A highly-personalized travel concierge service that arranges memorable trips, cruises, exotic vacations and travel for those with discriminating taste. So, whether you’re looking for a private jet to Paris, a villa in Tuscany, tickets to the Grand Prix in Monaco, golfing at St. Andrews or an island escape to the Caribbean, we can arrange every detail.



Virtuoso is the leading international travel agency network specializing in luxury and experiential travel. This by-invitation-only organization comprises more than 1,000 travel agency partners with 20,000 elite travel advisors in 50 countries throughout North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa, and the Middle East. Virtuoso travel advisors draw upon first-hand experience and unparalleled connections to partner with clients to craft the perfect vacation. Travelers who work with a Virtuoso travel advisor get access to more than 1,800 of the world’s top hotels, cruise lines, tour operators, destination specialists, tourism boards, and more. They also enjoy exclusive products, VIP services, and privileged access.

Virtuoso Agent Qualifications:

We Know the World … and the World Knows Virtuoso
From archaeological digs to kayaking, from countryside walks to wildlife safari adventures – Virtuoso travel specialists know the world and all the ways for you to discover it. They have intimate knowledge of the hotels, resorts, cruise lines, tour companies, and destinations they recommend, and many Virtuoso travel specialists are recognized by Conde Nast Traveler as true travel experts.

Certified Travel Agents

Virtuoso travel specialists have an average of 20 years of experience in the luxury travel field and are certified by the Institute of Certified Travel Agents. They are passionate about travel and confident in their ability to book their clients’ dream vacation getaway.

Southlake Travel is an affiliate of Virtuoso, a by-invitation-only travel organization of over 340 travel agencies with more than 7200 elite travel specialists in 20 countries with annual sales of $3 billion.

Karen Dawson, Agency Director

Ms. Karen Dawson, CTC, CTIE, Managing Director, Southlake Travel -Contact: (817) 657-9866 (cell/text); kdawson@southlake-travel.com; www.southlake-travel.com – Evening & Weekend Appointments; Readers Choice Award for Best Travel Agency – 2018 / 2019 / 2020 – Dallas-Fort Worth. Certified Agent: Tauck Tours; Certified: Seabourn Cruise Lines; Certified: Sandal Resorts, Hotels & Honeymoons;

Personally handled the vacation travel for Mr. Ned Johnson, Chairman/CEO, Fidelity Investments. Corporate Travel & Meetings Director, Colonial Investments; Travel Franchise DIrector – American Express, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Uniglobe Travel; Product Marketing: Sabre / Travelocity; Sales & Marketing Manager, Virtuoso, Fort Worth, TX. Experience with C-suite executive / private travel arrangements; Corporate and incentive travel programs nationally and globally.

Karen Dawson CTC CTIE

Email: kdawson@southlake-travel.com

Interests & Specialties
Culinary & Wine Country Tours, Garden & Golf Tours, Honeymoons, Destination Weddings, Special Anniversary Celebrations, Cruises & Family Vacations

Expert Bio
Karen is a Certified Travel Consultant, a Master Cruise Consultant, a Certified Caribbean Specialist, and a Certified Travel Industry Executive. Professionally, she has been with Sabre, Virtuoso, American Express, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Travel Agents International, Uniglobe Travel and several independent agencies. She has been a Corporate Travel and Meetings Manager for a major investment firm and has taught travel agency management, tourism, meeting / event planning and the Sabre GDS at a college-level.

John Paul Brownlow

Email: jpbrownlow@southlake-travel.com

As a teenager, John Paul always felt that experiences were better than things and soon began building his travel resume of unique experiences. At the age of 17, he planned and led a small church youth group trip to South Africa for the whole summer. At 19, he took another group to Kenya for half the summer and backpacked through Tanzania for the next month.

Stepping foot on Antarctica, he reached his goal of traveling to all 7 continents before his 30 th birthday. He currently has been to 51 countries, but the list of places to visit keeps growing.

Cultural highlights include Running with the Bulls in Spain and visiting Oktoberfest in Germany with his wife and 9 month old daughter (she took 

her first steps in Switzerland a week later). Besides planning safaris in Kenya and South Africa, he has also sat in the jungles of Rwanda with Mountain Gorillas and spotted rare Parrots and Macaws in Panama.

Because food is always an important way to discover a new place, John Paul can help clients find the best street food in Saigon all the way up to fine dining in Paris and cooking classes in Tuscany!

From the deserts of Abu Dhabi to the island of Zanzibar, up to Mount Kilimanjaro and Everest Base Camp and down to Brazil for the World Cup, John Paul knows how to plan and execute a trip that places an emphasis on authentic experiences that can’t be matched.

Vicki Cahill

Prior to joining Southlake Travel, Vicki enjoyed 25+ years at Verizon where she was responsible for the design/execution of travel and specialty events for multiple sales organizations nationally.  She created unique travel experiences, both domestic and international, for groups ranging from intimate VIP trips to Paris to hosting large groups at the Grammy Awards.  At Southlake Travel, Vicki applies her skills, experience and passion for travel by creating memorable, once-in-a-lifetime experiences for her clients.  Her areas of expertise include Girlfriend Getaways, Couples Retreats and Celebrations, Family(s) Vacations, Destination Weddings and Honeymoons, Men Golf Outings, Wine Excursions, to name a few.  Whatever your interests… culinary, health/wellness, wine, golf, gardening, cultural/arts, exploration…land or sea, Vicki can help create your next destination experience.