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Travel Specialists

About Us
A highly-personalized travel concierge service that arranges memorable trips, cruises, exotic vacations and travel for those with discriminating taste. So, whether you’re looking for a private jet to Paris, a villa in Tuscany, tickets to the Grand Prix in Monaco, golfing at St. Andrews or an island escape to the Caribbean, we can arrange every detail.

Agency director, Karen Dawson, is a Certified Travel Consultant (CTC), a Certified Cruise Consultant, a Certified Caribbean Specialist, and a Certified Travel Industry Executive (CTIE). Professionally, she has been with Sabre/Travelocity, Virtuoso, American Express Travel, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Travel Agents International, Uniglobe Travel and several independent agencies. She has been a Corporate Travel and Meeting Manager for a $1 billion investment firm and has taught travel and tourism for several colleges.

Southlake Travel is an affiliate of Virtuoso, a by-invitation-only travel organization of over 340 travel agencies with more than 7200 elite travel specialists in 20 countries with annual sales of $3 billion.

Virtuoso Agent Qualifications:
We Know the World ... and the World Knows Virtuoso
From archaeological digs to kayaking, from countryside walks to wildlife safari adventures - Virtuoso travel specialists know the world and all the ways for you to discover it. They have intimate knowledge of the hotels, resorts, cruise lines, tour companies, and destinations they recommend, and many Virtuoso travel specialists are recognized by Conde Nast Traveler as true travel experts.

Certified Travel Agents
Virtuoso travel specialists have an average of 20 years of experience in the luxury travel field and are certified with the Institute of Certified Travel Agents. They are passionate about travel and confident in their ability to book their clients’ dream vacation getaway.

Karen Dawson, CTC, CTIEKaren Dawson CTC CTIE

Interests & Specialties
Culinary & Wine Country Tours, Garden & Golf Tours, Honeymoons, Destination Weddings,  Special Anniversary Celebrations, Cruises & Family Vacations

Expert Bio
Karen is a Certified Travel Consultant, a Master Cruise Consultant, a Certified Caribbean Specialist, and a Certified Travel Industry Executive. Professionally, she has been with Sabre, Virtuoso, American Express, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Travel Agents International, Uniglobe Travel
and several independent agencies. She has been a Corporate Travel and Meetings Manager for a major investment firm and has taught travel agency management, tourism, meeting / event planning and the Sabre GDS at a college-level.

Leigh BradfordLeigh Bradford, Travel Specialist

Interests & Specialties
Customized Travel Itineraries, Family Vacations & Adventures, Luxury Travel, European Vacations, Honeymoons, Destination Weddings, Girls Weekends, Golf Trips, Cruises and Romantic Travels.

Expert Bio
Leigh’s love of travel was sparked years ago while working with Delta Airlines.  After years of working as an attorney, Leigh returned to the travel industry with a focus on designing unique,  and customized travel experiences for her clients.  Leigh has traveled extensively and couples her travel experience and passion for travel in addressing every travel need of her clients. Leigh’s attention to detail and specialized customer care packages take any stress and worry away from her traveling clients, as she delivers travel packages that deliver exactly what they should - peace, relaxation and adventure.  Remember: “To travel is to live.”  Follow Leigh’s blog at