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Choosing an agent who is part of The Travel Agent Next Door means you are 100% guaranteed that your professional travel consultant is well travelled as well as educated on a huge number of travel styles, options and experiences.  When an agent chooses to be a part of The Travel Agent Next Door network, they are connected with the best brands, hotel chains, airlines, cruise companies, touring companies and MORE™.  Each travel professional associated with The Travel Agent Next Door is incredibly passionate about travel and providing you with the holiday of a lifetime that will fit your needs and budget.  Make the right choice and book with us today.

Shelley Cota

Shelley Cota

Natasha & Shane

I have been in the travel business since 1988. I love the beach and travelling to as many different sun destinations as possible, as well as travelling to different areas of the world to experience different cultures.

Some of those beach destinations I have enjoyed include all parts of the Caribbean including: Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Cuba, St Lucia, Antigua, Grenada, Bahamas as well as sun destinations throughout Mexico. I am also a Gold certified Sandals specialist as well as a Jamaican specialist.
Cruising has also been a big part of my travels - I have cruised to Alaska, the Caribbean and the Mexican Riviera as well as an amazing European River Cruise. I have also experience the amazing Paul Gauguin cruise lines and sailed from Tahiti to Bora Bora and through the beautiful society island finishing the amazing vacation on in an over water bungalow in Morrea. Adventure travel is also becoming my passion – I have been lucky enough to travel with G Adventures throughout Costa Rica, Vietnam, Peru, Belize, Croatia, Thailand and Bali. Other adventures over the years include travel to Hong Kong, The Cook Islands, New Zealand as well as extensive travel through the USA
Groups are my specialty! I’m happy to organize your wedding group, family reunion or your next specialty group. I would also love to chat with you about my All inclusive Volunteer holiday that I escort to the north coast of the Dominican Republic.
Please call me and let me plan your vacation of a lifetime.

(403) 350-3259

shelley@sunandsandtravel.ca

Dawn Pecharsky

Dawn Pecharsky

Travel Agent

I have been in the travel business as an agent since 1985. I often think of retiring but to have the ability to help people see the world , makes me never want to quit. I love booking trips anywhere and always enjoy a new challenge. Having been to many destinations and having follow up with clients on places I haven't been , makes me a very knowledgeable agent. I really like getting to know my clients and want to make their holiday a lifetime memory . If you have any inquiries big or small I would be thrilled if you considered using Shelley or I as your agent .

403-357-6764

dawn@sunandsandtravel.ca


Nancy Sinnamon

Nancy Sinnamon

Travel Agent

I have been a travel consultant for over 7 years, and love researching new places to explore.

I am interested in the details of a trip, so I strive to provide seamless travel services to create a worry-free vacation experience. When you book with me, your travel worries will disappear, leaving you with an unforgettable, relaxing vacation.

My personal travel includes escorted tours in China and Europe, family vacations to Mexico and the US (including Hawaii and 25 National Parks), and Caribbean and European cruises.

There are so many corners of the world that I can help you discover including hidden gems in Asia, exhilarating experiences in Europe, and the fascinating culture of the South Pacific.

On my personal bucket list you’ll find Iceland, Scandinavia, New Zealand/Australia, Tahiti, Italy and South America.

Where would you like to travel to next?

403 396-3862

nancy@sunandsandtravel.ca

Alex Rothfus

Alex Rothfus

Travel Agent

I have been dreaming about travelling the world since Junior High and shortly after I graduated I packed a backpack and headed to New Zealand for 5 months. Following that, my husband and I have been to Mexico, Switzerland, Venice, Thailand, Cambodia, Iceland, and Las Vegas, with plans to travel to as many new places as we can.

I graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor's degree and have worked in customer service for the last 10 years. I am so excited for the opportunity to be a part of the team at Shelley's Sun and Sand Travel and work in an industry that I am passionate about!

When researching and planning trips I like to include all aspects of that destination - major attractions, culture, historical sites, and places that are 'off the beaten track'. I would love the opportunity to chat and help you plan your dream vacation!

403-896-6876

alex@sunandsandtravel.ca


Pamela Shaw

Pamela Shaw

Travel Agent

Growing up some of my favourite memories have been of our numerous family trips to different places across Canada and the USA. I didn’t know it then but this is where I first fell in love with everything travel. When I was in high school I had the opportunity to go to Japan for 2 weeks on a student exchange trip. This trip gave me the opportunity to really experience a new culture for the first time and to make new friends from halfway around the world, my fate was sealed: travel was going to be a huge part of my life.

Naturally, this led me to pursuing a career in travel and graduating as a travel agent in 2007. Since then I have had the pleasure of visiting an array of destinations such as: Las Vegas, Seattle, Phoenix, Disneyland, Miami, Hawaii, Panama, Jamaica, many places in Mexico, a Cruise through the Caribbean, a Contiki coach tour through Europe, and most recently my Bucket list trip 24 Days in Peru including a 4 Day hike to the mystical ruins of Machu Picchu and a few days in the Amazon jungle.

My diverse travel experience, both personal and professional, has given me the confidence and ability to plan you a worry-free holiday, and your next dream trip.

403-352-6124

pamela@sunandsandtravel.ca

Erica Wilkinson

Erica Wilkinson

Office Assistant/Travel Agent

Hi, I am Erica!

I have been in love with travel and quite involved in the “industry” my whole life. Obviously- being the daughter of a travel agent- I grew up with travel being a very important part of my life. I always have a count down going to keep track of the days until my next adventure. Even while raising a young family, I always make sure to have a travel plan on the go.

I have been working with Shelley’s Sun and Sand travel as the Office Assistant since the business started. I have had lots of time to learn about the industry, and the ins and outs of selling travel. In the early part of 2019, I decided to take my experience from being the Office assistant and use that knowledge and passion to work as an agent. I love helping people explore, and check items off their bucket list. Being a mom myself, I love helping families with young children travel comfortably and make incredible memories, like I have with my daughter.

I would love to help you find your next getaway! Reach out to me by phone: 403-391-2893 or by email erica@sunandsandtravel.ca to chat!

Erika Lefley

Erika Lefley

Travel Agent

My passion for travel began at a young age. I am grateful for many wonderful trips my parents took us on. Since then I knew I wanted to go everywhere I could. I love the beach, I love the snow,but put me in a new country with a backpack and a map and I’ll be the happiest person you know. I enjoy journaling about my adventures, and backpacking throughout new countries engaging in the culture and growing as an individual as well as a travel consultant.

I am very thankful that I have had the opportunity to explore these different countries, Ireland, Scotland, England, France, Spain, Portugal, Mexico, and USA. I am looking forward to many new adventures to come.

With my deep love for travel it is only a coincidence that my chosen career is travel. I am a very detail oriented individual, and when planning a trip my priority is you and your dream vacation. All of the details will be thought of from small to big. I will make your trip/vacation your dream, worry-free with my expertise.

I want to hear where you want to go and what kind of experience you are looking for give me a call for your next dream trip..wherever that may be.

erika@sunandsandtravel.ca

587-876-9094

Shelley Cota

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