Elisa P., a Professional Fiduciary (about Stacy, age 33)
"Working with Carol was a great experience. She was professional, responsive, and reliable. Her knowledge about traveling was useful in coordinating a great trip for my client. Thank you!"
"... you did a good job of making sure that i had a good time and got what i wanted to do done."
M, (about Charlie, age 51)
“Our client had an amazing trip to Milwaukee with Carol. She planned and executed the trip professionally and seamlessly by getting to know our client, accommodating his wishes and working with us to plan for all his personal, medical and financial needs from start to finish. I would highly recommend Carol Giuliani, Senior Travel Companions, Inc. as a trusted travel companion expert for any individual needing this service.”
Talia P. (about Herbert, age 62)
"Thank you so much ... I’m glad everything went well and Herbert is with his sister now! It was so great to partner with you to help Herbert get home."
Lee M., age 74
"After spending a year recovering from serious surgery and weakness I still wanted to attend my niece's wedding in the Southwest. But I just couldn’t imagine doing the travel and wedding on my own. I didn’t have to! A cousin found Carol Giuliani who founded an organization for people just like me. We went, we enjoyed and I returned feeling deeply grateful for all her help. She made any and all arrangements for travel and accommodations. She even helped when a large bridge loosened and fell out of my mouth just about an hour before we had to get to the big event. Dental cement was applied and between the both of us I had my teeth back in place. Carol is a resourceful and cheerful care giver. She can be depended on to safely get a client to and from their destination with efficiency and good humor. Hire her! You can get to where you want to go."
Anne C. (about Kwo, age 73)
"I was referred to Carol when I needed to relocate my mother from Arizona to Minnesota. She retired in Arizona and had a quick onset of dementia. Carol was extremely patient and flexible throughout the process as we had an original memory care facility established but it did not work out. After several months, I was finally able to coordinate the travel with Carol. Carol is an expert in this space, she not only had experience with senior travel, her educational background and expertise was very helpful at each step of the process. Without Carol, I would not have been successful in getting my mom relocated to Minnesota. Her experience allowed my mother to smoothly leave her home in Arizona, check in the airport and land safely. My mother received the appropriate care and planning from Carol to transport an individual requiring special care. Carol’s billing was clear, detailed and professional.
I couldn’t say enough great things about Carol and this experience. She transported the most precious cargo and I trusted her with someone in a vulnerable state. Thank you Carol!"
Tim M. (about Marilyn, age 75)
"When we initiated the plan to move my Mom from Portland, OR to Chicago, Carol was a logistical powerhouse and support that is unmatched. Her ability to create a smooth, safe and relationship-based service was impressive. My Mom was not ambulatory at time of transport and had other medical conditions that needed managing prior to departure and mid flight. Carol handled all of these requirements with skill and grace to make the requests manageable but also make Mom feel comfortable and respected. I should note that this trip was short notice and arranged within days. Carol provided a detailed itinerary and budget that was concise, upfront and very reasonable to accomplish the objective, but also made sure it was safe and comfortable. Status reports arrived via email with how the day was progressing. Carol navigated and managed all of the components necessary to make this a successful trip. My Mom said 'she was great!'. I would highly recommend her service."
Evelyn T., age 90
"Memories of my special day are all pleasant ones. I was pleased with your attention to detail, calmness with unexpected snags so frequent when traveling, all the while remaining pleasant. I felt I was traveling with a longtime trusted friend. Many thanks for helping me relax and enjoy my trip. I admire your confidence driving in busy Chicago traffic, it was reassuring since I don't care for it. Your much needed service done so cheerfully was all I hoped for."
Mary Pat G. (about Patricia, age 88)
"My mother and I feel so fortunate to have found Carol. My mother was living alone and needed to relocate out-of-state so that she would be closer to friends and family. She needed someone to help her navigate airports and remind her to check her glucose levels while traveling.
Thank goodness I found Carol to help us. Carol did an amazing job of finding reasonable hotels and flights. She emailed me with updates and pictures while my mom was traveling.
My mom loved her! She’s fantastic and highly recommended!!"
Kushel P. (about Savitaben, age 85)
"Carol's been an amazing help to me and my grandma during our trip to Cancun. She's treated my grandma with a great deal of respect, she's knowledgeable about all aspects of senior travel, and she's well mannered (by which I mean has a lot of patience for my family and I).
