Travel + Leisure A List Travel Agent Betsy Donley

Betsy Donley


Arizona-based Donley developed a taste for adventure while growing up in Brazil and Costa Rica. She’s passionate about organizing fly-fishing trips, which she frequently leads; last year she took a group to Cuba for a private-yacht expedition in search of bonefish and tarpon. “I knew the owners of the yacht and guides and met with them to organize it,” she says. “I flew with the group to Cuba and monitored the guides, food, and yacht staff. I can speak Spanish, which made me a valuable leader.” Increasingly, she’s seeing fly-fishing appeal to more women clients. “They like the Zen of it and are good at the rhythm of casting.”

Donley’s work isn’t limited to planning fishing expeditions, however. She has helped a family of 16 navigate a trip to China that included hugging pandas and exploring the Great Wall, and organized a biking trip for a solo traveler headed to Sri Lanka. “I’ve been there, and from making her feel comfortable about going, to arranging special meet-and greets, to telling her what to pack, it was a great experience," Donley recalls.

ADDITIONAL SPECIALTIES: Adventure travel and multigenerational travel

Languages Spoken: English, Portuguese, and Spanish

Minimum Daily Spend: From $500 per person per day

Trip Planning Fees: From $250

Contact Info | 602-889-5909 | Phoenix