John Rees 

Davidson, NC United States
J5Travel, an independent affiliate of Gifted Travel Network
Travel Specialties
  • Independent Tours
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Escorted Tours
  • Ocean Cruising
  • River Cruising

  • United Kingdom
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Portugal
  • Croatia
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Selling Travel Since
  • English

My Background

J5Travel is owned by John Rees. A British native, I worked in the banking industry for many years, but also owned a restaurant for 5 years, before moving to the USA in 2002.

Food and travel have always been my passion and we have made it a priority for our two children to be educated and inspired by the trips and travel experiences we have enjoyed as a family.

I am so excited to be able to share my knowledge and expertise with clients by offering a tailored travel experience complemented by the stellar luxury connections of Virtuoso and further supported by our host agency, Gifted Travel Network.

We have relationships with hundreds of travel suppliers and attention to detail and individualized customer service are our trademarks.

Places I Have Traveled

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Made the most of our time in Italy

By: NCJenn

Reviewed on: 25 Mar 2019

It was great..we had 5 full days in Italy and they scheduled tours for all the activities we wanted to do and see. The tour companies were professional, timely and was so worth the money we paid. We had private tours and tours with other people. Helen and John were very helpful in recommendations and understood concerns we had. The app used was so helpful as well, including tickets, confirmation of accommodations, flights, train tickets, and all scheduled activities..NO PAPER!. This was the second time we've used J5 Travel and will definitely use them again.

Ratcliff Girls Trip to Grand Velas, Riviera Maya

By: Sue Ratcliff

Reviewed on: 04 Apr 2019

John and Helen Rees did a fantastic job with our recent spring break trip to Mexico. They took the trouble to fully understand our preferences and recommended Grand Velas, a hotel which they had visited themselves. It turned out to be exactly the right mix of serene luxury and fun activities for a Mom and two active teenage girls. The service at this resort is second to none as is the quality of the food and the top class spa, definitely the best I have ever experienced. As far as the trip details were concerned everything was flawless from the airport hotel to the private transfers. We have booked many trips with J5Travel and continue to recommend John and Helen to friends and family wherever in the world they are traveling.

UK, USA, Switzerland, Singapore, Australia

By: RR

Reviewed on: 21 Apr 2019

The best. The world is a better place with J5Travel taking care of you.

New York Weekend!

By: Julie C.

Reviewed on: 22 Apr 2019

John and Helen are delightful to work with and the best in the business I have ever experienced. John has planned several trips for our family and is always attentive to the details. He is clearly listening to what we want and knows so much about the areas we are interested in. Thank you for everything John! We are so grateful for you and Helen and I can't wait to plan our next trip through you.


By: gramps

Reviewed on: 21 Apr 2019

Excellent service and info.

Amazing Trip

By: Herbie

Reviewed on: 05 May 2019

The trip planning was easy and fun. John and Helen spent time understanding what we wanted to do, then suggestions were provided and we picked. I cannot begin to express my thanks because understanding the goals of a trip of critically important and he did just that. Thank you

Tasmania 2019

By: Tom

Reviewed on: 29 Apr 2019

John was very easy to work with. He's extremely knowledgeable and responsive.

The Reserve at Paradisus, Punta Cana

By: StaceyG.

Reviewed on: 06 May 2019

Loved working with J5 Travel! Helen did an excellent job helping us plan our trip to Punta Cana. We had never been there before and was looking for an all inclusive resort to take our children too. Helen helped us find the perfect place to take the kids too! Everything went so well from our travel to Punta Cana to our ride to the resort! I highly recommend using J5 Travel for your vacation plans!

Cape Town, Durban wedding excursion

By: David

Reviewed on: 10 May 2019

John and his staff were friendly and knowledgable, both in the initial planning and in follow up during the trip with revisions and changes requested by us, and necessitated by airline delays. The guides and tours proposed for us could not have pleased us more. He clearly knows the area, where to go, what to see, and which guides to use to take you there. My wife and I would recommend John whole-heartedly to anyone planning a South Africa trip

Great Travel Guides

By: Traveler

Reviewed on: 15 May 2019

John and Helen were great to work with. They were thorough in their travel guide, timely to plan our vacation and followed up with changes and/additions to our itinerary as we traveled.

