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"Blessing to work with you!"


Thank you absolutely for everything.  You have been a lifeline through all of this process and I honestly couldn't have done this without you.  And then to send us a "date night" on top, it really is a blessing that we got to work with you for our Destination Wedding in Mexico.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts and we hope to work with you in the future.  D. & P., Austin, Tx.

"What A Great Agent!"

Both my partner and I have a good bit of experience using travel agents in our work, so we know a good one when we see her, and I can say with confidence that Tina Shands is among the best. We tasked Tina to find us a suitable Mediterranean cruise within our budget. She interviewed us extensively about our requirements, wishes, capacities, and limitations. Then, within 24 hours she came back with three options all of which seemed right up our alley. With respect to two of the options she was even able to comment about the provider from first-hand experience. Additionally, when we suggested a fourth alternative she was able, with great tact and sensitivity, to explain why it was not really suitable for persons of our wisdom and maturity (that is, for old people like us). Unfortunately circumstances arose that required us to cancel our travel plans, but you can be sure that the next time we do leave the U.S. it will be with Tina's assistance.

"Reservations Made to Perfection"

I was recommended to Tina when we were planning a trip to Mexico on short notice. She figured out our likes very quickly, made the reservations to perfection, and we had a great get away...way overdue! It was beautiful and clean and exactly what we wanted and needed! Thanks Tina!

"Travel the World"

Tina was a pleasure to work with as she knew what she was talking about and could explain everything so well. Everything on the trip went smoothly because of her expertise in travel and preparing me for everything I needed It was a wonderful vacation due to Tina's expertise in travel. She found a beautiful hotel for us and prepared us for international travel. She was always ready and willing to answer any and all questions. I highly recommend her!!!

"Travel Planning was Easy"

Tina helped plan our group vacation and made it very easy. She provided all the information we needed to apply for our passports. When it was time to travel she provided an itinerary that included every detail we needed including how to navigate our way to the correct transportation service from the airport. Looking forward to working with Tina on our next group trip.

"Family Reunion"

I contacted a few travel agents in the Austin area and Tina stood out in her response. It wasn't a canned response like most big agencies. Tina was personable and requested to meet in person to get to know me, so she could plan a vacation I would enjoy. I came to Tina with a huge task of bringing multiple families from across the U.S. together with varying budgets and family sizes. Tina's knowledge of family places helped us narrow down where to travel. We wanted an all-inclusive place that had activities for children and adults. Tina kept our budgets in mind and advised some families to purchase airfare on their own when it was more economical to do so. Transportation to and from the resort was arranged for us. All I had to do was show up with my passport. I'll definitely be using Tina again as her knowledge makes planning much easier.

"Great Destination Wedding and Family Trip"

Tina is great. She coordinated travel for 40+ of our family and guest. Would highly recommend her. Everyone had a similar enjoyable experience with her. Will use her again in the future.


Working with Tina was truly a fantastic experience. I have nothing but positive thoughts having used Tina to organize my recent trip to Mexico. She went above and beyond what was asked of her to tailor my trip to suit my requirements. Pre travel, all queries were promptly answered. My trip was hassle free which made my holiday a truly memorable experience from start to finish. Tina is kind, informative, and always available to answer any last minute questions or concerns that you may have. She works hard to uncover your interests to ensure any experience you choose will be a memorable and personal one. I will not hesitate to use Tina in the future and will also recommend her to my friends who are looking for similar services.

"Great trip to Cancun"

Tina did a great job organizing a bunch of different travelers, and making sure we had all of our questions answered before we left. I loved the pre-travel information she gave us, down to the ""how to get out of the Cancun airport without having to deal with the people trying to sell you a timeshare"". There were earthquakes and hurricanes in Mexico before our departure, and she kept us informed about weather and risks so we could make good decisions. The trip went flawlessly!

"My daughter and I vacation to Maui!"

