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Whether traveling to Asia or trekking through Patagonia, the Seattle area has the specialized travel agent for you. They offer everything from tour packages to personalized travel itineraries. These travel agencies and their agents are specialists in their locations, activities and cultures of the locations. Each caters to a specific clientele, is an expert in their area of travel and treats clients with professionalism.

Red Lantern Journeys
1000 N. Northlake Way, Suite H
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 568-0710

Red Lantern Journeys specializes in travel to Asia. Its expertise extends to China, Laos, Mongolia, Thailand, Nepal, Tibet, India and other small countries in the area with a focus on eco-friendly travel and culturally aware activities. Each traveler is assigned a personal travel specialist/consultant that helps the client design their adventure. The journeys come in four categories: Luxury, Custom, Group or Private. The agents are friendly, professional and knowledgeable.

Rick Steves’ Europe Through the Back Door
130 4th Ave. N.
Edmonds, WA 98020
(425) 771-8303

Located in downtown Edmonds, Rick Steve’s specializes in travel to Europe. The agency offers travel gear, destination books, destination videos and helpful travel agents. The videos highlight destinations, traveling with a budget and experiencing the local culture. Rick Steves’ books are handy guides to plan the ultimate trip to Europe before calling an agent to discuss and book travel. The agents are experts on European travel, places of interest, best times to travel and how to explore Europe on a budget. This agency helps set up personalized itineraries and group tour packages in a knowledgeable and professional way.

Arctic Odysseys
3409 E. Madison St.
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 325-1977

This company is an expert in the area of arctic and Antarctic travel, with over 30 years of experience. Its agents are knowledgeable about these destinations and can create the dream trip for clients. Enjoy adventures of cruises, hiking, kayaking, skiing or by sled-dog. The agency’s knowledge and variety appeals to seasoned travelers and those embarking on their first adventure. It can be expected that these agents can answer all questions about the trips or services offered in a friendly and professional manner.

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Wildland Adventures
3516 N.E. 155th St.
Seattle, WA 98155
(206) 365-0686

Wildland Adventures specializes in world travel. This agency creates a variety of trips for its clients that include adventure cruises, exploratory travel, custom and private travel, family travel, specialized group travel and romantic/honeymoon travel. Wildland focuses on eco-tourism and authentic travel. Each tour guide is indigenous to the area being explored. Each trip is hand-crafted by the agent to meet the client’s needs, wants or personal style of travel.

Mountain Madness, Inc.
3018 S.W. Charlestown St.
Seattle, WA 98126
(206) 937-8389

Mountain Madness specializes in mountain climbing adventures, including Mount Everest. The company focuses on the seven summits, mountain climbing education and trekking. Its adventures are geared toward the beginner to the expert traveler and explorers. These trips are great for meeting like-minded people, experiencing culture, exploring new locations and climbing mountains. Each group is led by an expert. The agents that help design the travel are knowledgeable and experienced in this area of travel adventures.

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Karen Ulvestad is a mother and professional writer/photographer, who lives in the greater Seattle area. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in English Composition. Her background is in fitness, travel, photography and writing. She continually researches locations to visit, and/or entertainment opportunities for family outings and/or photo shoots. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.