Great Team

By: MJ

Reviewed on: 03 Jun 2019

John was 100% patient and helpful throughout the planning process and would reach out to me while I was on vacation to make sure everything was going well. I couldn't ask for a better experience. I will ask for his assistance for my next trips.

Ireland in May

By: Jon

Reviewed on: 15 Jun 2019

John Rees is responsive to requests and will not hesitate to make a recommendation once the company knows what area you have in mind.


By: Hey yea

Reviewed on: 30 May 2019

John was wonderful to work with. He made everything so easy and answered all of my questions.

Alaska trip

By: Tom and Elizabeth

Reviewed on: 26 Jun 2019

John is great to work with. He takes care of all of the details and is very responsive to any questions. He had great recommendations for the trip.

Barcelona es bueno!

By: LKNYogaMo

Reviewed on: 27 Jun 2019

We have worked with John several times now. He is very efficient, prompt and knowledgeable. He recommended the perfect location for us to stay, and the tours he booked were great. He is great at keeping the costs down and making recommendations on smarter areas to splurge.


By: Gramps

Reviewed on: 15 Jul 2019

Excellent as always.


By: Jeff

Reviewed on: 02 Jul 2019

We love John and Helen they are always great, we won’t work with anyone else!

Perfect Vacation

By: McLeod Family

Reviewed on: 05 Jul 2019

Working with John and Helen was a delight. They are so easy to work with and delivered a perfect vacation for our family. They not only listened to what we wanted to experience, but were great with recommendations. We had just the right mix of structure and free time. And the tours they arranged were terrific. Throughout the planning process, they gave us some great options and alternatives to consider before finalizing the itinerary. Additionally, while we were on the trip, they were extremely responsive to a couple of questions we had. This was truly a vacation that my family will remember for a lifetime and a lot of it had to do with the impeccable work of John and Helen.

2 week trip to Spain

By: sam&wyatt

Reviewed on: 17 Jul 2019

Very thorough, loved the online itinerary that grew as we added cities, hotels, transportation (planes, trains, & rental car) & tours as the planning was done. Then the itinerary was in an easily-shared app. We could even buy trip insurance quickly & easily for a country we never have been to before. We only had 2 face-to-face meetings. All could be done via email if preferred after that. Then we were provided with a physical folder of all needed vouchers per day. The hotels & tours were exactly what we wanted! We really wouldn’t have changed a thing! We would definitely use this advisor again! Wonderful trip.

Excellent as Usual

By: Alan S.

Reviewed on: 16 Jul 2019

As one of J5Travel's earliest and most regular clients, we can say that their attention to detail to each client's travel preferences and tastes is very special. We look forward to seeing much more of the world with their expert guidance.

working with J5 Travel made my life easier

By: Nikki VanNess

Reviewed on: 16 Jul 2019

He and his crew were fantastic. They were very helpful with lots of suggestions. He made it easy to pick the best options with in the price range that I gave him. He did go out of his way to make recommendations transportation recommendations from the cruise ship to the airport which was very helpful when 3 ships all disembarked at the same time. Trying to get a cab would have been hard. Overall, I enjoyed my experience very much and it was because of John and his staff.

Bali Honeymoon

By: Matthew & Gizelle

Reviewed on: 07 Aug 2019

John & Helen were a pleasure to work with. They helped us plan out our honeymoon to Bali, and we could not have asked for a better trip. They knew exactly what activities fit our interests, and their choice of accommodations was perfect. Additionally, John & Helen were always responsive to emails and to our questions, and they were more than willing to make any changes we requested. We highly recommend John & Helen - they will make your travel experience all you ever wanted it to be and more!

Portugal 2019

By: Newman family

Reviewed on: 21 Jul 2019

John & Helen are always excellent at listening to what we are interested in and coming up with well balanced, creative and highly enjoyable itineraries. We have engaged them since they first set up and everyone of our multiple trips through them has been extremely well organised, given us exceptional local experiences in every locale and always with one eye on cost competitiveness and value - what more could you ask for from a specialty travel operator?


