(140 Reviews)
99% Recommended

Ann Castagna Morin

Southampton, MA
An Independent Agent with Nexion, LLC in Irving, TX, a Travel Leaders Network Affiliate Agency.
Luxury River Cruise & European travel specialist

I have had a sense of wanderlust since I was a child, always yearning to go off and explore the world.

I will take my own personal passion for travel and use it to craft an extraordinary luxury experience for you.

Europe is my specia...
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Southeast Asia Travel Specialist

Chiang Mai Thailand
Chiang Mai Thailand

I stumbled into becoming an expert on Asia.


I never set out to be one, I have always been known for my knowledge of Europe, especially Italy where my father’s family comes from.


I had a client interested in visiting Myanmar, a country I had never heard of other than by it’s former name Burma, (from the TV show Seinfeld).


Never one to walk away from a challenge I started reading and researching, a love affair soon emerged. I was astonished by the beauty I saw online of the temples and stupas, they were not like anything I had seen in my travels before and I knew I would have to head East myself for a first-hand look.


My first trip to Asia started off in with three nights Bangkok Thailand to recuperate from the long flight and do some sightseeing before continuing on to Myanmar. I selected Monograms as my private tour guide and concierge.  It could not have worked out better, our guide took us to all of the main sites with VIP skip the line entry and also checked in on us daily.  Bangkok itself is a festival for your eyes. The detailing and adornments on the temples were almost surreal, absolutely stunning!


Myanmar was frozen in time, there were very few cars, people traveled about in ox carts, or, as I went further down the river, via small sampan boats. Giant golden stupas dotted the countryside.  The people lived far differently than I, but, at the very core we were the same. All it took was a smile and we could communicate.


Leaving Myanmar I headed over to Beijing to visit the Great Wall of China, Forbidden City and Summer Palace which was a world away from Southeast Asia! Although it was modern city the antiquity of the places I visited still had a big impact. Artistically it was mesmerizing.


The following year I set off to Cambodia to join Avalon Waterways Mekong River Cruise.  We began with three nights in Siem Reap exploring the amazing Temples of Angkor. Avalon's ship was fantastic only 18 cabins, all suites where the bed faces a wall open up creating an open air balcony. There were just 20 of us on the cruise, it felt like a private luxury yacht!


I have journeyed to Northern Thailand taking care of my own elephant for the day, visited the triangular boarders of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar which used to be the drug smuggling capital of Asia due to the poppy plants. I’ve chatted with women in a Padaung tribe who wear brass coils around their necks, learning that they consider it a symbol of beauty not something they are forced to endure and was blessed by a Tibetan monk.


This past December India was my destination, visiting the Golden Triangle and then sailing Ganges River followed by several days in Kathmandu Nepal.


Although I sold Asia trips before my own journey began, I feel, now that I have collectively spent about four months in Asia I have such a better understanding of how things work in the East.


From my travels I know the unwritten rules as to what could get you in trouble (like stepping on a coin in Bangkok) and what you want to do to keep yourself healthy while there.


It is one thing to read about a location, actually having been there gives me tools to draw upon when recommending locations and itineraries.


I am an avid photographer and filmmaker, let me share my personal experiences in a way that will help picture yourself in the destinations you are considering.

My Travel Albums

Thailand
Temple of Jade Buddha
River Cruise on the Ganges India with Avalon
The Taj Mahal
Mekong River Cruise Cambodia and Vietnam
Sunset on the Mekong River

My Travel Stories

Meandering the Mekong River Angkor Wat to Thailand

Asia is a fascinating place!

     It is so different than the western world in a multitude of ways. When you visit places such as Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand you come away changed, a more thoughtful and appreciative person.

     Prior to this adventure I had already...Read more.

My Reviews

9 of 9 people found this review helpful
So warm and friendly
Before my husband passed away I had the great privilege to work with Ann on several occasions. She was always wonderful in helping me book travel and share information.
Since my husband passed I haven't been able to travel like we did unless I am asked by friends to join them but I will always treasure Ann's warmth and friendship. And hope to use her again at some point to book some of my bucket list travel dreams.
By  Barb  from  Las Vegas,NV
Traveled to  Caribbean Sea ~ At Sea ~ At Sea
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Ann Castagna Morin responded:
Barb I always enjoy chatting with you and was so sad when your husband passed. Thank you for your kind words and feel free to contact me anytime to talk- it doesn't have to be about travel. Fondly, Ann

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful
First river cruise
Ann was willing to help us since the day one! She was working in all our needs and communicate us the best deals. We have been traveling almost every year for the past 12 years and this time Ann make us feel confident and yes we have a dream River cruise ! We want to thank her and we will look forward for future trips !
By  Rosa and Juan  from  New York, NY
Traveled to  Rhine River ~ On the River ~ At Sea
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Ann Castagna Morin responded:
It was a delight helping you plan your first river cruise. I loved seeing the photos of the tulips!

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10 of 11 people found this review helpful
You can tell she loves Italy
Ann organized a trip to Northern Italy for my wife and I. It was a great trip and hassle free. She walked us through every step of the way, offered us tips and advise concerning our travels. You get the most for your money and waste none! The special benefit of working with Ann is that she is always there for you. When some touring companies and agents’ hours are closed for the day, Ann answered my texts and calls at every moment. You can’t put a price tag on that concern she shows for her clients! When the airlines canceled our return flight, due to mechanical problems, at the time of boarding, Ann quickly guided us through that stressful moment and secure the next flight home. She also started the paperwork to the airlines to get financial reimbursement for all our additional expenses and monetary award the airlines offer for cancellations. I have already shared her name with many of my family and friends and have discussed our vacation plans for next year! Go with the best! CIAO
By  Sal and Maria  from  Brooklyn, Ny
Traveled to  Italy ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Ann Castagna Morin responded:
Yes, Italy is my passion, working with great clients like the two of you makes my job so easy!

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful
So professional
Ann was so professional and personable in helping us plan my dream vacation to Switzerland and Germany. She gave me lots of travel hints and ideas for combining 2 separate Globus tours, which were both amazing. Any questions and concerns I had were addressed with ease, and she went above and beyond what she needed to do. I felt I was talking to a good friend whenever I called, and I strongly recommend her services.
By  D&J  from  Salt Lake City, UT
Traveled to  Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Ann Castagna Morin responded:
Thank you for your kind words!

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10 of 11 people found this review helpful
The perfect honeymoon!
Ann was invaluable in helping my husband and I plan our honeymoon. We were all over the place from wanting to go on a Safari to or maybe Tahiti to trying a river cruise. She talked to us about things we had not even thought of such as that the time of year we would be traveling would be rainy season in Tahiti and made suggestions about the flight to South Africa that we might want to break it up as the longest we had flown was four hours before. In the end we decided on the river cruise and couldn’t be happier with our choice. She planned so many special details and seemed so vested in our happiness. I can’t recommend Ann enough!
By  Shelly V  from  Boston MA
Traveled to  Danube ~ On the River ~ At Sea
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Ann Castagna Morin responded:
It was a joy helping you plan your honeymoon, I loved the photos you sent me!

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Destination Expert:

  • Southeast Asia
  • India
  • Thailand
  • Mekong
  • Asia

Travel Specialist:

  • River Cruises
  • Escorted Tours
  • Luxury Cruises
  • Independent Travel
  • Cruises

Top Travel Partners:

  • Avalon Waterways
  • Monograms
  • Viking River Cruises
  • Princess Cruises®
  • Seabourn Cruise Line

Certifications/Awards:

  • CTC
  • Certified Travel Counselor
  • Certified Luxury Travel Specialist
  • Certified River Cruise Specialist

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