Karen Barber ACC, CTA

Tyler, TX United States
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Travel Specialties
  • Adventure
  • Beach & Sun
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Ocean Cruising
  • River Cruising

  • No Destinations
Selling Travel Since
  • English

My Background

I've spent 33 years fulfilling and crafting dreams for my clients.  That's what I love doing.  It's important that I have a strong relationship with my clients so I better understand their preferences for travel.  The friendships I now enjoy with my clients bless my life!

The challenge of constructing the client's travel puzzle is what keeps me humming.  My professional credentials include CTA, Certified Travel Advisor, ACC, Accredited Cruise Counselor, Aussie Specialist, Destination Specialist from The Travel Institute and certified Virtuoso travel advisor.

Places I Have Traveled

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Highly Recommended

By: Mer

Reviewed on: 17 Sep 2013

Karen went above board in helping me plan my trip. She spent a lot of time discussing with me my options to insure that my travelling experience was a good one. It was a collaborative experience which impresses me a great deal. She has handled my trips before and she will continue to be the person I go to for my future travels.

destin is great

By: josepht

Reviewed on: 18 Sep 2013

Destin FloRida is A Wonderful Vacation Spot. The Topsl Resort Was Very Affordable And The Condos Were Nice. Destin Has Plenty FoR A Family To Do And The Beaches Are Beautiful. Sand LikE Cane Sugar.

Simply the best

By: bgraham33

Reviewed on: 17 Sep 2013

Outstanding planning with good knowledge of flights, times, hotels. Works very well with on-ground/in-country Virtuoso reps/guides. Has helped us immensely and goes well above normal standards to make sure our trip is a worthy one.

Highly Recommended

By: BeachesoftheWorld

Reviewed on: 06 Oct 2013

Our trip to Ocho Rios, Jamaica was amazing! We stayed at The Jewel at Dunn's River, an adults-only, all-inclusive resort recommended by our travel agent, Karen Barber. We were celebrating our one-year marriage anniversary and had a wonderful time! Karen is a blessing. She recommended and booked our honeymoon in Hawaii as well - a 7-day cruise of four Hawaiian islands. We loved it. We highly recommend Karen Barber and The Jewel at Dunn's River!

By: Not provided

Reviewed on: 12 Oct 2013

she was very helpful and let us know what we needed to know and do had everything done

Good Trip

By: couples

Reviewed on: 11 Oct 2013

Destination was great....getting there not so great. No pre set way to get from airport to hotel or ship. Was not a good experience!! Other than that, the trip was good.

Highly recommend

By: Rdub56

Reviewed on: 11 Oct 2013

Karen was super helpful and will use her again to plan our next trip. We will also send her referrals.

Highly recommend

By: glendasue60

Reviewed on: 16 Oct 2013

Karen was most helpful and explained every detail about the trip she booked for me and my traveling buddy. Love the Travel Masters--staff is sooooooooooooooo friendly. Karen is a jewel---that girl earns every $$$ she is paid and then some.

Great job

By: Chandra

Reviewed on: 17 Oct 2013

Karen did an excellent job in picking our hotels and arranging transfers. We had a great trip.

The best, again

By: Dr. G

Reviewed on: 05 Dec 2013

As always very meticulous planning and fun to work with. Very customer and service oriented.

recommended to friends and family

By: Not provided

Reviewed on: 28 Nov 2013

I really appreciate Karens response and tentiveness. She quickly found and secures my reservations as if they were her own. She was courteous and understanding. Thanks for a great trip


By: C and T

Reviewed on: 26 Nov 2013

Have been going thru Karen for our vacations for the last three or four years with unparalleled results. Everything on the travel agendas has gone like clockwork. She continues to exceed our expectations!


By: darbur

Reviewed on: 26 Dec 2013

When we need to travel Karen is the one to go to! I could do alot of online reservations....but why, when you have Karen Barber. Thanks for always being there.

Highly Recommended

By: Laura4444

Reviewed on: 30 Dec 2013

Working with Karen Barber was a delightful experience. She is personable, caring, and thinks steps ahead to address potential problems and nip them before they even happen. She took time with me. She was great about calling back, about informing me of changes or details of the trip, and was like a friend looking out for our best interests. I would call her for planning a trip again.