My grandma is Indian and she's vegetarian and she doesn't speak almost any English. Carol was very respectful of her traditions, helped put on her Indian clothes, remembered and served her vegetarian food, and cared for our traditions and customs.
Carol also knew all the ins and outs of traveling for my special needs grandma who is unable to move much. Carol had her own light weight and comfortable wheelchair. She knew how to get the airline to seat her and to get my grandma to the airport which included everything from security to getting her seated first.
I'd recommend Carol for anyone and would definitely use her services in the future."
Susana D. (about Aurora, age 73)
"I want to give a huge thank you to Carol for bringing my grandmother from California to Michigan! My grandmother had three strokes resulting in right side paralysis, a leg amputation, and speech asphyxia. That being said, I would imagine this trip was a challenging one!
But Carol was amazing, and made everything so stress-free. She took care of planning the entire trip from the airline flights to ground transportation to being in contact with the nursing facilities. We were all so impressed at how detailed she was and how much work she put into making this trip perfect. She even went to my grandma’s nursing home the day before to meet her and the nurses, and practice transferring her onto the wheelchair.
She sent us a detailed trip proposal, which I must say was very reasonable, and worked well with our personal budget. She is very honest and from the moment I sent her initial payment, she got right to work booking everything and sending me receipts. The entire duration of the trip, she kept us in the loop with messages and pictures which was so wonderful!
And finally, meeting her in person you can just see what a warm and kind hearted person she is and totally experienced with this! I loved her passion and felt so comfortable knowing that my grandmother traveled with her. I’m so grateful to have found her website. She truly went above and beyond our expectations and I would highly recommend her to everyone.
Thank you again Carol for bringing us grandma!"
Elena, about Beverly (at her wedding in Raleigh), age 90
"Thank you for escorting my grandma this weekend. She is very important to me and I am so grateful to you for making it possible for her to be here. I know she is grateful to have you here as well. Thank you!"
Tim, about Beverly (at his nephew's wedding in Philadelphia), age 90
"Big thanks for your care and compassion for
You are a great addition to our family gatherings."
Laura J. (about Carolyn, age 86)
" I would be happy to share a review of our travel experience together, transporting my mother-in-law from rural MN to her home in Denver. It was quite a big task, considering C had been living in Dassel for 3.5 years, and you were kind enough to pack her possessions acquired during that time, into a U-Haul, before beginning the 18 hour drive back home. You were very patient, competent and thoughtful with C, as she was in a walker and uncontent to boot. You inspired such confidence that my C. was not frightened and maintained a cheerful outlook throughout the long 2 day drive. It could have been a tricky situation, but all went smoothly. Thank you so much for helping C begin a new and better phase of her life."
Jenna S., a Professional Fiduciary
(about Lucy, age 81)
"Carol has been tremendous to work with! She assisted [Lucy on a trip to her granddaughter's wedding in Bristol Virginia/Tennessee]. She is kind, organized, and able to navigate any scenario with ease! Her flexibility and professionalism have made planning trips for my clients a breeze. I would highly recommend Carol to anyone looking for a travel companion!"
Donna S. (about Doris, age 88)
"Thank you so much for everything. This [trip from Albuquerque to San Francisco] was a huge help to us because if my mom had to wait for me to be able to take a weekend to travel with her, she would've had to have stayed in Santa Fe probably until Christmas which she absolutely did not want to do. Thanks for making this possible and for being so thorough with your email messages, expenses and so on. It was a pleasure working with you and I would recommend your services to anyone in a similar situation. Thank you so much!"
Tony S., age 87
"A trip I had planned to Italy earlier this summer had to be cancelled at the last minute. Carol was known to my daughter Carolyn, and when contacted she agreed to work with me to salvage most of my costs from the cancelled trip AND to plan an alternate trip to a place of my choice.
After looking at numerous options, we decided on a trip to the United Kingdom, settling on flying to Edinburgh for 4 days, then training it to York for 2 days, and finally training it to London for 4 days.
With her extensive knowledge of traveling, arranging for transportation, lodging, and sights to see, Carol was able to put together a satisfactory itinerary, and we departed MSP on October 7th.
