Travel Expertise

Favorite experiences
  • Flying on the Concorde
  • Going to see the Terracotta Army in China
  • Exploring Machu Picchu
  • Going on safari in Africa
Most recent trips
  • Leading a group of 46 passengers on Seaborn from Reykjavik to Copenhagen up to the Artic Circle
  • A Celebrity cruise to Alaska to see whales, dolphins, and the beautiful glaciers
  • Certified Travel Counselor
  • Master Cruise Counselor
  • Destination Specialist
  • Signature Travel Expert

I love being a travel advisor so I can show my clients where I have been and what they should see on their trips.

Barbara Matles

Barbara's Story

I grew up in Los Angeles and was lucky to have the opportunity to do quite a bit of traveling. (65 countries visited and 45 years as a travel advisor!) I only decided to become a travel agent when friends kept asking where I just came back from and what I had seen.

I realized being a travel agent was my calling because I loved to tell others about my personal travels and felt I could assist people to make their dreams come true. Since becoming a certified travel and cruise professional, I have never lost the passion for the travel business in the subsequent decades.

I feel privileged to be in this industry, and to have had so many exquisite travel experiences: flying on the Concorde, going to Xi’an to see the Terracotta Army up close, exploring Machu Picchu, going on safari in Africa, traveling in Tahiti, and cruising the world’s waterways with family, children, and grandchildren. (I’ve now been on almost every cruise line at least once!)

In addition to my personal travels, I thrive on living vicariously through my clients’ travels, planning their adventures, and of course, learning new things from them, too. After all, it’s not just being able to say you’ve been somewhere, but also to have the unique experiences that create such lasting memories and make a trip so special.

In addition to travel, I enjoy walking on the beach, working out, and donating my time to Rotary for worthy causes.

Barbara's Travel Journals

Aug 17, 2016 Avatar Barbara Matles Barbara Matles

Bordeaux River Cruise

The River Royale is a wonderful small boutique ship with 120 passengers operated by Uniworld. The public areas are warm...

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Jun 29, 2016 Avatar Barbara Matles Barbara Matles

Holland America’s Around the World Cruise

We began our Holland America cruise with a stay in Sydney at the Shangri-La Hotel. What a view! The hotel...

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