O’BRIEN EGAN-PRESIDENT & OWNER
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 28 years.
She 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.
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, and has barged in the Loire and
Champagne regions of France. 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. This April, she will enjoy a ‘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, and Wales –
just to name a few.
She has arranged and escorted a trip for the Nantucket Historical
Association to the Azores, a trip for the Maria Mitchell Association to the
Galapagos Islands, as well as a trip for The Nantucket Historical
Association to New Zealand.
It is hard to say what Sheila’s favorite destination is as there are so many
including Hawaii, Bermuda, France, Ireland and Italy.
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 stop by to meet her… She welcomes your visit!
Sheila can be reached
by phone: 508-228-3201 ext 12, or via email:
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a Nantucket native, Bevin loves her island home but also enjoys experiencing
new places. Growing up in a family involved with the industry she’s been
fortunate to travel extensively. While in college she had the opportunity to
study abroad in Siena, Italy. Using that as a home base she traveled
throughout Italy, and was also able to visit Interlaken, Switzerland and
Tunis, Tunisia. Some of her favorite traveling experiences have been while
driving cross-country with friends and sightseeing along the way. Her
relaxation vacation spot is St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, which has
been an annual family favorite for over 20 years. Be it bungee jumping out
of a gondola in Switzerland, canyoning in the Alps, white-water rafting in
Wyoming, or skydiving in Florida – all are vacation memories she won’t soon
forget. She loves every aspect of travel from the people, the sights, the
food, the adventure, and even some of the unexpected. Within this past year
she has visited the Canadian Rockies, Tokyo, Japan, the U.S. Virgin Islands,
and cruised to Mexico on Royal Caribbean!
Come visit Bevin and let her help you plan a vacation you won’t soon
forget. You can reach her at the office, (508)-228-3201 ext 10 or her email,
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Wenche " Venka" Gazaille
is from Norway and has over 12 years of experience from working as a travel
consultant in USA and Norway. After the birth of her two daughters, she has
been an Independent Travel Agent for Swains Travel working out of her home
office. She still loves to travel and is not afraid to take the family on
longer trips to explore new and exciting places in the world.
With two young
girls who love Walt Disney World, Wenche has become a Disney Expert after
visiting Disney at least 10 times or more.
Wenche started traveling a long time ago and she has visited many countries
in Europe, Asia, South Pacific, Caribbean, South America and the US. Since
she started working at Swain's Travel, she has always had a "top 5" places
she wants to visit. Trips in the future for Wenche and her family
include South Carolina and San Diego, and a trip this winter to either
Singapore or Brazil. You can get in contact with Wenche by phone
508-228-3010 or via email at
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A former travel
agency owner herself, Pat ( PJ) has over 20
years of experience in corporate and vacation travel. Her extensive travel
throughout the US and abroad aids her in customizing trips for clients.
Whether your interest lies in hiking along the Great Wall of China, seeing
the sunrise from the Summit of Mt. Fuji in Japan, riding the Cog Rail to the
“Top of the World” in Switzerland or taking the natural beauties of our
National Parks and historic lodges, PJ can help you with her first time
PJ, has lived in Australia and Japan and
toured throughout Europe, Canada, China, Mexico, the Virgin Island and the
Her recent travels include destinations such as London, St. John and the
USVI’s, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and Rome, Sienna, Florence and Venice in
Italy. Call PJ for your travel needs. @ 508-228-3201
Or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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CECILE RAICHLEN - Luxury Travel Specialist
Travel to far away
places has been her lifelong passion which she has pursued with vigor and
delight. Her adventures have included over 20 cruises, many overland
excursions and dozens of city visits everywhere in the world.
She has traveled to every country in South America, every country in Western
Europe, almost every island in the Caribbean, Canada, Mexico, Russia, but
most especially Asia; India, Thailand, Malaysia, Burma, Singapore,
Indonesia, Hong Kong, Vietnam and China.
She has cruised from Santiago Chile around Cape Horn, to Rio De Janeiro,
stopping in Puerto Montt, Patagonia, Ushuaia, Falkland Islands ending in
Buenos Aires and from Miami through the Panama Canal and along the Pacific
Coast of South America through the straights of Magellan and the Eagle
Channel. She has cruised the waters of Asia
revisiting for the fourth time Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and China.
