Founded in 1986, Focus on Travel has been providing vacation and business travel for 32 years!
Julie has worked in the travel industry for many years as a certified travel planner. She loves to travel the world and help people plan their vacations.Julie Blackman, CTC
Jill lived in France for a few years and travelled extensively throughout Western Europe. She has a special fondness for the authentic boutique hotels and bed and breakfast establishments. She has also visited many ski resorts and travelled in most major US cities countless times. Her favorite thing is to walk the streets, visit museums, partake in the authentic cuisine of the area she’s visiting and shop. She also works for a law firm and has started helping with business travel arrangements too.Jill Garvey
Paula has been in the travel industry for over 35 years as an agent & agency owner and has vast travel experience having travelled to all seven continents. She graduated from Portland State in 1969 and in the intervening years has completed requirements to become a Certified Travel Counselor (CTC), an Aussie Specialist (Australia), and a Hawaii Specialist. She has also been very involved in the leadership of several travel organizations over the years. She especially enjoys arranging tours to Europe & the South Pacific as well as all types of cruising.Paula Heiberg, CTC
Paula graduated from the University of Washington and quickly began her travel career at United airlines. She has traveled all over the world and even lived in St. Thomas chartering a boat through the Virgin Islands. She opened Focus on Travel in 1986 and has been busy planning trips ever since.Paula Hobble
Jake works in the office at Focus on Travel and is very skilled with all things computer oriented as well. He has traveled to many destinations all over the world.Jake Hobble
Lesley loves traveling to warm destinations, cruising and visiting Disneyland and Disney World with her daughter.Lesley Hobble
Carolyn has worked in the travel industry for many years. She has lots of experience in a variety of destinations including Hawaii, cruising, Europe, Disney and more.Carolyn Hoffman
Group travel focus for family gatherings (destination weddings, cruises, Disney packages. Non-Profit Organizations – Community trips (increase non dues revenue), Corporate (incentive, team building), Special Interest Groups – Golf Cycling, Sports events, gardening, hobbies, history and food focused groups.Carolyn Horne
Kim has worked in the travel industry for many years. She specializes in family, groups, corporate travel, cruising, honeymoons and more.Kim Howell
Brooke Johnson has been traveling since she was 18 and donned her backpack for a 2-year journey around the world. Her passion for travel has taken her to over 100 countries, across 6 continents and totally around the world 2 times.
Brooke has been in the travel industry since 1990 designing and leading trips. She has consulted with travel companies and started several successful businesses. An avid adventurer, collector of folk art and textiles, a cook, and wine aficionado lead her to search out markets to discover local crafts, unique spices and tantalizing foods. Because of her interest in gardening, flora and fauna and natural medicine she seeks the exotic and roads less traveled.
Brooke enjoys international trip planning as well as helping you find the cruise that is right for you. Should you prefer a river cruise, ocean voyage, yachting adventure or an exploration journey, she knows how to find the correct option for you. Perhaps a villa in Italy is more your style. Private car and driver? No problem! Brooke LOVES to fulfill your dreams!
Many of Brooke’s clients have been working with her since 1990 and have been pleased with her knowledge, service and expertise. It’s all about YOU, she listens, advises and works with you to create the experience you wish to have.
Bob has over thirty years experience to plan your next vacation. Cruises and Hawaii destinations are his specialty.Bob Koeber
Destination Your World is a small boutique travel company specializing in personal service for your individual journey. The owner, Roger Patteson, has 20+ years of travel planning experience visiting over 30 countries and 22 weeks cruising on various size cruise lines including tall ships to exotic destinations.Roger Patteson
Joan Sher, CTC, is a certified travel consultant who has been an independent travel agent for over 32 years. She has experience booking all types of travel, but primarily specializes in upscale, luxury travel for individuals and groups. Whether the client wants a cruise, riverboat, land tour, private guide service, and/or just a hotel reservation, Joan is available to work with the client to make sure their travel is exactly what they want. She can design a trip to fit every person’s need and desires. She loves to do the necessary research to make sure every trip is special. Joan also has many LGBT clients who appreciate her interest in finding places where they will feel comfortable. Joan’s motto is “just go away, hassle free.” Call Joan and you will be taken care of by a professional.
Joan is active in the community. She is a member of PABA (Portland Area Business Association), a board member of Triangle Productions, Institute for Judaic Studies and the Historic Hollywood theatre. She is married to Paul Sher for over 55 years and they have 3 married sons and five grandchildren. Paul and Joan share many interests including traveling together, however, one of their major passions is watching films and attending film festivals. Joan also worked for years at the Portland Oregon Visitor’s center in downtown Portland and loves helping people plan a visit this beautiful city where she has lived for the last 20 years. So, whether you live in Portland with out of town guests or are visiting Portland from somewhere else, call Joan to maximize your time and to make your visit memorable.
Lynda has been in the travel industry since 1979. Currently she specializes in travel to the South Pacific and Africa. She quit counting how many times she’s been to the Southern hemisphere when she crossed the International dateline the 25th time. Tourism Australia has awarded her The Opal Award 8 time (only 5 are given out annual in North America) and to date is the only agent in the North America to receive the global Chairman’s Award. She loves to develop itineraries that suit her travelers dream trips. So if you are dreaming of surfing Bondi Beach in Sydney, hearing penguins as the waddle up on shore outside Melbourne, photographing the amazing scenery of New Zealand, enjoying a low cost/no cost day in the capitol city of Wellington, or seeing giraffes in the wild on the Masai Mara in Kenya, Lynda is the one you should trust your travel plan to.Lynda Shumaker
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