• Meet the J5Travel Team

    I am excited to be able to share this knowledge and expertise with our clients by offering a tailored travel experience complemented by the support of our host

    agency, Gifted Travel Network. And after just over 5 years since founding J5Travel, I have been named to the global list of Condé Nast Traveler's Top Travel Specialists for 2021.


    We have relationships with hundreds of travel suppliers and attention to detail and individualized customer service are our trademarks.

    Meet John

    Owner & Chief Travel Tailor


    British native, I worked in the banking industry for many years, but also owned a restaurant for 5 years, before moving to the USA in 2002.


    Food and travel have always been my passions and it has been a priority to ensure our two children be educated and inspired by the trips and travel experiences we have enjoyed as a family.

    Meet Kanise

    Luxury Cruise Specialist

    Kanise has enjoyed an extensive travel background. She has experience working in the airlines as both a flight attendant and customer service specialist, and most importantly she brings us luxury cruise industry knowledge from her recent time as a cruise consultant with Silversea Cruises. Her passion for travel has taken her all over the world and her favorite time overseas was spent teaching English in Korea.

    Meet Kendall

    Hawaii & Europe Specialist

    Having grown up with close connections to the travel industry, Kendall has a strong passion for helping people enjoy new experiences throughout their trips. She has traveled extensively throughout Europe including spending three months in Italy during college, and has many Hawaiian adventures under her belt. Kendall’s experience has given her a deeper understanding and love for being immersed in and learning about other cultures. She is excited to share her expert tips on incredible travel experiences and is looking forward to making your journeys with J5 as seamless and enjoyable as possible.

    Meet Shanna

    Caribbean & Group Travel Specialist

    Shanna comes to J5Travel with a background in events planning, digital marketing, and social media management. Her long time passion for travel and constant desire to seek the treasures of the world has brought her to us. From playing with elephants at a sanctuary in Thailand to embarking on the Ring Road in Iceland, she has planned all of her own extensive international and domestic travel. As an avid foodie, she enjoys nothing more than trying new cuisines while immersing herself into new cultures. The Pisces in her is most happy by the water, and you will often find her on the Caribbean beaches of the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. As our Caribbean & Group Travel Specialist, she is most excited to create moments her clients cannot put into words.

    Meet Sarah

    Virtual Assistant & Website Genius

    After working for J5Travel’s host agency, Gifted Travel Network, for 5 years Sarah decided to go back to school and pursue her passion for nutrition. Sarah loved working with amazing travel advisors and couldn’t quite leave that chapter behind her. She has been the J5Travel’s Virtual Assistant for almost 6 years now and is the designer behind the J5Travel website, as well as our sister company’s site, World Cruise Advisors. Sarah has a deep love for travel and enjoys collaborating with the J5 team on new projects and creating a social presence to inspire clients.

    Meet Kristin

    European Specialist

    Kristin’s passion for travel began in the late 1990’s when her husband was transferred to the Netherlands. During those years she sought out the unique and sometimes out of the way places for their weekend adventures in a quest to discover the authentic essence of each location. She has continued to share her passion for travel with her children and family. Leaving her career in finance and program management she has joined the J5 team as a European specialist. She is looking forward to creating awe-inspiring journeys for you and your family. See her services here.

    A note from John

    We love travel and we love travel planning just as much. It took a long time to align my careers with my passions, but now we are here for you. Your personal travel tailors - award reservation and custom itinerary experts. We provide a bespoke service, imagining and creating itineraries for independent minded families and groups.

    As we continue to explore our passion in travel even further we are proud to announce our newest addition to J5Travel, our sister company, World Cruise Advisors, where we can happily provide expertise on world cruise adventures.

  • Why the name J5Travel?

    It's a golf thing!

    Our company name comes from the shortened version of John's longtime nickname "Johnny Fivewood" which refers back to a time when he could play quite well with a certain golf club. The day at Pebble Beach (pictured below) was not one of those days.

  • Have questions?

    Ask away and we'll be in touch soon

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  • World Cruise Advisors

    J5Travel now has a sister company, World Cruise Advisors. Planning a world cruise can be daunting. With a world cruise advisor you will know exactly the value of your significant investment & receive personalized, travel tailor services from point of contact right through until you have completed your voyage.


    Proud Member of
    Gifted Travel Network
    Our host agency provides tremendous support in order for us to serve you at the highest level, whilst allowing us to remain fiercely independent with everything we recommend to our clients.


    J5Travel is proud to be a Virtuoso Member. As Virtuoso travel advisors we can secure special benefits that you can’t get on your own. We are here to help you think creatively about where to go & what to do while you're traveling. Let us expand your horizons and take the stress of travel planning off your hands.

  • Virtuoso Wanderlist affiliated with J5Travel.
    John Rees of J5Travel has been nominated as a Top Travel Specialists by Conde Nast Traveler 2022
  • J5Travel is a proud member of the American Society of Travel Advisors, ASTA.

    A society that not only provides resourceful tools for us to provide our clients with the best services but also advocates for the entire travel agency community!


    We are very proud to be certified as East and South Africa Specialists with Abercrombie & Kent. We undertook an 18 month long webinar and test program in order to obtain this prestigious certification. We now have an in-depth knowledge of Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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