In addition she traveled to Cambodia, Laos, Bruni and Japan. She also took
an exotic journey overland from Bangkok to Cambodia and again to Burma, the
isolated Himalayan Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan, Nepal, then to the districts
of Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Kerala in India. That journey ended on the
spectacular beaches of the Indian Ocean nation of the Maldives. Most
recently she has revisited Caribbean destinations to experience new and
classic luxury resorts and villas in St. Maartin, Anguilla, Nevis and St
Barths which has become her very favorite Caribbean watering place.
She has been associated with the travel industry for over 35 years including
12 years in a part time capacity at Swains Travel. She loves to share her
joy of exploration with clients who are planning a trip near or far, even to
the ends of the earth.
Cecile can be via email
or by telephone at 508-228-3201
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Cathy recently made the transition from
being a long time client, avid traveler to
part time employee at Swain’s Travel. She is learning the ins and outs of
working at a travel agency and enjoying the experience of a second career
outside of the hospital/ health care setting. As a licensed nutritionist,
Cathy loves and enjoys great food, she has had countless memorable meals
while traveling and will share many of her special favorite restaurants with
her clients. Meeting friends in Paris for a Thanksgiving dinner of stuffed
morels and duck confit, then continuing on to Bruges and returning home from
Amsterdam was recent favorite trip & a great start to the holiday season. In
addition, Spain is a frequent destination that Cathy loves to travel to –
most recently having traveled to Madrid, Barcelona, Cordoba, Valencia, and
Carmona, a charming small town outside of Seville. Never wanting to be far
from the ocean, stays in Cadiz, S’Agaro, Cadaques, Cap de la Crues, and
Javea afford both a beach and cultural experience. Annual cold weather
vacations include many ski resorts in both eastern and western U.S. and
Canada, as well as Zermatt, Davos and Klosters in Switzerland. For the
first time in over 20 years Cathy will opt for a warm weather winter trip
with plans to go to Turks and Caicos this season.
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After 16 years of living on Nantucket, Bobbi
relocated to Pinehills, in Plymouth, MA where she is an Independent Travel
Agent for Swains Travel. Bobbi, after being bitten by the travel bug, has
many years of travel and tourism experience and frequently journeys to
Europe including numerous trips to Italy and France. A wonderful
experience was a journey on a European River Cruise from Prague to
Budapest, which she says was "magnificent"!!! A recent trip to Ireland and
a future planned trip to Portugal gives her an opportunity to bring a
"ladies group" to these special places.
Give Bobbi 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. She has other fabulous
ideas. Let's Travel!!!
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Stan helps out part-time - he stops by whenever he's
In January, Stan went on a Seabourn cruise from Auckland, New Zealand to
Sydney, Australia, with a lot of stops in between. The boat, the Odyssey,
was awesome (less than 400 passengers) as well as the scenery and people
from both countries.
Last year, Stan tried a Windstar cruise for the first time from St.
Maarten that he thought was wonderful - great itinerary, including stops on
Antigua and St. Barth's, and a great 'yacht'. The Wind Surf had about 250
passengers, was recently renovated, and had a nice, casual atmosphere. Who
wants to wear a coat or tie in the Caribbean?
He's from Florida, where he has an 'occasional' 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 Beaune, Corsica, Portofino, Bellagio on Lake Como, and St. Remy de Provence for
the Fête de la Transhumance.
years ago he returned from Europe on the QM2. Favorite trips include: charter
boat along the Dalmatian Coast from Dubrovnik to Vienna, bicycling from
Prague to Vienna
with Butterfield and Robinson, bare-boat chartering in the Virgin Islands,
and visits to Eleuthera in the Bahamas.
He also maintains the web pages, so send him an email with any questions or
comments about the web site. Or if you want to see any of the 357 photos of
his last trip to France and Italy.
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Swain's Travel Inc.
35 Old South Road - Key
Nantucket Island, Massachusetts 02554
Phone (508)228-3201 Fax (508)228-3279
Monday-Friday 9a-5:00p Saturday 9a-2p
June 18, 2013.