President and Owner, Sheila O’Brien Egan purchased Swains Travel in September of 1984.
Since then, through her client-centered philosophy, travel expertise, and the destination knowledge of herself and coworkers the agency has grown and prospered in a very competitive business environment for over 30 years. Her team of knowledgeable and well-traveled travel consultants have combined decades of experience in the business.
Sheila attributes the success of the agency to her belief in, and the practice of, placing client’s needs first as well as exceeding their expectations for service, travel and destination knowledge. She enjoys working directly with her clients from the planning stages through to the clients’ evaluation of their travel experiences.
In addition, as of November 1, 2020, we are delighted to announce Swains Travel, has become an Affiliate office of Preferred Travel of Naples, FL and now has offices located in both Nantucket and Naples, FL.
Take your time and browse through our website to learn more about us and the vacations packages we can offer you! Need help in deciding, please call Swain's Travel, Inc.!
- Sheila O’Brien Egan, President
Sheila O'Brian EganPresident & Owner
Sheila has traveled to many places…. by land, air, and sea. She has cruised extensively with many different cruise lines to Alaska, the Panama Canal, Caribbean and Greek islands, Mexico, Portugal and Spain. With Crystal Cruises being her favorite. Most recently her travels have taken her to Scotland, England, Wales, and a fabulous villa vacation with friends in Tuscany, Italy. Sheila has traveled extensively along the Italian Amalfi Coast, visiting the magnificent towns of Positano, Sorrento, Amalfi, as well as the Isle of Capri!
Sheila also enjoys European River Cruising and has cruised on the Danube & Rhine River and the Amsterdam ‘Tulip Time Cruise’ with her Gutsy Ladies! The Gutsy Ladies are a group of women who Sheila personally escorts to a special destination each year. Some of those destinations have included Cinque Terre, Portofino, England, Amsterdam, Paris, Scotland, Spain, Portugal and Wales – just to name a few….! This Year, Sheila is Traveling with her Gutsy Ladies on a Ponant Cruise from Iceland to Edinburgh.
Sheila’s most favorite trips have been aboard small Barge cruises, less than 10 guests traveling thru Champagne region of France and the Loire Valley, just unbelievable and 5 *** all the way around.! She also arranged and escorted a trip for the Nantucket Historical Association to the Azores and New Zealand and for the Maria Mitchell Association to the Galapagos Island. Sheila, is avid golfer and has arranged many golf trips over the years to Ireland, Scotland, Portugal, Spain and the Dominican Republic.
Sheila has achieved the highest levels of accreditation in the travel industry… including Master Cruise Counselor and Certified Travel Counselor. She looks forward to helping you plan your next travel vacation. Feel free to contact her or set up an appointment to meet with her. She welcomes your visit!
Judy WodynskiTravel Consultant
Judy, a most seasoned traveler, who has worked travel business for many years, enthusiastically began learning the ins and outs of the travel business. After having spent more than 35 years in Development in Higher Education, and numerous other nonprofits, Judy just loves the travel business and making clients dreams come true.
She loves to cruise and travel around the world and has been doing it since she was a child when her grandfather was a Travel Agent. Judy spent many summers in Italy with family. Since getting married she and her husband have become great cruise fans and have traveled around the world on luxury cruise ships. In her life time, she has visited over 60 countries and loves traveling around the South Seas. Judy has only missed traveling to two states in the USA, Alaska and North Dakota which she hopes to visit soon.
Judy and her husband latest cruise was a 52-day cruise on the Queen Mary II, going half-way around the world following the route of many of the Whaling ships out of Nantucket which has given her a new respect for those brave whalers.
Her favorite places to travel are Japan, Australia, and Italy, Key West FL and Scottsdale AZ.
Debra KlingspornTravel Consultant
My love affair with travel and new experiences began well before I could walk when my family tent-camped everywhere from Padre Island National Seashore to the mountains of Colorado. I could build a blazing campfire before I knew my multiplication tables.
Adventuresome tent camping gave way to business travel, taking me across the country from New York City to San Francisco, Southern California to Washington, D.C., as a young marketing and public relations executive within the publishing world. I have also traveled between Nairobi and the White Mountains of Kenya, Africa, as well as Austria, Germany, Switzerland, the Czech Republic. Along with my husband of 40+ years, we have traveled throughout Ireland (a personal favorite), the Aran Islands, Scotland and the unusual remote Isle of Iona, and are looking forward to adding Italy and France to our travel experiences soon.
Before my Career in the Travel Industry, my professional background included more than 40 years in communications. Once I “semi-retired into motherhood,” I left corporate communications and moved into full-time writing, editing, and collaborating on more than fourteen books. I'm seriously addicted to knitting, love strong dark coffee, fine wines, and any opportunity to travel to new places. My last trip to Ireland was escorting five knitters and one photographer on a knitting tour of Southern Ireland, including visiting a working sheep farm and touring two of Ireland's historic woolen mills.
I bring a creative, “can-do, make-it-happen” adaptability and enthusiasm to travel planning and I'm ready and waiting to help you plan your next big adventure!
