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Jacob Matthew Odencrantz, CTA, CTC – Counsel Travel

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Phone: 720.792.2009

Hours: Mon-Friday 8:30am-5pm mt


Learn More About me – Visit my Virtuoso Profile here

I founded Counsel Travel during the Covid-19 Pandemic of 2020-2021. Some people, myself included, wondered why I would start a travel business when there was no business to be had. The reason is simple. I love travel and traveling. I sincerely believe that when a person embarks on a voyage, they return a better person for the experience.

For most of my adult life, if I wasn’t working in Travel, I was Traveling. I have been to 55 countries now, several of them multiple times, and lived abroad as well. However, my largest focus as an agent isn’t on destinations, it is on people. My clients. A true destination expert, to my standards, is not easily attained if you are reading this to find out if I am ‘good’ in a certain destination. Then call me, surprise me with your request and see what I know, then do the same with another Travel Counselor who calls themselves an ‘expert’ in your destination. Then know this, if your needs surpass my knowledge, I will tell you. Chances are, I have an expert (usually in-country) that I can access at need. I collect true experts, respect them and check their value if they are also in the business of selling.

My career started in Budget travel. However, my traveling started in luxury. As a child, my father was (and still is) involved with the luxury hotel business. I grew up on a first-name basis with bell captains, concierges, GM’s and more. I have a dear love for that aspect of the business. With that said, my bent is always on the practical and the overall highest value for the aims of the traveler. The first half of my career was bent on helping college students squeeze the best and most travel out of their meager budgets.

In the second half of my career, I was launched back into the world of Luxury that I always loved. That lifelong affinity, combined with years of focusing on value, I did very well. Before long I was booking high-priority leisure clients at a very good corporate travel agency. That travel agency is probably the best corporate agency in the United States, and I was very lucky to work there. I only had two real complaints, one was that the corporate model kept my attention spread wider than it should’ve been. The other was that, as great as my old company was, it wasn’t focused on leisure travel. It was focused on corporate travel and corporate travel is to me, like eating food without being able to taste it.

Client testimonials:

“My wife and I enjoy sharing meaningful, travel experiences with our family, particularly with our 3 daughters. We are a very active and health-focused family and when we travel, the best experiences will have our needs for regular exercise and a healthy diet built into the trip as much as possible. As a business owner, I have found success by delivering my own high standards to my customers. The demands on my time are great. It is excellent to have somebody I can trust to help me plan trips that match our standards and do not compromise our health values.” – Tim J.

“I get excited every year when it comes to vacation time because Jake is great to brainstorm with ideas on vacations and he always delivers exactly what I had envisioned for that year’s vacation.”- Dale A.

“After some domestic and foreign travel mishaps, Jake was recommended to my wife and me as a person who could help with our travel endeavors. From booking hotels, tours, and airlines to obtaining theater tickets and arranging African safari’s, Jake has been outstanding. Jake is now at Counsel Travel, and we look forward to remaining clients”- Jim and Jacquie K.”

“Jake has helped me with a broad variety of trips. One that comes to mind is that desert county in Northwest Rajasthan in India. Cambodia, Leh Laos, the small city in Vietnam on the sea, the Mani in Greece, Morocco desert, and mountain excursions. Of course, I should note his ability to react quickly to changes—almost instantaneously over the phone. Also, the brilliant routes that saved thousands of airline dollars(all in business class)” -John Visitor (one of Counsel Travel’s most intrepid clients, whose country count is well into triple digits)

“I am so glad Jake has not let the pandemic take him out of the travel industry, I am happy he will be able to handle travel for me and mine when the time comes. This virus has given this country a great deal of pain. I am looking forward to the trips that 2020 forced me to cancel, I’m glad Jake will be there to let me replan.”- Stanley K.

“Jake has always been creative, customer-centric, and trying to deliver the best outcomes for my travel plans” – Gil F.

Jacob’s passion for leisure travel always came through during the planning process for my trips. His expansive knowledge and determination to not only find the best deals possible but also catering to my tastes and desires. His enthusiasm was infectious and extended my trips for me as I could picture the entire trip during our planning process before even leaving home! I would recommend Jacob in a heartbeat for your next and my next trips! – Ramdu G.