birthday. We wanted a place that was luxurious without being stuffy, high-end but still family friendly, and wouldn't take a full day of travel to get to. Wow did she nail it with Acqualina. And the surprises never stopped once we arrived. Abby made sure that the resort knew the trip was in honor of a special birthday and it seemed everywhere we went, people acknowledged the occasion, went out of their way to make us feel extra looked after. Working with Abby was so easy. She is so knowledgeable about the luxury travel space and she had so many great suggestions and recommendations. Her taste is impeccable! She helped me narrow in on the right option, and suggested fun additional touches to make the weekend complete. we love working with Abby!

Working with Abby Michaud Arnold, 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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