Brian McPhillips 

Columbia, SC United States
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Travel Specialties
  • Adventure
  • Beach & Sun
  • Honeymoons
  • Sports & Outdoors
  • Ocean Cruising

  • United States - All
  • Bahamas
  • Jamaica
Selling Travel Since
  • English

My Background

I have thirteen years of experience as a travel consultant, starting at the corporate level and working on the leisure side as well for the last 10 years. My specialty areas include Central & South America with extensive knowledge of the Caribbean Islands, from Aruba to St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Whether zip-lining through the rainforests of Costa Rica, exploring the wine region of Mendoza in Argentina, or sitting on one of the 365 beaches in Antigua, I can help you find the most rewarding experiences catered to your interests. I am happy to help my clients enjoy a stress-free and memorable vacation experience and can help business travelers with all their needs around the globe.

Places I Have Traveled

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Great service

By: Dan

Reviewed on: 25 Jan 2015

Brian was a pleasure to work with. He arranged my rather complicated trip efficiently with a good price!

Excellent Travel service!!!

By: CJ61

Reviewed on: 21 Mar 2015

Brian has always been professional as well as curteous in planning our trips to Philly, and Arizona! Again, only "elite" type service from Brisn at Forest Lake Travel!!!!

extremely helpful & knowledgeable

By: pgilchrist

Reviewed on: 08 Apr 2015

I am very thankful that I decided to book our spring break trip through Brian and Forest Lake Travel. He gave us excellent options that all fit the criteria I gave him. He followed up with me along the process, and that was very helpful. He had everything printed two weeks before we left, and provided helpful tips for our preparation. He was available and helpful for one question I had about airfare while we were abroad as well. The resort Brian helped us select was 5 star in our opinion! We had a wonderful trip, I want to share my sincere gratitude to Brian for all of his help.

The Best Agent Ever!

By: Angela

Reviewed on: 10 Apr 2015

Brian plans trips for us every six months. We would not use anyone else. He has proven himself spot on every time!

Great service

By: d

Reviewed on: 21 Jun 2015

very timely, responsive, and helpful!

Bahamas Trip

By: brandon16

Reviewed on: 23 Jun 2015

I really enjoyed my trip. My entire family can not stop talking about. I want to truly thank Forest Lake Travel and Brian for all their help.

Good service

By: Wilson5

Reviewed on: 16 Sep 2015

Brian is a top notch travel agent. If I had a question & he didn't know the answer, he would find out for you. I highly recommend Brian to be your travel agent. You can not go wrong!!

Great Service

By: cuote

Reviewed on: 26 Jul 2015

Brian is very helpful and communicate about changing flight times and dates to accommodate your schedule

Destination Universal

By: Higgins' Clan

Reviewed on: 30 Jul 2015

Our vacation was great! The accommodations at Westgate Palace totally exceeded our expectations. We were within close proximity to Universal Resort. I would definitely include express passes with the attraction tickets. Thanks Brian for putting together a great trip! Looking firward to working with you again😃

Well arranged trip of a lifetime

By: Jo-el B.

Reviewed on: 26 Aug 2015

This is my second trip arranged by Brian, and just as last time, be did not disappoint. Always courteous, Brian did well keeping us up to date on deadlines, and itineraries, made a selection of accomodations that were geographically advantageous, and did not make us feel pressed to book any particular excursions. Just to put a cherry on top of an already awesome vacation cake, he even booked transport to our first hotel from the arrival airport and from our last hotel to the departing airport (as we landed in and departed from different cities.) I definitely recommend him to book your trips, and next time I'm flying or cruising out of the country to lands unknown, he's my guy.

Great Connection/Communication

By: Marvin066

Reviewed on: 08 Sep 2015

I would like to say my trip was a great success..I am thankful for a very helpful agent who explains each step with me. The travel plans were very good with little to no layovers or problems..Thank you very much for making my trip a very joyous experience..

Great Trip to Spain!

By: Ashley S.

Reviewed on: 01 Oct 2015

Brian did a great job planning our trip to Spain! He had great recommendations on places to stay, things to do and was available during the process to answer any follow-up questions.