By: Carlos

Reviewed on: 26 Jul 2019

Every thing worked out perfectly

Bespoke trip to Thailand and Cambodia

By: DG

Reviewed on: 06 Aug 2019

John and Helen at J5 Travel created the most wonderful trip for us to Thailand and Siem Reap in Cambodia and took care of every last detail utilising their extensive knowledge and contacts in the region. Everything went to plan and we had a fabulous time in our hotels and touring the sites with a local guide in Siem Reap and Bangkok. J5 Travel really are an exceptional firm of travel specialists and we will be using them for all our trips in the future!

Paris and Italy with the kids

By: PKStrims

Reviewed on: 04 Sep 2019

Working with John was very easy. He listened to all our our different ideas, made good suggestions fit for our family that we could then pick and choose and he got our selections booked. It was SO nice not having to plan this trip myself and we will definitely use John and J5 travel for our future trips!

Wonderful trip thanks to Helen & John!

By: Monica

Reviewed on: 04 Aug 2019

I worked with Helen mostly, and she was very helpful. What she booked for us was PERFECT. It was like she knew us! After just a short phone call with Helen she began to get to work and got us scheduled for several excursions and nights at hotels as we traveled around Scotland. We were unfamiliar with Scotland and she was very knowledgeable and the information she gave us was invaluable. She remained in contact with us and even checked in after our trip to make sure everything went ok!

Insight Tour of Spain and Portugal

By: Contessa

Reviewed on: 12 Aug 2019

Excellent! Had some unexpected changes caused by the tour company but J5 (John and Helen ) expedited the necessary changes to make it all work and as a result of their swift action we enjoyed a great vacation. I recommend J5 all the time to everyone I know that travels.


By: Beth

Reviewed on: 15 Aug 2019

Planning with John was easy & very helpful. Great suggestions for tours & activities. Very organized.

Italy trip

By: Elizabeth

Reviewed on: 20 Aug 2019

John and Helen are very nice to work with. They took care of airline reservations and all other transportation needs. They suggested several hotels and tours to do in Lake Como. Everything was great.

Best travel agent ever!!!

By: pb

Reviewed on: 23 Aug 2019

We have been using John and Helen Rees for over 3 years. They are extremely well organized and knowledgeable. We were thrilled on our recent trip to Italy to stay at two Virtuoso hotels that they recommended. The first was Hotel de la Ville, a Rocco Forte Hotel. We loved their beautiful rooftop terrace for cocktails before and after dinner. The views of the city were stunning! The service was excellent throughout the hotel and the meal was amazingly delicious. On our return from Tuscany we stayed again in Rome but this time at Baglioni Hotel. Again, it was excellent in accommodations, food and service. John and Helen are the best of the best. Everyone I have recommended to them sing their praises. We will be using their services for a long time!!!

An experience to remember!

By: Jon

Reviewed on: 19 Aug 2019

We decided to go to Iceland as a family vacation, something for our family to remember for a long time. We started the planning late, but John presented the options and planned everything accordingly. We have worked with John before, and his recommendations, planning, and coordination are exceptional. Even on short notice, everything came together, and Iceland will be something we will always remember as an experience like none other. Thanks to John and his travel talents!

Expert Care, Compassion, and Counsel

By: Josh P

Reviewed on: 28 Aug 2019

John and Helen go above and beyond in every way. John personally spent a lot of time helping us with our itinerary and our planning to ensure that our family of 5 would have the best round-the-world experience. As travelers with young children, he customized options to meet our interests. When we offered suggestions of our own he integrated our requests into an overall trip that would show us the best of each country’s history and culture while helping us keep our children entertained and happy. He found things that we would have never found on our own. When we once voiced concern that we didn’t know that we could shuttle our young children around to all of the amazing events and activities he had offered, he listened and produced an even better itinerary so we had just the right amount of relaxing downtime. Our end result: we were comfortable, safe, and thrilled with each location we visited, and all five of us have left with indelible, life-changing memories due to John and his care.