Traveling with Seniors, many of who present their challenges, Carol knew the ropes of getting through the long TSA lines at the airports; of being able to board the planes first; and of being able to take along my four wheel walker that made my walking in various venues a piece of cake. And walk we did. Literally miles not only on flat ground but up and down numerous stairs. One day I lost the count at 273 steps!! That's a lot of toting of that walker.
With her assistance, the trip was a success. Not only did it make my travel smooth, my family was more at ease knowing I was in capable hands. Success on this trip has me wondering, "where to next?"
Dorothy G., age 90 (in a conversation with Carol/STCS)
"What do you think? Are you having a good trip so far?
So far so good!
So what do you think of having five gate changes and time changes?
It was interesting! It takes a lot of moving around.
Are you looking forward to meeting your daughter, moving to Vermont?
I see nothing wrong with that.
Anything you want to say about the trip?
You've been a great associate here and it's been fun. I'm happy you're here. I really am."
Gail K. (about Marie, age 83)
"Carol recently was the companion for my 83 year old mother-in-law to attend my daughter’s wedding and helping her navigate the wedding. Carol was absolutely outstanding and so charming. She drove my mother-in-law, Marie, from Huntington Beach, Ca to Santa Barbara (2 hour drive) and stayed with Marie for the wedding and transported her back late that evening.
Carol, not only provided all these services, she did additional wonderful touches – such as, she met with Marie the day before the drive to the wedding, she sent photos of Marie at the wedding, her drive back took 4 hours (ugh traffic), and she was so attentive and kind to Marie, who can be quite quirky. Carol was very clear and professional in arranging all the details and communicating with me. I would use her services in a heartbeat again and she was worth every penny!!!"
Denise F. (about Brad, age 53)
"Carol assisted my brother in travel from Minnesota to Oregon for a Memorial service as he is not capable of handling this on his own. She organized flights, car rental and a place to stay for their entire time in Oregon.
Her attention to detail and communication skills were excellent and thoughtful with not only me and my family but also with my brother. He can be difficult to read at times and is a very introverted individual. She handled him skillfully and I was very comfortable that his needs were well managed throughout their travel. I would definitely use her services again."
Kendra W. (about Myrisa, age 23)
"As far as your services, I would recommend you to anyone. You have been very pleasant and easy to work with. I felt comfortable knowing you would be accompanying and watching over my daughter while in your care. Your fee was very reasonable and well worth it. This whole situation has been very stressful for me and you made her transfer stress free and I greatly appreciate everything you have done for us. You were right on top of scheduling, coordinating and getting things handled. Very professional. Had we tried to book flights and get to Myrisa it would have been an absolute nightmare. I am very satisfied and pleased with all the services you provided to us. I will definitely keep your contact information and would not hesitate to reach out to you in the future, if needed.
Thanks again Carol"
Nina S. (about Candace, age 70)
"I contacted Carol Giuliani to help a client move across country via train. Candace suffers from some mental health challenges including OCD and has physical problems with traveling, most notably motion sickness. Candace is an intelligent and kind person but is also agoraphobic and can be selfish. She had not left her apartment in 20+ years excluding trips to the doctor. So in addition to extreme OCD Carol was dealing with someone with social anxiety who could only travel by train. A plane was out of the question due to fear of flying. The trip from Chicago to Massachusetts took 19 hours and Carol delivered Candace safely. Carol handled it professionally and in a caring manner.
From the beginning, Carol was easy to communicate with, returned calls promptly and checked in with me to get updates. She provided a crystal clear estimate of trip costs and the way she outlined each expenditure after the trip was straight forward. She is a savvy traveler and researched flight prices to reduce costs as much as possible. Carol was also flexible with dates and traveled to Chicago to help my client on short notice.
On the day of travel I met Carol at the nursing home where Candace was living at the time and was surprised she was early and jumped right in to help Candace pack and prepare. She was a calm presence in Candace's anxious world. When I dropped Carol and Candace off at the train station in downtown Chicago I felt confident and reassured that Candace would be successful in her journey to her new home on the east coast".