By: FigNewton

Reviewed on: 02 Feb 2016

Hi Brian, the trip was great. The travel plans were the best. Not much waiting time etc. Also, leaving at 1:30 pm is a lot better than having to get up at 4am in the morning to get to the airport on time. Thanks for always giving me professional and courteous service. I am planning another trip in March to San Pedro and will be contacting you in a few weeks. All positive, nothing negative. Thanks Marvin

Prompt, Thorough Service

By: Amy

Reviewed on: 05 Apr 2016

My husband and I reached out to Brian for help with our honeymoon in Jamaica. He worked extremely fast, and was very attentive to our specific needs and requests. He was an absolute pleasure to work with, and we will definitely be using him on our next big vacation!

Excellent Service!!!

By: Decariogigi316

Reviewed on: 21 Jul 2016

This was my husband and I first time ever leaving the US and I must say Brian truly delivered. We went to the Dominican Republic, Breathless Punta Cana all inclusive resort. We I say we had a ball it's and understatement. We didn't have to lift a finger to do anything, and we were treated like royalty. I Love it and can't wait to travel again. Thank you again Brian for your excellent service and always keeping me posted on any and all changes or updates keep up the Great work you are doing!! YOU ROCK!!!! SINCERELY THE GOODWINS

Expert service

By: Jeff

Reviewed on: 04 Aug 2016

Brian was very professional,everything he outlined was on point he was easy to deal with very good attitude and myself and the other parties are looking forward to travelling next year to las Vegas , thanks again Brian.

Excellent Service

By: M. Wilson

Reviewed on: 09 Dec 2016

Every year we take a trip and Brian McPhillips is the only one I trust to make our plans. He is knowledgeable. If he doesn't know about a place, he will be honest and say he hasn't had any clients that went to that place. He could say "Oh yea I have had clients book there and they loved it". He is honest. Our paperwork was ready when he stated it would be ready. I would highly recommend him to make your vacations dreams come true!!

Great agent

By: Tristat

Reviewed on: 24 Oct 2016

Hello, Brian did a great job. He always returned calls and emails immediately for myself and the other 2 couples in my party. He got us great rooms and excellent advice. I will be returning to plan another vacation. Thanks,

Great travel agent!

By: MeMe78

Reviewed on: 23 Oct 2016

Brian was very helpful and informative. We will use him for our next trip.


By: Cj

Reviewed on: 04 Jan 2017

It was a Fantastic trip at Omni Grove Park Inn!!!

An amazing trip

By: Meileinkya

Reviewed on: 24 Jan 2017

I had a wonderful experience working with Brian. He asked what would be the perfect trip and he delivered. Thank you so much and I will definitely use his advisement again.

Prime time excellence

By: Sandra

Reviewed on: 05 May 2017

Excellent! He is very knowledgeable, helpful and agreeable. Glad I found him.

Brian Did Excellent Job For Us

By: s c crew

Reviewed on: 19 May 2017

I enjoyed working with Brian McPhillips. He booked an excellent deal for us at the Royal Suites Yucantan. The tickets were given to us approximately 1 month before our trip. Everything went smoothly. Brian was prompt in responding to our inquiries. He gave several trip choices. We enjoyed our vacation and would definitely use Brian again to book another trip.

To Portland, ME

By: Nancy

Reviewed on: 25 Jun 2017

I didn't work with him. I previously worked with him when my mother was hospitalized and I had to go to her fast. He was great and the trip was fine.


By: Barry

Reviewed on: 22 Jul 2017

Brian was easy to work with. There were a few things that I would have done different but overall he did a great job

Great job!

By: W

Reviewed on: 04 Aug 2017

Once again Btian figured out exactly what I wanted. He is very easy to work with.

Newport Adventure

By: cj

Reviewed on: 12 Aug 2017

WOW! How and where do I start to tell you working with Brian McPhillips has been an unbelievable experience. Brian, not only is friendly, and personable, but he is PROFESSIONAL and KNOWLEDGEABLE! Our most recent travel adventure to Newport, RI was "seamless". There were no snafus' in either of our air travel and our Hotel bookings. Brain truly knows his craft in the travel industry. We are so appreciative of him and his travel service. YOU ROCK BRIAN!