Personal Service

By: Roberts

Reviewed on: 09 Oct 2019

We have enjoyed working with J5 travel for a number of trips. We have received excellent personal service and thoroughly enjoyed our vacations that they have helped plan. We are looking forward to working with them for our future holidays.

National Parks


Reviewed on: 19 Sep 2019

John listened carefully to what we wanted and planned the perfect trip for us.

New York and Toronto

By: Gramps

Reviewed on: 22 Sep 2019

I was able to have a wonderful trip. The timing of flights and situation of hotels enabled me to have a very relaxed few days. Thank you John.

Trip review

By: Liz

Reviewed on: 15 Sep 2019

Fantastic. Was always there to answer questions. I had never been on a tour before.

National Parks trip

By: GW

Reviewed on: 26 Sep 2019

Excellent..Made our trip very easy

Smooth trip to/from Italy

By: Steve B

Reviewed on: 20 Oct 2019

John & Helen did a great job taking care of all the details


By: AA

Reviewed on: 25 Oct 2019

John and his team did a phenomenal job coordinating our trip. Planning an international trip 34 weeks out is often a challenge. They listened to every detail and coordinated all aspects with ease. We will definitely use John and his team for our next trip. Thank you!

John Rees

By: Christy

Reviewed on: 02 Nov 2019

John and Helen were fantastic to work with, they were very knowledgeable and answered all my questions.

U.K. October 2019

By: Gramps

Reviewed on: 13 Nov 2019

John's eye to detail again held me in good stead. The timings of flights (on which he saved me nearly $5000.00 ) hotels and car hire all very conveniently suited my trip. Will use him again. Excellent.

Chicago Trip Review

By: Julie C.

Reviewed on: 06 Jan 2020

John and Helen found us a wonderful hotel for a mother daughter weekend stay in Chicago and I could not have been more pleased. We were treated like royalty at The Langham on the club floor with amenities galore, complimentary presentations for breakfast, noon tea and cocktails daily. The staff even brought us champagne and chocolates our first night there. The location was so convenient and staff consistently provided 5 star service. Thank you again John and Helen Rees for an amazing trip. I can't wait to experience our next vacation planned February 1st.

Barcelona family trip

By: LI Family

Reviewed on: 06 Jan 2020

Working with J5Travel to plan our family trip to Barcelona was such a pleasure. I was hesitant at first to be planning a trip through email rather than face-to-face, but was pleasantly surprised at how easy John, Helen and Tori made the process. They stayed in constant contact with me and continuously updated our itinerary as we added events to the trip. The itinerary they provided and the itinerary app we all downloaded made travelling a breeze. There were two highlights to our trip -- an e-bike tour of Barcelona and a day spent shopping and cooking with a local chef. My kids (ages 19-28) have not stopped talking about the cooking class. I highly recommend asking John and Helen to set up a bike tour and a local cooking class in whatever city it is you plan to visit. Enjoy your next trip!

Always the best

By: Jeff

Reviewed on: 08 Jan 2020

John and his team are great!

Costa Rica

By: Kelly Tummillo

Reviewed on: 23 Jan 2020

I have worked with John in the past and he’s a pleasure doing business with. He will accommodate your every need and always has multiple recommendations for places to stay, restaurants, transfers and excursions. We look forward to having him and his team plan another trip in our future.

Great Trip


Reviewed on: 11 Jan 2020

John, as always, was a pleasure to work with from start to finish. He listens to what we wanted in a trip and delivered! Enjoyed every minute of the trip.

Holiday trip to Asia

By: Roberts

Reviewed on: 30 Jan 2020

Our family of 5 recently went to Asia over the holidays. J5 travel worked with us for for a year to get every travel detail in place for an incredible trip. We all enjoyed a trip of a lifetime and we were so thankful that we had J5's experience and travel advice to assist us in every step of the way. We had incredible tours arranged, our accommodations were perfect for our family, and overall had a seamless journey from start to finish! We will look forward to working with them for our future travels and have already spoken to another family that is interested in traveling to Thailand. We were very happy to pass along J5's business card to help them plan their trip!

