Leslie Swanson Travel
Leslie Swanson Travel
Crafting Custom Journeys & Unforgettable Adventures

About Leslie Swanson Travel

Leslie Swanson is a Washington D.C.-based luxury travel advisor specializing in personalized, one-of-a-kind itineraries with experiences that inspire clients.

From a very young age, Leslie traveled with her family to some of the world's most remote corners. From hiking ancient ruins in Cambodia and the skiing the powdery slopes of Switzerland to surfing perfect waves in the Maldives and taking in the moonscapes of Chile’s Atacama Desert, Leslie's knowledge of unique destinations is extensive. Since joining Departure Lounge in 2016, Leslie has planned trips of all kinds, ranging from simple wine tours through Santa Barbara to more complex trips like a bucket-list expedition through Bhutan and India, where clients hiked, climbed, and kayaked through their way through the “Kingdom of Happiness” before venturing south to India and exploring one of the world’s most complex destinations.

Leslie is passionate about the outdoors, adventure, and experiential travel. She is a certified Hawaii Travel Specialist, a New Zealand Travel Specialist, and travels constantly to increase knowledge of luxury adventures around the world. In 2018, Leslie Swanson was honored as a Rising Star by Travel + Leisure at the International Luxury Travel Market in Cannes, France.

In addition to her work as a travel advisor, Leslie shares stories and experiences from around the world with features in publications including Virtuoso Life, Virtuoso Traveler, Luxury Travel Advisor Magazine, and more.


The Virtuoso Difference

Virtuoso® is a network of the world's finest travel agencies. It's a by-invitation only organization through which Member travel advisors have privileged access to exclusive amenities, travel offers, and rare experiences that you can't get on your own.

Global Connections: With personal contacts at over 1,000 airlines, cruise lines, hotels, resorts, and premier destinations worldwide, your Virtuoso affiliated travel advisor puts their relationships to work for you.

Unparalleled Expertise: Virtuoso affiliated travel advisors are among the most well-traveled people on the planet. They draw upon their own first-hand experiences when customizing vacations for you.

Customized Travel Experiences: From weekend getaways to trips of a lifetime, counting on the expertise of a Virtuoso affiliated advisor ensures your greatest Return on Life™.

Confidence: When you have a relationship with a Virtuoso affiliated travel advisor, you’ll rest easy knowing your personal preferences are reflected in every aspect of each vacation experience they design especially for you.

How it works



Contact us.

From the moment we establish contact with our client, our aim is to create a relationship where we can understand and foresee needs and expectations. We can be trusted to use our extensive knowledge, expertise and network to provide tailor made experiential travel at its very best.

The first step is to get in touch and tell us about yourself and what type of travel you are looking for.


getting started.

We listen, assess and advise you on what we think would be ideal for your next adventure. The next step is to present you with your unique itinerary. We will make planning a pleasure as you leave the time and hassle of organization with us.


Off and away!

Pack your bags, you're off! With partners on the ground in every country, we handle all the details and ensure all you have to do is relax and enjoy your trip.

Press & Publications

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TravelAge West, October 29, 2018

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Luxury Travel Advisor, July 2018

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The Jaj of Travel, May 2018

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The Jaj of Travel, March 2018

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Virtuoso Life, November/December 2017

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Virtuoso Traveler, October/November 2017


Roads & Kingdoms, May 25, 2016