Carol S.(about Maris, age 80)
"Maris is my brother-in-law. He had a stroke, needed a walker and a wheelchair for long distances. He had been residing in a nursing home in Ohio for almost a year and wanted to come to Minnesota where we lived. Carol was able to accomplish moving him back to Minnesota. It was during the time of the year when it is often icy in the Cincinati area - and Carol encountered this with her drive with Maris to the airport which was almost an hour's drive. She got to the airport on time in spite of accidents on the freeway and then endured a delay in the flight due to needing to deice the plane. Throughout all of this Carol kept Maris calm, comfortable and well fed. Maris has some inability to speak, but she kept communicating with him through allowing him to write questions and answers to her. She was wonderful to him --and very patient. Maris arrived in good condition and excited about moving to Minnesota. Carol was so easy to work with to plan this event and was flexible also in how we would pay her for this. I would recommend her to fill that need for moving and traveling with the elderly who need extra help. She is a lot of fun, open to do most anything you ask her, very capable of taking care of any medical situation that arises with an elderly person, and has a lot of love for the elderly that she works with."
Debbie K., age 67
"Thanks for the photos. I thoroughly enjoyed your company on the Mexico trip! I hope to get on another trip this year to somewhere. Thanks again for your companionship ..."
Amina K. (about Abu Ahmad, age 67)
"I and my family are very happy to get the company and service of Carol Giuliani during our unending flight from Dubai To U.S.A. She has been like an angel taking care of my disabled husband during the whole flight, feeding him, taking him for strolls through the aisles, while I was resting and enjoying my flight.
In transit, Carol also took him to the toilet, patiently giving him all the time he needed. I am so happy with her that I have spoken about her kind caring service to my family. Anyone who chooses her service will be happy. Thank God my daughter found her for me."
Mike H. (about his parents, ages 78 and 81)
"My family and I cannot thank you enough for your help bringing my parents from Florida to Minnesota. Your travel experience really made things easier for us: arranging for accessible transportation, picking up the van and meeting us at the transitional housing, planning travel times, getting us through security, managing luggage, and letting us use your wheelchair made it very easy for us.
The most impactful thing was how you kept my Dad comfortable and relaxed through the whole process. Your calm, considerate, caring manner put us all at ease and made for a smooth relaxed trip from start to finish!"
Lori A . (about Joyce, age 96)
"Carol Giuliani was the answer to our prayers. When my son was getting married, his 96 year old grandmother very much wanted to attend. There were so many barriers to making that happen, that I was afraid it was not to be. She lives 5 hours away and has memory and mobility problems. Her safety, comfort and transportation were all concerns. When I expressed our dilemma to the bride's mom, she remembered that Carol has helped other seniors take trips and suggested that I contact her.
Carol exceeded our expectations and was wonderful from the start, completely flexible in supporting us and making sure that Grandma was comfortable and safe throughout. At the hotel Carol took charge of her medications, helped her settle in and get ready. She drove her to and from the wedding and stayed by her side, anticipating needs and smoothing the way. She stayed with her overnight, breakfasted with her and helped her pack and meet her ride the next morning.
Carol was caring, confident, reassuring, organized, and professional and I would heartily recommend her to any senior or family of a senior who wants to travel, but needs assistance. She can manage just about any challenge that comes along, and with a smile. She even took one of my very favorite photos of the night!
Carol took the worry off our shoulders and made it possible for Grandma to enjoy her grandson's wedding and we are so very grateful to her!"
Wade W. (about Tom, age 74)
"Thanks so much for all your help and being a good travel buddy for my dad. I know he had a great time at his class reunion. That was only possible because of your great help!"
Phil S, age 65
"Traveling with Carol is absolutely as smooth and serene as it could be. She brought me to my favorite resort in Manzanillo, Mexico for an eight day vacation when I was afraid my diabetes and progressive blindness might prevent me from ever returning. Carol is truly incredible as both a person and a professional. I think I said 'Thank you, Carol' at least fifty times a day for all the great little and big things she did for me. I heartily recommend anyone consider her if they need a companion for travel anywhere in the world."
Chris B, age 65
"I really wanted to go to Miami for a week to celebrate my birthday, and Carol made that happen. She arranged the luxury trip I wanted, with first class accommodations at the Fountainbleau, found a taxi driver with a ramp to be at our disposal, and hired a local Senior Helper named Ronaldo who got me showered and ready every morning. We had no trouble flying with my power wheelchair, oxygen tank and meds. While we had great meals and enjoyed the pool bars, we also got to some local places and went to the casino twice. Carol is a nice lady and is fun to be with. I am looking forward to an Alaskan cruise with Carol in the future!"
