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Shelly Bunge

Beverly Hills, California Travel Agent

Remote/Exotic Destination Travel Advisor

If you are seeking soft adventures, off the grid destinations and the kind of close encounters with exotic wildlife and non-Western cultures that these locales provide, then I would love to help you chart your course. I have been traveling to remote corners of the globe for decades and am passionate about helping others get off the beaten path to experience the journeys of their dreams.

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Travel Specialties

Soft Adventure and the Luxury of Seclusion

Soft Adventure and the Luxury of Seclusion

I am a travel advisor with an unusual specialty: I am a remote and exotic destination planner. My passion for travel centers on planning soft adventures, encounters with wildlife and non-Western cultures and super-deluxe retreats in remote parts of the world. ... Read more from my Soft Adventure and the Luxury of Seclusion bio.

Intimate Wildlife Encounters

Intimate Wildlife Encounters

Imagine being submerged in a lake, surrounded by forest, just before dawn. The water is still and clear but you can’t see the bottom. It’s quiet, the crowds haven’t yet arrived. Then slowly, as the sun begins to rise and its ... Read more from my Intimate Wildlife Encounters bio.

Cultural Festivals

Cultural Festivals

Festivals provide a wonderful window into the local culture of a country and give you the opportunity to see how people celebrate the things that are most important to them. It is a time when visitors are often most welcome and ... Read more from my Cultural Festivals bio.

Travel Experiences

Mount Hagen Sing-SingMount Hagen Sing-Sing
Festivals and Fun
Crowded South GeorgiaCrowded South Georgia
My World Travels
Underwater DreamingUnderwater Dreaming
Adventures in Palau

South Georgia: Remote and Remarkable

During a trip to Antarctica, our guides kept talking about how amazing the subAntarctic island of South Georgia was. In fact, they’d placed DVDs of David Attenborough’s visits there in our rooms for us to watch during the downtime crossing the Drake Passage, whetting our appetite for what was in store ...Read more from my South Georgia: Remote and Remarkable story.

Client Testimonials

Unique Experiences!

What made Shelly stand out from the rest is her amazing knowledge of travel that is unique! We hate crowds and doing what every other person does on vacation. Shelly has always steered us in the right direction. After hearing what is important to us on a trip she always gives us so many impressive ideas. She really knows her wildlife and adventure travel. On top of that she also knows luxury and how to make the most of your vacation. Shelly has booked two awesome, life-changing trips for us already. Currently we are planning another one with her, and wow, each one is going to be more epic than the other! I highly recommend Shelly!

Provided by Bruce I., Carlsbad, CA


I have worked with Shelly for years, and she brings an enormous wealth of experience, commitment and intelligence to every project she works on. In particular for international travel and complicated trips, she is the first person I turn to. Not only has she most recently covered the essentials for us on our trip to Southern Mexico, she has also provided invaluable research and advice about medical, insurance and the like that I have not found elsewhere. I trust her completely and always recommend her to anyone who wants their adventure to be perfect.

Provided by Chris E., Los Angeles, CA

Travel experience & knowledge make Shelly the best

I enjoy travel 'off the beaten path'. Shelly’s travel knowledge, experience and resources made my recent trips to the Arctic and to the Baja for whale watching go beyond my expectations. I look forward to working with Shelly for all my travel around the world.

Provided by Bobbie S., Scottsdale, AZ


96 of 162 people found this review helpful

What a trip of a lifetime!

Reviewed By Holly - San Diego, CA | Traveled to Arctic Ocean ~ At Sea ~ At Sea
I have used Shelly Bunge for two amazing travel trips. One to the Arctic and one to Loreto, Mexico. I highly recommend her services. She is awesome! The recommendations, attention to detail and response time to all my questions is incredible. She is my go to person for booking my dream trips! Not only has she seen so many places in the world, she also has the best taste! I know she would never steer me wrong with travel plans.

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Amazing Custom-Designed Trips!

Reviewed By Sandy Williams - Los Angeles, CA | Traveled to Thailand ~ East and Southeast Asia
Shelly has planned two trips for us -- to Fiji and to Thailand. Shelly's attention to detail, thorough research, meticulous planning, patience and willingness to listen to what kinds of trips we wanted insured that our trips were custom designed for us. Both trips far exceeded our expectations. We wouldn't think of going on a travel adventure without Shelly's creative and careful guidance!
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Thank you Shelly for a wonderful trip!

Reviewed By Bobbie - Scottsdale, AZ | Traveled to Arctic Ocean ~ At Sea ~ At Sea
Shelly was so very helpful in planning my trip to the Arctic. She has experience and knowledge of so many destinations so she could personalize my trip for me . . . the right ship and activities. She advised me on what to expect and even had great tips on what to wear. Her travel experience made my trip the best! I am now enjoying working with Shelly planning my next trip to Thailand.
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Shelly is the best

Reviewed By chris - los angeles, ca | Traveled to Mexico
I have relied on Shelley’s advice for years and have benefited from the astonishing range of travel experiences she has had her self and she has arranged for others. Shelly has arranged multiple trips for me, both domestic and international (the review form doesn’t let me list them all). She is truly exceptional on every dimension. She is incredibly thorough, detail oriented, knowledgeable about a wider range of destinations than I will ever travel to, and also a complete pleasure to work with. She has amazing taste. I will always work with Shelly.
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Best Trip EVER!!!

Reviewed By DJ - Fountain Valley, CA | Traveled to Loreto ~ Baja California Sur ~ Mexico
I’d long-heard about the many wonderful trips Shelly planned over the years, but I’d never had occasion to engage her services until now, and she did NOT disappoint! I had a life-long bucket list of looking into the eye of a whale while “petting” it, and after a tough personal year in 2018, I decided to go for it in 2019. Enter Shelly who knocked it out of the park! From the perfectly quaint & charming 1 bedroom, full-kitchen Casita in – and tour of Loreto, to the ABSOLUTELY mind blowing excursions she planned with THE most knowledgeable guide (THE go-to guy when National Geographic comes to film) which resulted in my being able to finally check it off, and a few others as well! She even found and recommended the most amazing restaurants! Everything planned went off without a hitch – from the land & air transportation, to our tours, to our excursions – and her communication was superb. I’m forever grateful & appreciative – and look forward to all of my future trips – planned by Shelly!
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