My daughter and I could not be happier with our vacation to Maui! The idea of this trip hatched months ago and came to be a reality with the expert help of Tina Shands with Specially Designed Travel. Here is her website http://www.speciallydesignedtravel.com. Tina and I had two quick meetings and a handful of emails and it was a done deal. I had zero experience with Hawaii and pretty much just told her I wanted to stay somewhere nice and do fun stuff; told her our likes and dislikes and that was it. I couldn't have planned this vacation with out her. She did ALL the research, put a few choices in front of me and that was it. I had an extremely detailed packet in my hands a couple of weeks before we left with every reservation, voucher, phone number, website, contact, etc in perfect order. She was available for anything or question that came up. When we arrived in Maui my first text was from her welcoming us there!! If you need or want assistance for a special trip, call Tina.

"Tina Made My First Cruise Experience Fun and Easy!"

Outstanding cruise from the ship, ports, and excursions we selected. It all happened just the way we planned it and even better!! Tina is your go to person for travel!!

"It was great!"

Thanks for booking our trip down to Cancun. It was great! More importantly, it was clear you listed to our wish list and found us something that matched those needs.

She help us put together a Cruise Wedding Reception, it was great.

We had to coordinate a group of people with different wants and needs. She manage to connect with everybody and take care of everything. The Cruise Wedding Reception was Great, all she could control was as per requested. We recommend Tina to coordinate your next trip.

By Mili in Austin, TX

"A Glimpse of Heaven"

Tina deserves a medal for my beyond the normal itinerary! I wanted total seclusion on a 10 acre Fiji island which took 3 methods of transportation to get there. A lot was involved to make sure my expectations for my honeymoon/anniversary were a guaranteed perfect delivery, and it was indeed! Heaven must have dripped and formed the island of Royal Davui because it was beauty we both have never experienced! Our private open villa with our private heated infinity pool overlooking the most beautiful see-through oceanic landscape was so surreal! My husband and I are definitely going back in another 5 years! Thank you Tina for working with my craziness in making sure there was no disappointment! Great job! We will definitely use Tina's services again! Sherry and Roger

"Providing the Personal Touch"

Tina is doing an amazing job of planning our honeymoon cruise trip around the Mediterranean (July 2016). She is providing us with lots of options and opinions as we are still fine-tuning our trip (hotel recommendations, shore excursion options, etc). I have no doubt if something last minute pops up, she will have a helpful advice on how to deal with the issue.

"Trip to Cancun"

Tina helped us this summer on a trip to Cancun. She took care of everything we would have ever needed flights, transfers to our hotel and back to the airport. She had us stay in a great place that took a lot of damage two days before from a pretty bad storm but we saw no evidence of it while we were there. She also checked on us during the trip to make sure we were where wwe needed to be on time. I would highly recommend and will use Tina and Specially Designed Travel the next time we go anywhere!!

"Fabulous trip to Punta Cana"

I just returned from a fabulous trip to Punta Cana, DR.Tina handled every step of our trip from flights including wheelchair transport and transfers to the resort. We had a great time and highly recommended Tina to arrange your travel plans

"Our Alaska Adventure is almost here!"

Tina has made the planning of our Bucket List trip to Alaska so easy and fun! We get excited every time we talk with her about our options for excursions and "must see" vistas! Her attention to our personal interests, not necessarily what the "masses" do while there are very appreciated. The planning continues, but we are booked for an amazing experience! Thank you Tina! You're awesome!

"Tina has planned my trip of Australia and New Zealand and I am excited for October, 2016 to start my vacation."

Tina is a wonderful person to work with. The first trip I planned to Australia and New Zealand was cancelled because of health reasons. I highly recommend taking out insurance because if not for insurance I would not be taking another trip. Thanks to her, I am excited about my trip. She has worked tirelessly to make it a great trip.

"European Tours"

Tina was a joy to work with. She planned a trip for us which included flights, two river cruises around Europe, trains, and a side trip to Iceland which included tours. During the planning phase, Tina gathered information on our likes and dislikes. She then proceeded gathering information and provided us with brochures and several different itenaries. She kept in touch with us as she planned the trip. Before the trip, Tina provided us with a detailed timeline (I carried it with me everywhere as I knew if I needed information, it would be in her Itenary.) It was a joy working together with Tina. I would definitely use her services again.