Mark S. (about Janet, age 82)
"We hired Carol to accompany our mother on a flight from Minnesota to San Francisco as part of a move to a new memory care home in order to be closer to family. Carol was fantastic in all regards and we would very highly recommend her for someone looking to hire a travel companion for a senior. Our mother hadn't been on a plane in 10 years, and she is dealing with advanced Alzheimer's disease. Carol kept my mom at ease, and when they arrived in San Francisco, Mom was just fine. She even seemed to be enjoying the adventure. Carol also handled a number of details including specific flight and seat selection, securing wheelchairs and she even loaned us some suitcases. Since we have had so much going on, it was invaluable having someone handle all these details as well. Thank you, Carol!"
Jennifer M. (about Stephany, age 72)
"I hired Carol to take one of my clients that I am a trustee for, on a road trip to Bethany, Missouri to have a service for her late mother. My client has many disabilities including autism and OCD. She would not fly so driving was her only option. When I called Carol to set it up, I explained what a challenge this would be to deal with. Carol said "no problem" and she meant it. She took the time to have many meetings and phone calls prior to the trip to put my client's worries at rest. Carol really took the time to get to know Stephany and what her needs were. It took them 1 1/2 hours to get out the door but along the way, Carol sent me email updates with pictures. My client hadn't been back to her home town since the 70's and was overjoyed to be back there to lay her mother to rest. Carol did an excellent job and was patient and compassionate with my client. You can tell Carol is very passionate about what she does and enjoys it! I hope I am able to use her services again. She was a pleasure to work with."
Charlie W. (about Jim, age 70)
"Carol accompanied my father during his 5-day trip to the East Coast for my daughter's high school graduation. Carol provided exactly the service we were looking for. She coordinated all transportation to/from the airport, rental car, lodging accommodations (a house shared with other visitors from out of town) and communicated everything with me in advance for review and approval before important decisions were made. She's an excellent communicator and easy to work with.
Once they arrived Carol integrated herself into the family immediately, joining the festivities (even hosting us for dinner) and helping throughout her stay in ways that went above and beyond our expectations. She was attentive to my father's needs, patient and kind. I would highly recommend Carol if you are looking for similar assistance and am grateful to her for making my father's attendance possible."
Terri B. (about Mort, age 79)
"We had two big family events in the same summer, one on each coast. It is extremely difficult to travel with our dad as he has paralysis on his left side, affecting his ability to walk, see, and do simple daily tasks. He needs the restroom constantly and he takes forever! Traveling locally with him is difficult. None of us could imagine the challenge of escorting him through an airport and on a plane in order for him to attend these two important events.
We searched the internet for a senior travel companion and immediately found Carol Giuliani and her website. We could not have been any luckier! Carol has a terrific personality - she easily engaged dad. She was very patient with him, helping him do what he could for himself, but she also gently set limits with him when needed. Carol is experienced with elderly and disabled people. She helped dad get his plate at the buffet, but later stood aside so dad could socialize independently.
Carol came to dad's home and packed his bag for him. She drove him to the airport and got him and his wheelchair to Newark, NJ, then drove a rental into New York for our family reunion - no territory is too challenging for her! Two months later she flew dad to California so he could attend his granddaughter's wedding. Carol took dad on a brief coastal tour, and when he took a slight fall and needed the assistance of emergency services to get him back in his wheelchair, Carol knew what to do Dad had some stomach issues and Carol simply handled whatever needs arose. Believe me, we could not have managed this kind of travel with dad without her help. Having Carol along was a delight! She exceeded all expectations helping with dad. And she kicked our butts in Scrabble!
We were all so grateful to have found Carol and cold not have been more pleased to have her join our family and help dad attend these two important family occasions."
