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Kathy Tolchinsky

Scottsdale, Arizona Travel Agent

Expert International Travel Advisor

Living and traveling overseas has given me a very different perspective and I would not trade that experience for anything. I find cultural differences fascinating and have seen that knowing even a few words and niceties goes a long way in creating connections when you are abroad.  

When I plan your trip, I make sure you are in the know about basics such as how and when to tip, and I can suggest fun ways to engage with locals around your shared interests. As a veteran traveler, I also know the value of paying attention to every detail, from how to get from the airport to your hotel to the type of insurance you need to rent a car as well as driving times and suggested stops for each day’s outings. Even before becoming a professional travel agent, I was the go-to person when my friends and family were planning their trips. 

My first travel agent job was at a small travel agency, but I realized that I was unable to offer my clients all they deserved. Being a Protravel agent gives me access to amazing advantages for my clients. Through Protravel and its membership in Virtuoso, I can provide you with value-added amenities such as free breakfasts and Wi-Fi and spa or food credits at most of the top hotels and cruise lines. 

Additionally, Protravel’s reputation and clout give me a leg-up in sorting things out when your flights are canceled or delayed or you are looking for hard-to-obtain reservations for a show or in-demand restaurant. 

Protravel does a great job of keeping its agents up to the minute on the latest trends in hotels, airlines, resorts, and opportunities for new activities and experiences. Plus, top vendors often come to the office so we have the chance to personally meet with representatives of hotels, cruise lines, and tour operators that we book. That means that as my client, you will be treated much differently than someone who comes through an online booking or a small, unaffiliated agency. With some hotels, I can even arrange for upgraded accommodations at no added cost.  

Most importantly, I can help you avoid the mistakes many travelers make when booking on their own. For example, looking at a four-star hotel listing, you often cannot tell from the words or the pictures that the hotel should really be rated as a two-star or that the employees are rude and uncaring. Plus, if you are traveling overseas and have a problem, I am there for you, whether it is sorting out what to do about your lost passport, or figuring out what to do if there are weather-related issues.   

I first got hooked on travel when I started traveling to Asia with my husband for business. Our first trip was to Japan, where I came to appreciate how thoughtful and considerate many of the customs are. You do not just flip your business to people sitting around a table; in most of Asia, you hold your card in two hands and present it as you would a gift, and you treat the cards you receive with equal respect. It is also customary to bring a small gift if you are meeting with someone in their office or home.  

I especially love discovering the differences in everyday life when I visit a new part of the world. I like to visit the markets and grocery stores and see how people live. Often their version of fast food is much healthier than ours, and the smells, flavors, and foods and the way they are set out is different reflects their culture. A great way to experience this is to take a cooking class with a local that starts with shopping at the market and ends with a family meal in their home. I can set you up with someone who speaks English and can provide insights into their history as well as the cuisine. 

Whether you are going to Vancouver in Canada or Vanuatu in the South Pacific, I would love to be your travel agent and create a trip that suits your budget and fulfills your dreams.

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Reviews

The best trip we have ever taken!!!

Reviewed By Melissa - Palm Beach Gardens, Fl | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA
Kathy was simply amazing!! We have been on cruises before and had done the planning ourselves which was always a disaster. Kathy made it easy and fun!! She helped with every aspect of our cruise from beginning to end!! We just had to show up!!!

Would never plan another trip without her help!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kathy Tolchinsky responded:
Thanks so much, Melissa. It was fun to help you plan this special cruise for your husband’s milestone birthday. You’re a pleasure to work with and I’m looking forward to helping you and your family plan many more memorable vacations.
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HONEYMOON = AMAZING

Reviewed By Sarah - Detroit,Mi | Traveled to Hawaii ~ USA
She went above and beyond for me to plan myself and my husband the best honeymoon!!!! Thank you again kathy!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kathy Tolchinsky responded:
My pleasure, Sarah. The beginning of your happily ever after will be spent in an idyllic place. Wishing you the best as you begin this new chapter in your lives.
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Can't Wait to Explore the Canadian Rockies!

Reviewed By Bob and Tammu - Solon, OH | Traveled to British Columbia ~ Canada
Our experience with Kathy has been fantastic. She provided great suggestions, was very responsive, found some great hotel perks and saved us money. We have never used a travel agent before but from now on we will use Kathy to help us plan our vacations!
Kathy Tolchinsky responded:
Thanks so much for allowing me to help you plan your anniversary trip. Working with customers such as yourselves makes work fun! Enjoy your trip and send photos!
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Upcoming Canadian Rockies vacation

Reviewed By Bob and Tammy - Solon, Ohio | Traveled to British Columbia ~ Canada
Our experience with Kathy Tolchinsky has been excellent. We are so excited for everything she has booked for us!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Looking Forward to An Exceptional Trip

Reviewed By StevieB - Beachwood, OH | Traveled to Europe
Very easy to work with. She's a seasoned traveler, who's experienced most of what we are inquiring about. Kathy is very detailed and doesn't let anything sit unattended. So far, everything we've requested has happened. Her follow-up has been tremendous.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kathy Tolchinsky responded:
Thank you, Steve! You and your wife are a pleasure to work with.
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Family Summer Sabbatical

Reviewed By Keri - Scottsdale, AZ | Traveled to Europe
Kathy is a dream. She's made planning our family sabbatical such a joy.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kathy Tolchinsky responded:
Thank you, Keri. It's been fun helping you and your family plan this once in a lifetime experience!
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A dream trip come true!

Reviewed By Lauren - Syracuse, NY | Traveled to Vienna ~ Austria ~ Europe
Kathy was a significant help to me when planning our trip to Vienna. She is knowledgeable, extremely professional and thoroughly articulated information, suggesting the best of the best sights for us. Her personal advice was key to our having an active and exciting trip. She answered all questions and provided excellent advice. She will be my go-to advisor for all trips moving forward!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kathy Tolchinsky responded:
Dear Lauren, thank you for the kind words. I'm happy to hear that you and your husband had a wonderful trip. It was my pleasure to help you plan your time in Vienna. Happy to help anytime!
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