Colette Stead, Owner and Vacation Specialist

Destinations by Colette is located in the beautiful Emerald City of Seattle, Washington. We are able to service clients located in both the United States and Canada. Professionally selling travel since 2012, Destinations by Colette believes in giving clients personal attention to ensure the highest quality service.

We are a full service travel agency, offering assistance with all your travel needs. While we are able to assist you with destinations throughout the world, we specialize in Individual and Group Vacations to Ireland, England, Scotland and Africa. Whether you are planning your "once in a lifetime" dream vacation, a special romantic getaway for two, or a special "family together time" vacation, we understand how important it is to "get it right". Value, Quality and Exceptional Service are most important to us and we strive to incorporate all of these into our travel planning services. We look forward to hearing from you.

About Me:  I have been professionally selling travel since 2012. Passionate about all things travel, I have been travelling since a young child, and continue to explore the world with my husband and two children. Born and raised in Southern Africa, and having lived in both Canada and the United States, my knowledge of travel is transferred directly to my clients.

With so many options out there, it is difficult to know if you are getting the best value for your money, and whether you are exploring all your options. Let me do the work for you! There are no hidden fees or additional costs to you to use a travel agent. You'll be glad you did! Your memorable holiday experience should start with the planning process. I promise to make your experience a positive one and will work on building a relationship to last a lifetime. I give all my clients personal attention to ensure the highest quality filled experience. Your one on one contact with me will start from first contact until you return from your trip.

Specialties: Customized Independent Travel to England, Ireland and Scotland, Ocean and River Cruising, Land Touring, Group Travel, Family Travel, Singles, Honeymoons, Babymoons, Familymoons

Our extensive travel experience allows us to give you personal recommendations to your desired vacation destinations. If we haven't been there, we know someone who has and can get you that "inside" information.

Client Testimonials

Working with Colette was an absolute delight. Let me start by saying I was booking a “spontaneous” trip to Ireland, and had less than 2 weeks to plan everything. Colette accepted the challenge and booked everything for me in a matter of days. Everywhere she recommended was fantastic. She was very personable, listened to everything I was looking for (such as being able to use public transportation) and put everything in a detailed itinerary for me. This was my first time traveling on my own, so I was a little nervous about getting from place to place. But Colette booked my trains, told me exact times and places, and it couldn’t have been easier. Would highly recommend working with her! Was great all around from start to finish!  Corinna S.

Colette designed our trip to the U.K. perfectly. I let her know that it was our first trip to England and that I was a big Beatles fan, so she arranged our trip accordingly. We got to see the big sites like Stonehenge, Bath, Windsor Castle, the London Eye, St Paul's Cathedral AND all the famous Beatles and rock history sites– Abbey Road crossing, homes and sites of famous rock stars. The best part for me as a Beatles fan was the private tour of all the Beatles sites in Liverpool. And, don't believe what they tell you in London about Liverpool - It's fantastic! I can't imagine a better, more organized excursion, and Colette was there whenever we had a question or needed advice. Look no further if you're looking for a travel professional!  Norris H.

Our lives have been a little hectic lately, and Colette made the process of planning our London/Barcelona trip so easy. She was very responsive and never made us feel bad for being indecisive or changing things up. With her in the West Coast time zone, we were able to make decisions in the evening, and she had already sent confirmations and/or questions by the morning. We even had a little mishap with the hotel management and she stepped in on our behalf to take care of it ensure we were totally happy with our experience. Colette is servant-hearted and very good at her job. We loved our experience with Colette and would use her again!   Hannah W


Colette has unparalleled communication. For our first trip, she exceeded any expectations we could have ever had. Our experience with her was more like dealing with a friend instead of a business transaction. We love everything that she set up for us, including a few pleasant surprises along the way. While we learned that cruise ships and airplanes are not our Forte, we will definitely use Colette again for future trips that don't include the high seas.    Ian K

Superb Experience! Highly Recommend!"We cannot say enough positive things about the services and attention Colette provided when booking our 14 day trip to Ireland! When my husband and I initially began planning our honeymoon I knew that most of the work would fall on me. After hours of attempting to plan something on my own, I became overwhelmed and discouraged- luckily, we found Colette. We now feel that without the expertise and fine attention to detail, our trip would be incomplete had we not used Colette. She was beyond patient and very open to hearing our wishes. She was quick at following up, professional, and extremely friendly. I highly recommend Colette to anyone interested in traveling!"  Lindsey M

"Did an outstanding understanding our needs and wants and provided us with a wonderful vacation. Very easy to deal with and lines of communication and service was excellent. Would recommend using and would use again."  Patrick S

