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ABOUT

Meet Ann

Founder & Owner

Thanks for visiting!  My name is Ann Nelson and I am the founder and owner of A Well-Traveled Suitcase.  I am, in fact, the owner of several very well-traveled suitcases!


As a child, I lived overseas for many years.  My father was in the Foreign Service and he gave me the gift of wanderlust.  Living abroad is an incredibly mind-opening experience that informs my views to this day.


After college, I married into a family of passionate travelers and they taught me about the gift of family bonding through travel.  Seeing the world with twenty other personalities can be a real test of relationships if you haven’t done all the proper planning.  Our family is spread across the country from California to Connecticut, and our trips have given us a chance to bond in ways that wouldn’t have been possible without them.

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When my two children were grown and gone, it was time to reevaluate my own life.  You might be surprised to know that I was too old to be an astronaut or a Canadian Mountie.  So after considering all my options, I decided to focus on what truly brings me joy: family and travel.  Too much of our time is spent collecting items, acquiring “stuff”.  I fundamentally believe that our kids don’t want our china.  The best gift I can give them is a life full of experiences, memories and A Well-Traveled Suitcase.

As an upscale family travel specialist, I want to give you and your family the same opportunities to connect with travel.  Seeing new things, trying different foods, appreciating the beauty of the world – these shared experiences create memories for a lifetime. I can’t wait to help you. 

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In case you were wondering:
  • Barcelona, Dublin and Istanbul are my favorite cities, but not necessarily in that order
     

  • As a child, I lived in Iceland, Germany, Tunisia and Pakistan.  It’s my goal to revisit them all – so far, I have been back to Iceland and Germany.
     

  • Our family has traveled to over 45 countries together and our group ranges in age from one to 91.  We are currently 24 members strong!
     

  • My children work in the arts.  I take credit for that because they have been visiting museums their entire lives.
     

  • I’ve been married for over 30 years.  I think we have lasted this long because he still schleps my way-too-heavy carry-on bag.  I just recently purchased one with wheels.  Am I a great wife or what??

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