Kate Johnson 

Houston, TX United States
KJ Travel, an independent affiliate of CSB Travel
Travel Specialties
  • Family Travel
  • Safari
  • Honeymoons
  • Ocean Cruising
  • Beach & Sun

  • France
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom
  • South Africa
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Selling Travel Since
  • English
  • French

My Background

I grew up traveling with my family from our small town in Louisiana. We spent holidays in Hawaii, cruising through the Caribbean and exploring the U.S., rarely visiting anywhere twice and fully immersing ourselves in different cultures. I studied marketing at Southern Methodist University and while there, had the privilege of studying abroad in Paris and spending several weeks throughout Europe. After working in PR for several years in Dallas, I moved to Palo Alto with my husband and planned trips for ourselves and our friends throughout the U.S., South America, Asia, Canada and Spain.

We’re now settled in Houston with our two daughters and looking forward to showing them the world. I’m thrilled to bring my personal experience and passion for travel to clients to create travel experiences that will last a lifetime.

Recent international travels have taken me to Spain, France, Italy, Croatia, Greece, Montenegro, Portugal, Ireland, Scotland, England, Cambodia, Bali, Singapore, Canada, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. I’ve also traveled domestically to Napa, La Jolla, Blackberry Farm, Miami, New York City, Jackson Hole, Los Angeles and Carmel.

Places I Have Traveled

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Kate is amazing!

By: Emily

Reviewed on: 07 Sep 2019

We were so lucky to get to work with Kate. She knows all the insider info. about hotels and steered us well. Can’t wait to book our next vacation with her!

Houston trip

By: Aunt Di

Reviewed on: 16 Sep 2019

Houston trip/ thank you Kate for a wonderful suggestion I love the hotel and the restaurant was fantastic the service was excellent my room was beautiful extremely modern and clean and I love the spa thanks again for a wonderful suggestion and a wonderful time 👍😍❤️😃

Houston trip

By: Aunt Di

Reviewed on: 16 Sep 2019

Houston trip/ Fabulous trip well thought out by Kate Johnson and well-planned no surprises great restaurants great spa fabulous location

Alaska trip

By: Aunt Di

Reviewed on: 16 Sep 2019

She is so sweet and fabulous and takes care of everything quickly and efficiently while still considering the value to the customer

Fabulous and Detail Oriented!

By: Frances

Reviewed on: 16 Sep 2019

We thoroughly enjoyed working with Kate to plan a special Mother's Day trip to San Miguel. Can't wait for the next one!

Fabulous family vacation on Lake Maggiore

By: goldie22

Reviewed on: 14 Sep 2019

Kate is extremely easy to work with and very professional. She listened to us and took note of our (multi-genrational family vacation) and did detailed research of the area before making her suggestions. We stayed at a lovely home right on Lake Maggiore (Villa Eden) that exceeded our expectations. She planned a wonderful private boat ride on Lake Como and a very special lunch in the middle of the lake. Also, she works with a company that is able to negotiate rates on selected hotels with additional perks such as room upgrades, breakfast, and early and late checkout. She was available throughout our trip to add additional services and deal with any challenges we had. I am using her for my next trip (girlfriend birthday vacation) to Paris and the South of France.

The Best!

By: The Gaunts

Reviewed on: 06 Sep 2019

Kate was thorough and thoughtful in the planning of our Italian getaway. At every hotel we were treated to an upgrade and perks. I highly recommend using her services on your next trip- she is organized, efficient, detailed-oriented and does it all with a smile.

"Props" to Kate Johnson ! !

By: Dean Segal

Reviewed on: 23 Sep 2019

I just want to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to Kate Johnson for so very proficiently fulfilling my yearnings for an amazing, fascinating, and most enjoyable Alaska cruise adventure that far exceeded my expectations. I wholeheartedly endorse Kate’s competent expertise and praise her for her committed support and conscientious attention to those many diverse facets of travel fulfillment that are necessary to ensure an absolutely outstanding travel experience of a lifetime. THANKS ... A MILLION!!!

Great Hotel and was willing to help.

By: Pete

Reviewed on: 07 Sep 2019

She was willing to help with everything .. Thanks to her and I will sure recommend her to other travelers I will give her 5 star for the job done..

Perfect Labor Day Weekend in Carmel

By: M Davis

Reviewed on: 10 Oct 2019

Kate planned an absolutely wonderful 4-night stay for my young daughter and me over Labor Day weekend. The resort - Carmel Valley Ranch - was the perfect place to stay with elementary aged kids but still close enough to Carmel-by-the-Sea to enjoy the entire area, especially the beach. Kate's dining suggestions were especially wonderful! She even arranged for a dinner in the garden at the resort one night . . . so lovely. She pointed me to the best shops and the local children's library (which was a gem). Thank you so much, Kate, for planning such a memorable trip!

