Cathy Belcher- Owner
Cathy opened Travel Ventures in 1988, having realized the need for an agency that specialized in leisure and group travel. Prior to that, Cathy had taught English and Art in the local school system, and had been organizing and planning school trips during that time, as well as group cruises for friends and family. Cathy developed a love of travel very early in her life through her parents, who believed that the best education was something to be experienced through first-hand knowledge, not just through textbooks. While her early years of travel were spent camping across the United States, she was fortunate to have been in 48 states before the age of 14. Cathy, and her husband, Steve have now been able to expand their travel experiences which include more than thirty trips to Europe, Central and South America, Egypt, The Caribbean, Cuba, Vietnam and Cambodia, and over forty cruises. When not traveling, Cathy enjoys spending time with their three grandchildren and curling up with a good book.
Lori Torres - Manager
Ireland - 2006
Lori became a part of the Travel Ventures’ family in 2000 after graduating from college. Her yearbook quote regarding her future was, “she wanted to see the world,” so coming to work for Travel Ventures was the perfect fit. Lori was instrumental in establishing our tradition of escorted group cruises during the winter months as well as organizing many years of travel expos. She has personally escorted more than 30 groups, and has a loyal following of repeat clients who appreciate the care and concern that she provides. In addition, Lori has traveled to Alaska, Hawaii, South America, the Caribbean, Ireland, Scotland, and England. She brings a vast amount of knowledge and expertise in not only these areas but many others as well. She knows how to plan the perfect vacation for everyone, from singles, honeymooners, multi-generational groups, and family travel. Lori and her husband, Ivan, have two children, Logan and Ella, whom they look forward to sharing their love of travel with in the future.
Caitlin Gainsborg - Travel Consultant
Caitlin is the newest member of the Travel Ventures’ family, coming to us in 2013 after graduating from Temple University. Caitlin spent a year participating in the study abroad program while living in London. During her time there, she was able to travel extensively throughout Europe so she brings a wealth of destination knowledge. In addition, she has been cruising for many years, and has been on more than 17 different ships. Caitlin's well organized nature is a true asset to the agency and her clients.