Champion planner

By: Jetbug

Reviewed on: 06 Sep 2017

Love working with Brian! He gets me the best routes and airplane seats. The airline threw a curveball this time by cancelling one of my flights. Brian stepped up to the plate and everything went smoothly. I had a great trip and already planning another.


By: Sally

Reviewed on: 30 Oct 2017

Brian McPhillips is without a doubt, a perfect individual when it comes to booking trips. He is through, polite, and never in a hurry. I have been working with Brian for a number of years and have nothing but wonderful things to say about him. We need more Brian's in the travel industry.

The deal master

By: Mitch

Reviewed on: 20 Dec 2017

Brian was so easy to work with and found us an incredible deal.

Good news

By: W

Reviewed on: 11 Jan 2018

Brian is always upbeat and anxious to please. He is very easy to work with.

Travel Advisor

By: Donald

Reviewed on: 24 Jan 2018

Brian is very knowledgeable and easy to work with. We could never have plan all the details of this New Zealand trip without him. He put together a trip with excellent flights, great hotels and amazing day trips. He scheduled all the Lord of the Rings tours that we wanted.

Las Vegas and New York City, NY

By: Margaret

Reviewed on: 26 Sep 2018

He was very helpful and offered various attractions while at both locations. He was able to coordinate flights from two cities, so that we all landed in Vegas at about the same time. On our New York trip, hotel location was fantastic. We were centrally locate to many attractions and access to sight-seeing bus was within a block from hotel.

Fun in the Sun

By: Bridget Peppers

Reviewed on: 29 Sep 2018

Brian is a travel genius. A true professional and I will going to him again next year

Short trip with many possibilities

By: Adriane

Reviewed on: 30 Dec 2018

Brian only had about a week to work a 5 day trip for me to the Great Barrier Reef and a couple days in Fiji and made it the best mini vacation I have ever taken! My schedule was limited between two events and Brian listened to my wish list and provided additional ideas that made my trip even more wonderful. He was respectful to my budget and time frame and considerate of the details when traveling abroad. I look forward to working with Brian again!

Cayman trip

By: Bill

Reviewed on: 29 Nov 2018

He was great. Offered really good advice on alternate options in areas. Found excellent flights for us. We'll use him again. Thanks Brian and Forest Lake.

What happens in Vegas....


Reviewed on: 18 Dec 2018

Brian was very helpful and gave us excellent advise on the hotel, travel and the excursions. His reccommendations exceeded our expectstions! We had an excellent vacation in Vegas! Forest Lake helped us with our first cruise to the Bahamas in the 90's, our trip to Maui, and our most recent trip to Vegas! Every trip was excellent! Where to next? Before I pack, I'll stop in at Forest Lake and see Brian.

Great trip!!!

By: Lucia

Reviewed on: 11 Jan 2019

Brian is very knowledgeable and gave us excellent service. His attention to detail is outstanding! We enjoyed an excellent Christmas trip to Cancun...thanks to Mr. McPhillips.

Thanks, Brian! You make trip planning easy!

By: W

Reviewed on: 06 Jan 2019

Brain is always pleasant, always gets it right and always goes the extra mile! And then mails the results around the country!

Brian is Wonderful.

By: Brian

Reviewed on: 16 Apr 2019

Brian bends over backwards to make your dreams reality and adds bonuses you would have missed.


By: Jimmy

Reviewed on: 05 May 2019

We had never been to Hawaii. Brian was a joy to work with. He helped make our trip one of a lifetime.

Wonderful Trip to Jamaica

By: Bobbie Driver

Reviewed on: 17 May 2019

I enjoyed working with Brian McPhillips. This is the second time that I have booked a vacation through him and he always delivers! Brian sent us on a wonderful vacation to Jamaica. Everything went very smoothly from the flights, to the ground transfers, to staying in a beautiful room at a resort with a fantastic beach. My husband and I are still talking about our trip. The price was reasonable as well. Brian is very patient with you and gives great advice. We plan to use Brian at Forest Lake Travel for our future vacation needs and would be happy to recommend him to our friends and business associates. Thank you for a great vacation!

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  • - 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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