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Karen Kilyk

More About Karen – Vacation Travel Advisor

Karen Kilyk Vacation Travel Advisor Since childhood, I was inspired by world-hopping family members, and have fulfilled my personal dream with a career in travel.

During 23 years in travel, I’ve taken numerous cruises and visited over thirty countries. So far, I’ve journeyed to far-reaching destinations such as South Africa, Botswana, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Costa Rica, and Egypt. Plus – I’ve traveled all over Europe including Ireland, Scotland, Italy, England as well as the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.

As an Accredited Cruise Counselor (ACC), I’ve cruised with extensively on several top cruise lines and a river cruise. I’ve had so many wonderful experiences, but cruising along the Norwegian Fjords, down the coast of South America and around Cape Horn, along the Seine from Paris as well as in the Med were special.

I approach trip planning as a match maker listening carefully to my clients’ desires, needs and dreams then matching them with the perfect vacation plan. It is so rewarding when everything comes together to make a special memory.

The difference between ordinary and extraordinary are the little extras and this is what I strive to deliver with every trip.  Personal contacts around the world make all the difference when personalizing a trip.”

Safari in Botswana

Bostwana, Xigera Camp in Okavango Delta

Karen is pictured during a cool morning at Xigera Camp in Okavango Delta.

In Botswana, I inspected five safari camps operated by Wilderness Safari in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. This is one of the largest conservation areas in the world, and the unique Okavango Delta is a wondrous wetland in the middle of a desert.

Botswana is politically stable and one of the most prosperous countries in Africa. It is 45% conservancy and has outlawed hunting. Anyone caught shooting a rhino can get the death penalty. Botswana is known to safari connoisseurs as a remote and pristine wilderness with well-managed wildlife reserves. Wilderness Safari provided a perfect combination of secluded yet sophisticated lodging, expertly guided game viewing activities, and highly personalized service.

Learn more about Karen’s safari adventure with several great tips to help plan your safari!

Holy Land: Journey to Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Galilee  


Karen in the Holy Land

As a specialist in faith-based travel, learn about Karen’s recent six-day adventure to the Holy Land in this special guest blog article.

“Pilgrimage meets sightseeing in the Holy Land with a different climate around every corner. On a recent trip to Israel in January, we were very fortunate to enjoy great weather despite the winter season.”

From an 11,000- year-old watchtower in Jericho to a modern day Kibbutz that is working and thriving on the Sea of Galilee, this ancient land has so much to offer the tourist and/or the pilgrim – Jewish, Muslim or Christian.” More details on the blog article.

Contact Karen Kilyk, Vacation Travel Advisor at (804) 747-4152 or