Cathy Belcher- Owner/Manager

Scotland 2017



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 - Travel Consultant



Lori has worked for nearly 20 years in the travel industry as an agent. She specializes in a myriad of destinations, and strives to create perfect travel memories that will stay with her clients for a lifetime. Lori’s own personal travels have lead her all over the world, giving way to hilarious moments such as crash landing in Iceland, being chased by seals on an island in the Pacific, and unknowingly eating a Guinea Pig in South America.  Lori & her husband Ivan have two beautiful children, Logan and Ella.

Ellie Avery - Travel Consultant

Panama Canal Zone 2018


Ellie comes to Travel Ventures from across the pond, where she was born and raised. Family vacations were spent in all corners of the UK and Europe, and Ellie soon developed a huge passion for travel that developed into a career both in her native London and here in the USA. While her specialty is the UK and Europe, Ellie has traveled extensively in the Caribbean, Mexico and Canada and loves nothing more than sharing the joys and rewards of worldwide exploration.

In addition to being a published travel writer, Ellie also owns several vacation condos in Panama City Beach and loves sharing the beauty that this area has to offer. 


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