Highly recommended

By: Not provided

Reviewed on: 11 Jan 2014

I want to say wahat a real pleasure it is to work with such a devoted professional as Karen. Her prompt actions, knowledge and experience made planning my trip effortless. My son Austin and I enjoyed the best week of our lives traveling the Carribean. It is owed to Karen and her assistance. Thank you Karen for a great trip.

Highly Recommend

By: Happy traveler

Reviewed on: 05 Feb 2014

Karen helped my husband plan a trip that he proudly gave me as a surprise birthday present.  Karen is extremely efficient and knows the designated area very well.  It has been a pleasure working with her.

By: Vincenzo

Reviewed on: 10 Feb 2014

Our requirements were simple, well handled.  Service well performed.

Highly recommended

By: Sheba

Reviewed on: 11 Feb 2014

This is the third time we used Karen to plan and book our trips, which are always complicated and sometimes last minute , Karen is Very Professional ,she have a vast knowledge ,and a lot of patient , her service is always with a smile and we ALWAYS feel as we are her most important clients, even when she is very busy.She understand our needs very quickly and always find the best of what we need or give better alternatives, She replay quickly and always keep us posted on the progress .we have a lot of confident in her ,specially when we go abroad and time after time she fulfill our expectations.

Highly recommend

By: Kim

Reviewed on: 11 Feb 2014

Karen is the best travel agent we have ever used.  She's our go to person for sure for all future vacations!

very good

By: j&M

Reviewed on: 17 Feb 2014

Don't Worry - Be Happy

By: MB & Pops

Reviewed on: 05 Mar 2014

I'm a 1st Class Worrier!!!! But, I have been pleasantly surprised with how Karen has taken care of all of my inquiries regarding our upcoming trip; easier than going to Dallas!!!

By: Dangerous Dan

Reviewed on: 12 Mar 2014

Karen is a great travel agent and I highly recomend her to anyone. (I prefer cash not a check for this recomendation)


By: Mark7

Reviewed on: 27 Aug 2014

The cruise was wonder. We had a great time. Karen had taken care of all the details and we could just relax and enjoy the trip. The room in Seattle was horrible and should never be recommended. It should be rated a1 at best!

Friendly, honest and super helpful!

By: Ann

Reviewed on: 16 Mar 2014

Karen Barber with travel masters in Tyler Texas does an amazing job. She is very knowledgable and has helped my family take an absolutely unforgettable family vacation. And helped me decide where my daughter and future son in law should go on their honeymoon. Thanks Karen, you're the best!

Highly Recommended

By: Carl

Reviewed on: 24 Mar 2014


By: Gia

Reviewed on: 23 Apr 2014

Karen was very friendly, understood immediately the needs of our group, and kept us apprised of the schedule changes.  She advised me at the time of scheduling that since the trip was planned several months in advance there would most likely be airline schedule changes, and when they occurred she e-mailed me immediately.  We had a wonderful trip - Thank You Karen! 

Trip to Argentina (Hallmark Hunting Trip)


Reviewed on: 25 Apr 2014

The staff at Travel Masters were great.  You took the time to answer all our questions, and you were very patient in doing so.  We had the trip from hell going from DFW to Santiago, Chile.  Flights were delayed and actually had to get on four separate planes before leaving.  Supposed to leave around 9:30 Sunday night.  Got off the second plane at 1:00 am Monday and had to go to hotel.  First flight on Monday was cancelled due to problems on the plane.  Had a delay of several hours before leaving.  This ending up greatly affecting our hunting schedules.  We missed the first morning and were really rushed the last day.

Great Planning!

By: Zorro

Reviewed on: 03 May 2014

Karen did a great job  helping us plan our tour.  She was on top of all the details and saved us much headache and made  our trip trouble free. Thanks Karen!


