Meet John & Helen
We are excited to be able to share our knowledge and expertise with our clients by offering a tailored travel experience complemented by the support of our host
agency, Gifted Travel Network.
We have relationships with hundreds of travel suppliers and attention to detail and individualized customer service are our trademarks.
Who We Are
Both British natives, we 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 our passions and we have made it a priority for our two children to be educated and inspired by the trips and travel experiences we have enjoyed as a family.
A note from John & Helen
We love travel and we love travel planning just as much. It took us a long time to align our careers with our 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.
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) was not one of those days.
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.
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 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.