Valerie Wilson Travel
New Canaan, CT
“Paula Murphy is grace under pressure,” Kimberly Wilson Wetty, co-owner and co-president of Valerie Wilson Travel, tells us. “Paula is thirsty to travel, learn new destinations and product, and is committed to evolving professionally as the world of travel changes around her.”
High praise like that doesn’t come easily from the luxury agency, which has had an agent featured in the Top 25 in each of the past three years.
Murphy credits her increased referral business, which “is expanding like no previous year,” for her success. She has been in the industry for 30 years and reached $1 million in sales in 2016. Her specialties include FIT and family travel with focuses on Europe and the Caribbean.
When asked about her “masterpiece” trip, we were told it was a 20-day, six-country road trip through Europe. Stays included small independent hotels along the way and, to cap it off, a villa rental in Italy, where the entire family hosted a reunion.
For travelers who are considering Europe, but may have hit all the big cities already, Murphy suggests Portugal. It “has been discovered as the comfortable, exotic, new European country,” she says. “It has moved higher on bucket lists everywhere.” Or perhaps for a different way to stay in a country you’ve visited — Ireland, for instance — Murphy tells us the K Club is a treasure that is grand and cozy at the same time. The best part, however? The staff, who treats each guest like family.
When she isn’t putting together fabulous vacations, Murphy works as a team leader for the International ODC Foundation, putting together the yearly fundraising walk.