Ruth Ann’s career in the travel industry began in 1955 with Brownell Tours/Brownell Travel Bureau, Inc. in Birmingham, Alabama. The range of her training and experience encompasses all facets of professional travel service and has led her to the key position of President at Travel Designers, Inc. Since 1974, she has concentrated her attention on the highly-specialized areas of conventions, corporate meetings, and incentive travel, particularly as they relate to domestic and international resort locations. Her skills in coordinating the complex details involved in group travel have won the praise and appreciation of many clients. Ruth Ann possesses extensive proficiency in assisting groups to achieve the important objectives associated with travel programs. Her expertise in site research and inspection, rate negotiation and special arrangements have proved invaluable to executives of corporations, associations and organizations. She has accompanied many groups as personal coordinator on travel programs to resort locations throughout the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean. She enjoys a personal rapport with the sales directors and tour operators worldwide. Ruth Ann Steele is a dedicated professional whose contribution to the planning and execution of group and individual travel programs - be it for business, leisure, or education - can produce results of distinction.
excellent service, very professional
Travel Designers did a great job helping my family of 12 plan a trip to Cancun, Mexico. Whitney handled airfare, resort recommendations,resort reservations, transfers to and from the airport, and even recovering lost items. The entire trip was well executed, making for a very relaxed experience. I would highly recommend this very professional team when planning your trips.
I have been using Travel Designers for over 6 years and would highly recommend them to anyone needing assistance from someone who has extensive travel experience and expertise. Agent John Martin has that experience and expertise and has planned many successful and memorable holidays for me. I can rest assured that all details have been attended to and all I have to do is "go"!! Love Travel Designers
I will ALWAYS use a travel agent going forward- and it will be with Travel Designers, Inc!
I have never worked with people who are as personable and professional as Travel Designers! John Martin, Ruth Ann Steele and Whitney Thompson with Travel Designers booked my 2 and a half month stay in Europe and made sure I made it safely from Rome to Paris to London (including a Harry Potter tour) and finally back home to the states! Not only that, but all of my tours, reservations and hotel stays were handled by Travel Designers. My only job throughout the entire process was packing way too much and making it to all my destinations on time! I will most definitely be booking with them for all future trips! My life was changed with the experience they provided me!
repeated pleasure and success!
We have used Travel Designers for years as our only reliable "go-to" particularly for international trips. These have been family trips - originally 4 of us, now only 2 of us. These trips are best described as utter convenience, timely and quality encounters by scheduled personnel in unfamiliar countries, and quality lodging in appropriate locations. And the travel to get there is always recommendable. Our title speaks to the attitude you should have when you get home.
Great travel support!
I've used Travel Designers several times and the service has always been excellent. John is especially knowledgeable and helpful.
Trip of a liferime
My wife and I had a trip to England that was personalized for us. Ruth Ann Steele listened to our ideas and put together exactly what we wanted. As Methodists, we wanted to visit the Wesley sites. We had an especially interesting and enjoyable visit to Epworth, staying at a guest house that had been the manse for the Methodist church there in the 19th century. Part of our tour was a self-directed car tour. We went to Warwick, Stratford, Stonehenge, and Oxford, with unique guest houses in each place. ,We wound up in London at the end of the trip. Accommodations were at Fleming Hotel, within walking distance of Buckingham Palace. Ruth Ann arranged a private guide for one day who took us ro Westminster Abbey, where he was an active member, and for a private session with the pastor of Wesley Chapel where Wesley Is buried. It was a wonderful trip and exactly what we asked for. Reid and Martha Crotty, Homewood, Alabama
Will not travel without them!
Travel Agent, John Martin, with Travel Designers has been indispensible in every aspect of my travel (business and pleasure) for over a decade. He provides recommendations for accommodations, touring, airlines, times, etc. Most importantly, he is always avaliable, day or night, to make changes for any reason. He follows up to make sure I have made flights, gotten rental car, made it to hotel and that everything is satisfactory. He provides maps and suggestions for local restaurants and places to visit. Once, in Rome, he was available at all hours to find a place to return luggage in the most remote island in the country. I could not, and will never travel without his assistance. He always makes sure I get the best rate at the most convenient time with understanding the fickleness of my travel demands. Always considerate and always available.
My wife and I went out of the country for the first time in june. Not knowing what to expect we were kinda nervous. John at travel design is the best. He had everything set up for us. The resort was unbelievably nice, it was the best time we have ever had. They even had a happy anniversary banner on our door when we got there. We will definitely be going back this year.
Always Perfect Trips
Whether it was to Hong Kong, Maui or San Francisco every trip was planned to perfection. NY trip to see Macy's Day Parade was a dream because of everything Ruth Ann and her staff knew that I needed to entertain my nieces.
Perfect honeymoon trip!
I trusted Travel Designers to plan my honeymoon trip to Portugal and it was an unforgettable experience. Ruth Ann listened to our interests and tailored a trip for us that was a perfect fit. It started with our flights having extra legroom to accommodate my long legs. A friendly driver was waiting on our arrival and took us to our first of many impressive hotels. Our guides and car rentals were prearranged, so all we had to do was show up. We traveled to several towns, all with reservations at gorgeous accommodations. I remember reaching one hotel that was a converted fortress on a cliff overlooking the ocean and they had champagne and strawberries waiting on us in our room- such a nice touch in a seemingly remote location. Although we did lots of activities and exploring, she built in the necessary time to rest and relax. It was a trip filled with incredible memories and I can’t thank them enough. I will definitely use their services again!
Great service! We have used them for years and never had anything but terrific trips and great accommodations.
Thorough. Knowledgeable. Friendly. Thoughtful. Wonderful to work with.
Germany and Prague
Travel Designers has been our travel arrangements for years. Ruth Anne and her group have always done a first class job for us, whether it be a cruise or air travel. We highly recommend Travel Designers.
If you want to use the "Best Travel Agency' possible go to "Travel Designers"
My wife and I have utilized the services of "Travel Designers" to travel to Hawaii this October. We absolutely had the best trip because of the services offered by Ruth Ann at Travel Designers. Ruth Ann is without a doubt a very knowledgeable and professional individual. She is a seasoned travel agent that knows the ins and outs of the industry. Ruth Ann suggested the Cruise Line, the Excursions, and the extended stay options from NCL. Everything from start to finish was flawless from the day we arrived to the day we left. It is a real pleasure to be able to trust the agency because vacations are normally expensive and we all want them to a memorable experience. Maryann and I feel very comfortable recommending "Travel Design" to insure a great vacation.
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