Jullene K., a Professional Fiduciary (about GG, age 60)
"Carol planned a trip for a client of mine for whom I act as the trustee for his special needs trust. He is a vintage car enthusiast who wanted to travel to see a car show and other sites in the south. Carol made all of the arrangements for a five day trip by air to Memphis and Nashville where my client visited two car shows, Country Music Hall of Fame, Grand Ole Opry, zoo, and Graceland and much more! He experienced such wonderful adventures and it was truly a trip of a lifetime for my client who can't wait for his next one. Carol was the perfect person to plan a trip tailored to one's needs and desires. I would not hesitate to work with her again! "
Mary F. (about John, age 69 and Kathy, age 64)
"My sister and brother-in-law asked Carol to drive with them from Minneapolis to Sanibel on very short notice. The drive looked long, they were traveling with a pet and they have a new car. While they could have managed the drive it looked very big to them. Carol didn’t hesitate to join in and get herself organized to leave with them on 48 hours notice. They alternated drivers and navigated the long drive together. Carol helped them identify quality pet friendly places to stay and even sought out some sight seeing opportunities along the way. I can’t tell you what a wonderful, stress free trip they had together. They laughed, chatted and drove for 3 days and the amount of stress taken off my sister and her husband’s shoulders can’t be quantified in this short testimonial. Carol and I have been friends for a very long time but this is the first time I’ve seen what she provides as part of her travel companion business. She is wonderful, smart, funny, engaging and incredibly well-prepared. Not only that, she searched for the least expensive flight home saving our family hundreds of dollars. Thank you Carol. If you have a unique circumstance and are looking for a traveling companion you should consider using Carol’s services. I’d be happy to share our experience with anyone wanting more information. Carol is an invaluable resource to our family."
Paris, (about JM, age 79)
"Carol Giuliani and my senior Mother recently took a six day trip together to New York City. All of the details were well organized by Carol, from airline reservations to transportation to and from airports, to baggage service, and wheelchair when necessary. My Mother and our family had a chance to review and approve all of these possibilities before we made any decisions. All factors were considered and taken under management by Carol and once chosen, relieved our family for the first time of the increased responsibilities that come with traveling with a senior parent who now benefits from a little help. It was a jump for us to to use Carol and the first time we had tried her service, and we are so glad that we did!
Carol was already well informed about the nearest grocery and Farmers' Market, because she likes to cook and did so, much to my Mother's delight. Carol also encouraged her to get out to some of her favorite restaurants in NY as well; it is always better to have a companion to do that with. Carol was well informed about my Mother's current medications and medical conditions (she had spoken with my Mother's nurse before departure) and knew where the nearest emergency room was in relation to the New York address before their arrival. The budget was decided before the departure - all very clear - and was well followed and documented. Since my Mother's family was not in NY at the time, Carol proved to be an ideal person to venture around with, getting out to the theater, films and even the famous Korean Spa where they rejuvenate the body energy (just in time for the
New Year!). Although my Mother is a very independent person, she was comfortable having Carol present, as was our family in the event my Mother needed anything. Carol was friendly and energetic and they seemed to get along well in their time together. Everything seemed to go smashingly and we look forward to the next occasion."
Greg, age 69
"My wife and I went with Carol to New York City for a long weekend vacation. She booked very convenient and economical airfare for us, found a Broadway play for us that was tremendously entertaining, and arranged a food tour of Greenwich Village that was delicious and interesting. The pace of the trip was comfortable and we had enough flexibility to add a street fair that she discovered. Carol is organized, up-beat and fun to travel with. Her attitude and experience allowed us to create more great memories of a city we have long enjoyed."
John G. (about his parents, ages 89 and 87)
"I am a highly seasoned traveller and when it was time to relocate my parents who are in their late 80's from the East Coast to the Twin Cities in September, we used Carol's services and recommend her highly. The trip was well planned and well executed in all aspects, including the use of mobility services in the airport and in other aspects of senior care. Carol is highly responsible, a good communicator and has a very practical approach to travel as well as strong appreciation of legal and business issues which is a big help."
NANCY G., age 79
"I took a road trip with Carol in May, 2015, from Arizona to Minnesota. It was a well planned trip and stress free. She is a delightful traveling companion and a good conversationalist. I believe her business acumen and her personality will combine to make this a successful venture."
Georgene, age 82
"I traveled to Key West, Florida with Carol in 2011 for several days and completely enjoyed the trip. She got me smoothly through the airport and arranged to have a scooter for me on arrival at our lovely hotel. Carol arranged a sunset cruise, a sightseeing tour and some fine dinners. When weather spoiled an event, she quickly made alternative plans and I didn't have to worry or lose money. The trip was even better than I anticipated, and I would highly recommend traveling with Carol!"