SHEILA O’BRIEN  EGAN-PRESIDENT & OWNER

Sheila 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 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: sheila@swainstravel.com.

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BEVIN BIXBY

Being 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, agent@swainstravel.com.

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WENCHE GAZAILLE

Wenche " Venka" Gazaille is from Norway and has over 15 years of experience from working as a travel consultant in USA and Norway. She loves to travel and is not afraid to take the family, husband and two kids on longer trips to explore new and exciting places in the world. The last trip they had was to Oman, Dubai and the Maldives where the whole family had an amazing time. With two young girls who love Walt Disney World, Wenche has become a Disney Expert after visiting Disney at least 10 times. Wenche started traveling a long time ago and she has visited many countries in Europe, Asia, South Pacific, Caribbean, South America, Middle East, Africa, Central America and the US. Since she started working at Swain's Travel, she has always had a "top 5" places she wants to visit. Last year they did some traveling in Wenches home country, Norway. The family got to see mountains, fjords, old Stav churches, walking on a glacier, traveling by train, bus, car, boat and plane. The kids also learn you always need to bring a hat and gloves traveling to Norway and she taught them the great Norwegian saying “there is never bad weather just bad clothing”.  Trips in the future for Wenche and her family includes a trip to Croatia this summer and hopefully a trip to Asia next winter. You can get in contact with Wenche by phone 508-228-3010 or via email at agent@swainstravel.com.

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FERNANDO JONES

Fernando Jones has been with Swain’s for over a year during the time he has helped numerous visitor’s find the right accommodation during their stay while in Nantucket. He has personal seen almost every category of room at over 15 of the island’s most trust worthy establishments which allows him to be able to find the right fit for the right people. From families to solo adventures, wedding parties to leisure stays, Fernando is willing to help every traveler find a good comfortable accommodation to enhance your stay while on the island. Fernando is willing and able to provide information on a number of properties so please contact Fernando for assistance with making you booking.You can get in contact with Fernando by phone 508-228-3010 or via email at agent@swainstravel.com.

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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 craichlen@hotmail.com or by telephone at 508-228-3201

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CATHY LENNON
 

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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BARBARA MAFFEI
 
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!!!
Bobbi can be reached at her home office at 508-209-0793. Also via email: bobbimaf@comcast.net


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Stan Harvey

Stan helps out part-time - he stops by whenever he's needed.
In February, 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 Corsica, Portofino, Bellagio on Lake Como, and St. Remy de Provence for the Fête de la Transhumance.
A few 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 Post Corner
Nantucket Island, Massachusetts 02554
Phone (508)228-3201         Fax (508)228-3279
Monday-Friday 9a-5:00p  Saturday 9a-2p
Email: agent@swainstravel.com

Last updated April 19, 2016.