Maureen Brescia

Gulf Breeze, FL

Action and Adventure Travel

"The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page." As a teacher of literature and a life long traveler, This quote from St. Augustine defines my love for travel.  My father taught me at an early age that the best education can come from the experiences we gain from travel.   As a family, we traveled all over the United States and Mexico.  I spent a semester of college on Chapman College's World Campus Afloat and circumnavigated the globe.  So far, I have visited over 140countries and all 7 continents, and have still not lost the wanderlust.

In 1996, still in the midst of my teaching career, I began arranging group trips for teachers.  After retiring in 2004, I decided to turn my passion for travel into a new career.  I have arranged several destination weddings and group trips, booked many cruises, all inclusive vacations, and tours.  But, what I enjoy most is putting together custom itineraries to exotic places like Africa and Asia, as well as the more familiar places like Europe, South and Central America, and Australia.

Living on the Gulf Coast of Florida, I am also very familiar with cruising out of New Orleans and all Florida ports.

I look forward to working with you and making your travel dreams come true!




Africa captured my heart on my first visit in 1971

Getting to know the children of Africa
Getting to know the children of Africa

I never pass up a chance to see another part of Africa. The people, the customs, the adventure, and of course, the animals. Every trip I've taken brings all new experiences and new people. On our last visit, we encountered school children playing soccer with cabbages. When we returned home, we sent a box of soccer balls to our guide. On another visit, we bought piglets to deliver t o grandmothers who are raising their grandchildren and we sang and danced with the grannies as we helped them prepare a fabulous feast for us.

My Travel Albums

Gorilla Trekking
Communing with a gorilla family.

My Travel Stories

Cruising Antarctica

Last December, we traveled to Ushuaia to begin the adventure of a lifetime, a cruise through Antarctica. I've been to Alaska, the Fiords of New Zealand, but I was not prepared for the stunning beauty and awe of Antarctica. We had a wonderful crew of expedition leaders who helped us learn about the...Read more.

My Reviews

23 of 44 people found this review helpful
Best Travel Agent
Maureen has traveled extensively and has a lot of experience to draw from when helping to plan trips for others.
By  tanyad  from  San Diego, CA
Traveled to  
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Maureen Brescia responded:
Would you mind writing another review about our Africa safari and gorilla trek? Thank you!

Was this review helpful to you? YES | NO
3 of 5 people found this review helpful
Problem Free Traveling!
Maureen booked a trip for my daughter and me to Scotland. We took her advice on travel insurance and a good thing we did. I had emergency surgery near our departure date and the trip had to be postponed. Also - we loved her recommended tour that combined Scotland and Ireland. No problems whatsoever! I've used her company twice now - very reliable!
By  RITA  from  Gulf Breeze, Florida
Traveled to  Scotland ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Maureen Brescia responded:
Rita, Thank you for your kind review. I hope we can work together, and even travel together in the future. Maureen

Was this review helpful to you? YES | NO
NOLA Anniversary Cruise
We have traveled a good bit, and our best experience ever was with Maureen! Soup to Nuts! Cruise to Western Caribbean Jamaica, Grand Caymon & Cozumel - We had a blast Thanks to Maureen - she has you covered!
By  Doug FL  from  Gulf Breeze
Traveled to  Montego Bay ~ Jamaica ~ Caribbean
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Maureen Brescia responded:
Thanks, guys. I really appreciate this. M

Was this review helpful to you? YES | NO
Amazing African Adventure
Maureen did a fantastic job arranging our dream trip to 5 different countries in Africa -- including peak experiences such as seeing gorillas and golden monkeys up close in the wild, a fabulous photo safari with the best guide ever, and the breath-taking adventure of climbing Mt Kilimanjaro. Maureen found comfortable lodges with local flair for us, arranged for knowledgeable, personable guides and drivers, and even organized private flights to get us to where we needed to go. It was such a luxury to leave all these arrangements in Maureen's capable hands; she made this complex adventure trip seem effortless. I'd work with Maureen again in a heartbeat!
By  Trish  from  Torrance, CA
Traveled to  Africa
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Maureen Brescia responded:
Thank you so much for yur preview, Trish. I hope you will be able to travel with us again soon. You are a wonderful travel companion, with an adventurous spirit.

Was this review helpful to you? YES | NO
Maureen planned THE MOST AMAZING HONEYMOON for me and my hubby! We spent one week on the Amalfi Coast and one week in Santorini. She listened to our want list and made the romance happen. She's been to these destinations herself, so she was able to tell us exactly where to go for the best food, wine and desserts. I can't wait for her to plan our next vacation!
By  Kelly & Ryan  from  Marietta, GA
Traveled to  Amalfi ~ Italy ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Maureen Brescia responded:
Thank you Kelly. I can't wait to help with your next adventure. :)

Was this review helpful to you? YES | NO

Destination Expert:

  • Africa
  • Turkey
  • Morocco
  • Antarctica
  • Cambodia

Travel Specialist:

  • Safari
  • River Cruises
  • Escorted Tours
  • Animals & Wildlife
  • Cruises

Top Travel Partners:

  • Cunard®
  • Abercrombie & Kent
  • Viking
  • CIE Tours


  • MCC Master Cruise Councelor
  • Destination specialist

Connect with Me:

Industry Affiliations:

© 2020 Travel Leaders Group