Recommend highly

By: B&S

Reviewed on: 26 Jan 2020

He and Helen were wonderful and had everything covered!


By: Gramps

Reviewed on: 03 Feb 2020

Excellent as always. Super hotel choice and all flight times suited my schedule. Shame I can't blame John for the poor weather.

Dream Agent


Reviewed on: 06 Feb 2020

John & his whole staff are understanding and responsive. I always hear back from them right away. John knows me well enough by now to give me excellent advice about what I will & will not enjoy.

Sugar Beach, St Lucia

By: Julie Cash

Reviewed on: 15 Feb 2020

This was a magical trip that John and Helen planned for us. We would never have know about the resort if not for their recommendation. It was such a wonderful experience we ended up extending our stay by three days. I am using John for all of our vacations and trips, big and small. Their instincts into what we want, insights into the location, amenities, service etc are spot on. Thank you John, Helen and Tori! Making memories! Julie and Scott Cash

Paris trip

By: Paris

Reviewed on: 16 Feb 2020

Tori Springate did a wonderful job planning our Paris/ Amsterdam trip. The hotels were great. The rooms were very unique and large. The hotels were also in a great location. We loved having a car service to and from the airport set up for us too! We will definitely use John and Tori to help us plan our next trip!

great as always

By: Jeff

Reviewed on: 08 Mar 2020

We always love working with John and Helen and the entire J5 team!

Sri Lanka/Maldives the perfect trip

By: JWong

Reviewed on: 11 Mar 2020

I have worked with John and Helen for a couple years now and they have helped me plan trips to Portugal, Mexico, Alaska, Ireland/Scotland and Austria. I also appreciate their attention to detail, their experience in the locations we planned for, and mostly...ensuring that these trips are seamless and worry-free. Our most recent trip to Sri Lanka and the Maldives was no exception. In fact, this was by far, the most amazing trip my husband and I have ever had. It was luxury all the way and each hotel surpassed the last with regards to service, beauty and amazing accommodations. I met John and Helen at a coffee store where we brainstormed possible destinations for a last minute trip. They recommended Sri Lanka/Maldives, and within 2 weeks, we had a perfect itinerary for a trip that was to take place just 6 weeks after our initial meeting! This was last minute, but you would have never guessed it in the result. We will continue to use John and Helen!

Nanatala Lake

By: TomC

Reviewed on: 07 Oct 2020

Jon is very good and knows the industry quite well. He and his wife have traveled to fond amazing places that they share with their clients. He follows up very good and keeps you in the know all the time. Very good in his business. I’d recommend him to anyone especially if they want to travel 1st class and enjoy the best that there is! N

Team Building Trip

By: Julie Cash

Reviewed on: 06 Oct 2020

John knocked it out of the park again! We loved The Henderson in Destin, FL and it was the perfect match for what we had envisioned for the week. The resort pool, beach access and amenities kept us close to team build and have loads of fun. John is so responsive with last minute requests and follow up to ensure we have everything we need. Thank you for your wonderful service!

Blissful Maui

By: Love to Travel

Reviewed on: 04 Jun 2021

We actually worked with Kendall Fletcher who is the Hawaii expert. She managed every aspect our our trip perfectly. John worked with us on the flights and was even able to utilize our E-credits from cancelled trips. They went above and beyond our expectations.

Hawaii / Napa Valley

By: Jim

Reviewed on: 04 Jun 2021

Very professional / prompt and courteous. We decided on this trip pretty quickly after we were vaccinated for Covid to celebrate our 40th Wedding Anniversary. John and Kendall worked promptly with us to put the trip together. Maui had procedures in place that had to be navigated to ensure we were Covid free upon arrival. They quickly answered any questions we had about completing these procedures. A nice touch was providing us with Champagne / rose and dessert on our Anniversary. The trip was a great one for us and we look forward to using John again in the future.

Costa Rica

By: Roberts

Reviewed on: 09 Jun 2021

We booked a trip through J5 to Costa Rica and had a flawless trip! They had arranged a driver from the airport to the hotel and arranged for our COVID test in order to get back into the US. Everything was perfect and we had an amazing time!

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