"Outstanding service and care!"

Tina was an absolute pleasure to work with. She made the entire planning and purchasing process so seamless and easy for us. We gave her a general idea of where we wanted to go on a cruise to celebrate our 10th anniversary. From there, she took off and provided us with a variety of options and ideas. In addition to the cruise, she handled our flight arrangements to and from San Juan, as well as a hotel for the night before and after our cruise. We really appreciated that extra time on the front and back end of the trip, as it allowed us extra time on the ship on departure day and time to explore Old San Juan when we returned. The entire trip was such a special experience and we are so appreciative of Tina for all of her hard work, communication, and attention. We highly recommend she and her services to anyone, and we look forward to booking another trip with her soon.

"Fantastic Honeymoon!"


Tina helped us plan our honeymoon. She was very thorough & helped us make decisions on what to plan. Our trip was amazing & we are using her to plan another. Highly recommended!

"Canadian Rocky Mountain Train Trip"

This is the second trip Tina has planned for me and she is wonderful!! She is very thorough and checks out every detail so there are no surprises when you get to the destination. Everything is organized with calendars and detailed instructions on what and how to do every step. She has very good suggestions and can give insight as to what will make the trip more enjoyable. She takes the work out of it and allows us to just enjoy the travel!! I will use her again and again!!

"She listened carefully to what we wanted."

My wife and I usually planned our trips, but getting older made it more difficult. Tina was a Godsend. She listened carefully to our wishes, then fully explored the alternatives, She made it easy for us to settle on a plan for a great vacation.

"Great planning and accommodatons"

Tina is always on the ball and finding the best accommodations for the person. She works to find the right price, and arrangements for all my trips. I am very happy with her service. She has booked several trips without a problem. She is also great when there is a late change to your plans or you need to add another person. I would recommend her (and have) to all my friends.

"Stress-free trip of a lifetime to Great Britain"

Tina planned and executed a flawless trip for my husband and me to England, Scotland, and Wales. She tailored the trip to our personalities and budget, and she ensured we did not miss the best experiences to be had in each locale. Our trip was coordinated with a company located in the UK, and we had local contacts if there were issues while there. I have always booked my own travel via the internet, but Tina and Specially Designed Travel have spoiled me now! I am sure I could not have duplicated this experience on my own. The value she provides is priceless, and looking over the trip cost now I am so pleased with the entire process. Thank you Tina - I am sure we will work together again!!

"I can't wait for the next trip she will plan!!"

Tina at Specially Designed Travel planned a trip for my friend and I this past December to take a Viking River cruise down the Rhine river to see the Christmas Markets. She handled everything for us even down to highlighting the information in the itinerary that we needed to pay special attention to. All details of the trip were carefully handled and everything went without a hitch.  

"I absolutely recommend her for all your travel needs"

If there were more stars I would have chosen them. Tina has handled ever step of our trip. From flights to transportation,ski lifts , ski school.....you name it. Well my flight was delayed causing me to miss my shuttle and then the other shuttles were cancelled due to Denvers snow storm. I was in a hotel room and in bed quickly after finding out I was stuck. By the time I woke up she had a private car and driver ready to take me to Keystone to meet my family that had previously arrived. I felt completely confident throughout the entire adventure that Tina would find a solution. I absolutely recommend her for all your travel needs. She was professional, knowledgable and friendly!!

"Tina has helped us plan every detail"

If you are looking for someone to personally design your travel plans look no further than Tina at Specially Designed Travel!  My fiance and I wanted to plan a cruise for our honeymoon. Tina has helped us plan every detail, compare prices ports, and ships to find the perfect trip for our budget and our lifestyles. I cannot say enough about how helpful and informative working with her has been. We cannot wait until our cruise in June! I know it will be a memorable experience and we have Tina to thank!