Specialties: Guided Vacations, Ocean Cruises, River Cruises, Honeymoons, Weddings, Sports/Golf Trips

Favorite Destinations: Hawaii, Europe, Turks and Caicos

Favorite Quote: "When in Rome, do as the Romans do!"

Fun Fact: While in Katmandu, I taught the waitstaff at the Hotel Bob Seger's song, "Katmandu."

With over 30 years experience planning European Vacation Travel as well as destination weddings and honeymoons all over the world, I am best-known as a premiere advocate for my clients ensuring they receive extremely personalized experiences in their vacation travels. I am a Hawaiian Specialist, India Specialist, and Certified Sandals and Beaches Specialist. With our luxury partners, I am also a specialist with Abercrombie & Kent, Uniworld River Cruises, Celebrity Cruise Line, and Oceania Cruise Lines. As a travel professional I have travelled to Bermuda, Bahamas, Jamaica, Turks & Caicos, France, Germany, Austria, India and the U.K. When servicing families for vacations, one must include Disney worldwide in their bag of tricks and I have been a Disney Specialist since 1989.

I'm incredibly passionate about travel and enjoy planning every new experience for my clients. Please contact me today and I'll be happy to help ensure your next vacation, is your favorite!

Favorite Travel Experiences

  • Trying on the Royal Jewels from the Mogul Dynasty. while in India for 4 hours.
  • Seeing the Taj Mahal.
  • Watching the sun rise over Mt Everest.
  • Having Lunch at The  Shangri-La Paris on the Roof top.
  • Swimming with Spinner Dolphins in Makena Bay Oahu
  • Sharing my Cabana with Actress Emma Stone while staying at the Kahala Resort in Oahu.
  • Having a Wine and Fondue lunch in the Alps of Switzerland.
  • Going to a Ballet in Vienna.
  • Riding behind the Horse Guard into the gates of the Royal Palace in London.
  • ATVing at the Princeville Ranch while in Kauai.

Accomplishments

  • American Express Pacesetter 2011
  • American Express Travel Insider for Hawaii
  • Master Specialist for Kauai for Hawaiian Tourist Bureau
  • Uniworld River Cruise Specialist
  • Sandals and Beachs Resort Specialist
  • Royal Caribbean Specialist
  • Princess Cruises Specialist
  • Holland America Cruise Line Specialist
  • Travelink Best of the Best Awards (Multiple Years)

Most Unusual or Intriguing Request I've Fulfilled for a Customer

I planned a 365 day trip for a couple travelling Australia and New Zealand.

Client Testimonials

Although I have been an American Express Card Holder since 1974 and used it for our personal and corporate credit card needs, I had never used the travel services offered though Travelink. I am glad I finally did because I met Francie Shanks. I want you to know she has been fantastic. I was coordinating a trip to Boston with some special requirements and she handled everything. She is prompt in her communication. She is knowledgeable and very friendly while remaining professional. She is a great representative of your company and I suggest you hang on to her.

All the best to you and yours in the coming New Year.

Glen W — Trip to Austria

We have been very very happy with the Hotel am Konzerthaus in Vienna. It is quiet, our top priority, and rare in a European hotel. We can walk to every historical attraction that we want to see, and we are also close to U-Bahn and tram lines. The room is plenty spacious for a hotel room in a European capital, and the breakfast is great. We look forward to our train ride to Salzburg tomorrow.

Barbara — Trip to Austria

We recently returned from a vacation that Francie Shanks helped us with and we were more than pleased with the outcome. She was professional, friendly and easy to work with. She went above and beyond the call of duty more than once. She was always easily accessible and thought about all the little details to make our trip as perfect as it could be. We look forward to using her in the future for more trips.

Carol & Lanny — 

Francie,

I can not even begin to tell how you AWESOME our trip was!!!!!! You out did yourself for sure!!! The ""Lime Tree Bay"" is like a corona commercial...beautiful, peaceful, quite, clean, great bed & pillows, so nice, and accommodating. When we arrived to the Hertz counter, they did not have our Sebring convertible and offered us a free upgrade to a Convertible 2013 Corvette!!!!! Oh my gosh......we drove it like we stole it! And YES, we looked awesome in it! We are HUGE Pittsburgh Steeler & Penguins fans so we were looking for a sports bar to watch the hockey game, and came across this little neighborhood dive called the Oceanic View ""OV""....a former Pittsburgh Steeler owns it.....how cool was that! (he wasn't there he was in Miami having knee surgery). By the time we left, everyone knew our names, and we knew theirs...kinda like an episode of ""Cheers"". We are so grateful for ALL that you have done for us with both vacations. You are so helpful, expedient, professional, and fun!! It has truly been a pleasure working with you and ""meeting you""!! Thank you again for EVERYTHING!!!!!!

Cindy — 

First of all, THANK YOU! Everything went off without a hitch. It was the most amazing vacation ever. I truly appreciate your guidance and look forward to working with you on my next big vacation!

Dee

Trip to Bermuda

Dee — Trip to Bermuda

Although I have been an American Express Card Holder since 1974 and used it for our personal and corporate credit card needs, I had never used the travel services offered though Travelink. I am glad I finally did because I met, Francie Shanks. I want you to know she has been fantastic. I was coordinating a trip to Boston with some special requirements and she handled everything. She is prompt in her communication. She is knowledgeable and very friendly while remaining professional. She is a great representative of your company and I suggest you hang on to her.All the best to you and yours in the coming New Year.

Glenn W — Trip to Boston

Thank you so much for everything you did for us. It was a wonderful trip. Our children had a ball. Everything was perfect. I will keep your information be back in touch when we decide to do another cruise.

Lara — Cruise

Just a note to say thank you for setting us up with our South Carolina trip. We had a great time and would love to go back again. The hotel was wonderful. Top notch!! We would like to plan another trip soon. Thanks so much! 

Stacey — Trip to South Carolina

Our trip was great. It only had minor things with rain early in the trip but we had a great view of the Matterhorn and the Eiffel Tower. The tour guide was great but the local guides in Venice and Paris had heavy accents and took effort to understand. The bus had plenty of room, not like past experiences where I had to sit at an angle because my knees were bumping the seat in front. Fun group we were with (27 total) from Australia, Puerto Rico, New Zealand as well as the US. Some of us will likely keep in touch. Customs was no problem at all. We must have timed it just right as we had 45 minutes from drop off at Paris airport till we were sitting at our gate. Took about 20 minutes to clear customs at Amsterdam. All in all no issues. Glad we went and took the time we did. I do know why I don’t take that long very often; I am still catching up.

Russell — Trip to Amsterdam

We want to thank you so much [Francie Shanks] for everything you did, the trip was perfect, and you did an amazing job picking hotels for us. We can't thank you enough for making it the trip if a lifetime. Next big one will be my 50th in four years to New Zealand, and we will have to look you up when it's time! Thank you again!!!!

Susan — Trip to Hawaii

Hi Francie,

So sorry I missed your call, the trip went great.  Everyone had an awesome time & loved the location.

Thanks again for all your help!

Marcy — 

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