Travel is a gift to future you. 

Because when, long after your vacation, life picks up its way-too-busy pace again—you can steal a few minutes, scroll through your trip photos, and transport yourself back to the sun-drenched coast of Spain or jungle-covered mountains of Costa Rica. 

Or when your family is once again pulled in a million different directions, and you feel like you hardly ever even see your spouse—you’ll feel that jolt of connection when a week-night dinner turns into a “remember when we went to …?” session, and you’re all left laughing in stitches.  

The plane lands. The trip ends. But the memories? Those are yours, forever.

I’m here to help you make more of them. 

Hi, I’m Ashley Carlson

I founded Carlson Travel Co to help busy parents take the world-class vacations they’ve earned—the kind full of eye-opening, heart-warming connections at every turn. 

My Story

I first fell in love with travel on a trip with my new husband to Italy. Yes, it was no surprise that the land of la dolce vita stole my heart (the castles, the vineyards, the gelato!). But one thing that did surprise me? How much I enjoyed meeting new people and making connections. 

It wasn’t something I was expecting on this romantic, just-for-two trip. But I loved learning how to roll pasta from our Italian host who taught us her best secrets (without speaking much English) in her Tuscan kitchen that dated back to the 15th century. And I loved swapping stories with fellow travelers who hailed from all over the world and hearing what their lives were like back home—wherever that was. 

That trip taught me that it's not just about the destination you visit, but the people you meet who shape your experience into something special worth remembering.

Crafting Connections

Through Carlson Travel Co, my job isn’t just to take all the travel planning off your hands—though I will!—but it’s to ensure that your travel experience is full of authentic, soul-stirring connections. 

I work closely with my vetted travel partners to craft an itinerary that’s brimming over with interesting places, experiences, and people sure to spark your curiosity. Like many of my clients, I’m a parent myself (of three boys—I’m outnumbered!) so I know how to tailor a trip for differing ages and interests. And, as a former 2nd grade teacher, I know how to infuse your itinerary with stealthy learning—the kind that feels way more like fun than homework. 

So whether it’s the big family trip you all have been fantasizing about, or the long-overdue couples’ escape with just your spouse, I hope you’ll trust it to me—all you have to do is connect to get started. 

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A Few of My Favorite travel ADVENTURES

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Lake Como



We did a boat tour of the lake and stopped for shopping in Bellagio. I love collecting paintings from the places I visit and picked up a special piece here.

Our favorite place in the world, including the Tuscan capital Florence. The history, the food, the views out over the Tuscan countryside … it’s all stunning!

Maui is our favorite family destination and we love spending our days on the water, hopping from the pool to the beach. One of my boys learned to swim here!

My husband and I love escaping the cold and rain in sunny Scottsdale; staying at a luxurious resort is the ultimate way to get some relaxation and pampering.

From the first visit, I was in love. I was fascinated by the history, architecture, and all things Royals—especially Buckingham Palace. 


Bespoke Travel Design for Busy Families

Discover how much more you can get out of your vacation—more fun, more laughter, more discovery, and more connection—when you trust your travels to Carlson Travel Co. 

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