A science educator by trade turned stay-at-home mom, Michele Cartwright has always loved travel. The teacher in her wanted to teach people about the world, while the mom in her wanted families to experience it. Her passion led to “booking” travel for friends and family prior to gaining the courage to join the industry without formal training. Cartwright founded Destinations by Design in January 2013.
The journey over the past several years has reinforced that education is a never ending process. Cartwright earned her CTA and continues to learn by attending industry events, touring destinations, and reading industry publications. She is passionate about sharing her expertise with other travel professionals, including her team of independent contractors and as a panel expert for large conferences including the Las Vegas Travel Agent Forum, TPI Rocks, and the Travel Agent Forum Cancun. Cartwright is also cited in numerous industry publications including: Travel Weekly, Travel Market Report, Skift, and Travel Professional News.
Cartwright is excited to announce the birth of her consulting business in 2020, The Savvy Advisor, with a single mission: to provide travel professionals with the tools necessary to be successful. Every client is treated as an individual with a highly customized plan for their business.
Cartwright currently lives in Columbia, SC with her high school sweetheart turned husband, three incredible children, two rambunctious German Shepherds, and adopted black lab.