(11 Reviews)
100% Recommended

Joanne Paterson

Calgary, AB

World Traveler with 40 years of experience

Cruising the mighty Mekong
Cruising the mighty Mekong

I am the ultimate globetrotter, having traveled all the way around the world nearly four times !

My love of exploration began over forty years ago, when I spent a full 8 months wandering through Europe. I visited a variety of gorgeous countries during this time starting in Portugal, travelling east to Greece, Israel and roaming back to  the United Kingdom.

Next adventure was a 2 year working holiday in the South Pacific. During this memorable time, I served as a waitress, bartender, pineapple canner and even a sheep shearer in New Zealand. I eventually found myself working with Sitmar Cruises, exploring Australia, China and everywhere in between.

Although I enjoyed working abroad, I eventually realized that my unique experiences would make me the perfect resource for those eager to plan their own travel adventures. I now work in Cochrane, Alberta (near Calgary) where I encourage other Canadians to embrace the "travel bug".

I may be based in Canada but I certainly have not abandoned my love of travel. My many expeditions have included:

- marveling at the sights and sounds of the jungle

- observing wildlife in Kenya and Tanzania

- hiking in Nepal

- cruising the Mighty Mississippi aboard a paddle wheeler to sailing down the Mekong river on a junk

- cruising around the world on ships, boats and freighters

Space travel is pretty well all that is left for me !

My work with vacationers is every bit as varied as my travel portfolio as I want to give my clients the same amazing experiences.

I do everything I can to ensure that my clients enjoy every moment of their dream vacation. Depending on the individual, this may mean arranging the use of private boats and planes, to finding printer ink for business clients abroad on New Years eve. Have even help set up apartments for those seeking long-term treatments at the acclaimed Mayo Clinic.

No matter the nature of my clients' concerns or needs, I work tirelessly to find a solution.

I spend a great deal of my time consulting with clients and immersed in unique cultures, but I also believe in the power of continued education. I am currently certified as a Barbados Elite and AMA Waterways, Sandals specialist. I have taken a variety of Travel University courses and continue to research various cruises, all-inclusive resorts and escorted tours whenever I have a bit of spare time.

If you would like to learn more about exciting travel opportunities, be sure to get in touch !

My Reviews

46 of 88 people found this review helpful
On retirement,20 years ago,I started on an extensive travel program and was so privileged to have Joanne as travel agent, travel counsellor and travel planner. In the first role, Jo is extremely efficient, well organized, dogged about getting best prices and knowledgeable about airlines and hotels; as counsellor, she gives excellent advice about weather,appropriate clothing, activity options, highlights and good restaurants; and as planner, Joanne gets to know her clients, their interests and passions and then suggests sequences of localities to visit which they would enjoy. My traveling has been smooth and worry free, economical and exciting because of Joanne's careful work--and she is such a fun friend.
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38 of 77 people found this review helpful
Travel Agent Extrodinaire!
Jo is an awesome travel agent. We have been using her for over 10 years to assist us with planning our vacations abroad. She is extremely knowledgeable and loves to help you plan. She really cares about her clients and will go the extra mile to get things right for you. On our most recent trip our sons eye glasses fell into the sea. Jo coordinated with our optometrist and was soon fed exing contact lenses to us so that he would be able to enjoy the rest of the vacation! She always follows up with you when you return home to hear about the trip. She is so good at her job because it truly is her passion!
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34 of 69 people found this review helpful
Joanne finds great value for our travel dollars
We are long term clients of Jo's and find that because of her experience she always has great suggestions tailored to our preferences. She smooths the way for any flight or itinerary concerns and is able to pare down the many online options to the best ones for us. The most fun is the chance to travel with a group that includes her as a coordinator. She can be trusted to find good value for money or something unique if you want to spend a bit more. We will continue doing business with Jo!
By  BJ  from  Victoria, BC
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35 of 74 people found this review helpful
We always look forward to Jo's trip planning expertise
Joanne and her team are the best! We are older clients and like having every part of our travel planned for us, we have enjoyed every trip we have taken and look forward to the next. Joanne is extremely efficient, resourceful and is caring and makes sure all of our needs are met. She is the most knowledgeable agent and will always find the perfect trip for us.
By  deedee  from  Calgary
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35 of 74 people found this review helpful
Incredible long distance support and solutions
We have used Joanne and her team for our travel needs for many, many , many years. We find them to be very timely, courteous and accommodating. We travel overseas quite often and many times we had to change our plans half way through our trip and I know that all I need to do is email Joanne and within hours she has taken care of any request we made in the most economically viable way. This is invaluable in my view as personalized service is not available very often any longer in any field. We have used Joanne and her team for flights, holidays, hotels and cars bookings and she is always mindful of our time and economic constraints. She takes care of the planning and even the on line check ins for us! Super Service!!!
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