About ​​​​​​Us
Shelly Friend- Owner
Travel Experts of Cary
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With more than 17 years in the travel business I keep thinking that some day I’ll grow bored with seeing new places and learning about other cultures. But it’s never boring!  Whether it’s the hills of Tuscany or the beaches of Hawaii, every time I travel I see things I’ve never seen before, I learn, I grow.
 
Part of the joy of travel is getting to share what I’ve learned with my clients, and hearing the wonderful stories they tell when they return.

We are saddened by the fact that the prior owner,  Paul Iacono has taken his last trip.  He was a wonderful person to work with, and he continued to build Travel Experts of Cary as a reputable company with excellent customer service and an experienced team of travel consultants.  That is why I decided to take over the company.  I want to continue working with the outstanding team we have and provide great travel advice to our clients.
Paul will be greatly missed, but his legacy will continue.

Shelly Friend 

    
Travel Experts of Cary is Afiliated with Virtuoso - a network of the best luxury travel agencies, with more than 15,200 advisors worldwide. Virtuoso represents the best of the best in travel, with a portfolio of nearly 1,700 preferred partners - top hotels, cruise lines, tour operators, and more. Virtuoso advisors use their global connections to plan the most memorable experiences for their clients, from weekend getaways to dream vacations. 
Client Reviews
"​​We used Travel Experts of Cary for an amazing 50th Birthday Safari in Kenya.  Thanks for putting together a trip of a lifetime!" Kyle Boyd, NY
"​​Travel Experts of Cary. Prompt, Professional, travel experts indeed, as good as you can get. Plus they can save from travel mistakes."​ James Parker, NC
"We always use Travel Experts of Cary for all our travel.We like knowing we are using people that we have met in person to help us plan out our dream vacations" Rtutone, NC
"For the past 8 years I have only traveled through Travel Experts of Cary! Fast friendly service with the traveler in mind. They have never steered me or my group wrong! You won't find better Travel Agents!" Laurie Shanderson, NC
Meet The Team
Our team of Travel Advisors represent the most experienced and knowledgeable advisors in the travel business!
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My love for travel and adventure began at an early age, and eventually brought me into the Travel Industry.  
With over 20 years of actively selling travel in and around the US, I have had the opportunity to visit many amazing destinations such as Iceland, Guam, Ecuador, Scotland, Ireland and the Caribbean.

​In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, hiking, surfing, great food, & listening to music!

My love for travel began with a promise to my Dad. Being of Scot-Irish lineage, I promised him that I would visit our homeland. And on those first visits to Ireland and Scotland, I knew I had found my passion.  Now I do what I love and love what I do. 

In addition to Ireland and Scotland, my travels include England, Italy, Greece, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, France, Spain, The Netherlands and the Caribbean, including a recent culinary tour of Cuba. 
    

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Thirty years ago I decided staying home was boring! So while booking trips for myself, I asked my travel agent if he would hire me.  And with his encouraging words, I headed off to school to start a career I love.
 
The world offers such exciting experiences, it is difficult to choose a favorite place. From Australia, China, Cape Horn, and Galapagos, where we were privileged to watch the live birth of the Sea Lion… to Europe and across the USA, being a Travel Consultant has introduced me to cultures (and foods) one might only read about!

I'm relativley new to the travel industry- but have travelled extensivley and bring a unique perspective to the Travel Experts Cary  team!

My love for travel showns with every interaction I have with my clients!


    

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