Barbara MaffeiTravel Consultant
After 16 years of living on Nantucket, I first relocated to Pinehill’s, in Plymouth, MA and now I call home Vero Beach, Florida. After being bitten by the travel bug, many years ago and working in the travel and tourism business, my love for travel began. I have traveled extensively and frequently on many journeys to Europe including numerous trips to Italy and France. One of my most wonderful experiences was a journey on a European River Cruise from Prague to Budapest, which was "magnificent"!!!
I also enjoying traveling on “Girlfriend Getaways” at least once a year. Last year we visited Portugal and had a wonderful time. Great hotels, exceptional sightseeing/ guides, beautiful weather, and fine wines. Ireland is next on the list.
I have also enjoyed many great cruises especially on Viking Ocean Cruises, with their Cuba cruise and Caribbean Cruises, among my favorites. The size of the Viking Ocean ships is just perfect.
Please give me a call if you want to know about shopping in Florence, buying Limoncello in Sorrento, wine tasting in Tuscany or a barge cruise through Champagne Country in France. I also have many other fabulous ideas. Let's Travel!!!
Wenche GazailleTravel Consultant
Wenche " Venka" Gazaille is from Norway with over 20 years of experience as a travel consultant in USA and Norway. Most of those years have been with Swains Travel.
Wenche, loves to travel and is not afraid to take the family, husband and two daughters on longer trips to explore new and exciting places in the world. A favorite family trip was a first time to the Middle East, traveling to Oman, Dubai and the Maldives where they had an amazing time. In Oman they went to the goat market in Nizwa, sand boarding in the desert, visited a Bedouin family, swimming with sharks in Dubai, relaxed in the unbelievable beautiful Maldives and tried lots of different tasty food from the region. With two young girls who love Walt Disney World, Wenche has become a Disney Expert after visiting Disney at least ten times. Wenche has traveled for years and visited many countries in Europe (favorite country after Norway is Italy), Asia (loved the Great Wall of China), South Pacific (favorite island Bora Bora), Caribbean (favorite island Turks and Caicos), South America (loved Brazil), Middle East (favorite country Oman), Africa (fascinated by Morocco), Central America (loved Panama City) and the US (favorite state after Massachusetts is California).
Wenche, visits Norway every summer to see family and friends. She has traveled extensively within Norway, viewing the beautiful mountains, fjords, old Stave churches, walking on a glaciers, traveling by train, bus, car, boat and plane. Her children have learned you always need to bring a hat and gloves traveling to Norway as they know Wenches favorite Norwegian saying “there is never bad weather just bad clothing”.
Wenche’s latest trips have been to Vietnam, Cambodia, Croatia, South Africa and Malta to educate her girls on the many amazing countries and people that share this planet. They are all looking forward to the future to find new and interesting places to explore.
Corinne GiffinTravel Consultant
Born in the United Kingdom and raised in the warm heart of Africa.
My love of travel began many years ago. Since I was a young girl I have traveled extensively all over Southern Africa (Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, Lesotho, Malawi, Kenya and Zambia) and throughout the islands of the Indian Ocean (Seychelles, Mauritius, Comoros, Reunion and Madagascar) Just Fabulous!
Met my soulmate in Johannesburg in my early twenties and immigrated to the USA in the late 90’s settling in Nantucket, Massachusetts. I have enjoyed exploring the great United States of America and my most recent vacations abroad were to Accra, Ghana and Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai UAE.
My bucket list includes hot air ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey, travelling by train over the Nine Arch bridge between Demodara and Ella in Sri Lanka and a Transatlantic crossing on the Queen Mary from Southampton to New York.
Stan HarveyTravel Consultant
Stan, has worked for Swain’s Travel for over 20 years, wearing several various hats! He is very flexible with his time and stops by whenever he's needed.
Last year, Stan traveled with a small group on a Seabourn Cruise from Singapore to Hong Kong (before COVID!) over the Christmas and New Year's holidays. Because he and his family love Seabourn, two years ago, they went on a Seabourn Cruise from Santiago, Chile to Buenos Aires, Argentina with stops along the way including white water rafting in Chile, and Zodiac landings in Antarctica and South Georgia Islands. Highlights included wandering around with the penguins in Antarctica, watching ice bergs over a mile long float by, whale sightings, a visit to the former whaling station at Grytvikken , as well as wildlife viewing ashore of the vast breeding colonies of various penguin species, albatrosses and other seabirds and mammals including fur seals and elephant seals.
Stan, recently organized a group of ten people on a classic wooden yacht, the Grace, in the Galapagos through International Expeditions. Everyone had a wonderful trip and a fun experience. The shore excursion, dining and naturalist/guides were fantastic!
Past trips include an amazing cruise from Auckland to Sydney on a Seabourn Cruise and a Windstar cruise from St. Maarten that he thought had a great itinerary, including stops on Antigua and St. Barth's.
Stan is originally from Florida, where he has a winter home. His favorite places to go include St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat in the South of France, which he tries to make at least twice a year. Recent side trips include Corsica, Sardinia, Portofino, Bellagio on Lake Como, and St. Remy de Provence for the Fête de la Transhumance.
His Favorite trips have included: charter boat sailing along the Dalmatian Coast from Dubrovnik to Venice, bicycling from Prague to Vienna with Butterfield and Robinson, bare-boat chartering in the Virgin Islands, and visits to Eleuthera in the Bahamas.
Stan, is a jack of all trades at Swains Travel, also assisting with the office website, technical issue, and planning clients’ travel.
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