By: Chuck42

Reviewed on: 02 May 2014

By: tommy

Reviewed on: 21 May 2014

Karen handled the arrangements for our cruise with professionalism.  There was a little hiccup, not of her making, but of miscommunication.  We thought we were going on a 7 day cruise that included Belize, but wound up on a 6 day cruise that included Costa Maya instead.  Again, probably a miscommunication between myself and Karen.
Not Recommended


By: d&j

Reviewed on: 16 May 2014

Original plan we wanted to go to Belize.   7 day cruise.   When we got ourdocuments...was a 6 day cruise not including Belize.  Very disappointedbut could not reschedule because of traveling companions vacation schedule.Did enjoy the trip, even though it was not where we wanted to go!!!  No explanation with the documents we received.  

The best travel agent ever!!!

By: Honeyj

Reviewed on: 26 May 2014

I always recommend Karen Barber to everyone I know. She thinks of every detail to make our travels fabulous. She made every transfer from plane to hotel to ship so easy and flawless . Karen is not only a travel agent but also a friend. Because of our previous trips she has planned we trust her judgement and suggestions completely . We are very grateful to have Karen as our travel agent.

Highly recommended!

By: J&AM

Reviewed on: 03 Jun 2014

We were very pleased with the service provided by Karen for our vacation.  We chose the all-inclusive resort Ocean Maya Royale. It was wonderful! Karen upgraded our room & it was beautiful!! The staff went out of their way to make our stay relaxing & comfortable. We enjoyed our fun & relaxing getaway. We will definitely call Karen for our future travels!! Thank you!!

Excellent Rep

By: Dale

Reviewed on: 02 Jun 2014

Everything worked out as it always does.  Karen is an example of excellence in her field.  I would recommend her to anyone.

Highly recommend

By: Ben

Reviewed on: 26 Jun 2014

Great trip, nice hotel, loved food plan


By: baylor52

Reviewed on: 02 Jul 2014

Trip was very well planned, flight connections, hotel bookings, etc.  If there is one reason I did not leave a "highly recommend" is because she is not very good about returning phone calls.  I have left several and have had to call again as she did not return my call.


By: Ash2014

Reviewed on: 15 Aug 2014

Had a fantastic time in Mexico! Everything that was booked through the travel agent went really smoothly! All inclusive was definitely the way to go! I'd do it all again in a heartbeat! Thanks!


By: acamp

Reviewed on: 11 Aug 2014

Fabulous!!! We had the best time!! Thank you so much!!!

Friendly service

By: Mark7

Reviewed on: 14 Aug 2014

Karen did excellent job and our Cruise was wonder!!! Best cruise ,ever. Thanks for your help.

Great Trip

By: Benny

Reviewed on: 27 Aug 2014

Fantastic job by you all! Elaine was so informative, willing to spend extra time and effort in helping me, and so patient! This was the best organized personal trip I have ever been on. Everything was perfect from the time we arrived at the Tyler Airport until we landed at Seattle. Once there we met the Ship reps at baggage check and they took over. It really could not have gone better. Excellent Job!!!


By: Carlow

Reviewed on: 19 Sep 2014

Great family vacation!

Vacation planning

By: Greg

Reviewed on: 09 Oct 2014

I can always count on Karen to find me a great place to stay. She has never failed us over about a 10 year period. She is quick to respond, always professional, and takes great care of us.

NAPA Know how

By: John

Reviewed on: 10 Oct 2014

Wonderful trip. Really enjoyed Virgin American. The nonstop fight gave us much extra time to enjoy the trip rather tgan wasted time in airports

Great service !!!!!!


Reviewed on: 20 Feb 2015

Nothing can touch Royal Caribean. I like a boat which has a skating rink and a Main Street like Mariner of the Seas. It is the best! Bigger the better. Karen did a great job!

Trip to Florida


Reviewed on: 05 Nov 2015

Elaine actually booked the trip. She was amazing. So helpful!!! She organized wheelchair assistance and had a van/bus organized for transportation to and from Pensacola to the condo in Perdido Key, AWESOME!!!! Could not have gone better.

Simply the best!