Smooth Sailing

By: Simoson

Reviewed on: 09 Oct 2019

I am beyond grateful that my husband and I worked with Kate as our travel advisor in the planning our 2 week trip to Greece and Italy. Her expertise in general travel tips as well as that of location-specific information, accommodations, activities and transportation options were invaluable. She has relationships and connections with locals which allowed us to experience way beyond what you find by reading Traveladvisor reviews. Everything was organized and planned while still having room for flexibility. In the months prior to our trip, she was extremely patient with my very often delayed response time and was understanding of my crazy schedule despite there being a few time-sensitive deadlines . I absolutely recommend her services and we will be using her in the future!

Great trip to Disney

By: Emily

Reviewed on: 20 Oct 2019

Kate planned a great trip for us to Disney. We stayed at the Four Seasons and got lots of Virtuoso perks including $72 credit for breakfast each morning. We were upgraded upon arrival and loved the hotel. Kate made sure my daughter was booked at the best Bippidy Bopiddy Boutique location and coordinated the trip perfectly.

Wonderful Family Vacation in California

By: Charles

Reviewed on: 28 Oct 2019

Kate planned a wonderful Memorial Day weekend getaway for my family of four near Pebble Beach, CA. Her knowledge of the area and attention to detail were exceptional. Knowing that I have a busy work schedule and little time to plan meals and activities in advance, Kate took the lead and handled all of the details to make sure that every moment was special for my family. I could not have asked for a better travel advisor and I cannot recommend her highly enough. We will be using Kate for all of our trips going forward!

Great Experience!

By: Family Friend

Reviewed on: 07 Nov 2019

Kate was wonderful to work with. She did an excellent job planning our girls' spa trip to Miraval Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas. I would definitely use her again to plan my next vacation.


By: Anat Zeidman

Reviewed on: 12 Nov 2019

Amazing and efficient. Sent me options and communication was streamline and quick! I plan to work with Kate to plan my larger group trips in the future and look forward to working with her.

barton springs

By: BConway

Reviewed on: 19 Nov 2019

Kate is awesome and jumped right in to help with my travel needs. I liked that she had hands on experience with the facility.

Kate was awesome!

By: Lindsey

Reviewed on: 18 Nov 2019

I approached Kate two days before my husband and I wanted to go a last minute spa trip somewhere in Texas, and Kate was ON IT! She responded so quickly, called a few options for us, did a great job comparing those options, and ultimately, made us a wonderful reservation at Lake Austin Spa! Kate was super knowledgeable and quick to respond. We loved our trip and working with Kate was awesome! Highly recommend booking your next trip through Kate!

New York trip

By: Rutger

Reviewed on: 12 Dec 2019

Kate is awesome to deal with - definitely recommend her!

Lost Pines

By: Dani

Reviewed on: 13 Jan 2020

Kate is amazing! We wanted a kid friendly hotel with lots of activities and Kate knew exactly where we needed stay. She guided us to the right resort and we all had blast! We have booked our next trip with her!

Santa Barbara trip

By: Aunt Diane

Reviewed on: 08 Feb 2020

Santa Barbara trip was fantastic‼️ Kate got me the perfect room at the perfect hotel at the perfect price with all my extra spa credit and free breakfast and I had a wonderful time and she checked on me while I was there to make sure I was having a great time and I would recommend her to anyone she puts her heart and soul and all of her trips❤️👌👍🙏

Joys of Travel

By: Traveler

Reviewed on: 09 Mar 2020

Kate was extremely helpful. Her advice was great and the trip she planned for us was wonderful. Lots of good memories. I would be happy to work with Kate again.

Same brain wave

By: JCgirl

Reviewed on: 14 Mar 2020

Kate was very pleasant and helpful. We seemed to share some of the same travel goals so got along very well. Definitely knew what she was doing.

Kate the Great

By: Bobby D

Reviewed on: 01 Mar 2020

Our entire trip arranged and confirmed Not a worry in the world. That kind of service for a vacation is priceless.

New Zealand and Australia trip 2020

By: Ain’t Diane

Reviewed on: 19 Mar 2020

New Zealand and Australia trip 2020🍀💖💕💓 thank you Kate Johnson for such a wonderful trip it was on my bucket list for many years and I finally got to see New Zealand and Australia and I was very impressed with the beauty and the wildlife the people and the spirit that is contagious‼️❤️👌 I would like to go back after things get back to normal and spend more time in Melbourne and Sydney such a beautiful spot I think I will stay for a month next time thank you for making it so special and working so hard to find the best trips and experiences for me👌😀🍾🥂 Champagne wishes and caviar dreams‼️🙏 and may we all get through this terrible virus and be well and happy and traveling again🌺💓‼️🍾🥂💜

Amazing from start to finish!

By: Kyrie

Reviewed on: 04 Oct 2020

Kate was such a pleasure to work with! She went above and beyond to find us the perfect place to stay for our baby moon during covid, and made sure every little detail was taken care of during our stay. Would highly recommend working with Kate!

Best Travel Advisor

By: AC

Reviewed on: 10 Oct 2020

Kate is incredible! She knows all the best spots, creates a personalized itinerary and I can fully trust her to take care of my plans. She always throws in some nice surprises too! I couldn’t recommend her more! Can’t wait to book my next trip with her.

Working with Kate Johnson, 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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