"Quick response! Really listened and planned us the trip just as we wanted it."Elisa P

"Colette was responsive and explained things well upfront. She customized a once in a lifetime trip that was perfect for my family. She handled questions well and exerted effort to make sure we got exactly what we wanted. I will use her again for other such trips."Jill N

"Colette arranged a Mediterranean cruise for my husband and I in the summer. Everything went smoothly from the moment we boarded the cruise ship. Colette was extremely helpful and pleasant. A well planned trip of a lifetime by a very capable travel professional."Yvonne H

Wonderful, and helpful, went above in beyond in helping me plan my trip. I will definitely use her again in future trips.   Matthew S., New Mexico

Colette was so helpful when I had no idea where to even start. She is so polite and patient! I look forward to booking with her again!
Amy K., Texas

Colette was AMAZING!!!!!!! I can't say enough good things about how much she did for us when planning our family trip! We told her what we wanted (which was a lot with 4 adults and 2 kids and everyone having different things they "couldn't live without") and she found us exactly what we wanted! She booked activities for us and kept in constant contact with us right up until we got on the plane. She even emailed during our trip when a hurricane was slated to hit the island we were on to see if there was anything she could do for us. My family will only use Colette for all future travel we do. She made the entire process so easy and so enjoyable. I would highly recommend Colette to anyone who needs help planning their next vacation!!!!
Jennifer F., California

Colette was absolutely wonderful she made the experience of booking a trip so easy for me. She responded so quick to every questions I had. Thank you so much Colette!
Connie S., California

Colette was very responsive and extremely helpful in booking our hotel, Eurostar tickets for our August 2014 trip to London and Paris. She also was able to obtain 2 tickets to the WB Harry Potter Tour - which was sold out on line. I would look to her again for our future travels!
Susan M., Pennsylvania

This was my first vacation I've ever had to plan and I was so confused and lost! Colette was amazing by sending me so many places that fit my budget! I had a lot of options and she was able to upgrade my room. If you're looking for someone that is going to fully assist you, then Colette is your agent!!!!!!
Katrina B., Washington

Great service! Lots of specific info, took my preferences into account, gave advice when asked, not pushy at all, very friendly! Highly recommend Colette!
Clair G., Texas

Colette was extremely helpful and supportive as my husband and I planned our first overseas (Wales and England) vacation. She was always quick to respond to the many questions I asked and tended to give me multiple planning options (ex. when explaining we wanted to see out-of-the-way Glastonbury, Colette presented several options including renting a car, signing up for a day tour, or planning a train-to-bus route). She offered advice based on her own experiences and always worked to find the best/most economical/most time efficient way for us to see and do what we wanted. Having just returned from our trip, I really have to rave about how *easy* she made everything for us - checking into the hotels was a breeze, as was our train trip from Wales to Britain and our transfer to the airport. I would recommend Colette to anyone and everyone planning a trip to Great Britain.
Jillian r., Georgia

If you're looking for a travel agent you cannot get any better than Colette. My husband and I were fortunate enough to find her and be able to use her services to book our honeymoon. She was extremely attentive (she always responded very quickly) knowledgeable, and went well above and beyond to make sure we were getting exactly what we wanted. She also did a great deal of work to find the best prices/deals and then booked the trip and even followed up with us to make sure we were happy with our stay. And we were. We had the honeymoon of our dreams, thanks to Colette.
Joanna, Seattle, WA

This was my moms first trip out of the country and the first time I was in charge of planning a trip. Colette was very helpful from my first email to the last- she answered every question I had and never seemed annoyed by my sometimes repetitive questions. She is very timely and makes you feel completely comfortable about your trip and the arrangements.
Jamie V., Iowa

Colette was extremely helpful and efficient. She had my trip planned for me in record time; it would have taken me months to put it all together. She took all the hassles of planning my wonderful trip out of my hands and I appreciate it that soooo much. Thank you, Colette!!!
Ana V., California

Colette is personable and very efficient in helping plan a vacation. Words cannot express how wonderful she was in helping us find everything that we needed and more for our trip to London. Now, that we are back from our awesome trip to Europe, we will definitely use Colette again and are already planning our next vacation with her. Everything she did for us was excellent and her follow-through is terrific. She makes you feel like you are the only one she is working for. Her communication to us was outstanding and she always got back to us with any questions or concerns that we had. Even after we returned from our vacation, she welcomed us back. Kudos to a wonderful gal who takes your feedback and information and finds the best for you, while getting the biggest bang for your buck. Thank you,Colette for all your hard work. I will recommend you to all my friends!
Barbara m., Rhode Island


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