By: AnthonyD

Reviewed on: 06 Oct 2016

Karen is a life saver. Absolutely makes traveling effortless. From taking my first phone calls where I have no idea where I want to go to finding the perfect place to ensuring everystep is organized . . . I will use Karen everytime I travel. Has already made two of our family vacations (multiple adults and five children) - go off without a hitch. Love you! A Davis, MD

Best Cruise Ever

By: Frankie&Mervia65

Reviewed on: 30 Dec 2016

Karen all I can say is wow. It's was if you was on this vacation with us making sure we got everything we ask for from start to finish. Both hotels before we started the cruise were beautiful. the air line took care of us as though we were traveling first class. Due to my walking disability we were met at the door going and coming. As for the cruise everything was just what I expected it to be we had so much fun that I did not have a chance to take a lot of pictures but it is one I will never forget. Thank you Karen for helping me plan a beautiful vacation Frankie & Mervia 65

Maui 2017

By: Tim & Cheryl

Reviewed on: 14 Feb 2017

Karen is fast, efficient, and a pleasure to work with. She fulfilled all of our 'specific' requests as well.

No hassel travel

By: beachbum

Reviewed on: 12 Feb 2017

I have been using Karen to help me plan my trips for the last six years. She is so easy to work with! Whether I only need a plane ticket, transportation in a foreign country, or a trip complete with dessert included, she's the one I go to. Just tell her what you want and she finds it!

France and Italy

By: mer

Reviewed on: 10 Sep 2017

Karen is well versed in the intricacies of her job. She is a most excellent tour operator.

Wonderful Disney World Trip!


Reviewed on: 06 Oct 2017

Karen is always a delight to work with. She's not only professional and caring but genuinely wants her clients to have the best trip possible. Always use her when I plan a travel vacation.

Canada cruise

By: Rich

Reviewed on: 15 Oct 2017

She did a fine job following up on my requests and always timely with communication.

Hawaiian Escape

By: Sandy

Reviewed on: 08 Nov 2017

Karen is always a delight to work with. Especially when it comes to forseeing my personal needs. She was patient and reassuring, I felt like I could call anytime before, during, or after the trip.

Great Trip!

By: Alli

Reviewed on: 04 Apr 2018

I actually worked with Denise!

Danube and Tuscany

By: Danny

Reviewed on: 21 May 2018

Great. All elements of three week trip were seamless as to connections, schedule, quality, and expectations. Karen is very personable, knowledgeable and gets things done. All positive.

Danube & Tuscany

By: Richard Greene

Reviewed on: 02 Jun 2018

Excellent--she was knowledgeable, personable, responsive, and anticipated many of our requests or requirements. Solutions proposed were spot on.

Danube cruise/Romania excursion

By: Brad

Reviewed on: 07 Jun 2018

As usual best ever! Very thorough as always. Consistently gets us the best flights and seats. Scheduled the most wonderful private tour of Romania with A&K. Fabulous hotels and guides in Romania. We have 100% confidence in her and 100% satisfaction.

cruise review

By: eg

Reviewed on: 26 Jul 2018

Karen has always been very professional and works to understand your needs. She always gives great attention to details. Always a pleasure to call her.


By: London-Spain

Reviewed on: 17 Nov 2018

She is a knowledgable, experienced travel consultant. I planned our trip, she finalized it and made the arrangements.

New Zealand/Sydney

By: Carl

Reviewed on: 16 Jan 2019

Working with Karen is always a pleasurable experience. She knows our style in travel. She always attends to the fine details making our vacations worry and stress free allowing us to thoroughly enjoy our vacations.


By: Charneil

Reviewed on: 22 Apr 2019

Ms. Barber planned our trip to Italy great. She put us in a hotel in Venice right in the center of the main area. Then she put us on a perfect train ride to Rome and we where minutes away from everything there. I would use Ms. Barber again because she had everything very organized and planned out well.

International trips

By: Danny and Janet

Reviewed on: 28 Apr 2019

Working with Karen Barber is fantastic. She is upbeat, humorous, knowledgeable, and very detail oriented. She provides great advice and suggestions. She has been the travel advisor on several international trips. Karen insures that the details for air travel, cruises, hotels, and ground transportation are seamless. We are never concerned when she makes the arrangements. A truly professional travel advisor and arranger. She is the best!

Lisbon, Canary Islands, Morocco, Spain

By: Rich & Mary Ann

Reviewed on: 25 Apr 2019

A delight, as always. Karen is knowledgeable, quick to respond, and creative.

Karen Barber

By: Mamac

Reviewed on: 03 May 2019

Great! She really took care of us. Have already recommended her to a friend. Will always use her.

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