First Hand Travel is a travel company founded by a traveling couple. We want to make world travelers out of our customers. We see travel as a way to enhance your overall perspective on the world so that you can return home with a broader, more cultured outlook. Experiencing new places and cultures not only creates incredible, unforgettable moments, but it also serves to improve your life in ways you would never think of. We see travel as an enhancement, not as an escape. We want to give you a new lens through which to see the world so that when you return, you will have new tools and mindsets to enrich your reality, not escape from it.
My wife and I currently reside in North Carolina. We found a love for culture and travel through personal experiences and have spent the better part of our lives exploring this great earth. First Hand Travel is our way of using our experience in world travel to help others see the world in a new way. Our travels have taken them through the greater parts of North, Central, and South America, the Caribbean, East Asia, Africa, Europe, hitting almost every continent and looking to see more.
We have experience planning and constructing itineraries, orchestrating travel plans (flights, hotels, activities), and we know first hand what it takes to create a memorable trip for you and your group. Book with us today!
- CJ & AmeliaRead More Contact Us
Personable, great customer service, prompt response to inquiries. First Hand travel took care of booking hotel and car rental reservations for me for an out-of-state trip. They also have booked my flights, accommodations and tour for my upcoming trip to Ireland.Maria C
So helpful, and flexible! Very attentive to details, and providing information where they can. Definitely would use First Hand again!Taylor H
As a customer, I want things to be easy and accurate. I used First Hand Travel for a recent trip to Ireland and it was fabulous. Amelia at the agency handled everything for me. Everything executed without a hitch, the tour was great, flight was good, the hotels were nice, and there were lots of special touches that make the trip even more memorable. Highly recommend First Hand Travel.Faith S
First Hand Travel took a young couple's budget and helped plan their dream trip to Greece! They do not look at the place you want to go and then suggest the most expensive hotels (like other agencies), but rather they look at your budget and plan accordingly. Their integrity is almost unheard of anymore! All the hotels were in the most perfect locations, the transitions/pickups were all smooth, and they were able to get us even better deals on lodging! They were quick to respond and kind to answer any questions we had! When you want to plan a trip and feel like you are valued, they are the people for you. They care about you having a wonderful time and making sure that everything runs smooth. We will be sure to use them on our next adventure :) Thank you Amelia and CJ for making our dreams a reality!!!Kelsey W
Speak to one of our many experienced personal vacation planners and start planning your travels today.704-451-3371
There's no better gift than that of a new destination, vacation retreat or cultural experience.
"To travel, to experience and learn: that is to live." - Nepalese mountaineer, Tenzing Norgay
Travel vouchers are available for any amount and can be used for any service or travel booking we offer. Contact our Travel Specialists to help you discover our many vacation and travel options. Our vouchers are flexible, easy to use and can be customized for any occasion. The possibilities are endless!
Call or email us today and give a gift they will never forget... a wondrous gift of travel.
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