Our Knowledgeable Travel Specialists


Michelle Barker entered the world of travel at the tender age of 19, working for Alaska Airlines in Anchorage reservations during the land sales for the Alaska Pipeline.  Enthralled with the developing travel industry, she was employed by several travel agencies prior to settling in at The Travel Exchange more than 25 years ago.  Think travel destinations and think of Michelle:  her immense knowledge comes from treks to England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, France, Spain, Greece, Italy, Turkey, Croatia, Mexico, the Caribbean, Hawaii, Belize, Argentina, Peru, Bali, Fiji, Tanzania, Alaska, and cruises to the Adriatic, Mediterranean, Caribbean, Alaska and the Mexican Rivera.  Michelle can help you plan the leisure trip of a lifetime. She also assists our corporate clients.  Michelle is passionate about gardening and painting, and she has painted watercolors and acrylics of her many journeys.  She loves to share her travel tales, photos and paintings with her clients.

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Robert Europe200x186When Robert Jones recalls a trip to Australia with his family at age 13, he remembers an idyllic view of Fiji from the jet.   He vowed then that he would return to the South Pacific someday.  After college and several years in the music business in Los Angeles, Robert made travel his career in 1980, and has now visited Fiji three times.  Other destinations include the Galapagos Islands, the Bahamas, Italy, Hungary, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Great Britain, Indonesia, Thailand and Zimbabwe. His favorite countries are France and Japan. When not helping his clients fulfill their travel dreams, Robert’s passions include music, gardening, reading, and planning his next trip.

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Denise Mager‘s favorite part of her job is the life long friendships she has built with so many of her clients.  Her greatest satisfaction is making their dreams come true.  Denise specializes in corporate, Hawaii, Mexico, cruise and group travel.  She has extensive knowledge of group travel and has negotiated airfares for up to 300 people.  She has been in the travel industry for over 28 years, more than 25 of them with Bainbridge Travel/The Travel Exchange.  She lives in Brown’s Point with her husband Bob and their two precious kittens.

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Margreet Pettersen was born and raised in the Netherlands.  She brings over 20 years of travel experience to Bainbridge Travel/The Travel Exchange.  She has traveled all over the world including Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Europe, Mexico, Hawaii and numerous destinations in the United States and Canada.  Her favorite destination is Holland, where she travels almost every year.  Her personal cruise experience includes Alaska, the Caribbean, the Mexican Riviera, and of course, the Norwegian coast with Hurtigruten.  Margreet enjoys working with individuals as well as small and large groups.  Her clients depend on her experience and patience in assisting them with all of their travel needs.  Besides travel, Margreet likes swimming, bike riding and walking.

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All of us at Bainbridge Travel are saddened to share that Rochelle passed away recently after a long illness.  We will miss her greatly and the passion for adventure that she brought to her work with us.  Our condolences to her family and friends. – BT team, Oct 2015

Rochelle Reynolds‘ first travel memory is piling into a station wagon at 3 years old with her family and driving from Illinois to Durango, Mexico where her dad was working on an archeology dig.  That was followed with numerous cross country trips, camping in Mexico and finally a year living in Switzerland.  She has been traveling ever since, and made it her career 22 years ago.  She has traveled all over the US as well as visted Canada, Europe, Mexico, Costa Rica, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Malaysia, China and most recently Vietnam.  She loves train travel, river cruising, new destinations and soft adventure ~ like zip lines in the Costa Rican rain forest or black water rafting in New Zealand.  Rochelle has raised and traveled with her 4 children, enjoys camping in the Northwest, cooking ethnic foods, gardening, reading and easy kayaking.  She would like to share her passion for travel, and help her clients make new memories.

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Originally from Philadelphia, Lisa Williams came to Seattle for a visit and totally fell in love with the Northwest.  Having also lived in London for five years, Lisa has traveled extensively throughout Europe as well as the Caribbean and the United States.  Lisa is our sports team and group expert for both domestic and international travel.  In addition to travel, Lisa is an avid reader and film enthusiast.  Lisa’s goal for future travels … see New Zealand!

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