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Susan Garner Wenzel

Travel Advisor - Northbrook
8474983453

Traveling has changed my life in so many ways.  From my first trip out of the country as a young child to Ajijic, Mexico where my grandparents wintered to my most recent adventure to the remote regions of northern Peru, I have gained a broader perspective of the world and the people inhabiting it. 

Early in my life I spent a decade long career as an international treasury consultant with, at the time, the largest accounting and consulting firm in the world which allowed me to travel and work abroad satisfying my thirst for worldly exploration and adventure.  After taking a 20 year hiatus to focus on raising a family, I found the urge to travel resurfacing in my life.  I felt it only natural that I turn to consulting again, not with numbers or procedures, but with what I truly have a passion for – travel!

My goal is to curate unique, bespoke travel experiences that create life changing, long lasting memories for my clients and their families and friends.  My favorite part of planning travel is getting to know my clients and getting excited with them about the adventure that awaits; I enjoy discovering new places, sorting out logistics and finding exclusive experiences to make a trip more memorable.

 Time is the most precious asset for anyone and, as a travel specialist, I will attend to all the details from the first day of planning until my clients are safely back home.  I truly care about my clients and their experiences in a way that an online booking engine simply cannot.  When things do not go as planned (as sometimes happens), I will make changes to the itinerary so that priceless vacation time is not wasted. I will care and “be with you” all the way – from the beginning to the end.

 As an elite travel specialist, I love to travel, but I especially love sharing the joy and the benefits of travel with my clients and ensuring that they get the most out of their travel experiences. 

Personalized Experiences

Direct Travel is proud to be among the 1% of the most elite travel agencies in North America. As members of the world’s most premier travel organizations, including Virtuoso, we are able to provide our clients with exclusive benefits and complimentary amenities. With an average of 20 years of experience, our advisors have traveled the world over to discover the perfect destinations and personalized experiences for every client.

Direct Travel Luxe - the Luxury Division

The new luxury is having travel designed to suit your every whim. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, our exclusive luxury program offers personalized and inspired travel experiences selected by a team of expert travel consultants. Our DT Luxe division includes access to the most coveted luxury hotel amenities at over 1,500 properties around the world including private villas and yachts, elite status with airlines, members-only cruise benefits such as complimentary shore excursions and private cocktail receptions, a suite of personalized services from luggage delivery to private event access, and custom tailor-made itineraries.

Unique Destinations for All Types of Travel

Our advisors are specialists for all regions of the world, and can guide you to the best in hotels, tour guides, activities and dining venues in every city and every country. From family vacations to wellness retreats, we have advisors who specialize in all specific types of travel. We also work with a variety of companies that offer specific activities for travelers with an active lifestyle seeking a personalized adventure.

Cruise Travel Specialists

There is a cruise for every type of traveler- river cruising for a slower pace, ocean cruising for waking up in a new city each day without unpacking more than once, and even expedition cruising for exploring the best nature has to offer. With an array of cruise choices and itinerary options around the world, we have the specialists who have been onboard each ship and sailed each itinerary in order to provide our clients with the best cruise to suit their travel style. We also offer extra special amenities like additional onboard credits and private shore excursions exclusive to our clients.

Exclusive Hotels & Resorts

As members of Virtuoso and several elite luxury hotel programs we are partnered with the best of the best hotels, villas, resorts, boutique properties, and more— many of which we have first-hand experience. Our handpicked selections deliver exclusive savings and amenities—like complimentary breakfast or a welcome gift upon arriving to your suite—thanks to our worldwide and personal connections with numerous properties.

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1200 Shermer Road, Ste 110
Northbrook, Illinois 60062
  • Direct Phone: 8474983453
  • Fax: 8474983595
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  • Main tel: 847-498-3450