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About Us

ANYWHERE BUT HERE TRAVEL

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Hey, I'm Mindi Cook

Travel Professional and Business Owner

Hello fellow travelers and dreamers! I'm Mindi Cook, and I am head over heels in love with the world of travel. From the rolling landscapes of riverbanks to the bustling streets of vibrant cities, there's a story to tell, an experience to share, and a memory to create. For me, travel isn't just about destinations; it's about bringing to life the visions, dreams, and aspirations of every client I work with.

 

Over the years, I've had the distinct pleasure of designing luxurious river cruise experiences. My clientele? Groups of friends reuniting after years, families looking to bond over shared adventures, individual wanderlusters, and even organizations seeking meaningful retreats. I have a soft spot for those clients who are unknowingly craving luxury experiences. You know, the kind who relish every moment of a vacation, but in their casual, effortless style. Whether you're an everyday "guy or gal" or someone from a more niche background like our treasured small family farmers, I'm here to show you the world.

 

Two decades in the travel industry have allowed me to wear many hats. Every hat has its own tale, from organizing the logistics of travel to diving deep into crafting the perfect itinerary. In 2004, my vision, passion, and drive converged to birth "Anywhere But Here Travel and Tours." Why this name? Because sometimes, all we want is to be anywhere but our current setting, exploring, learning, and living.

 

Though my journey began with specialized groups and unique fundraising opportunities for non-profits, a recent foray into luxury leisure travel has been exhilarating. It’s given me a platform to amplify my love for travel and to share my expertise on a grander scale. Everyone, regardless of their background or travel history, deserves the chance to experience the world in its full glory.

 

A little about my travel résumé: 42 countries, 45 states, and countless cities. From the relaxing beaches of the Caribbean to the historic riverbanks of Europe, I've tasted, seen, and explored a mosaic of cultures. My affiliations and certifications are not just badges but reflections of my commitment: AmaWaterways River Cruise Specialist, Princess Cruises Commodore, GOGO World Wide Vacations Specialist, and more.

 

The crux of it all? I'm more than just a travel agent. I'm your travel confidante, your guide, your planner, and at times, your fellow traveler. So, if you're ready to embark on a journey, to create stories, and to find luxury in every experience — big or small — remember I'm here, always ready to ensure your journey is seamless, magical, and unforgettable.

 

Let's make memories, and let's travel the world, one amazing destination at a time.

 

Cheers to our adventures, Mindi Cook

Global travel brands we partner with

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Testimonials

SOME KIND WORDS FROM OUR CLIENTS

Wow, what a trip we just had to Europe! We are still talking about all the great memories. It was our first time there, and of course we had lots of questions. Mindi and Kirk were so calm, organized, and thoughtful, and their help made the trip so much more wonderful. Before the trip, they communicated well and planned the trip with us, based upon what we wanted to see/do. During the trip, they helped with figuring out currency, getting through the airports, tracking luggage, bus rides, Covid testing and paperwork, local tours, and many other things. Afterward, they kept in touch, shared pictures, and made sure we returned home safely. I would highly recommend setting up your travel plans through http://www.anywherebutheretravel.com and even better, traveling with them if you get the chance.
​~Doug H.,  Minnesota

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